2009 Correction Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2009 Correction Ale2009 Correction Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.33%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rockwell on 04-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of marvin213
2.47/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a bit dark for an IPA. Though the label says it's not a DIPA, it still seems malty-looking for even "an American ale." A very thin layer of head rests atop the pour, and the bacteria-like circles actually make it look DIPA-ish. It's not yellow and fizzy, but it's neither bronze nor golden either. I guess that means its appearance is best classified as average.

The smell is distinctively hops, again more suggestive of a DIPA than anything else. I detect neither fruit nor pine, so it appeals to me less than many of its hoppy West Coast counterparts. Hops smell good, so I declare the beer smells better than it looks.

The taste is like dry hops. It's as if it's more likely to leave me parched than it is to quench my thirst. It tastes like a low-grade DIPA without the usual alcohol punch. So far, not so good. I wonder why a brewery that makes Hop Stoopid would bother with a beer like this. What is the "correction" in this ale? After I go back and read the label, I deduce it's a play on 2009 economics. Though the narrative is clever and funny, this beer's taste remains unimpressive...my biggest disappointment from Lagunitas. It's like light brown hop water, and I don't think that's the identity for which it's aiming.

The mouthfeel is the worst part. If you soaked hops in water and then put them in your mouth, this is how it would taste...and that's without any cool enamel-pulling. This beer is dry like a cabernet savignon. I simply don't dig it.

Drinkability suffers because the beverage isn't that good. Still, its dry characteristics don't make it heavy. You could partake in one--maybe even two--without feeling bloated, but it's as if you'd have to incorporate some water so as not to be dried out. I expect this 2009 recipe will similarly die out.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of FishGetter
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow apperance with small head from easy pour.
Mildly spiced piney hop aroma. Sweet malt aromas blend with the hoppyness.
Mouthpukering bitterness kicks right off the bat. Spicy piney hops swirl around with a touch of citrus peal taste. Sligh fruitiness. Dry doughyness finishes strong and lingers for some time.
Light mouthfeel here. Undesirable dryness is too overwelming to ignore.
Not impressed with this offering. Impressions of an experimental brew that didn't work out as expected, so they put a comical lable on it and hoped for the best. Definate miss here.

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Photo of prototypic
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Correction Ale is very clear and a light copper color. A fluffy off-white head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. It was pretty quick to dissipate to light layer covering the surface. Sticky strands of lace lined the glass.

The nose is a tad weak and could use some work. It's very citrus heavy initially and features the usual grapefruit, pineapple, and mango notes derived from the hops. It definitely smells sweet, perhaps a little sugary. After that short honeymoon, caramel malts announce their presence very clearly. They seem to bury any other aromas from that point on. The bottle clearly states that Correction Ale is not a DIPA, but that aspect of it surely is more fitting than a standard American IPA. Kind of weird.

The flavor profile kicks off with a citrusy sweet blast. Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are noted. Those flavors are attributable to the hops, but clearly evaporate in the wealth of caramel malt. For an American IPA, this tastes way off and it's not good. The hop flavor should not be this lost. In addition to the caramel malts, there's some pale and perhaps even a little toasted malt. Toward the end, the hops seem to reappear and have a spicy quality. Still not working. Alcohol is not noted. My bottle lists abv as 6.3% (rather than 7.2%). Finishes sweet and spicy.

Correction Ale has a medium body that's pretty good, but not quite smooth. The spicy aspect of it (and somewhat active carbonation) mask any smooth characteristics it might have. Drinkability is average at best. For an American IPA, I'm having a really tough time getting into the flavor. It goes down okay, but I'm certain that this is the only bottle I'll consume.

Correction Ale is in no position to preach. It might not need as much correction as the market, but a little correction is in order. It's way too caramel malt heavy and much of the hop flavor is lost as a result. Not a good thing for an American IPA. While it states that it's not a DIPA and the abv is relatively low, the flavor is certainly more consistent with a lot of caramel malt heavy DIPAs out there. I really don't care for the evolution of the spicy hop flavor either. Those aspects of it really need to be addressed (at least IMHO). I typically enjoy most releases from Lagunitas, but this one just seems out of whack. Correction? Nah. If I didn't know better, I'd believe this is a high-minded joke. A rare miss by Lagunitas.

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Photo of thryn
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lagunitas sure does make a lot of IPAs. This one is a clear, golden amber with a couple fingers of white head. Good lacing.

There is a ton of floral and grapefruity hop in the nose, with a sold malt backbone.

On the palate it's all very very grapefruity hops. The malt backbone is less present. It's pretty much all grapefruit juice. If I liked grapefruit I'd love it; as it is, I think I've found an IPA I wouldn't go back to. That said, it's not at all bad. I'd just like a bit of malt to balance and temper the grapefruitiness.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Carbonation is moderate.

It's decently drinkable.

If you like grapefruit, seek this out. If you don't, this is probably not the IPA for you.

Edit: Downgrade as I near the end of this bottle. It's more watery and less flavorful as it warms. Lagunitas kinda struck out with this one, IMO. But it's still a fun label for the collection.

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Photo of blackc5
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at 47 F into a tumbler.

A - Pours a bright, yet pale, golden color. Quite nice two+ finger head that unfortunately fades a bit rapidly, especially around the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Strong immediate scents of the floral, citrusy hops. Some malts there, but overwhelmed by the grapefruit. Smells great. Very refreshing and promising for what this beer might be.

T - Hmm, unfortunately, the taste doesn't really live up to how it smells... It's citrusy but not particularly balanced. It is hoppy, but the malts only linger on the palette for a moment. No sweetnesss, no fruits, nothing else. Just citrus hops, and a bit disappointing overall. That said, this is their (apparent) budget brew based on the label, so I guess too much complexity shouldn't be expected.

M - A bit watery and thin, yet strongly carbonated. Dry finish. Not much else going on here, so I'll call it a bit below average.

D - Ok I guess, but I dont quite 'feel' this beer, or what it is trying to be. ABV is low enough to be (slowly) sessionable, although I would probably switch to something else.

I guess it tastes like an average hophead IPA that is missing most of the flavor components of the best of the style. Again, remembering the price tag, it is trying to be the bargain IPA I guess, but there are others out there with better taste and mouthfeel for about the same price to maybe $0.50 more. Recession or not, I would just spend the $0.50 and enjoy one of those instead.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper hue with a quick lack luster head and pretty good bubbling. Very citrus and specifically orange zest nose. Very little toasted bread malts in the aroma. Lots of hop bitterness throughout the entire palate of this beer. Lemony and bread with some other more specific citrus bitterness. This is a session hopheads ale. Lots of bitterness and hardly any balanced malt flavors.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is still on the shelves in Dallas, but I am not sure how old it is. Since Lagunitas doesn't date their bottles with a bottling date or a best by date (at least this one is not dated), I am going to assume they don't care if people drink old IPAs from them and rate accordingly.

The beer pours a hazy tannish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, with a lot of sugar and orange marmalade notes. I also get some biscuit malt.

The flavor is very sweet and boozy. I get some orange and caramel, but also some brown sugar and a little bit of pine from the hops. Low bitterness, and a lot more alcohol than I expected for a beer that is just more than 6 percent.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled on 6-14-09

Pours a very clear golden color, with a fizzy white head that leaves behind abstract chunks of lacing.

Smell is all sweet hops, thick, fruity, and just the right age. Clean with a malty background, this is right up there with the best.

Taste is tons of sweet hops, very fruity and citrusy. The finish is extremely bitter, and becomes almost overwhelming as you go.

Mouthfeel is very thin with low carbonation, almost watery,

Drinkability is poor, huge bitterness and watery mouthfeel is a disappointment.

Overall, an interesting beer, but not a keeper.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love IPAs and after the long (still here) winter I'm ready for a few hoppy beers.

This one poured in a 16oz pint glass was mostly yellow in color with a slightly off white head, about a finger. Sticky lacing collected on the sides of the glass as I drank.

The nose was a lot of citrus, clear and watery. Taste was mostly pine sap and citrus.

The mouth was light good carbonation, hoppy bite at the end which is just what the doctor ordered.

Drinkability is very good for a piney IPA.

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Photo of ToddT
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Somewhat hazy golden orange color topped with a two finger off white head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Grapefruit hop smell, with some background of pineapple and caramel.

T- Grapefruit and sweet pineapple balance nicely. Not as much bitterness from the hops as what I was expecting from the aroma. Finish is drawn out and lingering with a washed out bitter note of hops.

M- A little less than medium in body, it need more heft here. Carbonation is decent. Finish lingers but doesn't feel quit right almost watery.

D- Easy drinker for 6.3% ABV, just nothing going on in it to keep me interested.

Bottle claims "This is not a double IPA, it's just a good American ale." I say it's an OK American ale in need of some correction.

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Photo of ironlung
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand pump @ Toronado S.F. 4/18/09

Hazy orange. Thin head. Great lacing. Smell is muted, I can make out some c-hops. Taste is really smooth. Almost no bite, and I can't taste any alcohol. Thin mouthfeel. Very high drinkability.

Overall: I bet this beer would be better cold and not casked. It was just lacking in the taste department. I'll try a bottle of it and give it another shot.

EDIT 4.22.09:

Bomber. 4.22.09 4 bux up the street. Into Green Flash "pint" glass...

I was right. This beer beer is much nicer cold and not casked.

I haven't had a new dogtown in over a mounth. I swear this the same brew only stepped-up in the crispness/dryness. The hops shine thru a bunch more as well. The bottle weighs in at 6.33% with 74.20 IBU's. I like it so I guess I'm "another bozo on the bus".

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma with a nice hit of citrus hops. Malt is lots of base malt and maybe some caramel.

Golden and very clear. White rocky head that is very long lasting and fed by a bunch of columns of small bubbles.

Flavor is very lagunitas. By that I mean, there's not a lot of malt to be found. There's high hop bitterness, high citrus hop flavor and a biting hop aftertaste. AKA very one dimensional. That this is a one-off "special" from them is dissapointing. It's a hoppy pale ale like hundreds on the market and so, average.

Medium bodied with a very nice carbonation level.

Very drinkable but again, like hundreds of other beers.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a sunset orange with a bright clarity and a soapy 1 finger dull white head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation started out strong with a lively display of macro bubbles but quickly settled to a light and calm demeanor. The lacing was speckled and spotty and soapy in nature.

S: The aroma had a nice bright hopping of citrus and fresh pine. Oranges and a soft touch of dry grassiness rounds thing off in an other wise typical display per brewery. There was however a light soapiness and muddled aroma that was light but none the less noticeable enough to mention.

T: a light dry grassiness with dried pine hopping. Bitter grapefruit peels are also present. Light hints of caramelized sweet malting tend to sneak through the ample hopping at times. Unfortunately as well with other aspects of this drink a reoccurring soapiness was detected. The bitterness was standard order per brewer with a good albeit short finish of grapefruit that was moderate in strength and didn't leave much of an impression. Well hopped overall but strangely similar to many of their other brews. A typical lagunitas hop profile that differs only so slightly offering little in the way of surprises for those who had quite a few of their beers.

M: The mouthful was, yes its getting tiring, soapy as well, muddled with a bit of bubblely carbonation on the tongue. A little light, perhaps thin at times and slick. No surprises here, and only average.

D: Drinkabiliby was only slightly better then average. As mentioned earlier a typical hop profile that holds little surprise or incentive, though moderately strong in nature. Fans of this brewery will no doubt love this, others like myself may start to sense a reoccurring or déjà vu when tasting their brews leaving little in the way of imagination or variation.

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Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Golden with a tinge of amber, clear, smallish cap of creamy off-white foam. Aroma is sweet candied citrus fruit with an appreciated herbal aspect also. Flavor is appley with sweet tangerine hops and that same mild herbal note. Unfortunately there's a soapy component as well that kills the drinkability. Some pale malt, some caramel malt. Average palate. This is probably one of those beers that is better on tap. Out of the bottle it's nothing special.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a beautiful finger of downy head on the crown. Very nice to look at.

The smell is citrus forward: peach and pineapple are at the forefront. Unlike Lagunitas' other IPAs, there is not much pine to be found.

The mouthfeel is light with very lively carbonation (maybe even a bit too much).

At first, the flavors are hidden by the vibrant carbonation, but after a second or two, some of the pineapple sweetness and citrus tang comes through with a bit of bitterness at the end. Overall, a nice offering but none of the bold flavors that I've come to expect from Lagunitas. It's kind of like having your wild and crazy uncle put on meds. Sure, it's nice to have a bit of peace and quiet, but sometimes you miss the excitement of hearing drunken insults thrown out at family gatherings.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, bright copper with a modest off-white head. Lacing is moderate.

S - Lots of citrus on the nose, especially grapefruit. Some floral notes and sweet malt undertones come through as well.

T - Lots of citrus notes up front that dominate through to the finish with a touch of malt sweetness trying to bring some balance to the beer. Overall, it seems a bit off-balance, but far from being harsh.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp. Carbonation is a bit higher than I would like for an IPA.

D - Not a bad beer, but I've had plenty of IPAs better than this one. It's fairly enjoyable and easy enough to drink, but I can't see myself going for this one again when I'm looking for an IPA to sip on.

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Photo of jtslay
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out of the bottle a light yellowish golden color with a very thin head that quickly subsides. A sweet malty aroma is met with a floral hop smell that blend well. The first sip was surprising. It is mostly a dry bitter taste ridding on a background of sweet malt. It take a little getting used to. After the third of fourth sip, the dryness subsides and the mouthfeel becomes more pleasant. Not overly carbonated. Very clean and dry finish.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear light amber color. Two-finger foamy white head. Good retention. Some visible carbonation, but not much. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smell: Very strong fragrance of fruity and juicy hops; it dominates the nose completely. Almost syrupy. Some sweet pine, but mostly citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit seems to be the strongest, mixing with the almost “woodsy” pine.

Taste: A much milder hop flavor than the nose, but still strong. The flavor rolls onto the tongue (instead of biting), building and than slowly rolling away. More general hop flavors (citrus and some floral), instead of the specific intensities of the nose. Some malt in the background, but it is indescript and doesn’t do that much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth. Surprising filling, as well (although that could be due to how easy it is to drink)

Drinkability: A decent IPA. Intense and inviting hop nose, but lacks that intensity in flavor. Easy enough to drink; very smooth. Tastes good overall, but the flavors don’t seem to stand out and kind of blend together. It doesn’t stand out enough for me to consider it over other IPA’s.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass golden yellow with a nice two finger white head. Minimal lacing. Smell isn't very strong to my weak nose. Taste is very average of an IPA. Nothing special, nothing strong. Maybe the hops have mellowed some, but I doubt it. The flavor is well balanced, however I would like to have a little more malted back end to the palette. The mouthfeel is good, just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of kegger22
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with a moderate head that reduced to a collar. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was predominantly bitter; no malt sweet, no citrus fruit taste, just bitter and weak at that. The feel was medium bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was good. Not so much disappointing as very average. No bold statements here.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle given to me in a trade with mjl21...Mike thanks for everything!

A- Pours a clear darker golden amber color. Not too dark but a little darker than what I expected. Good 2 finger off white head that came and went pretty fast leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- On the nose upfront was a citrus (pineapple and grapefruit) hop aroma followed by a somewhat bitter (piney) earthy hop aroma. Those two were followed by a bready malt underbody that was everywhere in the aroma but just now coming out. Had a slight soapy smell to this as well that was underlying the entire nose...didn't know if this was suppose to be there or not.

T- Good hop upfront with this. Citrus (pineapple, orange, and grapefruit) hops come through the forfront of this beer and minglel nicely with the bitter piney hops that they used. The middle of this beer has a refreshing bready malt taste to it with earthy hops balancing out the middle. Kind of a bitter hop crisp finish. Sadly also the soapy detail of the nose came back around and reared its ugly head. Can taste a faint soap flavor in the background with this.

M- This has a medium-light mouthfeel to it. Carbonation is on par with this style. Beer flows across the palate in a hoppy but refined sence leaving some hop resin on the tounge.

D- This is a drinkable beer that I am glad to have gotten the chance to try. I would be more than happy to drink another but would hope that soapy feel left the beer. Overall I am impressed with this beer and only wish I could get it in Indiana.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep orange with a small head that started to break fast then stopped and just clung to the top

S- Flowers with pine and some oranges

T- Very strong orange flavor as well as a floral taste and some cloves

M- Smooth and kind of greasy really...I don't know how else to explain it...it's thin but good

D- Very easy to have a couple of these...decent taste and texture

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2009 Correction Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 260 ratings