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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 Strat58cat
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a reason why Lagunitas IPA is iconic. There's a reason why it's available everywhere. It's good for drinking. The professional reviewers want extremes - like Firestone Union Jack with its unhinged esters, or a stew of cat piss aroma and harsh flavors. When I drink beer, I want delicious enjoyment. Lagunitas is good for enjoyment.

The look of this IPA is just noticeably deep amber with a slight orange note. The head foams up fairly well, although not as much as another icon - Samuel Adams Boston Lager. It also retains pretty well. There is some lacing, although not as much as you may find in some beers. The suggestions is a pretty high-quality malt, but nothing that will blow your socks off.

The aroma of this IPA is a classic IPA citrus with predominant grapefruit. The nose stays righteous all the way to the bottom of the glass, marking an improvement over the otherwise excellent aroma of Total Domination, which can get a little weak, or Rebel, which initially is overwhelming unless decanted for a minute before drinking.

The taste of Lagunitas IPA on the porchfront is a pleasant citrus especially grapefruit. The hops taste like the aroma is enjoyable, and it usually hangs in there, providing a lasting grapefruit vibe until the concluding bitterness. It's pretty good. The citrus hops that are giving the ale a pleasant grapefruit quality are balanced by the malt. Lagunitas realized the malt must have something to offer to balance the hops. As the color suggests, it's more deeply roasted than average and it imparts a noticeable flavor of toast to the malt, even along the lines of a more-dry Oktoberfest Marzen. Grapefruit on toast might be a summation of the experience. There may not be a lot of complexity or depth in the flavors, but they're all good.

The feel of Lagunitas IPA is a little bit full. Lagunitas IPA does not balance the citrus and grapefruit of the hops with a complex malt, like you may find in Samuel Adams Rebel or Cherry Wheat. The malt flavor is simple - essentially toast. The balance is achieved with a more roasted and fuller malt - instead of with complexity. The malt needed to be a little bit bigger than a typical lager or pale ale, and it is.

Nobody would say that you have to drink one IPA all the time. It's easy to take Lagunitas for granted, because it is so good and so undemanding. Yet, it's not as easy as it looks to brew an IPA that is delicious (ask Ballast Point). For occasions when you want an all-good ale instead of suffering through some sort of challenge, Lagunitas is a great choice.

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Photo of akdo
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: The body is transparent and amber, which almost makes it look like a lager. It has a half-a-finger white head, which is below what I would expect from an IPA. The head recedes to a thin layer that has an excellent lacing. There is also a visible mild carbonation.

Smell: The nice nose offers notes of lemon and orange zests. The pine woods are there, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The palate's front-end is mild in that you don't feel the malt. As a result of that, the taste is a tad weaker than what you discern whilst you smell the beer. The lemon as well as the orange zests feel just strong enough to be recognized. You have the feeling that there is a little bit of caramel in the background. Therefore, the beer's sweetness is not too obvious, which is fine. Unfortunately, the back-end is less hoppy than an East Coast IPA, which is weird.

Feel: Hopefully, the beer has a dry feeling once you drink it. Moreover, the warm aftertaste stays in your throat for quite a long time, which is around three minutes. The only thing I didn't like about this beer is the not-so hoppy back-end which was subdued by the front-end.

Overall: As a beer brewed in California, it is less bitter than an East Coast IPA. It tries to be a Vermont-style IPA even though it doesn't have the unfiltered golden look. All in all, this is just a beer you try out of curiosity.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

An earthy, citrusy brew with predominate fruity hops on the palate. Nothing hits you with an uppercut, which I prefer, but sometimes that's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lots of bitterness in this one. Piney, resinous, hops, mild tropical fruit. Good hop-quenching, bitter bomb. Will over power most foods that it accompanies. 7/10

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold/amber color, present hop aroma. Citrus bitter flavor. Average mouth density, crisp balanced finish. This is a really solid "go to" IPA. Readily available and fairly priced.

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

An awesome single ipa, probably a bit underrated here. This stuff fresh on tap is straight nectar. Beautiful citrus taste throughout with a nice light body and little lingering bitterness. Who says big breweries can't brew top class beer.

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Photo of codekiln
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three inch yellowish head into a four inch snifter. Foam is very hoppy with a solid malt foundation. Deeper gold than Dogfishhead 60 Minute IPA. Decent lace and a ghostly white surface film left after 1 min. Light amber-rose.

Musky, almost earthy. Dank hoppy smell. Other reviewers said IPA citrus with grapefruit, I mostly get hops and malts.

Bitter burnt orangepeel. Quite balanced. After it's half empty, it feels sweet to the tongue. The sweetness cloys at the bitterness in an addictive way.

Slightly thick with some weight without being carbonated.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangey amber body with a lovely chunky white head.
S: Piney.
T: Nice and piney but has a weird dry caramel backbone. Gets better after a few sips. Gets more toffee-like as it warms. Mouthfeel is lagery.
O: Not great considering half decent American style IPAs are two a penny these days.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass at Stationhouse in Norwalk, this beer comes out the perfect amber color, clear, with a thin white cap that leaves some lacing at first.

Nice hoppy aroma, some herbal and pine notes, bit of sweet grapefruit on the nose as well. Flavor starts a bit malty and sweet, kicked out by a decent sized hop bill, very herbal and resinous. Some citrus and brown sugar notes in there. Even when the beer is fully warmed up it never gets too heavy or malty. Pretty much benchmark for the IPA style and easy to find and appreciate when other taps are lacking.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden beer with a decent head and lacing. Sweet citrus and bitter hops with some caramel on the side. Not particularly complicated or powerful. Just a smooth, flavorful summerish ale. Sometimes it has a bit of a cardboard taste.

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Photo of jhartley
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee tulip. Bottled on July 9, 2015.
Light golden, crystal clear body, soap bubble head, dissipated down to a thin film of bubbles and left a nice amount of lacing in the glass.
Decent smells of pine, citrus and some tropical fruits.
Taste was a little less than I wanted based on the aromas. Not enough of that pine and citrus coming through from the nose to the taste.
Easy to drink but just a lingering bitterness with not much flavor to back it up. Would really like more to it
Overall, I was a little disappointed with this beer. Lagunitas IPA's drop off quicker than any other brewer out there, not sure why; but this wasn't that old either.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange clear body, orange-tinted soapy head, good lace, good carbonation. Smell is an alluring, a morphing combination of the classic pine, orange, and appropriate malt. Beautiful, just a little diluted. The flavor focuses much more on the hops, again rotating between citrus fruit and pine. Good medium-range bitterness. The malt is just perfectly balanced, adding just a touch of bitter-balancing sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly thick but still drinkable.
Wonderful, brilliant, easy-to-access IPA. I love the simple flavor profile but genius balancing of all the elements, especially, and this is uncharacteristic to point out for an IPA, the affable quality of the malt's flavor with the opposing hops. A relatively simple IPA, but the value, accessibility, and honest-to-goodness yumminess make it a top choice for me.

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Photo of Nyg
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

. Nice hoppy citrus taste. It's poured in a plastic cup cuz of bar rules but still a good tasting IPA. Refreshing citrus pine scent flavor. Not too bitter pours golden a bit more amber and a nice head. Very drinkable perfect sweet bitter hop mix

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I always have a few pints from the tap at Lyon Hall with my Charcuterie plate. It is very smooth, fresh and enjoyable. Excellent!

Highly recommended!

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Photo of rjd722
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass, medium foam head that dissipated quickly, slightly golden-orange. Citrus burst and nice floral, earthy aroma. Bitter floral aftertaste.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Despite an aggressive pour, it generated a small white head. Orange/gold in color. Got yeast, bread, pine, citrus on the nose. Tasted of bread, some sweet malts, hops, and tropical fruit on the back end. Finish is dry. This one and their Pilsner is my favorite from Lagunitas.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Clear gold body and a rich white head.
S- Slightly hoppy aroma not much else, underwhelming aroma.
T- Strong and rough hops all the way, pine and flowers. Aftertaste is much less bitter.
F- Dry and coarse
O- Fairly good IPA but nothing else, just hops without variety.

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Photo of clh323
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this in both bottle and a draft. The draft certainly provided more of the apricot finish than the bottle did. It was still subtle and there was enough bitterness to keep it complex. I highly recommend this on tap but the bottle didn't suck either.

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Photo of fx20736
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 8/1/15 from Beers of the World. Served cold in a Duvel tulip. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Coppery amber, foamy offwhite head. Aroma is a pleasing blend of pine and citrus. Flavor is accentuated by wild onion but has some pine. Mouthfeel is ok. The taste of onion spoils this for me.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: On draft at Open City in D.C. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light amber and clear. Medium white head with lots of lacing present on the glass. Aroma: Big hoppy aromas and grassy. Taste: Follows the nose. Hoppy, peppery with some subtle pine notes. Aftertaste: Very consistent throughout. Light hoppy bit and the pine lingers. Overall: Consistent easy drinker. Good: 3 out of 5.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour at Squat & Gobble in SF, jul 27 2015

a: clear light orange with just over a finger of white head

s: piney grapefruit with a touch of orange flesh and mango. slight caramel notes

t: grapefruity, orangey, minty hops with touches of tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango) and a solid caramel malt backbone. a touch of alcohol as well

m: medium-minus feel with moderate carbonation

o: a solid, entry-level IPA

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Photo of bsonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas IPA- 6.2% abv.

A: red-golden-amberish with not much head at all. Doesn’t leave lacing in my glass.

S: fruit juice AF, like you’re sniffing some orangey pineappley concoction, backed by grain.

T: light hop bite, slightly pineappley, biscuity sweet lighter malt. Well balanced.

M: thin, drinkable, malt sweetness lingers on tongue with a juicy hoppiness.

O: This is the classic west coast IPA that people compare shit to. I like it. It’s a great go to IPA that I drank too much of for a while and just recently decided to grab a six pack of. It’s simple but good. It’s not really that hoppy, and you can drink it easily. It’s interesting without being overwhelming. It’s one of the beers that got me into craft beer and still of my favorite beers.

The owner of lagunitas is a bit of a neckbeard though, being one of the biggest craft brewers around but being all snippy in Twitter and posing as the underdog versus Boston Beer Co. However, they are not the most fedora-tippin/ecig-sippin neckbeards in the brewing world (I think that award would have to go to Rogue).

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of citrus coming from the aroma of this beer. Love the smell of most of Lagunitas' beers. Citrus and sweet pine on the taste buds. This would be a good "everyday" type IPA. Not the best (in general and by Lagunitas)......certainly not the worst.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a frozen shaker pint glass at a local restaurant. Crystal clear amber color. No nose due to the cold temp, but the taste was outstanding, with a mix of citrus, orange and dank. Nice dry finish. Overall a great workhorse IPA if you can not use a damn frozen glass.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its not overwhelming in the looks department, although it does leave some nice lacing & looks are for shit anyway. Content matters, and this here IPA delivers. The hops are all hoppy smelling and are balanced with a nice malty sweetness that doesn't overwhelm. Its also an incredibly smooth drinker. Got to be careful with this one. Sip slowly or bow to the porcelain god.

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