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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 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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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this one, and I'm glad I did. She pours a deep reddish copper color with substantial head, very lively carbonation, and a little lacing. Quite a looker.

Aroma is a bit muted, but hops are discernable, along with some grainy notes. The flavor is initially sweet, then quite hoppy with a bit of malt sweet backbone. Finish is dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel seems strange for the style. From the looks of things, I thought I was getting a very bubbly mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Instead I get a very creamy mouthfeel, and very little carb action. Very similar to Guiness. And by very similar to Guiness I mean I don't like it.

Despite the mouthfeel however, I could drink this all day.

Great hoppy taste+Low ABV=A very happy and easily inebriated Hoss.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured an orange hue with a bright white bubblely head, that stacked up about a half inch. Seems to be unfiltered or bottle conditioned, due to the suspended particles floating within my beer. A very small amount of laceing can be found.

Smell: Hops galore.Soap?....Some citrusy fruits,such as grapefruit and orange peels. Not a whole lot to say about this.

Taste: The taste has a combination of piney hops and a bitter soap. Along with the fruits as described above. The malts are not there to balance this hop monster.

Mouthfeel: The feel is almost grainy. Silk and oily mild hops and then bitter in the finish. Medium to high carbonation, in a medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: This isnt by far a bad beer,but my palate has definitely had many better IPAs. Probabley wont be my last time to try this but im not in a hurry to buy another.


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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big 1pt 6oz bottle. The appearance was nicely dark, a clear orange with a white froth on top. The smell was hoppy but also malty, not unlike Dogfishhead 90 minute. Almost on the edge of barleywine.

The taste was excellent, very balanced but giving the hops the slight advantage. The beer was thick and coating too, so the flavor lasts for a long time.

Man this beer was better than I expected, I'll get it again.

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Photo of Jermbrew
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty clear IPA, I'm able to see right through the pint glass. I detected a sweet smell in the initial whiffing process with some citrus and pine aromas. Smell could be comparable to that of a clementine.

Malt base is balanced with hops. I taste tea leaves on the back of my tongue...little bitterness is left behind. The slightly creamy mouthfeel is pleasant.

This is a good (not great) American IPA. "Hopheads" may consider it lacking, but the smoothness and balance make for easy drinking. No single ingredient stands out. I consider this a classic session IPA.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a great ruby red. The carbonation bubbles are large, but the head stays around for awhile. Looks great!

S: Smells of caramel/burnt sugar malt (almost reminds me of Knob Creek Whiskey!!) with citrusy hops. The smell screams California IPA.

T: Great, great taste. The hops hit you in the aftertaste which cleanses the palette, yet leaves room for more. The malt is superbly balanced by the hops. All this coming from a relatively low ABV IPA!!

M: The chewyness of the malt is washed away by the hops which is really enjoyable. Kinda like getting two different experiences in the same IPA!! I don't think this one is bottle conditioned, but it might benefit from it.

D: This one is a relatively inexpensive keeper. Great for those nights after work where you want the taste of a great IPA, but not the effects of too high an alcohol content.

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

Nice copper color, but head fades a little fast. Citrus hops in the smell, with some biscuit malts. Nice upfront aroma. Taste isn't as balanced or complex as I'd like, but decent mouthfeel and drinkability. I'm not a hophead, but this is one of the more drinkable IPAs I've had recently; However, I don't know the age of this sample, so maybe the hops have faded a little.
Later - I've downgraded drinkability - just too one-sided for me, I need something with a little less hops, a little more balanced.

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Photo of far333
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey-colored with a thin orangey-beige head that barely rises and sinks quickly. Inviting aroma of caramely malt and fruity citrus hops. Flavor doesn't do justice to the aroma since hops anticipation is met with a thin initial flavor of bitter pine. Some biscuity malt shows a presence, but as that washes across the palette the piney hops grow, followed by a lingering citrus peel bitter. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, good carbonation level. Drinakability a little better than average, but not my favorite from this brewer. Thanks to BeerRun 13 for sharing this one.

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Photo of psinderson
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Definitely hoppy, although not as strong as others. Maybe the smoky bar had something to do with it. What was there was clearly citrusy.

Taste: Hops hit your quick and stay with you till the end. There a little complexity missing in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Decently clean and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the style.

I'm glad I had this, but it didn't "wow" me like some other IPA's.

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

Poured deep amber with an off-white head. Great head retention and lacing. Bready nose with aromatic hops filling in the gaps. Rye bread flavors, also freshly boiled wort and pine. Aftertaste is bitter but very restrained. Body is a bit thin and doesn't fully support the hoppyness. Hard water mouthfeel. Somehow the flavors don't really seem the combine very well, it's like the hops and malts are off doing their own thing. Pretty good IPA but not my first choice.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear, tan color that poured with a huge head.

The smell was bready and citrus.

I’m not a big fan of IPA’s, so I personally found the beer boring. If you're a fan, you may enjoy these qualities more. However, despite that, I did enjoy the malt and hops presence in this flavor. It just didn't do anything for me.

Very crisp drinking.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head with good retension, lace sticking all the way down to the end. The smell is inviting, pungent hops, citrus and some malt. I also get a hint of raisins. It really smells great. The taste is a deep earthy hop punch with some malt to balance it out. It finishes clean with a lingering bitterness.

Really quite nice, a must try for the hop head.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of metallic hops with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between sweet malt with some metallic hops and a bitter finish. Body is about average. Overall, this is an OK IPA but far from being great and lacking balance between malt and hops.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, deep amber color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head. Smell is loaded with piney and grassy hops, and is very impressive, Taste follows on the smell, with a nice sweet maltiness slowly presenting itself to balance the hops. Nice and creamy mouth sensation. An excellent beer. Great example of the style.

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

A moderate hops aroma and only a slight pine and citrus present. 1/2" frothy head, off-white. Amber color. Nothing spectacular with respect to taste of mouthfeel. Nothing really stood out with beer. A decent IPA that could be a good session beer.

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Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dates, poured into a pint glass

Clear light amber with tiny yeast particles. Off-white head dissipates rather quicky but leaves some nice lace.

Bready aroma with lots of pine and some fruit: grapefruit, apple, quite nice.

Taste is upfront bodyslam of hoppiness, bitter start to finish, pretty much overwhelms any fruit/sweet notes trying to struggle through. For what it is, that is not a bad thing, but complexity is missing at first. Let it warm up a bit, it balances out somewhat. Interesting that the aroma is more complex than the taste. Mouthfeel no complaints, carbonated with largish bubbles bursting on the tongue.

A good powerful IPA when you are in a hophead mood, good with strong-tasting foods, all in all a very good beer.

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

Appearance: Beautiful amber/blonde color. Nice, thick head after pour, comes back at ya' with a little twirl of the glass.

Smell: Very malty, heavy on the citrus.

Taste: This beer tastes about as much like your average IPA as Lagunitas' Pils tastes like your average pils, but I'm not bothered by this. Sweet, malty, and orange. Fantastic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very satisfying. Malty, almost creamy, actually, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Substantial, but very quenching. I'm a fan.

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

It pours a very clear and carbonated golden amber. Two fingers of puffy off-white head remain in place some time. Hooks of lacing snare the inside fo the glass.

In the aroma, floral pine and crisp citrus hops rule the roost. Underneath is a hint of lightly sweet malt, with touches of caramel and doughgy yeast in play as well.

Upon tasting, toasted malt is briefly sweet before a mild acidic tartness neutralizes any real attempt at fruitiness. The hops exhibit a more understated presence here, with mere glimpses of evergreen and grapefruit. A tickle of biscuit teases toward the close before a dry, crisp bitterness lingers and again brings grapefruit to mind. It's certifiably IPA, but in a disjointed, almost confusing way.

Between light and meduim bodied, the malt is a bit sparse but the hops deliver an impression on the palate.

The aroma is a promising start, and while the flavor is technically all there, it never manages to flow. It's not cacaphonous, but it does hit some off notes. The end result, though, leaves it nicely drinkable despite the halting flavor profile. So it might not be the first beer I grab from the fridge, but it won't be the last either.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Good one-finger head. Color was a light orange with moderate carbonation. Aroma was mildly citrus. Taste was mildly hoppy with a good malty background. Not nearly as hoppy as one would expect from a West Coast IPA but very drinkable, one of my regulars and an excellent session IPA.

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Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter color than expected, pushes towards a golden yellow color. slight bit of chill haze clouds the body a bit. Small white head on the pour that reduced to a skim that hung around til the bottom. Sporadic lacing.

Weaker aroma. Sweet caramel, candy type malt aromas. Floral sweet hops with some light citrus. Smells good, but just a little simple and a bit weak.

Good flavor profile, a good bit of pine hops with some grassy, straw flavors, a bit of earthy malts. Nicely bittered beer. Lingers for a while after swallowing. Simple but tasty flavor profile.

Medium body, coats the mouth well and the flavor seems to linger for a bit. Has a bit of crispness but still seems filling. Good beer overall, something I could drink several of and would come back to as well.

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

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

In the glass was a deep amber orange brew with good clarity. The head was a finger of tight rocky off-white foam. The lacing was thick and inviting.

The smell was grapefruity citrus, pine resin, freshly cut grass, and sweet malt.

The taste was predominantly flavors induced by the hops, a grapefruit twang, a bit of pine with a lightly sweet malt character. Sufficient hop bittering in the finish.

Slick oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Good drinkability.

Not nearly as hopped as many others of the style, but more hoppy than a traditional English IPA.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-1/4"-1/2" off white head. It's a clear copper color with light carbonation. Thin lacing covering close to all top of beer and it sticks to side of glass.
S- Citrus hops pretty well balanced malts. Hops do over power the malts
T-Tastes like a more balanced brew between the hops and the malts. Hops come through more though and even more so in the aftertaste. Not a very bitter beer only a little bitter zing at the end. Has light carbonation and a medium body. Also seems a bit chewy.
D-Good average IPA nothing to special but it is a decent brew.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date. It pours an oversedimented/hazed copper with a half-inch khaki head that leaves nice sheets of lacing. Mostly biscuity/caramelly malts and piney hops in the nose and a flavor that consists of this and a substantial, toasty/nutty malt background with piney/citric/resiny hops that leave a medium bitterness and give citric burps. It has a medium and smooth body with a medium finish and is overall a good, sessionable IPA.

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