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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
45.6 IBU

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank at Weatherspoons Surrey Docks, London.

A: The body is yellow crystalline with a nice one finger thick head. Looking good so far.
S: Once the bottle was opened, the aroma of pineapple and pine reached the nose. It's a wonderful aroma that almost reminded me of Pliny The Elder for a second.
T: The taste is awesome due to the mild hoppiness here. Lots of piny tones, very malty but not in excess - it's a very moderate beer in everything, in hoppiness, in "pine-ness" and maltiness.
M: Body is medium to high with a mild bitterness. But this bitterness is great at connecting the malt with the pine tones.
O: My first Lagunitas. A classic beer. I see why this is as classic as the first Sierras Nevadas. The aroma was just perfect while on other characteristics was not that awesome, though very good still. Would love to have it again!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

clear golden orange color, nice fluffy white head with great retention and lacing. notes of pithy citrus zest, pine, grapefruit, tropical notes. light bodied. overall definitely a quality IPA that is readily available, refreshing, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Reema
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle to the dome (after work)

Pours a clear orange amber, with eggshell white bubbles that dissipate. Smell is of pine, sweet caramel malt, slight grapefruit, and some sweet orange. Taste reflects the smell. Initial pine flavors lead into a pleasant citrus bitterness and sweetness from a slight caramel flavor. Feel is medium, which fits with the flavor profile somewhat. Overall this is a readily available IPA that has solid tastes and aromas.

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Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This is your classic American Ipa, It pours a crystal clear deep amber color with 2 fingers of white foam that replenish very well. Very nice looking IPA.

Aroma - I find this nose to be lacking a bit, Not because the aromas aren't there, they are but they seem faded. I get some grapefruit up front followed by pine apple and orange peel. This is followed by a grainy yet caramel malt and a slight breadyness.

Taste - the taste is much more floral than I would have expected, also there is some leafy grassy, hop. The grapefruit is almost entirely gone but the orange peel is still very noticable. pine apple gives a slight sweetness to it the back end of the hops is piney. All this is followed up by light caramel and a very crackery, grainy malt. This is extremely well balanced and definitely on the more moderate end of the IPA spectrum!

Feel - As far as body is concerned this beer is once again lacking, It feels almost watery with a very light prickle from the carbonation on the tongue. I will probably rate it higher overall though because it does come together well!

Overall - This is one of those odd ball cases to me! I mean judging by the rest of my points you would feel this should be in the 3.75 range but it definitely doesn't. It definitely has its pitfalls but what works comes together in such a way as to enhance the entire beer and make a very nice moderate IPA. I would definitely drink this again!

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Photo of ghostman74
1.75/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There really isn't any body to this IPA. I was disappointed. No real nose, either. The only redeeming quality was the head and the color. Well... That and the aftertaste didn't linger.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear copper color, with a tight 1-finger off-white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S: Balanced aroma with hops, citrus and some pine.

T: Well balanced IPA flavor. Sort of like the aroma, with citrus, malt and hops.

F: Smooth, well balanced finish. A little bitterness at the end, but not overpowering

O: Did I mention well balanced? This is a very good IPA, with enough flavor to satisfy, but not so overpowering in alcohol or hops that you can only have one. Pretty much my go to beer.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First thing to strike me: the smell. I mean, really. I can smell this from 8 inches away, and my sense of smell is below average. It has an air freshener, aerosol quality to it. Could be either pleasant or overwhelming depending on personal preference. * The smell's reach has dissipated significantly after being poured and setting for a few minutes.

Has a thick, frothy head with iridescent bubbles that make me think of soap. actually, this may have pinesol in it. Pours a nice and clear, copper to amber color.

Very light taste upon impact, fades to a sharp bitter bite upon swallowing, leaving behind a stinging-nettle-like aftertaste that does not linger for more than a four or five seconds, before leaving behind an almost undetectable hops after-aftertaste that sticks aroud much longer. Not pickig up too many notes. Maybe some tiny bit of something citrus, like orange peel or lemongrass, but nothing prevalent.

Feels rather good in the mouth; despite wild, foamy head, it does not foam up in the mouth too muh and intead has a quite pleasant texture. 85% liquid, 15% froth, if I had to venture a guess.

All-and-all, Langunitas IPA would ot be my stand-by for IPA, but that's just me. It could easily be someone else's stand-by, and I would obect neither to drinking it nor to serving it.

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Photo of MathChef
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is our "go to" IPA. I never have to pay more than $14 a twelve, and it's a great beer. It was actually the first IPA that I really liked, and when I want to introduce someone new to IPA's, this one always brings them in. Good for the IPA fanatics, but also a real crowd pleaser.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper with thick puffy head.
S: Bland IPA smell, but that's not necessarily bad. Hops, tiny notes of citrus.
T: Maybe some lemon notes with the hops. Maltier than other popular IPAs I've got a chance to try.
M: Light bodied.
O: Pretty decent beer. Good choice if its on draft, but there are much better popular IPAs.

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Photo of cyguyjg
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -4.1%
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 +1.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 -2.6%
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 +2.3%
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 +12.7%
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 -3.6%
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 -64.3%
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 -2.1%
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 +3.4%
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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