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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: 9,079 |  Reviews: 1,844
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured golden orange. The head was white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was interesting. The hops are present, but not floral. The malt was present in the aroma and provides a good background for the hops.

The flavor was bitter with no malt to balance the bitterness. The bitterness is nice, but without the malt background it is more like and overbittered APA than an IPA.

The finish was dry and bitter. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. No freshness dating.

I like the beer and think it drinks nice, but it lacks the body and malt for an excellent IPA.

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Photo of aracauna
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a clear medium copper. There is not a whole lot of head, but what is there is lingers for a while. There's a low, herbal hop aroma. It's sweet and malty with only medium bitterness. Nicely balanced but surprisingly reserved for the style.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper medium thick body with a one inch thick head that left nice lace as it dissipated. Medium carbonation is just right for the style. Aroma is piney hops and alcohol. Taste lacks a lot of sweetness, and is unbalanced towards snappy hop bitterness with some astringency reminiscent of orange peel. The malts are biscuit like with a bit of a sour twang in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but gets better as the beer warms. A good IPA for a hophead.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

October, 2004 Rating
Pours an almost brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a cream colored head. The aroma is sharply hoppy with a nose that is redolent of pine, the nose is quite nice. Ah, yes this beer has actually been fermented, what a relief, this beer is nothing like the last one I had. This beer is sharp and crisp up front. It leads to a beer that is piney, a bit citrusy, and has a solid bitter bite in the finish. This beer has a solid malt presence as well, it is lightly sweet with notes of caramel and biscuits. The malt definitely is faint behind the solid hoppiness though, but it is there and helps to keep the hops from being overwhelming. As this beer warms up a bit I get notes of apricot, and grapefruit. Overall, this is quite a nice IPA.

March, 2004 Rating
Wow this beer smells like it has not yet been fermented. A sweet wort smell, that is heavy on the crystal malt. A bit of spicy hop notes under the main smell, but not much. Pours a hazy copper color with a prodigious tan head that fades fairly quickly. Again there is a sweet malt flavor, that is reminiscent of sweet wort. The beer ends with a bit of bitterness. I must admit, this is quite a stretch to be labeled as an IPA, a pale ale perhaps but not an IPA. A light hop flavor and not enough bitterness, this is a bit of a disappointment. It is halfway interesting, just not close to what I was expecting. There is way too much residual sweetness and body in this beer, it just makes it too unbalanced. I will tell you one thing, the rest of this 6-pack will be used for making Brats. (4/3.5/3/3.5/3/3.35)

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

Bottle-conditioned, Clear deep golden hue with a sticky white head. Aroma is rather mild and could use more intensity. A solid malt base shows in the form of honey, caramel, butter. Hop profile is shy, citrusy, grassy and piney. Taste is more honey melted with pine. It's very bitter finally with resiny grapefruit aftertaste. Creamy medium body. When pouring the yeast depot, there's more orange character and it's far drier. Thanks Rodolito!

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Photo of MobBarley
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This here is one of my all-time favorites, even though it has the hop profile of a bitter Pale Ale as opposed to what I think of as a true IPA. Nonetheless...satisfying to all of the senses. Pours a slightly pinkish golden hue with a very nice, choppy, beige head. Good lacing, apparently moderate carbonation. The smell is mild, and is perhaps the weak link in an otherwise strong chain of features. Basically it is just piney/rindey Cascade hops with an interesting but understated malty sweetness underneath. The taste is what I like the best. A bready malt flavor makes an appearance, showing off a little bit of a buttery aspect. The hops soon take over, initially astringent, now lemony, and finally ultra-dry and piney. The mouthfeel is solid for the style and right up my alley. Slightly chewier than many hop-heavy beers, this brew has a nice alcoholic warmth and is perfect for chilly Spring and Fall evenings. Drinkability is maximal, and I will take this over most widely available IPAs any day.

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

Golden light brown in colour. Bubbly white head that sticks around. Some serious lace. Reeks of hops, in a good way. Not much to say about the taste other than its loaded with hops. Leaves me wth a slight citrus twang. This brew is all about the hops, and thats what im expecting when i drink an ipa. Nice hop bite while it rests on my tongue. I could certainly knock back a few of these!

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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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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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