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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: 9,156 |  Reviews: 1,863
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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Photo of bcm119
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a medium-fine off-white head. Aroma is weedy, green and piney, with just a touch of malty sweetness in the background. Strong, fresh citrus and pine hops in the nose, but a soft, almost English bitterness. Nice bright flavors of fresh American hops without being resiny or oily; balanced nicely by a subtle, flowery malt body. Soft mouthfeel with a fine carbonation; lengthy finish with plenty of citrusy hops. Nicely balanced; bright flavors. Nice IPA that sort of straddles the line between English and American style. Better fresh on tap; bottles are hit or miss.

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Photo of UberWasser
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours a murky amber color. The head is several fingers thick on a light pour and stays for the whole drink as a thin layer on top. Nice lacing along the glass. An attractive enough beer.

Smell was a little empty, mainly just a leafy hop bitterness with a tinge of citrus. Not bad though. Clean smelling.

Taste is hops, hops, hops. Leafy, spicy, peppery, bitter. That’s almost everything, but there is a bit of a malt sweetness to the middle taste. Aftertaste is bitter and dry. Good, though not at all balanced. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit of fizz.

A really nice hoppy IPA, it makes up for what it lacks in balance by being big and interesting. Fun to drink, but maybe not something you’d drink a lot of at once.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours out clear amber, with a fluffy, two finger tan head that lasts and lasts. When it finaly does start to recede, it leaves rings of sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet malt up front, with some grapefruit and orange oil as it warms.

Flavor is lightly malty, around some citrusy hops.

Finish is mildly bitter.

Nicely balanced, will definately buy again.

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Photo of HokieNoPokie
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy, copper IPA with a very mediocre head. The aroma wasn't particularly strong - faint hints of hops and moderately citrusy. Taste is good, but lacking in distinction. The malts overpowered the hops in my opinion. The aftertaste was a little strange, kind of left your mouth dry and had a feeling like you've been sucking on a penny for thirty minutes. Despite this, something about it made it very drinkable, and I get the feeling it would make a good choice for a session beer.

Overall, it's a good IPA. It's just not a great one, particularly when compared with some of the other American IPAs out there.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed golden amber with a thin lace ring. Earthy tree bark and mild hop oil aromas. Flavor is much more malty than hoppy, and for the first time in my life, I am drinking a west coast IPA that is a bit unbalanced in favor of the malts. For serious. What is this? To me this screams English IPA. Rather soapy with a mild hop bitterness yet bares a full, rich and malty backbone. Come to think of it, this is VERY soapy. Subtly carbonated mouthfeel makes it decently smooth and crisp. Still, not one I'll be going after again.

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

I bought this one in a 22 oz. bomber, and it was poured into a standard pint glass. No freshness date could be found on the label, at least I couldn't find one.

The beer poured a light copper or rich gold color with about an inch of brilliant white head that retained well after halving a few moments after the initial pour. It left white lacing on the sides of the glass as well. The aroma consisted of a lemony citrus/hop tones. The flavor, like the smell would hint, had a good hoppy presence and a finish with what I can only describe as a green tea like flavor. The mouthfeel is on the bigger side, and boasts an almost sort of creamy pressence, an enjoyable brew. I found it very drinkable.
I enjoyed drinking this one, but - I think - I would have preferred it to be more hoppy. There are better renditions of this style out there, and although the beer is good by many standards, I think I would reach for one of those before it. Although, I will probably return for this one again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy glowing amber with a two finger creamy white head. There is some definite sediment lingering towards the bottom of the glass, even with the careful pour. I'm almost certain there was no infection because the bottle did not foam in the least upon the opeining. It just distracted from the beer.
Smell is of light grapefruit, lemongrass, and orange with a caramel malt backbone.
Taste is of the same delicate IPA aromas with nothing coming through as excellent but nothing telling me that this isn't good either.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with mild carbonation and an ok hop bitterness that isn't overpowering.
Drinkability is good. It just seems like it's a toned down version of the Maximus. I'm not sure what's up with all the sediment though. Most of the Lagunitas bottles I've sampled have had lots of it.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper colour with frothy, lacey head. Floral and grassy aroma. Taste is certainly dominated by hops with a bit of a tea flavour. Finish is a little dry and bitter. Low carbonation. It has a good hoppy flavour, but its a little bit thin

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

I had this on tap at the Northeast Taproom in Reading, Pa..

Arrives a hazy amber/orange with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit and lemon citrus, with a good caramel/toffee malt in the background. Smells clean and inviting.

The first flavor is a nice caramel malt sweetness, followed by a strong hop bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon hop flavors are next. The hops in this are well balanced with the malt; neither is stronger than the other. The aftertaste is sweet and hoppy.

There is a good bite at the back of the throat from hop bitterness, and a nice tingle from carbonation. The finish is sweet and bitter at the same time.

This is a very good, well balanced, and poundable IPA, and a fine representation of the style. Tasty and yummy. I would like to drink this all day. I just need to pick the day!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsener glass. Big meal time head that chunks its way down the sides of the glass....this is a mean spirited beer with attitude. small carb bubbles meander to the top forming a finger of retaining head. Hoppy but with content...its not unchallenged like some. I tasted a solid malt foundation that is attacked by hoppy bitterness. Its a thoroughly enjoyable battle going on. nice oily slick mouthfeel, few bubbles to open the palate and there ya have it. Drink up. I had the cask version at the Carlsbad festival but I was a rook and didn't take notes....wont happen again.

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Photo of winpig3
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had less that what I was expecting of a big IPA.

A: The beer poured a nice copper color and held a nice thick head.

S: It had a weak nose with a hop scent that was barely detectable.

T/M: The malt shines through over the hops, giving the beer a thick-bodied taste.

D: I ejoyed drinking this beer but I would look to a nother brewery for the upfront presence of hop aroma and bitterness I'm looking for in an IPA.

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Photo of bruachan
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from the brickskellar

lame head for an IPA, though it pours a nice copper color. fizzyness rises to the surface

nice to have an american IPA that is clearly not all cascade, centennial and columbus: the profile from the hops seemed to mesh with the malt instead of upstage it. nice resiny pine aroma (amarillo?) with a hint of citrus flavor. i think i caught a bit of light dried fruit in the bouquet

nice caramel sweetness lingers, as the beer has a more robust texture

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a deep amber orange. A bit darker than the Maximus but nearly exactly the same hue. The small off white head fall quickly to leave just a trace. Nice lacing adorns the sides of the glass. Nose of solid bitter citric tones off the top with underlying sweet bready caramel and pine bough resins. Nice.

First sip brings a bitter citric hoppiness upfront along with a caramel drizzled bready maltiness. Quite bitter on the way down with a somewhat chalky aftertaste. A pretty nice IPA with big Pac NW hop flavors. Only real downfall is the bready, dry aftertaste that's a bit off putting to me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Rolls over the tongue with ease. This is an IPA I could drink with ease that features a nice bitter kick throughout. Glad to see this at my local and have the chance to sample it with my buddy.

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

Hazy oraange/copper with a fluffy white head. Leaves good lacing in trails.

Smell is estery hops with a hint of malt aroma fighting it's wat through.

Tastes like fresh hops with a nice backbone of malt. Hop profile stays on the tongue even after you've swallowed, not as strong as some but definately has staying power.

A good IPA that goes down easily, or atleast my 6 pack did.

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

There was plenty o' yeast at the bottom of this bottle.

App: Cloudy, almost opaque orange. very deep color.

Smell: Perfumy hops. Cookie-like malt. Quick flash of sourness

Taste: Huge grapefruit hops at the outset. Cookie malt creeps in. Finish is more grepefruit.

MF: Chalky. Slightly acidic. Smooth.

Drinkability: Low abv makes this a good IPA if you are looking to have more than a few.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange hazy pour with a big white head and lots of stuff floating around in it.
NIce carbonation throughout whipping these particles around.

Pretty much what you'd expect in the nose: floral and citric hop notes with an underlying pine scent that comes through pretty well. It's got a nice bitterness that's nicely balanced by a thick maltiness.

The flavor is similarly well-balanced. The hops are pretty assertive and throw out a big citric "West Coast" flavor, but the malt is strong enough to stand up to it. The piney flavors are nice and forward, but the overall mouthfeel on this one is somewhat thick and creamy.

Overall, a nice effort. Not my all-time favorite by any means, but a very solid beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with citrus hop aroma. It's a little sweet smelling. The taste is decent as well. It has an over the top bitter flavor that is laid over a solid malt base. It is very hoppy all the way through to the finish. I'm not a big fan of these west coast IPA's. They really jack up the citrus hop qualities. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. I really prefer more malts and less citrus hops. They taste good in a hop mix, but when isolated and used in excess they can really ruin a beer. That's just my opinion.

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Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with a fairly large head that leaves a disproportionately small amount of lacing. It smells like an American IPA, with pine, grass and citrus aromas. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy like that of a porter or stout, but once you swallow, it feels thinner and more delicate. While you can taste cascade and/or other West Coast hops, the bitterness is very subtle for an American IPA. That, combined with soft, fruity and creamy malt backbone, make this taste more like an offering from Fuller's than a California brewer. There appears to be a theme going wih Lagunitas- Maximus, their I2PA, is also under-hopped, but this one works. This is not your typical West Coast IPA by any means, but it's surprisingly pleasing and very drinkable.

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

Pours out a medium copper color with a good deal of clarity. There is a trace of sediment floating around the glass. The head is rocky and thick after a generous pour. It leaves sticky rings of lace around the glass from the very top.

The aroma is a mild citrus smell, but not the typical heavy grapefruit of other IPAs. The taste is very mild with a slight hoppiness. There is not much zing in the flavor which was different, but not bad.

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

Honey with chunks of yeast floating about (my bad). Just a mere film of head, carbonation appeared slow and steady.
Smelled majorly of grapefruit, backed by pine resin at first. Also a touch of mango and some apricot in there. As it warmed, the aroma of orange-blossom honey began to come forth.
Tasted crisp and snappy at first, mostly of grapefruit and spruce, then tangy and just a bit spicy in the middle, followed by a smooth bittering that dries the mouth on the way down.
Mouth was medium-bodied and fairly smooth. A tightly-knit blanket of bubbles covers the tongue. Burps are entirely of grapefruit and nearly eye-watering.
Good stuff but I've tasted better. This one started off really nice but seemed to lose some of its character as it sat.

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Photo of jbull
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours creamy amber with a light tan head. Many large particulates in the last pour. Aroma is very hoppy, the best way to describe is sweet-pine-hop. Lovers of hops will love ther aroma - you know you're in for a hoppy beer experience. Head disipates after a couple swigs and leaves a persisitent effervescent lacing. The taste is strongly hoppy and oily with some acidity. The aftertaste is longlasting -sweet on the lips and slightly bitter on the throat. This is a great tasting beer similar to Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA. One of my favorites. The hop oils seem to linger in your mouth after every taste!

This is thhe only brew I've had from Lagunitas. Very impressive. This is my current favorite, over Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA.

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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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