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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: 9,111 |  Reviews: 1,849
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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Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into the pint glass a clear copper color with a dense 1 inch tan head. Light champagne bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass to reinforce the foam on top. The nose has a rich herbal character. Hints of grass, pine come from the glass. The taste has a balance of hops and malt. The first impression parallels that of the aroma, the herbal hops, but the middle of the profile delivers some of the malt (a hint of sweetness and body). A pleasant bitterness is apparent in the finish. Good medium body, with a slightly slick mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich dark orange-gold color body, mostly clear. Head is dry and flakey, long-lasting full inch of froth.

Smells sweet full-bodied floral hops, rich. Background of booze.

Taste is quick and focuses on the hops, with sweet edges of fruit, papaya. Alot of balanced carbonation. After taste swoops down almost immediately with a cold, bitter slash--that somehow added tremendously to the drinkability.

Sort of a mild IPA, despite the sharp finish. Drinkable, low ABV IPA.

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

Poures a deep copper with a fluffy head that leaves a light amount of lace,heavy pine aroma with a grapefruit note.Pney,resiny flavors going big on the hops thats for sure not much malt base but some nice flavors.There are better west coast IPA's out there this one seems way out of balance but still decent but wont look for again anytime soon.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The IPA pours a dark gold, not quite clear, with a modest bubbly (but not foamy) off-white head. The aroma is slightly tart, lemony with some undercurrent of hops, but not much. The taste, too, is slightly acidic--but not well balanced, frankly. I think I'm getting fussy in my old age because this ale is not up to the traditional west coast standards.

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

I got a 22 oz. bottle of this as a gift from my wife who was in San Francisco for a week.

The beer poured a gold/copper color with a white head.

According to the label, this beer has 43 different hops -- a kitchen sink approach to hopping? The hops were apparent in the aroma with citrus predominant; but they really came through in the taste. Very bitter, all the way through to the aftertaste.

Overall, a fairly refreshing beer.

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

Bronze with a small, tight head.

Aroma is full of hops, some spicy, some grassy and of course some bitter.

Medium body, smooth enough. Moderate hop presence, some flowery hops and a light grassiness come out first then midway through a light spiciness drops in that leads to the moderate bitter-sweet finish.

An OK IPA. I've been excited to try Lagunitas, and while this didn't blow my socks off, I still have the Maximus to try.

Again, thanks Nickbagofdonuts for bringing back the goodies.

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Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange body with a small, offwhite head that retains well and leaves minimal lace. A large amount of "floaties" are in suspension in the body, almost scary but they eventually settle to the bottom.
Aroma is pine sap and citrus rind. Weak caramel malt is barely picked up.
Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth and creamy, with even carbonation.
The taste is one dimensional, with resiny pine cone and grapefruit rind hops. Hardly any malt balance.
Decent drinkability if you like American IPAs on the hoppy side.

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

12 ounce bottle, in a clean generic mug.

Appearance: Lovely burnished copper color, with fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, with very fine bubbles.

Aroma: Flowery, grapefruit-citrusy hop aroma. Lots of it.

Flavor/Body: Hops up front, of course, citrus, spicy floral flavor, lots of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Malt is low, but enough to provide balance. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Medium body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

A quite decent IPA. Not my favorite style, but I consume a few every month, and this one is one of the better ones, when it comes to good drinking, session-type beers.

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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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