Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - American
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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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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a white cap and continuous "champagne" type bubbles. Spotty lacing. Aroma is mild, floral hops, bread yeast and pine. Flavor much more in your face than the aroma although the same as the nose. Feel is light bodied and well carbonated. Overall a very nice well priced beer.

Thursday at 09:21 PM
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3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - Nice light amber color, no head.
Smell - Very bland, only a slight pine aroma if anything.
Taste- Some pine taste to it, nothing fruity or citrusy.
Feel- nice thin body, good carbonation.
Overall: Decent IPA, very easy to drink, would recommend if you just want a very simple and light IPA.

Apr 30, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

2.52/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

De un color dorado oscuro, con dos dedos de espuma de buena retención. Cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a lúpulo y malta. En boca destacan matices herbáceos y lupulados. Final seco.

Apr 17, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a vibrant and beautiful shade of golden yellow with a big frothing two finger head of white suds. Laces the glass exceptionally well with intricate webs of lacing, a very pretty looking beer for sure.

Aroma: Funky, semi-tart grapefruit and bitter pinesap with a backdrop of caramel malt. A note of sweet orange.

Taste: Malty off the bat, the initial flavor reveal is all caramel malt, similar to lightly toasted bread and butterscotch. Goes floral briefly with notes of orange peel, then transitions into flavors of sweet grapefruit and spicy, rich pine resin.

Feel: Very easy drinking and sessionable for the style. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall: Not my absolute favorite, but this is a good representation of the style featuring lots of orange/grapefruit flavor and a rich malt bill with a prominent, but still approachable amount of bitterness that isn't abrasive to the palate.

Apr 16, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

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

355 ml bottle, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. ABV not mentioned on the label. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. The aroma is fairly moderate, notes of dust and fruity hops, hints of tropical fruits. The flavour is distinctly hoppy throughout, as expected from an IPA, with fruity notes. Bitter finish, but not too extreme. Not too sweet, refreshing.

Mar 23, 2021
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Derptiluderp from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard session IPA. Minor lacing. Low IBU. Almost an anise bitterness. No fruit to speak of. Maybe something mild, like melon. Throaty upfront, but crisp and not too dry. Poured from a 19.2 oz can. I wish this size in four pack were common.

Feb 27, 2021
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mmontalto from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks- very transparent, nothing crazy
Smell- floral, bit of pine
Taste- average west coast ipa. Floral and flavorful at first, slightly assertive hop bitterness, finishes malty
Feel- good carbonation, although I’ve heard some people have had almost flat/not well carbonated cans. Full bodied

Feb 23, 2021
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. 2" sudsy off white head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is hazy orange with abundant streaming carbonation. Aroma dominated pine, citrus, tangerine, over white bread backbone. Mouthfeel is medium, sticky, with a slowly drying finish. Flavor bready malts with orange and pine resinous hops. Overall: excellent

Jan 18, 2021
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Olesjm from Kansas

3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: copper colored with a white long lasting head with excellent lacing.
S: malt heavy with pronounced citrus hops.
T: mildly bitter for a west coast IPA. Very smooth and drinkable.
M: medium bodied
O: a great basic IPA and a great intro or gateway IPA. Not as harsh or bitter as most west coast IPAs have become.

Jan 06, 2021
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: copper in color with white bubbly head no lacing head disappears clear a little darker of the ipas
S: citrus not very strong smell a little pineapple
T: goes in sweet and ends with a bready orange flavor with bitterness at the end that doesnt kill and stick
F: heavy body low carbonation leaves mouth kind of dry a little sticky
O: an average ipa

Dec 19, 2020
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's an okay IPA. Honestly, it's very drinkable but you can find.much better. Got a 12 pack of it in a 24 pack at Costco that I bought for the Lil Sumpin Sumpin. Has a pretty watery mouth feel and not as many ibu's as a typical ipa. Very malty.

Dec 06, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Imperial pint can served in a pint glass. Brilliant brassy and clear, with ample off white head. Crystal clear. Aroma is less impressive -- this beer is so oldschool west coast IPA it's not even dry hopped. Assertive bitterness profile matched with a malt backbone featuring some kilned malts and a bready flavor. Enduring and ubiquitous, but not remarkable.

Nov 13, 2020
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AccentsAndAles from California

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

funny video review here: https://youtu.be/Cnay4LJfcao

We purchased our IPA from a grocery that did not refrigerate the IPA. It lost a lot of aroma and was overly malty. More like an Amber Ale. We missed the IPA bitterness of a West Coast IPA and the excellent hop aroma. We look forward to trying IPA direct from their tap in Petaluma, CA!

Great Company.

Oct 16, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

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

A - Restrained pour into an authentic British pint glass producing a solid gold transparent brew with moderate carbonation and one finger snow-white head.

S - Floral notes, hops, citrus. Typical of the style, nothing out of the ordinary or unexpected here.

T - Floral, bitter, citrus, and hops. Good tasting IPA with a slight snap to it.

M - Thin, non-lingering on palate. Dry and clean.

D - I've had much better IPAs. With that being said, this isn't bad for a basic IPA. Good starting point for those wanting to explore the style.

Oct 13, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an bright amberish gold like color with a thick foamy 2 finger head, which left a good amount of lacing. Decent amount of carbonation. Taste and aroma consist of pine, and a slight toasty/malt flavor. Not a big hop head, but this IPA was tasty, and a lot less aggressive than others.

Oct 05, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark amber color with a 2 finger white head that dissipated slowly. Heavy lacing was present. Nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Slight malt forward taste with grapefruit pith and piney hops on the finish that lingers for a while. Moderate like carbonation and feel. Not bad but there are much better IPAs.

Oct 02, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial pint can poured into a 20 oz Belgian Tulip.

Aroma is strong - it hits as soon as I cracked the can. Citrus and tropical. Orange and melon. Slight pine.

Clear deep amber color, topped by a tall bubbly head with OK retention, leaving thick lacing down the glass. Great look.

Taste is an interesting combination of the citrus, tropical fruits, and (as a weaker player) pine. The bitterness begins in the aftertaste of the first sip and grows from there with each successive drink. The aftertaste is decidedly resiny and bitter. This influence grows, giving the entire taste a piney, resiny, and bitter dominance after half-way through or so, more than you might expect from the IBU rating. The citrus and tropical fruits remain as a delightful aspect throughout. I really like the taste of this beer overall.

As the beer warms, it develops a malty, slightly sweet undercarriage that balances the bitterness quite well.

Body is moderate for the style, perhaps on the thick side (again, for the style!).

Overall, an excellent American IPA of the West Coast substyle.

Sep 07, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The only beer worth buying off the singles rack in the gas mart cooler but $2.49 for a tall can is the blessing of mass production and distribution.
Slow carbonation rises through a crystal clear, golden liquid supporting a 1 inch head of soapy white foam. The head slumps quickly leaving a few speck of trailings.
The aroma is IPA lite like - some pine and citrus with a faint malt sweetness in back.
Flavor is that of a hoppy pale ale. But wait - that's the definition (almost) of an IPA so....yea it's in the ball park but lacks.... substance.
This has little going for it beyond good drinkability and I think that's all the brewer(y) was shooting for with it's flagship. The beer is missing both a signature hop character in either aroma or flavor and any malt heft to offer complexity or balance.
Mouthfeel is thin and the finish is dry and astringent. Mildly pleasing and refreshing but ultimately disappointing aside from it's value pricing and broad crowd appeal.

Aug 28, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this as a pint on draft.
Pours a clear golden color with a small short lived head.

Smells and tastes of hops and malt. Lightly bitter crisp finish.

Medium body with light carbonation.

A nice, well made, mild version of a west coast IPA.

Aug 28, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White head that dissipates within about a minute and pretty lacing around the glass through drinking it. Beautiful translucent dark amber color. Smell has some citrus and pine to it but isnt necessarily strong. Taste follows the nose although it is slightly more bitter than I had expected, but not in a bad way at all. Nothing noteworthy about the feel when drinking. Overall a good beer, but nothing about it really stuck out to me. I wouldn't mind drinking this again but I probably won't buy another case for a while.

Aug 14, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant, clear, burnished golden color. Thick 3 finger head dissolves leaving ultimately no residual head. Some partial sticky lacing is left behind on the glass as its consumed.

Aroma has notes of pine, maybe some cedar, a touch of grapefruit and a distinct alcohol note coming through.

Taste is interesting ... there is no date on this can (seriously??) so Im not sure if its old, but given this flavor profile, I suspect it is. Taste has notes of pine, pine needles, a slight metallic taste a certain watery character to the flavors. The hops are there and do really punch you in the face, but they seem past their prime. They've taken on a quite bitter, dried out taste. Also, there is a slighty tangy yeast note ... its got that unique Lagunitas yeast - but it seems even more twangy in this one.

Feel is light, really crisp, a bit oily and slick.

Overall, its not great. I do wonder how fresh this can is, but its still got some of the issues that have always kept this from being an IPA that I liked.

Aug 09, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Cobra glass, large 3 finger copper head that goes quickly leaving a cap of froth. Smells of fruit teas, citrus. Taste is of piney hops with a thin but not overly thin sweet malty body, enough to just about handle the strong hop presence. Finish fruity with mild carbonation, dies into being slightly dry yet quite sweet. It's a good beer and moreish but I would take the pine qualities of SNPA over this. Finishes a bit too sweet for my liking but enjoyable all the same,

Aug 01, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

when i saw this one i had to try it.
Pours a hazy yellow color with a 1 inch white head
fresh citrus flavor beer seemed a bit heavy
i am not an ipa fan but this was a good one

Jul 26, 2020
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vernardico from Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice light cooper color. Small to medium head, maybe two fingers. With medium retention.

Great aroma. Peach-like sweetness.

The taste is obviously not as sweet as the aroma. Very discrete sweetness, again with hints of peach, and also citrus zest. The sweetness rapidly vanishes in the piney- resine bitterness.

Im not a bit fan of IPAs, but i cant say I didnt enjoy it. Felt well balanced for an IPA, and definetley i can drink it again.

Jul 19, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A combination of sessions, both a can poured into a clear pint glass and two off a tap, within hours of each other. The draught is superior and these numbers and observations are combined. The liquid is a light copper with the head and glass lace far better from the tap. Neither has noteworthy bouquet, but what is there is dry hops. There's a pleasant dry hop taste as well, but it's not outstanding. Again, the drawn beer much better than from the can. I know many other beers that come from a can that are better, so I think this will be something I'll only order off the tap.

Jul 17, 2020
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