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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 BDTyre
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it (vs. Pyramid's Thunderhead). Rich orangey-amber colour with a nice foamy white head. Strong citrus and grass hints accompany a powerful but malt-tempered hop blast. It doesn't smell overly hopped, but rather a malt base tweaked out with hops.

The taste is also qutie refined. Unlike Pyramid, it does not had that bitter, metallic undertone to it. Very hoppy, but again, tempered just the right way by the malts.

A very well done IPA; one of the better ones I've had. I look forward to trying it again next time I'm in the states.

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Photo of jslot38
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Large frothy off white head lays upon a golden amber body. Particles afloat. Lacing is modestly impressive.

Smell: A punch of hops, right to the nose, fresh aromas of pine, grapefruit, orange and citrus rinds.

Taste: Couldn't ask for much more in an IPA. Very solid use of hops, not overwhelming, but very effective. Pine rush followed by a grapefruit zest interlaced with a lovely floral touch. All packed into a nice malt background of biscuit. A bit of watered down pine lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Certainly not too harsh on the tongue as the hops really don't overwhelm you. Flavours layer nicely, good level of carbonation and slickness from the hop oils.

Drinkability & Notes: At less than 6% alcohol, a great tasting beer, not too harsh on the tongue like some over the top IPAs, this is a great beer to have a few of, and I wish I had more than my one. Another great IPA from the west coast, keep up the good work, and I look forward to exploring the Lagunitas brewery further.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-copper with a big bubbly head and an ever-so-slight haze. The aroma is of fresh, bright, floral hops, with doses of lemon and evergreen. It's like smelling fresh hops. Not exactly a handfull, mind you, but they're there nonetheless. The palate opens up instantly bitter, followed swiftly by the interplay of malt and citric sweetness. The bitterness is solid but fades into a finish that is dominated mostly by hop flavor. Then -- surprise surprise! -- that bitterness perks back up nicely on the tongue to mingle with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This is a refreshing, flavorful IPA sure to impress any fan of the style.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost orange in color with a nice white head, fades and leaves a nice lace to the end of the glass. Aroma is of grapefruit, bit piney and an ever slight hint of malt. Flavor is the citrus bite with mild malt middle and a dry crisp finish. A bit sticky feel in the mouth but overall enjoyable. A beer to enjoy all night long.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangy pale copper hue with a thin light beige head that forms a thin collar and hugs the glass nicely. Trace amounts of chill-haze. Very gassy. Light bready aroma with a healthy dosage of hop oils with a light, orangy citrus zip. Not overwhelming by any means in the flavor department. Some malty sweetness with just enough bitterness to cut it and keep it easy drinking. Hopping can take on a floral-like quality to it when savored deeply. A little overcarbonated. An easy sessioning mider IPA.

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

Clear salmon tinted orange with a beautiful, full head of creamy foam. Butter and caramel, with loads of hop resin in the aroma, spruce and medicine jar. Malt is very lush and bold, creamy and full with a rich caramel, toffee and fruit flavor and I believe there may be some diecetyl, but in a desireable way. The hops are spicy and piney and could stand to be kicked up a notch or two, to be honest. I find it quite nice.

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

Ok, I have tried this beer many times now and it is a really good beer. The smell is that of cascade hops, combined with a sweetish malt. The appearance is golden amber color with a white head that lasted for about 1/3 of the beer.

The taste is a very hoppy but light beer that is balanced nicely with a sweetish tart malt. Little lacing, but still good. Mouthfeel is light, but there were a little hop oil present.

All in all a good beer, but there are some things from laguntas that I like better. This is a good IPA if you are looking to have multiple IPAs in a session.

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

Creamy white head a top a slightly hazy, burnt copper in color. Condensed lacing with a few intricate patterns; pretty good strength.

Bright floral hops with whaffs of lemon and a touch of pine and grapefruit. A sweet candied sugar that is very appealing.

A big floral hop presence; rather earthy tasting with a touch of mustiness. Unsweetened, toasted malt character that limits the citric hop quality. A dark and gritty bitterness prior to the aftertaste consisting of perfume-filled floral hops and a touch of lemon.

Medium bodied; gritty with a lot of substance. A dark and almost hefty IPA.

A decent IPA. Accurate for the style, but nothing exciting. I'd have another one, but I wouldn't go searching for it.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

same reddish clear beer as the anderson valley IPa, same tall white head too.

scent is a nice hoppy one, but I can smell the bitterness in this one in a way not possible with the other. also noticeable malty sweetness in the nose. pleasent but not perfect.

mildly bitter and sweet, pretty tasty with pleasent aftertaste.somewhat thin in the mouth after the maltiness is absorbed.

very drinkable, but a bit sweet and bitter for my taste. would accompany food well.

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

Pours an orange-amber color with a thick, fluffy head. Aroma is bright citrus, lots of orange and grapefruit.

Taste is a good deal of hoppiness on top of a strong malt base. Nice biscuity pale malt flavors come through, accented with a fresh hop bitterness that's more dry than sweet. Only slightly resiny, does a really good job with the balance, it's not so hoppy as to put you off.

Mouthfeel is medium, just a little oily. This brewery is far too underrated in almost all they do. I would gladly session this.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a clear, light amber color with a tenacious head. Highly aromatic with the familiar pine and grapefruit of Cascade hops, but there's no grain or malt notes in the aroma to balance the hops. The taste is totally unbalanced, with the hops being poorly/over-done, resulting in a huge hop flavor, but one that is acrid and bitter with no balancing malt characteristics. The mouthfeel is rough, with a prolonged bitterness sticker in the back of the throat.

I just can't understand why beers like this are the most popular beers in the lineup of their producers. There are really excellent pale ales and IPAs out there, ones that aren't just hop delivery vehicles, but beers. Thumbs down.

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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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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 9,155 ratings