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

Purchased a sixer at Safeway.

Pours a brilliant amber with a fiesty, frothy off-white head that slowly deflates leaving some detailed patches of thin lacing.

Smell is earthy and citrus-tangy -- a straight up waft of glorious hops.

The taste is a steady ascension of hops. In other words, the bitterness gradually increases, finally leaving an aftertaste that's a puckering field of citrusy hops.

The mouthfeel leaves some grainy stickiness on my palate and isn't as carbonated as I would like.

Not a bad IPA -- definitely not my favorite.

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Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very well crafted brew. It poured a medium orange color with a great white head that left lace to the last drop. There was a grapefruit or orange zest scent that was very nice, along with a bit of hops. The taste was wonderful and a nice change of pace from many of the really dry hopped IPA's out there. This one still had the hop kick but with a great malt profile to balance things. This is s session IPA for sure and I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Had a hazy orange hue, some particulate matter in suspension, and a lumpy, compact vanilla-colored head that left sheets of sticky lace behind.
This IPA had plenty of citrusy grapefruit rind aroma laced with toffee and some sweet malt. The taste had a caramel-tinged soft malt presence that was clearly subordinate to the resinous grapefruit rind and soft pine hops. The hops kept building through the finish yet never took on a sinus-searing, throat-grabbing bitterness. A mellow hops bitterness lingered long after each sip. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy, and clean.
I found this IPA to be quite tasty and easily quaffed. It maintained a fine balance between malt and hops that didn't let the taste profile get swept up in a tidal wave of bitterness. A nice, well crafted West Coast IPA.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. The IPA was a slighly hazy light copper color, with a low stiff head. The smell was sweetish and kind of earthy and spicy, with a rather subtle floral hop bouquet...very nice although the hops could have been a tad more assertive. The taste was good, with a light maltiness and a well balanced bitter finish, with sublte citric notes. I like IPAs with citrus accents. The mouthfeel was good as well...very smooth and full. Overall a delicious and very drinkable IPA.

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

This IPA poured out a deep yellow/amber colour with a frothy white head that died down rather quickly. The aromas were of freshly cut floral hops, hop oil, bready English malts, biscuits, and just a twang of boozy citrus hops on the finish. The taste is a lovely combo of floral hops and English malts in good proportion to one another. The mouthfeel is quite thick and almost "stout-like" for an IPA. This is definately one of the least hoppy and thickest/creamiest/smoothest west coast IPAs to ever cross the discerning palate of this BA. The drinkability was good, but the super creamy mouthfeel does get a bit "coating" or "cloying" after about half a glass or so...Overall this is a very "different" IPA from a brewery that has made a good first impression on me. Viva la California!

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

Appearance: Pours a nice copper with a substantial off-white head.

Aroma: Good malt citrus, with some slightly mineral tones. Mild malt sweetness noticable.

Taste: Nice hoppy bitterness. Quite drying throughout the palate. Malt shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and flavorful. Malt adds some depth to a hop dominated palate. Nice overall.

Drinkability: A solid West Coast IPA. Easy-drinking and refreshing. Try this one if you can.

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Photo of Realale
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear red copper. Very fine fluffy sticky off-white head settles slowly to a rocky cap leaving lots of lace. Simply a beautiful beer.

Lots of grapefruit, orange and earthiness on the nose. No malt to speak of. More complexity in the hop than a lot of super-hoppy American IPAs, though.

Very malty on the palate, and really quite rich.. Hops are there from the beginning and really dominate the palate. Very long bitter finish. Out of balance towards bitterness for my palate.

Very soft mouthfeel from the bottle-conditioning. Excellent moderate level of carbonation makes it very quaffable. Too bad about the lack of balance, really.

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Photo of Mustard
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Summer Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $7.99; dig the label -- "Life is Uncertain, Don't Sip!".

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-hued brown; fat, batter-like head; a good d-cup's worth of lace; very good head retention.

Aroma: Robustly of pine, grapefruit and sweet, caramel malt; a tad spicy to boot.

Taste: Surprisingly unlike its nose; dry, biscuity malts upfront; firm, assertive hop bitterness in the finish; not sweet in the least; piney, earthy hop flavors; hints of lemon peel and grapefruit; medium bodied with a smooth, almost oily, mouthfeel.

Notes: Not a top tier IPA, but well worth a drink.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Bitter is as bitter does.

A cloudy copper amber with plenty of floaties in there. It looks like a picture of many stars in a distant galaxy from the Hubble telescope. A nice big head to start. It did not retain too well. There is excellent lacing. The scents are very dry hops and grass and not much else. I pick up a hint of caramel but it is sturggleing to be noticed. The scents feel crisp on the nose.

The hop bite builds in this one. A mellow feel at first teases the drinker. Then 'gotcha' and the hops are on. The flavors are crisp with citrus. Some pine and grass fit well with the citrus. The malt is trying but barely a wisp of malt finds its way through. Some mild caramel and a slight bite of biscuit are hard to find in this hoppy IPA. This one does not balance out that well. Great for hop heads.

A nice rich full body feel. It has a crisp feel in the mouth and a nice dry finish. Easy to drink with a dense quality. Order me another.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Lagunitas IPA poured an orange-gold with a frothy white head that was slow to die. The beer looks fine and in fact, has an active look about it due to vibrant carbonation.

This beer just smells like an IPA, although it is obviously (by smell alone) more hoppy than a true India Pale Ale. I assumed this was going to be a very hoppy APA and the aroma predicts this...floral hops without a hint of malt. I'm a little worried about this.

And I had reason to be. The hop flavor is good, because hops are good. however, there's very little balance to found in this pale ale. The powerful hops are floating free without a grounding of malt...or anything else for that matter. I'm not sure if I got a bad batch (given the totality of the reviews, I really don't think so) but I don't taste the sweetness that other BA's note.

I do think there is a time and a place for overly hoppy beers...just not in my world. The Lagunitas IPA is a strong, bitter beer. For some people this is just what the doctor ordered. For me, it's an invitation to have a Full Sail Pale Ale....

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Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hm. Last batch I had was thick with floaties. This time... nothing. Oh well.

The head looks like a small blob of vanilla ice cream. The beer is dirty amber. Oh ya, there's hops in there. The nose is a noisy combination of grapefruit rind and library book. The malt tries to shoulder out the hops in the front, but fails miserably. Better luck in the middle, which turns sweetish, a little sugary, a bit caramely. The malt just doesn't have the sack to take on the hops, though. Finish is Cascade galore. The website claims this baby is made with 43 kinds of hop. I think it's true, but they meant to say "tons", not "kinds".

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

Nice golden pale color that is slightly hazy. Thin foam of head that goes away with time. Very hoppy bitter smell as expected. The taste is slightly malty with obvious amount of bitterness. The bitter smell and taste do not overpower the aromatic and flavorful qualities of the beer. Nice smooth, slightly sweet finish. Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color, small foamy head. Aroma is fruity and grapefruity. A nice hoppy full-bodied IPA. Malts are nutty. Hops are spicy and citrusy. Hoppy without being too bitter. Good flavor. Aftertaste is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is hoppy, mostly bitter

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Photo of Darkale
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange body, thick and nearly white head. Good lacing.

Strong hops aroma! Flowery base, sharp hops sourness all around, faint undercurrent of malt.

Chewy, bitter, sharply hoppy mouthfeel. Acrid aftertaste.

This is a very hoppy beer, but unlike other west coast beers, it lacks an equally strong malty or sweet counterpunch. For some hop-heads, that might not matter. There is some sweetness up front, but it scuttles away almost immediately upon reaching the tongue, like a cockroach when the kitchen like is turned on.

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

really a class act IPA. Somewhat darker than I'd call it, but quite nice.

Dark ruddy amber, nice tight foamy head. The bartender at this place has presentation down to a T. Fresh grass and grove smell from the hops, and a very balanced and complimentary hop and malt taste. Its hard to find a balanced hop and malt IPA anymore. Nice bitter finish that means another drink. A nice self-perpetuating IPA.

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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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