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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of herman77
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -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 -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 -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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Photo of toolbrew
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color. Good head retention and some lacing down the glass.

A mildly hoppy smell with citrus undertones.

At first there is almost no taste, then you get hit with a crisp hoppy sensation.

Goppy aftertaste lingers. Hops hit the entire tongue. Somewhat watery body.

Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Would drink this again.

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Photo of Casey10
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - orange copper pour with a 1 and half finger head.

S - slight citrus and pine notes

T - okay very slight taste of pine and citrus

M - Low carbination not a bad feel

D - Good drinkabiltiy as would not be a problem to drink but not overally impressive either.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how fresh it is. No date on the bottle, but here goes!

It's a pretty good-looking IPA. A finger of fluffy white head tops off a classic golden body. The head sticks around pretty well, and leaves plenty of lacing.

It smells of pine and citrus. Bitterness and a bit of sweet, biscuity breadiness. A good, albeit standard West Coast IPA smell.

The taste is not too robust, in my opinion. Very smooth grapefruit citrusy body, but it doesn't follow through on the finish. The mouthfeel is similarly good at first, but just doesn't satisfy as it goes down. While this makes for a very drinkable brew, I think a little more crispness could do this IPA some good. Maybe it's not as fresh as it could be? We may never know.

Lagunitas has a good, solid flavor, and has all the signs of a good IPA. I would definitely keep some in my fridge now and then as a go-to beer - if it were cheaper and more readily available around Pittsburgh.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a moderate white head that disipates rather quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is a faint bouqet of hops, with classic notes of grapefruit. Aroma fades quckly after the initial burst from the formation of the head. Palate follows the nose, with a touch of sweet malt, but is a little underwhelming in flavor. A nice dry bittery hop finish which is nice, but the flavor profile is a little short. Light on the tongue. A touch more body would be nice. A garden-variety California IPA. Nothing to get too excited about, but will get the job done. The Toyota Camry of IPAs.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - A nice clear golden/yellow color with lots of carbonation. It produced a 2-finger head that held okay but not great. It left a splotch & a splash on the glass, and a nice ring atop my beer held up very nicely.

S - Flowery with notes of pine & grapefruit. It's got some soft grainy notes, a touch of toast, mildly sweet. Simple aroma here.

T - Pine & grapefruit rind flavors battle it out with bready, grainy malts, ultimately the pine/grapefruit hop flavors win & start to become one noted. There's a nice lemon citrus towards the finish that cuts through the grainy malt flavors, and it finishes with mild linger rind flavors & a nice bitterness that's on the mild side.

M - Smooth with a medium-full body. Soft crispness.

D - More of a drinkable IPA that reminds me of a Pale Ale really, just a touch more bitter. Not bad but for what it offers I might just go with a pale Ale instead. Worth a try but I wouldn't continue to buy it. It really needed more malt to balance it out.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty well known beer and most people on this site have likely had the opportunity to sample it. It is a very solid IPA with a nice amber, yet hazy color. It has a traditional hoppy aroma. It is full flavored and does not leave a lingering after taste. It pairs well with food, especially BBQ.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer has a clear dark golden color with a small-medium head. The head is composed of thick bubbles instead of the tiny ones that you see in a finer head. These larger constituent bubbles make for a nice texture and each bubble pops with a hint of the aroma which I’ll talk about next.

Smell: The smell is very nice, but is not very strong. I can pick up on the malty front and the mild hops at the back, but other than this you should rely on the taste to enjoy this beer.

Taste: The taste is great. If you don’t want a powerful IPA like a Double or Extra IPA for those lazy weekdays, then this is the beer for you. I personal enjoy this beer as is, but I wouldn’t mind a higher IBU or ABV content. The malts hit first with a nice toasty flavor and gives way to a delayed citrus laced hop.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is nice. It has enough carbonation to dance with the mild alcohol content and there is a lingering resin-like coating on the tongue after a sip. This has a smooth feel to it also.

Overall: I would say this is a great beer by Lagunitas, but not as awesome as their Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ variety. This Lagunitas IPA is a nice go-to beer if you can’t find anything stronger or more robust. I found the only negative thing about this beer to be a lack of complexity. I usually look for a well-timed release of a variety of flavors each as strong as the last, but this one is sort of monotonic. Not bad, but just not excellent.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not the most special IPA on the market but it works for a hops fix. The citrus flavor is mostly grapefruit which I personally don't love; it seems intended though. Smells a bit of sweet malts and floral hops.
The finish is long and resinous. Piney.
A good choice for a relative bargain IPA.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on: 2/18/10

45.6 IBU's
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice thick 3/4" head on a semi- translucent gold beer. Continuous streams of tiny CO2 bubbles. Head has slowly retreated leaving lacy wisps of foam on the glass.

S= Light malt and citrus hop aroma.

T= Good amount of malt off the bat. Quickly overcame by a hoppy bitterness which drives through the end. Hop flavors of citrus and hints of earthiness and mild pine.

MF= Light. Slight dry finish. Refreshingly bubbly on the tongue.

D= Nice Light IPA. Could be a session starter or a nice light lawnmower IPA.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Vibrant light orange, thin tan head, little to no lacing.

S: Spicy hops in the front, and more of a sweet apples and cinnamon to back it up. A little different.

T: Fruity-pine hops up front, not overwhelming (freshness?), a sweet caramel backbone. A certain breadiness going on.

M: Pretty highly carbonated, but fairly smooth.

D: Easy to drink, quite enjoyable. Would love to have fresher.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, copper. NIce 1/2 creamy head, and lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, hops, pine, sugars, fruits.

Taste - Hmm, pretty mild and smooth. Hops are bold, not bitter or sweet. Malts add some thick, bold flavoring. Has a pepperish kick near the end.

MOuthfeel - Starts off a little thin and bland. Then hops hit tounge and bitter it. Palette gets some malts, and sweetness. Aftetraste is really dry and bitter.

Overall - Not bad, its too mild and bland. A stadard ipa really, but man the aftertaste is dry and bitter. Alot better ipa's out. This isnt terrible by any means just your standard style done before with nothing new brough to the table, and just a little to weak hop character.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. cant seem to make any sense of the coding on it.

A: pale, very blond. bright white head is spritely. retention is good, not great.

S: a lot of pine and some citrus. not much grain, piney hop aroma is definitely the key player here.

T: seems slightly medicinal at first. however that quickly vanishes. similar to the nose, very pine flavored focused. bitter, but nothing cloying. piney, but not resinous.

M: pretty middle of the road as far as carb. certainly on the lighter side of AIPA bodies.

D: a lot of "middle ground" flavors/aromas. good, just nothing mind-blowing. lagunitas makes better brews than this, so worth trying if you are a ticker, but if looking for the best of the best I say keep it moving along.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into glass

Appearance - Clear golden colour, you can see right through the glass. White head with good carbonation

Smell - Citrus and pine

Taste - Big pop of pine, some tropical fruits, grapefruit, hops are present, bitter finish at the end

Overall - A good offering from Lagunitas but no means is it the best in the world but a good beer to start out if you've never drunk a West Coast IPA

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Photo of scottyshades
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noticed that ABC actually had a brewery that I hadn't seen before so I picked up one of these guys
A: Amber in color with a 1" fluffy head that leaves a nice lace, well carbonated
S: Hops, hops,, grass, citrus
T: Very bitter, nice and hopy along with a metallic touch, grass, possibly a touch of citrus
MF: A little too dry for me, bitter, but crisp...not very clean
D: I could drink about 2 or 3 of these guys before throwing in the towel

Overall a very decent IPA...I suggest a trial

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Photo of YeahRightt
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty standard IPA but it's common and reliable. Something I'll take at a bar that doesn't have a great selection without drinking an adjunct or random subpar IPA

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Photo of jar2574
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that great of a pour - thin head over golden yellow beer. Nice lacing on the way down though. Smell is awesome - citrus hops, very fruity and sweet. Not much of the pine variety. Orange and banana smells.

Taste is not as mind-blowingly hoppy as you might expect from the smell. It's pretty mellow and easy to drink. Some bitterness but not as much as some IPAs. Citrus hops predominate in the taste like they did in the smell, but there isn't as much sweetness.

Just a touch too much carbonation makes it slightly fizzy. An OK beer.

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