Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale is a Red Ale/American Amber made by Petaluma, California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company. It’s a solid beer all around. It pours a ruby orange color with a creamy off white head. The nose is full of pine and citrus hops and bready malts. The aroma is a bit misleading because it tastes more on the malty side than the hoppy side. You still get pine and citrus (mostly grapefruit) flavors, but it has a nice bready and malty backbone. There’s a little sweet and spicy caramel flavor and maybe a hint of wood. Throw in the decent 7.8% ABV and you have a great Red Ale. I’m more of an IPA drinker, but this beer hits the spot. Lagunitas is a great brewery and this is a great brew.
Critically Rated at 14/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young