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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA
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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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Ratings: 8,969 |  Reviews: 1,826
Photo of Dewey0603
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear orange-red amber color with a thick foamy head. The smell has a huge citrus aroma.It's like smelling a glass of grapefruit juice. It's a nice smell,but it's not hoppy. The taste,like the smell has a real citrus flavor. Unlike most American IPA's,this has almost no hop bitterness to it. The m/f of this beer is light,crisp and clear.This is a very refreshing beer. This is an American IPA that is very drinkable.The taste is great and the low alcohol helps make this an everday beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle on the singles section of Spec's here in Houston, and as I was pulling it out to drink, I noticed that there are a few floaties...meaning that it may have some age on it.

Appearance: Pours mostly clear orangish golden color with a 1/4" head of white bubbles at first. The head only stuck around for 30 seconds or so until it was just a thin ring maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. Some lacing is left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of floral and citrus hops in the nose. The citrus is the dominant player...which is apparent as it settles a bit. There is a little toasty malt here as well as some bready yeast aromatics. The aroma is giving up more to the malt as the beer warms up.

Taste: The flavor has a tad of sweetness that you notice at first, and then the bittering hops take over and don't let up the rest of the time. They give a "dry" edge to the bitterness, and this causes it to seem to drag across your palate rather than flowing...while adding a bit of astringency to the finish. This may be because the beer likely has some age on it.

Opinion: I remember really thinking that this was a pretty good beer in the past, and it is not bad now. The bitterness is a bit high for my taste so that it gives it a harsh edge. I am coming to the conclusion that my tastes are totally changing and that I really don't much care for bitter hoppy beers much anymore.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy copper with plenty of chunks of sediment floating in the beer. Carbonation is good, and the head is creamy, off-white, and a bit on the small side. Aroma is all of citrussy hop, most reminiscent of pineapple. Taste is also dominated by citrussy hop, with an underlying sweet malt flavor. Crisp mouthfeel is dead-on. Overall, this is a perfect example of a good west coast IPA, but nothing sets this apart as great.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/copper with a 2 finger deep white head that held up very well. The lacing was out of this world! Almost couldn't see any clear spots on my glass from the inside

Smell: Hefty fruitiness and some malt. Couldn't smell any hops, weird

Taste: Fruitiness and piney/resiny oils mingle up front. Dryness and light hops crispness in the finish

MF: Rich and well balanced, very good carbonation

Ranks right up there with any of the IPAs I've had lately. I really like they way the frutiness asserted itself up front. The only way you're not liking this; you don't like hops...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper orange amber body lucious doughy looking thick off white head leaves lacing with each sip. Aroma: Citrus namingly grapefruit rinds along with a pine and grass tone and a touch of sweet caramelized malts to mix. Taste: Hop tea citrus zest and hop leaf along with a wave of bitterness and caramel toned malts not to the typical west coast IPA unique has it's own flavor especially the hop character comes off spicy to me. Mouthfeel: Med-light body range a bit slick glides on the palate nice IPA carbonation is natural and very smooth. Drinkability: Lick your lips force up a hop burp this is a solid west coast IPA enjoy very drinkable.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy amber with a half inch head that quickly reduces but remains as I drink it in a persistent thin layer.

Smell is a clean, hoppy pine.

I like the taste of this IPA. Seems well balanced to me with smooth malt flavor quickly giving way to the hops. Good hop flavor. Not too hoppy though, despite the description on the bottle as a "homicidally hoppy ale".

I regularly choose this beer over the Smuttynose IPA and the Stone IPA when I want to have a few. Hop level to my palate is somewhere between those two others. Good stuff.

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Photo of Naes
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA is amber in color with a tall frothy layer of white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
The aroma is not very strong, but is hopy.
The flavor is Hops up front with a toasted malt base. This is not an in your face bitter IPA but it is slightly piney; Medium in body and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of granger10
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Lagunitas offering pours a flourescent orange color with copper along the sides. A nice medium sized fluffy, creamy head rests atop and settles to nearly nothing. Very little lacing.

Aroma is on the weak side. I struggle to find citrus and pine and maybe some brown sugar in the smell.

Taste again seems to be a bit weak for what I was expecting. The flavor was very muddled with nobody winning. A mixture of orange and pine and flowers are present. The sweet biscuit base underneath seems out of place. A bit of honey in there as well. Begins sweeter but not really too malty and finishes dry but not too hoppy. Odd.

Mouthfeel is hurt by the muddled flavors. Body is medium and carbonation is on the lower side but it works here. As for drinkability, this bottle is enough I don't really want any more.

Overall, I am stunned this is a west coast IPA. Very sub par considering what I was hoping for. I might be disgruntled but it wasn't terrible, just average.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Revisit 9 Jun 15

Poured into a pint glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with a nice touch of malts, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, with a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter/dry. Overall a very tasty IPA for the price. Glad to see it here in Utah.

Pours a golden orange color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops and citrus. The taste is hoppy and sweet. Medium body. Very drinkable, not a bad IPA at that, but not in the class of other's I've had. Would recommend though.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pleasant surprise, this IPA pours a glowing amber orange with a huge eggshell colored head that shows no signs of stopping. Lace encrusts my goblet.

Aroma screams orange, grapefruit, and pine hops with a well developed malt presence. A lovely nose on this one.

Flavor has just the right amount of golden malt and honey sweetness to carry the big bold hop flavors of candied citrus skins and pine needles. Hints of fruit and freshly baked bread add to the experience.

Body a bit above medium with a soft and creamy texture and superior drinkability. Why have I not had this before! Totally underrated.

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Photo of leadguit1
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drink this IPA occasionaly. The label is very unasuming of it's deliscious content.

Pours like most pale ales with a head of brown edged bubbles.

Smells zesty and satisfiying to the hop lover in you.

Rolls over the tongue with much density. A little metalic at times, not shure why.
Hops come to you in a very satisfying manor; not too much, not too little.

If you keep this IPA cool and dont let it get warm, it is very drinkable for most of the night.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a 12 oz single Colorado. Pours a light amber to almost orange color. When poured the head was good but quickly dissipated. Lacing was very limited as well.

The smell was in the realm of IPA, a good hop aroma a front. But the malt presence was noticed as well. A sweeter caramel aroma. The hops, which had a grapefruit and almost edgeiness to it, also shared some spicy and somewhat black peppery smell.

The taste is balanced well. Both as per malt to hop and from bittering to aroma hops. A sweetness of the malt if first noticed with a stronger caramel and somewhat basic malt taste. It also had a chalky taste to it. This is quickly followed up with a very earth presence of bittering hops. The spiciness comes on with some peppery taste. The aroma hops are more noticed in the after taste with a limited citrus flavor but does linger in the mouth for some time.

Carbonation was limited but the body was good. A better then average IPA.

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

Typical dark straw, almost orange IPA color. Smells like hops. Tastes nice and hoppy. Perfect level of bitterness. After several sips, when I am desensitized to the hop explosion, the light malt backbone comes through nicely. Very refreshing.

Kind of a stereotypical IPA, meaning that it meets my expectations. All in all a fine IPA.

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Photo of charlatan
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks decent (standard copper hue with decent head), smells good (slightly herbal, grassy and citric) and has pleasant carbonation. Something is sadly amiss with the coordination of the biscuity malt flavour and the clean grassy hop flavour though. The two clash. This beer is poorly integrated.

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Photo of bcm119
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a medium-fine off-white head. Aroma is weedy, green and piney, with just a touch of malty sweetness in the background. Strong, fresh citrus and pine hops in the nose, but a soft, almost English bitterness. Nice bright flavors of fresh American hops without being resiny or oily; balanced nicely by a subtle, flowery malt body. Soft mouthfeel with a fine carbonation; lengthy finish with plenty of citrusy hops. Nicely balanced; bright flavors. Nice IPA that sort of straddles the line between English and American style. Better fresh on tap; bottles are hit or miss.

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Photo of UberWasser
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours a murky amber color. The head is several fingers thick on a light pour and stays for the whole drink as a thin layer on top. Nice lacing along the glass. An attractive enough beer.

Smell was a little empty, mainly just a leafy hop bitterness with a tinge of citrus. Not bad though. Clean smelling.

Taste is hops, hops, hops. Leafy, spicy, peppery, bitter. That’s almost everything, but there is a bit of a malt sweetness to the middle taste. Aftertaste is bitter and dry. Good, though not at all balanced. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit of fizz.

A really nice hoppy IPA, it makes up for what it lacks in balance by being big and interesting. Fun to drink, but maybe not something you’d drink a lot of at once.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours out clear amber, with a fluffy, two finger tan head that lasts and lasts. When it finaly does start to recede, it leaves rings of sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet malt up front, with some grapefruit and orange oil as it warms.

Flavor is lightly malty, around some citrusy hops.

Finish is mildly bitter.

Nicely balanced, will definately buy again.

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Photo of HokieNoPokie
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy, copper IPA with a very mediocre head. The aroma wasn't particularly strong - faint hints of hops and moderately citrusy. Taste is good, but lacking in distinction. The malts overpowered the hops in my opinion. The aftertaste was a little strange, kind of left your mouth dry and had a feeling like you've been sucking on a penny for thirty minutes. Despite this, something about it made it very drinkable, and I get the feeling it would make a good choice for a session beer.

Overall, it's a good IPA. It's just not a great one, particularly when compared with some of the other American IPAs out there.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed golden amber with a thin lace ring. Earthy tree bark and mild hop oil aromas. Flavor is much more malty than hoppy, and for the first time in my life, I am drinking a west coast IPA that is a bit unbalanced in favor of the malts. For serious. What is this? To me this screams English IPA. Rather soapy with a mild hop bitterness yet bares a full, rich and malty backbone. Come to think of it, this is VERY soapy. Subtly carbonated mouthfeel makes it decently smooth and crisp. Still, not one I'll be going after again.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this one in a 22 oz. bomber, and it was poured into a standard pint glass. No freshness date could be found on the label, at least I couldn't find one.

The beer poured a light copper or rich gold color with about an inch of brilliant white head that retained well after halving a few moments after the initial pour. It left white lacing on the sides of the glass as well. The aroma consisted of a lemony citrus/hop tones. The flavor, like the smell would hint, had a good hoppy presence and a finish with what I can only describe as a green tea like flavor. The mouthfeel is on the bigger side, and boasts an almost sort of creamy pressence, an enjoyable brew. I found it very drinkable.
I enjoyed drinking this one, but - I think - I would have preferred it to be more hoppy. There are better renditions of this style out there, and although the beer is good by many standards, I think I would reach for one of those before it. Although, I will probably return for this one again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy glowing amber with a two finger creamy white head. There is some definite sediment lingering towards the bottom of the glass, even with the careful pour. I'm almost certain there was no infection because the bottle did not foam in the least upon the opeining. It just distracted from the beer.
Smell is of light grapefruit, lemongrass, and orange with a caramel malt backbone.
Taste is of the same delicate IPA aromas with nothing coming through as excellent but nothing telling me that this isn't good either.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with mild carbonation and an ok hop bitterness that isn't overpowering.
Drinkability is good. It just seems like it's a toned down version of the Maximus. I'm not sure what's up with all the sediment though. Most of the Lagunitas bottles I've sampled have had lots of it.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper colour with frothy, lacey head. Floral and grassy aroma. Taste is certainly dominated by hops with a bit of a tea flavour. Finish is a little dry and bitter. Low carbonation. It has a good hoppy flavour, but its a little bit thin

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

I had this on tap at the Northeast Taproom in Reading, Pa..

Arrives a hazy amber/orange with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit and lemon citrus, with a good caramel/toffee malt in the background. Smells clean and inviting.

The first flavor is a nice caramel malt sweetness, followed by a strong hop bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon hop flavors are next. The hops in this are well balanced with the malt; neither is stronger than the other. The aftertaste is sweet and hoppy.

There is a good bite at the back of the throat from hop bitterness, and a nice tingle from carbonation. The finish is sweet and bitter at the same time.

This is a very good, well balanced, and poundable IPA, and a fine representation of the style. Tasty and yummy. I would like to drink this all day. I just need to pick the day!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsener glass. Big meal time head that chunks its way down the sides of the glass....this is a mean spirited beer with attitude. small carb bubbles meander to the top forming a finger of retaining head. Hoppy but with content...its not unchallenged like some. I tasted a solid malt foundation that is attacked by hoppy bitterness. Its a thoroughly enjoyable battle going on. nice oily slick mouthfeel, few bubbles to open the palate and there ya have it. Drink up. I had the cask version at the Carlsbad festival but I was a rook and didn't take notes....wont happen again.

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Photo of winpig3
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had less that what I was expecting of a big IPA.

A: The beer poured a nice copper color and held a nice thick head.

S: It had a weak nose with a hop scent that was barely detectable.

T/M: The malt shines through over the hops, giving the beer a thick-bodied taste.

D: I ejoyed drinking this beer but I would look to a nother brewery for the upfront presence of hop aroma and bitterness I'm looking for in an IPA.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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