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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Reviews: 1,781 | Ratings: 8,669
Photo of ghostman74
1.75/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There really isn't any body to this IPA. I was disappointed. No real nose, either. The only redeeming quality was the head and the color. Well... That and the aftertaste didn't linger.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear copper color, with a tight 1-finger off-white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S: Balanced aroma with hops, citrus and some pine.

T: Well balanced IPA flavor. Sort of like the aroma, with citrus, malt and hops.

F: Smooth, well balanced finish. A little bitterness at the end, but not overpowering

O: Did I mention well balanced? This is a very good IPA, with enough flavor to satisfy, but not so overpowering in alcohol or hops that you can only have one. Pretty much my go to beer.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First thing to strike me: the smell. I mean, really. I can smell this from 8 inches away, and my sense of smell is below average. It has an air freshener, aerosol quality to it. Could be either pleasant or overwhelming depending on personal preference. * The smell's reach has dissipated significantly after being poured and setting for a few minutes.

Has a thick, frothy head with iridescent bubbles that make me think of soap. actually, this may have pinesol in it. Pours a nice and clear, copper to amber color.

Very light taste upon impact, fades to a sharp bitter bite upon swallowing, leaving behind a stinging-nettle-like aftertaste that does not linger for more than a four or five seconds, before leaving behind an almost undetectable hops after-aftertaste that sticks aroud much longer. Not pickig up too many notes. Maybe some tiny bit of something citrus, like orange peel or lemongrass, but nothing prevalent.

Feels rather good in the mouth; despite wild, foamy head, it does not foam up in the mouth too muh and intead has a quite pleasant texture. 85% liquid, 15% froth, if I had to venture a guess.

All-and-all, Langunitas IPA would ot be my stand-by for IPA, but that's just me. It could easily be someone else's stand-by, and I would obect neither to drinking it nor to serving it.

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Photo of MathChef
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is our "go to" IPA. I never have to pay more than $14 a twelve, and it's a great beer. It was actually the first IPA that I really liked, and when I want to introduce someone new to IPA's, this one always brings them in. Good for the IPA fanatics, but also a real crowd pleaser.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper with thick puffy head.
S: Bland IPA smell, but that's not necessarily bad. Hops, tiny notes of citrus.
T: Maybe some lemon notes with the hops. Maltier than other popular IPAs I've got a chance to try.
M: Light bodied.
O: Pretty decent beer. Good choice if its on draft, but there are much better popular IPAs.

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Photo of cyguyjg
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, pours to a pleasing clear golden tone. Not as hoppy as many IPAs but that makes this a refreshing (cold) summer drink. Would make a good session IPA. Also a possibility for Pale Ale drinkers.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with 1 finger head with great lacing. Smells sweet with a mild hopiness. Tastes of minor tea leaf with mid bitterness that fades quickly. Great drinkablity lends itself to many repeats.

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Photo of cbenson
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: This is a handsome beer. Golden with a hint a red. A quarter inch foam head with plenty of air and a sudsy residue.
Smell: Citrus, lime, grapefruit, toasted malt character. Extremely balanced.
Taste: Floral and a little dark. Nothing to astonishing for an IPA. Grapefruit is the most vibrant flavor. Very mild sweet aftertaste.
Feel: carbonated and full bodied with a well balanced mix of lightness and bready malts.
Overall: Extremely balanced IPA and perfect for all occasions. Made for repeat drinking.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a clear golden color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing with very good retention. The nose is malty with some faint grapefruit and pine. The taste follows the nose: it has a nice malty base with some dank, bitter hops and grapefruit. You can also taste some sweeter fruit at the finish. It is a medium-bodied ale with moderate carbonation and the 6.2% ABV is not an issue. Overall, there is nothing wrong with this IPA except that I cannot avoid comparing it to Sucks, which is world-class.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, non-cloudy with a white foamy head. Great lacing.

Aroma: notable malty aroma with a slight citrus finish.

Taste: mostly balanced malty/hop taste with a slight leaning towards Malt imo.

Feel: medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy. great imo.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkish IPA. Orange hue to my eye. Light lacy white head. The smell is subtle for a west coast IPA. The taste is right in my sweet spot: piney, grapefruit. Absolutely delicious

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Photo of pianoguy
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a clear golden body with a bone white head. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell is prominent . Mostly a grapefruit citrus, somewhat floral too.

Taste is an interesting balance. I can really taste the malts at the finish. This seems to reduce the bitterness quite a bit.

Light and slightly dry feel.

All things considered, this beer is a classic ! An interesting link in the chain of IPA development. Not exactly a west coast IPA by today's standards. But 15 years ago this was pretty cutting edge. I can taste the history.

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Photo of BeerAK
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle.

I will start by saying this is a nice well-balanced IPA. It poured a nice golden color with a good head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving lace all the way down the glass. Aroma was of pine and grapefruit, which I thought was a bit mild for a west coast IPA. There was a nice malt backbone that supported the hops well to create a beer that is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Squire123
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, clear golden color with white cap and good lace.

Aroma of caramel malt and citrusy-piney hops.

Taste is almost malt forward and would be if the hops were less assertive. Brewer says caramel malt was chosen to offset the hop kick and this works, almost. There is a sharp brightness in the hops leaning toward piney bitterness which sets in right after entry and lingers into the aftertaste. This is not to say too much bitterness (it is an IPA) just that the brewer is painting with the darker shades of green.

Medium-full body balanced with good carbonation.

Sometimes a brew just jumps forward with a cheerful attitude and this is one of those. It doesn't strike me as being particularly forceful in any specific direction, nor is the balance pitch perfect, but it is one you instinctively feel is first string.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour was great, clear and pale appearance with an thick white foam head. Smells herb like and floral; sage, basil, mint and lots of floral notes. Taste was very herbal and floral but little bitterness during or after. Light to medium levels of carbonation and a smooth run over the palette. Tastes/feels like a session ipa, but kicks like a full strength ipa.

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Photo of Carlson8tor
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma- strong Aroma of grapefruit .
Flavor-  grapefruit flavored I'm sure they used a lot of cascade hops. Not too much malt comes through.
Look- Brilliantly clear
Mouth- light bodied.
Overall- pretty good ipa. Very grapefruity. Light bitterness but it lingers.

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Photo of brendanwlake
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Legs, balance, color, crispness, it's all there. Nice dry finish, fabulous dry feel after the swallow. Early, mid palette is just as good. This is a very good IPA.

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Photo of Alias2325
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking amber color. No overpowering smells, mostly malty which is what it tastes like. Considerably better on draft than in the bottle in my opinion. If I'm at a liquor store I won't buy it again, but on tap at a bar I'll go for it.

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Photo of JesseMcC-DoubleIPA-lover
1.38/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not going too in depth... But this is a very basic beginning, middle and ending IPA, almost no aroma, to start... Then there's barely any flavor. I don't get hints of anything in it. Hops are manageably par for the course. Only saving grace to Lagunitas IPA (that I'd say) is there's no weird aftertaste or effect.... A very mediocre intro to IPAs... And if you've had ANY flavored IPA, I say skip this one

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Photo of Sheppard
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little dark. Clear. White head. Aroma is underwhelming. Lots of biscuity malt character. Some spicy hops. Thin but easy drinking. A pretty good widely available IPA, but weak in comparison to the IPAs I'm used to.

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Photo of do_ob
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Light copper in color, topped with about a finger width's head of bubbly, white foam. Transluscent in appearance - overall good clarity albeit a bit hazy. Dank pine, hops, citrus, and a touch of grapefruit on the nose. The taste follows along, with a decent bitterness presenting up front, then giving way to a juicy, fruity sweetness. Lots of grapefruit, mango and maybe some pineapple in there. Nothing stand-out, but very well balanced. The bitterness is far from overwhelming, but remains more than noticable. Good feel, pretty standard. On the creamy side, which is nice. The flavors of this beer fit perfectly within the 6%-8% ABV threshold.

Again, nothing stands out to me, but this is a solid IPA for sure.

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Photo of The_Atom
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've never been big on IPAs at all, but this was one of the first I tried and actually enjoyed. When I'm feeling an IPA, I go for this one. I'm picky on my IPAs so the fact I like this one means it is just the right amount of hoppiness for me.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap

The color is a nice honey amber color with a one inch white foamy head. Nice lacing on glass too.

Wish the smell was more pronounced. There are hints of pine and citrus peels.

The taste is on par with ano IPA. Not overpowering but enough to know I'm drinking a beer. Hoppy, slight citrus notes, not overbearing pine or grassy notes.

Great level of carbonation. Feels a little more rich than other beers. Sips well.

Overall, a nice IPA. Nothing extraordinary but not boring either. Great beer to drink while at a bar. Pairs easily with a nice Angus burger.

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.14.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, orange-gold with a one-inch, white head. Pretty good retention and nice lacing left in the glass.

S: 4 Good balance of malt and hop with some sweetness mixing in nicely with pine and citrus. Nice aromas overall, but a bit muted.

T: 4.25 Flavors are like the nose, but a bit stronger. Still good balance with a mild malt sweetness up front before orange, pine, and lemon kick in. The finish has a nice graininess to balance out the mild hop bitterness.

M: 4.5 Great body and carbonation with a creamy, substantial feel that’s still refreshing.

O: 4.25 This is a classic example of a clean, well-executed IPA. It’s not super hop-forward and isn’t exactly cutting-edge anymore, but it still hits the spot just about every time.

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Photo of ricke49
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More in common with English style IPA than typical west coast IPAs. Light copper yellow color. Easy on the palate and a restrained bitterness (51 ibu). Bombers are always reasonably priced it seems. All adds up to a good everyday quencher. Wish I could have found a date or at least a code on the 22 oz bottle.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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