Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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: 9,037 |  Reviews: 1,835
Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color. Ridden with particles. Hazy. Nice lace patterns left while drinking. Pungent, oily, flowery and sticky sweet maltiness on the nose. Very nice nose. The taste is more of the same...with a solid malt profile to handle the hop load. Hops are husky and resiny....herbal and flowery. Malt seems to be crystal/caramel based. Drinkability high. Overall a solid IPA. Yet another to add to the long list of IPAs I like from the West Coast.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas I.P.A. from the short stubby 12 fl.oz Bottle.
Same generic label as the Pils, but as the writing was in blue for the Pils, it is Red for the India Pale Ale.
The beer pours a lovely deep copper peachy golden color, again as with the Pils, with some turbidity. Does this bother me – Nope! There is an orange milk hue from the fine suspended solids.
Head is white, rocky, frothy and massive to start with, but it soon settles to a strong solid 1/4” that stays the distance. Aromas are of freshly harvested hops, fresh, grassy, hop oils and some feint spiciness. Smell is very attractive to me. Mmmm.
Introduction is of hops, freshly cut hops that reveal a strong hop oil taste that lingers throughout and coats the mouth. Builds to a citrus hoppiness in the middle with a fruity background, this eventually fades to reveal the raw hop bitterness in the lingering finish. Very Nice.
Sure, this is not your ‘classic’ US IPA, but it is a very accomplished beer nevertheless, and I am quite taken with it. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this beer is very “English IPA” in character, by that I mean restrained, as opposed to the more aggressive West Coast IPA’s so predominant these days in the US. This is why I rate the drinkablity so highly.
Don't get me wrong, the hops still contribute a lot to this beer, as you would expect, but it is not Over-The-Top, neither is it understated. I think, it is perfectly balanced, and soon becomes a very easy drinking beer for me. I read a fellow BA’s Review – and Xlperro is right on!!! - this beer would indeed definitely go extremely well with English Fish & Chips lashed with Salt & Vinegar, so much so, that I have a bottle put to one side for my trip back to England at Easter 2003!

My second Lagunitas beer so far, and even after the excellent Pils, I’m very impressed yet again. I will have to check out some more offerings from this Brewery.

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

It's got a nice glowing appearance: gold with a hint of red and a big pillowy head that looks like it could float a quarter. The hops fill your nose, leaving little room for any other aroma. The taste matches the smell, with hops really dominating. Unfortunately, it doesn't really have the malt flavor to back up the intense presence of the hops. It has a slight metallic taste and is quite a bit dryer than the typical IPA. The hop bitterness detracts from the drinkability. It's not bad, but I'll choose other IPAs in the future.

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

Pours a hazy but brilliant orange/amber color with a massive large bubbled off-white head. Citrusy hop smell to get the mouth watering. Definitely hoppy with citrus undertones that give it a grapefruit like overall taste. It is a light bodied brew with a slightly sticky yet dry finish. Has a lot of character, yet not highly complex. Another note: It still had a 1/2 finger head left with only 1 1/2" of beer left in the glass!!!...and no, I didn't drink it extra fast ;-). I'll give it a thumbs...uh...bottoms up. Cheers!

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Photo of whit
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic west coast hop-fest. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by hops, with a little fruity malt fighting for attention. SNPA con huevos.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed with this brew. I couldn't pick out any one flavor in this beer and the after taste was to bitter for me, just nothing there. Not a very good IPA for my taste! But, that's me!

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

The label does not lie, 'homicidally hoppy ale', indeed. This is a mighty fine beer. The appearance was mui appealing. Very high head, light, foamy and sticky; topping a cloudy effervescent brew. Some nice lace on the way down the glass. The veracity of the hops made it a bit like chewing on a piece of grapefruit rind, but that's part of the fun with this one. There was a hint of malty sweetness up front, but it fades under pressure from the hops. I couldn't drink more than 2 at a time (I popped for a six-pack) but it's very well-suited for quaffing while you are kicking back and gnawing on some crusty bread.

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Photo of John
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color when poured from the 12oz. bottle. Minimal head that quickly dissipates. Citrus, grapefruity hop aroma. Fierce hop bitterness that mellows and becomes more estery as it warms. Semi-slick mouthfeel balanced by a prickly carbonation level. Good stuff...I could easily recommend this brew.

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Photo of Jordan
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A potent and bold IPA. Muscular hop character. Very hazey amber-orange swimming with sediments. Citrus and floral signatures try hard to compete with an assertive bitterness. Herbal and grass aromas intermix giving the perception of the outdoors captured in a bottle. Prost!

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink this before trying a Maximus - it will taste watery, but then so will most beers. A really good IPA, it's a shame that it gets overshadowed by its brother brew. Give this a try, an IPA to keep.

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Photo of mmakunas
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of marc77
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This west coast IPA has a wonderfully pungent and citrusy nose, most likely from a combination of American 4 C (Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial) hops. If you pour out the whole bottle you will have a VERY cloudy, almost nasty looking beer filled with yeast sediment. It doesn't bother me at all, but be forewarned. Assertive hop bitterness w/ a floral and pungent hop flavor... great malt backbone... smooth finish... GREAT IPA!! OG: 1.057, IBU's 47, but it tastes MUCH bigger than that.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 9,037 ratings