Born Yesterday Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Born Yesterday Pale AleBorn Yesterday Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #10
Ranked #325
4.41 | pDev: 7.03%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Born Yesterday Pale AleBorn Yesterday Pale Ale
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 …
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Reviews: 544 | Ratings: 2,692
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, 7.2% abv, born 10072019 2 1046; purchased single off shelf... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: slightly-hazy, slightly-pale amber liquid; tall, bouncy, steady billow of chunky foam, slow craggy recede... Donkey-Kong sloped trail of lace

S: explosively fragrant: orange (earl grey?), lemon, hint of pink grapefruit, heavy perfumy-floral undertone, green-leafy... after the foam subsides, a bit of bready malt pokes out, hint of tobacco... that perfumy-floral-ness keeps streaming up out the nose holes

T: orange-lemon rustic bread up front, spiced orange tea with a mellow earthy bitterness in the finish; relatively dry... bit of grapefruit and mint slowly creeps into the aftertaste... reminds me of some of the Tree House stuff I've tried, but maybe marginally less leafy... just enough cakey malt for counterpoint, yet superb dryness... Snickers nougat and Mountain Dew essences trapped, static

F: richly-resinous, milky mist washing slowly across the tongue; soft spicy-warm glow lingering kinda throughout the palate... can't do much better with its touch and texture; probably pound-able by the growler, good loord

O: no unique flavors, but relatively vibrant and punchy, hop-wise; wonderfully elegant fade to its back end... to hell with that NEIPA mop-water grainy sludge, but the hopping totally tastes like a NEIPA... def. ain't merely a pale ale (branded because of the subtle bitterness?!) (1584)

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Photo of stevepat
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow with a nice pillowy white head that has excellent staying power and nice lacing.B
Bright pineapple and citrus aromas with a nice floral/hashy bite to it on the tail end. Aroma is nice out of the bottle but the one I had on tap a few days ago was even more bombastic on the nose
Taste is also in the tropical realm with primarily passion fruit and a brighter citrus zest type of flavor. It's not as bright or filled out as the aroma. Decently pleasant hop flavor but not as big and bright as it could be.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Solid
Overall this is a lovely beer and a lovely bargain, it was much better on draft in my opinion but this is still a very pleasant fresh hop ale.

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Photo of DavetotheB
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle dated 10/7/19. Poured into glass. Color is goldish orange, can't see through it, but will still let light through, Quarter inch of off white head. Middle of the road retention and lacing. Smell is strong-floral with some fruit (citrus?) in the background. Mosaic hops dominate the taste, fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a fairly strong aftertaste that lingers. Overall a plus beer. Can't compare to previous years as I haven't had them, but would drink this one again.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date, here we go

Looks good, has a nice cap of foam and a cloudy unfiltered appearance. Smells great initially, dank vegetal hop smell, but ends on a bitter medicinal note. Tastes more like an IPA than a pale - lots of sticky sweet malt combined with dank, grassy, tropical fresh hop juice. Drinks VERY easy for 7%, I would have clocked it closer to 5-something%

It's a satisfying fresh hop beer, good enough where I'm considering picking up another 6-pack. Those "one-hitters" at Lagunitas haven't completely sold-out yet!

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Photo of RichardWeed
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally, what I have been looking for. Fresh and delicious. Glad someone turned me on to this.
I love the hoppiness and the freshness. I will be drinking this for a while.

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

Light orange body, Good head. Pungent dank aromas. How does an APA clock in over 7%? This one does. Taste of citrus, pine, and orange zest. Very hoppy. Strong bitter aftertaste that develops with time. Easy drinking. Very dangerous at a 7.2% abv.

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Photo of KingStelle
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2019 version. Bottles 10/7/19, rated 10/10/19. Light orange and golden color, almost no head. Wonderful hops smell, some nice dank. Taste is light up front with a burst of hops. Hops almost consume the entire palate. If your a hop fan get this beer. Maybe my favorite beer from Lagunitas. A top pale ale

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Photo of Vasser40
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This bottle had a born on date of October 7th 2019. 3 days old. I admire a brewer working so quickly to ship something. I'm in Milwaukee, so I'm guessing what I'm getting is from Chicago. An incredibly juicy pale ale. The smell is of orange rind. The taste is juicy juicy juicy. not always a fan of that, but it absolutely works here. I'm surprised it's drinking at 7.2% ABV. You don't feel it until you're at the bottom of your second bottle. A fantastic brew.

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

Cloudy golden orange. Smells very hoppy. Big flavor. A lot of hop complexity without the extreme bitterness. Tropical flavors but not overwhemling. Tastes like spring and summer mixed together. Perfectly balanced. Excellente!

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Photo of WBonds
3.28/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big Lagunitas fan, but this one just nothing special. Expecting bright, crisp and fresh, didn’t get it. On draft at Mellow Mushroom. Going back to Lil Sumpin’...

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Photo of TomEfiller
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty golden Amber with a thin head with nice lacing. Smells of dank citrus with pine and bread. Taste is excellent and light with a more malty dry finish. Feels crisp with more carbonation than I wanted. Overall this is an outstanding Pale Ale that packs a punch at 7.7% ABV. Buy if you ever see it.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great offering from one of my favorite brewers...

More an IPA to my taste than just a plain pale ale, this PA pack a punch of flavor to the tongue, has an appealing, light amber color to the eyes, a succulent sweet smell of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines to the nose, a light and crisp mouthfeel (though more carbonated than I prefer), and overall experience that is well worth its 4+ rating. Another great job from Lagunitas...

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/17/16; drank 10/22/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge, noisy bright white head; strong, frothy lace.

Watermelon, sweet cherry, fresh marijuana & fresh cut grass notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Watermelon & sweet cherry flavors up front; dry grass & fresh marijuana notes on the finish.

A bit too sweet & bit too dry, but the flavors pop. Good, at least this fresh...

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Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-01-09 in Bolingbrook, IL on tap at The Beer Market

Dank, apricot peach, some pine, herbal spice. Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and a bit slick. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Amendm
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An easy pour from a 12-oz. bottle flows a finger sized rocky white head, with long retention and streaks of lacing.
Slightly hazy yet clear golden straw color.
Hops; floral, herbal and piney are upfront in the smell, bread and grainy malt also.
The taste starts lightly bitter and neutral on the sweet/dry, lots of hop flavor. The middle of the taste is malty and citrus-juicy with a piney hop flavor. The finish is semi-dry with increased bitterness, still smooth and soft from the malt. Hops live on in the aftertaste.
Medium body plus lots of carbonation, alcohol is hidden (faint pepper).
Best beer from this brewer yet, big on hop flavor, big malt backbone, balanced easy drink.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and tasty, with a dankness that imparts rye-like flavor, fresh earthiness, and somewhat medicinal. If you’re into those things you should love this one.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a nice Winter day of lawn maintenance, aka mulching the bajillion leaves in my yard, a nice cold "Born Yesterday" tasted AMAZING...Nice hop/malt combinaton, smooth finish, this is an awesome pale ale!

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Photo of mpyle
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep gold color, good clarity for a hoppy beer. Pours a medium sized white head, creamy and lingering.

Hints of pine and pineapple in the aroma, and some sweet melon. Almost a candy sweetness.

Big malty sweet and then fruity sweet flavor up front as the malt gives way to the hop flavors. Intense hop flavors, but fairly mellow on the bitterness. Slight solvent flavor - alcohol or hops - not sure.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency, and only very slight warming. A pretty easy drinking biggish hoppy beer.

I hadn't read the label carefully, so was surprised to learn that it is 7.2% ABV. Not sure if the extra ABV adds anything beyond more sweetness and warmth. I do like the hop flavor, but wish it was in a 5-6% kind of beer.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like Lagunitas and now I get to add another beer of theirs that I like a lot. This pale ale is 7.2% ABV and “high” IBUs. I couldn’t find the exact number so if you find it, let me know, please.

Look-This pours a clear, yet with a slight haze, golden yellow and a foamy thick khaki white head. The lacing is thick and sticky.

Smell-It smells very juicy and fruity. I get a lot of citrus hops like grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and some hints of earthy hops. I smell some malts that are like molasses and honeysuckle.

Taste-The flavor is strong and tastes like citrusy malty pale ale. An oily and specific flavor grips your palate and leaves a hop resin coating on the tongue. I taste a lot of citrus like orange peel zest, tangerine, and some grapefruit maybe. I get some honeysuckle and earthy-ness to it as well and maybe a little bit of pine. It is a medium-bodied beer with strong carbonation and a mild bite from the alcohol. The

Overall-It is a refreshing beer with a lot to offer and goes down easy. I think that you should try it at least once if you like pale ales.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Ryan_Leb8
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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 kurtdicke
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.8%
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 H-TownMcBuck
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Born Yesterday Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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