2009 Correction Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2009 Correction Ale2009 Correction Ale
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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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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant drinkable IPA with a good bitterness and above-average IBU. Pours grapefruit body with a decent white head. Citrus hop aromas. Above average mouthfeel. The C-hop imparts some citrus taste. This is a good thirst quencher though did not go with my fish.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, lets hope for the best with this old bottle. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some lacing sticks to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, and a bit of spiciness. Interesting IPA aromas, but nice stuff. Taste of big grapefruit, caramel, pine, orange zest, and a bit of breadiness. Big sweetness in the front followed by a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with pine and citrus flavors. A bit more malt forward on this one as expected from the age of the bottle. Medium carbonation and body; with nice smooth drinkability that goes down easily. No alcohol in the taste or finish. Overall a very nice IPA from Lagunitas, even if it was old.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours just over 1 finger of thin fizzy head. A ton of carbonation bubbles float to the top. Good retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear dull orange gold.

Aroma: A ton of floral hops. A lot of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Very fresh smelling beer. The malts are there, but they are fairly hidden.

Taste: Pineapple, floral hops, grapefruit and lemon citrus, bready malts. This beer is very sugary sweet. Main taste is big floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Leaves a little sticky, not to bad, hoppy boozy aftertaste.

Overall, This is a pretty solid IPA. Big hop flavor. Shouldn't be too hard finishing this bomber, but I'd rather see this one in a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 Correction Ale pours a clear deep-amber body beneath an average sized head of yellowed off-white. The head retention is very good, but not great. The lacing is thin but still attractive.

Lots of bright juicy hops hit you in the nose. It smells like Amarillo and Simcoe to me, and perhaps Cascade, but there's also something giving it a good dash of pine. The fruitiness expresses grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, lime, tangerine and apples and berries - wow! pretty varied!!! Not unlike Hop Stoopid, I don't get a lot of malt coming through as it just can't make it past the hops!

The flavor does, however, have more maltiness to it. Not much, but enough to support the hop resins and immerse the fruit flavors. It's lightly caramelish, and offers just a slight bit of sweetness that works with the hops. A bold bitterness balances it, and it finishes fairly dry, and then absolutely bone-dry after a few moments. Only some raspy, piney hop flavor is left behind.

It's a big beer, but the body isn't too full. It's what I like to call medium with a dextrinous edge. It appears thinner at the front of the tongue, but then the sugars become apparent midway and it seems fuller going into the finish. Gently zesty carbonation.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed. It's not Hop Stoopid, but it's a very enjoyable, super-hoppy brew with a little bit of kick. The focus is on hop-flavor, and the malt is allowed to act just as a spring-board for it. The bitterness is also kept in check, although the label reads 74.2 IBU's ( ...that has to do with malt and perception... it's bitter, but because there's not a lot of sugar to hold it on the palate you don't seem to notice it as much). Except for the strength, I could drink a lot of this!!! I'm really glad I caught this one! Now I need more.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side and as the sweetness fades the hops bitterness comes back to the forefront, although the balance may not be quite there. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, it might not be the best IPA that I've had but it's a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on a perfectly clear, golden copper colored body. As the head settles, it leaves minor lace.

S - Nice herbal, pine hop flavor with lots of sweet, caramel malt to balance.

T - Big pine hop flavor up front with strong, astringent bitterness. Moderate malt in the middle with some toasted notes. The finish is surprisingly mild as it just fades away with a bit of lingering bitterness and toast.

M - Medium-thin body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Average drinkability. The hop aroma and flavor are nice, but not truly outstanding and the bitterness is a bit harsh. There is some potent malt backbone, especially in the aroma, but the dry finish keeps it refreshing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color with a white head. The nose is nice with a good bit of orange, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. The taste is nicely hoppy with a good amount of citrus. Good, nice amount of bitterness and a fairly-light body. Drinkability is pretty good, but this one didn't really keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color with a bubbly white head. The foam settled to a thin layer but left pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very good, heavy on the citrus and grapefruit with some pine and a little sweetness. Taste also has a lot of the citrus and grapefruit flavors a little of the sweet malt and a strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this one went down pretty easy.

Overall a very nice beer for under $5, like a lot of their offerings a very good value of a beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of foamy eggshell white head. Thin layer of froth skims the surface, staying rich and leaving a strong smattering of lacing back. The aroma is pleasantly floral and spicy, which meshes nicely with an assertive tangy mix of tropical citrus and bready caramel and smoothly glides under the hop character. This is quite full in the nose and I'm enjoying it.

Hops provide a moderately spicy bite to the taste. This blends effortlessly into a silky blend of citrus and bready sweetness. Nice balance to this as it warms, lessening the severity of the hops, yet still leaving enough lingering bitterness back to mix with some residual fruity sweetness and giving the finish a satisfying bright feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy feel, maybe a bit too bubbly at times, but it's got just enough beef to keep things interesting.

Flavorful, and most of all easy drinking, this was a well-rounded West Coast IPA. Although don't tell the boys in Petaluma that I called it that... Good beer, especially for the price.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick off white head; recedes in a foamy and rocky fashion. Lots of lace on the glass. Crystal clear and light golden color. In a word, attractive.

Solid hop plug aroma--lots of grapefruit and pine. Little if any malt smell.

Relatively thin beer, but otherwise a strong brew in every way. Nice malt base, but fresh (grapefruit like) hop is the predominant flavor. Long, bitter aftertaste. Yet, this seems to be fairly well balanced. A very nice APA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"But I "corrected" them sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I "corrected" her." --Delbert Grady

Appearance: Pours out a bright, brilliantly clear, copper-hued body with a fine, white head.

Smell: Fragrant, well-hopped nose smelling of citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon, and even a bit of lime), a few drops of good, clean soap, fresh florals, and a garnish of pine needles. Also, some sweetish pale malt and fresh grain notes.

Taste: Pale malts with a short-lived sweetness and tiny hint of toasted grain leads to hop flavors of citrus fruits, flowers, light pine, and light soap. Medium-high bitterness, but, for me, it's not overbearing. A few flecks of toffee. Finishes dry with a lasting bitterness (but, again, not too bitter).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is a tad oily, but it's also a tad crisp.

Drinkability: Enjoyable and delightfully easy to drink, and, considering their highly reasonable pricing, this is certainly one to pick up.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright pumpkin with crystalline clarity. The smooth and creamy sounding pour generated three fingers of foam that is some combination of ecru, ivory and pale orange. The head has character and is sticky enough to decorate the pint glass with a good bit of lace.

The aroma features a lower register and an upper (bright and citrus fruity) register, both hop-related. A grapefruit and ganja-like vibe makes me think that Cascade is one member of the hop bill. Malt doesn't contribute much, meaning that pale is most likely the numero uno malt by a large margin.

It's odd that I can't appreciate it in the nose, but at least one of the toasted-earthy malts is present on the palate (Munich most likely). Although it isn't enough to spoil the party, it is enough to knock the taste score down one notch. Pale or caramel-malted IPAs are my favorites. This 'in between' stuff... not so much.

A modest amount of background sweetness is easily exceeded by hop bitterness, even at about four months since bottling. What was 74.2 IBUs right out of the gate, now feels like 54.2 (or maybe 54.1, I keep going back and forth between the two). Flavors include lightly toasted bread, barely toasted nuts, orange and white grapefruit peel and maybe a drizzle of pine sap. Simple isn't a sin in an IPA.

As a lover of full bodies (beer only), I'm probably a tougher grader than most reviewers. This mouthfeel doesn't quite have the size or creaminess that I look for in a beer of this style. The bubbles are fine as is.

Lagunitas brews a number of outstanding hoppy ales. 2009 Correction Ale is enjoyable and drinkable, but it isn't among their best. In other words, I see no need for them to release 2010 Failed Stimulus Ale, 2010 Health Care Debacle Ale... or whatever else the brewery may have in mind.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting beer i have to say. pours out a reddish amber with hints of golden color around the sides, not at all what i thought was going to come out here. nice head of off white lacing clings to the sides for the entire sessiom

nice light hops and well balanced malt aroma, lots of depth and balance here. piney hops, are quick hitting but fleating as they fade off and you are left with a nice mid palate flavor that is bready grains and soft buttery notes. dry finish leads to a simply wonderfully light profile that makes you come back for more.

overall an odd one, but it seems to work.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a bomber @ Deciccio's in Ardlsey, NY...Pours clear, bright almond amber, with bubbles continuing to rise. Off white, thick head, slowly dissolving thick, thick film and leaving plenty of rich layers of lace. Heavy nose of HOPS....Citric hops on the tongue and riding through the finish. pleasant, full Hop assault brew, California style hoppy beer lovers rejoice and go get some.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep caramel amber hue with a large light tan beige head forming thick. 22oz offering from Lagunitas found in the Burgh. Twist off cap at that. Aroma has a tone of citrus and tropical fruit notes with big loads of caramel, a really nice brew that I could sit with and smell for the enjoyment. There's grapefruit, pine, and earthy goodness in the hops here. Not over the board in the flavor yes it's hoppy but the bitterness doesn't kill your palate and alcohol is pretty moderate for this style it did have a weird biscuit twang, almost sour dough in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed it the hop oils due coat the palate and carbonation worked well for the style. How long have these guys been using the hop extract, I couldn't pin my finger on it but this seems to be the new trend for their brewing. Tasty and goes down incredible smooth for a brew with this much hops, still brash but it had enough balance and hop flavor to make it a nice drinking beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of hops, citrus (tangerine), sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, mellows as you go, and the bitterness fades.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/04/09- Purcahsed at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2009 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Quite dull copper-rust orange in color. Full size plus one inch growing head. Fades soon after and leaves some light lace markings.

Smell- Super pungent and fragrant hoppy goodness. Lots of tropical scents as well as fresh tangerines and orange. All hops here...hard to find any malt notes.

Taste- Taste pretty good too. Very fresh orchard hoppy taste. Mostly orange and a bit of lemon with a nice sugary hint to it. Malt is here, but really plays quite a backseat to the hops. Lightly toasted, but almost too overwhelmed by the hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a slightly higher carbonation level. Lasting a very bitter hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Fine job here for an IPA. A bit too bitter and not quite balanced enough for me to make it an upper tier IPA, but quite good.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours golden with a foamy white head that thins and stays.

The smell is herbal,floral,piney,perfumy and citric (grapefruity).

The taste follows the nose but with a subtle caramelish malty backbone. There's a sharp bitterness in the finish.

It has a smooth, slightly oily, medium body.

A hoppy IPA here. From the description I wrote, I would think I would have enjoyed it even more (I did enjoy it, don't get me wrong), but there is a perfumy, slightly medicinal touch that held it back from being even better. (I had this on two different occassions and had same impression). Still, this is a very good IPA, and reasonably priced relative to other bombers out there!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude and portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, with some slight malt notes, very nice touch of citrus/pines. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Very drinkable, an very tasty IPA again from this awesome brewery.

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