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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 drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is orange and mostly clear with a nice head of white bubble, medium and small. No lacing, carbonation moderate.

Aroma is malty with some piny hops in there, overall its weak.

Beer is medium in body and has a decent amount of bitterness at the back, does not finish too dry. The forward is malty but not overly sweet. The midpalate is a little barren but the overall drinkability of this beer is quite good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Underwhelming IPA, decent , but I was expecting better. Nice foamy head Dry finish with some lasting bitterness, soft aroma and mellow hops bitterness.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber / copper in color with a huge 3" head that lasts through the drink. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is floral and of orange citrus. The flavor a nice balance of sweet malt and bitterness, and stong citrus rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start, with a dry crisp finish. The tastebuds get the hops and citrus tones long after the finish. Nicely drinkable, a very pleasant IPA experience.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's.

Looked a nice amber. It was a nice IPA, but the hops profile just didn't do it for me. It was a little "green" overall. No rich citrus or spicy flavors, just an over powering grassy element. The bitterness was on-par and the body wasn't too heavy. Its a good IPA, but doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a finger of white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet malt. Flavor is light citrus and tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops, sweet bready malt with an intriguing very light spicyness. Light to medium bodied. Flavors are not assertive, but well balanced. I would like a bit more hop assertiveness, but perhaps I did not get an absolutely fresh bottle (dating please…). A pleasant, low key American IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with citrus hop aroma. It's a little sweet smelling. The taste is decent as well. It has an over the top bitter flavor that is laid over a solid malt base. It is very hoppy all the way through to the finish. I'm not a big fan of these west coast IPA's. They really jack up the citrus hop qualities. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. I really prefer more malts and less citrus hops. They taste good in a hop mix, but when isolated and used in excess they can really ruin a beer. That's just my opinion.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. On to the beer:

This beer glows orange. Leaves good lacing around the glass as it is consumed. It's very hoppy aroma is pleasant. Sticky hop juice, some sharp tropical fruits. Like the aroma, there's also a lot of "hop juice" in the flavor. Tropical, resiny, and citrusy. The malt flavor doesn't really come out in this beer. The low carbonation in this beer hurts its mouthfeel...could be a little crisp or carbonated. Regardless, this is an IPA for the hopheads out there. Like a lighter Little Sumpin' Extra, but with more prononced hop flavor.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Revisit 9 Jun 15

Poured into a pint glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with a nice touch of malts, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, with a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter/dry. Overall a very tasty IPA for the price. Glad to see it here in Utah.

Pours a golden orange color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops and citrus. The taste is hoppy and sweet. Medium body. Very drinkable, not a bad IPA at that, but not in the class of other's I've had. Would recommend though.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some notes of citrus. Taste is also very hoppy with some citrus notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma is pine and pineapple hops with a little bit of malt mixed in. Definitely the aroma of a hop-forward, Lagunitas beer. The flavor is heavy on the pineapple, grass and pine. There is also a nice malt backbone featuring toffee, caramel and bready malts. Low bitterness and actually fairly well balanced. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA

Appearance: 12 oz bottle. A hazed golden in color, soapy white head forms and retention is good. Some patches of lace stickage are noted.

Smell: Piney, floral, and citrus all chime in over a bready malt notion. Delicious hop aroma, getting some pineapple as well.

Taste: A nice crisp hop bite upfront, earthy and light pine highlighted. Mild herbal/leafy elements carrying into the after taste. Well balanced, tilted slightly toward the bitter side, all you can expect from a self respecting IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied ale accompanied by a semi-drying finish.

Overall: A very solid IPA. Took me 5 minutes to drink, and I would have finished it faster if I wasn't typing.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papillon, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a pepper hop with a slight citrus.

The taste consisted of an upfront white pepper and grapefruit that slowly faded into the round pale malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quite enjoyable IPA. A nice example of the west coast style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass. I've been avoiding this because I don't trust the freshness of the bottles in my area.

A- Lag IPA looks the part, a nice mix of deep orange with some bronze mixed within. A nice frothy 1 inch head that comes and goes, nothing a few swirls cant fix. Not much lacing.

S- Not a overly hoppy IPA, I really had to get my nose in there to smell out the goodness, but it is there. I can smell the west coast influence with a big bouquet of citrus and floral hops giving off some of the usual fruits plus some pine with a malt base.

T- Is a very simple and straight forward IPA. It does not bombard your senses with IPA flavor, it just sort of rolls on and off the tounge rather quickly leaving me to really try to pick up the taste. What I get is grapefruit slight mango plus some pine resin towards the back finishing off with some sweet malts to cover all the bases.

M&D- The feel was fine on this, I would say a small step below medium bodied with light but ample carbonation. There is some bitterness in the middle but it's rather light. The malts do a good job of washing the ipa tastes away leaving little in the dept. of lingering flavors. I had two pints of this stuff and could of went for more. A nice simple ipa that does not stray much. I still won't pick it up in a bottle though.

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

I'd say that Lagunitas IPA is a little too brassy to still be considered golden although inspection against the light would argue otherwise as all kinds of beaming, lustrously gold tones poke out like shoots protruding from a dense bush. Its head is modest in size but reveals itself to be quite the artist; a mural of of abstract art is painted in a foamy spray.

The aroma is as characteristically West-Coast as surfing, gold rushes, 2Pac and a lagging time zone; a caramelly-sweet, biscuity maltiness is poached in the musk of festering tropical fruits and cocooned in a piny, earthy resin. A stinging citric acidity is experienced on most sniffs and is, take my word, equally as powerful as smelling salts.

Lagunitas IPA isn't as emphatic as some of the Golden State's most confident offerings, but it's in-tune with this brewery's less presumptuous, more laid-back vibe. It's hoppiness comes across the palate very leafy and weedy, with a pithy herbal quality and hints of candied citrus. Its maltiness is notably biscuity with flavours of bread and graham cracker.

I can't shake the notion that this IPA is missing the something that makes this brewery's other beers that much more memorable and preferred. I shouldn't speculate too much because this is a fine and acceptable beer in its own right, but it seems to lack in weight and character versus some of Lagunitas' higher gravity offerings.

I've run out of ways to describe my admiration for this brewery. Even their weakest beers are at very least serviceable and they've developed such a characteristic (read: hoppy) house character that tempts me to pack up and move to California. Or at least keep making the 2 hour drive and border crossing needed to ascertain their products.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

October, 2004 Rating
Pours an almost brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a cream colored head. The aroma is sharply hoppy with a nose that is redolent of pine, the nose is quite nice. Ah, yes this beer has actually been fermented, what a relief, this beer is nothing like the last one I had. This beer is sharp and crisp up front. It leads to a beer that is piney, a bit citrusy, and has a solid bitter bite in the finish. This beer has a solid malt presence as well, it is lightly sweet with notes of caramel and biscuits. The malt definitely is faint behind the solid hoppiness though, but it is there and helps to keep the hops from being overwhelming. As this beer warms up a bit I get notes of apricot, and grapefruit. Overall, this is quite a nice IPA.

March, 2004 Rating
Wow this beer smells like it has not yet been fermented. A sweet wort smell, that is heavy on the crystal malt. A bit of spicy hop notes under the main smell, but not much. Pours a hazy copper color with a prodigious tan head that fades fairly quickly. Again there is a sweet malt flavor, that is reminiscent of sweet wort. The beer ends with a bit of bitterness. I must admit, this is quite a stretch to be labeled as an IPA, a pale ale perhaps but not an IPA. A light hop flavor and not enough bitterness, this is a bit of a disappointment. It is halfway interesting, just not close to what I was expecting. There is way too much residual sweetness and body in this beer, it just makes it too unbalanced. I will tell you one thing, the rest of this 6-pack will be used for making Brats. (4/3.5/3/3.5/3/3.35)

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice bright, translucent orange color with a thin ivory head; I love me an orange IPA. Head isn't large, but it leaves a nice lace.

Smell: aroma has a little sweet malt and a little dose of floral hops. It smells gentle, but nice.

Taste: while not quite gentle as the aroma, the flavor is very smooth and, for a west-coast IPA, pretty light. Hops are floral, but also quite funky and a little citrusy. This is a great example of an IPA that has bitterness and hop flavor but isn't about the bite; it showcases another side of the hop altogether. It's quite good. On top of that, I quite like the malt profile: it's a little sweet and a little toasty and serves as a great backbone for the combination of hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body; standard for an IPA but well enough done.

Drinkability: this is quite drinkable to me. Bought this initially for a poker game and found it quite nice to imbibe over a session.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... enjoyed from a shaker pint.. turning on some tunes John Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Chunky looong lasting head I needed to walk away from for a while... left behind thick sticky lacing and a nice mop of off-white bubbles.... on top of a crystal clear polished copper.

Aroma is cranked up citrus pine and summer flowers; I have no idea where some reviewers are getting English IPA from this one... Only malts I'm picking up on is a little biscuity goodness.. maybe some toasted grains...but I could be imagining things.

Taste is more of the same except with an "!". Good balanced bitterness fighting against a good lite caramel/toasted grain back... finishes with a minerally fruity hoppy flavor that I tend to associate with Amarillo hops... I have no idea if their are Amarillos in this one. Very nice mouthfeel .. body is topside of medium (the body is what really pulls all the extremes of this beer together into a very tight package).... maybe a little burpy... but those are GOOD burps.

I really have always liked this IPA... really should be more of a presence in my fridge, but I tend to overlook... I will try and not make that mistake anymore. I really could session this one.. if I paced myself a bit.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours in a lighter gold color. The aroma is a lot like of West Coast IPAs. Fruitiness and big hops.

The flavor has a decent amount of grapefruit and citrus fruits. It isn’t too strong and doesn’t last for too long. It cuts a bit too quick for me and doesn’t have that big juiciness that I love from some IPAs from the region.

One of the better “standard” easy to find IPAs out there, but does not stand out for me.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straightforward west coast-style IPA, on tap at Delta Grill in NYC. Not bad but not as good as Sucks or Leftovers or Hop Stoopid (I know those are doubles, so sue me). Golden orange color, a bit hazy, with a decent white head, fair retention and lacing. Grapefruit and piney hop aromas with a touch of sweetness, pretty familiar in the nose. Taste follows suit, somewhat more subdued hop character than I’d like, again, lots of grapefruit and pine, pineapple and orange, some malt sweetness underneath. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Smooth, medium bodied with medium carbonation, decently dry finish, just a little bitterness hanging around after. Good but not exceptional.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is clean, malty and a bit sweet smelling with mild citrus hops. Milder scents of tea and caramel are also present.

Taste is sweetish with a good caramel flavor. Mild metallic flavor is present. Solid hop bitterness is present but doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer. This is a very well balanced IPA with a lovely malt, caramel and hop flavor with no one flavor crushing the others. Super smooth to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is one tasty and easy to drink beer. Lots of flavors all balanced just perfectly. I love this stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber colour with good clarity, with a firm white head, good lacing.

S: Light citrus hops and bready malt.

T: Bread malt is light, similar to a Helles actually, the hop bite is swift, full of citrus, some tangerine, grapefruit (pink, to be exact), some tropical fruits as well.

M: Nice and crisp, good bite, solid carbonation balance.

D: Would be a good easy-drinking IPA in the summertime, good price as well, low in alcohol, but for me, there are better choices out there.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seems like it's high time I reviewed this IPA... have been drinking it for years now.

On cask at Max's today.

Have not seen this beer on cask much, so thought I'd visit with an old friend today. The beer pours a peachy orange color with considerable creamy head and lots of sticky lacing. Retention is excellent in this beer. The nose is just a thing of beauty, with considerable pine, balsa wood, light orange citrus and even ginger. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but you can tell right off that this West Coast IPA will be on the dry side. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, though it's not as intense or rich as I would expect from the nose. Still, this is one damn fine IPA, and as expected, it leans to the dry and lean side, with a long, refreshing, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, though there's plenty of flavor and the finish is long. Drinkability is perfection in an IPA. This beer is incredibly light on its feet, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable. Also, the balance in this beer is just amazing, which once again enhances the beer's drinkabilty.

Always a crowd pleaser (especially if you're a hophead), and completely sessionable... especially on cask.

Am such a big fan of the Hop Stoopid, I often forget about this beer these days. Still, if I had to pick only one IPA I could drink for the rest of my life, there's no doubt this would make the short list. It's that tasty and that easy to drink...

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

From, the "unlimited release" 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 30, 2013.

It looks very nice in the glass with a sparkling medium amber, golden, and brass color that builds up to a huge puffy white head. That head fades but laces.

Vibrant hoppy aromas of earth and flowers along with an echo of biscuit malts introducing themselves quickly before being overcome by the hops.

Medium body that has a kind of pleasant creaminess to it.

Like the nose the taste has a bold floral hop flavor with much milder sweetness and malts that you really have to think about the catch. They are there though. A satisfactory IPA with a slight bitter bite on the backside.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on the hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. It's amazing how nicely this beer lends itself to cask treatment. What a pleasant surprise! Pours slightly hazy to start, but clears a bit- probably just some chill haze. Grainy, rocky head that leaves some nice lacing. Gentle carbonation, but it's there. On the nose there are gentle aromas of grapefruit, orange, and sweet apple, and a hint of spiciness from the hops. The malt is purely background. The taste is gentle as well, nicely rounded. The hops are in the forefront, but they aren't absolutely dominant or too assertive. Nice citrus flavors coupled with some hoppy spiciness, and some sweet caramel malt. A bit coppery, right at the end. In the mouth it's grainy and hoppy, but the lovely understated carbonation and creaminess ties it together. Much softer version on cask , with hops that taste fresher, fruitier, and gentler. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, west coast IPA. Pours a bit of head, very thing ring of retention, but it shows some lace.

Light aroma of pine, citrus and vaguely herbal.

Solid bitterness, nice piny resin, grapefruit rind, nectarine, herbal, sponge toffee, light fruit esters.

Moderate body has a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.

A legend.

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