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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 q33jeff
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at TGI Fridays. Best thing available here. Bottle to pint glass.
AROMA: Citrus, hoppy nose.
TASTE: Taste is ash, but not too much, wood, pine.
Middle of the road ipa.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 22 oz bottle

I can't even imagine all the times I have had this beer and yet I have never rated/reviewed it? That is just beyond me.

A - A nice simple copper color, one finger white foamy head with a bit of legs/lacing

S - Pine, sweet and toasted malts/grains, bright citrus (lemon, orange, lime), biscuit yeast, nice sugar and just all around hoppy. The smell is the least impressive part of this great beer.

T - Really nice balance of hops (pine and citrus) and malt (sweet and toasted) with a very nice biscuit yeast, nice sweetness and just a very well done simple from start to finish IPA.

M - Medium carbonation, medium acidity, nice complexity, well balanced and the hop/malt finish you'd expect from a staple IPA.

D/O - Refreshing, simple (but not lacking), easy to drink and smooth as heck. As a staple IPA and what you'd call and "everyday'er" this beer is perfect. Anyone looking for something more should try this one but, may end up moving on -- for the time being (don't worry, you'll be back). If you like hops and malt in a perfect balance, this is your go to ale!

Final thoughts - At less than $8 a six pack this beer can be an everyday beer for most and at 6% ABV, why the heck not? Really well done and near perfect for what it is. The only thing lacking (for me) is the nose doesn't represent the rest of the ale.

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Photo of MonsieurNick
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look: Pours copper with off-white creamy 3/4 inch head.

Smell: Citrus (grapefruit) and eucalyptus comes through strong. Mild hop smell. Very reminiscent of strawberry fruit to go's by SunRype.

Taste: Strong hit of citrus and grapefruit along with florals off the start, followed by pine and some mild malt. Hoppy bitterness through the finish, but nothing overpowering.

Feel: Mild carbonation and a light mouth feel. Finishes on the dry side.

Overall: Very easy IPA to drink. Not crazy hoppy or piney like others. Pretty well rounded and you could easy enjoy a number of these in a row. Great for relaxing outside in the summer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours that sticky copper liquid, 1/2" white head. Aroma hit those copper and pine hop notes.

Taste is reliable, plenty of grapefruit and pine bitterness. Seems like the other offerings from the brewery in this vein drop more dry late stage hopping than this one.

Pretty reliable, very good when fresh, great cost point.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear brass with a patchy, small head that manages to drape the glass in foam. Light citrusy hopes and some cookie dough pale malts in the nose. Moderate hoppiness in the taste, more citrus,, grapefruit some floral and pine notes. Solid doughy maltiness keeps everything in balance. Moderately light bodied with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Light bitterness and eucalyptus hops in the finish.

A simple, straight forward IPA that covers all the bases. Not overpowering by any means but boasting a full array of hops. Worth a try, and would make a fantastic gateway IPA.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

L - Pours a clear orange-gold with a thin lacing, typical of other IPAs I've drank

S - Citrus, pine, apple, for some reason a strong smell of grape juice comes through

T - Starts off with a classic bitter hoppy kick, grape juice (not fruit), citrus fruit and bready malt follow and finish, very drinkable

F - medium-bodied carbonation, slightly dry finish

O - A good west coast IPA I see most everywhere and glad I finally picked up a 6-pack. Reasonably priced and fairly balanced.

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Photo of Eric_Booga_Boyles
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great IPA! I truly enjoyed this beer. It wasn't over-powering, nor did it have a ton of bitterness. I can tell this is a quality brewery that knows how to turn out a quality product. I would recommend this to anyone and I generally do not enjoy the IPAs.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a foamy white head that retains well and leaves behind a good deal of lacing. Pine, citrus, and slightly dank hops. Solid aroma. Great citrus notes, with a little banana, clove, and malt base notes. It performs, but is a bit plain. Mouth feel is robust and filling. Great addition here. Easy and fun to drink. Overall, an IPA that hits the essentials. Nothing extraordinary, but just plain good.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of schematix
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sample is approximately 60 days post-bottling.

A: Clear. Color is dark gold to light copper.

S: Aroma is mild. Obviously hoppy, but not in your face. No malt detected.

T: Bitterness hits the tongue immediately. Hops lean towards resinous pine and dank notes. Not much citrus or fruit.

M: Carbonation is medium-low. Finishes thin.

O: It's a good bitter IPA. It lacks the punch of hop flavor and especially aroma i love in IPAs though. I'd drink it again but I don't know that I'd choose it over many other IPAs.

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

Drank from bottl.e

Can't speak much on looks, a basic bottle. Had to drink this after it fell out of fridge; thus lots of foam which left lacing. Clean looking.

Smells solely of fresh glorious hops.

Taste is typical of an american Ipa. It is fairly straightforward, not too full bodied, but crisp taste of piney hops throughout with a slight malt finish.

Pretty crisp, bitey from the hops, but nothing to back it up with. Feels like it needs something else for the feel.

Good, standard IPA.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one poured a very cool metallic orange with a thin foamy bone white head. The beer I poured appeared to be light on the carbonation as the bubbles were slowly streaming up the glass.

The smell was an average as of late IPA smell with a very strong floral hop forward smell with just a touch of some mustiness coming through.

Taste was a piny bitterness with a nice balance of the barley malts and hops.

Mouth feel was light with a crisp finish.

Overall this was a crisp and refreshing IPA that I could find myself purchasing again! Very easy drinking and easy drinking beer. At a 6.2 may not be exactly session-able but who gives a damn! As long as you live within walking distance you are cool my friend.

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Photo of EricB22
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice mellow CA IPA. It has nice mellow character for an ipa with a little touch of spice. One of my favorites when I don't want a strong tasting beer. Available in bottles in the southeast of the US.

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Photo of mickwin
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle, pale gold, frothy generous head, aroma very hoppy with malt , touch of caramel, pepper, and wild flowers. flavour strongly hoppy, malt and caramel, finish has a taste of honey with complex hops, very nice beer.

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Photo of theskjoung
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It appears golden with a little bit of an orange color.
It smells like pine trees or sap. It comes subtle but pleasantly.
The body is light I think.
The taste is the typical IPA taste.

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Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint on tap in a Lagunitas mason jar at Chicago Dogs in Scarborough, Maine.

Appearance: Fairly clear gold with a big frothy white head. Head dissipates quickly; rings of lace left on glass.

Aroma: Pleasant spicy, hoppy nose. Some grapefruit and sap.

Taste: Great classic IPA flavors. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, spice, maybe tropical fruit. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin body - very drinkable.

Overall: As good as everyone thinks it is. Maybe better.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

See the immediately referenced review for the contest between Lagunitas and Bells' IPA.
Basically, it is a draw.
Bell's balances their hops for a better after-taste.
Lagunitas uses so much of the citrus hops that it smells good, but its after-taste is too much to enjoy.

Re-rate 6/12/16 tasting: dropped .25 in Smell and Taste. Hops should be moderated before I will go back to this often.

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

Have had many many ipas over the years including several from lagunitas but never the regular until last night when I had one and Dave and busters. Really enjoyed this. It has a interesting spiciness to it that I can't quite figure out but it works. Will gladly get this agsin. Very solid standard ipa.

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Photo of LoneWolfiNTj
2.02/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ok, first of all, what's with all the confusion of names? No, this is not brewed in Laguna, so why call it "Lagunitas"? Nor is it brewed in India, so why call it "India"? (It's actually manufactured in Petaluma, California, USA.) Nor is this by any means a pale ale, so why call it "pale ale"?

What this actually is, is a dark-amber ale with very strong amber/red ale flavors and smells, and a nagging odor of burnt plastic on top. Other than the nasty burnt-plastic smell, would have been a nice ale.

VERY high alcohol content, though, I think much higher than listed on the label. Label says 6.2%, but must be about 8%, because drinking a single bottle makes my legs rubbery. 6% beers just don't do that.

Bottom line: a so-so California Amber Ale (*NOT* India Pale Ale). Ok if you want to get drunk fast and don't mind the nasty burnt-plastic smell; but otherwise, skip this; there are thousands of better ales and beers out there. 2 stars out of 5. Poor-to-mediocre.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I always enjoy this IPA on tap. It is such a smooth beer and an overall excellent IPA, it's definitely Lagunitas staple beer for a reason. This is an excellent session beer and always a great option to have available.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Brewdog BottleDog (The Good Spirits Co, Glasgow - £2.40):
A cracking IPA with a very good aroma that jumps right out of the bottle at you & the taste backs it up with plenty of pine, citrus & plenty bitterness. Whilst not as good as their ‘A Little Sumpin’ Wild’ this one is still very good & yet again the brewery doesn't disappoint. This one is a beer that is well worth a try if you happen across it.

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Photo of cosmin
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent IPA. Although not available in cans at the LCBO, I got it in a 6-pack of bottles and poured it into my favourite pint glass. Excellent colour and smell. Even better taste! Not overdone with hops and balanced just right. I would really like to try this one on tap. Very comparable to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA (maybe a little lighter).

Will definitely get this one again. If you like IPAs, this one should be in your fridge at all times.

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Photo of lealintern
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A really solid example of a true west coast IPA. Super aggressive hops with big notes of pine, earth, and citrus. A huge nose and a nice lingering bitterness on this one

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Photo of carlborch
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant, golden-copper pour, produces a 2.5 inch, off-white pocketed head. Appears to have modest carbonation. Sweet, malty nose with suggestions of pine. Medium-light body. Semi-dry palate. Short and light. Less hop bitterness than I would expect from an IPA. Very nice lace. The head settled in at 1/4 inch. Some sweet lingering. It looked great, but the rest did not follow. I will not go looking for this IPA.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased a six-pack from the LCBO for $14.95 CDN.

Appearance - Clear, coppery colored beer with plenty of effervescence and pours a nice two finger head. Good retention and lots of spidery lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell - Pleasant hop wallop, lots of grapefruit, maybe some stone fruit, and some resiny aromas as well. Leans on the fruit side but also some earthiness. Malt is subtle but keeps the whole thing together. What you'd expect from a well-made IPA.

Taste - Grapefruit, a little pine resin, a juicy bitterness that hints at aspects of other tropical fruits. Some woodsy earthiness underneath. Malt is very quiet, yet noticeable enough to keep from anything else overwhelming the beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with good carbonation, just a small prickly sensation on the tongue and a medium body. Finishes moderately dry, but some fruit juiciness carries over to the feel as well.

Overall - While not my favorite IPA, Lagunitas IPA is simply a solid representation of the American IPA, and is accessible enough that new beer drinkers may not be completely overwhelmed with the beer at hand, yet hoppy enough to satisfy longtime hopheads. A well made beer.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle that has no discernable date on it, into a mason jar. Light copper with a white very bubbly head. Leaves inconsistent lacing, lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell is kinda oily piney resin but is carbonated smelling, which is actually pretty good, just gets lost. Taste is pretty much like the smell, carbonated, but leaves a semi-dry finish of lightly bitter hops and the finer pine seeming to be fairly equal in their intensity which is mild. Beer seems better cold, as opposed to when warming up.

Some would probably call it watered down a little, but it seems like an easily accessible craft for someone who isn't constantly drinking high gravity beers. It is not too bad and easy to knock back a few if you wanted. In the words of Bubbles portrayed by Mike Smith, Pretty Decent.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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