Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of noknife83
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably my second favorite beer of all time, coming up just behind Stone IPA. I love the way it tastes, love the smell, mouthfeel... The one main thing that keeps it out of the top spot is I wish it had an abv of about 6.7 to 6.9, but that me, i like my beers a little stronger than average.

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Photo of Docer
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchase a 22oz. bottle, poured into a tumbler glass.

No freshness date... would have really been nice since I just purchased a 6-pack of mirror pond that is 2 months past the date on it. Also doesn't list the ABV.

43 different hop varieties eh? Guess it proves that better ales exist that only use a few.

Slightly cloudy amber/copper color. No head (probably because of the way I pour it). Slight lacing that sticks around a bit.

Slightly bitter smell.. some pine notes.. earthy.

Taste is kind of weird compared to most IPA's I have had. Almost a sweet pumpkin pie kind of flavor mixed with subtle pine-like and floral hops. Not a very high I.B.U. More of a light caramel malt.

Nice bitter aftertaste that I DO like. Not too dry, although slightly.

Easy to drink, good carbonation.

Most likely would chose another IPA over this one next time.. somewhat forgettable.

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Photo of dolemite77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber, with minimal head. Lots of lacing though... Aroma is citrusy hops, with some pine hops in here as well. The aroma is too sticky sweet to get a good rating. The flavor is great for hops... the flavor is mainly hops, but I do get more malt than some of the raters prior... I like the beer, but it just doesn't seem very well balanced. A bit raw...

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle. Pours a clear orange/amber with a huge, creamy white head. Aroma and flavor of piney, bitter hops with some citrus, salt. Good, chill, and refreshing. This really hits the spot after 6 or so glasses of super sour lambics on a 90 degree day sitting outside in the heat. I would try it again in other conditions, of course.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of jockstrappy
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy copper color with a fluffy white head that settles quickly to a sticky white cap. Aroma here is one of citric hop without much else. Flavor is awesome...big hop punch that starts out very floral, and becoming more of a grapefruit and orange peel hop flavor. The slightest of bready malt flavors is detected in the background, as well as a little boozy alcohol warmth. Finish is crisp yet sticky, with hops lingering on the tongue for quite a while. Very quaffable and mildly carbonated. Huge hop profile...good stuff.

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Photo of Pup
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color, thick fluffy head, surprised as I cracked the beer and walked to my couch, the froth overfloweth, all over my priceless Turkish rugs. It was worth it.

Smelled of strong hops.

Taste was tart yet lively, slightly meaty malt and satisfying.

Goos carbonation and clean finish.

Very quaffable, nice dark feel with a quenching refreshing taste.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Papa Vito's in Davis. Poured into a frosted glass (gah!!) Yellow-orange, surprisingly light-colored, puffy white head. Aroma is grassy, fresh-smelling. Beer is too cold, so I let it warm up considerably before I drink. Taste is very fresh, citrus-filled, some piney hop notes. Bitterness comes in the finish with a fairly sweet malt base. Not overwhelming in bitterness. Medium bodied. Very tasty, almost surprisingly so, and refreshing...I haven't been impressed with Lagunitas otherwise so this is a nice find.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color was nice, but the head was weak and fast disappearing and the lacing was nonexistent.

Smell: The smell was all sweet caramel malt and a big dose of the hops.

Taste: Just enough depth for the style, the flavors were the same as above

Mouthfeel: Just right for the style.. Though I wonder, is the lacquer left on my tongue from overcooked malt tannins or hop oils? I'll ask around.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but I am a fickle drinker indeed.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprising and unfortunately average offering from Lagunitas. Pours clear gold with an average white head. Decent pine and grapefruit aroma. Taste was disappointing. The resin is watery and the citrus is flat. Its there, but it tastes old or musty. Sorry.

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Photo of MPLS
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer that I drank on a string of happy hour pints and was actually my first tasting of a Lagunitas beer. I look forward to tasting their line of beers.

A: + for the rich copper color and lacing. Carbonated and as the first beer of the night looked good.

S: Smells were fruity with an underdeveloped floral smell.

T: Grassy/pine and full a tangerine/mango flavorings, didn't not have the bitter bite that my IPA trained buds wanted. Balanced and flavorful, expecting more hop.

M: Lively, carbonated, lingering for just a bit

D: The big emphasis on the grassy/pine wasn't the best choice, but I can stand to look and feel a mouthful of this beer again.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass. The color is a light copper...a little lighter than what I am used to seeing in an IPA. Pours a rather thin head that fades quickly. It's very clear and clean. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little faint. Some hops and pine with citrus notes, but not a strong an aroma as I like with IPA's. I had to give it a much deeper sniff than I really should have to. It actually tastes a little hoppier than it smells, which is good. It is still light on hops though. I think I taste a hint of grapefruit. It's got a mild bitterness that comes through. The taste, though not real strong, is well balanced. It's light bodied for an IPA, which makes it very easy to drink. Goes down smooth and leaves very little stick. Overall it's "just ok" for an IPA. Not as heavy on the hops as I would like.

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Photo of trbergman
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Bright amber-orange with one finger of fluffy white head. Attractive, sticky lacing coats the glass as I sip.

S - Aroma seems faint, with sweet malt and some piney hops.

T - Biscuity malt character with somewhat understated hop bitterness. Very little hop flavor, perhaps a hint of pine. Lacks the resiny, oily hoppiness of many west coast IPAs. Medium-length, subtly bitter finish.

M - Good, but lacking that prickly hop character I really love.

D - Not an outstanding example of the style, but perhaps somewhat more sessionable for that.

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Photo of Vendetta
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 1, 2008

A decent IPA. The aroma is really grassy even for an IPA. Overall I enjoyed it, but it didn't have the fully rounded taste that other IPAs like Stone's has. A pretty plain, average IPA. I'll probably stick to Stone and Dogfish Head.

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Photo of marcpal
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the San Fran hotel as an offering, so while getting some work done before going out, figured why not give it a try.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Bottle Graphic: 2/10. Horrible.

A: Dark for a standard IPA, thin head and just a little bit of lacing. Good copper color presentingn itself.

S: Plenty of sugar behind the hops. I have a feeling this beer is going to be well balanced. I like the fact that it has the sweet caramel and the citrus for such a low abv ipa.

T: Sweetness isn't as abundant as it iis in the nose. Citrus speaks out more than in the aroma and grassiness settles in. Grapefruit citric zest.

Completely balanced like two equally fat kids on two ends of a see-saw. Nice.

M: Lightly carbonated, full body. A zippy spicy finish to top everything else off.

D: The balance is tremendous. Drinkable by being light but carrying a boatload of flavors. I like it, I like it a lot.

Im not sure why I often pass on Lagunitas, maybe its the bottles but I was impressed with this IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer tastes very good today, because it's a good day for a beer.

Pours clear reddish-gold with a slow, constant carbonation maintaining a thin and lacy head. Smells like summer.

Taste is mild overall tending toward hoppy bitterness. A little citrus, a little floral note. Not overwhelming, but not boring (which is why I gave it a good drinkability mark).

The big downfall is the slightly metallic tang -- you know the one that makes you feel like you sucked on tin foil? That one. It's not strong enough to deter me, but it's strong enough to notice (hence below average mouthfeel).

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Photo of MacDomer
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light orange/copper. One finger off-white head quickly tapers off and leaves a decent ring and a few puddles floating on top. Minimal lacing.

S - Begins with sweet candied orange, some pineapple and other tropical fruits, and citrus hoppiness. Also has some breadiness/yeastiness at the end.

T - Well balanced between citrus hops and light caramel malts. A hint of pine.

M - Smooth, pretty light but not thin. Nice active but not offensive carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

D - Easy drinking here. I like to give friends who aren't IPA drinkers this IPA, as I think it's quite accessible and might get them to begin to like the style.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Lynnwood Grill in Raleigh, NC.

A - By the time this got to me, there was little more than a small white ring on the surface. Even as I drank, very little lace stuck. The brew was clear, reddish amber.

S - A bit of a different slant than the IPAs I'm used to, but nicely balanced. A load of sweet malt with hints of fruit stood firm against a solid hop aroma of grapefruit and pine.

T - Semi-sweet malt prevails and keeps things from getting too intense. The grapefruit and pine aromas from the nose hit mid palate. Floral and earthy notes pull through during the finish with some grainy, dying sweetness from the malt. Bitterness is moderate and very pith-like.

M - Medium, almost full bodied with minimal carbonation.

D - Not completely what I'd expect from an IPA but easily drinkable.

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Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a fluffy 2 finger white head over a gorgeous bright orange/copper color, that's crystal clear. Some lacing is present.

S- Big maltiness, some grapefruit notes, a touch of apricot and apple.

T- Starts out a big whack of dry hops right off the bat, backed by a nice sweet maltiness. Light dry hops remain until the finish where I also get some nice herbel tea notes. This thing is a classic example of balance. The hops are present but are balanced out eloquently by the malt.

M- Low carbonation is nice and the big mouthfeel is nice, especially given the low ABV.

D- This isn't a huge IPA, but rather a more drinkable, sessionable version. Some might argue it's a more of a pale, but I think it lives up to being an IPA. Drinkable? Hell yes.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at McCray's. Poured to a yellowish gold color, unlike the orange copper I was expecting. The anticipated citrusy nose and flavor were there, but slightly muted, as was the bitterness of the mouthfeel. This all led to a medium length, slightly bitter flavor which was nice and smooth. Not a bad beer at all, but still below other Lagunitas offerings.

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Photo of auburngrad82
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful orange color with a nice creamy head. Lacing is plentiful and lasts to the bottom of the glass.

S- Nice citrusy, hoppy aroma.

T- As in the smell, the citrusy hops are front and center but the overall taste is well balanced between malts and hops. The taste also has a nice spiciness to it.

M- Nice carbonation gives the ale a full bodied feel.

D- This is the first time I've had an ale from Lagunitas but if this is typical of the brewery I'm looking forward to trying more of their offerings.

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Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, reddish-orange pour is completed with a two-finger, thick and rolling light tan head. Retention is excellent, with fingers of lacing reaching toward the rim of the pint. Aromatically, the citrusy hops are exceptionally bold and pleasing up front. A second whiff reveals fine notes of grapefruit and malt. The taste is well balanced, with all the noticeable elements (malts, hops, spice, subtle caramel) mixed together to form an exceptionally tasty and obviously well-crafted brew. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied. There's not an overabundance of carbonation, but it's adequate. This IPA should satisfy the experienced hop-heads and beginners alike.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a light orange in color with a one inch off-white head. After sinking down to a decent skim it leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, a bit of citrusy hops with floral tones.

The taste is has a bit of malty sweetness to start out but it is quickly taken over by a moderate bitterness of citrusy and floral hops. There also seems to be a bit of an herbal tone as well. Finish is bitter hops, but there is a bit of the caramel malts lingering on as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, crisp and creamy at the same time.

Overall this is not one of the best west coast IPAs I've had but it's definitely a solid one. I probably wouldn't buy it over my midwest IPAs like Two Hearted, Crooked Tree, and Alpha King, but it's worthy of a try.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a fizzy head that leaves some nice lace. Smells like floral hops and pinesol.

Milder than most IPAs Lagunitas IPA is both sweet and bitter. Consistently sweet but with a floral hop burst. However, the two tastes remain separate rather than complement each other. Leaves a sticky residue after swallowing.

The pinesol scent really threw me off.

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Photo of danielharper
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Yellow-orange body, slight effervescence, thin white head that sticks around.

Smell: Pure California IPA. Strong aroma of crisp hops with grapefruit and other citrus underneath. Very floral. Inviting.

Taste: Again, a pure California IPA. Strong crisp dry hops up front, in the middle, and in the end, with a nice balance of citrus and grapefruit balancing it out. Very dry on the finish due to the hops. This isn't exactly a hop bomb, though, as the hops are a lot less aggressive than in other IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, moderate carbonation, heavy doses of hops. Pretty much exactly what a good IPA should be.

Drinkability: This one doesn't supplant Bridgeport IPA or Sweetwater IPA on my list of favorites, but for my taste it's probably the canonical example of a West-Coast IPA. A must-try for fans of the style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with reddish hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is floral with faint hints of pine. It is quite mild for an IPA. The taste is like the aroma. It is nice, but more like a pale ale than an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but rather mild for an IPA. I would certainly drink it again, however, when I am in the mood for a solid APA.

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