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Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Reviews: 1,727 | Ratings: 8,435
Photo of seanpachefddfa
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A amber color with a very thin eggshell colored head. The head din not last long at all and no lacing at all.
Smell - I had to go in and smell this 6 or 7 times because the smell is very faint. But I did pick up a very Subtle hop smell and a little citrus not much else going on in the smell
Taste - A very weak hop flavor kind of a off-balance IPA I can taste the malts in this just as much if not more than the hops
Mouth feel - Good carbonation very crisp and clean no aftertaste with a dry finish
Drink ability - This beer was very easy to dink but do to the weak hop profile in this beer I would not buy again. Would drink if some one gave it to me.

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

Lagunita's IPA served from a 12 oz twist top bottle poured into a pint glass reveals a clear peach/orange hued body below a fluffy white head that slowly fades to a thing layer that sticks around and sticks to the glass.

Aromas are of pungent fruity hop that blends very well with sweet malt.

Taste is ripe grapefruit, pineapple, and finishes with an herbal grassy hop character that is pleasant rather than harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium with steady carbonation.

Lagunitas has done a great job with this. It is a sessionable IPA that doesn't back down on flavor.

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

Pours a nice brownish gold. Fluffy head that slowly fades away to a nice side clinging lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity -- very interesting smell for sure. Wonderful sweet and fruity taste. Just right balance between bitter and sweet. Great session ale and not your average IPA, very unique taste. Recommended.

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Photo of hungryghost
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a festival and had to go back for more. First time having it on tap. Pours a light amber color with a light head.
Good hop aroma including sharp citrus and pine notes probably some malt in there.
Taste has the expected hop bite with malt/grain but an unexpected sweetness next to grapefruit flavor. Lots of flavor variations yet still well balanced. This is a pretty highly hopped beer and it does not kill the taste buds off as quickly as some IPAs. Mouthfeel is creamy but clean.
Very drinkable, if it is hot out this might work as a session brew.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This friendly beer made its way into my pint glass by being poured from a 12oz bottle.

To be honest the appearance is nothing special. An amber color with only minimal head and lacing.

This beer smells good- sweet and bitter. Rich buttery and toffee malts are present but met with a candied pine oil smell.

I find the taste of this brew to be particularly well balanced. The hops are slightly forward with an emphasis on pine flavors and well-supported by buttery/toffee malts.

The mouthfeel is low on carbonation and allows for the smooth and slightly thicker than average body to stand out.

Drinkability here is very high for me- well balanced and this brew does not become tiresome. Great stuff!

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

This just popped up in my grocery this week. I had to try some to see what is up in Peatluma.
Pours a clear light amber with a thick head that quickly dissipates.
Smells of citrus notes, maybe a little pine.
Tastes very drinkable for an IPA. Definitely an American IPA. Nice fruit front with and easy ending hop bite. Not even sure I'd call it a bite. Maybe a little love nibble.
This is definitely not the smoothness I think of from most IPAs, but it adds to the drinkability. A good session beer altogether.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, pours a clear amber colour with a thick white head that dissapated rather quickly. smells of piney hops and taste is very good with a nice hop bite up front. this beer is very drinkable I would reccomend it to anybody that enjoys ipas.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy bronze/amber brew with a small head of white bubbles. Lots of lace is left on the glass, which I find puzzling due to the lack of a substantial head. Looks like liquid copper.

S - Nice summery fruits with a big dose of fresh hops. Mandarin orange is the major note here, and some peach, apricot, and a touch of pine back it up.

T - Again, fruity as hell with a healthy heap of hop goodness. the malt flavors are second fiddle, but back up the hops nicely. Not the most assertive IPA, but it is really fresh and fruity.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a lot of tingly carbonation and a slightly bitter, but not dry finish. Thirst quenching.

D - Definitely a good choice for a session IPA. Well rounded, balanced, and tasty....if a bit average in flavor. Not a complex sipper, this is a highly drinkable IPA.

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

On tap at Jimmy's No. 43, served in a pint

Poured a medium orange with a fluffy bone white head, that rose to a little under a finger and subsided quickly. Little to no lacing and hardly any retention.

Fresh cut grass, sweet bready malt, and grapefruits.

Sharp biting hop spiciness with a sweet malt finish. Unfulfilling.

Light to medium in body, adequate carbonation.

Pretty well-balanced, but I was just not crazy about the flavor profile.

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Photo of changeup45
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a decent initial head and a pretty good amount of lacing ends up on the glass. The aroma is quite mild consisting of citrus fruits with hints of caramel and malt but hardly any hops. A semi-spiced caramel malt character comes out first in the flavor followed by a sour hoppy grapefruit taste. A wet finish for an IPA. Interesting mix of malts and hops but not necessarily what I look for in an IPA. Decent enough beer but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of happygnome
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice orange color with abuot an eigth inch of head that dissapears slowly but when it does there is a nice ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: caramel malts initially but the citrusy and herbal hop bitterness does shine through nicely
t: in the begginning there is nice caramel malt presence but that is soon dominated by citrus and herbal hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a decent brew i enjoyed it

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

Appearance- It has a nice bronze body that for the most part is very transparent with a very thick off white head that produces an average lace.

Smell- A very citric/herbal aroma. At the same time there is a tone of sweet malt.

Taste- It is not as bitter as I thought it would be. The taste has citric/herbal flavor to it and there is a good maltiness to the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very light and smooth.

Drinkability- One of the better IPA's I have ever tried.

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

pours a huge head with decent retention and a nice orange color that indicates caramel malts

caramel malts with a decently assertive hoppiness.

caramel and pale malts in this one help round the beer out and balancing hop bitterness that is piney and citrusy.

crisp yet slightly creamy mouthfeel that go well with the sweet caramel malts.

nice ipa woth good malt sweetness and an aggressive hop bitterness.

reviewed on my phone

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite pale. Not as amber as I'm used to in an IPA, but it was nice. The head was small and didn't linger.

Smell: Citrusy hops, sugary caramel and a grassy, tone as well.

Taste: Hop bitterness was bang on, but there was a LOT of residual sweetness from the malt. I wasn't expecting it to be so sweet. The pub I drank it at served it a little too warm, however, so I would imagine that might lend itself to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness was a little overbearing for my tastes. Bitterness was well placed at the back.

Drinkability: If it was served colder(ie, not room temp.), this would have been more drinkable. The cloying sweetness was a little too much to make me want to order another.

Overall: I tried to rate this with the serving temperature in mind and how I could imagine it being if it were cooler. All the great California IPA flavours were definitely there in spades and I'm sure this spoils all you Californians who can readily get it in bottles and on tap.

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Photo of xare
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid beer - nothing that was truly exceptional in my view. Appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability all defined the classical IPA in my view. It'll be a solid choice down the road whenever I want a classic IPA without weird funkiness or over-the-top extremeness.

Can't go wrong with this brew.

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Photo of tbeck
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, light copper in color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Collared into a slight laciness. Smelled of malt with a slight hint of hops. Taste was malts, some hops, on the sweet side. There was a very slight bitterness that was overpowered by the sugar. Light texture, not very heavy. This was disappointing as an IPA, but overall not a bad beer. A good beer for sitting around, and not looking for complexity.

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

Picked up a 6 pack of this for the Chargers vs. Cowboys game on 8/09/08.

Pours a lightish clear copper into my pint glass. Reasonable lacing.

Little bit of sour grass and some hops on the nose over shadowed by a sweet biscuity maltiness.

Complex yet subdued taste. It seems overly balanced (if thats possible?) nice malts, and a little bit of hops but it seems like a true defining taste never fully emerges. Sweet malty flavors and some bitter hops do battle with eachother, but a true victor never emerges.

Medium to light mouthfeel. Slight hop bitter after taste.

Don't get me wrong, this is way drinkable. Is this really an IPA though? I've had APAs with loads more flavor. For what it is, it's a damn decent brew and worth seeking out.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Decent for an IPA but not as prominent as some other Northwest IPA's. Just toned down a bit.

Appearance: A nice amber hue, about what you would expect. No hazzyness.

Flavor: I would say the hop flavor is more medium than high. To me it makes it a thirsty mans IPA! No harsh aftertaste, nice and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to almost too smooth. Still very pleasant.

Overall: This is a nice IPA that doesn't attempt to go over the top with the hops. I would go with this IPA any day!


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Photo of Goliath
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Good retention and some spotty lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice. A nice hoppy nose showing big citrusy grapefruit. A touch of caramel in there too.

Taste is alright. A nice citrus hoppiness with a relatively low bitterness. Well balanced with a bit of caramel in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Decent flavor and low alcohol make this brew easily sessionable. Not the best IPA I've had, but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of drluke21
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must say this beer quickly jumped up to the top tier in my mind of IPAs I have drank in my life. It was excellent!

The LaGuanitas has a lot of nose and a distinct hoppy smell that I find lacking in most commercially produced beers. This beer aroma makes me want to keep my face over the pitcher the entire time I am drinking it just to enjoy the aroma.

Even better, this beer goes down easy yet packs the body of a good IPA. Trust me, you can drink a lot of this.

I've also had their Maximus IPA, which I like even more, even with the increased price.

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Photo of chilidog
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow by surprise on this one. Lagunitas isn't trying to overwelm by the over-hop attempt. Instead big flavor thats enjoyable to drink.

It pours a nice copper orange with an off-white head. Lace is spotted. Carbonation is active, yet soft on the mouth.

The aroma, typical IPA citric hop. But ok.

The taste is alot of citric hop in the form of grapefruit, mango,lemon and orange zest. Malts balance it out nicely.

A slight, no burn, hop oil remains in the after-taste.

Drinkable, oh ya. Not that big hop slam nor abv overkill. But rather a Three-Floyds take on a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a nice amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. What head it did have quickly dissipated, though.

S: Typically (for an IPA) strong smell of citrus and hops. Nicely done and not overpowering.

T: A well-balanced taste with the aforementioned hops and citrus taking over the taste. Goes down very easy.

M: This one had a decent amount of carbonation and a somewhat slick finish.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It's well constructed with a solid taste and evenhanded elements.

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

I bought a case of this brew after sampling on tap at the local watering hole, and was not disappointed.

Poured golden amber, very clear with a one-finger head which disapated to a consistant thin ring. There were some sticky lacings left on the glass. The smell was of lemons and hops, crisp and clean on the palate. Medium bodied with the taste of grapefruit. Nice hop bite and a bitter hop finish, some malts mixed in. Nice rendition of an IPA.

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Photo of maximum12
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a classic yellow IPA color with a dash of red, very clear, with a small white head, quickly disappearing. Smells like hops & citrus, not terribly strong.

Unfortunately, there's an sharp, unpleasant aftertaste. This is sharper, more acrid than an IPA-hoppy-bitter aftertaste to balance everything out. The hops & malt rush through, & then there's some damp boot sticking to the back of my throat & I can feel my eyebrows crawling together. No date on the bottle, recently purchased, so I have to believe this is the way it's intended to taste.

Drinkability suffers due to aftertaste. Overall this is just OK, & I'm looking for a Lagunitas to be impressed with.

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

Appearance: Deep clear copper color. One inch off-white coarse head that persited nicely. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Nice citrus and herbal hop blond that was very pronounced.

Taste - A big IPA; strong citrus and hop flavor. Nice subtle bitter aftertaste that balances the flavor very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Full body.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers that will stay in your set of brands when you want something tried and true. Easy to drink for a very full flavored beer.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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