Born Yesterday Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Born Yesterday Pale AleBorn Yesterday Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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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#381
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506
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2,587
pDev:
6.82%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is quite nice, lots of hops on the nose. The taste of the beer is very good too, it has a good malt profile but an even better hop profile. The feel of the beer is light and crisp. Overall it's a very good brew!

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor store, apparently the only format this is currently available in around these parts. Something tells me that this one didn't quite arrive in the titular time frame.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with a rising tower of puffy, rocky, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sudsy shotgun blast lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dank pine resin, punchy mixed citrus fruitiness - white grapefruit, blood orange, papaya, and overripe pineapple - with more indistinct melon notes, gritty and grainy caramel malt, a trendy earthy chalkiness, and further leafy, grassy, and mildly perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is complex citrus fruit - pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and hard to differentiate tropical add-ons (ok, mainly kiwi) - a growing flinty and stoney joint, some understated grainy and crackery malt mewling, and more herbal, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is nice and light and fluffy in its engaging frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and fairly smooth for such a hop-forward offering, with perhaps even a hint of airy creaminess arising as things evolve out of winter cooler temperatures. It finishes off-dry, the malt successful in its previous feeling around for its wayward balls, while the admittedly still fresh-seeming west-coast hops take their foot off the gas just enough to let us all fucking breathe.

Overall, a well-rendered, and enjoyable example of this seasonal version of the base style, i.e., one where the hops are not of the pelleted, but instead more of the time-sensitive format. Anyways, crazy-easy to drink, given the well-balanced nature of the bittering agents, even if their off-sets are a bit lazy in their eventual 'debut'. I wasn't born yesterday, so I guess I get to say that, yeah, this is pretty good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brief initial impression from a bottle (2016 vintage) below. Full review to follow.

APPEARANCE: Dull murky body with plenty of haziness indicative of a lack of filtration. Looks like a mediocre hefeweizen. Head dies within 2 minutes. Appears well-carbonated, I guess. It isn't much to look at.

AROMA: Subtle blueberry, floral notes, faint onion from the Simcoe, and mild resins and oils. It's a nice change of pace from the usual hop extract/oil Lagunitas' hoppy beers are famous for, but it isn't dazzling. Above average aromatic intensity. Clean in terms of yeast profile. I detect no off-flavours or booze.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, with the subtle blueberry from the mosaic hops emerging easily as the star of the show, reminding me of Lone Pint's Yellow rose in that regard.

Thankfully, it doesn't bend too tropical, and avoids that warm boozy pineapple note that's become in vogue of late. It is on the pulpy side of the citrus spectrum, which works for it in combination with its lively yeast and lack of filtration. Nice depth of flavour and flavour duration.

Balanced, with the pale malt sweetness hiding any hop bitterness. There's no dragging biting grapefruit here, but it is pretty pungent hopwise for a mere pale ale.

TEXTURE: Slightly oily, smooth, wet, refreshing, light to medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and of apt thickness and heft on the palate. The oiliness is near perfect, coaxing out nuance from the resinous amarillo hops. Well-executed across the board.

OVERALL: I find myself inhaling it it's so drinkable; this is nice work from Lagunitas. With a fresh hoppy flavour and plenty of complexity, Born Yesterday tugs at the upper limits of what a pale ale can be - though it doesn't quite rival stylistic paragons like Alpine's underappreciated Alpine Ale, and its $14.99 USD pricetag (in NYC) is a bit much especially for Lagunitas (who usually puts out some of the most affordable high quality beers in the U.S. aside from maybe Deschutes or Alaskan). I'll have no trouble polishing off my 6 pack, and I'd definitely recommend it to others.

Low B (3.53) / GOOD

***
10.29.16 2nd impression:

The way that wave of amarillo resin carries the subtle blueberry of the mosaic is fantastic.

I can't put this stuff down it's so drinkable.

Low B / GOOD

***
11.06.16 3rd impression (from the same 6 pack):

"Age" has barely affected the quality of this brew. Boasts a soft mouthfeel and a fantastically selected hop profile, with bursts of blueberry playing off classic amarillo resin. A bit of oniony simcoe pokes its head out, but everything is kept balanced by bright pale malts. (No overdone caramalt sweetness here.) Citrusy with a tropical bend and some muted hop oils.

Almost everything one would want in a fresh hop pale ale, though not quite up to par with the best expressions of the pale ale style out there. This runs $15 a six pack in New York City, rivaling Sculpin in price - but it's so enjoyable I find myself looking out for it every time I'm in stores. Lagunitas' worse priced small format bottle, but it's oh so worth it.

B (3.58) / GOOD

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

Field-fresh and radiant with hop perfume, the ultra floral nature of 'wet-hop' harvest ale is to celebrate the most vibrant and racy hop aromas but the trade-off is with the chlorophyl plagued flavors to follow. But when you use the most coveted hops on the planet, its seductive fruit and fragrance easily allures the sense in mesmerizing fashion.

With the slightest of hop haze, the bright golden ale pours with a blooming white head that pushes its tantilizing aromas of citrus, tropical, herbal and orchard character onto the nose. Its zesty potpourri is flowery of honeysuckle while its sweet taste is also honey-like with hints of caramel and simple syrups.

As its sweetness recedes somberly, the hop flavor blossoms with the exotic fructose sweetness and candied tang of red grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango, passionfruit and kiwi. Hints of lemon and gooseberry trek onward along with a developing herbaceous taste of chive, cannabis and tomcat; all ahead of a bitterly resinous pine character that overwhelms the malt balance just marginally.

Retaining tethers of malt sweetness and graham cracker breadiness, the pale ale is medium-light on the palate, flirting with the line that separates pale ale from IPA. Grassy and piquant with torn pine needles, fresh grass clippings and Italian herbs, its exotic afterglow is fruity, botanical and decidedly fresh.

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

Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016:
Better than before, bursting with citrus and tropical aromas, juicy orange and grapefruit flavors.
Smooth and juicy feel, moderate bitterness and easily sessionable. An amazing APA worth tracking down.

2014:
Whoa, this is suddenly the #8 APA? That's strange.

Pours a bright saturated orange tone, fluffy white foam that leaves behind some nice delicate lace. Brilliant clarity.

Pungent nose, reminds me of my fresh Columbus harvest a month or two ago. Funky sweet sticky Mary Jane, floral and citrus beyond that.

Tastes of sweet orange, grapefruit peel, bitter pine resin. Light bodied and easy to drink. If this is a fresh hop beer, it's one of the best on the market. It's a very good pale ale, though I've also had better.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/17/2016. Pours very hazy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge grapefruit, peach, pineapple, tangerine, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, peach, pineapple, tangerine, mango, melon, passion fruit papaya, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a world class wet hop IPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. An insanely amazing offering.

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

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4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

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Born Yesterday Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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