Grab A Beer: Lagunitas Imperial Red

November 11th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Beer Reviews, California Beer

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.

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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.


5 Comments so far ↓

  • Pat

    i stopped here on a drive up from SoCal, probably not worth a stop (althoghh one lady was loading cases into here prius), its an actual brewery…no pub, but the guys were cool,

  • Kolbe

    Pat’s right that there’s no pub there, but Lagunitas has a nice taproom and really cool beergarden thing now. I’m not sure how long you went by, but the new setup has only been around a month or two I think. They had some pretty great stuff on tap when I was there and one nice barrel-aged cask of some sort sitting up on the bar. If you’re heading up 101 and you’re a fan of Lagunitas beers I’d definitely recommend that you stop in.

  • Pat

    kolbe, yea, i was there in May, and they definitely seemed busy doing something (i thought they were only brewing, who knew?)

  • Lucas

    Even all the way across the country in Florida, I have become a big fan of Lagunitas. Hopefully I will be able to find this one on the shelves somewhere.

  • Ryan

    Funny, but the Cappuccino Stout was supposed to have been released in August as well, but never made it this far North apparently… What gives? I am glad the Brown Shugga arrived though!

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