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

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of alysmith4
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Delicious IPA! The best of the three beers I tried on tap the other day at a local sports pub. It had a great appearance and mouthfeel. The taste was crisp and fresh. Nice hoppy flavor, but well balanced with the other grains. I would definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very pale tan head at about a half inch tall. The body is a nice orange color and there's very little carbonation. The head stands strong.

S - It has a nice scent made up of the combination of citrus and hops.

T - This is a full flavored IPA. One of the best I've had. It has a strong orange and hop flavor. There isn't a bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the flavor like most IPAs.

M - Smooth and dry. This IPA has a subtle coarseness on the tip of my tongue and back of my throat.

~ This is a very well crafted brew. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much but this California brewery has really gotten my attention. I'll definitely be sampling this one again.

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

Pours into the glass a bright copper color with about a half inch of head. Don't get much more than pine on the nose when it's cold, but more aromas peek through as it warms up. Big, citrusy hop bite as it is being drunk with an aggressive aftertaste. Feels sharp and tangy in the mouth.

In tiny print around the label border it says, "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!"

Well said.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Onion "I enjoy Drinking beer" pint glass.

A: Clear copper color. 1/4 inch head that quickly recedes. Minimal lacing.

S: Citrusy and floral hoppy aroma.

T: Grapefruit and floral taste with malt behind there. Bitter hop finish. Good.

M: Well carbonated. Maybe too much? Nothing else sticks out here.

D: Easy drinking IPA. Could session this one, though the price is a bit steep out in these parts.

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Photo of diddly
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color, just what you would expect. Head is somewhat airy, not thick. Strong smell of citrus and hops, very pleasing as you pour. Taste could definitely be a bit more, but definitely a good beer, and I will certainly have some more. There's better IPA's, but this is a good one.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a husky copper brown color with a huge head that died slowly, leaving a lace ring around the mug. A citric smell from the hops is easily prevelant, and so are some sweet malts like caramel. Rather basic in the flavor - citrus with a touch of sweetness (smooth balance) and a dry backbite from the hops. It is a good beer, but there are better IPAs and Lagunitas makes some of them.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imp pint glass.

Pours a hazey orange with a nice soft white head.

Classic American IPA scents of grapefruit and pine with a little malt in the background.

Hoppy taste that is not as clean as top IPA's, but maybe more balanced.

Not as snappy a mouthfeel as others in this style, but still dry.

Very good IPA, with a good price and availability.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice white, puffy head with lots of lacing.

Nice grapefruit aroma with mild spice background.A nice clean aroma.

Taste of this IPA is nice. Hop bitterness up front not overpowering. There's a buttery taste that follows with some nutty malt tones also. Mouthfeel is carbonated and mild. Very well balanced I thought. Nice IPA and I buy a sixer of this again to share with friends.


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Photo of nasty15108
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a copper orange color. The pour produced a foamy, slightly off white head and a good amount of lacing.

S - Caramel malt flavor at first, followed by a floral slightly spicey hop aroma. Citrus and pine also detected throughout.

T - Slightly sweet malty flavor up front followed by a slightly bitter hop finish. The flavors of citrus and pine cling nicely to your palate.

MF&D - Medium bodied and very tasty. Very good example of a America IPA. Highly recommended.

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

Having been served a little colder than desired, and following a 10 minute wait for temperature aclimation, it appeared with a thin head atop a copper colored body - with minimal lacing.

In light of this, I still detected a sweetish floral nose accompanied by a mildy hopped mouthfeel, one which did nothing fo the palate. Given the aforementioned temperature issue along with the fact that the tasting followed an Avery and Bear Republic (Racer 5), the Lagunitas IPA probably did not have a fair chance that night. In nay case, I've always enjoyed thie brewery and would definitely seek it out again under more objective circumstances. This one really needs to be treated well.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear light caramel color with one inch off white foamy/creamy head that leaves rings of wavy lace. Smells tropical fruity malt with a citrus (grapefruit) hop undertone. Interesting. Decently balanced initial flavor transitioning to a delayed bitterness toward the back. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and moderate carbonation. Overall a tasty beer to try with bread and some strongly flavored cheese.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For Tony Magee, and that crazy 'Last Call'...

Three-quarter pounder, loaded into my DFH pint disposal unit... Bang! Pull the trigger a megaton blast of white goes off, spreading rapidly toward it's ill intent... violently holding down a crystal clear amber body as the poor thing screams helplessly, "Drink Me!" Tameness prevails when the Timekeeper bends the elbow thrice...and a soft cloud decorates the survivor like a chunky liquid necklace, sticking fat Spiderman down the sides of her casket.

Whiff!? ZOOOM! Piney grapefruit and a green gummy stickiness, sweet Caramel dances the whole show without getting tired or tiresome one iota. Ain't she sweet?

Taste is so smooth with Caramel, then she's on the warpath again, duking it out with a hedonistic hop army. The conflict is one-sided, she is doomed, and the hops will not be denied. Caramel calls out too late for minerally reinforcements to blunt the hop onslaught....

She's a goner. Bang!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow-orange body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Pale maltiness along with notes of spice, pine, and ruby red grapefruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malts with a hint of spent grain. Spicy, piney, citrusy hop flavors. Medium bitterness. A final taste of caramel. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine little American IPA, it delivers pretty much what you'd expect from it.

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Photo of elniko
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, nice amber color with finger of head. Strong citrus on nose, lacing left in glass. Can't say it is my favorite IPA but would definitely drink again. Nice bitterness with the hops but not overwhelming as with some other IPAs I've had. I haven't had any other Lagunitas offerings and look foward to trying some of the other brews.

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Photo of Chrispyc1211
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my first IPAs, and definitely played a role in my pursuing more of the same.

Unfortunately, as I had it at a friends house, I didn't have access to a proper glass and was unable to judge the appearance properly.

The beer had a particularly fruity scent, with a bit of harsh hops to give it some bite. Overall a sharp, pungent smell.

The taste, like the smell, was a mix of fruit and bitter hops, with the two combining to create a distinct mango flavor. What better flavor to have in an ale historically bound for India?

As far as feel goes, it was a little bit light. The flavor was pleasantly intense, but it ended up feeling a smidge watery.

However, with that less substantial body came superior drinkability. Despite the mighty hops present, the fruity lightness and lack of overbearing aftertaste had me coming back for more.

Overall, I can offer my whole-hearted recommendation. Give it a try!

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Photo of terenceokeefe
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the last time i had this on tap i loved it. had it on tap again, but after trying many other ipa's this one seems kind of mild. i will drink it again. lagunitas does make a quality product, so don't let my quest for super hoppy beer disuade you from trying it.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice, rich head. The aroma is strongly malty.The flavor is mostly malt, though there is a bit of grassiness and earthiness in there. There is very little in the way of hop bitterness - this is a remarkably gentle beer for an IPA. The mouthfeel is decent, though tending toward the thin for such a malty beer. This is an IPA for people who don't like IPAs.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-24-08

Pours a light orange color, with hundreds of tiny yest floaters. Thin head, but the lacing is quite robust.

Smell is all citrus hops, very clean and rather pleasant.

Taste is citrus hops, but with a very nice malty balance.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and tart, perfect for the flavor.

Drinkability is very good, a well-balanced beer all the way.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. A very tasty IPA with easy qualities. Very sessionable.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange in color. Very clear as well. Moderate head with good lacing.

S - Aroma of citrusy hops, but not overly strong. Very little else in the smell. Expecting a nice hoppy IPA here.

T - Grapefruit hop taste. A good bitter bite but not overwhelming. Faint malt backbone provide just a little sweetness.

M/D - Medium bodied. Well carbonated which bring it to life in your mouth. A very good IPA.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a light copper with a huge 3 finger high foamy light tan head. Great retention and left tons of lacing. This is a REALLY hot looking beer. getting down to the bottom I can't believe the amount of lacing that is clinging for it's life to the glass

smell of grapefruit, pineapple some pine and a nice caramelesque malt backbone, slightly florarl

creamy smooth mouthfeel, not as much carbonation as I had expected, just a faint tickling of the tongue. Bitter hop fest...but not overloaded Grapefruit and pine flavors, but retains a nice faint malt backbone...dry finish

Real west coast vibe IPA but not mega overloaded with hops like a lot of the west coast breweries like to do. Great beer

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

Poured medium gold into pint glass, though not much head on top. Aroma is fairly strong, sharp citrus hops and resins common in many IPA styles. Flavour fairly up front on the bitterness of the hops with strong citrus and pine hints, plenty character and depth. Bitterness of the hops lasts through to the end, fairly light in texture and refreshing. I enjoyed this and thought it very similar to the English Caledonian Deuchars IPA beer, but much stronger in flavour and higher alc than the Deuchars, making it a more satisfying and fuller drink. Would be happy to have this again.

JohnW (had while in Tampa FL May 2008)
B'ham UK

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Petaluma to Bombay to Milwaukee.

Presented in a 12 oz., stubby brown bottle with border copy on label worth reading.

Aggressively poured into an Imperial Nonic glass. Pours a bright copper with a two-fingered, bone-colored, frothily pitted head. Active carbonation. Generous head retention and lacing. Attractive appearance.

Floral, hoppy nose with piney and citrus notes as it warms.

Opens with citrus hops, followed by playful carbonation that teases the tongue, and a toasted malt base that surfaces on the backend. Hoppy, yet never overpowering.

Light-bodied for the style. Moderately bitter with a well-balanced profile that makes Lagunitas IPA highly drinkable.

How drinkable? Well, according to the label: Life is uncertain, don't sip!

With an ale this worthy, I would tend to agree.

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of lots of hops some grapefruit scents

T - Grapefruit flavors come out on a hoppy taste

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I really enjoyed this IPA its one that I could drink all night long this one is worth trying

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque burnt orange color.
A nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish is the best way to characterize the flavor.
Not much aroma other than hops and malt.This is a average IPA. Drinkability is average. Not sure what the hype is over this IPA but its average to most West Coast IPAs, especially compared to PAC NW IPAs, Union Jack, Bear Republic, Stone and others.

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