Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Maestro
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The orange beer pours nicely with a sturdy off-white head that leaves a thick, layerd lacing. The nose is very subtle hints of bread. The taste is spicy and grassy. The beer is a bit of a bite in the mouth. Drinkability is good. I believe it would make for a nice session ale. All things considered, this is a conservative IPA.

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Photo of BeerHonky
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a beatuiful golden orange which emits a decent glow when held up to lighting. I immediately wanted to drink it once it was poured into my glass. Unfortunately I had a bit of a cold when I had this so my ability to smell wasn't up to par. But from what I could sense it had a pleasant, crispy and slightly fruity aroma. Taste proved to be rather pleasant as well. A standard IPA flavor with a little bit of fruity sweetness at first and finishing off with a not-too dry, slightly bitter after taste. To me this is a text book IPA. Easily enjoyed, but not too adventurous.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Marvz.

A: The ale has a brilliant amber orange color, almost an orange glow. The head didn't pour very thick and doesn't retain for long.

S: The aroma is a spicy grapefruit hoppiness, not too strong but clearly present.

T: The ale has a strong, thick body. The malts are biscuity, nice and thick with a grainy sweetness that is slightly thin. The hop character starts out with a nice sweet pineapple before picking up momentum. As the hops build, they reveal a a bigger grapefruit flavor that brings the ale to a nice close.

M: The flavor builds nicely but does reveal some thinness at points.

D: Overall, the ale is enjoyable, with nice profiles that make me want to have another bottle or two.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange with some golden hues when held to light. There are some little particles floating throughout the beer. Aroma isnt very strong. There is some citrus and floral hops noticeable in the nose along with a little caramel. Taste is citrusy and piney hops along with a little bit of malt and the beer finish a little dry on the palate. Pretty easy drinking beer. Above average IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of scott
1.99/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Copper body with cotton head of about one finger that receded quickly and much sticky lace initially.
Flat aroma of paper.
Taste? Think hopped-up Coor's Light. Bitter finish, with a thin presence in my mouth.
Although I was hoping for a lot, this was Lagunitas' third strike.
This doesn't deserve to be holding any craft IPA title, that's for sure.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours with a thick rocky white head that persists for a rather long time, and sits atop a ruby red dark orange color with some slight carbonation

S - smells rather like a regular IPA, grapefruit, pine and some background sweet acetyls, a nice high quality aroma, but rather normal for a high quality IPA

T - typical IPA flavors, piney hops that create that signature grapefruit taste, the sweetness has a caramel hint to it

M&D - light bodied IPA with a nice bitter/sweet blend, nice but rather pedestrian in the world of quality IPA's

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just came available in my state and wow, what a pleasure. Boy, every microbrew has it's own distinct personality. This one pours a nice rocky head, leaves lacing all the way through. Has some light caramel flavors before a nice hoppy kickback shines through. What a great session beer, pouring an oft-copper color. I am just upset I only have one.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz bottle. It has a bready, almost fried smell mixed with a piny hop aroma. A little thin in the flavor. Nice taste but just not bold enough. It also sticks in your mouth creating a film of flem. Not bad overall, but not a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a sierra nevada pint glass.

A - Amber colored with a thick white head that lasts quite a while. The head rose out of the top of the glass and was nice and fluffy. Leaves some real nice lacing on the way down.

S - Didn't really smell a whole lot. I smell the hops, but nothing too disctinct.

T - Relatively bitter from the hops, medium bodied. The bulk of flavor is typical of an IPA - pine and citrus balanced by malts. Seems to be a great example of an IPA. There's all the traditional flavors and body typical of the style, but it doesn't kill your mouth with too many hops and unbalanced flavor.

M - You can feel the carbonation and it is medium bodied. Leaves on a crisp note without making you pucker or feel like you need a glass of water.

D - The reasonable alcohol content makes this one a very drinkable brew.

Overall, I'm liking this pale ale more for what it lacks than what it has. It seems to be getting tougher and tougher to find a IPA with some hops that doesn't beat you up with unbalanced sharpness and dryness.

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

Clear copper body, with a hefty helping of just-off-white froth which rocks up above the rim. Nice lacing.

Inviting citrus nose of oranges, with grapefruit and lemon in the background. Not a knockout, but you don't have to inhale suds to get it either.

Taste begins a bit sloppy - as foundations go, the malt cement hasn't really set. Which makes it easy for the citrusy hops to slap it around and take control down the tongue and into the finish. Not a big bite though - its tasty but not abrasive, with good balance. Some IPAs stage a war on your taste buds, this is more integrated.

Pleasant mouthfeel. Easy drinkability equals multiple servings per session.

About two years ago I reviewed this with a big thumbs down. I now believe that beer was past its prime. Upon further review, while this is not an exceptional ipa, its certainly a good one.

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Photo of xymyl
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish-orange with a with a yellow tinged light tan head. Head is well structured but drops quickly to about a quarter inch leaving lace all over.

Aroma is full of spicy and green hop notes along with bready malts, also starring in the aroma are resins, bourbon, herbs, butter and a touch of raw eggs.

Taste is actually pretty balanced, buttery sweetnes blended with softly prickling hops, vanilla (oakiness), and a long wet/dry finish. Nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium light. I don't know how drinkable it is, in spite of the huge buttery quality it is still quite enjoyable, at least in small quantities.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-bronze with a light eggshell white head, which disappears quickly leaving a wisp of a ring around the glass. Light bubbly lacing clings to glass as carb bubbles rise. Residue can be seen clearly.

Heavy hops give off an orange rind, citrusy burst. Musky malt base of toast and biscuit.

Refreshing citrus hop burst. Slight chalkiness to the bite, yet it doesn't detract from the taste but adds another layer. Some honey, toast and biscuit malt.

The mouthfeel is almost like water with a slice of lemon at first. This is followed by a bitter hop bite and sweet malt balance. Carbonation almost suspends the beer on the palate.

I have been trying to go through this case as slowly as possible to fully enjoy it. This is an excellent brew and I look forward to trying more from Lagunitas.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas- IPA

Appearance- Bright orange with a thick head. Moderate lacing on the glass.
Smell- Citurs, Orange and grapefruit. Pine hops.
Taste- Sweet, heavy carbonation. Mild pine hops and a grapefruit rind flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and light up front, carbonation is a little high. Nice moderate pine hop dryness and bitterness.

Overall- A nice, mid level, IPA. Can't go wrong with this. A 6er would be quick and easy to polish off.

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

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, tea and caramelized malt.

T: The hops aren’t very strong in the taste initially, but they show up later in the after-taste. The malt character is rate pronounced for the style and there’s a little bit of citrus sweetness to go with it.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink and not filling. It’s worth sticking with but personally, I prefer something a little more flavorful if I have another choice within the style.


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

Dark amber rust with a bright white head that's small but it sticks around forever.

Smells of strong, sticky pine hops againt a very nice backbone of molasses and caramel malt.

Tastes very much like it smells, big huge juicy pine hops starting things out, moving into a dryer hop, and ending on a strong, wonderfully complex backbone of molasses and caramel. Dryness lingers.

An above average example of an above average style.

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Photo of octongue
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking for a new on today so...
Bough this six pack bought from Gentile's in the Grandview area. Checkout guy opined, "Ahh, very good choice." I was still unsure on my decision, but his chiminess made me okay with my purchase.

A - Coppery orange with lots of sediment suspended in its almost clear body. 1 finger head died soon to 1/8 head that remains throughout consumption. Slight lacing, but not much.

S - Smells very malty - like the bread factory by I-670 (or any other bread factory you may know of). Minimal hoppiness, but what's there seems to add small metallic notes to the character.

T - Good; not what I expected. Not very much hoppiness up front. Kind of metallic still from the trace of hops but very big maltiness up front and throughout. Aftertaste contains more hoppiness than what is present at first.

M - Smooth, oily. Good carbonation, and not too much of it. (the bubbles flying from the bottom when I first took a good look at it led me to believe that it'd have too much carbonation)

D - The taste is very complex. Hard to judge on my first one, but since it tastes SO DAMNED GOOD, i have to say I could drink quite a few before being overloaded on taste.

Over all, this was not what I expected. It's not all that strong in hoppiness for an American IPA, but even so I was not disappointed in the least. I don't think I'll set this next to Dogfish's offerings, but they are much more specialized and it'd be unfair to even put them in a match. This is a very good beer!

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden-copper. Head is a thick mass with plenty of lacing.

Smell is aggressive piney and citrus hop, with a stong malt base.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Once again the hops are present up front. Very nice resinous-citrus character that is aggressive but not overpowering. The malt base is initially overwhelmed, but is certainly there adding much needed balance. Malt is rather sticky and sweet. Finish is clean with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous hop oilyness.

A tasty IPA that is recommended. The aggressive hops are balanced by the nice bit of malt. Very solid as are all of Lagunitas offerings.

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Photo of grego
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a one finger head. No lacing to speak of. The smell is of malty breadiness. The tast is definitely malts up front with some hops in the middle and finishes malty. Mouthfeel is good not real dry. I could drink plenty of these but this is almost like an amber rather than an IPA to me. If your a hophead looking for a hop bomb this is not it. It is a good beer for what it is but just not the usual IPA.

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Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish orange, thick off white head forms, nice lacing and good retention. Smell is pine, floral, some caramel and spice, nice and hoppy. Taste is crystal malty, overly so, pine, some biscuit, very weak flavour, almost no finish at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smell was nice but the flavour is almost non existant. Thanks biegaman!

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

Poured a nice clean copper color with a huge pillowy head that seemed to last forever, great lacing as well.

Smell was full of Juniper hop delight.

Has a nice bit of toasted malt and bread flavors with a minty and piney hop punch, fairly balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel was crisp and had a nice bit of hop oilyness that left a nice tongue coating.

Overall tasty and easy to drink, this could become a staple IPA in my fridge.

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Photo of ChiSox05
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange-amber, minimal lacing, quarter inch foam cap.

Light orange-citic combined with floral hoppiness. Line of warm malt underneath. Subdued aroma.

Bright, fresh hop bitterness, barely tempered by slight toasted malt.

Medium-light in body, ongoing carbonation without making the hops too strong.

In the mood for a hoppy sixer, this works. All about hop bitterness, but one isn't really enough.

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

Bottle to a tulip glass, pours a carbonated, cloudy amber with tons of sediment. Thick head and good lacing.

Nice, floral hop aroma. Some cirtus. No malt that I could tell. This bears out in the taste, which is unbalanced as all get out. No malt at all, just hops. Bitter, but not pleasantly so. Kinda out of whack.

Sticky mouthfeel with lingering bitterness but kinda watery at times. Fair drinkability - above average - but noting to write home about.

All in all, an okay beer. I won't turn one down if offered another, but I won't go out of my way for it. Not Lagunitas' best offering.

*Edit* I just read the bottle, which states: "raging hop character [that] engages the Imperial Quanlities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate." Huh. I guess the malt in my bottle staged a strategic retreat or something.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy orange amber. The head is 2 fingers tall off white and big bubbled with a rocky surface.

The smell is pine like, grassy, and grainy.

The taste is good, well balanced between the great big hops and a very well done malt.

The mouthfeel is good nice body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, a very well balanced brew. Prosit MK

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

Pours a deep reddish/golden color with some suspended particles floating around. Nice off-white head that lingers for the duration of the brew and leaves back some attractive lacing. Attractive beer here.

Smells of citrusy hops and a touch of sweet malts.

Taste is very citrus hoppy, slightly grapefruity, with some caramel sweetness and ends pretty dry. Not overly complex at all but tastes very good nonetheless. Refreshing.

Not very heavy and good, lively carbonation, this is a solid beer. Very balanced and a great session IPA.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ViveLaChouffe and BA Fantasy Baseball for this much anticipated beer.
A very attractive beer. Copper color with an explosive creamy head and very active carbonation bubbles.
Smell is mild, but true to style. Pine and orange are the most dominate aromas.
Taste is hoppy. Forget balance, this is a hop bomb. I love these west coast IPA's. Nice hoppy finish that leaves a lasting hop flavor on the palate.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bubbly. Again the carbonation makes the beer feel active in the mouth.
Drinkability is great. I could drink this regularly if it was available in my area.

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