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Equinox Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Equinox AleEquinox Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 6.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-23-2002

A creamy, pale oat ale hopped up with a huge charge of Equinox and Simcoe hops for a piney, eucalyptusy, cedary, sprucey, foresty blast.
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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by elmocoso:
Photo of elmocoso
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

whoa! hard to keep the head down on this one. 2-fingers, hangs. Craggy surface - lunar landscape. Cloudy, gauzy yellow. max carb. Looks good.
Nose is winy malt. Grape-fruity smell? Not a fruit beer smell, though. Man i want a drink. Wow, this is exceptionally tart. That is really all i can taste. kind of disappointing. Mouthfeel is decent but drinkability suffers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Chiefy770
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fluid Oz Bottle
Bottled on March 9th, 2015 (Julian code printed on the neck of the bottle)
Reviewed on March 21st, 2015
Served in a Laguintas Mason Jar
(8% ABV for the 2015 Release)

Eyes
Poured a hazy gold body with a slight orange glow. A white, bubbly head formed, took its fair share of time to collapse and left a decent amount of frothy lacing throughout.

Nose
Hops dominated the nose, producing pleasant notes of grapefruit. Very mild notes of grains were present, but nothing significant.

Mouth
Hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit was the prominent taste. The hops developed an earthier taste as the malts kicked in. The malts did not play a significant role in this brew, providing a faint presence of grain. There was a detectable hit of alcohol as this brew finished out. Light, leaning toward the medium side in terms of body. Dry finish.

Notes
I paid $3.99 for a bomber of this brew...clocking in at 8% ABV. That is a steal in my mind. Easy drinking, slightly hopped-up pale ale.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a chill hazed copper/amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a sticky ring of lace

S: Citrus (mostly orange and grapefruit) up front, along with a healthy dose of maltiness. Very light pine notes in there as well. Nicely juicy

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with big notes of citrus (again, mostly orange and grapefruit with hints of lemon and lime) and goes into a very light pine that accompanies the malt that balances nicely. Finishes with moderate bitterness and more of the citrus notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice brew that borders the IPA/DIPA territory. Extremely balanced and quite drinkable. Definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of Lags

Photo of SanFranJake
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Freaking awesome find at Trader Joes. 88 rating seems far too low and I've been pounding bottles of Pliny all week.
Tag below says 6.4% but my bottle says 8%
Pours a golden/bronze color, fantastic in the nose, great lacing throughout and the flavor is dope.
Honestly can't believe how good this is for $4.04 (including CRV) and I may try to cop a case of this.

Photo of Nolang84
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 8% Abv. good hop taste

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking orange with a fair amount of lacing as glass disappears. Floral aromas and some grains as well. Very tasty, I noticed the oats, grains, cereals at my first sip, nice touch, impressive and well done. Feel is slick, smooth, another reviewer mentioned the oily feel as well . . . I agree but still manages a comfortable level of carbonation. To me this borders on the ipa/pale ale line. Very good beer Lagunitas.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with a light sandstone, near two-finger head that hangs in there before dying down to a thin layer of suds. Lacing is thick in sheets and sticks to the glass like flies on, uh, you know what.

Smell - Ahh, the signature aroma of a special release Lagunitas brew - Ruby Red Grapefruit with a touch of pine. Also picking up a mellow bready undertone and a trace of menthol.

Taste - No surprises here. Mostly hoppy with red grapefruit and a light pine resin. Subtle pineapple zing. Light leafy, minty flavors creep in mid-taste, then become more prominent in the ever grapefruit rind finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Texture is the kind of stupid silky that you only get when oats are involved, making this thing glide down with such ease you'll hardly notice the 8% creeping up on you.

Overall - Lagunitas sure does like to beat you over the head with their signature hop profile, don't they? I keep mentioning it in my reviews and I'm beginning to think I'm beating that dead horse even harder. What else am I supposed to write about though, the weather? Regardless, it's damn good, but the selling point is the amazing smoothness it delivers. Pale Oat Ale? Genius!

Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost perfectly crystal clear copper ale, topped with a flat white head of good size, with good retention and tons of beautiful lacing.

Very nice aroma featuring just about everything you'd want out of a new hop: citrus, pine, a touch of tropical notes, slightly peppery, slightly herbal. Pale malts and some caramel round out the nose.

Flavor follows, with a big dose of almost old-school hoppiness and caramel malt. Hops are spicey up front, tropical and citrus in the middle, and almost minty on the back-end. Malts come through quite well.

Extremely lively and active, slightly creamy mouthfeel, light-medium bodied, with nice hop oil retention giving it a slick overall feel.

This is a really good showcase of Equinox hops, and Simcoe provides a nice balancing effect; 8% ABV for an APA is rather confusing, especially as it's certainly hop-forward enough for an IPA designation (and possibly DIPA). I don't love it, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of spacecake9
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber for $3.99!
A little hoppy on the nose, nice flavor.
Another solid, drinkable beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

four out of five total

Photo of larryarms847
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw golden yellow with an airy finger of slightly off-white foam. Light copper rust-orange hue.

Cereal, pine, citrus, resins, Belgian yeast, and some spice.

The spice and Belgian yeast characteristic found in the aroma is much more abundant in flavor, the citrus and piney, resinous flavors are there but rather subdued.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly grainy and spiced, still yet very smooth.

Overall, this isn't a beer to be fussed over, but worth a shot. A solid brew, from a solid brewery.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. Ale pours a beautiful bright yellowish orange with a nice frothy head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer with fantastic lacing. Nose of heavy citrus, pineapple, orange, lemon zest, and extra sweet caramel malts. Flavors are slick syrup malts up front, then a blast of citrus hops and light pine hop notes on all sides. Very intense. Slick, syrupy smooth mouth feel finishes lightly bitter with tons of citrus notes. VERY NICE. While I am no hop head, this is up many malt heads alley and a good way to traverse into the hoppy side of life.

Cheers!

Photo of AaronTyburski6
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One for the ages.

Pours a beautiful deep gold with a finger or 2 of thick white head.

Smells of deep resin, a little citrus, and just enough malt to notice.

The taste is where it really takes off. The resin is exceptional for a 50 IBU beer and the citrus lingers the whole way through the sip. By limiting the malt characters Lagunitas has really let all 50 of those IBUs come to the front.

Feel is great as well. Juicy with medium-low carbonation. No carbonic zing to speak of. Left me looking for another sip immediately.

I didnt really notice the oats at all, but I'll let it slide. An 8%, 50 IBU APA with this much flavor can do just fine without the oats.

Photo of Czarkazm
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 batch bottled 3/9/2015. Pours a bright clear golden honey color with a thin, tight white head. Citrus dominates the nose; sweet, tangy, clean, and tropical. Taste follows suit with a burst of bitter citrus, sweet candied fruit, nice malt balance from (i guess) the oats, and some tropical pineapple in the background. A pleasure to drink like most of Lagunitas' offerings.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with tight, white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops along with some grass.

Tastes of the hops upfront layered onto a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of citrus, pine, grass, and a bit of herbs. Malts come through next with a grainy sweetness and some honey. A touch of oats comes through towards the end. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done pale ale.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a bomber of this spring seasonal at a liquor store just down the street from my house. With no vintage or freshness date listed anywhere, I wasn't too sure if I was purchasing something that was going on a year or not. Turned out, if it was, it didn't matter.
Poured into one of my favorite tasting glasses, this "pale-imitation bock-style ale" had a hazy yellow color and a large, enduring eggshell white head that left streaky lace behind. The nose was highly malted and had essences of hay and oats against a backdrop of lightly floral and herbal hops notes. This is referred to on the label as a "pale oat ale" and the oats are noticeable in the smoothness imparted on the palate. Up front is a grassy maltiness and light fruit taste that is countered by a moderate dose of citric hoppiness in a dry finish.
This was pretty tasty and a nice mid-afternoon refresher. Definitely one worth looking for in the warm summer months to come.

Photo of Immortale25
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 068 5.

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Piney, floral hop aroma with a sturdy malt backbone. A bit of citrus plus some sharp pungency.

T- Very well-rounded in the flavor with the piney, citrusy hops binding with the malts flawlessly. Would have never in a million years guessed this is 8% ABV. Bitterness is present but restrained. So damn drinkable.

M- Crisp yet somewhat oily from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Well I'll be. I hate to get all dramatic, but this very well could be a new era of hoppy pale ales. The juicy hop goodness is perfectly in tune with the somewhat sweet malt structure. Surprisingly, one of my new favorite Lagunitas beers because it achieves a level of balance I didn't think was possible in a hoppy beer.

Photo of Treb0R
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A good beer. The only downfalls are:

1) Out of style for an APA at 8%, but I understand the reasoning given the malt complexity. Unfortunately, the toasty rich, caramel malt profile does not add to the primarily hoppy beer. I would have preferred this to be a clean IPA with a grist that isn't so detracting from the hops.

2) The body is too thick and full, due to a high mash temp. and residual dextrins.

3) I'm guessing this beer is dominated with Equinox hops, which have a very harsh aftertaste at 15% aa. It's as if the full, rich malt profile is competing (poorly so) with attempts to outshine the hops and vice-versa.

Equinox Hops have a pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.

I would have preferred more Simcoe to be honest.

Photo of Gusler
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow with an extravagant head that is frothy in texture and as it erodes, leaves a nice coating of lace. Hop floral, with malt and hints of oatmeal and bananas? A very interesting nose and the start nicely malted, sweet as it leads you to the middling top. The carbonation moderate with the hops biting in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, and a hearty brew, for those like me that love “Hops”.

Photo of fmccormi
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 25.4oz/750ml bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). I know that Lagunitas puts some sort of bottling code on these things, but I can’t seem to make sense of them anymore. Here’s what I see printed: “068 5 2 0342 1454.” Normally I’d assume that means this was bottled on March 9, which would make this just over six weeks old now, but these just hit our market, supposedly fresh as hell, so I can’t say for sure. Either way, it’s no more than a month and a half old and it’s been refrigerated consistently.

Appearance (3.75): The pour is gorgeous, filling the glass with a rich, honey-colored body with strong orange tones, and two thick fingers of dense, fine-grained foam. The head dies at a moderate pace, giving way to fat bubbles all across the surface as the edges leave a sudsy collar and boozy legs here and there. While the pour was outstanding, the lacing is lacking as the body recedes.

Smell (4.25): Sweet floral and bright, grassy tones fill the glass along with honeyed biscuits and white grapefruit juice. There’s a rustic, dusty aroma in there, too, which is unexpected but very pleasant. Simcoe’s slightly piney, resinous funk is recognizable here, so the grassy, floral, and fruity tones—a little red grape, and underripe passionfruit, maybe?—are probably from the Equinox. This is really interesting stuff . . .

Taste (4.25): Right off the bat, a light sweetness from the malt (recalling the “honeyed biscuit” I picked up in the nose) leads the hop load: light hibiscus, tangy kumquat, and a little grape come through, followed by a floral and grassy punch of bitterness. These wash out a bit, showing the pale, somewhat bready flavor of the oats, which are quietly recognizable. More hop bitterness chases the malt, leading to a pithy, citrus peel-oriented pinnacle, softened by the oats in the malt. It all leaves an aftertaste that’s part oatmeal, part kumquat skin, and part well-integrated booze (which hides somewhere in between malt sweetness and alpha acids). The more I get into this, the more I like it.

Mouthfeel (3.75): The body weighs in on the full side of medium, not perfectly integrated but balancing two opposites: drying, oily hops on one side, and silky, rich, malted oats on the other. The booze is warm and dries slightly, but overall it’s warm and smooth. Easy to drink, but the heft is evident though it blends somewhat.

Overall (4.0): I wouldn’t call this a “pale ale,” exactly, nor a DIPA—maybe a double pale? Fuck it. What this is, is an 8% ABV, oat-based pale ale with funky hops. It’s excellent stuff, though, and all of its parts, though disparate, come together in a familiar, but funky way. I really dig it, though, and given Lagunitas’ reasonable price point, it’s definitely worth trying if this all sounds good to you.

Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is like hop stoopids little brother.

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow brew.

Smells mildly sweet with a distinct tea scent to it.

Taste is mildly sweet with a wheat grain flavor. Mild perfume of hops gives more flavor and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A mild drinkable brew, similar to an American wheat beer in flavor and body.

Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze, but has solid clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of sweet candied grapefruit and lemon zest. Citrus forward. Some sweet malts are in the mix. The flavors are nice and subtle. Balance seems to be the key. This one doesn't have a strong hop bitterness, but lots of hop flavor. Lots of malts blended with some sweet citrus notes. More lemon and grapefruit. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid citrus forward brew. I personally can't put it up there with Lagunitas' finest, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A genuine pale oat ale. 8% ABV. OG 1.078. 50 IBU. Tasted 1 Pint 6 Oz bomber on March 28, 2015.

Photo of BrewThru_29
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into snifter. My bottle says 8%. Pours a very bright copper with a good head. Smells outstanding. Floral boquet and many tropical fruit scents. Taste follows closely with a nice hard hop bite on the back end. Very drinkable. Excellent beer!

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Equinox Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.