Habanero IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by womencantsail on 07-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Comes out a familiar orange for an ipa for Lagunitas. 1/2" white head, carbonation dialed in well, habanero oils crush that 1/2" of head down quickly though.

Aroma hits hops first, then the spicy pepper heat after that.

Taste hits grapefruit bitterness, doubled up with a very spicy habanero kick. This beer's spiciness pulls right up to where if it were any more spicy, you couldn't finish a pint. But ultimately, it leaves you on the right side of the line. There are still other flavors you can pull out of it beer wise, its not just overwhelming fire.

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Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Daveychu
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of DNICE555
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blind tiger with R moe nay and pustevlho

A - Light golden color with a white head

S - Yeast, hops, a little pepper.

T - IPA up front, spicy chili beer sets in afterwards. Not an overwhelming burn, but def a kick to it. Probably the most unique beer I've ever had

M - Pretty light, hoppy, crisp spiciness to it.

D - Very drinkable for the style. Took a decent amount of time to finish a full pint though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out i the typical lagunitas dark orange, white head, carbonation just right. Aroma is hoppy and not really a habanero aroma coming off as detectable, but there is something different, I guess habanero + beer isn't the same aroma as just the pepper.

Taste, the ipa is upfront, usual grapefruity bitterness is rampant and enjoyable. Then a peppery chile warmth arrives distinctly changing the nature of the beer. My face and neck are turning red. Feel the burn, but it quickly mellows. Ran right up to the edge of 'too hot cliff" and backed away. Floral hoppiness resumes, like a tag team match, spicy tagged out just before the drinker was thinking about tapping out.

Very enjoyable if u can handle yr spiciness. Puts hair on yr chest. Don't bother getting it if yr a wuss when it comes to spicy stuff.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark orange with a small head that dissipated quickly and left nice lacing on the glass.

S - The smell was pretty faint on this one. There is a light hop presence with some caramel and citrus notes. I really expected there to be some pepper in the smell, but I just couldn't find it.

T - At first this beer appears to be a normal IPA. The hops come out and are really nice. There is some malty sweetness, and some notes of citrus. Then, right before the finish when the bitterness is setting in the burn starts to come out. The burn keeps intensifying at the finish, but I didn't think it really got too spicy. There is a nice habanero taste that comes out a bit in the burn as well. The burn from the peppers only lasted about 5 minutes before it started to mellow and disappear all together. Right when the finish sets in there is a nice mix of spice and hops that I thought was really good. I also found the burn to be located the most on the back of the throat and the lips.

M - Goes down surprisingly smooth. This has a medium body with medium carbonation.

D - The drinkability of this beer is really good. It goes down smooth. I would have to say that if you are planning on drinking other beers besides this, drink this one last. If you drink this before other beers, you are not going to be able to taste the other ones correctly. This is not a beer I think I could drink in excess, but I could definitely have these quite often.

So all in all I thought this was a great beer. It was the first chile beer that I have ever had, and I am looking forward to trying more. So, good job Lagunitas this is a great beer that I think you should bottle. CHEERS.

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Photo of SilentBob2u2
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was lucky enough to try this at the Lagunitas Brewery.

A - golden light color, slight copper, crisp in color and much like the Lagunitas IPA.

S - yeasty, hoppy and spicy, doesnt tickle the nostrils like it tickles the taste buds

T - As I swish it around in my mouth it takes hold after a second. It's a very spicy, firey habanero taste with a slight IPA flavor. The fire and burn last about 5 minutes. The burn takes control of the beer very fast. Almost too quickly the IPA becomes secondary to the spicyness.

M - light, crisp. hoppy and spicy, not heavy, just spicy

D - a one and done beer, good for the style of a spicy beer but too intense to be a sessionable beer

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a half pour at Blind Tiger in Manhattan, NYC.

A: Slightly hazy golden brown color with a light filmy head.

S: Habanero hops - it's a new kind from Petaluma, CA.

T: Fire! If you do not like spicy you won't like this beer. I happen to really enjoy the flavor of this - spicy, but the hops still show their face.

M: Creamy, and nicely carbonated. Really nice.

D: What do you expect?

As usual, Blind Tiger brings the rarities (and heartburn).

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Photo of womencantsail
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On-tap at Lagunitas

A: The pour is amber, with plenty of orange, in color with a mild white head and served with a slice of lime on the rim of the glass (more on this later).

S: The pepper is noticeable right away. The nose is lightly fruity and earthy, sort of like an actual habanero pepper is. The spice comes through shortly after and singes the nostrils a bit.

T: The pepper flavor is enormous in this beer. Like the ginger IPA, the base beer is really lost and all you can taste is the flavoring. In this case, the pepper provides a lot of heat. I enjoy spicy food, but the heat along with the carbonation and beer medium altogether is just not all that enjoyable.

M: The body is light to medium with a plentiful carbonation.

D: This was not very good. I tried squeezing the lime into the beer and it did help to temper the chili a little bit, but it really just made the beer taste like lime and burn like a pepper. Attempts at blending with the ginger IPA to make a spicy dish in beer form did not work very well either.

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Habanero IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 10 ratings