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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 UncleFlip
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light copper colour to this one...sort of honey accents as well. Very inviting.

The smell carries an initial fruity/malty quality, with a hoppiness that hops right up behind.

The taste hits with a sweet maltiness, though not cloying. Shortly after, the hops kick in for a LONG pleasant bitter end.

THis one is a bit fizzy ont he top of the body...nice and even feel for an IPA.

Very nice, IMO...I wouldn't mind having it again.

Be well

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

Poured a hazy orange colour, with a lacey white head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruits, pine and caramel. Big juicy and fruity taste. Some caramel sweetness, followed by a pronounced hop flavour. Bitter, dry and well balanced. Hops are not too in your face. Nice balanced brew. Smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability.

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

Presentation: Short stumpy 12 oz. twist off brown bottle. No freshness date or notch.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange. Small hazy tan head, with fair retention, and low lacing.

Smell: Nice mild piney hop aroma, sweet caramel sweetness, and maybe a touch of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Smooth and sweet malt body. Hop flavor begins to build and ends with a nice smooth mild hop bitterness. Very clean snappy hop finish.

Notes: Very nice balance. Medium body, malt isn't too sweet, isn't overly bitter, I would have like a little more hop flavor and aroma. Still good nontheless.

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Photo of yoko
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a rich, thick, deep golden amber. Upon inspection using backlighting it was cloudy with good size dark supended particles. There was a contiuous spring of rising carbonation. Virtually no head; a white wash with a falling lace with some stick. The nose was consistent with the taste - lengthy pine, slight citrus, cut grasses. The mouth was of medium body with a soft malt upfront. A slight bitter met the finish. A minute later a piney resin remained. To sum it up this was pine throughout.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy and reddish/orange like dark honey, some clumpy deposits, and patchy lace.

Smell: The hop nose is piney and somewhat grassy.

Taste: Creamy malt character, the hop finish feels prickly on the back of my tongue, which is pretty enjoyable. Low carbonation. A very decent IPA, certainly not the best I've ever had, but I wouldn't refuse another.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very nice I.P.A. Very, very hoppy, which we in the northwest absolutely love. Beautifully mahogany in appearance, this brew pours a minimal head that tends to linger. A bit in the bitter side, which is certainly a product of all those hops. A wonderful session beer, and more noteworthy that Lagunitas' other mainstream entry, The Kronic...

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

Pours a reddish amber, clear and well carbonated, topped with a three finger egg foam tan head.
Floral and wood aroma, it smells like it soaked in a wood barrel, sweet toasty malt.
Hoppy, woody, nutty taste, with bread, caramel, flowers and herbs.
Medium to full bodied, acceptable drinkability, a good solid American IPA.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer looks great, a medium-orange color with a sturdy foam that sticks around. little to no carbonation visible in the glass.

this beer smells hoppy like an ipa, but has a serious sweet malt character to it. this beer is raisiny in the nose. delicious aroma which is impressive. some grapefruit too.

amazing ipa. great. hoppy and sweet with mild bitterness which doesn't corrupt your palate. something nutty in the aftertaste, like hazelnut! light mouthfeel. give me more of this winner.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wont go over so much about what flavors you can taste because that's been done by many many people here already. The 2 cents I want to include are other points about why I think this is a good beer.

Poured mine into a 16oz glass from a 12oz bottle. Head was about 1 1/2 fingers but dissipated pretty quickly (probably in 5 minutes). I am a big Pale Ale fan, and this had a stonger dose of hops than a Pale Ale, but not over the top. In other words, a true IPA fan might think this is a little mellow but for someone who wants to get into IPA and take a step to more hopped up beers, this is a good start.

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Photo of palma
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale orange body. Yeast partials all over the place. light thin head. Aroma is very sweet, surprisingly malty. Some fruit citrus aroma present as well. Taste is a little bland for an IPA. This beer needs some serious flavor injection. Tasty upfront, but the finish is just dry with no complex flavor. Its just dry hops with mild citrus notes. A weird artificial sweetness in the aftertaste. There are much better IPA's out there.

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Photo of HogHill
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a orange-copper hue into my pint glass, there was not much of a head. The taste starts out rather balanced between hops and malt, but the finish is a bit like I would imagine hop flavored cough medicine to be like. Overall an unremarkable IPA, not bad, but definitely not something to write a request for the homebrew version of. No need to try again in the bottle, maybe i'd give it a 2nd chance on draft.

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

Decent head that leaves a fine layer of lace. Light amber in color and slightly cloudy.

Floral hop nose with an interesting milk-like (lactose?) aroma. Very fresh and clean smelling. Inviting

The initial malt flavor is completely covered by the hop bite within milliseconds. For an IPA, this is a good thing. The upfront malt could be described as slightly fruity. The bitterness is a continuation of the floral hop. Very long aftertaste that is entirely bitter. The richness of the beer is appropriate; I'd describe it as moderate. Carbonation is fine.

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

I like Lagunitas' use of stubbie type bottles with their 6's, and this sample was poured out of one of those 12 oz brown bad boys. The appearance is a hazy copper, with a lot of suspended particles, a thin off-white head to cap it off. Lemon and tangerine mixed with grass and pine on the nose, some sweet caramel malt to hold it up, along with a little bit of smoky character. The flavour is okay, a decent balance of the malt backing up the stronger hop presence, but it doesn't really stand out much from the crowd either. Unless my tastebuds have already been shredded from two of these today already, and a Maximus earlier on. These hops really hit you in the pit of your stomach after a while. A sticky pine residue begins to form on the aftertaste over time, yet overall the mouthfeel is fairly average, not quite watery, but lacking in fuller body as well. If this were a local beer I would probably buy it more often, but at the hefty price tag of $16.99 CAN currency for a 6 of this Californian import I'll stick to Alley Kat's Full Moon Pale Ale and Tree's Hophead IPA for my regional hop fix.

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Photo of stirgy
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured bright and clear and was an orangey/copper color. A thin head of white creamy foam topped it off. Small bits of lace left on the glass throughout. The aroma is wonderful - with the sweetness of a Valencia orange with a touch of the bitter orange zest. I knew immediately after the first sip that this was an awesome beer. Very smooth with a mellow bitterness that has small traces of piney hops and citrus tartness. All of the flavors are blended extremely well. The body has a medium dry maltiness. Overall, this comes across as a high quality IPA. Beautiful on all counts.

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

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is clean, malty and a bit sweet smelling with mild citrus hops. Milder scents of tea and caramel are also present.

Taste is sweetish with a good caramel flavor. Mild metallic flavor is present. Solid hop bitterness is present but doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer. This is a very well balanced IPA with a lovely malt, caramel and hop flavor with no one flavor crushing the others. Super smooth to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is one tasty and easy to drink beer. Lots of flavors all balanced just perfectly. I love this stuff.

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

Amber / copper in color with a huge 3" head that lasts through the drink. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is floral and of orange citrus. The flavor a nice balance of sweet malt and bitterness, and stong citrus rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start, with a dry crisp finish. The tastebuds get the hops and citrus tones long after the finish. Nicely drinkable, a very pleasant IPA experience.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber color. The off white colored head leaves a nice lacing. Smells of mild floral hops. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Has a sweet cream and caramel flavor with a mildly tart hop taste to finish.
Lots of malt flavors. The hops are around but they're not the highlight here.

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

A nice rich bourbon color with a good deal of head that slowly recedes into a nice layer which leaves a coating of lace draping. The smell is less focused on the hops as you would expect from an IPA, and this beer actually smells very sweet, almost like cotton candy, or caramel. The taste is also heavy on some sort of sweetness, of sugar cooked in some form, but not burnt. There is the underpinning of hops that comes out in the aftertaste, and an overall presence of malt, but nothing spectacular. Its a good taste once you get used to it certainlly. The mouthfeel is not so great however. It is too watery, with almost no carbonation except a bit on the front of the tongue. I almost thought someone had watered my beer down. Its an alright beer, not a great IPA however.

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

This is quite an attractive beer. It's bright honey-copper with a sticky, beige head and very little carbonation. The setting Vail sun glows through a suspension with some cloudiness in my beer. Aroma is full of hops, though not as bright and floral as I would have hoped. Bright but not brightest hop oil is a bit slick on the tongue, with an almost spring water freshness in both the nose and the taste.

This is really an excellent IPA. I've had a couple better, but not many.

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

This is a hazy orange liquid, topped with frothy, bubbly, lace-producing head. The aroma is earthy with a fleeting floral hoppiness. It certainly smells like an IPA, but it’s a restrained, quiet smell…not nearly as intense and over-powering as I’d expect from a west-coast brewery. There’s a fruity, estery flavor, along with a nice malt backbone. It’s a sweet-ish beer, with a nice finishing hop bite. Nothing spectacular, but this is a good drinking-brew.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Simple tri colored single body label on a stubby 12 oz browner with silly wannabe Stone like blah blah blah and “Life is uncertain. Don’t sip.”

Dude, Where’s my floaty scrod chunkers? Coppery clear orange hued filtered pour with minimal miniscule carbonation bubbles rising. To a ¼ “ settled antique white tight head, leaving lattice lace.

Apple malt and light grass hops balance in the aroma. Too difficult a task to detect the aroma. Beer is nice because it doesn’t take much to enjoy and enjoying this aroma was like working all night on a hot chick only to get a fake phone number.

First Swigs: Well balanced milk flavor of red apple malt and some restrained mild orange citrous somewhat sweet syrupy sugar. Lingering malt candy aftertaste.

Soft pillowy whipped cream mouth feel. Maybe a two in a session limit.

Last Swigs: Lacks hops for an IPA. This is an American Pale at best. Nada mas! A confused ale. Picked up in a mixed case at Big Top for $28. Quite forgettable, really. 118/3.76

Beer is good. Happy let down beering.

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

Perhaps because I accidently poured out the sediment at the bottom the appearence was somewhat diminished only because there were things floating in it. Still it poured a nice tawny gold with a thin slick of white head on the top. Smells were slight notes of syrupy hoppiness and a little honey baked malts. The taste was crisp and hoppy without too much malt flavor. Very tasty and not over the top.

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

A solid IPA...pours a light gold with a decent head. Smell is mainly citrus from the hops...very nice on the nose. Tatse has the proper tang from the hops and starts with an initial touch of malt. Mouthfeel is medium in quality and finishes in a nice slightly dry way. Good drinkability...would definitely have another.

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

I was suprised to see this beer on tap that I'd only come across once in California at none other than the Moan and Dove. Pours a pretty standard looking clear amber color with a bit of foamy head on top. Smell is pretty good, not in your face like a lot of the west coast IPAs. Taste is congruent with that. Instead of tongue-singeing hops there's a more balanced sweet grassy taste to this beer. A bit zesty, and floral. Mild sweet malts back up the hops. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel and great drinkabilty. A decent IPA for sure, but if you have the option, get the Maximus.

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

Purchased in a 12 oz. bottle, was disappointed that there was a twist off cap (maybe another discussion). Poured into the glass with a two inch foam, had lots of material flowing around (probably hops) this will make up for the twist off cap (unless I get sick). Iced Tea in color not dark but hazy.
A sweet malty and slightly hoppy smell.
The taste is a hoppy malt with almost a hint of tea in the back ground.
The mouth feel is comfortable minimal carbonation not too syupy. Drinkability is good the carbonation blends in with the malty hops. The aftertaste lingers a hint of malt with hops.

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