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Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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 JDV
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangeish amber pour with foamy offwhite head. Slightly subdued subtly sweet caramel, malt smell with a bigger note of hops come together and give it almost a candy like smell. Not quite the hop bomb in the nose I expected, but it's different, and nice still. Taste gives a candy like malt sweetness, and some hops, but not very aggressively so. I'd say its a mild IPA bitterness wise, and this is unique, very drinkable and a great IPA that I'd have again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber colour with good clarity, with a firm white head, good lacing.

S: Light citrus hops and bready malt.

T: Bread malt is light, similar to a Helles actually, the hop bite is swift, full of citrus, some tangerine, grapefruit (pink, to be exact), some tropical fruits as well.

M: Nice and crisp, good bite, solid carbonation balance.

D: Would be a good easy-drinking IPA in the summertime, good price as well, low in alcohol, but for me, there are better choices out there.

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

Great IPA! Poured with a big frothy, foamy, textured head and some lace. Very nice slightly spicy aroma with a hint of earthiness. Ditto the flavor. Very clear dark amber color. Head lasts for a while. Very long hoppy finish. Not a citrusy hop character. This is the way I prefer it. Just a little bit of sweetness in the background for added depth. Job well done!

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

I made the mistake of trying this beer immediately after Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine. It was outshone in every facet by that beer ... including hop content.

Smells of grapefruit and hops. Nice big head on an orangeish amber body. Taste has some caramel malt sweetness to it ... and the hops kick in pretty quickly.

It's a good beer, but it's neither hoppy enough to get my interest, nor are the sweet tones varied enough (with fruit or something else) to really stand out. A solid, decent effort, though.

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Photo of devils3cups
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay finally my first review! About time.

Presentation: Being an IPA this beer is loaded with hops. Just as i expected the beer poured a nice two finger head that died down mid way through the beer. Give it a little swirl and its back but it doesn't have that staying power some hoppy beers have.

Smell: The smell of an IPA is a thing of beauty. Who can resist a beer that smells so sweet. Lagunitas IPA is no different. The malts give it its great sweet and caramel smell. Back it up with a nose of pine and apricots and you have your self a one two punch.

Taste: My favorite thing about an IPA is how it can taste bitter and sweet at the same time. It starts of smooth and sweet. As the beer hits all the parts of my pallet the hops come out and make its stand. Once its gone the pleasent taste of pine lingers on as all IPAs should.

Mouth feel: One major difference I notice in IPAs is the mouth feel. Some, like the 90 minute, are thick an viscous. Others are thinner but still hold its ground. Lagunitas IPA is on the thinner side. I prefer a beer thats a little bit thicker.

Serving Type: 12oz bottle.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this one.

Pours a murky golden color with about a half in of foam that quickly settles down.

Aromas of ripe grapefruit and orange upfront with a syrup quality. Then the toasted malts make an appearance with some pineapple, apple, pear, and peach.

The taste follows the aroma very closely. Bitter grapefruit and orange, with a little bit of lime zest then followed by the toasty malt and finishes with some tropical fruits. Some pine flavors and a little mint also comes through. A little grainy in the taste and mouthfeel.

A very decent IPA and one I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of billybob
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a nice orange copper color with a two finger slightly off white head that holds very well with some nice lacing to go with it. strong aromas of pine, spice, and herbs. taste is exceptional, slightly sweet fresh grapefruit tartness and nicely hopped and slightly bitter. mouthfeel is medium, carbonation a tad light. very good beer, great taste.

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

6-PACK purchased at small store.

Poured into a glass, a deep copper color, with a medium sized head.

Smell was nice and spicy with hints of vanilla, citrus, and a bit of pine.

Taste is perfectly hoppy for a sub 6 percent abv ipa, not too bitter, just the right balance.

MF is good, well balanced, pleasant.

Drinkability is good, a very nice IPA.

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Photo of ckbailey97
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Beer. Not the best IPA I have ever had, but one of the tops for the price. Rates up there with Dogfish 60, Great Divide, and Ithaca Flower Power. Full bodied beer. Pleasant to drink. Typical, well hopped. My only hesititation was a twist off top! Now interesting enough, I needed to use a bottle opener to get it opened, but definitely a twist-off. Of course that has nothing to do with the beer quality, just used to microbrews with a pop-top. Try It!

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Photo of SirSaranac
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas... Wasn't quite sure what to expect... For some reason I was expecting an IPA version of corona or dos equis... pleasantly proven wrong however.

A- Pours a nice bronze with orange hues... 1 1/2 finger head that left nice lacing. Moderate carbonation

S- Hops... Piny hop oil... Floral... Cookies?...cookie like malt. Delicious.

T- Verrry nice. Citrus hops hits the tongue first... quite complex hop character and then the malt hits. Cookie like malt.

M- Nice bite... light/med light body... slightly oily. *nods approvingly

D- Mmmmhmmm.... this is a good brew... drink up!

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this little doozy at a pizza place in North beach san francisco, had this one at around midnight with a couple slice of spicy pepperoni, wo it was good, great color, smooth finish

perfect aftertaste and boy did it tatse fresh, great experience, always fun finding these gem beers in littlehole in the wall late night food joints.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Orange-gold with ample off-white head with typical amount of retention and lace for an IPA

S: Smells malty for an IPA although there are plenty of hops coming through which give it a spicy hops character in the nose. The malt is mostly pale but more prominent than I'd imagine from and IPA from Lagunitas (given that their Censored Ale comes on pretty strong in all departments). None of the mulchy, grassy or floral smells are there.

T: Spicy, herbal hops with plenty of oily, alpha-acid flavors are there gives it a tangy flavor that is unique. Malts again are not at all hidden and enhance the spicy hops character.

M: Plenty of oil sensations and a very nice lingering aftertaste that leaves you wondering if you just had a strong ale instead.

D: The nice complementary nature of the hops and pale malts make this brew a little better than the sum of its parts. Unique and delicious with high sessionability to boot.

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Photo of elmore
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz. Nice 2 finger pale head with decent retention. A good deal of sticky lace. Pale golden color. Some scattered sediment.

Hops not as evident in the nose as many IPAs. Minimal floral hops. Taste is similar - hops not as evident as many IPA's. Which, in my opinion is not a bad thing, with everybody trying to go over the top with hops. Light malt taste.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Good carbonation for the style. More drinkable than most IPA's due to balance and low ABV. I think this could be a sessionable beer.

More balanced than most IPA's. Hops are nice, but definitely not over the top. If you like IPAs with the hops turned down a bit this would be a beer for you.

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Photo of tsbuttry
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

An excellent little IPA that I often enjoy as a change of pace while drinking a very malty brew at one of my favorite local bars.

Appearance: Excellent head and retention with good lacing. Light amber color.

Smell: There's actually not that much aroma from this IPA. There's a subtle spicy and floral aroma from the hops, but I didn't pick up much malt aroma.

Taste: Excellent, complex hoppiness. The maltiness is a bit subtle for my tastes. It finishes very clean and has a nice, strong bitterness. However, it's hard to discern the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic. Great carbonation, no real aftertaste and washes easily over the palate.

Drinkability: Packs a bit of a kick, so it doesn't make a fantastic session beer. But it goes well with food and I could easily drink one or two over the course of a ballgame.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice looking pour... IPAs tend to just be nice looking beers to my eye. A deep golden/amber, moderate light coloured head. This pour looked like something out of a commercial.

S: Some light malt smells, low on the hops aromas - that was a bit puzzling. Quite a deep aroma that I can't quite discern... hints of caramel, almost? The little aura of mystery is somewhat appealing.

T: Pine flavours, combined with hops. Citrus elements work their way into the mix. Like in the smell, a sweet, almost caramel like flavour peeks through. I find this to be quite a tasty beer, though I can most certainly understand why IPA hops fans would be rather disappointed.

M: This is a bit of a laid back feeling brew, for lack of better words. Not TOO heavy, but it sits on the back of the tongue and kicks its shoes off, before slipping down the throat. A quick little zing on the carbonation - I could stand for it to be a LITTLE bit lighter on the tip of the tongue, but otherwise, it's reasonable.

D: A pretty pleasant beer all around, I find. In some cases, one might prefer a little more 'arrogance' in an IPA - if this is what you lean towards, this might not be the best of choices. Personally, I find it to be quite nice, but ralatively speaking - it might be a little low for its class. I enjoyed it, and look forward to trying this one again.

//edit: not changing any ratings given, but I'm now seeing a previous reviewer mentioning the grapefruit taste. That is closer to the sweet elements I picked out of it... I can see where he's coming from on that.

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Photo of bobsy
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from whole foods in san fran. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Citrus and hops are really strong and fresh in the nose. Grapefruit and apricot dominate the flavour, before leading to a refreshingly crisp finish. Holy crap, this is excellent stuff!

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2.43/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tried this beer with a group of my buddies at work and we all came to the same conclusion, this beer tast just like grapefruit! This is ok as long as you are a grapefruit lover, however not one of us are. For the price you can get a much better IPA. If you want to save money, buy a bottle of grapfruit juice and add vodka!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice crème head that falls but leaves lots of lace. The nose is that intense piney perfume. Flavor is hoppy, but a bit of a tart edge hits me and I can't say I like it that much. As I dwell on it, it seems almost wood like. Interesting? Yes. My favorite? No. Feel has a slightly higher level of carbonation to it that gives a bit of a bite and the liquid is well bodied. Overall this is a nice IPA, but that slightly woody tart thing that is going on kind of knocks it down a bit in my book.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a short, fat, 12oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in Union, pours a beautiful golden-amber color with an impressive head…good start… smell is very hoppy… nice presence coming through… crisp, clear, and inviting… Taste was really great… caramel and bready hoppiness with butter flavors… crisp, clean, no bitterness… awesome IPA… first-ever brew from Lagunitas and was really impressed… surprised I don’t hear more from this company… Drinkability was likewise great… went down smooth without any acidic or bitter aftertones present… A great example of the style… one of the better American IPAs out there… Definitely Recommended

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful copper honey color with a big white cloudy head, lots of carbonation present. smells good, really good, flowery hop notes with piney hops mixed in. very complex smell, taste is good first it seems bitter, followed by a slight touch of sweetness, of course it is very hoppy, but a piney/bitter hop not, not so much as citrusy or flowery. mouthfeel is decent and drinkability is ok, its a little to bitter, atleast by itself, i'm sure paired with the right food it would be easier

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Photo of Tolann
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber and clear in color. A small white head that disappears leaving a nice lacing on the glass. lots of little carbonation bubbles

S - A little malty, a lil caramel and some citrus hoppy nose.

T - mostly citrus and grassy hops. followed by the soft citrus/grapefruit sweetness. A nice bit of bitterness stays at the back of the tongue.

M - Light mouthfeel. Some carbonation, but not too much. Doesn't leave a dry taste in your mouth.

D - Very drinkable! I could see drinking this all night. A good example of the style

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Photo of oelergud
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap sporting a dog.
Usual plain paper Lagunitas label.
Hazy transparent copper body with good carbonation and a lemon tinted creamy butteshead. Great retention and beautiful lace.
Great smelling hoppy scent, harsh pine with some caramel.
Really great IPA flavor all over this one, followed by a mouthwatering kick ass hop rush aftertaste.
Medium body and some coating, mildly dry aftertaste.
Highly drinkable, very delicious.


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Photo of Backer2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom with the Carolina brewmasters club for sharing this with me at the christmas party. One of the first i tried that night so my palate wasn't shot yet. Nice hoppy flavor that could be a double IPA. Some fruit and citrus smell and taste. Medium copper color, easy to consume. Nothing too excitng, but no flaws either.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear sunburst color with a small white head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly malty with a pleasant citrusy hop smell.

A hint of caramel malt upfront quickly leading into a nice citrusy hop flavor and bitterness. Plenty of IBUs, but not a harsh bitterness. Finishes clean with just a mild lingering hop taste.

Body is a bit thin, medium carbonation.

Overall a pleasant IPA with nice balance and solid drinkability.

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Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this one pours out of the stubby 12 oz. twist off bottle a perfectly clear bronze colour, with a big festive looking cream coloured head. chunky lace adorns the glass as i sip. looks good. aroma of citrusy and pine laden hops. smells good enough. upon tasting, i was expected to get whacked on the tongue by a massive hop explosion, but i wasn't. what i find is a quasi english style IPA, with a nice toasted malt base that definitely hold its own versus the hop profile. the hops come off as grassy and herbal, with a nice shot of evergreen and grapefruit to let one know that this is a west coast version IPA. a nice bitterness lingers on the tongue, but never blisters it. the humbleness continues into the body of this brew, where it comes across as medium at best, with the subsequent mouthfeel remaining timid at all times. drinkability is good...i find myself thinking that this session style IPA would be a nice brew to wash down some bar food of some sort. it's none too complex or worth thinking about as you drink it, yet just tasty enough that some grub and a football game would be a perfect pairing for this offering.

not bottle conditioned. a serviceable, sessionable, but uninspired concoction. worth a try, but not really recommended.

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