The Down Low | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by billab914 on 04-24-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,150
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
194
pDev:
8.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
30
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Photo of BeerPirate
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UtahBeerPleb
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.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe12pk
2.47/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bark
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%.

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Photo of TerryMills
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.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morrowd3
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
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

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Photo of BucannonXC5
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

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of handmuffin
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).

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Photo of tbone1384
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Segelstrom
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RAFH
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SerpentX
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beagleyx2
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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The Down Low from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 194 ratings