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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 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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Photo of saintwarrick
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours orange with a sudsy white head. Lots of pine needles and tree sap in the aroma, mixed with some citrus fruits like tangerine and grapefruit. Lots of grapefruit in the taste, which is a little sweet, but is balanced by a dry, hoppy citrusy bitterness. Very smooth, not quite Bell's Two hearted, but a very good everyday brew for the hophead. Tasty, solid, bitter and damn drinkable.

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

A nice cloudy , orange , copper color.

nice slightly off white head .

aroma seemed fruity to me very citrus , with pine and grass or wood mixed in.

taste was citrus , caramel , hoppy with out going over the top . A little pine and alcohol taste .

was feel was very good a little tingle on back of tongue and upper mouth ( alcohol ).

A good ipa with out over doing it

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Photo of Maudite
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold, ruby/copper. Thick, rocky head with nutmeg spotting and hop-sticky lacing. She's a beaut, eh.

S- A twinge of alcohol nestled into some woody-floral/piney hops with citric undertones. Subtle notes of oak, toasted bread, and caramel mingle in the nose as well.

T- The taste is delicious; astringent, piney, and citrus constitute the bulk of the body. Up front there is a bite of alcohol that fades quickly and neatly into the well-balanced hops, then into some oaky, burnt caramel, finishing on an acidic, dry, subtle nutty note.

M- Slightly sweet and malty, the body has an almost dextrinous feel, while maintaining some pronounced dry and acidic qualities courtesy of the expert balance of malts and hops. Not overly drying like many ipa's, this beer does have some drying to the pallate while leaving a sticky malt sweet on your tongue.

D- An excellent IPA that pairs well with a nice meal, a hot day, or a good friend. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle

A: Clear deep golden, slightly copper, under a big white foamy head. Really nice retention and lace.

S: Big citrus and piney hops. Maintains a decent malt backbone while still hitting you in the face with just the right amount of hops.

T: More of the same, malty up front followed by a big gush of citrus and piney hop and bitterness. A little tangy as well. Grapefruit hops dominate mostly.

M/D: Medium bodied, relatively smooth, carbonation can be felt oh so slightly. Low alcohol plus no bad qualities equals a hit in terms of drinkability. With offerings like this, I'm glad to see Lagunitas around in NC. I would rank this one right up there with the IPA from AleSmith (not quite on the same level) but very close. Excellent beer in every sense.

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Photo of Mit
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A very clear reddish amber colour with a rapidly dissipating head with little to no lacing.

S- An nice piney/hoppy smell. I was reminded of the outdoors while smelling this. Nice and bitter with the hops definitally at the fore.

T- Absolutly delicious hoppiness that doesn't overwhelm like other IPAs. If you aren't used to over the top hops like many of us BAs enjoy than this is for you. The hops gave way to a nice almost oaky smoothness.

M- Solid enough mouthfeel but much less mouthfeel than other IPAs.

D- Relativly mild in comparison to other IPAs will not overwhelm the palate. Could have several of these in an afternoon before moving on to something else.

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Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had had this one in a bottle and enjoyed it. Saw it on tap and figured it was a must try.

A: Copper orange color with a medium head that settles down perfectly. Nice thick sheets of lacing make this one quite nice to look at.

S: Like in a bottle this one has very little aroma. Hints of bready malt with tinges of cut grass.

T: I hate to say it, but it was better in the bottle. This one has alot of malt right up front. A hint of piney hops is all it manages.

M: Light to medium in body.

D: Those who like balance will love this one.

Overall: In my bottle review I stated it was a good gateway IPA. I still stand behind that. To be a true winner for me they need to bump the IBU's up a bit. Still good in taste and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a solid inch of mixed-bubble foam.

S - Piney, floral, hops and an underlying chalk/earthy tone.

T - Very nice, silky resiny pine, with a touch of sweet tangerines and a big, bitter finish.

M - Nice feel, smooth maybe even a bit creamy. A bit of prickly carbonation though, which could be toned down just a bit.

D - I like this a lot - solid IPA with lots of hops and enough malt for balance.

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

This stuff just showed up in South Carolina. New beer? Score!

A. Clear orange fizzy copper with a finger-tall white sticky head that dies easily. Leaves some nice lacing, though.

S. Think of a traditional American IPA. Then add... no wait, don't add anything. This is your basic malt-caramel light smellin' brew with a bit of spicy citrus hops, nothing more. Points for sticking to the style, I guess...

T. Again, rather safe. Clean and hoppy, with a nice balance going on here, but nothing out of the ordinary. Reminds me of a stronger SNPA. Very easy drinking, finish is citrus bitterness and a little dry.

M. Good. Carbonation is high, but not sharp, and the watery, bitter brew is light enough to down easily.

Lagunitas isn't going to win any points for originality here, but they might for being a great example of the American IPA style. Safe and basic and rather drinkable, I just wish it were $7 a sixer instead of $9....

Update: Very tasty stuff on cask. More drinkable, restrained -- I think it works a bit better here. 3.95 for that serving style.

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

What's with the boring name Lagunitas? No "Maui Wowie IPA or rIPA Bong Hit? Well, anyway. I enjoyed this one in a pint glass chilled. Nose had a good mix of different hop aromas, piney, grassy, citrus and floral. Tastes nicely hopped with grapefruit and tangerine. Bitter on the palate but a clean finish.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep peach with minimal froth or stick. Amazingly clear, but my attraction to IPAs is weighted more in personality than looks. Time to see what lies within.

Initial smell is melted butter followed by a honeydew malt character. Hints of grass and pine needles unassumingly lurk in the background.

This is pretty hoppy, for sure. The middle reveals a bit of citrus character, most notably grapefruit, but the essence of the taste is bitter hops. I like it.

A bit thin, but assertively prickly.

Not on par with other standout West Coast IPAs, but no slouch either. While I wasn't overly impressed by any certain characteristic, I wasn't hugely disappointed in one either. I will drink this again.

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

Another old standard here. Hop aroma with some malt sweetness. Tastes very clean and crisp. Flavors of citrus tangerine and some crisp malt sweetness. It's a little pithy in the finish, but it's extremely refreshing. I love this beer, and since CostCo has been carrying it, it has become the new old faithful in our fridge.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never had a bad Lagunitas beer, and I don't expect to start with this one.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, this IPA is a bright golden amber color with a big fat two-finger head on top. Thick and full, the foam lasts a good while, and leaves behind some very sticky lace in its wake. A very nice looking beer. The nose is juicy. Lots of light fruit and citrus. Good pine scent. The hops are well balanced with the malts here too, which is something that can be overlooked when crafting an American IPA. The taste is very mellow, with a fruitier quality taking center stage. The hops are there, and ever-present, but the fruitier malt flavors really dominate this (esp. strawberry and caramel). Good bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but smooth.

Overall this is a fine beer. A tasty IPA with good balance. Thinner than some I've had, and less hoppy than others (not a bad thing, though) but a solid brew. A good session beer to boot.

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Photo of Offa
1.8/5  rDev -53.4%
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 +9.3%
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 +16.6%
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 -1.8%
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 +12.7%
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 +8.5%
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 +2.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +4.9%
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 -5.4%
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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