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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
80 80 80 2 12 7
Imperial Red Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Strong Ale
7.60 % ABV

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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2009
12oz Stubby
$10.99 6-Pack
Sam's Chicago

84.20 IBU

I love big hoppy reds. Let's see how Lagunitas' version tastes. Pours crimson with a barely noticeable amount of haze. A two finger creamy dirty white head formed on the pour and faded to a collar leaving some thick drink line style lacing. I see no carbonation rising to the surface.

Smells like my kind red ale. Big juicy lightly sugared grapefruit hit the nose first along with a strong showing of pine. A sweet caramel maltiness comes along and balances the aroma. Starts off bitter and hoppy, finishes sweet and caramelly.

Flavor sports the same characteristics as the aroma. The caramel sweetness comes through upfront and the slightly sweetened grapefruit along with piney hoppiness mingle and create a nice balance of juicy flavors. A toasted graininess shows up mid-palate and disappears as quickly as it came. The sweet caramel and juicy grapefruit finish things off along with a quick alcohol spiciness. I drank three of these from this 6-pack already and this was the best one. Strange.

I find a lot of Lagunitas' beer to be too syrupy sticky for my liking. The body on this beer is done nicely. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess. The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum and actually works nicely in this beer.

This beer goes down extremely easy. Big flavor in a 7.6abv and the alcohol is just enough to let you enjoy a few in a sitting.

The big hoppiness is balanced by a big maltiness and it's all around juicy. The mouthfeel is done right which, for me, is a big hurdle in truly enjoying Lagunitas' beer.

Reviewed: 10/24/07

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Review from 12/29/06

A - Coppery reddish colored, clean body. Small, thick, tan head with good retention. Decent enough lacing.

S - Boozy. Big red fruit and caramel malt nose. Some hops peeking out, but can't quite pinpoint it.

T - This has a lot of the same qualities as Arrogant Bastard in my opinion. Big roasted caramel malt character. Juicy pronounced hops with a decent amount of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is fine.

D - This would make a nice session beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

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