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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:
45.6 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Reviews: 1,753 | Ratings: 8,550
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- yellow-amber color and pours with a large white fluffy head, dissipates over a few minutes leaving medium lacing on the glass

S- can smell a mixture of hops both citrus and floral, bit of malt creeps in eventually

T- mild citrus flavor hits immediately with the hop bitterness taking over for the rest of the way, bit of sweetness in the flavor and the hop flavor lasts and lasts after finishing

M- thicker and oily, not nearly as much carbonation as expected, very sticky flavors that stay in your mouth

D- Pretty drinkable beer, could drink this almost as a session beer if I was in the mood for an IPA session

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Photo of smcreator
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber color with a one finger sustained head down from an impressive three finger head. Moderate lacing occurs.
S: Smells as expected with the great hop mixture. Very aromatic.
T: Somewhat of a flat taste. It doesn't taste as much of fruit as I would expect from the smell and that it is an "American IPA." I think this beer tastes more like a European IPA. Very bitter beer.
M: Very smooth with little carbonation, but it will leave a film coating in your mouth.
D: Since this beer is bitter and not as balanced as I prefer my IPAs, it makes it slightly more difficult to drink.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA pours a light coppery amber, with a frothy white head leaving some nice sticky lacing as it falls.

The aroma has some citrus and a fairly strong pale malt scent.

The flavor is slightly sour citrus with a good bight of pine resin and a strong bready pale malt backing things up. A touch of caramel in the malt flavors and a fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is firm but still on the light side of medium, slightly creamy.

Overall a nice IPA, I'm going to give this beer a second shot however when I know a new shipment has come in to our local stores.

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Photo of Goliath
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Good retention and some spotty lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice. A nice hoppy nose showing big citrusy grapefruit. A touch of caramel in there too.

Taste is alright. A nice citrus hoppiness with a relatively low bitterness. Well balanced with a bit of caramel in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Decent flavor and low alcohol make this brew easily sessionable. Not the best IPA I've had, but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of youngleo
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a orangish two fingered head. Ale itsself was brownish orange in color. Head didnt hang around very long. But it did leave some nice big chunks of head here and there. Also left some decent amounts of lacing. Smelled a little on the light side to me. Just that hoppy citrus. Tasted of citrus, pine. Also had a slight bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Big chunks of head floated in your mouth as you drank from the glass. Good session beer. Alcohol content wasnt all that high as other IPAs. So you could drink a few of these and not get blasted.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great session IPA from the dog. Sierra Pale, hittin the gym. Decent look, alright head, no aroma, crisp carbonation. A clean amber body provides sweet malt upfront, spicy, bitter hop slap at the end. Is that vinegar dipped Lychee? Pretty potent in flavor for a 5.7. Refreshing and light on the belly with a punch on the tongue. Kinda prickly...give my tongue the fuzzies. Another addition to the BBQ IPA family.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear deep gold and builds a weak white head which dissipates fast and leaves good lacing.
The smell announces fruity hops and malt.
Tasting the beer you have quite a lot of malty sweet flavors, caramel and honey. In the middle the flowery hops kick in to balance this beer, but the malt presence I find dominating to much!
A nice beer, but not one of the great ones.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange body. Orange like hop aroma. Has that signature Lagunitas scent. Hop forward taste, a bit watery, almost like a pale ale. Not that bitter. Again, a slightly watery feel, not the best. Overall, I'd be happy to see this on tap, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper color with large bubbles. Thin white head. Lacing is mediocre.
S - Pungent citrus and pine... strong finishing and supportive bittering.
T- Nice balance of bready malt, bitter hops
M- Nice carbonation

This is a fairly mediocre beer, however a good staple. I'm from PA and I'm not sure why so many people are drawn to this Lagunitas thing... everything I've had from them is mediocre.

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Photo of shererjt
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with just the slightest haze. Good off-white head. Assertive hop nose; flowery with some citrus and some grassiness, too, Very pleasant. Medium-plus body. Lots of hop flavor up front and bitterness in the finish. Solid, but could use a bit more malt. Mouthfeel is okay--a little above average, I guess. A little more crispness would help. Drinkability is also good if you're in the mood for bitter.

Good IPA, and one with an appropriately assertive hop presence.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an absolutely beautiful golden color with amber hues. A hefty 3 finger head forms as a big fluffy mound that dissipates very slowly, leaving thicck sheets of sticky lacing down the glass.

S- Not as intense of a hop aroma as I would expect from an IPA. A somewhat muted piney aroma comes through with hints of pineapple and caramel malt.

T- Hoppier than the aroma. A piney bitterness is the first thing to come through. Hints of orange and other citrus come through along with a mild bready flavor.

M- Very dry without being astringent.

D- Relatively easy to drink. The bottle that I'm drinking was probably not cold enough when I poured it, but it still went down very smooth.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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 ThreeWiseMen
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours out a nice orange-copper color. A small, loose, white head forms on top and quickly dissipates to a thin halo. Body is still orange-copper and quite hazy. Very mild, wispy lacing.

Smell: Rich, woody, herbal hops and something entirely unique: it's gotta be toasted malt, but it smells like some sort of spiced meat buffet. Maybe that's a bad description. Yeah, that doesn't sound very good... it's peppery, salty, meaty, and malty... toasted malty. Sound better? Hopefully it does. Sooo weird... and good. I was expecting the same old funky, red currant, oily hop mess (good kinda mess) that I find in all Lagunitas brews; but no, this is totally different.

Taste: Ahhh, that's a little more familiar. Toasted malt starts things off, caramel and sweet red berries follow, and bitter, herbal, and piney hops come in to clean things up. Not that the finish is at all clean. The aftertaste is toasty, herbal, and bitter. Another typical and solid Lagunitas brew.

Mouthfeel: Goopy, oily, moderately carbonated, full, and bitter. Finishes dry. I think that about sums it up.

Drinkability: I was a little confused by the smell, but afterward this beer was just what I expected it to be: a solid IPA with that signature Lagunitas flavor. There are better Lagunitas brews out there, just like there are better IPAs out there. This was solid, but I think I could easily find something better.

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Photo of sleazo
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a orange/brown clear hue with a moderate 1.5 finger head which dissipates into a nice slick on top of the beer. moderate lacing as well.

S-slightly sweet, slightly dry biscuits hit the nose first followed by a healthy dose of piney hops which thn dominate.

T-Bitterness from the resiny hops hits the palate first followed by a sweet roasted malt character. The finish is dry biscuits and more pine. The hops dominate the taste on this one but there is enough malt to make it interesting.

D-A decent but not great IPA. The hops are the stronger flavour but there is enough of a balance. I would like a little more of both though in my IPAs. Usually places that sell this will serve better IPAs.

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Photo of kabirmarwah
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful Amber. Initial taste is quite nice; almost tastes like lychee to begin with. The aftertaste is a bit too bitter for my liking, but then again it is an IPA. I have to say that of prefer one of the more bitter Goose Islands over this, but it's still a better offering than the other beers that have the same level of distribution, save for Blue Moon. I could lament about Lagunitas leaving its craft roots after being bought by Heineken but that wouldn't get me anywhere and besides, as long as they're still brewing their delicious Brown Shugga I'm a happy camper.

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Photo of zoso493
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a radiant amber-orange with a worryingly small one-finger head that leaves only trace amounts of lacing on the glass. It's got plenty of haze to it, though, and the only thing holding this back from the ultimate score is the lack of head.

Smell: There are almost no hops in the scent of this one. There is a huge but extremely artificial smell of sweet, caramel malts that just tastes too fake, for lack of a better word.

Taste: The hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste, but they are still not overly dominant. I can't decipher the date on this bottle, but I'm assuming it's not very fresh by the lack of hops and lack of head. The malts still retain that artificial character to them, though.

Mouthfeel: This has a nice medium-bodied mouthfeel to it and has a very adequate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This would be a fairly drinkable beer since it has such a low ABV but it just tastes like your drinking some kind of malt extract with the hops already mixed in.

Overall, this is not a great IPA, in my opinion, but I have my reservations about the age of the bottle. I've never had a beer that tasting as fake as this, and I can't quite put my finger on why. I'm a big fan of Lagunitas, though, and I'll definitely try this again to see if I can get a better bottle.

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Photo of herman77
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Rusty orange, fluffy off-white head. Nice sticky lacing

S: Pine hops with a little bit of floral hops in the mix. A touch of bread malt.

T: Big pine hops to start with a slight bread malt to balance it out. More of a floral, crisp hop finish.

M/D: Light to medium body. Carbonation is a little on the higher side. Drinkability is nothing too special. Ready to move onto something different.

Nothing disappointing, but nothing special either.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 20z bottle, this beer fills my new Lagunitas doggie "Beer speaks, people mumble" glass a nice clear amber color capped with a one-finger head - it has a surprisingly nice texture not usually found in an IPA, a creamy fluff that pillows in tiny-bubbled mounds. Lacing comes in thin horizontal stripes.

The scent is all orange and a touh of grapefruit, with some creamy malty flavors and honey.

A soft flavor in the eginning, lifting to a slightly spicy and acidic mixture of hops and bakground malts; The hops don't totally dominate, but they are prevalent, grapefruity and crisp, and just enough to make a beefy IPA. As the beer warms, a sweet maltiness comes through in the finish, very sticky and lingering.

The mouthfeel is smooth, oily, and very, very, very sticky. Your lips are sheened with a thin layer of stickiness each time you sip, and it clings to your mouth, the aftertaste building to a wonderful sweetness.

This is a great IPA, balanced, hoppy enough to satisfy any conesseur. Cali keeps on doing it right.

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Photo of kwjd
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper colour with thick, soapy white head. Lots of lacing too. Smell is of citrus hops and tons of sweet malt. The taste is quite malt forward for a west coast IPA, but it still has the nice hop taste. I wonder if the 6 pack I bought is a bit old because I'm not getting the same hop punch that I expected, but they didn't have date codes on the bottles, so I'll have to assume it was fresh. Very smooth and it goes down easy.

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Photo of beer2day
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with virtually no head. Nose is way too faint, with only wisps of hops and a slight dirty sock smell.

Hits the tongue rather bold, but a little too fruity. The bite I expected from the mouthfeel just never came. The bottle say 45 ibu's, but I'm not feeling that.

Overall - decent, but by no means great.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one off to check out. twelve ounce bottle pours clear light amber. thin off white head. nice lace. looks good.

citrus hops. not a great deal of depth. no off odors.

good balance. citrus hops with a good sweet malt taste. dry bitter aftertaste.

mid body. nice carbonation. good beer. may try again.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Visually, the bottle looks like it came out of some brewery in a South American jungle. Big "IPA" in the center of the label that looks to be painted through a stencil, set on a tea-stained label with some red text that gives it flare and danger. Makes me think of palm fronds, machetes, machine guns, and cocaine production. Poured into a glass, it has a nice, almost-white head over an amber body. Fresh pine and tropical fruit on the nose. It smells clean and simple. Hops and fruit on the palate, grass, simple and not big, and a clean finish. Nice carbonation. It's not a huge beer, but it's nice and clean for the style, with really no bitter aftertaste, and the 6.2 ABV is nothing to balk at. I could see getting another sixer of this and doing some BBQ-ing. Goes great with pizza and hot wings, too!

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Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear golden copper with a 1+ finger head that left some lacing down the glass

smells hoppy with some pine cirtus floral hops

taste is a little off - the hops are big but the malts a very tangy that just doesnt mesh well with the hops

mouthfeel is a little flat - still has some life but just not enough

drinkability is so so - its just not an ipa that i would pick up again

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Photo of Darkale
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale yellow and clear as it pours. In the glass there are a few yeast chunks, and a massive white head.

S: Hops, and more hops. Resiny pine, citrus, and a touch of onion in there as well..

T: Some caramel sweetness at first hit. The grapefruit and juniper cut through as well as a touch of onion. Good, but a little too much onion flavor for my tastes.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation. Pretty good.

O: Tasty, but not outstanding.

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