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

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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

This is my favorite offering from Lagunitas brewery. I have tried many others from them and thought they were on the bitter side. Many would disagree but I lean towards the less hoppy of the craft beers and this one is the perfect balance for me. It is very good indeed !

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Photo of Premo88
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler filled at Whole Foods, Houston (Waugh St.)

L: crystal clear gold ... clarity is stunning; pushes up creamy thick head of white/offwhite foam that's very sticky; not much lacing and only a thin collar and skimpy skin, but still a handsome beer

S: loads of sweet citrus fruit, grapefruit; as it warms, cilantro, orange peel; halfway into the glass the malt oozes sweetness, cotton-candy sweet tempered by a bit of bitter grapefruit; candied orange

T: BITTER ... wow ... bitter/bittersweet grapefruit and cilantro and something else green ... hops for days; as the palate adjusts, a big chunk of malt sweetness begins to balance things; the mix of bitter hops and sweet malt offers a clean grapefruit, sweet candied orange and mango flavor; aftertaste has an earthy dirt-hop flavor

F: slickery ... ale soft and slick, plenty of carbonation but it's filled out by a decent weight from the malt, which also seems to soften it; the carbonation doesn't fill it out but offers a nice prick at the end of a swallow, right on the end of the tongue, and it makes for a near-perfect quaff

O: what the American IPA is all about; this must be fresh (this Whole Foods has a great track record of bringing in the freshest stuff) for it is popping with hop flavor, and when the malt flavor kicks in it's a great mix of sweet and bitter flavors; the big grapefruit notes are a personal favorite; seems very simple and overly bitter off the first sip, but as you get into the glass the complexity is nice

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Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light copper color with a fresh 1 finger head. notes of citrus and pine on the nose . Taste is citrus forward with a large malt finish . mouthfeel was crisp slight bitterness wiyh a sweet malt finish. Not one i buy often like the Dogtown better as a PA, then this IPA.

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Photo of Webzombie
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big fan of most Lagunitas beer, but this one just does not do it for me. Almost tastes like an ipa lager.....kind of hoppy but not really, taste is not bad but nothing that just screams flavor. Had on tap the other day at a work function (at a bar with a iffy selection) head to head against Moon Man and the Moon Man kicked its ass. Overall though not a huge deal for me...alot of Lagunitas bombers i think are some of the best values in beer.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear dark amber orange with an off white full creamy head, lots of carbonation, decent amount of lacing, and some head retention.

A: Piney, citrus, hint of sweet malty toffee and caramel, citrus like grapefruit peel, aromas are subtle.

T: Hit of pine, then some grapefruit peel, moderate amount of bitterness, touch of malt on the end with a dry grapefruit peel note lingering in the finish. The bitterness does become more noticeable as the beer warms.

M: Light bodied with a lot of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: A solid IPA, was expecting a bit more. There is no date on the bottle or packaging so I'm not sure if this beer is fresh or old.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Crystal clear, dark gold body with a nearly pure white head which starts out as an opaque film, but quickly melts into a smattering of bubbles.

Smell: A light mix of floral and citrus hops creates a nice orange blossom perfume. It is somewhat disrupted, however, by an out of place pils malt aroma.

Taste: While the crisp hop bitterness is IPA-Worthy, the hop flavor is disappointingly light. A tinge of citrus pushes through with limited success. Nothing off-putting here, however, and thecstrange maltiness in the aroma is absent in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, but with a suggestion of creaminess in the finish. A refreshing balance of dryness and juiciness is perfectly complemented by medium carbonation.

Overall: No flaws, but no excitement. Had the bitterness been higher, the lack of flavor could have been overlooked more easily, but this beer seems to play a practical joke on unrequited taste buds. The excellent mouthfeel is wasted on this snoozer.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can with no freshness or bottle date into standard pint glass.

L: Honey amber, finger width white head recedes into thin layer.

S: Citrus, floral, herbal and piney hop aroma. Fresh baked bread from the malt section.

T: Wickedly complex, this shifts between all the hop flavors until it mellows out from the sweetness of the malt. Hops linger on long after the last sip.

F: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O: Another solid IPA and another solid beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Holderness
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L -- Pale orange with a two finget, pure white head. Quite carbonated and lively.
S -- Citric hops, rubber
T -- A milder little sumpin sumpin
F -- Potent and watery at the same time
O -- Just go for little sumpin sumpin

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a bottle poured into a glass. For my taste, a little too sweet and not hoppy enough. I get a little more burnt caramel than citrus, a little tangerine-like. No piney taste at all. A good IPA, just not great.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA look and the smell of one too. Citrus hops and a malt backbone. Decent flavor but a bit less sweet that I normally would prefer. Good flavor after a few more sips but something in the flavor of the malt finish I'm not totally liking. Nice follow through with slight lingering bitterness. Good carbonation. Having one more at Pica's before the Adam Sandler and friends show at the Tower !

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA pours an orange-ish bronze color with a medium foamy white head. The smell has some slightly sweet malt notes overlaid with some standard California IPA notes of citrus and pine, which is definitely not a bad thing. The flavor is a little different than I expected. There is a light malt backbone that contributes a mildly sweet character, but like any good IPA the hops are the star here. There are some big citrus notes (primarily orange), with a pine character that was more measured than I expected, and surprising also some herbal and flowery notes that I would consider non-standard for California IPAs. The finish isn’t dry at all and the flavor doesn’t linger like many IPAs, but instead is actually quite crisp and refreshing especially with the bold citrus flavors. The body is medium. The hoppiness is quite measured for a California IPA and for my palette that is kind of a good thing. This is an IPA that is accessible for people that aren’t IPA fanatics. It is easy drinking, well balanced, and the flavors are great.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: December 3, 2016... OCCASION: Couldn't get this poured fast enough, as PSU is already down 14 in the Big 10 Championship... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... pours a lively golden amber body that streams bubbles upward... a white, snowy single-finger thickness occupies the top shelf, with a distinct creaminess... the aroma is heavenly west coast hops, pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange peel... caramel and light bread aromas suggest balance... the first sip proves rewarding, with a wet kiss of graininess at the throat and a hint of tickle at the teeth... aftertaste lingers like a gentle reminder... medium-bodied and almost sessionable... the taste is heavy on lemon, tangerine, a counterbalancing bread malt, and some late resin--an IPA that knows what its purpose is... balanced, solidly weighted at 6.2%, and encouraging the next sip... not sure why this took so long to find my beer fridge, but as expected, an enjoyable classic....

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Photo of horshamguy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L--Amber, clear with a nice, thick head. Head faded quickly, but left some lacing.
S--Sweet, fruity, maybe some peaches. Also a little pine is there.
T--Sweet, fruity, definitely peachy. Hops are well balanced by malts. VERY nice.
F--quenching. Nice carbonation and a wet feel.
O--Excellent. I can see this as a go to beer.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red Robin Washington PA. Nice fruity under tones. Nice color. Just the right amount of bitter for me. Good refreshing choice with a good hamburger!

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Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at De Paas. Hazy bright orange pour with a decent white head. Notes of caramel, oranges, honey, tropical fruit. Medium body, medium to low carbonation and a bitter-sweet and hoppy finish.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looking forward to this...I am a big fan of West Coast IPA's...

Good head level, looks refreshing...

Strong, refreshing, peachy aroma...

Loving this, great bitterness and peachy/apricotty flavor, perfect for either summer or winter.

A bit more bitterness would make this truly great

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Photo of bbtkd
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas iPA, 6.2% ABV, 45.6 IBU. Pours orange and thin with a snow white two finger head. Nose is pine and citrus, taste follows. Seemed more bitter than the IBU indicates. OK mouthfeel. Overall OK.

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Photo of mattroc000
1.64/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Similar to all of the other pale ales, it is pretty terrible. I don't like pale ales much and this is very overwhelming to the taste as well as bitter and heavy on spices. Not as offensive as SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale, but very close.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas IPA brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.20% This IPA pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew. The lacing sticks right to the side of the pint. The smell of Lagunitas IPA is rich with hops bitterness. You also pick up on grains, malts, and mild sweetness. Lagunitas IPA has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold but rich with flavors. Hops are the first thing you pick up on, they are just right, not overwhelming. Then you pick up ob a nice smoothness from the grains and malts. There is a lot going on in this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.20% it is just that smooth. Lagunitas IPA has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This is a real nice drinking IPA. The mouth feel of this IPA is Bold, Rich, Smooth, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Lagunitas IPA 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Lagunitas Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this IPA.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing wrong with this IPA but it's nothing spectacular either. It's got a lot of the nice aromas & flavours you will find in many of the great IPAs; hoppy citrus, melon/tangerine, a bit of pine, pretty well balanced with bready malts. This makes for a solid beer with some good taste & very little in the harsh after taste department. But it's just a bit short overall. Taste is a bit less complete & mouthfeel a little less smooth & full than say, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, or (for Canadians) Fat Tug, Twice as Mad Tom, or even the regular Mad Tom IPA. The carbonation was also a touch off of perfect. I would certainly enjoy this again if it were given to me or if I were out at an establishment with nothing better, but for the same price I can get something a little better at just about any local beer store.

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Photo of jeffadow
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold color. Solid apple-y acidity on the forefront with a bit of a spicy gingery finish, and a nice linger. Repeated sips push it more towards generic IPA flavors, albeit with a pleasant light floral play (orange blossom?). Good flavors overall, very drinkable and lends itself well to sessioning.

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Photo of descobar
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pale golden with perfect clarity. thick frothy white head that slowly dissipates. resiny citrus hop aromas of lemon and mandarin. notes of melon and soft malts as well. body is medium, with light astringency. resiny texture with a crisp carbonation. flavors are mostly from citrusy hops and bitterness is up front but its perfectly balanced by a bready malt backbone. this bitterness which is just not overwhelming, sticks around well into the finish. this is probably the best Lagunitas IPA in a bottle I have ever tasted!

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

Purchased as a large 22 ounce bottle in Barstow, California. Enjoyed at the Landmark Inn at Fort Irwin.

This is not a hop monster and frankly seems like it is more in the territory of an American Pale Ale. But it is good, nicely balanced. Fairly dry.

What I really enjoy about this beer is the soft, fluffy mouthfeel.

Negatively, I tend to think of more assertive hop aroma and flavor when I think IPA. This didn't blow me out of the water.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the classic west coast Ipas. Haven't had it in a while.
The appearance is a clear amber-orange with some carbonation bubbling up the glass.
The aroma is citrus, pine and some earthy bitterness.
The taste is big pine, citrus and earthy bitterness along with some sweet malt coming through.
The mouthfeel is soapy with a resiny bitterness lingering.
Overall this is a classic that still holds up.

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Photo of moodenba
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lagunitas IPA 12 oz bottle purchased at supermarket in NY Sept. 2016. Refrigeraged beer poured into thin walled beer glass.

Nice amber color with substantial head. Fair hoppy aroma. Good lacing as the beer disappears. Lagunitas' entertaining blurb promises a battle between hops and malt, but the hops are the decisive victors. Hops tend toward a floral character throughout. Malt is secondary at the start and fades from there.

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