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:
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!

45.6 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured amber in color with a thin but sticky head to it.

In the aroma I get a modest, floral and citrus presence to it with some bitter, rind like grapefruit notes coming through. I also get some grainy, bready, sweeter malts that balance it out and give it a nice base.

The taste shows a bit more of the malty and bready flavors to it with a little caramel coming in. I still get the floral, citrusy hops though which give it some nice flavors. It's sweeter up front, while the grapefruit bitterness comes through more in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, not amazing but a good solid beer overall.

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

The color is a hazy copper with plenty of chunks of sediment floating in the beer. Carbonation is good, and the head is creamy, off-white, and a bit on the small side. Aroma is all of citrussy hop, most reminiscent of pineapple. Taste is also dominated by citrussy hop, with an underlying sweet malt flavor. Crisp mouthfeel is dead-on. Overall, this is a perfect example of a good west coast IPA, but nothing sets this apart as great.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow-orange body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Pale maltiness along with notes of spice, pine, and ruby red grapefruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malts with a hint of spent grain. Spicy, piney, citrusy hop flavors. Medium bitterness. A final taste of caramel. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine little American IPA, it delivers pretty much what you'd expect from it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/copper with a 2 finger deep white head that held up very well. The lacing was out of this world! Almost couldn't see any clear spots on my glass from the inside

Smell: Hefty fruitiness and some malt. Couldn't smell any hops, weird

Taste: Fruitiness and piney/resiny oils mingle up front. Dryness and light hops crispness in the finish

MF: Rich and well balanced, very good carbonation

Ranks right up there with any of the IPAs I've had lately. I really like they way the frutiness asserted itself up front. The only way you're not liking this; you don't like hops...

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent head that leaves a fine layer of lace. Light amber in color and slightly cloudy.

Floral hop nose with an interesting milk-like (lactose?) aroma. Very fresh and clean smelling. Inviting

The initial malt flavor is completely covered by the hop bite within milliseconds. For an IPA, this is a good thing. The upfront malt could be described as slightly fruity. The bitterness is a continuation of the floral hop. Very long aftertaste that is entirely bitter. The richness of the beer is appropriate; I'd describe it as moderate. Carbonation is fine.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lively carbonation in the glass. Bright tangerine body. Thin white head with low lace and ok retention.

S - Sweet orange, honey, and cedar.

T - Soft malt body laced with a light-to-moderate woody hop bitterness. Sweet honey center with a nice bready backend.

M - Medium body is light on the palate. Great carbonation.

O - Fantastic drinkability. The perfect session IPA imho.

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

Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Light copper in color, small head and a good amount of lacing

Smell: Definite citrus with some pine at the end

Taste: Nice hop flavor, but not overdone. Also has hints of grapefruit.

Feel: Some carbonation, but light compared to other IPAs I have had.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, easy to kick back and have a few of these!

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

"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!"

Slightly hazed golden orange. The last pour funks things up nicely; a dense cloud of suspended particulates is visible. The head is dark cream, edging into light tan, is larger than most and is impressively stickydense. It looks tremendous immediately after the pour and looks even better as it falls. Great gobs of chunky lace adhere to the glass, mostly in thick, crusty rings. Very, very nice.

The nose is a thing of beauty. Plenty of citrusy, piney hops that crowd out all other aromas. The flavor is as expected: aggressively hopped and proud of it. It doesn't venture all that close to DIPA territory, but it's certainly one of the bigger IPAs out there. My guess is that one or more of the 4-C's are in use. Bitter grapefruit and lemon pith and peel is right up front. If you're not a hophead, I'd suggest leaving the cap on the bottle.

The bitterness is substantial, but it stops just short of being harsh. Pale malt raises its hand weakly as it lies beaten on the ground, but manages to contribute just enough balance to keep the beer from being over-the-top hoppy. The body is easily medium-full, just like I like my IPAs to be.

Lagunitas IPA is yet another great West Coast IPA and will more than adequately give hopheads their hop fix. Man oh man, Maximus must be a treat! I don't know how much longer I can let it sit in my beer fridge. As the baby brother though, this one is a doozy.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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

It had been a long time since I had this beer, and I really never did get a chance to try this one on tap, so I got it in a sampler last night. Consumed on 04/03/2009.

the pour was nice with a medium amber color with a decent amount of haze to it. Nice little head of white across the top dropped a nice lacing all along the sides and the bottom while getting stickier as it went down. Nice light hop notes, grapefruit and pineapple, with a light biscuit like malt aroma as it warms. Clean, crisp and refreshing flavor with a mellow carbonation and nice light body. Overall a very solid IPA with a nice and easy delivery. Something I would like to keep on tap as a god to beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this IPA at First Capital Dispensing Company in York PA. Poured chilled in a goblet.

A - A medium amber w/ 1/2 inch light pale cap which rings the glass w/ lace. Very good clarity and small beading

S - Floral and grapefruit nose and other mild citrus scents. There are tinges of sweeter fruit like apricot

M - Malt sweetness up-front followed by citric acidity. The carbonation is crisp, the finish is semi-dry, not a tongue bruiser, but acidity-wise has a pleasant bite nonetheless.

T - The flavor is orange and mild lemony notes w/ a spiced tinge in the aftersip w/ mild crystal malt. The flavor of grapefruit flesh w/ mild herb tinges in the bitter taste is noted as the hop belches remind of the citrus qualities w/ pithy rind. The taste is fresh, but slightly harsh

D - An above average IPA but w/ so many good west coast hopped IPA's this would not be my first choice though

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Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thin, light-tan head exploding with CO2 bubbles. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with floral, citrusy hops. My mouth began to water instantly. The mouthfeel was medium and full of hops, more citrusy than anything else. Finish was nicely dry and refreshing. I shudder to think what an IIPA of theirs might be like. Yow!

Ha ha ha! Clearly, a very early review. Probably from a bottle, but back then, you could mark it as such. C'est la guerre.

Today is F, 05 May 2017 & here is my bottle re(?)-review:

From the bottle: "

I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a gentle pour. An in-glass swirl got me three-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, light-tan head with mild retention, creating moderate lacing as it sank. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of grapefruit-citrus hops. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big for an AIPA. The taste had the fresh-squeezed grapefruit flavor that sends me each & every time. Take your tropical fruits, yer pine tree air freshener & yer shine box & geddafuggaddhere! It's like hen I call the front desk & they send me a blonde, a brunette, whatever. I asked for a redhead 'cause that's what I like, jagov! I wanna lick a pine tree, I'll do so. I wanna eat mangoes & papayas, I'll do so. I wanna be stunned with an AIPA between the eyes, I'm drinkin' a Lagunitas IPA & yinz can shut the f**k up & sit the f**k down. Howzat grab ya? By the ba**s? Yeah? Well, this IPA got 'em! Finish took my hop jones monkey right offa my back, turned 'im upside-down like a pineapple cake, shook 'im for all 'is moolah & sent 'im on 'is merry way. That's what it did for me. How you gonna fare, genius?

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/04/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pour a transparent orange color with one finger of frothy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, bananas, honey, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of bananas, citrus hops, tropical fruits, light pine hops, fruity malts, and a little alcohol. More bananas than the nose, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy body.

o - Overall a really nice IPA; something I would certainly have again. Nice mouthfeel and I enjoyed the fruit in the taste, especially the banana.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

A: The pour is a burnt orange color with a finger's worth of slightly off-white head.

S: A decent hoppiness to the nose. Citrus and floral notes on top of a bready base with a bit of pine on the finish.

T: The flavor is not as intensely hoppy as you usually find in CA IPAs. A nice bitterness to it as well as citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit. The bread/malt base comes through quite a bit as well.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary here, medium in both body and carbonation.

D: A nice easy drinking IPA that's not over the top hoppy, but not too sweet or malty either.

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

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 8,771 ratings.
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