Born Yesterday
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #10
Ranked #334
4.41 | pDev: 7.03%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Born YesterdayBorn Yesterday
Notes: 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 …

60 IBU
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BitterBru from Kansas

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I cannot overstate the awesomeness of this pale ale.
Look: Honey color with a controllable head (can pour it thick or wispy) with great lacing.
Smell: Citrusy and piney.
Taste: Hoppy throughout with a lasting but subtle aftertaste.
Feel: Solid and wonderful. Aftertaste goes on and on.
Overall: The best pale ale I’ve ever had. It would pair wonderfully with a light meal but you could also tailgate several hours with it. If I wasn’t already married (yes it’s that good)!

Wednesday at 12:36 AM
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 One Hitter Series

Beer 400!! Hard to believe how far I've come in the craft beer world, and now #400 is from one of the first breweries I ever tried in the beginning of my journey

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with 2 fingers of white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing

Smells as juicy as some of the best NEIPAs. Tons of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, sweet malt, lemon zest, light pepper, and piney hops

The flavor isn't quite as exceptional but it's still very good. Starts off with a bit of piney hops, lemon, and orange. The swallow brings a wave of resiny hops, grapefruit pith, and a touch of caramel malt

A medium body pairs with soft carbonation for a silky and creamy beer. Finishes mostly dry with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness

This one was really good, happy that it was my 400th. Very well balanced and feels like a great blend of old school and new school IPAs. I'll definitely get this again

Nov 21, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-mostly clear light orange, modest head, nice lacing
S-west coast piney and citrusy
T-Orange, pear, pine. Above average bitter, subtle malts balance it mostly out.
M-Moderate (+) body, average (-+ carbonation. Creamy, fluffy, dry finish
O-Better than expected. The fresh hops are not quite up there with wet hops brewed in Washington, but very good representation of the style.

Nov 05, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nearly clear light orange with a densely formed head that settles down to ½ finger and leaves sticky lacing as it does
Aroma: Orange and lemon dominated citrus, pine, blueberries, tropical fruit notes, some Cannabis wafting, and sweet bready malt
Taste: Pine, citrus, and blueberries spring into action on the palate, quickly joined by dank and tropical fruits. Strong herbaceous hop notes make their presence known as well and all of it is held together by sweet malt. There is a good hoppy bite on the finish as well
Mouthfeel: Full, some slickness, medium-high carbonation, and a little dryness on the finish
Overall: Delicious stuff here. I’ve been drinking and a fan of this since they first made it but randomly never saw any last year so was very excited to see it back in the area again. A really tasty fresh hop pale (IPA) with lots of fruity, citrusy, dank, and herbaceous fresh hop notes very prominent. Glad I found it again this year and it’s awesome as always

Nov 03, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look...light brown nothing too special
Smell...absolutely special. Citrus, grassy , danky, hoppy awesome
Taste...4.5 is a 90 . there is some bad math going on anyways this shit is special every time i get it. Again like the criticism i read earlier on WBAYDN is that it is three weeks old already(agree) but this stuff is def good for at least 12 weeks. Citrus dryness, freshness grassy, bitter earth, lovely
Feel...thin approachable carbonation with a nice lacing
Overall... What an awesome beer and go get . Great deal and just awesome smell taste combination

Oct 31, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 bottling poured into a nonic.

A: Clear-ish spale straw with a foamy bright white head.

S: Bright impressions of fresh hops with notes of orange, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, resin, pineapple, and crisp pale malt. One of the best hop-forward noses on a pale ale that I've had in a long while.

T: More floral hop notes and loads of citrus and resiny pine, with a more substantial crisp pale malt base on the palate. Not balanced per-se, but both the malt and hops shine through.

MF: Crisp, fresh medium body.

O: Always enjoyable and this years is no exception, even with the new hop additions.

Oct 30, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: straw color with a thin white head

Smell: citrus, resin, other hop notes

Taste: follows the nose very clean strong resin and citrus

Feel: crisp smooth and bubbly

Oct 29, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/05/20, so 3 weeks old.

Translucent orangery-gold, with moderate white head, that leaves a long-lasting ring and sheet of surface coverage. A few streaks of lacing, that never go away.

Smell is candied orange, fresh pineapple, a slight, vague tropical fruit mix, some floral aromas(goldenrod + bedstraw), and a little fresh pine.

Taste is orange rind, yellow grapefruit , light pine, white grape, pear , slight green onion, and a touch of pine. Moderate , drying bitterness, that lingers for quite awhile.

Feel is medium, slightly creamy, with moderate soft carbonate. Drying finish, that lingers. Seems lighter than its actual abv.

Overall, enjoyable, and easy-drinking. Everything about it says "Fresh!". First time having this, & I see why it has such a following. The whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. A nice break from hazy/thick NEIPAS. Highly recommend it!

Oct 27, 2020
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bret27 from California

3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Approx 2-3 was old.
L: light copper, clear, fairly high carbonation. Nice head with retention and lace.
S: floral, fruity, catty.
T: stonefruit, catty, slight dank, slightly bitter resinous.
F: slick, dry, bubbly.
Overall: pretty good, but wouldn’t recommend buying a whole 6 pk, but then again it is well priced.

Oct 26, 2020
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BriancChristensen from California

4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Born 10/05/2020. Poured into a pint glass on 10/22/2020.

Look: Beautiful light golden color with a touch of orange, finger and a half of loose head

Smell: HUGE aroma absolutely exploding with beautiful, fresh hop character. Jasmine, Orange blossom, Pine, plenty of citrus. Crisp and floral with a tinge of sweetness.

Taste: Starts off quite dry with a blast of pine and resin that turns to bitter grapefruit then a beautiful lightly sweet floral finish. The hop character is the dominant flavour in this beer, the malt kind of sits in the background but that's okay because the fresh hops are complex and beautiful. A very FLAVOURFUL beer.

Feel: Light zippy effervescence with a smoooooth finish. Makes this beer feel refreshing and decadent almost like a great iced green tea.

Overall: Hugely flavourful and delicious brew by a brewery that keeps flavour and quality the top priority despite their great size. This beer is a world-class pale ale worth savouring or crushing down. The companies efforts to make sure this beer is shipped out quickly so it can be enjoyed as fresh as possible each year is commendable and I will be looking forward to its release every year here on out.

Oct 22, 2020
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cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

2.33/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Born on date 10082019, which may be why it’s a tad funky, it’s not bad just not fresh which is the main attribute I was looking forward to. I love Pale Ale’s and lately have had a few Lagunitas that knock everyone else out of the park! And the price point is in my budget! Will look for this one this time with a fresh date and edit the review

Jul 03, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright, amber/gold appearance with a large, cream colored head and good lacing. Pine forest aroma spotted with citrus. Resinous hops monopolize the taste. Finding more tropical fruit than in the aroma, with pineapple standing out as grapefruit lingers in the background. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel and a long lasting finish.

Apr 26, 2020
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thegreatnicoli from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is possibly the cleanest and best tasting IPA I have ever had. I don't consider myself an IPA connoisseur, but this may change you into one. Drinks easy, extremely relaxing.

Mar 26, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy orange gold. Grapefruit, sweet malt, herb, soft pine, berry, a little simcoe cattiness. Very flesh flavor which more or less follows. Fairly bitter, semi dry. Doesn't feel heavy at all for the abv, with a medium mouthfeel.

Mar 01, 2020
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into glass. To be fair not the freshest, 3 months old but will still review.
Look - golden yellow color, thick foam head with lots of lacing on glass
Smell - sweet tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, basil
Taste - at first, very sweet, ripe pineapple and sweet grass. Bitterness kicks in and finishes a bit chewy, as the hops are very apparent. Pine resin, pepper in finish. Carbonation is medium and body is medium. A well balanced pale ale but as is typical with Lagunitas, on the sweeter end.

Overall, i need to get a fresher bottle and compare because to me there isn't as much bitterness as i expected, but the IBU's are only 60. Great beer that i think is tasty and easy to drink. Grade is an A

Jan 29, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head. A bit hazy. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is orange, grapefruit, pine, resiny.

Taste follows nose: orange, grapefruit, pine.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, bitter finish.

An excellent pale ale. I could drink a case of these!

Jan 24, 2020
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour looked pale amber in color and there were may small floaters in suspension to show off the unfiltered nature of the beer. The head was pretty small though, topping off at less than one finger thick. The citric smell was quite potent, and evident at even an arms length, as the glass sat on the table. Bringing it closer revealed grapefruit and peach predominantly. The taste was quite sour at first, which was a little surprising. The acidic taste evoked citrus fruits, and the bitterness was quite subdued. There was a some hop resin in the finish, giving this beer a slightly gummy feel. You can feel the freshness of the hops quite clearly. Nice find at the local liquor store.

Jan 07, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This slightly hazy IPA starts with citrus and pine in the nose. It's warm and cool at the same time. Lots of orange on the tongue, every so slightly bitey. Really enjoyed this with the flat bread and goat cheese at Pies and Pints on our eat trip to Harrisburg for our family Christmas 2019.

Dec 26, 2019
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joe12pk from Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Slightly hazy yellow with decent lacing.
Smell: Citrus, Mango and pineapple are dominant.
Taste: 60 IBU is deceptive. This doesn't taste like a hop bomb & the alcohol is well covered by the intense citrus notes. As you let it sit awhile, the citrus dissolves into mango & some pineapple. This is an IPA folksand a damn good one.
Feel: High medium.

Dec 24, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, pineapple, piney, slightly malty nose on this one! Taste follows with a smooth and subtle tropical piney, hoppy bitterness. I know I am a little late to the party on this one, but I was expecting a little more kick out since it was wet-hopped with freshies. It has really nice depth and feel for a single westie. Good!

Nov 30, 2019
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Premo88 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into vertical tulip
(bottled on 10/7/19)

L: hazy yellow gold, relatively light (SRM 6-8); topped by about 1/2-inch head of white foam that sticks a bit; keeps a big collar of airy, soapy-bubbled foam with a little skin; some lacing, too ... a very crafty looking brew

S: pineapple, grapefruit, sweet grapefruit juice, orange; as it warms, some greener hop notes pop up, cilantro, grass, pinch of basil; as it continues to warm, a mushroom/meaty umami smell joins the other notes ... it's very light and doesn't cover up the citrus notes; a biscuity malt aroma also joins in late, but the hops remain the main show

T: grapefruit, grapefruit peel — much earthier than the nose but not overly bitter

F: very soft after a medium-strong pour; there's still plenty of carbonation in the glass, but the effect of the bubbles on the palate is not biting, just barely a tickle; a solid midweight

O: the aroma off the pour is magical, very citrusy sweet and maybe the most pineapple I've smelled from a beer; the rest of the show is very solid, especially as the beer warms and the palate adjusts; for a fresh hop beer at almost 7 weeks old, I've no complaints — the malt is taking over a bit, but Lagunitas brewed this one to age gracefully with the malt adding a bit of sweetness and biscuity pop without making the beer cloyingly sweet or over-carameled; I'm just on beer 1 of the 6-pack, and I expect I'm going to enjoy all six bottles very much

Nov 25, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SHeeeeet... how have I never had this beer? Remedied!
L - Hazy, unfiltered, good legs, heavy for a pale at 7.2
S - Subdued 420 fest, not as aromatic as I thought it'd be frankly.
T - holy crap this tastes great. like a Junior Waldo's but I love the balance. Damn. DAMN.
F - Perfect in almost every way, y'all.
O - maybe my new fave from Lags, neck-in-neck with WIlletized coffee stout.

Nov 22, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, slightly cloudy orange color with a white creamy head. SRM of 12. (3.75)

Aroma: Huge aromas. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. I'm getting pineapple, pine, lemon, guava, mango, papaya with a peach pith. Even some lychee and grape. Then a balanced herbal and pine quality to finish. (4.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. Huge flavors of citrus and tropics. I'm getting blood orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, guava, mango. Then a peach pith, pear, green grape, and lychee with a peachy sweetness. Moderately bitter with a distinct pale ale body and sweetness. Absolutely delicious. Masterfully flavorful and complex. (4.75)

Feel: Solid medium-body. Mild carbonation. Smooth and well-rounded. Leaves a sweetness on the palate, but at the same time has a tasteful bitter bite. (4.00)

Compared w/ PseudoSue: A darker orange color. Clearer. Much more tropical notes. Less citrus. More complex flavors. More bitterness. Stronger overall. A better beer IMO.

Overall: What a complex beer. You can really appreciate the complex fruit flavors. Such a flavorful and balanced beer. You really cannot overestimate this beer. Not bitter to the IPA level. Nice malts. I think for overall balance and complexity, this beer might define one of the best American craft beer creations we have seen. (Final Rating: 4.62 Masterclass)

Nov 19, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dunno about this one, BA’s. I think this bad boy is hella hyped - kind of like that new Star Wars stuff. And although I definitely wouldn’t call this one “The Last Jedi” (yes, that is the worst Star Wars film ever made. And yes, I know The Phantom Menace exists), but what should I call it? When I poured the damn thing it flowed like a pot of gold. And when I sniffed it, well, I was more excited than a leprechaun hitting his bong. But there is also that thing called “taste;” and for me, well, it’s not for me. It’s really vibrant with citrus, but on the backend is hella dead grass - which your boy is just not into. Feels all nice and stuff, but oh well. Raul don’t care anymore.


Nov 08, 2019
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EJPA_0425 from California

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If you're an IPA/APA geek, this one is an absolute must. Has a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a minimal head. Smells of fresh hops, oranges, peach, and mango. It probably has one of the freshest tastes ever. Absolutely no funky aftertaste and goes down like butter. One of the best beers in California for sure.

Nov 07, 2019
Born Yesterday from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 2766 ratings