Lagunitas Imperial Red
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Intro: Lagunitas likes to make intense beers; they aren’t much for session ales. Located in Petaluma, CA, they fit right in with the rest of the great CA breweries sending their beer up here to the PNW. I hope to visit and thank them someday.
Description: This red ale offers the best of both worlds. A medium bodied malt base has some toasty sweet caramel tastes and a little brown sugar. Balanced by a big hop bitterness. Pine and citrus hop flavors mix perfectly with the malt. Balanced and very drinkable. The 7.5% ABV allows this to be intense, but not over the top.
Verdict: Buy It
Availability: Six-packs. Website says it is released in August…but I bet you can still find some around.
Commercial Description/Press Release:
Big on the spicy, skunky hops, bigger on the rich red malt. A variation of our original 1993 “Lagunitas Red”. Still in the handy 6-pack carriers for your enjoyment.
Approx. Release – August 2009
In the interest of full disclosure to satisfy the FTC’s new law, this review was of a sample bottle received from the brewery.