Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.85 IBU: 63
Lagunitas Brewing Company Lagunitas Sucks
What the brewers say
Full of complex-ish-ness. A “cereal medley” of barley, rye, wheat, and oats.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Leads with an intense hop aroma backed with grassy notes and strong citrus, with hints of tropical fruit and lemon plus a noticeable malt sweetness.”
Flavor: “Hop character carries through with a unique and complex profile ripe with sweet citrus and tropical fruit but balanced with a dose of spruce. Hints of orange marmelade and candied grapefruit come through. Subtle bread crust flavor in the malt, and a slight amount of alcohol heat in the clean finish.”
Overall: “A bright and flavorful beer that’s a bit low on bitterness and body for a double IPA, but is thoroughly balanced. It’s a great beer that’s a bit strong for an IPA but not as strong as other double/imperial IPAs. If you can get past the style definition, it won’t disappoint.”
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