Born Yesterday Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Born Yesterday Pale AleBorn Yesterday Pale Ale
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Born Yesterday Pale AleBorn Yesterday Pale Ale

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Since Born Yesterday is bottled and shipped the very same day—probably the freshest Fresh Hop ale you'll get your paws on—the arrival date is kinda in the air 'til things get closer and nature says so. Kinda like a fresh lil' newborn, only this puppy is made from whole-cone, un-kilned Mosaic, Equinox, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops from our farmer friends in Yakima, WA. It's borning soon. Wanna be the first to know when? You've gotta guess first …

Added by jhartley on 08-15-2014

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Photo of chubenzino
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzman
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jchanley
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle

Pours out with a mostly clear and sparkly golden color. Certainly unfiltered, but not hazy. A white foam over forms and dissipates pretty quick to just a white ring around the perimeter.

The fresh hops give off an incredible aroma. Thick and dense layers of sweet fruits, fresh pine tree, dried grasses, wet and dank earth, and a musky, green hop complexity that certainly lives up to the "fresh hop" standard. Honestly, this is one of the finest, and pungent noses I've had the pleasure of smelling.

First sip....ZANG!! POW! BROom! Hop attack to the face!
The layers of the hoppy complexity is deep. Tastes like freshly crushed up hop cones straight of the vine. Major earthiness, dried grasses and leaves, herbs and pepper bite, zippy citrus, pine sap, and subtle layers of tangy fruits. The hop taste changed and mutates with every sip. A green-leafy taste lingers on.

The malt is medium bodied, crisp and grainy with field grains and golden earthy tones. A sharp, light and crispy bite at first and becomes a bit more hefty on the way down.

This is easily one of the very best APA's I've had. Period.

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Photo of Aurascoper
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StrongBelwas
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jame515
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shenk87
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ryan_Leb8
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When they say this is the freshest IPA that you'll likely ever try, they aren't kidding. The smell is a bright hoppy freshness that I have never smelled in another beer. The hops and citrus hit you up front with surprisingly light mouthfeel despite being pretty bitter and hoppy. Slight boozy alcohol flavor on the end and seemingly very little malt but still balanced in a way. It retains little to no head and is a relatively light color similar to that of apple juice. If you like Lagunitas you certainly won't be disappointed!

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Photo of DerAudi
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigbutter
3.1/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of kurtdicke
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 kegged 7.7% version. Magnificent. I could smell the hops when the pint was placed on the bar. A successful array of hops for both flavor and aroma. The flavor and aromas reminded me of the NEIPA style but with a clear amber look. I loved it. IMHO it's better than most and as good as any west coast APA. I've only given it a 4.5 because of the Nadia Comăneci impact. Caveat - I'm a huge NEIPA fan. So if you're not your results may vary.

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Photo of Paradox1000
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very Good! I usually just drink DIPAs and IPAs, and Triple IPAs when I can find them. This was marketed as an APA. 7.7% ABV. I usually like Lagunitas One Time series, so had to try this and was not disappointed.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours orange in color with evident lack of transparency. A dense frothy cap amounting to about a fingers width formed from a non-aggressive pour. Satisfying amounts of lacing clings to the glass as I glug.
S: Full on citrus with slight dank resin and fresh cut grass. I get a little black pepper as well, but citrus is the star of the show.
T: A perfect mixture of grassy hops and fresh citrus. Grapefruit and lemon are dominant fruit flavors. The hop profile is earthy and grassy. Lingering sweet malt flavor and lemon in the aftertaste.
F: Rather full bodied. Carbonation is spot-on.
O: It's delicious. First time trying this, and I will anticipate its release next year. I am very glad to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of heerboth
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMcGrath
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjd722
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of H-TownMcBuck
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is clear gold. Thin white head with medium lacing. Smell is a bomb of citrus and floral. Like the aroma, taste is heavy on the hops - grapefruit, tangerine, and some pineapple. Definitely would recommend, but more as an AIPA, not as APA. This is a hop explosion in your nose and your mouth.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear brass hue, with a winger of sudsy off-white head. Beautiful streams of effervescence streaming up from the bottom, keeping that head alive.

Nose is wonderfully big, bright, vibrant fresh hops. Oddly enough, reminds me of lupulin. Green and fresh with that creamy, almost coconut vibe. Smells a touch like Lawson's. Definitely some signature Lagunitas grapefruit action, but also some sweetness and earthy dankness from mosaic.

Palate - That's a yummy one. I've been drinking Tree House exclusively for the last week, so big change of pace here, but can definitely appreciate it. It opens up bright and crisp, and then a slightly unpleasing metallic note chimes in, but then a big dankness takes over, getting danker and danker, until the bright citrus tines it opened up with are but a mere memory. There's some light biscuit malt in the very back end, but the hops are the star here. I get some mosaic in the very beginning, with some melon and berry, but it gets really earthy really fast, and it actually finishes kind of savory. The more I drink it, the more I'm questioning whether or not I like it. Definitely unique.

Mouthfeel is light/medium light, and very crisp. A lively carbonation keeps it very airy and snappy.

Overall, a decent beer? Sure. One I can finish? Yes. One I would seek out again? No. And I certainly do no understand the hype surrounding this one. Ah, wait, maybe I do, for West Coast standards, this is killer. Among the world-class New England beers? Well...let's spare ourselves the argument. Cheers!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy with little carbonation, and a half finger of white head.

Smells of citrus, pineapple, dank green leaf, caramel, and jackfruit.

Tastes of dank green leaf, jackfruit, lemongrass, and caramel.

Light, fizzy body, with a crisp finish. Drinks like a low alcohol beer which is amazing for 7.2%.

Got this at Trader Joe's drinking in Redding, Nov 13th, 2018. Really well done, a little light tasting for expectations, but I suppose this is a part of people's opinion in rating it so high.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a moderately large frothy white head. Good head retention with lots of lacing. Fine looking beer.
The nose opens u with strong citrus aromas, orange pulp stands out, and a touch of pineapple. Then, a very leafy, grassy and piny aroma. Also, there are floral aromas that interplay with touches of pear and apples.
The taste opens up with a nice strong bitterness, so refreshing amidst today’s NEIPA craze. Very grassy, piny and spicy along with an increasingly juicier middle palate. Flavors of pineapple, pear, grapefruit rind, along with a biscuity malt backbone. Yet, this emerging juicy sweetness is only moderate, as the somewhat intensely leafy, herbal and prickly hops bitterness stands out the most to me.
Medium bodied with a very tight carbonation. Piercing hops flavors of citrus pith and pine needles create a prickly mouthfeel that refreshes, tingles and scrubs on the tongue.
Feels more like an IPA than an APA. Regardless, massive respect due to Lagunitas for this brew. I thought it was outstanding.

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Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep yellow, to bright orange, though the picture makes it seem darker. The body is unfiltered, but not NE murky. As you can see, there is just over a finger of frothy white head on what I would call a mildly aggressive pour. Head retention is about standard for WC IPAs. Some lacing left on the glass, but nothing crazy. Smell is dominated by bitter citrus and some tropical notes. Taste follows the nose but is much more complex. On the one hand, this is Lagunitas, and to me, all their beers have somewhat similar tastes. On the other, I find some interesting tropical notes on the back end that I don't typically get in their beers. Overall, the taste is still a grapefruit-heavy classic IPA. Fantastic body and feel of medium heaviness. No alcohol is noticeable on either the smell or the taste.

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Photo of RyanA24
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Born Yesterday Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2,648 ratings