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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 Offa
1.8/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am not the biggest fan of IPAs, but do like some and this is one example of what I do not like about many IPAs, and a lot of west coast US beers in general.

Like most Lagunitas beers, it looks pretty good with a deep gold body and pretty nice white head with a bit of lacing.

In aroma, taste, and feel, though, it is utterly unbalanced and one-dimensional with essentially nothing but grapefruit smell and taste. It is bitter, of course, but has nothing else to balance it and the real problem for is that I taste absolutely nothing but grapefruit pulp. The feel is a bit rough and thin. This does nothing at all for me.

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Photo of grees20
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this beer around but never bothered to try it until my buddy picked it up for a case split.
This IPA pours a nice copper color with a white, foamy head. Good carbonation.
I really like the hop aroma of this one. It's a little lemony and has that classic American IPA aroma.
This has a very smooth mouthfeel. A malty start gives away to a nice, citrusy finish and a little hop punch. Overall, very drinkable and one I'd recommend.

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Photo of praufs01
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear amber with a frothy off white head.

Aroma - Very pleasant citrus and orange zest aromas.

Palate - Smooth medium bodied brew.

Flavor - Smooth sweet citrus flavor followed by a sharp grapefruit finish.

Final thoughts - An awesome American IPA.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Lagunitas IPA in a specialty shop. $3.25. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale copper color, and is clear, with sediments floating in the glass. The bottle was opened un-disturbed, and the sediments are semi-buoyant. The head is a white foam with an orange tinge. Moderate resiliency and lacing.

The smell is more floral than fruity. A bit of a sweet grain aroma, with a soft perfume fragrance.

Taste is decidedly malty, more so than the typical American IPA. On toop of the sweet bready flavor is a grapefruit taste. Bitterness is subdued.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, yet smooth and full bodied.

Good drinkablilty on this one. I think it is more in keeping with the British style IPA, in terms of flavor and hop character. I would have this again, despite the sediment.

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Photo of cameraman
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color, with a small off white head that dissolves away slowly. A malty fragrance hits the nose at first, then the striking aroma of grass, flowers, and citrus encircles the scent and dominates till the end. The taste has the malt at the front, with a hearty bread flavor. The the hops begin to take over with citrus at the start. That blends to a more earthy taste, that lingers on the palate. A light medium bodied feel, that thins out at the back. A slight tingle from carbonation, it leaves the palate with a clean dry feeling. This is a very good IPA, with strong aroma and taste, though a weak feel. That takes nothing away from this very good beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle smell is a heavenly hop aroma, citrusy and fresh. Pours to a translucent yellow bronze with a microbubble off-white head. Taste is fresh flowery hops and sweet malt followed with a sharp but not strong bitterness. The carbonation is perfect. This beer is very drinkable. The bottle says it all "Life is uncertain, don't sip!"

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Photo of pacothrash
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having a few Bells Two Hearted Ales a couple of days ago I swear that I was drinking the Tow Hearted Ale. Maybe Bells has a more citrusy hop flavor. This beer was orange to amber color with a off white head and it had nice lacing. The smell was more of piney hops and the taste added some grassy or earthy flavor. Not the over the top hoppy flavor of some IPA's. I noticed the malts also with caramel. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of jenbys2001
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this beer as I've heard some good things about it. It poured a very pretty coppery, caramel color with no head, just a negligible amount of froth that disappeared almost immediately. It had a sweet earthy hop scent that was very nice. But the taste is extremely hoppy. It hits your tongue with a prickly bitter taste and a strong bite that makes it almost painful to drink. The beer doesn't appear to be very carbonated but the combination with the hops is brutal. It's one of those beers that almost makes your mouth vibrate, which I found quite satisfying. The finish is grassy and allows you to recover from the initial sips. A fun beer to drink, especially if you're in the mood for a really strong hop flavor.

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Photo of trackstar1043
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours hazy golden wheat with minimal head and little lacing.

S - Smells sweet and bitter, mix of citrus and hops, has a wheat base with a spicy lingering.

T - Crisop and refreshing, taste citrus and wheat, has a bit of spice and bite of hops.

M - Crisp and cleanm nice aftertaste.

D - Extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of osi
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep orange/light brown that was slightly cloudy. Average lace and head.

S - Piney and floral hops. Not too much else that could come from this beer. Maybe some citrusy notes.

T - Piney hops just really overwhelmed the beer. The aftertaste although eluded some rye and barley malts with a spicyness to it as well.

M - Carbonation on the front of the tongue and as the beer floats to the back of the tongue it finishes smooth.

D - I would really have to be in the mood for this beer to have it. If you love hops i would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper with bits of sediment floating in it and a nice off-white head. It smelled like pine hops with some malt, like a somewhat typical IPA. It tasted strongly of pine hops but was balanced by some malt. It was watery with slight carbonation, and had a distinct but not-too-strong bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very good drink, but hardly different from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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

This beer pours a golden in color with slight shade of copper and a fine head that dissapates rather quickly. Several constant streams of tight bubbles trickle up the glass. The aroma is a nice balance of floral citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts. The flavor of hops is more pronounces with the sweetness of the malt being the first thing I taste but quickly gives way to a nice clean citrusy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is refreshing and medium bodied. Overall a very nice drinkable IPA, I'll have another please.

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

The IPA pours a lovely amber, orangey colour. The head is tall and white with large bubbles. The initial nose is that of grapefruit and other bright citrus fruits as well as a strong fresh hop presence and a hint of mild sweet refreshing malts.

This beer is smooth. Very fine in body, the alcohol is very well hidden (although not that potent to begin with). The head dissipates rather quickly but it tends to leave a small ice berg-like meringue in the center of the glass. To the tongue it is extremely fruity, floral and alive, an excellent example of a refreshing American IPA.

NOTHING is over done in this one, some American brewers tend to load their IPAs with tons in your face hops, the Lagunitas IPA contains a ridiculous 43 different hops and 65 different malts and maintains balance and drinkability throughout.

(original date of review: 2/11/08)

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Photo of Neehan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Samuel Adams glass.

The pour yielded a very light bodied bronze with moderately active carbonation and a moderate amount of lacing. Nice. The unique characteristic of this beer is the light honey-flavored backing that comes along with the hops that gives a sweet taste before the bitter hops come in. The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side which adds to the texture of the bitterness, but slows down the drinkability.

As a side note, when I bought this the gentleman that owns the store told me that he thought Lagunitas was right there with Bell's in terms of quality brews. I will have to try more to decide this for myself. However, IPA vs. IPA, this is a good beer but doesn't even come close to Two Hearted.

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Photo of dill
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured on draught into a pint glass.

A - clear orange color with a white head.

S - not a particularly strong aroma, a touch of citrus with some pine malts.

T - a nice amount of hops with a citrus flavor.

M - light and crisp.

D - very easy to drink for an IPA.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what I expect and what I want from an IPA! Thank you Lagunitas for making this fantastic beer that paired perfectly with my dinner of Mediterranean Sea Scallops with a tarragon cream sauce tossed in angel hair pasta. This dinner became the stand out meal from my trip to Lake Tahoe thanks in part to this beer. Now for the review.

Translucent copper amber color with a lacing that hugs the glass - sticky icky. Citrus hop fragrance. The taste almost rivals the hoppiness of a DIPA but there is the stupendous balance of malted sweetness. This coats the mouth with a medium body and has a high drinkability in my book. I am going to have this around this spring and summer!

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Photo of callmemickey
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color.. minimal white head.. little lacing..

S: Lots of citric and floral hops.. nice malt/grain base to balace it out..

T: Subtle balance between the initial citric hop flavor the grains in the middle and the slightly floral hop finish.. just a dash of bitterness in the finnish..

M: Smooth. Medium bodied. Crisp finish. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good showing from lagunitas... just doesn't look like its a great one from the pour.. but it certainly tastes pretty solid.

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

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin layer of foam. A respectable amount of lacing is left.

S: Citrus and grassy hops come through - not overpowering, but balanced by a bit of malty sweetness.

T: Taste follows suit in a wonderfully balanced IPA. The hops are definitely the dominant flavor, with grassy and citrus notes coming through. A nice malty sweetness balances it out and creates a very solid brew.

M: Smooth and crisp, with a nice finish.

D: This is a great IPA, and at 5.7%, it could be sessionable. A damn fine brew from Lagunitas.

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

Top of the line IPA. Pours a brilliant golden amber.

Smells like fresh hops.

Big hops, sweet malts, this is why they play the game.

Great lingering aftertaste.

This is a king among west coast hoppy IPA's

You dont need me to tell you this. Buy it.

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

Appearance: Poured a clear golden orange wih 2 inches of rocky offwhite head.

Smell: Balanced aroma of sweet malts and honey , with some citrus hop scents.

Taste: Flavor starts with fair amount of flowery and perfumed hops , the bitterness is balanced and combined with some bready malt sweetness and a bit of a yeasty quality, finishes with a citric , rindy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied

Drinkability: Quite a good and tasty iPA. Nice dose of bitterness and hoppy flavors, and a balance that is borderline too hoppy, went down with ease.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the terrific Galena River Wine and Cheese, since I've not seen it locally, and it was a great choice. A finger of dense, moon-cratered foam topped a cloudy orange-brown body, with thick rings of lacing encrusted on the Yankees pint glass--very well presented. The nose is dense with hops, much more than most straight-up IPAs. I dare say that the hop arrangement demands the adjective floral, somewhat masking the bitter taste that is to come.

And bitter this IPA is, not overly so, but certainly first and foremost. The hops are grassy and chewy, full of flavor and coating the tongue with bitterness, lovely for a lover of hops and bitterness. Nicely worked in are occasional riffs of caramel sweetness, a typical Lagunitas, brown-sugar sweetness that should be more present here to offset the hops. Still, with patience, complexity emerges in this beauty, though the texture suffers slightly as a result.

Another impressive offering from Lagunitas, a brewery that continually impresses me with the richness and detail in its wares. This is a strong, strongly hopped IPA, a bold insertion into any best-IPA discussion. This deserves mention. Really well done.

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a nice clear orange color. Airy off-white head dissipates quickly. Has a good semi-spicy aroma. Nice flavor of spicy hops with some malt. Light-bodied and smooth. It's pretty crisp and refreshing, without the heavy 'pine-sap' feel of many American IPAs. Works nicely as a session beer. Will have this again.

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Photo of jf60657
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Knocked it off out of the bottle due to lack of glassware. I agitated it a little to release the citrus and botanical scent. The beer had a nice mouth-feel, bubbly and invigorating. The taste was standard IPA citrus and hops. The hops came on strong but balanced enough to make it a treat and not a burden. I could drink these all night.

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Photo of atsprings
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a crisp orange with a decent frothy head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is some pine hops and slight caramel, but slightly on the weak side. The taste is a great balance of sweet malts and citrus hops, very rich and plentiful both on the tongue and in the finish. The beer is very light, crisp and refreshing. While moderately enjoyable and definitely hoppy, it still seems a little too light for an IPA, more like a pale ale, but it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - bronze/orange pour, lots of flaky floaties. Head is thin but dense and creamy. Light lacing. Nice enough looking but the flakes are a bit of a turn off.

Aroma - good florals and citrus out of the bottle. Lightens up and lets in some maltiness, but loses volume on the whole.

Taste - moderate grain base, a bit to the light side. It gets a little like soda water mid-palate, like a gap in the flavor. The hops move in, piny and a little under-developed in the profile and slightly medicinal post-swallow.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, body has just a little more weight than average.

Drinkability - not a big fan of the abundant medicinal quality, but it drinks okay otherwise.

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