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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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Photo of hawkseven
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 Oz Bomber from my military shoppette

A- clear copper color with an off white head

S- fruity with a floral background

T- grapefruit with a slight floral finish and malt background

M-medium carbonation, dry and clean,with a slight oiliness

D- my go-to IPA when shopping at the local quickie mart. I enjoy this as a stand alone beer but like it even better with spicy foods. Try this at a Crawfish boil and your mouth will think its found Nirvana

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Photo of KeefD
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper orange. Bubbly white head that keeps decent retention, but light lacing. Nice piney, fruity aroma backed up by some sweetness. Slightly floral. West Coast IPA aroma all the way. Nice hoppiness, but perhaps a bit too light. Pale malts make up a decent backbone, but I'm still left wanting more hops. The aroma led me to believe this would have a solid hop presence, but this more like a pale ale rather than an IPA. However, there's a nice grapefruit and orange peel flavor with just a hint of pine. Yes, there's some bitterness and some citrus flavors going on, but nothing that blows me away. It's solid at best. I've had much better West Coast IPAs, but this one is still good.

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Photo of Monkeypaws
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Ed's No Name. It is a very solid IPA, nice copper color with a golden head, nice aroma of hops up front, and rich hoppy malts going down, and prolonged bitter after taste. Yum. It was drinkable to the point that I wolfed 3 pints in about an hour or so, and felt no worse for wear. Nothing really outstanding here but an all-around good IPA.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another impulse buy.

Pours a clear copper color with a fresh citrus aroma, it seems a little like this beer wanted nothing more than to get that grapefruit hop aroma, it smells great, but the flavor is pretty bland, too simple I think. Its obviously an IPA, but thats it. Just another IPA. A little heavy on the CO2, but its very drinkable, I could drink these all day.

Overall, a good beer. If your in the mood for a well priced, craft brewed IPA then this is a good choice.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice amber/orange color with a crisp white head. Strong carbonation throughout. The aromas are nice with plenty of hop presences. I get some grapefruit, tangerine and even a light piney aroma. I also get some mild estery aromas giving the beer a pleasant fruitiness. The flavor of this beer is definitely a tribute to the west coast IPA. Excellent hoppy flavors hit the palate. I get strong tangerine flavors. The bitterness is fairly mild with a good grapefruit presence. The beer finishes with a slight fruitiness which balances the citrus hoppy flavors well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. A good background for the flavors here.

Overall a damn good IPA. Not the best in the world but really good. It was reasonably priced as well at $7.99 a six pack, which is about 2 bucks cheaper than normal at my local liquor store. At this price, this may be one of my go to IPAs. I'll pick it up again without hesitation.

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Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

A - A light golden color with good clarity and a creamy off white head. Great lacing.

S - A very nice floral and fruity aroma. Surprisingly good for a bottled beer.

T - A nice grapefruit bitterness with fruity and floral hop flavor. I really like the way the light malts let the hops run wild.

M - A bit thin and dry but it makes the hops that much more dominant. A little high in carbonation.

D - A very light and drinkable IPA and a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Almost neon orange in color with hues of red. Thick creamy head that retains exceptionally well and leaves tons of lacing.

3.5 S: Floral hops foremost, grapefruit citrus. Aroma isn't very strong.

3.5 T: Really hoppy and to a slightly lesser extent bitter. Reminiscent of Flying Dog's IPA, only there seems to be more depth to this one. Citrus hops foremost, then earthy hops, and then biscuity malts. Not a whole lot of balance. If there was a stronger malt character, this beer would kick ass.

3.5 M: Light/Medium body with good carbonation. Not as creamy as I would have expected from the appearance.

4.0 D: Good brew, really for hopheads like me though. Would like to see a little more balance.

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Photo of ryandurka
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

not my usual pick. was mixed in my 6 pack at the grocery store, i was lazy and didnt return it when at the register. i normaly dont like ipa's but this one rocked. smooth and refreshing it was right on ,dig? so if you see this beer try it, its real good.

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Photo of Walken
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours gold, bordering on amber with a big flat cream colored frothy head that fades down, leaving a nearly solid coating of lace.
Odor: Sweet juicy grapefruit and pine sap hop aromas, no malt to speak of in the nose.
Consistency: Off-dry and moderately smooth on the tongue. Hop oils seem to push this brew from light to full bodied. I'm not sure if this bottle is old, the bottling code is illegible, but I was expecting the bitterness to be a little rougher based on reviews read prior to purchasing this single. Carbonation is on the low end an IPA, maybe this has something to do with the way the bitterness is perceived? Anyways...
Flavor: Vague malt sweetness rushes in for a second, only to be pummelled to death by the dreaded hop monster. As stated prior, the bitterness level is relatively low for style, but the flavors are big and varied. Overripe grapes, pine, orange, grapefruit rind, the list could go on forever if you put enough ale enthusiasts together with a keg or two of this beer. Finish is dry and clean, some residual hop oils left coating the palate.

This is great IPA, but I really think it's missing something, though I can't put my finger on what. Needless to say if it had "that special something" it would be an exceptional IPA. 65 malts...wild. Can't wrap my head around how smooth the bitterness is, 100% late hopping, voodoo magic?

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with small white head.

Strong scent of hops, citrus, lime.

Flavor of hops, citrus, yeast, and malts. A bit too bitter for an IPA.

Crisp mouthfeel, with a strong bite.

The bitterness seems to be a bit overpowering, making the beer slightly unbalanced. A good beer, but I like a more balanced IPA.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber hue with a medium off-white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin layer of patchy foam on the surface of the beer, leaving a light amount of stick behind.

The nose is a full bouquet of bright, sweet, fruity hop aromas.

Mildly carbonated and fairly easy on the palate, with a fairly low hop assertiveness for an American IPA. A light maltiness comes through up front and leads to an herbaceous hop bitterness, finishing with a lingering dry bitterness.

Decently drinkable, but doesn't leave me craving another. Overall, a fairly mild interpretation of the style, but one that could, in my opinion, use more hops.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was extremely surprised to find a 6-pack of this at bestway on walker ave. woo hoo.

i'd say this is up there with the best ipa's i've ever had. enough malt to keep it from being a total hop bomb, but amazing californai ipa, citrus hops, smells the same, and a ton of finishing hops to boot.

this is a great beer, i would have more of it, and highly recommend it to any ipa fan.


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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. poured a clear rich light amber color with a one-finger golden straw colored head. The head color is beautiful! Just a bit of very light lacing.

s. very sweet for an IPA. Not malty, but sweet hops. predominantly citrus and floral hops on the nose, with a bit of pine coming through. Unusual (but amazing) aromas of honey, vanilla, and maple syrup accent the strong hop flavor.

t. Sweet and citrusy hops. Sweet and caramel malts are subtle but balance the hops well. Grapefruit and orange, with honey and hints of vanilla at the start, with a pleasant floral and citrusy hop bitterness to the finish.

m. smooth and a touch of creaminess with excellent carbonation. Not watery or oily, this IPA fits the flavor profile perfectly. On the whole, just a solid and smooth IPA with good medium body.

d. This is definitely a solid west coast IPA. The floral and citrus notes prevail with a subtle yet effective malt backbone to hold it together. Nothing extra-ordinary, but a good all-around IPA that i could easily drink a few of without it getting old.

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Photo of montageman
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

I'm not well versed in Lagunitas. A fairly new option here in Michigan, I've been trying to try as many varieties as I can. This IPA is absolutely delicious. Great hop presence and finishes with a delicious citrus dryness. The aroma is both floral and pine-like with some grapefruit as well. While there is a pronounced bitterness, that does not hinder the drinkability as the fruity balance is near perfect. Highly recommended.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's Ive tried. I wish we could more west coast IPAs on the east coast like this one, because this seems to be better tasting. Pours a nice golden red with a faint hops smell. Taste is very bitter but so full of hops its delicious. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste. A great beer all around.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A amber color with a very thin eggshell colored head. The head din not last long at all and no lacing at all.
Smell - I had to go in and smell this 6 or 7 times because the smell is very faint. But I did pick up a very Subtle hop smell and a little citrus not much else going on in the smell
Taste - A very weak hop flavor kind of a off-balance IPA I can taste the malts in this just as much if not more than the hops
Mouth feel - Good carbonation very crisp and clean no aftertaste with a dry finish
Drink ability - This beer was very easy to dink but do to the weak hop profile in this beer I would not buy again. Would drink if some one gave it to me.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lagunita's IPA served from a 12 oz twist top bottle poured into a pint glass reveals a clear peach/orange hued body below a fluffy white head that slowly fades to a thing layer that sticks around and sticks to the glass.

Aromas are of pungent fruity hop that blends very well with sweet malt.

Taste is ripe grapefruit, pineapple, and finishes with an herbal grassy hop character that is pleasant rather than harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium with steady carbonation.

Lagunitas has done a great job with this. It is a sessionable IPA that doesn't back down on flavor.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish gold. Fluffy head that slowly fades away to a nice side clinging lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity -- very interesting smell for sure. Wonderful sweet and fruity taste. Just right balance between bitter and sweet. Great session ale and not your average IPA, very unique taste. Recommended.

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Photo of hungryghost
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a festival and had to go back for more. First time having it on tap. Pours a light amber color with a light head.
Good hop aroma including sharp citrus and pine notes probably some malt in there.
Taste has the expected hop bite with malt/grain but an unexpected sweetness next to grapefruit flavor. Lots of flavor variations yet still well balanced. This is a pretty highly hopped beer and it does not kill the taste buds off as quickly as some IPAs. Mouthfeel is creamy but clean.
Very drinkable, if it is hot out this might work as a session brew.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This friendly beer made its way into my pint glass by being poured from a 12oz bottle.

To be honest the appearance is nothing special. An amber color with only minimal head and lacing.

This beer smells good- sweet and bitter. Rich buttery and toffee malts are present but met with a candied pine oil smell.

I find the taste of this brew to be particularly well balanced. The hops are slightly forward with an emphasis on pine flavors and well-supported by buttery/toffee malts.

The mouthfeel is low on carbonation and allows for the smooth and slightly thicker than average body to stand out.

Drinkability here is very high for me- well balanced and this brew does not become tiresome. Great stuff!

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Photo of jraycee
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just popped up in my grocery this week. I had to try some to see what is up in Peatluma.
Pours a clear light amber with a thick head that quickly dissipates.
Smells of citrus notes, maybe a little pine.
Tastes very drinkable for an IPA. Definitely an American IPA. Nice fruit front with and easy ending hop bite. Not even sure I'd call it a bite. Maybe a little love nibble.
This is definitely not the smoothness I think of from most IPAs, but it adds to the drinkability. A good session beer altogether.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, pours a clear amber colour with a thick white head that dissapated rather quickly. smells of piney hops and taste is very good with a nice hop bite up front. this beer is very drinkable I would reccomend it to anybody that enjoys ipas.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy bronze/amber brew with a small head of white bubbles. Lots of lace is left on the glass, which I find puzzling due to the lack of a substantial head. Looks like liquid copper.

S - Nice summery fruits with a big dose of fresh hops. Mandarin orange is the major note here, and some peach, apricot, and a touch of pine back it up.

T - Again, fruity as hell with a healthy heap of hop goodness. the malt flavors are second fiddle, but back up the hops nicely. Not the most assertive IPA, but it is really fresh and fruity.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a lot of tingly carbonation and a slightly bitter, but not dry finish. Thirst quenching.

D - Definitely a good choice for a session IPA. Well rounded, balanced, and tasty....if a bit average in flavor. Not a complex sipper, this is a highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jimmy's No. 43, served in a pint

Poured a medium orange with a fluffy bone white head, that rose to a little under a finger and subsided quickly. Little to no lacing and hardly any retention.

Fresh cut grass, sweet bready malt, and grapefruits.

Sharp biting hop spiciness with a sweet malt finish. Unfulfilling.

Light to medium in body, adequate carbonation.

Pretty well-balanced, but I was just not crazy about the flavor profile.

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Photo of changeup45
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a decent initial head and a pretty good amount of lacing ends up on the glass. The aroma is quite mild consisting of citrus fruits with hints of caramel and malt but hardly any hops. A semi-spiced caramel malt character comes out first in the flavor followed by a sour hoppy grapefruit taste. A wet finish for an IPA. Interesting mix of malts and hops but not necessarily what I look for in an IPA. Decent enough beer but I probably won't get it again.

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