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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: 9,076 |  Reviews: 1,843
Photo of kmcnair
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be mediocre for a west coast IPA. Although I do like other offerings from Lagunitas.
Dark amber in color, thin head and no lacing. Smell is very malty with only a hint of hops here. Flavor is fairly blanaced with a moderate bitterness and spicy hop note. Light to medium bodied. I'll pass on this one in the future, there are so many other better options for an IPA.

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

Consumed in September 2004 from a 22oz bomber purchased at the local store. Poured with a small head that was very quick to disappear. Light lacing around the edges of the top of my 24oz mug. Sort of a dark yellow coloring with a good amount of yeast floaters. Smells pretty damn good. Kinda like a garden. Tons of floral overtones. Hmmm, not bad, but not great. Pretty hoppy for a regular IPA. Taste a bunch of grapefruit. Lots of carbonation too. Maybe detect a bit of pine in which everyone describes. And a definite bitter aftertaste. Not a bad on though. Maybe a bit overpowering, but it's ok by me. Overall a pretty nice IPA. Not one of my favorites, but one I would buy again if my favorites were gone.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forward and fresh with resinous pine lingering into the long, almost steamy finish. Light malt lends some graininess that evens out the edginess of these hops. Great color, yet no sweetness. Medium-light body showcases the freshness of these however singular hops. Some fruit comes through late.

Relax, relax.

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

12 ouncer, twist off cap. No freshness dating to be found. Pours orangy copper, cloudy,tiny bubble film, leaving sheets of lacing. Nose is lemony, with pine. This is a fair AIPA, needs some more center malt and body to round it out a bit. Very citric hops all throughout. slight metalic note. Not terrible but needs some help.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a very good example of the style, if you ask me. A pretty plain IPA. Pours more yellow than red/amber, which in my opinon is the color that an IPA should be. The smell is good, though a bit weak, and contains pine, hops, citrus, and a tinge of malt. The taste to me is watery and weak for an IPA. It has the hops, and a bit of bitterness along with the pine and grapefruit notes, but it has a watery metallic taste that I find in some macros. The mouthfeel is good, just not substantial enough for me. Since it has an ABV of only 5.7%, you can drink many of these. All in all, not a good example of the style, in my opinion. Purchase something else.

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Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Typical American hoppyness, only this feels a bit tinny and a little short, lychee and pine, a bit rough around the edges. I seemed to find the tinny quality in most Lagunitas beers i've had, i wonder why this is. I liked this, but the mouthfeel probably let it down a bit.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep copper color with a thick head that dissapates quickly while leaving lacing down the glass. Lots of nice bubbles trickle up the sides.

The smell is very floral and hoppy, slight fruitlike qualities as well, definately a pine note to it.

This beer is very good, nice and crisp with a great hop bite to it, very fruity and refreshing. Not quite as malty as I would expect an IPA but still very good.

Overall this is a very good beer, but it is very much a west coast ale, very hoppy and fragrent, not much malt. If you like that style, then this is a must try.

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

Picked up a few of these while vacationing at Lake Tahoe last weekend.

This IPA was orange/copper colored. It poured a decent head that left a nice trail down my glass. Smell was interesting, very piney. However the taste was not quite an IPA as advertised, but more the PA category. The taste was disappointing after pouring a attractive interesting smelling brew. The mouthfeel was fairly carbonated thus lively. But I was somewhat dissapointed with the taste. Not a bad beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very happily hoppy brew. It is so hoppy that some may think it is bitter (the lass sitting next to me at the bar spit it back onto the bar when she had her first taste). It pours a amber in color with a quickly receding head which comes to collect on the edges of the glass. It would later on form a nice lace. Behind the hops were sour citrus notes and spice tastings. The finish is a bitter that leaves a nice bite on the tongue.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect IPA for when you crave IPA. Pours a lighter golen orangish red with off white head that grows to beautiful proportions then resides back down in the glass. The smell is a blast of citrusy hops with hints of pine and spices. The taste while hoppy and pleasant has some warming spice notes as well, the sweet malts are not to sweet and really bring out the hoppiness of the beer, hints of apple towards the end, medium bodied and calls you back for more, a staple at home.

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

12oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a small 1/4" white head over the cloudy dark amber brew. Aroma is of piney hops, with some maltiness apparent. Taste is upfront a sweet malt, which quickly hands the stage over ot the pine hops character. Somewhat sedate in the hops, this bottle, kind of odd for Lagunitas in my experience. Mouthfeel and drinkability pretty good. Acceptable IPA.

*Note that this is a revisit and update of what I fear was originally a review of an off bottle...

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

This is slowly becoming(when I can get it) one of my favourite West coast IPAs because like almost all Lagunitas beers it is hoppy with a great balance. The bitterness is somewhere between Bridgeport and Stone's with a very drinkable finish. I find that the US brewers who nail the American IPA style also make every other beer in the lineup well( this does not apply to Belgian style brewers such as Ommegang etc.).

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gueuzedude who sent this beer as part of the ncaa spoils...

Appearance: Bright orange, with subduing brown overtones. Thick off-white head that laces beautifully around the glass.

Aroma: Initially a wallop of citrussy hops. I don't know if it was my allergies, but I couldn't detect much behind the hoppiness.

Taste: Strong on the grapefruit, with a decent malty backbone. Aftertaste is a little unpleasant--the bitterness is a bit harsh. I do like really bitter beers, but something about this made it seem to bite more on the back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, medium bodied brew. Holds up to the alcohol present, and well-carbonated which is how I like my IPAs

Drinkability: Easy to drink, and could have had more based on this, but the bitterness could become overbearing after a while

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

Pours a bright copper with lots of clinging head leaving distinct rings down the side of the glass. Moderate aroma of pine. The malts are sweet and ample, flavors of caramel and maple syrup. Some smooth bread and butter elements. Invisible yeast. Hops quickly settle in with good herbal and pine qualities. Resin lingers on the tongue, perhaps a fraction too long, but if this beer had any less hops it would probably be a pale ale and not an IPA. It's not the intensely bitter, high-abv hop monster that many Pacific IPAs can be. Much more mellow and as a result, more drinkable. Excellent, soft mouthfeel. A session IPA if there ever was one. A nicely done beer, all around.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of my good friends picked up a bottle of this for me during the recent Red Sox road trip out to San Fran. Surprisingly, it travelled very well. It smelled very hoppy and citrusy. It poured with a huge cloudy well-formed head, very impressive. Attractive body, clear copper. It has a smooth but robust mouthfeel. It has kind of a grapefruity/lemony presence. The finish is very dry and hoppy and leaves a pine and grapefruit residue behind. Not a bad IPA, I would have it again if it was available around here.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Somewhat hazy copper with medium off-white head; good retention. The fact that it is not clear/clean makes this one look kinda cool actually.

Not surprisingly the smell is of hops, more pine than citrus though. Taste is well balanced and quite complex. More grapefruit than I am used to in an IPA. The malts get to speak a lot in the middle which adds dimension. Bitter hop finish is pleasant, a low level dryness also.

I found this IPA to be a little too thick and creamy, I will call that its only real fault. While this detracts a little from the mouthfeel, I don't think it would stop me from having this again. I am happy to find one more good IPA in the area.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a decent sized white head. Not much retention or lacing going on here the head is only visible for the opening act. There are also plenty of yeasty morsels swimming around the brew. The smell is citrus hoppiness but not much else to be detected, a little under whelming. Taste is very hoppy with nice citrus grapefruit bitterness to it. Slightly sweet finish from the weak malt character here, the taste defiantly stands out more than the smell. Mouthfeel is near perfect its like a velvet hop carpet is rolled out over your palette. This is a very drinkable and sessionable brew. Overall better than average IPA with a good hop kick to it.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddiish-amber color with light head and light haze. Looks like an IPA to me. Pleasant, "oily," American hop aroma with sweet, crystal malt backbone. Good malt and hop balance between slightly coarse American hop bitterness and sweet, crystal maltiness. Full body with light creaminess to mouthfeel. Hop character gets abrasive and clinging in the aftertaste, holding on long after the malt has disappeared.

I like the aroma and malt character of this beer quite a bit, but wish the hops were a bit more "rounded." The level of hopping is OK -- in the usual American IPA range -- but they come across as a bit harsh, perhaps due to water chemistry (I don't know, but I'd hazard a guess that there's too much sulfate in the water).

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Photo of woemad
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed at The Viking in Spokane for $2.75.

Poured a cloudy orange color. Medium sized head, not much lace.

Smell was a little bit weak. Citrusy hops with a slight maltyness huddled in the background. Not as hoppy smelling as I would have expected.

Taste was not what I'd expected from the smell. It started out with a slightly weak, citrusy zap to the palate, then a much lager, more intense, more bitter hop flavor kicked in that was rather surprising, but very tasty. There's a mild maltyness in the background that keeps the hoppiness from lurching completely out of control. The finish is a long, lingering dryness. This turned out to be a pretty tasty IPA!

This is a medium bodied ale that felt fine in the mouth.

Very drinkable IPA, although it's stealthy beginning will briefly fool the tastebuds into thinking it's a little bit weak. This would be nice at the end of a hot day, and there will certainly be plenty of those in a month or two.

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

This beer pours a clear amber-orange with a great head that makes massive lace on my glass. There are some yeasty bits floating in the beer that remind me of orange juice pulp.

The smell is a bit less than what I think it should be. I bit of grapefruit and flowers, but very light.

Taste is really hoppy in a bitter grapefruit rind way that finishes with a sweetness. Not much malt characteristic here. The taste is bigger than the smell.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a finish that leaves a bitter taste in the back of my throat. Very quenching. Nice hop burps too.

This is a very drinkable beer that at only 5.7% ABV comes close to being a session beer.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden amber with a slightly off-white head. Thin lacing and mild carbonation.

Smell: Pretty typical IPA scent with citrus hops and some yeast esters, with faint hints of vermouth and cola.

Taste: Much less hoppy than a typical west coast IPA, but a nice blend of malt and hops, with a slightly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic, pillowy soft and velvety smooth.

Drinkability: More believable as a pale ale in the Sierra Nevada tradition, but very drinkable. I've grown accustom to the "outhop THIS, pal" manifesto that is the west coast IPA, so I'm a bit underwhelmed by this. Perhaps a bit more in the English tradition, but still, a very well-made and drinkable brew.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a pretty standard deep gold, but with a big fluffy head. Has a mild aroma of piney, woody hops with a touch of fruity esters. Mild up front, tastes of pine & grapefruit. Bittering hops come through midway & give it a solid bitter finish. By the end of the glass, I really felt the beer had gotten too thin, seemed almost watery. I'm a fan of the bittering hops in this one, but would prefer much more in the hop flavor & aroma department.

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Photo of oggg
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light tan yellow color with a soft dense head that leaves copious lace all over. It is very clear.

The aroma is sweet and floral, with a bit of evergreen. I wish the aroma was stronger. (aroma was less than Speakeasy and more than Redhook)

Smooth carbonation passes and your tastebuds are hit by a hearty helping of hop bitterness and flavor. Lotsa flavor to go with the bitter bite. Citrus and pine cones. Someone mentioned the 4-C hops and I'm inclined to agree (mostly cascades). The bitterness is wonderful and not harsh. It fades to a dim roar and lingers in the dry finish. Occasionally I notice a pleasant burst of toasty malt breaking through in the late phase.

Medium bodied. Subtle alcohol.

This is a highly hopped IPA that has tons of hop flavor. At the end it balances well, making this highly drinkable. I would like a little more from the aroma though.

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

"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!"

Slightly hazed golden orange. The last pour funks things up nicely; a dense cloud of suspended particulates is visible. The head is dark cream, edging into light tan, is larger than most and is impressively stickydense. It looks tremendous immediately after the pour and looks even better as it falls. Great gobs of chunky lace adhere to the glass, mostly in thick, crusty rings. Very, very nice.

The nose is a thing of beauty. Plenty of citrusy, piney hops that crowd out all other aromas. The flavor is as expected: aggressively hopped and proud of it. It doesn't venture all that close to DIPA territory, but it's certainly one of the bigger IPAs out there. My guess is that one or more of the 4-C's are in use. Bitter grapefruit and lemon pith and peel is right up front. If you're not a hophead, I'd suggest leaving the cap on the bottle.

The bitterness is substantial, but it stops just short of being harsh. Pale malt raises its hand weakly as it lies beaten on the ground, but manages to contribute just enough balance to keep the beer from being over-the-top hoppy. The body is easily medium-full, just like I like my IPAs to be.

Lagunitas IPA is yet another great West Coast IPA and will more than adequately give hopheads their hop fix. Man oh man, Maximus must be a treat! I don't know how much longer I can let it sit in my beer fridge. As the baby brother though, this one is a doozy.

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

Appearance: Light golden orange, with a faint chill haze. Not much of a head, and what there is doesn't stick around long. Prominent lacework as the beer is consumed, however.

Smell: Smells fairly malty. Definite hop presence, of course. These hops are pine-y rather than citrus-y. Faint whiff of...brown sugar, unusual for an IPA.

Taste: Assertively hopped. The first sensation of flavor on the tongue is the floral, piney hop character. The malt peeks out very briefly from behind the hops mid-palate but then sneaks off again to let the hop character reassert itself in the finish. I've had hoppier beers, but rarely have I had a beer where the flavor profile was so thoroughly dominated by hop character from beginning to end, to the exclusion of all other flavors. Whether that's bad or good is up to your personal preferences.

Mouthfeel: Standard for an IPA. Festively carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Nothing here to stop you from chugging a bottle or knocking back several in an evening.

Overall: It's a perfectly cromulent beer. I've had better, I've had worse. But since I'm not much of a hophead, I like a little malt sweetness to balance out the hoppiness. And this beer doesn't have that. Not one I'll be buying in the future.

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