Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,702
Ranked #14,570
3.93 | pDev: 11.2%
May 16, 2023
Aug 25, 2012
Very Good
Notes: Have you been jonesing for something more primal and less evolved? If so, fire is the element for you. Air, water, and earth are of no use. There is a freedom in burning down the house of fixed expectations and it confers an undeniable lightness to being.

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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear, pale gold body under a large white head that left good lacing. Lemony aroma touched by tropical fruit. Crisp, clean, citrus hop focused taste. Dry, well carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel. Great session beer.
May 16, 2023
Rated: 3.05 by QuintusHorace from California

May 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
One of my favorite session ipa's. Light and crisp with plenty of nice hop characteristics. Flavorful enough to please hard-core ipa lovers yet light enough to crush during the day.
Apr 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Light tropical nose. Enough hops (Citra and Centennial) to provide a wee bite and flavor. Good carbonation and light as a session ought to be. Refreshing.
Apr 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Wrigfen from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I am rating this, but not in the true sense of an IPA.
As a light IPA (Beer) this is excellent and something I will drink again.
It can satisfy your need for the taste of an IPA on occasion without the heavy calories, alcohol or carbs.
Discovering this has now provided me a new light beer to drink if I so desire, which I will.
However, if I am craving a true IPA, this is not in the league of the “greats”, but I am happy to have found it. But if I want my kind of IPA this is not it. But I rated it for what it is supposed to be. Well done Lagunitas!
It is much better than some low ABVs IPAs that due not give you the benefit of essentially preserving a low carb diet.
I almost feel there should be a separate category for light IPAs.
Mar 12, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by Giggy from Michigan

Feb 27, 2023
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Rated by robed from California

2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Tastes like an IPA that's been poured into a shoe, or a heavily watered down one
Feb 09, 2023
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Reviewed by BrewMaven from New York

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy gold with a thin white cover. Resins and a hint of metallic on the nose, tastes resin, a bit piney with only the slightest hint of a malt backbone. Mouth field is surprisingly north of water at a light medium. Moderate carbonation not bad for 4% IPA. I wouldn’t turn one down at a party.
Feb 07, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 02, 2023
Rated: 3 by AbeO

Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is one of the top light IPAs I’ve had in a long time. Light straw appearance, limited head, but good bitter notes, citrus flavors, and decent mouthfeel.
Jan 27, 2023
Rated: 3.71 by DarrellK from Florida

Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Specialmick from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look...A very thin and a little tiny head dissipating quickly. light brown very traditional beer color
Smell....light light hop and citrus and not unpleasant but presenting in a very laid back fashion.
Taste...explosion of perceived juiciness but never chewy. A clean blast of citrus and hop. and so gulpable . haha A dry bittering light finish.
Feel...very thin and appropriate for the style. No lacing
Overall...This is a perfect situational beer and has so much taste IMO , A good thirst quencher for direct and proper hydration. A session success
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured out into a clear glass beer mug. The color was a very light golden color with a small sort of white head. Smell had the aroma of hops and lemon. Taste was the same.... very light hops with a hint of lemon. Really good light beer.
Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 3 by n2492004 from Michigan

Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pale gold and crystal clear, with a thin cap of bubbles that linger like traditional beers and provides a couple spots of lacing.

Light, crisp, and attractive aromas that provide some clear hop characteristics. Lemon/lime, light citrus, slight touch of underripe pineapple and pear, with equally-light notes of grass and crackery malt.

Definite “hoppy water” vibe on the tongue that fails to carry through on the more IPA-like nose. Heavy lemongrass personality, maybe a touch of citrus and green apple, extremely dry with a pleasant bittnerness and slight pith. Not much there but it’s incredibly refreshing and chuggable. You could drink these all day in the heat with ease, and certainly scratches an APA or IPA itch.

Effervescent and light feel but also some nice coating, providing a small amount of lingering bitterness and pith.

Not a bad “light IPA” attempt, and certainly incredibly drinkable. Tough to give this one even above average marks versus the braid world of IPAs. If there was a light IPA category it would obviously grade much better.
Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by fflopps from Iowa

Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2022
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Rated by Johnnyc3 from Florida

4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The best LIGHT IPA so far.
Jul 15, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 3.26 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Jul 04, 2022
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Rated by jerdim from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25
Best light beer I’ve ever tasted. Amstel used to hold that position. Light beer that doesn’t taste like water.
Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by MouldyCrow from Pennsylvania

Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by kjtree3535 from Maryland

Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a pale yellow leaning towards green with an off white head.

Bright citrus and biscuit with lemon grass and floral notes

Lemon grass and citrus with some dry floral hops.
Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by raust from Texas

May 25, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

May 24, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by selekt0r

May 13, 2022
Rated: 3.66 by RichardOrmiston from North Carolina

May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
DayTime pours a hazy, bright pale color, with a small, long lasting head. Aroma is sweet, a hint of lemon. Flavor is light, but has a nice bright and clean floral hop flavor forward. Feel is good, light, and approachable, with a nice carbonatation. Overall, this s a nice session IPA, lots of flavors, and still feels light and crushable.
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Clear, light gold, big white head, awesome retention, streaky rings of lace
Dank, melon, citrus, mango aromas
Tastes like it smells, plus some grainy tea malt flavors. A little watery
Thin bodied with appropriate carbonation
Possibly the best low-cal IPA I've had.
May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a bunch of leftover beers i took home from a bachelor party -- poured the can into a barrel glass. Massive foamy head gives way islands of bubbles and very thin lacing. Straw yellow, slightly cloudy appearance. Lots of grassy hops on the nose. Taste is very pleasant -- thin -- but pleasant. As expected a very easy drinking, session IPA. Will be great on hot days when you want a hoppier beer but not feel weighed down.
Apr 28, 2022
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Reviewed by frankdatank1337 from California

2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
I don't get how it's an IPA. A Coors Light has more flavor than this beer. Its def not bad but it barely tastes like beer. If you want a good light beer I suggest everyone try Michelob Ultra instead, it tastes better and it's cheaper.
Apr 20, 2022
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Rated by barneyrubble from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Compared to everything else I have had in the low abv or low carb category, this one is just very well done.
Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by ebanigan

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Legacy single shelf purchase.
LOOK: Crystal clear, bright pale straw yellow. All white head, less than average retention, decent side glass lace.
AROMA: Aromatic floral but also a sour, somewhat unpleasant odor.
TASTE: I don't like it.
FEEL: Ditto
Low in calories, low in carbs and low in my beer karma.
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
"Pale yellow, relatively tall white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is somewhat indistinct, but with elements of ""IPA-ness"" citrus, perhaps faint fine.

Flavor is somewhat typical of session IPAs. The hops flavors and bittering are present, but the malt flavors are largely absent. The middle retains the hop flavors of citrus, not much pine, with just a hint of malts in there somewhere. This finish is citrus, slightly bitter, with this being retained into the aftertaste. A nice crisp finish. OK as a light summer beer.

Thin body, more of a tea character.

Overall, not a bad session IPA; not a great one, either."
Jan 31, 2022
DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2784 ratings