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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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 hopdog
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, floral, and just all around nice and hoppy. Tastes of citrus, some caramel, and a little fruity. Tastes a little bit of a let down compared to that nice aroma. Body a little on the thin side.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Lagunitas Pint Glass:

Appearance: Pours a light orange/amber in color, huge rocky head, lots of bubbles flowing up the glass. Nice lacing, minimal head retention.

Smell: Light amounts of pine, citrus hops, grapefruit and mango. No malt detectible in the nose. A bit of spice from the hops makes your nostrils tingle. Very pleasing to the nose.

Taste: This one taste almost dead similar to Hop Stoopid, but Correction is a bit lighter and and is lighter on the usage of hops. Again, a huge citrus blast up front gives away to some hop oil, grapefruit, and orange. Very refreshing compared to Stoopid, although keeping the same formula with just a nice light taste to the palete.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, light to medium bodied, holds up nicely while sitting on the tongue. Crisp, and very clean.

Drinkability: I think Lagunita's has hit yet another homerun with Correction Ale, it's a less hopped version of it's big brother Hop Stoopid, lower ABV makes this one dangerously easy to drink, and at the same time, it is perfect for the beginner hop head. I could easily top off 3-4 bombers of this in a session. Another excellent beer from Lagunitas, these guys know how to utilize hops!

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Photo of seand
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear orangey amber, with a finger or two of white head. The head settles down pretty quickly, but doesn't disappear and leaves decent lacing.

S: Very nice fruity/piney hops, with a touch of sweetness.

T: Much like the nose. Hoppy but not too hoppy, though the bitterness sticks around a bit on the aftertaste.

M: Lots of carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel. Crisp.

D: Easy to drink, and the ABV isn't too high either.

A nice offering from Lagunitas on the subtle flavors side of things. Like it says on the bottle, "It's just a good American Ale."

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pous a light orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: floral bitterness, fruit sweetness, and some caramel is easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, light pine tones, some soft lemon zest and grapefruit, orange slices, and a nice floral bitterness provides the IPA bite.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lingers in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: great west coast IPA that is easy to drink. Several of these can be quaffed in a session.

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Photo of scottoale
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber with a twist-off cap and all the zany, witty blurb that usually featured on Lah-goo-knee-tuss labels. This fine ale pours an orange-gold with absolute clarity and a frothy two-finger off-white head. Good retention and lacing as expected.

Sweet and fruity is the nose. Lots of citusy hops upfront with floral sweetness and a subtle malt in the background. A solid aroma of an IPA if there ever was one. Some light pine accents as well.

The taste goes from sweet tropical and floral aspects, to citrus and pineapple tang, then finish with a slight bittery pine that ends very clean and refreshing. The 6.33% ABV isn't even noticeable in the smell or taste...it's tucked away very neatly.

Nice carbonation and a good medium body propel the drinkability of this brew to an ultra sessionable level. This will make an ideal hot weather thirst quencher for sure. Hope it lasts through the Summer!

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Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into my new fancy Sam Adams glass. Comes in at 6.33% and 74.2 IBUs.

A-Very clear, light orangish amber color with a one finger head that dissolves fairly quickly into a nice frothy layer. Nice lacing is left as this one goes down.

S-Super fresh hops as soon as this one is cracked. Lots of great citrus notes, particularly grapefruit, and pine in the nose.

T-The orange and piney hops come right at the front of the mouth and a taste very similair to bubblegum also jumps out. A nice piney bitterness remains, but it is by no means overpowering.

M-On the light end of the medium spectrum. Like any respectable WC IPA, it is very crisp and dry.

D-Goes down very easily. The abv is not detectable and is still at a reasonable enough level to make this worthy of being a sessionable beer.

Another great hoppy beer from my Petaluma neighbors. In a lot of ways this reminded me of RR's Parking Violation. A great beer that I would love to see year round in six packs.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz twist-off?? Whatever man. It pours a crystal clear golden orange with some light continuous carbonation rejuvenating the scummy skin on the surface.

Smell to make the hop-heads sigh Ahhh! Fresh and hoppy. Mostly pine with some citrus but not without a malt character of buttery toffee right behind it.

Wow. The taste is better than the smell. This has flavors in stages as you chew on this aftertaste. I get fresh orange flesh first, then some caramel and pine resin, then a more grassy green flavor then a non-citrus acidic taste to clear it all out. This is a pale ale party in the mouth. There is very little room for improvement here, if at all.

Im the mouth it's a good balance of body and gentle carbonation that gets a little sharp in the throat. This is absolutely to be expected though considering the statement on the label "This is not a double IPA". Amen.

At 6.33% this is not exactly a session beer but on a good day it sure could be.

I would like to have more. Soon.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours an orange-amber color. A bit of visible carbonation together with a light off-white head that becomes a film.

Smell: Has a light hoppy citrus flavor: a bit of orange, hop spicyness, and a hint of floral.

Taste: Mild flavor, but quite tasty. Nice hops and citrus, some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light-bodied but with a nice bit of viscosity. Very mild carbonation, kinda crisp, and smooth.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable; a tasty beer that isn't extreme, but easy to drink.

Apparently a limited release, this is a really nice beer. Not extreme in any way, nor is anything particuarly amazing, but it is a nice solid beer certainly worth trying.

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