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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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Reviews: 1,742 | Ratings: 8,515
Photo of rorykanderson
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid IPA that delivers a consistent, surprisingly balanced hop/malt profile. Notes of orange, pine and bready malt in both aroma and taste. Tasty IPA that's readily available on menus and stores across the country.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a nice head with medium sized bubbles. Bit of lacing. Soon dissipates to a line. Clear and darkish amber brew. Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, butterscotch, toffee and caramel. Front of mouth: feel of carbonation on the tongue. Mid mouth: explosion of grapefruit hoppyness swirling with a carbonation burst. Back of mouth: toffee with citrus and a sharp, almost sour, bitterness which goes no further. After the swallow, there is a lingering toffee bitterness with a slight metallic afterglow. |Grapefruit toffee burbs to follow. The mouthfeel is thick and lasting and overall, it is a pretty sweet beer. I have not tried many American IPAs. When I tried my first 'C' hop beer, I thought it was overkill but these provide something new to the palate which has grown on me. My first impression of this, is that it tastes somewhat synthetic and too bold but I am used to English IPAs which are far more subtle. The tastes do not feel complex but of just a few components. I am hoping this style will grow on my and there will be no turning back. The initial shock is, probably, just my immaturity when it comes to American IPAs but I guess it is a cultural thing where American tastes lack the subtlety and heritage of European beers but make bold tastes which strikes out into new territory (excuse the pun). It will be interesting to see where this leads in the long run but this is a very good beer.

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Photo of ritwingr
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I should've tried this long ago. Packaging isn't what I expect if a craft IPA so I've never been lured to try It.....but it's one if the better ones I've had in some time.

Copper color with a dense foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is pretty standard IPA. Piney.

Taste is very nicely balanced. Just enough hops to let you know what you're drinking. But very little bitterness on the finish. If you're a real hop-head you might be disappointed. I'm not, so I wasn't.

Mouthfeel was nice indeed. Above average carbonation.....and just a real pleasant dry finish.

This could definitely become one of my go-to lower priced craft IPA's.

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Photo of rypkr
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - poured hard into a snifter. Beautiful light amber color with a frothy head. The clarity is absolutely perfect and the head is as white as the snow. Thin bubbly lacing.

S - Exactly like an IPA should. It smells stellar. Pine and citrus. Very sweet and easily detectable malt and candied sugar smells. Could stand to be a bit stronger overall, but really, I'm just being picky.

T - Now that's some IPA balance. It tastes like creamy hops with sweetness along side it from start to finish. Grass and pine are the predominant hop flavors I taste. This isn't a terribly complicated beer really. It's pretty straightforward and simple. If I were to change one thing I would give it a TOUCH fewer IBU's or some more fermentables.

M - It's as creamy as can be. Apart from nitro's, this one gets the gold medal for soft mild mouthfeels.

O - This is one of those few gold standard beers. These days every brewer wants their IPA to standout on hops, and while lagunitas is no stranger to bittering up a beer, they always seem to do so with poise and not go overboard. For a regular IPA, and not a DIPA (as so many "IPA's" should be IMO) this one is world class.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep yellow gold, clear medium body...short head that quickly dissipated
Deep malty smell, something unique in the slosh, a fresh hoppy scent
Good and hoppy with mild bitterness that doesn't really linger on the palate...finishes crisp or something unlike other IPAs, I like IPAs hoppy less malty but balanced and this is just my style

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Photo of Spike
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, amber with a rich, two finger, off-white head and plenty of carbonation. Lots of attractive lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus, pine, mango.

Citrus and tropical fruit taste. Bitter sweet finish.

Medium body with striking carbonation and a rich, coating, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Classic AIPA. Now widely available in UK supermarkets thanks to Heineken (never thought I'd use the words 'Heineken' and 'thanks' in the same sentence). Better than Goose IPA. Marking it up 0.25 overall for its distribution (just please don't f**k with it Heineken).

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Photo of Stevem68
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mid Amber color. Has a malty aroma with a hoppy backbone. Flavor is a little piney with a balanced finish. Leaves a little bit of a bitter hop aftertaste. Overall a solid drink butt nothing special.

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Photo of DASA10
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quintessential west coast IPA. Well-rounded, citrus hops. Pine flavored. Refreshing. An excellent rendition of the style. Recommend for anyone who enjoys a solid IPA.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber, minimal floating particles. Respectable aroma, some citrus and floral, but not particularly noteworthy.
Nicely balanced flavor. Definitely hoppy and good bitterness level, but real complex. Finishes easy.
Solid IPA and surely a quality beer, just not outstanding.

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

Pours a beautiful Amber. Initial taste is quite nice; almost tastes like lychee to begin with. The aftertaste is a bit too bitter for my liking, but then again it is an IPA. I have to say that of prefer one of the more bitter Goose Islands over this, but it's still a better offering than the other beers that have the same level of distribution, save for Blue Moon. I could lament about Lagunitas leaving its craft roots after being bought by Heineken but that wouldn't get me anywhere and besides, as long as they're still brewing their delicious Brown Shugga I'm a happy camper.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with two finger white head. Aroma is weaker but still classic west coast ipa. Taste follows with pine, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and resin hop bite. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Overall a very good, classic west coast ipa.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This past Sunday I picked up a sixer of Laginitas Pils. Placed the entire pack in the fridge and even had a couple that day. Lo and behold someone (not me, really) placed a Lagunitas IPA in the pack. Well, what a nice beer and surprise on a sit-back-and-relax Friday evening. Great thick white head with good lacing and a nice dark amber color for effect. The smell had a great mix of citrus and hops, with matched well with the mouthfeel that was smooth though more carbonated than I like. I tasted the citrus notes with the beer having a strong, and considerably bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA as I sure enjoyed the surprise.

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Photo of gryffilion
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear medium-gold, with a relatively small head that dissipated quickly into lacy foam. I found the aroma a little lacking--it smelled vaguely hoppy but wasn't all that intense. That being said, it didn't smell faulty in any way, just kind of boring. The palate had a pleasant, if light, hoppy and bitter character, with some pine and other conifer mixed in. The finish was a tad bit medicinal and astringent for my tastes.

Overall it's still a good beer, just not my favorite anymore.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber orange with a frothy white foam head. Smells like caramelized sugar, apple juice, sweet pineapple, some musty papaya, grapefruity orange citrus, with resinous earthy pine and floral grass. Tastes like dark caramelized sugar, apple juice, mild pineapple, papaya, orange, grapefruit, with dank resinous earthy pine and bitter floral grass. Feels medium-light bodied, thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty unique IPA.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - single from SE Publix. Nice dark color with a big hop smell. this was a good IPA, as far as IPAs go, but I gave it an overall 2.5 because rated against all beer it's not that good.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this has been one of my favorite go-to IPAs since i started drinking craft beer. pours nice and golden with fluffy white head. good lacing. fruity in the nose and the taste. great malt backbone. overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Citrus, some tropical fruit, pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, plenty of pine, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This was probably a pretty fresh keg and it shows just how solid this beer really is. Hard to beat it as a widely available IPA when you get it in it's prime.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sort of amber maybe copper color. 3 finger head with nice lacing on the glass. Smells of pine and some citrus. Taste pine cone hops, citrus, and some bitterness. Finish is refreshing and dry. Overall good Ipa well balanced.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl.oz. bottle. No freshness date.

A: Hazy amber. Poured with one finger high of head, with short retention.
S: Somewhat citrus and earthy notes.
T: Grapefruit, grassy, earthy. Moderate bitterness. Quite dry.
M: light bodied, moderate carbonation.
O: I suppose I got an old bottle. The hops smells and tastes matured.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BWW. Pours dark golden color with a two finger head that leaves 2-3" of lacing. Very one note piney, resinous aroma. Smooth and quaffable taste with a surprising malt up front before the hops take over and give way to a slightly bitter ending. Not too bitter and no booziness to it. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very crisp and drinkable. The bitterness enhances the beer and isn't too strong.
Very solid IPA that is currently the go to for restaurant to put a craft option on the menu. It's so easily accessible that I wouldn't buy a 6er but it's a comfortable, no regrets option when taps are limited. A good, straight forward IPA that doesn't push too hard and could be an IPA introduction.

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Photo of vinicole
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marmalade in colour. Clear with a good effervescence resulting in a long lasting head.
Rich aroma of lychee and grapefruit.
Mildly citrus bitter taste. Some pine astringency.
An easy drinking and readily available AIPA.

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Photo of NiallMac44
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Years ago (maybe 15) I tasted Lagunitas for the first time. I had no choice in the beer, I was playing in a jam session and that was what they fed us. My first smell I loved it. Fast forward to today. Shrug, it has been downgraded, can just pass as an IPA and that is about it. Disappointing.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from the tap at the tasting room in Petaluma. Pours a pale off yellow color with a half inch head. Citrus and a nice bit of bitterness is the first sip while floral notes balance with a touch of malted biscuit flavor. Great every day IPA

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

2 12 ounce bottles purchased from a local convenience store, chilled to approximately 50 degrees, and poured into a pint glass. About the best thing I can say about this beer is that it's the least objectionable West Coast IPA I've had. Glad I tried it, but I'll not be having it again.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

served from a bottle into a glass from a local establishment, look rich amber color, medium build. no discernible smells of citrus or pine, smell is directly down the middle. taste is straight IPA bitter but in a very unassuming way, no traces of citrus flavors, feel was very mild in carbonation overall seemed to me from a flavor standpoint to be a session IPA, not spectacular but very approachable.

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