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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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Reviews: 1,739 | Ratings: 8,490
Photo of theskjoung
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It appears golden with a little bit of an orange color.
It smells like pine trees or sap. It comes subtle but pleasantly.
The body is light I think.
The taste is the typical IPA taste.

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Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint on tap in a Lagunitas mason jar at Chicago Dogs in Scarborough, Maine.

Appearance: Fairly clear gold with a big frothy white head. Head dissipates quickly; rings of lace left on glass.

Aroma: Pleasant spicy, hoppy nose. Some grapefruit and sap.

Taste: Great classic IPA flavors. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, spice, maybe tropical fruit. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin body - very drinkable.

Overall: As good as everyone thinks it is. Maybe better.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

See the immediately referenced review for the contest between Lagunitas and Bells' IPA.
Basically, it is a draw.
Bell's balances their hops for a better after-taste.
Lagunitas uses so much of the citrus hops that it smells good, but its after-taste is too much to enjoy.

Re-rate 6/12/16 tasting: dropped .25 in Smell and Taste. Hops should be moderated before I will go back to this often.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have had many many ipas over the years including several from lagunitas but never the regular until last night when I had one and Dave and busters. Really enjoyed this. It has a interesting spiciness to it that I can't quite figure out but it works. Will gladly get this agsin. Very solid standard ipa.

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Photo of LoneWolfiNTj
2.02/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ok, first of all, what's with all the confusion of names? No, this is not brewed in Laguna, so why call it "Lagunitas"? Nor is it brewed in India, so why call it "India"? (It's actually manufactured in Petaluma, California, USA.) Nor is this by any means a pale ale, so why call it "pale ale"?

What this actually is, is a dark-amber ale with very strong amber/red ale flavors and smells, and a nagging odor of burnt plastic on top. Other than the nasty burnt-plastic smell, would have been a nice ale.

VERY high alcohol content, though, I think much higher than listed on the label. Label says 6.2%, but must be about 8%, because drinking a single bottle makes my legs rubbery. 6% beers just don't do that.

Bottom line: a so-so California Amber Ale (*NOT* India Pale Ale). Ok if you want to get drunk fast and don't mind the nasty burnt-plastic smell; but otherwise, skip this; there are thousands of better ales and beers out there. 2 stars out of 5. Poor-to-mediocre.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I always enjoy this IPA on tap. It is such a smooth beer and an overall excellent IPA, it's definitely Lagunitas staple beer for a reason. This is an excellent session beer and always a great option to have available.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Brewdog BottleDog (The Good Spirits Co, Glasgow - £2.40):
A cracking IPA with a very good aroma that jumps right out of the bottle at you & the taste backs it up with plenty of pine, citrus & plenty bitterness. Whilst not as good as their ‘A Little Sumpin’ Wild’ this one is still very good & yet again the brewery doesn't disappoint. This one is a beer that is well worth a try if you happen across it.

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Photo of cosmin
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent IPA. Although not available in cans at the LCBO, I got it in a 6-pack of bottles and poured it into my favourite pint glass. Excellent colour and smell. Even better taste! Not overdone with hops and balanced just right. I would really like to try this one on tap. Very comparable to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA (maybe a little lighter).

Will definitely get this one again. If you like IPAs, this one should be in your fridge at all times.

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Photo of lealintern
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A really solid example of a true west coast IPA. Super aggressive hops with big notes of pine, earth, and citrus. A huge nose and a nice lingering bitterness on this one

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Photo of carlborch
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant, golden-copper pour, produces a 2.5 inch, off-white pocketed head. Appears to have modest carbonation. Sweet, malty nose with suggestions of pine. Medium-light body. Semi-dry palate. Short and light. Less hop bitterness than I would expect from an IPA. Very nice lace. The head settled in at 1/4 inch. Some sweet lingering. It looked great, but the rest did not follow. I will not go looking for this IPA.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased a six-pack from the LCBO for $14.95 CDN.

Appearance - Clear, coppery colored beer with plenty of effervescence and pours a nice two finger head. Good retention and lots of spidery lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell - Pleasant hop wallop, lots of grapefruit, maybe some stone fruit, and some resiny aromas as well. Leans on the fruit side but also some earthiness. Malt is subtle but keeps the whole thing together. What you'd expect from a well-made IPA.

Taste - Grapefruit, a little pine resin, a juicy bitterness that hints at aspects of other tropical fruits. Some woodsy earthiness underneath. Malt is very quiet, yet noticeable enough to keep from anything else overwhelming the beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with good carbonation, just a small prickly sensation on the tongue and a medium body. Finishes moderately dry, but some fruit juiciness carries over to the feel as well.

Overall - While not my favorite IPA, Lagunitas IPA is simply a solid representation of the American IPA, and is accessible enough that new beer drinkers may not be completely overwhelmed with the beer at hand, yet hoppy enough to satisfy longtime hopheads. A well made beer.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle that has no discernable date on it, into a mason jar. Light copper with a white very bubbly head. Leaves inconsistent lacing, lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell is kinda oily piney resin but is carbonated smelling, which is actually pretty good, just gets lost. Taste is pretty much like the smell, carbonated, but leaves a semi-dry finish of lightly bitter hops and the finer pine seeming to be fairly equal in their intensity which is mild. Beer seems better cold, as opposed to when warming up.

Some would probably call it watered down a little, but it seems like an easily accessible craft for someone who isn't constantly drinking high gravity beers. It is not too bad and easy to knock back a few if you wanted. In the words of Bubbles portrayed by Mike Smith, Pretty Decent.

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Photo of princessbay710
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I would easily order it, and enjoy drinking it over any other beer Red Lobster has to offer, but it's pretty far down the list of wants from the store. A good session beer.

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Photo of Davey-C
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 2/2/16 from bottle with no date from imperial pint glass - *anticipated fresh.

Aroma: dominated by pine needles, grapefruit and floral notes from hops. Light to moderate malt aroma of faint Carmel and bread crust. No yeast ester detected - if present likely dominated by hop aromas.

Appearance: copper color. Very clear - could read newspaper through. Very good head retention maintaining 2+ fingers of rich off-white foam.

Flavor: mild malt flavor dominated by hop bitterness appropriate for style. Strong hop bitterness that lasts long after swallow. Malt flavors with hint of bread and toffee. Hop flavors present at moderate amounts that touch on grapefruit, passion fruit and pine resin. Finishes with moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body. Moderately high carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth. Light creaminess that very slightly coats palate. No astringency, acidity or sourness.

Overall: very pleasant floral IPA that I will purchase again - especially at this price point ($16.99 at Wegmans). This example has more malt flavor than I prefer in a beer of this style - if I brewed I would reduce crystal malts in grain bill or mash at lower temp. Finishes sweeter than I prefer - if I Brewer I'd reduce dextrin our sugars by either lowering mash temp, reducing crystal malts or modifying my fermentation.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO with a BB date of 10/11/2016. Served barely chilled.

This one pours a sparkling clear golden-amber, capped off with one inch of frothy white head. It wilts away over the course of the next few minutes, coating the glass with messy swaths of lace, and eventually leaving behind a few icebergs of foam as well as a modest collar. Citrusy grapefruit and clementine on the nose; some bready malt and caramelized sugar. Notes of pine are also evident, with weak suggestions of apricot and tropical fruit.

A solid IPA. Bready, lightly biscuity malts and some caramelized sweetness serve as a backdrop, though it is obviously the hops that will demand the bulk of your taste buds' attention. The back end is mostly citrusy, with juicy grapefruit and orange rind followed by a pithy bitterness; just a touch of pine resin, too. These flavours linger into the aftertaste, and cling to the palate. On the lighter side of medium-bodied - or maybe the heftier side of light-bodied. Who knows? Not I. The bubbles are spritzy on the tongue, giving this a lively, appealing mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.99, a high B+. I've tried many IPAs over the years, and Lagunitas IPA may be one of the most refreshing and drinkable I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Flavour-wise it's nothing I have not seen before, but something about both the texture and flavour profile just mesh together exceedingly well. This is not an exciting beer, but it is a ridiculously easy-drinking one that most hopheads will find completely serviceable. Certainly no harm in giving this one a try.

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Photo of MACrist
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Amber-orange and crystal clear. Leaves nice creamy off white 1+ inch head. Plenty of small bubbles streaming up the Nonic pint glass. Head stays around and the beer leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as you drink it.
AROMA: Pine and citrus/grape fruit rind. A little bready malt.
TASTE: Again, grapefruit and pine. Mild bitterness up front that tapers off at the finish a bit. Some malt, the hops are out front.
MOUTHFEEL: Fairly dry through entire sip. Plenty of carbonation.
OVERALL: An above average IPA. The very familiar pine and grapefruit combo. Glad I tried it, but nothing too special here, just solid.

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Photo of Colbs_5
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color, small one finger head. Smell is nice and pleasant, with citrus notes. Taste is the same, with slight hoppiness. Not too bitter. Very smooth finish. Overall solid IPA

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Photo of EMH73
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Amber in color with minimal head and lacing. A well balanced, not overly hopped IPA with a predominate grapefruit flavor. Not very bitter and moderately carbonated. A solid IPA.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle aged 2 years. Somehow ended up tasting and looking like a coffee porter. I do not understand how this happened, but it did. Brew is chocolate brown with burnt taste. No longer resembles aything about an IPA.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A deep copper color with small head and minimal lacing.

Smells absolutely delightful. Grapefruit and some sweet toasted something. Perhaps caramel.

Tastes similar to the smell, but finishes with a sharp bite of hops that lingers and lingers, which I enjoyed.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA, but I would expect nothing less from Lagunitas.

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Photo of jw4free
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Weizen glass. Clear tan/Amber, minimal head, nearly no lacing. Great balance between citrus and piney aroma. Taste matches smell. Very good IPA.

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite IPA to enjoy...whenever. Like a normal persons Bud Light if you will. It smells so good and tastes even better. Keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid IPA that delivers a consistent, surprisingly balanced hop/malt profile. Notes of orange, pine and bready malt in both aroma and taste. Tasty IPA that's readily available on menus and stores across the country.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a nice head with medium sized bubbles. Bit of lacing. Soon dissipates to a line. Clear and darkish amber brew. Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, butterscotch, toffee and caramel. Front of mouth: feel of carbonation on the tongue. Mid mouth: explosion of grapefruit hoppyness swirling with a carbonation burst. Back of mouth: toffee with citrus and a sharp, almost sour, bitterness which goes no further. After the swallow, there is a lingering toffee bitterness with a slight metallic afterglow. |Grapefruit toffee burbs to follow. The mouthfeel is thick and lasting and overall, it is a pretty sweet beer. I have not tried many American IPAs. When I tried my first 'C' hop beer, I thought it was overkill but these provide something new to the palate which has grown on me. My first impression of this, is that it tastes somewhat synthetic and too bold but I am used to English IPAs which are far more subtle. The tastes do not feel complex but of just a few components. I am hoping this style will grow on my and there will be no turning back. The initial shock is, probably, just my immaturity when it comes to American IPAs but I guess it is a cultural thing where American tastes lack the subtlety and heritage of European beers but make bold tastes which strikes out into new territory (excuse the pun). It will be interesting to see where this leads in the long run but this is a very good beer.

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Photo of ritwingr
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I should've tried this long ago. Packaging isn't what I expect if a craft IPA so I've never been lured to try It.....but it's one if the better ones I've had in some time.

Copper color with a dense foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is pretty standard IPA. Piney.

Taste is very nicely balanced. Just enough hops to let you know what you're drinking. But very little bitterness on the finish. If you're a real hop-head you might be disappointed. I'm not, so I wasn't.

Mouthfeel was nice indeed. Above average carbonation.....and just a real pleasant dry finish.

This could definitely become one of my go-to lower priced craft IPA's.

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