Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
45.6 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,698
Reviews:
1,783
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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202
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3,062
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Ratings: 8,698 |  Reviews: 1,783
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Servicable IPA, with a muted citrus hop fragerance. Lots of head and lace. Orange. Smooth if understated hoppy flavour, medium mouthfeel, creaminess,drying finish, and citrus aftertaste. Not bad at all as a beer on a summer night, not a knockout IPA.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with lots of lacing on a clear golden with crimson hues body. Aroma is sugary and citrusy with a earthy note. The good are well represented in the flavor with citrus, earthy, butter and sweet notes. Fairly complex. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable IPA and one I could drink routinely.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a 1 inch white head that fades to nothing. Good ring lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of citrus zest, pine needles, and malt.

T - Bitter pine hops, acidic citrus zest, sweet malt finish. Very very tasty.

M - Perfect carbonation on this beer. Dry with a well done bitter/acidic coating in the mouth.

D - Superb. Easy drinking and super tasty makes for a great beer.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

label description is enticing. pours a bubbly clear orange/yellow color with a big white head that fades back to just a quarter inch. smells rather bland (compared to the taste!). a bit of sweet resiny hops and some sturdy harvest time malts. citrus in there too, smells extremely fresh but not overly aggressive for a west coaster. flavor is all hops, even though the label says its a battle with the malt, it isnt much of a fight. the malt provides some nice body, but this is a hop show. they are fruity in character and a little acidic. they fade from sweet to bitter and stick around in the mouth awhile. feel is nice, but the alcohol is prominent in the taste too, which i think detracts at only 6.2%, but it is certainly distinct. good bubbles and enough body to stand up a bit to the hops. its a nice beer and worth the hype because its different, but there are some better india pales out there for sure. moderately better when fresh on tap, and a heck of a nice food beer.

edit: the more i drink this the more i like it. its familiar now, and in the context of so many other india pale ales, this one is really starting to stand out for me. especially on tap.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking golden color with a thick white head on top. the lacing on the glass was pretty nice here. The smell of the beer was hoppy which is a good thing for the style. The taste of the beer was pretty solid, good bitter hops flowing nicely through this brew. The mouthfeel was pretty good, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall I think this is a pretty solid brew. I would drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's Ive tried. I wish we could more west coast IPAs on the east coast like this one, because this seems to be better tasting. Pours a nice golden red with a faint hops smell. Taste is very bitter but so full of hops its delicious. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste. A great beer all around.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear yellow with a little bit of head, which died down quickly and turned into a thin layer of bubbles. The level of carbonation is moderate.
S: There's a gentle aroma of piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the flavor of piney hops dominates, which lends some bitterness to the taste and finish. There are also some hints of citrus in the taste. The hoppy flavor is moderately strong.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: This beer is very easy to drink. It would be very easy to consume more than one of these in a single sitting. There's a good amount of hoppy flavor, but it's not in any way overpowering enough to requiring sipping.

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

I seemed to have a better impression of this beer from the bottle than on tap. From the tap, it displayed all of the golded-copper colors, read retention, citrus nose, and bready, hoppy, malty flavors that were found in the bottle, just in a more subdued manner. Still a wonderful IPA, just got lost in the shuffle for me when sampling from the keg.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. This is one of the first American-made IPAs that I remember seeing around here, and I bought more than a few overpriced sixers, until more variety eventually followed.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden copper hue, with one thick finger of foamy, rocky off-white head, which duly dissipates, leaving a barely broken band of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of creamy, zesty grapefruit citrus and pine resin, reserved caramel/toffee malt, a hint of edgy warming alcohol, and further soapy, floral hops. The taste is biscuity caramel cream, some dry nougat, and nicely even grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, and pine needle hops. Simple, sure, but effective as hell.

The carbonation is on the low, but still staunchly supportive side, the body a wavering medium weight, more or less smooth (in that scorched earth hopscape manner), and strangely creamy. It finishes off-dry, teeteringly so, with a gently increasing, and lingering dry pine and citrus pith bitterness.

Pretty bang-on for the west coast, big Cali-pimpin' style - nicely balanced, and large, but not overly so (the 'in charge' part may be disputable). Still, an equitably enjoyable IPA, one which I shall continue to revisit at will, even as more of its direct competitors assail our (ancient) shores.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled January 14th, 2013. 12 oz bottle acquired as part of a six pack at a Von's grocery store. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high given the brewery - which reliably cranks out pretty good IPAs, but then they all sort of have the same essential hop oil/extract flavour. 6.2% confirmed. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and very good (5+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Little lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. Quite vibrant and inviting. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nothing unique or special here, but it's right on the money for the style.

Sm: Floral and nectary hop character. Lemongrass and citrusy esters. Grapefruit citrus esters. Light pine. Oily hop extract (shocker!). Clean pale malts. Inviting and fresh. I'm excited to try it. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. Par for the style.

T: Delightful floral and nectary hop notes, with timid guiding grapefruit throughout. Light oily hop character; not as pronounced as I remember it was in other Lagunitas IPAs - but certainly still there. It's identifiably Lagunitas. Clean lemongrass and pale malts form the refreshing supportive body. Quite tasty, with little bitterness; it's well hidden by the well exected malty backbone, but there isn't too much malt-induced sweetness. Nicely grassy. I quite like it. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Assertive, refreshing flavour. I wouldn't call it subtle, but it's got a good balance for the style and enough complexity to impress. This is not a boring or bland beer.

Mf: Refreshing, smooth, and wet, with enough coarseness to aid the emergence of the flavour profile. Good palate presence. Fresh and enjoyable. Pleasant to drink. Good carbonation, if a touch overdone.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing the six pack, and I'll enjoy doing it. This would be a great choice for common fridge stock. A reliable consistent IPA that refreshes, though it does have a hint of bitterness. Might be a good "trainer IPA" for getting used to the style. Lagunitas has again brewed a good-not-great IPA with the central hop essence that is common along its lineup. I'd get this again, but I doubt I'd pay for it on draught unless it was at happy hour prices. Hard to beat at this price. Consider me impressed. Hides its ABV quite well.

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August 7th, 2016 impression from a bottle:

Competent work. Hop profile is lacking compared to the best expressions of the style, but to many this hop profile is classic.

A nice go-to, especially given Lagunitas' always fair pricing. But even within the same state, you've got Bear Republic's Racer 5, Alpine's IPAs, and Ballast Point's Sculpin (and its variants), most of which are distributed almost as widely as Lagunitas' beers. Nevermind national and international competition in the style...

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-tinged amber color with a huge head that grows creviced over time but clumps lacing to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Loads of citrus fruit atop a sugary malt base

Taste: Sweet, biscuity malt, up front, followed first by the citrus but ultimately by an aspirin-like bitterness; after the swallow, the bitter flavors converge but there is plenty of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent IPA, but there is something in the hop profile that hits my tastebuds the wrong way

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of metallic hops with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between sweet malt with some metallic hops and a bitter finish. Body is about average. Overall, this is an OK IPA but far from being great and lacking balance between malt and hops.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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