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

served on-tap at rocks bar in chicago, this was a clear amber in color. nose was roasty, fruity, nutty, and resiny. pretty well-balanced between the medium malty sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. medium-bodied. definitely a pleasant find in your average chicago bar, though this place was much better than most. quite drinkable at 5.7% as well.

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Photo of Damian
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a clear amber with a small, white, frothy head that quickly faded to a clingy ring of lace.

The aroma was hoppy, fruity and sweet. Perfumy hops came through strong, along with notes of peaches, oranges and some noticeable sugary sweetness.

Like the nose, the taste was a well-balanced mixed of fruity hops and sweet malts. Some malt creaminess was apparent up front before the citrusy hops and sweet ripe fruits came through mid-palate. The finish was piney and resiny, yet contained.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a soft, pillowy creaminess and a fine, moderate carbonation.

For a West Coast IPA, I was really surprised with how well balanced this beer was. While it may not smack you in the face in ways that many of its counterparts do, it is still a flavorful and refreshing brew. This said, it definitely ranks as one of the most drinkable IPA's I have sampled and would be a perfect summertime session beer.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper color with an orangish tint. A huge thick white head forms on top and a 1/4" remains throughout. Tons of lacing left behind on the glass as well.

S: Lots of citrus in the nose with a bit of sweetness as well. Hops come through here as well.

T: Slightly sweet with a lot of citrus mostly in the form of orange. Lots of pale malts lead the way into the hops flavors. The hops are reserved and not all that bitter. Very balanced, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M: Medium bodied, a bit oily in the finish.

D: A very drinkable IPA. It's tasty yet a bit in the light side. A great and refreshing IPA for a warm summer evening. This beer has a soft spot in my heart since it's one of the first craft beers that I fell for. Thursday afternoon 4:20's at the brewery in Petaluma were a great time and this beer was a big part of that.

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Photo of Durge
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't seen this on tap in Connecticut before and it was a happy experience. The color was similar to iced tea with a smallish head and reasonable lacing. Sweet floral pine aroma, even a little mint in there. The taste is a solid hops, tastefully sweet. It has a fairly thick consistency, but not heavy at all. Very nicely carbonated. There is a woodsy quality, a little beyond grassy, and a little tartness that leans toward peach flavor. Mildly dry hoppy aftertaste but seems pretty darn drinkable. Another hit from the Lagunitas crew!

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Photo of sleazo
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a orange/brown clear hue with a moderate 1.5 finger head which dissipates into a nice slick on top of the beer. moderate lacing as well.

S-slightly sweet, slightly dry biscuits hit the nose first followed by a healthy dose of piney hops which thn dominate.

T-Bitterness from the resiny hops hits the palate first followed by a sweet roasted malt character. The finish is dry biscuits and more pine. The hops dominate the taste on this one but there is enough malt to make it interesting.

D-A decent but not great IPA. The hops are the stronger flavour but there is enough of a balance. I would like a little more of both though in my IPAs. Usually places that sell this will serve better IPAs.

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was buying this six-pack, just for the sake of trying something new. I noticed the words, "Petaluma, California" on the six-pack holder right away, yet the two Indian gentleman at the register where very proud to tell me that this beer was from India and that it's very hard to find around here.

I said, "Oh Really!?" and decided not to get into it any further.

So anyway, it pours a light copper, it's head left something to be desired.

The nose has grassy hops, malt and caramel hints

Theres a bitterness thats brief and mildly intense in a good way, following that is a caramel sweetness.

Overall it's pretty smooth, an easy session.

I'm fairly sure it's domestic though. I'm curious as to why the salespeople thought it was Indian, was it the phrase "From Petaluma to Bombay" on the six-pack holder? Or perhaps just "India Pale Ale" I'm just not sure. In fact if your reading this review and you know something I don't feel free to let me know.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a foamy head. It is a nice golden amber color. The smell is a little hoppy and the mouthfeel lingers for a while on the top and back of the mouth. This beer is a little more on the malty side than hoppy side for an IPA. I will try again to see if it it was just batch I was tasting.

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Photo of bryskal
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American IPAs are my choice. I've drank quite a few and this variety is unquestionably the best. It is extremely hoppy with a finish that makes you go yeaaah nice! Not recommended for the social drinker or those who are not beer fans. If you are tired of wimpy beers, try the Lagunitas IPA. A word of warning: don't drink three or four the night before an important meeting or job interview. You might not be able to find a convenient location to relieve some pent up intestinal pressure, if you know what I mean.

My personal favorite beer.

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Photo of shererjt
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with just the slightest haze. Good off-white head. Assertive hop nose; flowery with some citrus and some grassiness, too, Very pleasant. Medium-plus body. Lots of hop flavor up front and bitterness in the finish. Solid, but could use a bit more malt. Mouthfeel is okay--a little above average, I guess. A little more crispness would help. Drinkability is also good if you're in the mood for bitter.

Good IPA, and one with an appropriately assertive hop presence.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange color with a white head that goes away quick. A dry hopped aroma, with very small grapefruit notes in the nose. Tastes a bit sweet and a bitter end. A little piney even. It has a dry bitter aftertaste, but very smooth. A nice IPA, a nice bitter, and yet, not to extreme.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin off white head,with excellent retention,and lacing.Aroma is a creamy citrus. Medium bodied,and crisp with just the right amount of carbionation. Taste was hopped just right for me. Sweet up front with a tangy grapefruit finish. Recommended!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear almost golden yellow with a sticky off-white head that rose up fast at first and lasted the whole glass. The smell is slightly hoppy and sweet. The taste is hoppy but not quite “homicidally hoppy” as the label indicates but it is bitter. The carbonation seems a little low but makes the drinkability go up. This stuff goes down smooth.

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Photo of Night
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, unfiltered copper with amber tones. Large, foamy, off-white head lasts and leaves nice thick lacing. Aroma reveals citrus hops; grapefruit, pineapple, suds, cream. Distant malty backbone and yeasty notes – parmesan, esters. Mouthfeel is fizzy and crisp with a light-medium body. Flavor is warm and surprisingly malty – butter and cookie dough hold a strong presence along with floral hops, orange, and a tinge of grapefruit. Stronger bitter hops in the finish. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

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Photo of sstackho
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a medium copper that is just about opaque with a decent head and excellent lacing. Decent aroma of hops. The taste is nicely hoppy, if just slightly restrained. I suppose you could call this a sessionable beer then. A pretty decent IPA for a pretty decent price.

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Photo of smcreator
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber color with a one finger sustained head down from an impressive three finger head. Moderate lacing occurs.
S: Smells as expected with the great hop mixture. Very aromatic.
T: Somewhat of a flat taste. It doesn't taste as much of fruit as I would expect from the smell and that it is an "American IPA." I think this beer tastes more like a European IPA. Very bitter beer.
M: Very smooth with little carbonation, but it will leave a film coating in your mouth.
D: Since this beer is bitter and not as balanced as I prefer my IPAs, it makes it slightly more difficult to drink.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer -- have had the beer many times but forgot to review. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a dull, golden brown. Moderate to heavy lacing with a three finger head.

Smell is a sour, burnt-wood rounded out with a floral sherry foundation finished with a light but present malt.

The taste is like the above mentioned aroma with a tart, peppery flavor with a mild alcohol finish; a pretty unique taste.

Mouthfeel presents an oily and yet dry finish. The lasting effect is a mild tart residue.

With its moderate alcohol presence you could certainly sit down with a number of these. Personally I have always enjoyed mixing in a couple of these with my 6 to whatever beers during my session. I know we should not compare but given the choice -- I would pick up the Maximus.

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Photo of awall422
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A light orange poured into the pint with a good inch of off-white, creamy head that diminished fairly quickly, but left great lacing. Aroma was a pleasant citrus note, but was gone too fast for something that enjoyable. Taste is a little sweet, with a fairly sharp bitter finish. A little watery, but not in a bad way. A good IPA that I could easily enjoy several of at a sitting without killing my palate.

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Photo of ccrida
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint, the IPA is clear copper orange, with a thin egg shell head that quickly recedes, laving only scattered lace.

The nose is moderate, pretty malty for an IPA, with a nice grapefruit punch from the hops. A little too sweet for my liking, however.

The taste is good, not as sweet and malty as the nose, the pungency of the hops is the dominant flavor here, which is sour citrus. While pretty good, it's a little out of balance and not my favorite example of the style. But it is a typical west coast IPA, and they're all pretty damn good.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, and a touch oily.

In spite of what might seem like an overly harsh review, this is a pretty drinkable IPA. Not my favorite for the style, but the relatively low ABV and fairly robust taste make it a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of giblet
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty good IPA. IPA is my favorite brew (for now) so i enjoyed it. my buddy started gagging and said it tasted like hog piss. not sure i want to know how he knows what that tastes like! but when he came out of his house and offered me a bud light all of a sudden i realized how he does know what hog piss tastes like.

this is a good brew. if IPA is your style - give er a try!

i likes good beer!

suckem up and movem out!

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

I seemed to have a better impression of this beer from the bottle than on tap. From the tap, it displayed all of the golded-copper colors, read retention, citrus nose, and bready, hoppy, malty flavors that were found in the bottle, just in a more subdued manner. Still a wonderful IPA, just got lost in the shuffle for me when sampling from the keg.

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Photo of theopholis
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Body is a fairly clear, deep amber with a slightly off-white 3" head. The head had a little staying power, and left behind a nice, sticky lace.

Aroma - Nice mix of malt sweetness, noticable floral hops and a hint of caramel. Just a hint of citrus to. Very inviting .

Taste - Good mix of malt, malt sweetness and flavoring hops. A hint of carmel in there to, which isn't really to style, but tastes good all the same.

Mouthfeel - Body is slightly heavy, which is okay for the style. CO2 level is just about right.

Drinkability - Pretty good. I wouldn't reccomend it for day-time drinking, but a nice beer at the end of the day.

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Photo of dbatch
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a fine copper color with a little head and very good amount of lacing. Looking closer, it is very cloudy, like particles are suspended in time and not moving, very interesting.

Aroma is of hops mostly, with some malt support. The initial taste is your atypical American IPA, but for some reason the mix of the hop and malt flavor leaves me with a slightly soapy taste in the mouth, kind of acidic as well. Leaves little aftertaste to speak of and slightly acidic feel. Maybe I had a soapy glass, I hope the next one is better.

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Photo of joecast
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice copper color with an off white head that settled to a thicker than average lace. a bit hazy, bottle conditioned?

hop flavor and aroma come across a bit harsher than most. especially the flavor, the harshness comes in right up front. once that passes some sweetness appears to smooth things out.

overall, probablynot my favorite. good at warmer temps in small quantities.

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Photo of boelker62
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle on a hazy spring night into a fluted glass...

Appeared - an enticing shae of amber with a slightly off-white 1/2" head, which diminished mostly. The glass into which it poured was only a 10oz. so I didn't get to see the huge particulates floating about until the second pour. Funny little things, ain't they?

Smelled - lightly malty for an IPA, and had a faint hint of straw and strong floral hop nose to it. Really, quite nice.

Tasted - on style, and the mostly important thing was that the malt nose that existed, was not backed up on the palate to smooth the hops. I love bitter, but there was something a bit off here to rate it above average on taste. I did, however, detect a faint hint of apple in the taste, something I didn't pick up on in the aroma.

Mothfeel - it was a little drier than i prefer, but still adequate, the soft carbonation was pleasingly subtle as well.

Drinkability - as NeroPhiddled put it, it's wonderful for a late spring or summer night. It is actually wuite refreshing, and not cumbersome at all.

I recommend a try, and will likely pick it up again.


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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly light honey color, clear with a nice white foamy head. Aromas are somewhat all over the place, where neither hops nor malts are taking the lead. Hops are certainly dominant in aroma, but just not descernable in terms of variety, it's just the smell of hops thats it. Malts are also coming through, but again, quite generic. On the palate, the hops are quite aggressive; when I had my first of this 6-pack I must have served it quite cold, but at a warmer temp, the hops are much more enjoyable. The finish isn't quite candy sweet like most IPAs, it finishes with a hop bite and doesn't hold back. I like the bitterness quite a bit, but there isn't a freshness to the hop flavor, due to this sample's uncertain age or the hops they use. When I had this beer for the first time, it was, I think the second IPA I ever drank (the first being spat out for it's bitterness), and one I really enjoyed. 200+ beers later and I'm still enjoying it and wish it was available locally.

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