12th Of Never Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

12th Of Never Ale12th Of Never Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #301
Ranked #9,718
3.97 | pDev: 9.07%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
12th Of Never Ale12th Of Never Ale
Notes: Tropically Hoppy. Light, yet Full-Bodied. Bright and Citrusy. Word.

The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat. Tropically hoppy. Light, yet full-bodied. Bright and citrusy. The 12th of Never Ale is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic and bitter. It’s all we know.

These 12oz mini-kegs (AKA cans) are an exciting new option for us, and we are stoopid stoked at the opportunity for y’all to take us to all those new, nelophobic locations…
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Shiredave from New York

3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cute stuff written on the 18oz. can, mysterious numeric codes on the bottom.
Pretty average pale yellow, fizzy ale inside the can.
Vaguely hoppy aroma and mildly malty flavor with a clean, unremarkable finish.

Aug 15, 2020
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Ironhand24680 from California

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.75


May 27, 2020
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summitsix from California

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into tulip glass

L: Filtered, straw golden brew, delicate bubbles streaming to the top
S: Piney, tropical notes
T: Nice hop punch with mango and papaya accompanied by wheat malts with a slightly bitter finish, just enough to savor
F: Pillowy, easy to drink
O: This is my go to session beer

This is a great beer in the Lagunitas lineup, perfect for mid-days, and better than most session IPAs that leave you wanting more.

Apr 11, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint

L: 3.75 yellow with plentiful carbonation
S: 4 Piney with a hint of pale malts
T: 4 lemongrass and bright hops. Would be a wondeful summer drink.
F: 4. Delectable. Pleasant mouthfeel and goes down super smooth.
O: 4 Think i'll revisit this when the weather gets warmer.

Mar 19, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Late afternoon. Hungry for lunch. Grilled baby gel cheese sandwich with home made sourdough. 19.2 oz can poured into a wine glass.
Look: Clear, golden. Beautiful foamy rocky head that stayed for 5 minutes and dissipated with beautiful lacing.
Aroma: Strong pineapples, mangoes, mild bananas, and mild lemon peel.
Taste: Spicy, lightly sweet. Clean taste after carbonation subsides. Bitter grapefruit like finish.
Carbonation: Medium to high and tingly in the beginning. Refreshing and light.
Would drink again? Yes

Feb 23, 2020
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camtgrant from Washington

3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a completely translucent light golden color with a foamy, short lasting head. Aroma is grassy and herbal along with some dank, pithy fruitiness. Taste follows the nose in many ways, a very grassy and pithy fruit flavor. The flavor is a bit subdued, doesn't have that bright citrusy flavor that I like. It has a lighter body, good amount of carbonation with a fairly low bitterness. It has a very clean and crisp taste, overall it's an alright drinkable beer but nothing great or out of the ordinary.

Jan 11, 2020
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Sup_Sippin from California

2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Whoa, grass and sleepy lightning, marijuana, pure dank, zings the front of the mouth, absent on the middle, fresh juiced at the back, best cold & sipped straight from the pour, clear and loud but smooth, a great gulper

Nov 26, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19.2 oz. can poured into ipa glass-
looks quite pale, almost a lager tone, and a nice head. collapses into good coating, with bubbles rising steadily thru clear body
smells really good - fresh tropical toned hops hover over a sandy malt layer
taste is exactly same- never a sweet blast, but a nice grainy, sandy base for the hops to play on with the bubbles and
overall a really near perfect session ipa light. Everything is there and really clean. Awesome!

Sep 24, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - large amounts of foam out of a 16 oz can. Slightly hazy and ok retention - stays pretty active though - really pale yellow

Smell - ample amounts of hops - lemon - mango - peach - slight cattiness

Taste - slight bitter bite at first - huge amounts of mango and pineapple come through - sweetness seems to ramp up for a bit just before the pine/catty hops come into play. Dries out extremely fast - left with some grapefruit - slight smokiness - and pine

Feel - seems really thin to me - right on the line of light / medium bodied

Overall - a tasty beer that is more like a session / refresher beer. It has a lot of hop flavor and is a bit thinner. You could probably do a few of these on a hot summer day. A good one.

Sep 16, 2019
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misteil from Ireland

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: four finger big bubbly head at the pour but very quickly dissipating, little bit of lacing, golden colour, quite clear.

smell: rich smelling beer here, getting raisin and cinnamon at first, some apple juice, citrus fruits, some hop bitter scents, pineapple.

taste: a very subtle refreshing pale ale here, pineapple is fruit coming out most too me, getting some vanilla, quite sweet, floral, very mild finish, just a tad of hop bitterness, although quite pleasant

feel: feels very sessionable and drinkable, light bodied, medium carbonation, slight warming in the throat, sticky.

overall: a very solid pale ale, a nice chilled out beer right here

Sep 04, 2019
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is tasty. Great graininess but not chaffy at all. Light sweetness. “Hop-forward beet expresses in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic, and bitter.”

Jun 17, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Carrefour. Lata En copa Teku. En almuerzo. Con macarrones bechamel + filetes de pollo. Sorprendente siendo de super! Muy aromatica, con mucho pino fresco, suave resina, y largo retrogusto que te deja relamiendote un buen rato. Creo que asi es como recordaba a la SNPA de antaño, no la mierda de ahora

Jun 16, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington, no BB date, poured into a pint glass.

Look- Not much to look at. Clear amber color with minimal head and head retention as it goes down.

Smell- Smells like sunshine! Brilliant sweet candied lemon, fresh tangerine rind and all I can describe as is the smell of canned pineapple slices.

Taste- Follows the nose, with light mango in the background and a little piney bitterness at the end.

Feel- Easy drinking (Bit watery) with light carbonation and no massive bitter bite.

Great summer beer and widely available in most grocery and convenience stores (Here in the Pac NW at least). Disappointed I didn't try this sooner!

Jun 11, 2019
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Nvrmind16 from California

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the best red ales out there, the right mix of sweet and bitter that makes it easy to drink. One of my favorites from lagunitas most grocery chains carry it.

Jun 05, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: High filtration rate, readable clarity, with a pale brass/lemon color. Frothy one inch linen white head holds momentarily.

S: Sweet and perfumy nose. Lemon fragrance, with some tropical notes. Lots of wet peaches, and mangoes. Very fresh and whirlpool hop forward. Fruity and finishes with pear and applesauce notes.

T: Tart pineapple and oranges on the flavor, lightly dry, along with some a crisp dry grain base. Orange peel, floral hops and a sense of dry fruitiness of apple skins and melon. Soft orchard like floral hopping teases off the tongue on the swallow.

M: Medium body, crisp carbonation with an oily and sticky hop resin like feel.

O: A very solid and respectable hop forward beer. Fruity and dry floral, clean and a nice break from the onslaught of NEIPA style. High drinkability. A solid pale that gets overshadowed by its big brother IPA.

May 15, 2019
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Quackershnoc from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very light, thin yellow; a little hazy; thin white head that films over

Aroma: pretty much nothing but hops and citrus

Taste: follows the nose pretty much exactly; starts with lemon; moves into a slight malt profile with hops and other citrus flavors; ends with hops and citrus

Mouthfeel: light; thin; crisp; clean

Overall Impression: this is nice and refreshing; really simple...all that's going on here is hops and citrus with a little malt to balance it

May 09, 2019
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Imakoniver from New York

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with a one finger head, some lacing, smells hoppy, watery mouthfeel, hoppy taste, and a bitter aftertaste. I was disappointed. I would not order one again.

Apr 24, 2019
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DypsoBubble from England

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

79p in Home Bargains in UK; how the mighty have fallen. Refreshing but very watery mouth feel. Typical American hops. Tastes like a hop tea with little indication of alcohol. Meh!

Apr 18, 2019
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Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- forms a decent head with a crisp clean look
Smell- hop forward with a light citrus touch
Taste- mild yet invigorating hop flavor with a clean finish
Feel- light and citrusy with easy drinking hops
Overall a great easy drinking beer

Mar 16, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

19.2oz canned 1/14/19 (47 days ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours pale straw yellow with some chill haze and a modest nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma offers citrus, specifically lemon, first and then pine. The taste is soft, round pale malt with lemon and pine jumping in quick mid taste. The finish is barely tart, mildly bitter and mostly dry. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with just above average carbonation. Overall, very good. I enjoy a pale that doesn't overdose on caramel malt, but instead brings something subtle like pils to compliment the hops.

Mar 03, 2019
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abnormal from Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear almost neon yellow in color. What started out as a towering rocky white head quickly dissolved leaving no lacing. Carbonation is shooting up like a rocket ship. Honestly nothing to look at.

Aroma: Fragrant. Loads of pineapple, lemon zest, fresh cut grass and other sour citruses. It smells so fresh.

Taste: Hops. Loads of hops. Fresh pineapple, puckery lemon peel, hint of mango and an oily grassy bitterness all blend beautifully. Malt is incredibly thin and only comes through in the aftertaste with a cracker-like body. Maybe a bit of papaya in the aftertaste. Bitterness is there but not a problem at all. Like the aroma; fresh and citrusy.

Feel: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is aggressive but I think it goes well with the hops and bitterness. Overall very dry and refreshing. My lips feel like they're dissolving after each sip.

Overall: Delicious. The aroma alone puts a shit eating grin on my face. This is hop bliss in it's purest form.

Feb 26, 2019
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Skugga from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a beer expert or enthusiast by any means so I'll keep it short and simple. The taste is wonderful. There is a slightly hoppy and fruity flavor that is well balanced. It could be a little frutier, and the aroma could be stronger. Other than that it was so good I finished it quicker than any other beer I've ever had. Definitely a re-buy any time I see it. Easy to drink, and refreshing with just a little bit of bite.

Feb 25, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a malt, cracker,tropical aroma. Body was just below medium with about medium carbonation
Taste was malt,a bit sweet, enough hops to add a little bitterness. Had a bit of a tropical fruit taste that I didn't expect but once I got used to it this was easy to get down

Jan 20, 2019
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Exec_Crawfish from California

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

19.2oz can into straight pint. Color is a pale straw, vigorous and immediate head on pouring, impressive retention and lacing.

Smell has a light caramel note and a bracing, piney hop character.

Fairly understated malt, I get a crackery character initially which smooths into darker caramel. The hops are much more evident, and deliver impressive astringency, reminiscent of guava or pineapple, developing into more herbal and resinous flavors in the finish. I was struck by the resemblance to arugala but that's in no way a complaint.

Mouthfeel is smooth throughout, but fairly light, and the finish is pleasant.

Overall, this one really shows off its selection of hops to full advantage.

Jan 19, 2019
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JanosWildman from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best Lagunitas brew I've had. All their other ipa releases taste lousy with the use too much coriander & bitter beer taste. The 12th of the Year ale is nice, fruity & goes down smooth. Sorta like a Sierra Nevada lite if it existed.

Jan 10, 2019
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