The Down Low
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #744
ABV:
3.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,374
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 9.19%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
201
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 03, 2022
Added:
Apr 24, 2016
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  30
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
perhaps originally made for utah with the low alcohol draft rules, i know this has worn a few different hats, but its quality, simple in a good way, a lot like lagunitas censored, a slightly hoppy and bitter amber essentially, not too sweet with the low alcohol, which put it ahead of most of its peers it utah when it first came around, but sturdy enough overall to not seem weakened in any way, not a compromise, not enough beer like this back then, but now with the higher abv permitted on draft, this sort of thing kind of fell out of favor. i like beer like this, pine forward hop bitterness with a little orange zest note to it, doesnt even matter if its all that fresh, the hops seem kind of stuck in it regardless which is nice. its got a little bit of yeast character which sometimes i loathe in lagunitas beers, but appreciate in this one, it keeps it from being watery or one dimensional. the malt has a honey note, a toasted richness, but its drier than many in its class. good carbonation, fine balance if you like them on the hoppy side, and enough body that i dont feel cheated. this is better than i think it ever really got credit for, filled a niche like no other, at least in utah, and really was one of the more agreeable and dynamic session types when the style picked up. always a fan.
Oct 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.91 by avisong from Virginia

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From December 2016. I'm always a little concerned when someone wants to make a malty ipa or pale ale. Are you into traditional English ipas? No? Then why?

Anyways, here comes a copper colored beer with 1/2" off white head. A little bit of chill haze, not the usual clarity you see from Lagunitas. The aroma was hoppy. More aromatic than expected, it dropped notes of peach, passion fruit and grapefruit up in the nose.

Taste was hoppy too. I thought it was just gonna be a crystal malt bread ship, but it manages to get some hop flavors through like it did in the nose. Yeah there is plenty of that toasted breadiness to it, but I was thinking it was gonna be the usual rolo/werthers descriptors all day. The bitterness is more than just a pine and grapefruit push, there is some stone fruit and tropical, but they prolly would hit harder with a lighter malt bill.

So there you have it, a review of a malty, session pale ale. Somehow the beer worked.
Jun 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by desint from Belgium

Sep 20, 2019
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Reviewed by huthuty from Utah

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Great dark amber color, medium-small head.
Smell is hoppy and spicy with medium malt in the background.
Taste is a well rounded IPA with a bit of spice at the back of the mouth

At first I was scared of these big craft 4% abv ipas, they've actually all been excellent.
Dec 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by BeerPirate from Utah

May 31, 2018
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Reviewed by UtahBeerPleb from Utah

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
It looks really great, with excellent head retention for such low ABV. I've found that even low ABV beers that pour with a huge head initially don't keep it for long, but this is an exception. On the nose, I get a very overpowering grassy smell, and for the taste it's not too different. It's got a very strong up-front floral and grassy lemon flavor, with a somewhat bitter piney finish that lingers on the tongue. It's not a combination of flavors that I really enjoy. The body is thin, as is to be expected at 3.9%. It's not my favorite.

I'm just starting to think I'm not a huge fan of floral/grassy flavors in my pale ales. Too bad. This really doesn't seem like a bad beer, and I'm sure Lagunitas is a great brewery (haven't had anything else from them yet but I'm aware of their reputation). It's just not really my thing.
Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by evanwoertz from California

Mar 17, 2018
 
Rated: 2.47 by joe12pk from Michigan

Jan 01, 2018
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
3.5% ABV version brewed for the Swedish market.

The colour is gold, the liquid clear. The two finger head is white and compact; it sinks slowly down leaving some fine lacing on the glass.

The smell is fruity and sweet with distinct American hoppy flavours of orange, grapefruit and pine needles.

The taste got passing clean sweetness, growing citric bitterness and some herbal-piney flavours. The sweetness and body fades quickly, leaving a thin bitter-hoppy aftertaste with notes of grapefruit, tangerines and orange peels plus a hint of plastic. The finish got somewhat harsh notes of citric marmalade and pine needles.

The carbonation is medium to strong; the mid-sized bubbles short-lived. The liquid is light and harsh.

The hoppy and bitter notes are OK, but the malts way to thin. I guess that is what you get when you release a 3.5% version of a beer originally at 3.9%.
Oct 09, 2017
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Rated by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very easy drinkiner... Not very bitter at all but still has a nice floral hops flavor , mildly sweet..

Cheap as well, paid $3 for a bomber.
Oct 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by WhitmansNiece from Massachusetts

Sep 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazy semi-burnt copper color. Sly transparency. Light carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. One finger white foamy head quickly dissipates. Moderately messy semi-foamy lacing. The smell started off with subtle sweet peach, dried melon flesh. Subtle brittle bitter citrus rind. White pepper. The flavor brings it all together decently. Semi-dry sweet to spicy aftertaste with a quick dry spicy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly light. White pepper spice hits on the tongue nicely. Overall, it works, I can see it. Perhaps again.
Jun 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.42 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jun 21, 2017
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Taste: smooth semi sweet malts mix with floral hops. clean finish. Same with the nose. Gold, slight haze, smaller head,some lace. Medium/lite body. Easy drinking non bitter ale. 42 IBUs
Jun 17, 2017
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Type: 16-oz. draft (I think)
Glass: Wasatch Brewery slightly curved shaker glass
From: Gordon Biersch in the Salt Lake City, Utah airport
Price: $6.50
Purchased: April 30, 2017
Consumed: April 30, 2017
Reviewed as: American IPA (session IPA for my purposes)
Misc.: N/A

Grabbed this while on a layover in the Salt Lake City, Utah airport. Went for here because most of the underage people I was traveling with were at different concourses. Was excited to not see Gordon Biersch brews on tap, even if it was the mandatory 4 pct. ABV and lower Utah law. Had been wanting to try this for some time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Poured a gold-to-light amber clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white frothy head when I got it. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good uneven lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Could tell right away that it was a Lagunitas beer. Lots of flavors for such a small beer. Got floral, red grapefruit, papaya, bitter tropical rind, spoiled peach peel, pine, herbal and hints of onions and garlics. Not sure of hops. Would guess Cascade and hints of Mosaic. Smell got worse as it went along. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Obviously not a lot of pop. Mix of citrus and tropical. Also floral, papaya, guava, passion fruit, pine, herbal, grass, pine needles, onions, garlic and light grapefruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt rather bitter finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Glad I got to try this at a Utah airport and not from a 6-pack. Nowhere as good as Daytime. (Overall - 3.75)

3.62 | 82 | B
May 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Apr 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by jaydoc from Kansas

Apr 23, 2017
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Reviewed by handmuffin from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Just bought locally today, so must be recently re-released for summer. Served from 22 oz. bottle into glass. Pours medium amber in color, high clarity, with large fluffy white head. Immediate strong hop aroma, a medley of tropical fruit, citrus and pine resin, with non of the three being overly dominant. No significant malt aroma. Flavor is significantly weaker than the aroma, still almost entirely hops, but more pine and earthy flavors rather than fruitiness. A small amount of clean, simple malt flavor. A medium high hop bitterness at the end. Body is low, almost watery with medium carbonation. Overall I think this beer is a great example of a session IPA. The aroma is complex and enticing, but the comparatively simple flavor is super easy on the palate. A relatively bitter ending and light body increases the drinkability. This is a perfect beer for summer and stoooopidly slammable (if only it came in twelve packs of cans).
Apr 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by tbone1384 from Wyoming

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Mar 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by VABA from Virginia

Mar 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.55 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Feb 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.62 by IRONRakkasan from California

Feb 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.48 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania

Jan 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by RAFH from Michigan

Jan 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by sweemzander from Illinois

Dec 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.83 by SerpentX from California

Dec 15, 2016
 
Rated: 2.75 by beagleyx2 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by rabbibrews from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jagada from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by lic217 from Connecticut

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Dec 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 26, 2016
The Down Low from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 201 ratings