Born Yesterday
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #10
Ranked #344
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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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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ZAP from Minnesota

4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just did a blind seven beer fresh hop taster recently and this was a clear cut #1.

Fabulous beer. One of the top hop forward beers made. Listed as an APA, at 7% I'd put this in IPA territory.

A veritable fruit cocktail of flavors and aromas. Tropical notes are, pineapple, papaya...also tangerines, oranges, and nectarines...

Malt bill is light and lets all this fresh fruit shine.

Lacks any catty, oniony, garlic notes. I love beers that avoid those notes and this does that in spectacular fashion.

I've reviewed closed to 1500 beers now over 15 years on this site and it takes something special to get me excited. This one does that.

Nov 24, 2016
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Santosizer from California

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I want to hate this brewery, with every fiber of my soul, I want to hate this brewery, but FFS, this is one perfect west coast IPA!

A: Poured a yellow, fresh squeezed orange juice type of look. Little head and this was poured into a tulip glass.

S: Mango, peach, pineapple, guava, lime, apple, strawberries, bubble gum.

T: Exactly like the nose; however towards the backend a little bit of roast, a definite breadiness.

M: Medium body, almost bubble gum type of feeling, hits so many aspects of your tongue with the sweetness, a subtle tart and roastiness. Nicely Carbonated..

O: I hate you Lagunitas, I genuinely hate you. I live in Azusa where your new brewery is going and the fact I used to drive 8 hrs to Russian River and a miserable 6hr flight, staying with my in-laws in Stowe for Heady.. all those hours to taste a perfect ipa, and you come and spoil us with this easy to obtain liquid gold. I hate your other beers, but you've earned a 5 from me. This is a perfect West Coast IPA with a massive amount of Simcoe. Bless you, keep this in the rotation, or I will boycott again.

Nov 05, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 12 fluid ounce bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2015 OneHitter Series
Borned 10/26/15
Served in a pint glass

Gorgeous appearance. The shockingly clear, golden-amber liquid was topped by a tight, sea foam, two-finger tall, eggshell colored crown that slowly dropped to a frothy cap. Drippy, craggily rings of lacing coated the glass and lasted until the beer was finished.

The aroma was absolutely outstanding. Amazingly hoppy and fragrant. Bright tropical fruit notes dominated. Loads of mango and musty passionfruit. Bit of guava. Peach and apricot came through strong as well. Super dank and weed-like. The marijuana notes were kicking. As the beer warmed, the dankness intensified.

The flavor profile was just as impressive as the aroma. Really juicy and fruity. Again, tropical fruit notes were in full effect. Loads of mango and passionfruit. Papaya was also noticeable. Super dank and weed-y. Touch of honey-like sweetness. Orange notes also came through strong. The beer was very juice-like. Tangerine and clementine were also apparent. The finish contained notes of orange peel and ruby red grapefruit. Amazingly well balanced with just a touch of bitterness. As in the nose, the cannabis-like dankness intensified as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the only thing about this beer that did not blow me away. It was thinner bodied and somewhat over carbonated. Frothy and fluffy on the palate. With time, the carbonation settled to a more appropriate level and the beer turned smoother and more supple.

After constantly being disappointed by the uber pithy, dry and bitter wet hopped beers that Sierra Nevada puts our each year, I had a fairly negative opinion on the style. Born Yesterday, however, gave me a new perspective on them. This beer ranks right up there with Trillium's Fort Point Pale Ale and 3 Floyds's Zombie Dust as one of the best American pale ales I have ever tried, and one of the best hoppy beers period. Thank you Lagunitas for sending this to the East Coast this year.

Oct 31, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/27/14. This beer is pretty much as fresh as can be.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tropical fruit, and pineapple juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic citrus and tropical fruit forward hop characteristics that make this one quite tasty and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 30, 2014
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

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

Pours golden in color with a fluffy white head that retains nicely. Smell has incredibly fresh citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas forward with notes of grapefruit, orange, passion fruit and a dank herbal hop presence. Some sweet grainy malt aroma are on the back end. Taste follows the nose with fresh hop flavors of citrus, papaya, mango, and passion fruit along with a hefty dank herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel has loads of hopy oils resins and moderate bitterness. Sweet malt and a medium body balance with moderate amounts of carbonation. Awesome harvest ale.

Nov 14, 2014
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date but this was just delivered fresh this week. "Fresh Hop" "Unfiltered" brewed with Mosaic, Amarillo, Equinox, etc.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours hazy golden, orange, & juicy. Unfiltered. One finger or so of frothy white head that leaves decent scattered lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks excellent.

S - I swear i could smell this thing before i even popped the cap; Huuuuuge huge huge hop juices oozing out of this thing at every angle. Huge aromatic; piney, lemony, sticky, gooey, oily, dense. Smells like a freshly juiced hop nugget for damn sure. Notes of fruit zest: grapefruit, oranges, blood orange, lemon, assorted citrus. Perhaps some subtle notes of bready earthy rye in there. I'm not sure I've ever smelled a 'Fresh Hop' IPA that smelled this nice, or any IPA for that matter. I think i might give it the 5.

T - Taste follows the nose: absolutely bursting at every angle with fresh hop goodness: juicy, grassy, herbal, oily, piney, sticky, dank, bitter, resinous. Big notes of juicy citrus: grapefruit, blood orange, orange zest, lemon. This is some very fresh IPA right here.

M - Feel is extremely smooth, crisp, & clean. Ridiculously easy-drinking and quenching for the 7.00% abv. I could probably down a sixer of this stuff before i even knew it. Light-bodied, with excellent carb. Some mildly bitter & piney hop oils lingering on the palate, along with perhaps a touch of spice (rye?).

Overall, i would be lying if i said this wasn't one of the best fresh IPA's i've ever had, which it surely is. Highly recommended stuff; i will be buying much more of this next time i see it.

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale -----4.5/5

Oct 24, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle.

Deep golden hue with a perfect clarity, a whole lot of suds that stick around and leave rings on the glass. The Mosaic and Equinox hops are dominant as their uniqueness comes through both in the nose and on the taste buds. Woody, earthy, piney, herbal, pithy, and floral all come from the hops. The use of fresh hops is amazing, seek this brew out now.

Nov 13, 2014
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Redrover from Wisconsin

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

I was glad to be able to grab a sixer again this year! poured into an imperial pint, the beer is a hazy gold with a clingy off-white head.

It has a huge nose. You can smell the beer from feet away. Fresh citrus, mango, and other tropical fruits.

The taste tracks the smell with herbal and resinous flavors that are backed by a caramel malt backbone. bitterness is midrange. The tropical fruit flavors linger as the beer has a mouth coating quality.

The mouth feel is silky smooth and very soft. It is very easy drinking. I'm not sure I would have this one with food as I think it is best sampled with no distractions. Well done!

Oct 29, 2017
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bwrenn24 from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer, one of the best hop forward pale ales I have had. I have had it on draft and out of the bottle. I totally agree with other reviewers who say that if this had been done by another "more hyped" brewery it would be way more sought after. I am a New Englander and I would put this in the same class with Edward, MO and Lights On - only it's 11.99 for a six pack and I don't have to drive far or wait in line for it! Def pick this up if you have the chance

Nov 14, 2015
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Raptor66 from Oregon

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

Pours a murky yellow/orange with a frothy head.
So many aromas that boil down to a super citrusy nose hit.
Taste is pure flowery citrus. Smack in the face hoppy.
Hops front and center, malt makes for a subtle balance.
This is better than last years version, imo.

Oct 25, 2016
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JohnnieB71 from New York

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

This beer is what I like to call next level. It's generally a term I use for the likes of Tree House,Grimm Artisanal Ales and Other Half Brewings offerings.

This is probably the best beer I've had from a larger craft brewery period.

Nov 03, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Extremely crystal clear body, hanging with a supper bright and brassy light gold color, and very sparse rising carbonation. The head froths like an IPA, big and thick, foamy with swiss chesse retention and very even in an easy three finger height, probably even bigger. Massive retention for a pale ale, thick and ring island puck presence and lace. Excellent looking aggressive pale ale brew.

Aroma goes for classic hop earth and fun. Juiced earthy tones, dank qualities, and lots of green thick herbs. One dimensional but with a good dimension as much of the other characteristics can't make a dent from this large hop haze in terms of scent.

Palate brings a much different level of appreciation. Sweet juiced body, very controlled, with soft caramel in the mid palate. Finishes thick with mild hop citrus and tropical qualities. Dank earth quality and sticky senses has taken a much different back seat, if only adding to the bitterness in the aftertaste. Extremely easy drinkablity, with a full rich malt thickness that isn't overly sweet, syrupy, or cloying. Mild tea like herbs as well on the finish, getting into a good soft green complexity.

A real good example of hop forward but also level headed American pale ale, with a good degree of sophistication. Super drinkable, and a hop forward brew that doesn't become one dimensional and all about the hops. Great stuff.

Oct 31, 2015
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ChipChaight from New York

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours hazy orange with bubbly white head, smells like juicy apricot, tangerine, candied citrus, and pine, taste is grapefruit with a flash of shape pithy bitterness, medium light, highly carbonate, finishes dry. Another pompelmo soda IPA, I can feel the pulp.

Nov 03, 2016
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frothy_80 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft 11/20/2015

Vibrant hazy yellow orange with decent head retention. The smell is of walking through a citrus grove. Fresh orange and grapefruit blast the nose with some floral grass in the background. The taste is essentially the same. Starts with sweet tasting oranges and finishes with bitter grapefruit. Very minimal malt that comes into play. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and on the dryer side. The malt could have been more involved to help balance some of the bitterness- just my personal preference. Definitely worth a try.

Nov 22, 2015
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Koral from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale golden
Smell: Piney, cirtusy, resinous
Taste: crisp hop bite, citrus, pine, resin, dank
Feel: crisp and refreshing, perfectly carbonated

One of the best fresh hop beers around and, in my opinion, one of the best beers Lagunitas makes

Oct 24, 2016
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jhartley from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Snorkel tulip. Borned on 10/26/2015
Pours a golden yellow to orange body with a fingers worth of white fluffy head. Decent amount of lacing left in the glass.
Great aromas of citrus: oranges, grapefruit, tangerines a little spicy pine at the end.
Yeah, this is really nice! Nice citrus hoppiness up front to follow suit with that aroma, nice dry malty finish.
Light mouth feel, lingering dry biscuit like malt.
Overall, I should have picked up a whole six pack! This is super easy to drink and the best Lagunitas beer I have had since uber fresh Sucks! Pick this one up if you haven't already! 3 weeks old and this is great! I think I like this better than Founders Harvest Fresh Hop Ale!

Nov 15, 2015
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose is floral and grassy. A lot of bright hoppy notes with quite a bit of dank/resinous qualities.
Taste is horrifically dank. A lot of resin and hops. Mild malt.
Very crisp with a somewhat dry finish.

It's a really nice beer, but I can't even begin to understand the hype. Nothing about this screams "OH MY GOD, IT'S SO FRESH". Everything seems a little muted.

Edit 3 days later: I had this again at the bar that I work at, and it is MUCH better than the keg at The Pourhouse in Montgomeryville. Attempt number 2 was floral with citrus and I could actually taste the malt. I'll grab a pint and re-review soon.

Oct 29, 2015
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Roadking1979 from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Each year, this extraordinary APA becomes more elusive. This year, I was able to bag 3 sixers at our local Total Wine. Had the last one today (they miraculously lasted three weeks), and sadness has set in. Worth the hunt in every way.

Jan 08, 2018
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draheim from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz (bottled 10/26/2015, so 5 days ago) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear straw color w/ a nice fluffy clean white head that leaves behind beautiful sticky lace.

Aroma is clean bright citrusy hops; fresh grapefruit and orange rind. Bursting with tropical acidic juice.

Taste is a blast of citrusy alpha acids layered over neutral pale malt. Clean, crisp and sharp. Nice bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is just right. Balanced, medium bodied with a nice spicy bite.

Overall a truly outstanding offering. Might need to do a side by side with another favorite in the style, Cowiche Canyon (which I gave a 4.47). This is why we drink fresh hop beers.

Nov 01, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

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

L: beautiful orange, with a thick white head
S: tons of citrus
T: trop fruits, citrus, excellent
F: light body, dry finish
O: I'd call it a Sucks Light

Feb 05, 2016
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El_Brujo_de_A2 from Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale fresh hop unfiltered is part of the Lagunitas 2017 one hitter series. Having only had a single bottle of their High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout earlier this year thanks to a generous Beer advocate I knew I was up for a treat.Floral assault on the nose in a good way. light clean mouth feel. Quite clean dry finish. This pale ale is executed exceptionally well.

Affordability and quality are two areas Lagunitas shines . Appearance is a mostly hazy amber. I hear this is the norm for this formula outside of California .If you see it at your local bottle shop or grocery store be sure to pick it up if this style is up your alley as it does not disappoint. Cheers.

Oct 27, 2017
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious. Reminds me of a certain Pittsburgh craft beer. :-)
Has a citrus flavor like grapefruit juice. Golden with fizzy white head. Plenty of tropical fruit in the aroma.

Nov 11, 2016
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chrishiker1409 from New York

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

I guess this can be classified whatever, but this is not a pale ale.

L: A golden yellow. Pours about a finger of head. Quickly dissipates but covers surface and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Citrus, mango, grafefruit, some pineapple.

T: Follows knows with a bit of pine on the back end. Finishes quite bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Very nice.

F: Medium to lite bodied, moderatley carbonated.

O: Citra hops are the player here. It's a zombie dust lite. Would love to drink them side by side. Easily one of the best beers that's distributed nationally, if not the best.

Nov 16, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BORNED 10/16/17" and sampled 10/29/17
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Very hazy golden body beneath a short head of off-white that drops fairly readily and leaves only spotty lacing behind.
Smell: Bright, fresh, resinous, and fruity (orange, apricot, papaya). Really impressive!
Taste: Even fuller than the aroma suggests with additional fruity notes of mango, passionfruit, guava, berries, and pineapple. A sweetish, doughy and grainy malt base supports it, and a solid bitterness and spritz of alcohol balance it and bring it to a dry finish. Lightly floral and spicy in the finish.
Feel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous side. Gently crisp and then smooth with a median, fine-bubbled carbonation.
Overall: At 7.2% ABV and loaded with hops this is hardly a "pale ale" unless you add the word "India" in front. It's also a fresh hop ale, and unfiltered. There's also just a touch, barely noticeable, of the chlorophyl sometimes found in fresh hop beers. I don't know for sure but I'm pretty confident that I've never found a truer representation of hop flavor in a beer. It's really quite fantastic, and ultimately completely satisfying. Quickly running through the list of beers that I have in my refrigerator right now I can say without question that whatever beer I have next won't be able to compete. I might as well have a whiskey, or a better option is to walk down to my local where they've got this on tap and have another. This gets my vote for best beer of 2017.

Oct 29, 2017
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 2772 ratings