Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA
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8,969 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad IPA but just a little one-sided. It's all hop. Bold, even brash citrus assault your palate and there is not much malt to protect you. Funny though, I can smell biscotti and cookies, but just don't really appreciate those in the flavor. Mouthfeel is fine - though the bitterness lingers. Overall it's solidly built, but kinda not too polished. It has stiff competition from the multitude of great IPAs available - try Harpoon!

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears amber in color, a creamy off-white cap about a quarter inch and superb lacing. the way an IPA should look.

Smells of fresh hops, grapefruit, lemon zest. Very fresh and spicy.

Taste offers a good amount of bitterness initially, but a mildly malty backbone creates a perfect balance. Follows the nose almost identically but the malt is just a little more pronounced in the taste.

Between low and medium carbonation, velvety, just a little sticky. rather light bodied.

This is a good-looking, good-smelling, good tasting beer. It's flavor profile is not overly complex but it manages to showcase all of the desirable aspects of the style. Its light body would allow me to drink a lot of these. Two thumbs up

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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low and behold, I was just talking about how much more I liked Lagunitas's Pale Ale versus their IPA. I grab another bottle from the sixer of Pale Ale, and it's an IPA. Dunno if it was packaging or somebody from Von's switching bottles, but this gives me a chance to do a back to back tasting.

A: Darkish orange. Almost amber in color. One and half finger of khaki head. Bubbles lazily float to the surface. Retention is moderate to good, as is lacing.

S: Tropical fruit boquet out of the glass, bit of grapefruit and citrus. Some graininess. Malt is fairly straightforward, smelling slightly sweet and a tad bready.

T: Fairly lean profile. Citrusy, almost herbal hops hit the front palate, hit by a level of grainy malt. Some residual bitterness peaks through in the end.

M: Light bodied, with enough alcohol and malt to keep things going.

O: I can understand why this is this best selling IPA in California. It's easy to drink, not too bitter and has a good amount of flavor. It's a good intro IPA to those that are ready to take the next step. It has no obvious flaws, but the flavors are muted in comparison to other California IPA's.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I am OG when it comes to Lagunitas, having enjoyed their beers since their earliest days. IPA continues to be a contender for my Desert Island Beer. Given that bias, I'm surprised that I didn't rate the beer a bit higher.

Might be safe to say that this is now the industry standard for American IPA. It checks all the boxes: hops on the nose, bitter on the palate, just enough malt to balance things out. Hop character leans toward the herby-evergreen side, rather than the grapefruit-tropical thing.

Having consumed untold gallons of this beer over the years, I've noted that it's quality and character can vary, presumably with how long the beer has been sitting around and under what kind of conditions. At its best (fresh) it really is fantastic. Typical store bought sixer, it'll still be good but who knows?

Any nits I have to pick are completely and utterly blown away by a sense of gratitude that such a fine beverage is so widely available to hop heads just about everywhere.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 8,969 ratings