Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 1,774 | Ratings: 8,649
Photo of cyguyjg
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, pours to a pleasing clear golden tone. Not as hoppy as many IPAs but that makes this a refreshing (cold) summer drink. Would make a good session IPA. Also a possibility for Pale Ale drinkers.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with 1 finger head with great lacing. Smells sweet with a mild hopiness. Tastes of minor tea leaf with mid bitterness that fades quickly. Great drinkablity lends itself to many repeats.

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Photo of cbenson
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: This is a handsome beer. Golden with a hint a red. A quarter inch foam head with plenty of air and a sudsy residue.
Smell: Citrus, lime, grapefruit, toasted malt character. Extremely balanced.
Taste: Floral and a little dark. Nothing to astonishing for an IPA. Grapefruit is the most vibrant flavor. Very mild sweet aftertaste.
Feel: carbonated and full bodied with a well balanced mix of lightness and bready malts.
Overall: Extremely balanced IPA and perfect for all occasions. Made for repeat drinking.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a clear golden color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing with very good retention. The nose is malty with some faint grapefruit and pine. The taste follows the nose: it has a nice malty base with some dank, bitter hops and grapefruit. You can also taste some sweeter fruit at the finish. It is a medium-bodied ale with moderate carbonation and the 6.2% ABV is not an issue. Overall, there is nothing wrong with this IPA except that I cannot avoid comparing it to Sucks, which is world-class.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, non-cloudy with a white foamy head. Great lacing.

Aroma: notable malty aroma with a slight citrus finish.

Taste: mostly balanced malty/hop taste with a slight leaning towards Malt imo.

Feel: medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy. great imo.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkish IPA. Orange hue to my eye. Light lacy white head. The smell is subtle for a west coast IPA. The taste is right in my sweet spot: piney, grapefruit. Absolutely delicious

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Photo of pianoguy
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a clear golden body with a bone white head. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell is prominent . Mostly a grapefruit citrus, somewhat floral too.

Taste is an interesting balance. I can really taste the malts at the finish. This seems to reduce the bitterness quite a bit.

Light and slightly dry feel.

All things considered, this beer is a classic ! An interesting link in the chain of IPA development. Not exactly a west coast IPA by today's standards. But 15 years ago this was pretty cutting edge. I can taste the history.

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Photo of BeerAK
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle.

I will start by saying this is a nice well-balanced IPA. It poured a nice golden color with a good head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving lace all the way down the glass. Aroma was of pine and grapefruit, which I thought was a bit mild for a west coast IPA. There was a nice malt backbone that supported the hops well to create a beer that is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour was great, clear and pale appearance with an thick white foam head. Smells herb like and floral; sage, basil, mint and lots of floral notes. Taste was very herbal and floral but little bitterness during or after. Light to medium levels of carbonation and a smooth run over the palette. Tastes/feels like a session ipa, but kicks like a full strength ipa.

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Photo of Carlson8tor
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma- strong Aroma of grapefruit .
Flavor-  grapefruit flavored I'm sure they used a lot of cascade hops. Not too much malt comes through.
Look- Brilliantly clear
Mouth- light bodied.
Overall- pretty good ipa. Very grapefruity. Light bitterness but it lingers.

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Photo of brendanwlake
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Legs, balance, color, crispness, it's all there. Nice dry finish, fabulous dry feel after the swallow. Early, mid palette is just as good. This is a very good IPA.

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Photo of Alias2325
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking amber color. No overpowering smells, mostly malty which is what it tastes like. Considerably better on draft than in the bottle in my opinion. If I'm at a liquor store I won't buy it again, but on tap at a bar I'll go for it.

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Photo of JesseMcC-DoubleIPA-lover
1.38/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not going too in depth... But this is a very basic beginning, middle and ending IPA, almost no aroma, to start... Then there's barely any flavor. I don't get hints of anything in it. Hops are manageably par for the course. Only saving grace to Lagunitas IPA (that I'd say) is there's no weird aftertaste or effect.... A very mediocre intro to IPAs... And if you've had ANY flavored IPA, I say skip this one

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Photo of Sheppard
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little dark. Clear. White head. Aroma is underwhelming. Lots of biscuity malt character. Some spicy hops. Thin but easy drinking. A pretty good widely available IPA, but weak in comparison to the IPAs I'm used to.

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Photo of do_ob
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Light copper in color, topped with about a finger width's head of bubbly, white foam. Transluscent in appearance - overall good clarity albeit a bit hazy. Dank pine, hops, citrus, and a touch of grapefruit on the nose. The taste follows along, with a decent bitterness presenting up front, then giving way to a juicy, fruity sweetness. Lots of grapefruit, mango and maybe some pineapple in there. Nothing stand-out, but very well balanced. The bitterness is far from overwhelming, but remains more than noticable. Good feel, pretty standard. On the creamy side, which is nice. The flavors of this beer fit perfectly within the 6%-8% ABV threshold.

Again, nothing stands out to me, but this is a solid IPA for sure.

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Photo of The_Atom
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've never been big on IPAs at all, but this was one of the first I tried and actually enjoyed. When I'm feeling an IPA, I go for this one. I'm picky on my IPAs so the fact I like this one means it is just the right amount of hoppiness for me.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap

The color is a nice honey amber color with a one inch white foamy head. Nice lacing on glass too.

Wish the smell was more pronounced. There are hints of pine and citrus peels.

The taste is on par with ano IPA. Not overpowering but enough to know I'm drinking a beer. Hoppy, slight citrus notes, not overbearing pine or grassy notes.

Great level of carbonation. Feels a little more rich than other beers. Sips well.

Overall, a nice IPA. Nothing extraordinary but not boring either. Great beer to drink while at a bar. Pairs easily with a nice Angus burger.

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.14.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, orange-gold with a one-inch, white head. Pretty good retention and nice lacing left in the glass.

S: 4 Good balance of malt and hop with some sweetness mixing in nicely with pine and citrus. Nice aromas overall, but a bit muted.

T: 4.25 Flavors are like the nose, but a bit stronger. Still good balance with a mild malt sweetness up front before orange, pine, and lemon kick in. The finish has a nice graininess to balance out the mild hop bitterness.

M: 4.5 Great body and carbonation with a creamy, substantial feel that’s still refreshing.

O: 4.25 This is a classic example of a clean, well-executed IPA. It’s not super hop-forward and isn’t exactly cutting-edge anymore, but it still hits the spot just about every time.

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Photo of ricke49
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More in common with English style IPA than typical west coast IPAs. Light copper yellow color. Easy on the palate and a restrained bitterness (51 ibu). Bombers are always reasonably priced it seems. All adds up to a good everyday quencher. Wish I could have found a date or at least a code on the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer was a solid copper color, with a half inch head. The smell was simply of fresh hops and citrus. It tasted very crisp and the taste of hops was very prevalent with a minor hint of malt flavor and pine. There was a good level of carbonation which made it refreshing and it also wasn't too bitter. A very nice beginner IPA.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at TGI Fridays. Best thing available here. Bottle to pint glass.
AROMA: Citrus, hoppy nose.
TASTE: Taste is ash, but not too much, wood, pine.
Middle of the road ipa.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 22 oz bottle

I can't even imagine all the times I have had this beer and yet I have never rated/reviewed it? That is just beyond me.

A - A nice simple copper color, one finger white foamy head with a bit of legs/lacing

S - Pine, sweet and toasted malts/grains, bright citrus (lemon, orange, lime), biscuit yeast, nice sugar and just all around hoppy. The smell is the least impressive part of this great beer.

T - Really nice balance of hops (pine and citrus) and malt (sweet and toasted) with a very nice biscuit yeast, nice sweetness and just a very well done simple from start to finish IPA.

M - Medium carbonation, medium acidity, nice complexity, well balanced and the hop/malt finish you'd expect from a staple IPA.

D/O - Refreshing, simple (but not lacking), easy to drink and smooth as heck. As a staple IPA and what you'd call and "everyday'er" this beer is perfect. Anyone looking for something more should try this one but, may end up moving on -- for the time being (don't worry, you'll be back). If you like hops and malt in a perfect balance, this is your go to ale!

Final thoughts - At less than $8 a six pack this beer can be an everyday beer for most and at 6% ABV, why the heck not? Really well done and near perfect for what it is. The only thing lacking (for me) is the nose doesn't represent the rest of the ale.

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Photo of MonsieurNick
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look: Pours copper with off-white creamy 3/4 inch head.

Smell: Citrus (grapefruit) and eucalyptus comes through strong. Mild hop smell. Very reminiscent of strawberry fruit to go's by SunRype.

Taste: Strong hit of citrus and grapefruit along with florals off the start, followed by pine and some mild malt. Hoppy bitterness through the finish, but nothing overpowering.

Feel: Mild carbonation and a light mouth feel. Finishes on the dry side.

Overall: Very easy IPA to drink. Not crazy hoppy or piney like others. Pretty well rounded and you could easy enjoy a number of these in a row. Great for relaxing outside in the summer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours that sticky copper liquid, 1/2" white head. Aroma hit those copper and pine hop notes.

Taste is reliable, plenty of grapefruit and pine bitterness. Seems like the other offerings from the brewery in this vein drop more dry late stage hopping than this one.

Pretty reliable, very good when fresh, great cost point.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear brass with a patchy, small head that manages to drape the glass in foam. Light citrusy hopes and some cookie dough pale malts in the nose. Moderate hoppiness in the taste, more citrus,, grapefruit some floral and pine notes. Solid doughy maltiness keeps everything in balance. Moderately light bodied with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Light bitterness and eucalyptus hops in the finish.

A simple, straight forward IPA that covers all the bases. Not overpowering by any means but boasting a full array of hops. Worth a try, and would make a fantastic gateway IPA.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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