Lagunitas IPA Beer Review
Style: American IPA
Beer Advocate Score: 88
Rate Beer Score: Overall 94/Style 92
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Lagunitas IPA Tasting Notes
Visual: Bright, clear golden with a white bubble-filled head.
Nose: Tangerine, piney resins and creamy strawberry, like ice cream. Quite a muted scent, very mild aroma.
Taste: Orange, grapefruit and grass. Sweet biscuity malt. Gradually increasing resin bitterness, slightly metallic.
Mouthfeel: Dry, tingling astringency. Slightly gassy. No oiliness. Refreshing and numbing.
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On the Bottle
Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial Qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!
Life is Uncertain, Don’t Sip!
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I’ve heard a lot about Lagunitas, based in California, and their IPA – said to be a hop-bomb that is still a pleasure to drink, one after the other. My parents brought me this bottle from New York, but it has recently become available at the UK’s largest pub chain, Wetherspoon’s. It’s great to see craft beers coming to the UK, especially those that British beer nerds have heard so much about but have never been able to get hold of, though the snob in me wishes it didn’t come through the greasy Spoon’s. It’s like inviting a respected statesman to dinner and going to, well, Spoons.
The blurb on the bottle doesn’t say a lot,but the commercial description found on RateBeer does:
This is our unique version of an ancient style. A style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries Great Ships. Not as old as the equator they had to cross twice enroute, nor as old as the 10,000 or so miles of Di-Hydrogen Oxide and Sodium upon which they sailed, but older than the Circulithium-4 Lentloid that binds the Lupulin Quartnate onto your taste buds. Weird. Think about it. Now stop. OK, go again, now stop. Think again, and stop. But we digress. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, this redolent ale will likely float your boat, whatever planet you’re on.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer with so many malt and hop varieties. There’s a whopping 108 different malts and hops in this little bottle and I’m really hoping that they all work to produce a deep, complex flavour.
It’s a golden straw colour, crystal clear and bright as a button. The white head leaves patches all up the glass and dissipates into a 5mm covering of the surface – relatively thick really. The smell is faint. Not particularly exciting, because it is so hard to pick up, but when you get a rare waft of aroma, you smell a piney hop and an odd fruitiness, best described as strawberry ice cream.
The flavour is anything but muted. Dry from the off with a spicy, resiny hop profile taking over immediately. It has citrus fruit undertones but it’s like biting into fresh green leaves. Hops start off pungent and fade out to a bitterness that lingers long after swallowing.
It is slightly thick but cut through by what I feel is slightly heavy carbonation.
It’s not one I’d seek out with much effort, but it is drinkable. I could drink a couple of bottles in a night, but honestly I’d get bored and reach for something a little more complex if I wanted an experience or something with less metallic hop bitterness if I wanted any more than 2 in the night.
Cheers and Happy Friday!
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Buy Lagunitas IPA from The Beer Boutique for £2.70.
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