Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #2,202
Ranked #12,306
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial Qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!

This is our unique version of an ancient style. A style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries of Great Ships. Not as old as the equator they had to cross twice en route, nor as old as the 10,000 miles or so of Di-Hydrogen Oxide and Sodium upon which they sailed, but older than the Circulithium-4 Lentoid that binds the Lupulin Quartnate onto your taste buds. Weird. Think about it. Now stop. OK, go again. Now stop. Think again. And stop. But we digress. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, this redolent ale will likely float your boat, whatever planet you're on.

45.6 IBU
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Photo of Bierschenker
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being owned by Heineken helps your availability in Europe. Having a Dutch supermarket chain helps with your availability in Belgium.

Served in my trusty "Seef" tumbler. Still using the dishwasher.
No real ambient smell while pouring. A nice compact creamy head persists.
Coulour is an amber caramel.
Smell is not so strong, earthy/herby, malts and hops.
Flavour is full and creamy. Very fresh
A bit tart, good bitterness, rounded with sweet malts, citrus in there somewhere.
Dry bitterness lingers a decent long time.

I expected something wild and unexpectedly different. It's not. What it does do for me is offer a decent and respectable taste sensation.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb look: dark golden colour. Almost no carbonation. Decent head. Freshness and citric smell. Very deep smell. The mouthfeel is superb. After a while leaves a nice bitterness in the mouth. A nice and enjoyable drinking sensation. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Guaro
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Compact and persistent white head with fine texture, limpid copper-colored body with splendid orange reflections. Scent of malt, bread and honey, citrus fruits, herbaceous hopping. On the palate elegant malty base, caramel, crackers, the hopped part brings citrus sensations and a nice hoppy, herbaceous and resinous pine finish. Well balanced sweet and bitter components. Light but solid body and medium and pungent sparkle. Good old school American IPA.

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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I say that hasn't been said already? You have in front of you one of the very best examples of a classic American West Coast style IPA's on the market, the same as it was on its release and today. This is made with the choicest ingredients sourced throughout the world, this is a truly complex IPA. Tasting notes include resiny dank hops, cracker tasting caramel malt resulting in a very deep complexity of flavors that is both approachable to new and old consumers alike.

I stress this is to be enjoyed while having a great cut off buffalo sirloin, or even with goat cheese charcuterie spread. Classic taste and almost ultra approachable.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a bright yellow gold body and proudly supports a 2in head of fluffy white bubbles, leaving artistic lacing down the length of 3/4 of the glass.

Aroma of bitter hops and biscuit malt meet the pine resin bitterness with aplomb.

Medium feel is filling and leaves a bittering aftertaste.

Overall a solid example of the style.

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Photo of jwp777
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 19.2oz can:

Pours a bright amber color with an orange tint. White head is small but retains and laces well.

Aroma is floral with a bit of pine, hoppy, and bit dank. There is some sweetness but not much for me.

Taste is quite a bit like the nose. The floral and piney possibilities are explored here in this IPA, but there is still a good bit of citrus. The finish is very long and the malty sweetness balance comes at the very end. Flavors are all very strong.

Feel is medium bodied with decently strong carbonation. It isn’t as smooth as I might have wanted but it isn’t syrupy either.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - light amber in color, clear, and small head with good lacing retention.
Smell - hop smell mainly dominated by pine with some citrus. malt presence is very noticeable, giving off some sweetness.
Taste - strong hoppy presence with a just as equally strong malt backbone. the hop flavors are forward and unmasked: bitterness, floral flavors, and rounded out with the smoothness of the malts. nice long finish with a bit of sweetness towards the end.
Feel - medium body, average carbonation, and right on par for IPAs of this style at around 6.2% ABV.
Overall - this is an old school West Coast style IPA, and one of my favorite styles. Nothing crazy or out of the ordinary, but just a solid, flavorful, unmasked, and tasty beer.

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Photo of TomEfiller
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour with a modest head. Smells of dank spices with no floral hops. Taste has a spice bite with mild hoppiness. Feels a little sticky but smooth. Overall I would rate this a solid go to IPA.

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Photo of Jrami26
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the beers that got me started with craft beer. This rich amber color pour was reminding me of those European Lagers. However, this beer is heavy, malty, and bitter. The bitterness, I'm ok with but everything else was such a disappointment.

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Photo of gothamcity
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 1 pint can poured into a wine glass.
Head: Beautiful rocky 1 inch head that dissipates in a couple of minutes. Beautiful thick lacing. Thin white rim remained.
Color: Clear, dark copper.
Aroma: Mild Concord (purple) grapes, alphonso mangoes, black peppers.
Taste: Spicy - dry roasted coriander seeds, ajwain for the first two seconds. Slowly, taste and bitterness of the hops meld with the taste of ajwain and this complex bitterness lingers. Light and refreshing.
Carbonation: Medium and helps boost the spicy taste in the beginning.
Would drink again? No

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-clear, amber bottle pour with a generous foam cap and a pine aroma with a tiny hint of mint. Spruce resin, caramel malt are prominent with some woody hop flavors and moderate bitterness.

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Photo of James94
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy golden in its colour, initial one-finger head, good lacing
S: Orange peel, grapefruit, pineiness, slight spiciness, jam
T: Pine, grapefruit, hints of lime towards the end
F: Smooth carbonation, nice rounding of bitterness on the finish

O: 4

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Photo of willcull78
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Better than expected. Having had a few of these in my day I am surprised that I had never written a review before this. I like this brew, having drank a few over the past few years. Paid $1.99 for 19.2 oz can at my local Meijer. The aroma upon opening catches your nose. It is a fruitful, pineapple, citrus aroma. It is not over-bearing but certainly noticeable. When poured it leaves a nice frothy, foamy, head. Nice lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation. The color is a dark-amber and it is clear. Not hazy in any way. The taste is delightful, flavorful, worth waiting for. It flows over the tongue, peaking your taste buds. It would certainly go well with grilled-burgers and some mac-&-cheese with bacon bits.

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Photo of mpavilion
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The “basic b” of IPAs... not too malty, not too hoppy, inoffensive enough for any crowd. Goes down easy, but without the flavor that you’re probably seeking if you’re on this website.

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Photo of southack
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Golden amber, fine bubbles, low head
Smell: Strong hop smell, apples
Taste: Very strong hop flavor, not sweet. Mostly hops and residual hops.
Feel: Medium-heavy mouth feel
Overall: Strong hops and dry overall

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two 19oz cans picked up at Safeway in Kenmore, Washington.
The usual Lagunitas code stamped on the bottom that I need to learn to translate sooner or later. Poured in to a mason jar.

Look- Clear golden honey color. Nice off-white colored head that slowly recedes to a thin cap, nice lacing. moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (grapefruit and orange pith, some lemon), pine, bready malt, light tropical fruit (primarily pineapple), herbal/floral notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, starts out tangerine and light tropical fruit sweet that fades to a bitter citrus skin and hoppy pine/cilantro type flavor.

Feel- Medium/light bodied with a dry, lingering light bitter finish, moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- Nothing fancy just a pretty standard west coast style IPA, solid overall at a nice price. Worth trying.

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Photo of entheos
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple IPA. Delicate and smoothly refreshing. It’s like an elevated Budweiser with juice and joy. Very fruity and a bit tart. It has a golden look with a light foam.

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Photo of Ramen
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good balanced IPA, nothing to extreme here. Nose can be a little skunky but overall nice strong piney hoppy aroma. Enough sweetness to balance out the hops- a good default IPA when indecisive!!

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Photo of CRAFTKING954
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden clear with a slight white foamy head
S: slightly sweet with an decent hoppy scent mixed at the right proportions
T: slightly sweet with a slight bitter after hint. The hops dont over power the malt in this combination. A good starter IPA.
M: medium body, covers the palate nicely. Smooth and refreshing. Pleasant to drink w/o leaving you with a dry mouth.
O: i would have to say this is a decent ipa. For those like myself who have tried hundreds of different ipas of all styles I find it rather bland, but for those new to the ipa scene it is a great starter ipa. Overall I feel it is lacking in the explosive flavor of an ipa, but is still smooth and crushable at the same time.

I hope this helps your selection a little easier

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Photo of defunksta
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, orange color with a mild to moderate crispy head. SRM of 9 (3.75)

Aroma: Strong but vague aromas of grapefruit citrus, grape, peach tea, and tropical berry mostly. There's also significant peach and gooseberry to support. It's not like a usual IPA in that the grape/berry is enough to equally balance the citrus quality. There is a strong herbal onion and garlic component too that is characteristic of this beer. Vague that it reminds me of a saison. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with more vague flavors of green grape, apple, red grape, tropical peach, and herbs. Less citrus. The herbs are slightly sweet an dank but also astringent and dry. Milder than I previously expected. Finishes well balanced. Less bitter than I expected. Strong flavors for the ABV (4.25)

Feel: Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation. Strong herbal astringency left on the palate (4.00)

Compared to the Midwest's Bells Two-Hearted, this one has similar color. More herbal and less pine flavors. More grape and less stone-fruit. It has a lighter malt profile. More astringent, but bitterness is similar. Finishes more astringent and less sweet. If Two-Hearted is the dank and piney forest floor, this one is in the leafy and herbal canopy layer.

Compared to Bent Paddle Golden IPA: Quite similar actually. More dank and resinous herbs. More malty sweetness and darker. Less airy herbs and Sunny D orange. Heavier and sweeter overall. Less dry and bitter.

Compared w/ Summit's Saga IPA 4/1/20: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas. Similar grapefruit notes. More dank, tropical peach & apple. Less green grape & gooseberry. Heavier, sweeter, and more complex.

Compared to Lil Sumpin Sumpin 3/13/20: Pours a darker orange color. Stronger aromas of dank grape and green apple. Less sweet candied pineapple/lemon.Stronger hop profile and bitterness.

Overall: It is very similar in flavor to other Lagunitas beers I've had. (Waldo's). The flavors are strong and robust. It's a unique IPA with the grapefruit citrus, grape, apple, & tropical peach with a decent onion herb component. Not a traditional west-coast IPA, but right up the same alley. Has the classic "tart & biting grape" Lagunitas yeast flavor. The same people that appreciate bitter pine will go for the astringent grape/grapefruit qualities of this beer. (Final Rating: 4.11)

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Photo of RichardWeed
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too citrussy. Pleasant and refreshing after a three hour tour of Knob creek at the Navy Seals Honor dinner. Cold as can be from the tap. Delicous.
The bottles I just bought are close, but not as good as the draft.; I like it after getting tired of the Two heart. A solid brew poured straight down my neck from a very cold bottle.
Fat with hopps and pine, very little citrus bitterness, which is what I needed after several 2 heart. Will buy again, but this one is better the colder it is.
Cheeers gents!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the airport. Shaker pint. Golden colored ale with a thin film of foam. Clear. Pine, citrus, and berry aromas and flavors with craxker/biscuit malt. Nice grainy balance against the bittering hops. Slightly sticky finish.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cracked one of these open here today after getting this up at Gary's in Wayne. I thought I had reviewed it on here but that wasn't the case as apparently, I've never had this before! To me, this is old school compared to what I've had recently and if you're into Sierra Nevada or Stone, then a beer like this would be right up your alley.

This had a bright, coppery pour to it with plenty of head to top it off, although most of the lacing was in the form of a thin ring around the top of my pint glass. Citrus juice, lemon zest, copper, soap suds, and earthy hops filled the muted nose as the taste also contained metallic notes, caramel malt, grass, and melon rind. This wasn't a *bad* beer so much as it felt dated - like something I would have raved about in 2005 except that, things have changed a lot since then. Full-bodied, wide-ranging, and nicely crafted, I enjoyed it for what it was worth which was more of a period piece than anything else.

The booze wasn't terribly high here as it complemented the wide range of flavors without overpowering them. If you're looking for an old-school beer from California that served as a trailblazer for today's IPA's, this would be one to seek out. It had enough going for it but let's face it, much of what's being released today is beyond this and just different - in a good way!

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Photo of reedap1
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean, lots of citrus especially grapefruit. Clean on the palate but the aftertaste is bitter, not really smooth for me. Refreshing on a summer day but probably other IPAs are better.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - no visible date (opened 7-24-19).
1" pillowy white head, retains well at 1/4". Deep golden IPA with an abundance of visible carbonation moving through the beer. Clean and clear. Fresh, foamy lacing from the start.
Classic grapefruit, pine, and weeds over a slightly sweet malt base. Clean.
Lightly doughy malt base and then comes the piney, bitter grapefruit peel, onion, weedy hop attack. Classic.
Bright mouthfeel, high carbonation and medium body. Good length on the bitter finish.
Very good.

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