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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA
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8,854 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: 8,854 |  Reviews: 1,810
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Stubby 12oz amber bottle. No freshness dating. Words to live by printed on the side of the label: "Life is Uncertain, Don't Sip!"

Appearance: Cloudy dull orange in appearance. Lots of yeasties suspended in this one. Very rocky, almost billowing head settles to a very thick and chunky layer. Patchwork lacing on the glass.

Smell: IPA all the way...lots of piney/citrusy/flowery aromas leap from the glass.

Taste: Let's face it...anything that is a "homidically hoppy ale" is gonna be bitter. And bitter this is. And this is good. Definitely in yer face hoppy. Malty backbone is really spineless and lacks any sort of strength in balancing the bitterness that rages within your mouth. Definite bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a crisp and snappy ending.

Drinkability: A good oily resin on the lips and burps with zing to them. What more can you ask for? I like the almost "tingly" feeling at the end and the oily bitterness that remained. A very good IPA and one that is sure to be a hit with the hop-heads out there.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright coppery/amber color, with a large, frothy whiteness above. Good lace-leavin, too.
Aroma is spot on for a good IPA, fresh and full of pine, fruit, citrus, sharp and lively, hoppy as all-get-out! I keep wanting to return to the smell of it, and each time it refreshes with this particular aromatic profile.
Taste: juuust right, with blasts of hops, under a solid malt foundation, flooding the tongue and dominating the senses in every way, without going overboard.
Just delicious, and exactly the way an IPA should act, if it's worth it's mustard, I say. Long, hoppy finish, sticks in the mouth and like it there. Mmmmm, I keep thinking, while this flavor never quits,...Mmmmmmm.
a big thanks goes to Gromit.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a good off-white head that stuck around and left lace.
Big hop aroma is piney and also a little citrusy. Malt lurking way underneath.
Big piney hop flavor. Good, smooth caramel tasting malt backbone attempts to balance the hops, but falls a bit shy. Hops provide a large amount of flavor and bitterness.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good IPA.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 2 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This brew has a opaque burnt orange color.
Flavor: A nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish is the best way to characterize the flavor.
Aroma: Not much aroma, but I don't have a great sense of smell
This is a good IPA, but I may need to re-evaluate it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy amber body with suspended soft-particulate is topped by a large off-white head of creamy foam. It drops at a leisurely pace to a solid 1/8" surface covering and leaves some exceptional lacing about the glass. The aroma displays, not surprisingly, hops. They're piney, floral, and grassy over a sweetish, caramel-tinged malt - fresh, exciting, and welcoming without hitting you over the head! The body is medium; and it's quite creamy in the mouth due to a very fine, natural carbonation. In the flavor the hop bitterness and piney/resinous flavors hold the upper hand; forcing the sweet malt beneath into submission. It's well-balanced to the point of losing some character. But it's also balanced enough that the bitterness doesn't cake the mouth. (It may mask the tastebuds... but it doesn't cake the mouth in dryness!). An enjoyable beer that can be paired with any number of full-flavored dishes; and an excellent night-cap on cool summer nights when the sun has gone down and the moist air lays heavily in the back yard.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
2.62/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Judged at the 2003 Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival (Blind Sample)

Copper orange with a slight haze and vigorous rocky tan head.

Biscuity malt and brown sugar blends with a catty hop aroma.

The palate to this beer is flat with tea and honey. Back of the palate hop tannins become apparent. Finish is sweet and thick and wet.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
1.97/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A nice rocky white head that sits for a while atop a nice dark gold, averagely carbonated ale. The head leaves some nice lace as well.

The aroma is not as pungent as i like because i like my ipas to grab my attention at first whiff. But it is a nice grapefruity smell that can be very nice on a hot day.

The flavor is mild in terms of bitterness untill the end when it sticks to your tongue. There is very little malt flavors percievable due to the intense hoppy flavors. I think that it is Galena hops which they use to bitter this beer but the flavor hop is too indistinct to identify.

The mouthfeel is good as it finishes cleanly and has little weight on the tongue. i like how you don't feel like you just ate something after drinking on of these.

Overall i would recommend this beer on a hot summer day or night when you have friends over who want a new beer but not one so intense as to make them puckered up. I probably would not buy this beer again as there are hoppy pale ales in my area in which i can find the distinct bitterness in a more diverse flavor profile.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper color with a dense half-inch off-white head, which exhibits excellent retention. Well carbonated, streams of fine bubbles rise slowly. The lacing is excellent.

Aroma: Dominating aroma of pinesap and citrus hops, beneath which runs a current of smooth malt.

Taste: Begins with a moment of sweetness, followed by a standing wave of oily hop bitterness. Somewhere beneath the hops there are hints of berry-like fruit notes. Towards the end of the taste the grapefruit character of the hops becomes more noticeable. The taste concludes with metallic hop bitterness and more fruit notes.

Mouth feel: Excellent, quite smooth and full.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted IPA. While I am not particularly a fan of heavily hopped beers, this one is quite well done – the hops are strong but not overpowering. An excellent introduction to the IPA style.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

“Oh yeah baby”, lots of “Little Fernies” a floatin’ in this beer, a hazy amber color the head modest, the texture frothy, the color and off white with a nice covering of lace. Sweet malt, light hop floral tone also noticed, quite sniffable, sweet malt start, the top moderate in feel. Finish has a definite acidic bite, the hops potent in their spicy bite, dry and long lasting aftertaste. A great beer from a great brewery got a couple of its bigger brother aging away, and that would be “Maximus”!

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Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy-honey hue, over a finger of white head, excellent retention with a fair amount of lace. Juicy, grapefruit nose… that’s about it, straightforward hoppy enjoyment… there is a very distant hint of floral. Equally simple palate; hopppy, yes. Assertive? Not really, which does not mean this beer is balanced either. The malt foundation is very secondary. The finish is dry, leafy, oily; medium body, minimal carbonation… long lasting hoppy/acidic aftertaste. Very enjoyable to imbibe. This is a hoppy IPA without being stupidly bitter. I liked it very much... try one.

Thank you Morris729 for the bottle!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the 22 oz brown bomber..with "Unlimited Release" on the label :-). OG 1.059..IBU 45.6
Pours a beautiful orangy amber colour, small head but it lingers..slightly hazy..all in all good IPA appearance.
Mmmmm the aroma of this "IPA" is different from most of this style I have had.I smell hops alright but also there is a strong sweet malt aroma..almost even a honey/flowery sweetness aroma.
The taste is pleasant..but its definatlly light on the hops for an IPA..theresmore of a malt palate than is usual..but its pleasant.
Good creamy , smooth feel on the tongue
This beer is probably closer to an American Pale Ale than an IPA, because of its light hoppiness..but its a certainlly a tasty brew and well worth a try!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice IPA. Lagunitas has created an IPA that does not create an overly strong taste for first time drinkers. The flowery hops are ever-present but not oppressively strong. This is a very drinkable beer that would go well with many different foods. Clever marketing descriptions and regional beer labeling create a nice overall package.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Not a bad IPA at all. Pours a murky golden amber color with a thick off-white head. The foamy head lasted quite a while. Nice lacing as well. Floral hops aroma. Flavor is very citrusy, and the hops are really not as bold as the glass progresses. Nicely bitter finish. Doesn't have the "snap you with a wet towel" hops that the great IPAs have but otherwise this beer is just fine.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bad ass hops here. Excellent hop nose as well. Very nice hop flavor. Smooth mouthfeel as well with a light body. The taste is very bitter as should be expected in an IPA. This is one of the better beers from Lagunitas. I enjoyed this one and will occasionally drink it again.

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Photo of Morris729
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge thick and chunky white head that seems to last almost forever and leaves thick sheets of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is floral and citrusy hops with only a faint hint of malt. Very inviting! Light to medium in body with a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Only a small amount of sweet malts up front quickly overshadowed by bitter raw hop leaf flavors and notes of grapefruit rind. Finish is bone dry and hop resins are present in the lasting aftertaste. A very nice IPA, though I do prefer the Lagunitas Maximus IPA to this one.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sad but true, this was my first Lagunitas brew. I've read the hype on their beers for quite some time and finally found this stuff in a store. Truth be told -- it was worth the wait -- extremely enjoyable in every way.

Lagunitas IPA is an exceptionally refreshing, medium bodied ale with a very enjoyable hoppy focus that delights the senses.

Pours a light golden tone with a decent size head. Head slowly disapates to a creamy, tight foamy surface coverage with a reasonable size collar. Decent size lacing along the glass.

Nice flowery and hoppy aroma, great texture, nice flavor and very very enjoyable. Not overwhelming and doesn't slap you in the face like some of the Stone bitters, but does give you enough of a kick for hop lovers but not too much to scare off the hop newbie.

Great beer, great price and worthy of a closer look for those who have the chance to experience it.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 12oz bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $1.39 USD ]

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Photo of 12ouncecurls
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First Lagunitas product that I have tried. It is definitely on the hoppy side as declared in the little message on the bottle. Poured a decent head and dissipated over a minute or two. The beer has a pinkish copper color to it. It also has very fine pulp floating around, I'm guessing grapefruit since the beer has a pretty distinct grapefruit flavor. Definitely different than other IPA's I have tried. I say its a good tasting beer despite the fact that I'm not a huge hop fan. Average aftertaste and good drinkability.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color. Ridden with particles. Hazy. Nice lace patterns left while drinking. Pungent, oily, flowery and sticky sweet maltiness on the nose. Very nice nose. The taste is more of the same...with a solid malt profile to handle the hop load. Hops are husky and resiny....herbal and flowery. Malt seems to be crystal/caramel based. Drinkability high. Overall a solid IPA. Yet another to add to the long list of IPAs I like from the West Coast.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas I.P.A. from the short stubby 12 fl.oz Bottle.
Same generic label as the Pils, but as the writing was in blue for the Pils, it is Red for the India Pale Ale.
The beer pours a lovely deep copper peachy golden color, again as with the Pils, with some turbidity. Does this bother me – Nope! There is an orange milk hue from the fine suspended solids.
Head is white, rocky, frothy and massive to start with, but it soon settles to a strong solid 1/4” that stays the distance. Aromas are of freshly harvested hops, fresh, grassy, hop oils and some feint spiciness. Smell is very attractive to me. Mmmm.
Introduction is of hops, freshly cut hops that reveal a strong hop oil taste that lingers throughout and coats the mouth. Builds to a citrus hoppiness in the middle with a fruity background, this eventually fades to reveal the raw hop bitterness in the lingering finish. Very Nice.
Sure, this is not your ‘classic’ US IPA, but it is a very accomplished beer nevertheless, and I am quite taken with it. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this beer is very “English IPA” in character, by that I mean restrained, as opposed to the more aggressive West Coast IPA’s so predominant these days in the US. This is why I rate the drinkablity so highly.
Don't get me wrong, the hops still contribute a lot to this beer, as you would expect, but it is not Over-The-Top, neither is it understated. I think, it is perfectly balanced, and soon becomes a very easy drinking beer for me. I read a fellow BA’s Review – and Xlperro is right on!!! - this beer would indeed definitely go extremely well with English Fish & Chips lashed with Salt & Vinegar, so much so, that I have a bottle put to one side for my trip back to England at Easter 2003!

My second Lagunitas beer so far, and even after the excellent Pils, I’m very impressed yet again. I will have to check out some more offerings from this Brewery.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's got a nice glowing appearance: gold with a hint of red and a big pillowy head that looks like it could float a quarter. The hops fill your nose, leaving little room for any other aroma. The taste matches the smell, with hops really dominating. Unfortunately, it doesn't really have the malt flavor to back up the intense presence of the hops. It has a slight metallic taste and is quite a bit dryer than the typical IPA. The hop bitterness detracts from the drinkability. It's not bad, but I'll choose other IPAs in the future.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy but brilliant orange/amber color with a massive large bubbled off-white head. Citrusy hop smell to get the mouth watering. Definitely hoppy with citrus undertones that give it a grapefruit like overall taste. It is a light bodied brew with a slightly sticky yet dry finish. Has a lot of character, yet not highly complex. Another note: It still had a 1/2 finger head left with only 1 1/2" of beer left in the glass!!!...and no, I didn't drink it extra fast ;-). I'll give it a thumbs...uh...bottoms up. Cheers!

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Photo of whit
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic west coast hop-fest. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by hops, with a little fruity malt fighting for attention. SNPA con huevos.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed with this brew. I couldn't pick out any one flavor in this beer and the after taste was to bitter for me, just nothing there. Not a very good IPA for my taste! But, that's me!

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Photo of ebraun
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label does not lie, 'homicidally hoppy ale', indeed. This is a mighty fine beer. The appearance was mui appealing. Very high head, light, foamy and sticky; topping a cloudy effervescent brew. Some nice lace on the way down the glass. The veracity of the hops made it a bit like chewing on a piece of grapefruit rind, but that's part of the fun with this one. There was a hint of malty sweetness up front, but it fades under pressure from the hops. I couldn't drink more than 2 at a time (I popped for a six-pack) but it's very well-suited for quaffing while you are kicking back and gnawing on some crusty bread.

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Photo of John
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color when poured from the 12oz. bottle. Minimal head that quickly dissipates. Citrus, grapefruity hop aroma. Fierce hop bitterness that mellows and becomes more estery as it warms. Semi-slick mouthfeel balanced by a prickly carbonation level. Good stuff...I could easily recommend this brew.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 8,854 ratings
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