Lizards Mouth Imperial Double IPA
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Lizards Mouth Imperial  Double IPALizards Mouth Imperial  Double IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,236
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,351
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
298
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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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JamarcusMarinovich from California

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from can. Thin head, modest nose...a bit of citrus, not too piney. Bitter of the hops on back of my tongue, finishes crisp. Citrus hints but I can't place it. Tastes and feels lighter than 9+ abv I-IPA...which is good. Alcohol there but not in your face.

May 28, 2019
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Paradigm_1775 from California

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my new favorite imperial IPA. This IPA has an incredibly smooth and slightly malty front which will have you instantly recognizing it's high notes of papaya and mango. Going down it has just enough of a hoppy bite to compliment the beer. Overall, this is one of my new mandatory fridge-stock beers. Show me a better beer for the price you'll find these at. Figueroa, yall did a mighty good job here.

Mar 05, 2019
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brewnme from Maine

4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear dark amber color with a fine thick off white head. Smells of a citrus fruit and a background of malt/bread. The taste is like the smell, a well balanced brew of hops and malt but easy on the hops . Fine bitterness on the mouth feel.

Aug 21, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a two finger head; good retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Orange peel, caramel and pine

Taste: Malt forward, with caramel and graham cracker tones; the bitterness builds aggressively, through the middle, with an orange marmalade and pine character; the finish is bitter though there is some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Ten years ago I might have thought this to be terrific but it is not the kind of thing I seek with a DIPA these days

Apr 25, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bottle Barn. So take the tropical flavors without the overdone hazy NEIPA style. This is it. Medium golden, hazy (OK, i'll give it that), small ring of head.Aroma is light, sweet and tropical, mangoes and papayas. Taste also reflects the tropical flavors, but pure and sharp, a bit of sting from the ABV. Sweet at first, then hoppy, then warm. Nice.

Jan 29, 2018
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Tadertot from California

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with half inch of foam and little to no lace. Medium carbonation. Mildly creamy with slightly sweet fruit notes. Very little acidity. Not the punchiest double IPA but is well-balanced. Lacks a bit in body and hoppyness but overall a very tasty brew.

Nov 07, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick trip to Westlake Village. Pretty, hot.
At 4 Seasons on tap
a) Pure clear golden body, with lazy carbonation, and fast fading head, not much lace.
s) Tropical and orange marmalade hops on nose.
t) Follows aroma. Better, bigger, and more fragrant and interesting. Good marks on taste. Sharp and nice finish. Bitterness overcomes sweetness.
f) nice wine like astringency in the end, but not the first beer of the evening.

Sep 11, 2017
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PlinyMeNow from California

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft in a restaurant in Santa Barbara. It doesn't have my favorite hop profile, or malt profile, but they do a great job crafting it to achieve a balance of hops, malt, alcohol, body and carbonation. For me the nose is heavy on stone fruit, maybe a bit of tropical fruit, pine, grassy and earthy, not much citrus at all, a little dankness. The taste brings on the hops with moderate bitterness balanced with creaminess and alcohol and malt. Stone fruit, some tropicals, grass and earth, pine, dankness, dampness... finishes pretty smooth. I tried it against a stone IPA draft sample which by comparison tasted overwrought, overly bitter. Overall I was pretty impressed.

Jul 23, 2017
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Rogerlb from California

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber yields a frothy head. Lacing is thin but aggressive, creating an even curtain on my glass. Opaque, golden orange color. Very attractive pour, sirs.

Aroma is quite fruity -- not citrus so much as fruit. Strawberry (no kidding) and guava with barely a citrus bite.

With the taste comes the citrus. Still quite juicey with an initial piney pineapple/ orange tart bite. It's not particularly heavy or carby for a DIPA. Hops are, unfortunately, of the cat and shoe variety. In other words, more stale blanket than forest glen. But I'm not complaining. Yet. Now I'm getting the reason for the name.

Leather and metal seems to result from that 9.2%. You know how some DIPA's don't know when to quit, and certain elements keep it out of balance? This. I feel this would be much improved if the ABV were 1% less. It's "hot" without being boozy. You with me? You don't drink grain alcohol because it's smooth. Fruit and citrus is quite nice, underlying pine a good backbone and oh that aroma. But booze pushes things to an overly caustic mouthfeel that's unnecessary. You got your DIPA and you wish it were 7% max.

Finish is pine, bit of metal. As it warms the citrus is more rind than juice. Not fatal. Less than the sum of its parts. Damn it.

Apr 01, 2017
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vikinggary28 from California

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a chilled glass mug. Colour is a nice amber / orange with a off white head and plenty of lacing. Smells of strong hops and maybe mango/guava. Taste much like the aroma with a strong aftertaste. Not bad at all. Enjoy!

Mar 12, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $1.99. No bottling date visible but it has been refrigerated at the bottle shop and in my beer fridge.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head with the initial pour.

Nose had faint hints of peaches and mango.

Taste was well balanced between the malt base with a sprinkle of mango, finishing with a light pine kick.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this beer was an easy drinker at the high abv level. Would like to try it on tap again.

Oct 14, 2016
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breardon1776 from New York

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking one at Marriott in Paso Robles, CA while driving down coast on vacation. Great Amber color. Aroma is light side. Taste is surprisingly mellow for a 9.2% ABV. Drinks smooth and not overly bitter or heavy. This is beer I will definitely drink again.

Jul 20, 2016
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Deerin from California

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Decent head. Lacing is abundant, clings heavily on all sides. A pretty gold, surprisingly opaque.

I smell grassy hops? Not sure. A decent amount in the nose though, could use more.

Oh man. This is a hop bomb. Lots of bitterness but also a lot of flavor. Tastes a bit like exotic fruits, and citrus too. Pineapple, guava, passion fruit, and oh so bitter. Little discernable alcohol. Honey-sweet malt.

Very very smooth, it's crisp and even refreshing. Can pound this one easy. A masterful 9% er in my opinion, dangerous.

Jul 20, 2016
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crimsonfloyd from California

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice amber color but with little head and lacing. Smell of guava and pineapple. The taste is sweet and syrupy upfront with flavors of guava, apple and peach. The malts taste of honey. Overall, a very enjoyable tropical take on DIPA.

May 11, 2016
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Burner3 from California

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured well. Good head but didn't retain as well as I thought it would. Aroma fruity, hoppy, piney. Taste. Orange, citrusy, grapefruit with a some bitterness at the end. Feel. Smooth covers the whole mouth. Overall. An amazing IIPA growing up in that area am proud to say they killed it.

Apr 15, 2016
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hardysf from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and light amber color. Great citrus aromas. Lots of citrus and fruit in the taste. A hint of sweet malt comes through. Well balanced beer with a crisp, clean, and dry finish.

Mar 04, 2016
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Beerswag from California

3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look is nice golden color with orange tones, lots of fluffy head, however carboation bubbles are not as active, lacing is minimal. Smell is subdued for a double.. Nose is fruity tones; mango, pineapple, smelling juicy. Taste is stone fruit, mango, pineapple, and sweet carmel mAlts. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodoed with bitterness not taking over, but present. Bottle may be a little dated, but no date in this one.

Jan 06, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden-amber colored ale with a medium sized snow white head. There is a tiny amount of chill haze on it.

Smells strongly of citrus. Malty with a honeysuckle scent to it. The scent is mostly oranges.

Starts out savory and bitter. Tastes mostly of orange. Bitterness mellows quite a bit. Medium sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Just an average version of the style.

Nov 06, 2015
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Loldong from California

2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer taste exactly as advertised. A lizards mouth.

The beer poured nicely with a decent head, it looks great. The smell is also very good, the bottle kicks ass. However it has one fatal flaw. It taste like a lizards mouth.

Aug 20, 2015
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MisterGone from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 into tulip. Poured a dark orange with a slight white head. Aroma was definitely of tropicals - a sweetness pervaded. Passionfruit, guava? Not sure if some of that was malt influenced. Flavor continued with the tropicals up front. Some citrussy stuff across the palate with a malt-sweetness as well. Not exactly balanced, but still tasty. Just a little sweet for me in the DIPA genre. More citrus in the finish yet without a dry alcohol blast -so be careful with the +9...

Jul 01, 2015
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MisSigsFan from California

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/copper with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. A bit darker than where I like my DIPAs. Smell is somewhat faint but loaded with tropical fruit, some citrus, and some caramel maltiness. Taste is a little on the sweet malty side. Not a great start. There are some hops in this though. Mango, guava, and grapefruit. Good amount of bitterness. Kind of a malt bomb. Alcohol is well hidden though. I'm wondering how fresh/old this bottle is. No date on here. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, maybe a little thick, and the carbonation is about where I want a DIPA to be. Overall not too bad. I wish it were more upfront on the hops like it promises on the label but that's not the case. Wouldn't pay $10 for this again.

May 30, 2015
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Nugganooch from California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a standard shaker pint
Notes taken from 11/30/2014

A: Dim caramel amber colored body with some well conditioned filtering. A densely formed mass of off white foam capped over top. Good retention efforts noted. Lots of messy webbed lacing scattered across the glass.

S: Juicy sweet ripened apricot with some nuanced citrus mesh into a danky pine resin note. I get quite a bit of malt sweetness to this one as well. Has a caramel and honey graham cracker likeness to it. Not bad at all with the hops up front but definitely toting a bigger malt bill it seems.

T: Sappy pine with citrus, peach, and apricot comprising most of the hop flavor here. Assembled over a hefty malt bill of honey cracker and a touch of Crystal sweetness. The beer has a relatively high level of intense bitterness that bites at the palate midway. Finishes out with a flurry of tropical like flowers. Alcohol seems well in balance here and overall this is pretty nice.

M: Moderately filling on account of the malts. Nice smooth consistency provided by the carbonation. Big scrubbing bitterness across the palate that drives into a lighter drying finish. Slightly resinous with a long lasting hop bitterness.

D: A nice brew but not quite up to par or perhaps my bottle was old. Was excited to finally give this one a try as I am a fan of Figueroa but this didn’t quite meet expectations. It’s alright and with some nice flavor and balance but there are dozens of better options available to me these days. That said will definitely have again and hope to find fresh on tap some time.

May 06, 2015
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aquazr1 from California

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a clear golden color with little head or lacing. Nose is citrus and some pine. Taste leans more towards the piney side. Beer is nice and crisp and very well balanced.

Feb 16, 2015
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Jefriedrichs from California

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to see this on the shelf at my liquor store today. A-solid amber with lots of tiny bubbles shooting to the surface. Nice lacing and decent head. S-fruity nose, that of a tropical fruit, passion fruit and cantaloupe. Reminiscent of a fruity bubblegum. Slightly piney by the second sniff. T-hops hit at the top of the mouth and reside for a moment. Fruit and pine definitely envelope the taste though the malt simmers down the sweetness making it easily drinkable. Hint of coriander. M-good carbonation makes way for a medium to light body. O-will most certainly get this again. The fruit and pine combination makes it a wonderful tasting IPA and for being a double one is not overwhelmed with hop nor malt, just the sweet nectar that is Lizards Mouth.

Aug 03, 2014
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McStagger from California

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh boy! Been waiting on this one to hit a bottle for months.

A: Very different than when I had it on tap. Transparent light orange. Finger of khaki head. Very creamy. Moderate to minimal carbonation, with tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Retention is surprisingly good for 9.2%. Lacing is excellent, leaving soapy rings on the glass.

S: Dank and fruity. Reminds me of Sucks in a lot of very pleasing ways. Tropical fruits, pot, a hint of spruce needle. Smells surprisingly clean. The malts don't add a layer of sweetness that tends to "round out" really fruity IIPA's. Smells wonderful.

T: Big and dank up front. Again with the tropical melange. This carries through the mid palate, where the malt begins to pick up a bit. However, the malt never quite comes around to fully accentuate the fruity hoppiness. Surprisingly lacking in bitterness. Finishes with that unique spicy mango and a distinct soapiness. Slight underlying of pine bitterness here. Finishes floral, with hints of grapefruit zest and more of the soapiness.

M: Light. Incredibly light for being 9.2%. There is malt weight there, but it's nowhere near what you would expect. The entirety of the weight in this beer is in the middle. The end is just an absolute laser beam of leanness. The beginning is light and pillowy.

O: Awesome. Easily the best I've had from this brewery. The lack of aggressive bitterness is a welcome touch. This beer is on par with Firestone Walker in terms of quality. Can't wait to see what's next for this up and coming brewery.

Jun 08, 2014
Lizards Mouth Imperial Double IPA from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 298 ratings