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Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA
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8,855 Ratings
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:
Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial Qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!

45.6 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Ratings: 8,855 |  Reviews: 1,810
Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of gonzo000
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

a. golden/orange color with two finder head. Great lacing around the glass that lasts.

s. Smell of pine and grapefruit.

t. Taste of pine/hops followed by more pine and hops.

m. For as thin as the beer is, it leaves a syrup like film in the mouth.

o. I expected more from this beer. Maybe because of all of the great beers I have had from Lagunitas. This one is not my favorite. Seems like a one trick pony - all hops, no layers or complexity. That being said, it is still better than most.

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Photo of ShadowKnight
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ejh06752
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Flathead_Monster
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rdoggg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of EddieG28
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BeerRunner
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ScotNH
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of George2744
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice copper color; perhaps a little light for the style; moderate lacing

S: Not a lot on the nose; a little disappointing; A little pine, citrus, grapefruit.

T: Nice, but understated; similar to the nose; you can definitely taste the hops; finish is mild with less bitterness than your average IPA;

M: Medium bodied, but on the light side; crisp and dry; the bitterness lingers

O: A nice IPA, but nothing about it stands out.

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Photo of adamhand
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MAN615
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of JoeMans
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Alex_Weinard
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of smokescreen
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight ahead: this is firmly a bush-league IPA, suffering in a variety of areas. One hates to say, because of the brewery's otherwise admirable reputation. But if you take Sierra Nevada to be the standard - which choice I think style history, flavor, and availability strongly suggest - I've got to call this beer a lesser choice.

The head is buoyant and promising, with a 2" layer of caviar-like bubbles of printer-paper-white foam, but the body's color, a palid, sun-bleached brown, looks waifish and cheap. As with any beer, if you are a lover of beer, you want to root for the best characteristics to prevail. You're hoping, for your own pleasure as much for the brewers' spirit, that the beer is a good one. So, as would any dutiful beer-lover, I rooted for the head.

But the nose did't promise much, just as the head sank into a ragged ring. Sickly sweet, without any floral perfumes or discernible fruit notes, just a golden haystack of corn malt IPA.

The palate doesn't much expand on the theme. Flat, garish, with a cheap, soda-y mouthfeel which factors combine to suggest a kind of heavily-hopped pilsner. Again, it pains me to speak ill of one of the mainstay beers of a good brewery, but a cloying pallet of rancid caramel thunderously beating-back a feeble display of monochrome hops is not going to be any IPA drinker's cup of tea. The mouthfeel plainly lacks flavorful oils, which is instantly confirmed on the palette. The end, pretty much.

If only to be certain I wasn't creating an arbitrary set of standards, or , I got myself a Sierra Nevada, also on bottle, directly after. Unctuous, lovely mouthfeel, pine resin galore, balanced sweetness, the same old trusty standard. If it can be done at this size of a commercial level, I see no reason to cut Lagunitas the slack. Too bad.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a creamy white head.

S: Aromas of herbs, pine, grass, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bitter orange, biscuit, and crackers are present on the nose.

T: Layered notes of biscuits, crackers, minerals, grass, herbs, pine, kumquats, bitter orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit fill the mouth. The finish is intensely bitter and resinous with pine, grapefruit, grass, and lemon notes.

M: Medium in body and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is firm and prickly.

O: A really good American IPA. Not as forceful or bitter as some of the more lauded contemporary IPAs, but still very good nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 8,855 ratings
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