Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minimal head off of the pour nearly entirely disappates. Color is a nice golden amber. Piney hop aroma is inviting. The flavor is a burst of piney hops. The aftertaste is very freshly picked hops. It's like biting into a grapefruit. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

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Photo of Mark
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas beers face tons of competition here in Northern California. In the general vicinity are Moylan's, Marin, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, and North Coast Brewing Companies. In my opinion Lagunitas makes a decent product but is just a notch below all of the above, still I do like to support them. This IPA poured a clear light copper and had a nice thick beige head. Lacing was smattered at the top of the glass, sheeted at the bottom half. Smell was on the restrained side however the the taste was full throttled. A blast of bitter citrusy hops greets the palate, mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. O.K. drinkability that actually grew on me as I emptied the glass. I would say it needs a bit more malt balance. Worth a try. I feel this beer has improved dramatically since my first introduction to it. It is now my go to IPA and one of the most drinkable by far. A perfect tasting IPA that invites you tto have one after the other. One of my three favorite domestic craft beers.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at JP Looney's Sports Bar & Grill in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint lemon yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine hops with some lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet grainy hops with some hints of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine hops and citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with nice hop flavors and well hidden alcohol. I could enjoy more than one in a session and the beer is not overly bitter.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Time to review the ever so famous, Lagunitas IPA. I am very excited to try this beer mainly because of the debates surrounding it whether it is a great IPA or “crap”. So here it goes I cannot wait to try it!

Appearance- Right into the pour, a nice one and a half finger of head forms that is slowly going down with mild lacing on the glass. The beer has a solid amber orange sight to it. It is fairly transparent with lots of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass.

Smell- Very floral right from the initial smell. Just adding to the floral aroma a slight earthiness and pine are ever so present in this brew. Finally, I am picking up a major sweetness to the scent of this beer definitely some malt in it.

Taste- Great, with the first gulp a get a fantastic dry hops taste on the back of my tongue that lingers for a few seconds. Let’s take a second taste, Great floral and piney hints smack you right in the mouth although it is milder than I thought. I don't taste as much malt or sweetness in this beer though and the scent definitely says otherwise.

Mouthfeel- This is a well bodied beer. It is most certainly a medium body and not so watery as some IPA's I have had. This is a solid American IPA in this category that’s for sure. The carbonation has really slowed down though so it is not quite as smooth as the initial sip.

Overall, solid beer. I would recommend it to anyone who likes craft beer. It is not the best IPA ever, but it really does the job. So following up on how I feel about this beer and continuing to the everlasting debate; I like it and I would definitely buy it again. But, I'll have to have a second one to make sure! CHEERS!

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 8,773 ratings.
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