03 December 2008

Beer Review, Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas IPA
Petaluma, CA
5.7% ABV

Appearance: Yellow-orange body, slight effervescence, thin white head that sticks around. 4.0/5

Smell: Pure California IPA. Strong aroma of crisp hops with grapefruit and other citrus underneath. Very floral. Inviting. 4.5/5

Taste: Again, a pure California IPA. Strong crisp dry hops up front, in the middle, and in the end, with a nice balance of citrus and grapefruit balancing it out. Very dry on the finish due to the hops. This isn't exactly a hop bomb, though, as the hops are a lot less aggressive than in other IPAs I've had. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, moderate carbonation, heavy doses of hops. Pretty much exactly what a good IPA should be. 4.5/5

Drinkability: This one doesn't supplant Bridgeport IPA or Sweetwater IPA on my list of favorites, but for my taste it's probably the canonical example of a West-Coast IPA. A must-try for fans of the style. 4.5/5

Overall: 4.2/5

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