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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
45.6 IBU

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Photo of BenHesk12
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Absolute garbage, and so well distributed that it's always in your face. A generic northern california IPA that is in every bar and every convenience store, but is actually a watery worthless ale. I'm literally disappointed every time someone buys this. A bland, filler beer that you might drink just to get drunk and not seem like a cheapskate for drinking PBR. Avoid if you can.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 6/17/11
*From notes

A: Filtered brilliant tree sap amber. A 1.75 finger head is the result of a decent pour. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Plain and forgettable. Where are the hops? It's like the whimpy kid in school who hasn't hit puberty yet. That signature Lagunitas earthiness lingers in my nose.

T: Grains and ginger on the fore. The hop oil appears on the mid and comes off quite mild. I get the feeling they brewer's toned this back quite a bit to appeal to a larger audience. The finish is bitter, but it seems like very little thought has been put into personalizing the flavor profile of this one. It all comes together like IPA 101.

M: I'm surprised at how light and thin this is. The bubbles take away from the meager amount of flavor this beer sports. Underwhelming.

O: With their upcoming expansion, I hope Lagunitas' IPA isn't a sign of things to come. I've always enjoy their suds, but this is about as middle of the road as you can get. Maybe an AIPA newcomer will dig this, who knows. As for me, I won't purposely return to it.

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Photo of gardenofsound
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served in a bottle but I asked for a glass and poured it myself.

Color: Amber-ish color. Not as light colored as some other IPAs as this was more brown that orange hue.

Head: Not too much going on here, but I generally pour very gently with a strong tilt to minimize this aspect. Very little trails left.

Aroma: Great! Complex and fruity. A bit citrusy with a little pine going on.

Taste: Starting to go downhill here from my viewpoint. I prefer more traditional IPA's with little or no Cascades, and this one screams of California which is sometimes a good thing, but in the case, it wasn't. That's just my opinion, but I know that they nailed what they were going for here, so I can't fault too much. I wish I could have gotten a little more malt and yeast character out of the beer. Everything about the taste screamed "Cascades". I read that they put Centennials in it, but I didn't catch that character as much. Some more malt to counteract the hop punch would have made this a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: harsh. I had some Belgian ales earlier in the day (Goose Island's Pere Jacques and Sofie) and this was just a complete shock on the palette compared to what I had been drinking. Acidity is an issue here.

Drinkability: this is where it really turned me off. the harshness on the intake coupled with heavy acidity once in the stomach. I could not finish the beer. There is nothing subtle about it. It was like very hot Indian food: there's so much going on that it's tough to appreciate anything in it. It gave me heartburn after only half a bottle.

I wouldn't get this one again, but again, my preference is for IPA's that stick closer to the English style rather than the heavy Cascaded California style. If I were to modify this beer, I would save some of the hops from the kettle and use them for a dry hop cycle. The aroma couldn't hurt from more though that aspect is great as is.

I guess that a symptom of the American IPA in general is that they're going for too much hoppy flavor at the expense of everything else.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six pack and brought it home before I looked at the bottles...loaded with floaties. Checking on the Julian date, I see it was bottled June 10. Oh well.

It has a nice honey gold colour with a minimal head of foam and very little lacing. I'm keeping the floaties in the bottle...

Big lemon citrus notes with some biscuit notes in the smell.

Ditto for the taste only here it doesn't show much balance and the hop flavour seems harsh to me. It's rather thin bodied, lowish with the carbonation, and isn't all that drinkable.

As is, it doesn't impress me but if I come across fresher samples, I'll give it another go and see if a change in my review is needed.

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Photo of garuda
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper, no head, attempts to revive the head are futile, little lacing.

S/T - Floral, piney hops with a slightly sweet caramel backbone to balance. Hints of citrus come through, finishing with an herbal, pine hop finish. Nose was very weak.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes dry.

O - Strikes me as an average IPA, not really standing apart from the crowd in any way. I'm not compelled to try it again.

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Photo of carlborch
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant, golden-copper pour, produces a 2.5 inch, off-white pocketed head. Appears to have modest carbonation. Sweet, malty nose with suggestions of pine. Medium-light body. Semi-dry palate. Short and light. Less hop bitterness than I would expect from an IPA. Very nice lace. The head settled in at 1/4 inch. Some sweet lingering. It looked great, but the rest did not follow. I will not go looking for this IPA.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Lagunitas IPA poured an orange-gold with a frothy white head that was slow to die. The beer looks fine and in fact, has an active look about it due to vibrant carbonation.

This beer just smells like an IPA, although it is obviously (by smell alone) more hoppy than a true India Pale Ale. I assumed this was going to be a very hoppy APA and the aroma predicts this...floral hops without a hint of malt. I'm a little worried about this.

And I had reason to be. The hop flavor is good, because hops are good. however, there's very little balance to found in this pale ale. The powerful hops are floating free without a grounding of malt...or anything else for that matter. I'm not sure if I got a bad batch (given the totality of the reviews, I really don't think so) but I don't taste the sweetness that other BA's note.

I do think there is a time and a place for overly hoppy beers...just not in my world. The Lagunitas IPA is a strong, bitter beer. For some people this is just what the doctor ordered. For me, it's an invitation to have a Full Sail Pale Ale....

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Photo of RoadLizard
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is almost what I would call a "light" IPA. The flavor is there but it seems like you have to work to get at it. The color is a very light orange, almost like a Pilsner. The smell has a light citrus note with a little warm bread in there. The flavor is mild and fleeting although still fairly good. Easy to drink. It's not very complex though which for this style might be an issue. I dunno. There are better IPAs out there for sure but this one would work for a person that wants a very light IPA. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of changeup45
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a decent initial head and a pretty good amount of lacing ends up on the glass. The aroma is quite mild consisting of citrus fruits with hints of caramel and malt but hardly any hops. A semi-spiced caramel malt character comes out first in the flavor followed by a sour hoppy grapefruit taste. A wet finish for an IPA. Interesting mix of malts and hops but not necessarily what I look for in an IPA. Decent enough beer but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque burnt orange color.
A nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish is the best way to characterize the flavor.
Not much aroma other than hops and malt.This is a average IPA. Drinkability is average. Not sure what the hype is over this IPA but its average to most West Coast IPAs, especially compared to PAC NW IPAs, Union Jack, Bear Republic, Stone and others.

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Photo of HogHill
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a orange-copper hue into my pint glass, there was not much of a head. The taste starts out rather balanced between hops and malt, but the finish is a bit like I would imagine hop flavored cough medicine to be like. Overall an unremarkable IPA, not bad, but definitely not something to write a request for the homebrew version of. No need to try again in the bottle, maybe i'd give it a 2nd chance on draft.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm.. I seem to be one of the few that aren't diggin on this brew...

Pours a crystal clear amber with a huge head... This is a beautiful brew, very inviting looking...

While the hops are definitely forward, there's something weird about this... There's a mustiness to this that seems out of place...

Again... While this is hoppy, they're musty hops... Not earthy... Musty... Perhaps I have an old bottle? But with NO FRESHNESS DATE how am I supposed to know????

Not overly impressed with this... If I get the chance to try it again, I probably will but as for now, I'm not impressed...

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Photo of mattcrill
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light lemongrass, slightly piney character up front. A bready malt base asserts itself and there are some slight yeast notes as well which makes me think of fresh bread dough. Aroma is kind of muddled between the hop aromas, malt character, and yeast notes.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden-amber pour with a nice 1-finger off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is nice on the glass. Effervescence noted as it sits in the glass.

Flavor: Soft orange juice-like flavors up front with a jostling back and forth of juicy sweetness and pithy citrus bitterness. A fresh bread dough malt base again asserts itself. Firm hop bitterness leaves the beer appropriately balanced with more piney hop resin flavor after it warms. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is long, lingering, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No creaminess, oiliness, or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A well crafted, balanced American IPA. Pretty tame even by Lagunitas current standards. Enjoyable but slips into the "sea of same-ness" with other American IPA's.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 2 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This brew has a opaque burnt orange color.
Flavor: A nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish is the best way to characterize the flavor.
Aroma: Not much aroma, but I don't have a great sense of smell
This is a good IPA, but I may need to re-evaluate it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A – Caramel-amber hue, with a fizzy and foamy off-white head, and sticky lace.

S –There is a ton of hops, mostly bitter and citric, and a pronounced caramel malt. The aroma is a harbinger of a caramel overload upcoming.

T – Some problems with this stuff. The hop palette, flavor wise, is basically grapefruity and rye-like, and lacking a floral/dank/pine element. Too much caramel flavor in this ale for my liking, it melds with the citrus to become mildly cloying, despite the big bitterness..

M – Syrupy for the style, but well-carbonated.

D – I am not a fan of this stuff; Lagunitas has done so many better things, I can't see why this recipe is their full-time IPA.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a copper hue with a thin whitehead that has some nice looking lacing and good retention.
S. Not much in the scent, but barely pick up some caramel, pine and citrus.
T. The taste starts out with some grapefruit and pine followed by some caramel and sweet malts which overtake the hops making this beer almost too sweet for an IPA.
M. The mouthfeel is a little watery and finishes with a dry mouth.
O. A rather disappointing offering from a brewery that has made some beers I really enjoy drinking. I'll stick with Stone and Sierra Nevada whenever I want a west coast IPA.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprising and unfortunately average offering from Lagunitas. Pours clear gold with an average white head. Decent pine and grapefruit aroma. Taste was disappointing. The resin is watery and the citrus is flat. Its there, but it tastes old or musty. Sorry.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oddly a very clear beer. Golden in color with a sticky white head. Big citric hop nose with some malty notes masked below.

Slight sticky sweetness up front which is cut out almost instantly by a very big hop presence. Pine and citrus are the big flavors here, body attempts to be big and juicy but falls just short. Kind of a weird hybrid of an ipa and double ipa in my opinion.

Hop presence is pretty big as well as this beers bite but shys away from being harsh like some other ipas.

Slightly different and good but nothing out of this world, if you love the taste of those commonly used hops you'll like the big hop taste that's present.

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Photo of Vendetta
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 1, 2008

A decent IPA. The aroma is really grassy even for an IPA. Overall I enjoyed it, but it didn't have the fully rounded taste that other IPAs like Stone's has. A pretty plain, average IPA. I'll probably stick to Stone and Dogfish Head.

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Photo of xare
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid beer - nothing that was truly exceptional in my view. Appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability all defined the classical IPA in my view. It'll be a solid choice down the road whenever I want a classic IPA without weird funkiness or over-the-top extremeness.

Can't go wrong with this brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange color with a white head that goes away quick. A dry hopped aroma, with very small grapefruit notes in the nose. Tastes a bit sweet and a bitter end. A little piney even. It has a dry bitter aftertaste, but very smooth. A nice IPA, a nice bitter, and yet, not to extreme.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too much to compliment or rip on this beer about.Both smell and taste yields to peach.It is smooth with that same peachy finish.I would recommend to try one time but not to get your hopes of it's a pretty average ale.Personally I would drink if offered but I doubt I would ever again purchase this product.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average across the board and completely what I was expecting. Poured a medium orange bronze colour with a a white, soapy head. Smelled of pine sap and grapefruit rind. Tasted of pine sap and grapefruit rind with a touch a maltiness. Another hoppy American IPA of which there are thousands (well, probably hundreds, but you know what I mean). Not a bad beer, but this style is simply so over-done. A decent American IPA nonetheless, provided you enjoy the style.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 12 ounce bottles purchased from a local convenience store, chilled to approximately 50 degrees, and poured into a pint glass. About the best thing I can say about this beer is that it's the least objectionable West Coast IPA I've had. Glad I tried it, but I'll not be having it again.

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Photo of cervezango
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

this is a weird IPA, it smells kinda soapy,and also at first reminded me of ovaltine. I guess thats some kind malt. Its even a little reminiscent of a swartz beer with its sweet malty smell. basically no hops for the nose.

syrupy taste like a swartz beer, with a little bit of hops finish. bees wax.

sticky mouth feel but still light. carbonation in minimal.

overall Not a huge fan of this. First beer I've had from lagunitas that I wouldn't recomend or buy again.

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