Fusion VII | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JizackFH on 10-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 34
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Photo of Philousa
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at Hopyard Pleasanton, 10/22/2011.

Deep amber in appearance with tan head that fizzles to a thin, consistent layer. Great lacing. A strong, biting hop scent hits your nose. Floral, grassy, piney, a little harsh; hops and nothing else to speak of. Sweet pale malt flavor up front. Biscuty, bready. Bitterness creeps in at teh back of the tongue, unmistakably hop driven, similar to a fresh hop ale. This becomes a bit harsh after half a pint. The feel is a bit syrupy, but well carbonated especially for a cask.

This is a strangely malty IPA. Not nearly as hoppy as nearly any other west coast IPA I've ever had. Oddly, I don't feel the same way about this malty IPA as I do about all DFH's IPAs. Lagunitas somehow made a very complimentary malt bill for a hoppy beer. I was expecting something to peel the layers off my tongue from hop bitterness, but instead was greeted with a more subtle IPA from Lagunitas. Cheers to doing something different, even if it wasn't the most memorable beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lagunitas

Pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head. Smells a bit sweet but also quite oxidized (mostly cardboard). Some stale sugar in there too. A faint hop aroma, maybe a bit of citrus peel. The flavor is also quite cardboardy. Sweet sugar and citrus hop notes, but certainly quite...old. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark orange, nearly auburn, with a thin white cap that eventually leaves spiderwebs and sheets of lace down the glass.

Nice aroma of citrus hop components, caramel and toffee sweetness, and some biscuit.

This resembles more of an amber than a typical IPA, especially one from Lagunitas. The toffee and caramel sweetness and biscuity malt backbone are prevalent, though there is certainly some piney and citrusy hop flavors present as well.

Medium to full mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A nice hoppy amber/IPA hybrid. Drinkable, but there's probably always going to be something better on tap.

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3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange to amber with soapy rings of lacing. Slight carbonation is noted. Clarity is very good.

S - First impression is a citrusy IPA. There is an obvious hop profile that is clearly west coast. Has that telltale pine scent.

T - Taste is less hop foward and more citrusy sweet. Balance is pretty well done. Flavors seem to linger in the mouth.

M - Slick feel, slightly raspy, and medium bodied.

O - I'm indifferent towards this one. It is a solid beer, but other than it toning down the hoppiness for a more citrus-sweet flavor I didn't feel there was much else. Worth trying, but not outstanding.

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Flanny’s, poured inside a shaker pint.

Deep, clear sunset orange, capped by a half finger of fuzzy tan head that maintains retention for quite a while. Thick painted walls of lace.

Sweet and dank nose. Tons of sweet guava and papaya in here, mixed with resinous weed, biscuits and caramel.

The flavor’s a little more malty and balanced, which in this case isn't a good thing. The hops that were so bright in the nose are softened here. I still get a little guava, burnt sugar and bread. Clean finish.

Medium body, with just a little more viscosity than I'm used to. Light, prickly carbonation and a tiny bit of silky fizz.

Meh. I wish there was more efficient follow-through from aroma to flavor. Without the nose, it's a standard IPA.

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/12/2011

On tap at Churchill's.

A: Burnished golden orange with a finger of white foam.

S: Aromatic orange flesh with balancing bready malt. Floral notes waft from the glass.

T: Orange pith and flesh with tangerine notes and a lower moderate bitterness. Malt is bready and light. 

M: Lower medium body with upper moderation.

Overall: A solid maltier IPA. Though, the more I drank this the less I enjoyed it.

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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum Earlier tonight in NYC.
Reviewed from notes.

This beer pours a nice copper color. There is a finger of creamy off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and there is a sheet of sticky lace left behind on the glass. The nose has a nice piney hop aroma. There are also some smells of tropical fruit and some caramel malt. The taste starts off with a bit of sweet maltiness and nice piney hop bitterness. There are some fruit flavors present as well. The malty backbone gives this some nice balance, but it is still definitely a hop forward beer. The finish leaves a bit of lingering hop bitterness on the palate. It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a bit of an oily feel to it. There is some hop bitterness that lingers on the palate for a minute. The drinkability is good here. It goes down easy and the flavor is quite nice. I think it could use a little bit more hop flavor. Overall, I enjoyed this one and I definitely think it is worth trying out.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep orange to brown color with almost no retention. Nice and bright.

S- Lots of hop aroma, almost no malt aroma. Very floral and piney, no citrus really.

T- bitter floral hops, dry finish. nice but kinda basic.

M- little bit light, but no bad. could use a little bit more on the texture side.

O- Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not the best offering from a great brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Mission Pizza in Fremont. Clear amber with a thin head that disappears quickly. Nice hop nose that brings to mind dried apricots, pine and faint citrus. Moderate caramel sweetness from the malt, too. Palate is good, apricot again pops into my head. It's fairly sweet, with a substantial body, though it's by no means cloying. Becomes a bit resiny toward the finish, though the stonefruit character is pervasive. Yeast lends some mild esters, too, which highlights the fruitiness from the hops. Finishes with a mild hop bite, not terribly bitter or dry. Pretty good overall, an enjoyable hopped up amber ale.

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3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

*Notes from 011/03/11

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head and waves of lace amongst the glass with each sip.

S: Smell is real fruity with fresh hops and quite a floral treat. Bright apricot and peachy aromas. Sweet candied fruits.

T: Taste is of fresh stone fruit flesh. Nectarines and Apricots really. Some slight bready pale malt backing there brings a nice balanced sweetness. But just real fruity with a good amount of dry hopping here. Resinous bitterness. Quite tasty and real refreshing.

M: Real light body with a slightly creamy and slightly sticky texture. Good carbonation with a dryer crisp finish.

D: This was a real nice treat. A real fruity IPA. I have never heard of the Lagunitas Fusion series but this one I found quite enjoyable.

Nice balance.

Would definitely order again.

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Fusion VII from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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