12th Of Never Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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12th Of Never Ale12th Of Never Ale
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3.96/5
Very Good
993 Ratings
12th Of Never Ale12th Of Never Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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…

Added by WCKDVBZ on 05-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,604
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
993
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
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30
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Ratings: 993 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of NodakEric
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of psycHOPathy
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale yellow body, very active carbonation. One finger of foam
Pine resin, orange, grapefruit, lemon
Orange, peach, pine, florals, grain, earth
Medium-light body, light carbonation
A good beer. Not complex or particularly flavorful, but well-rounded and drinkable

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Photo of natzalot
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bark
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The colour is yellow, the liquid is clear. The two-finger head is white and compact; it sinks slowly down leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and fruity with notes of grapefruit, lime juice, lemon candy, cookie dough and a touch off dill.

The taste is malty with French loaf, wheat flour and butter cookies. Orange candy, melon and some grapefruit. Quickly passing bitterness. Medium body. Lime tartness in the aftertaste as well as cookie dough, floral notes and slowly growing fruity sweetness. The finish is semi-sweet with exotic fruits, lemon peel and a very mild clean bitterness.

The carbonation is strong, the small long-lived bubbles are fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit light.

A balanced APA that not attempts to be a weaker IPA. Nice fruity flavours.

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Photo of jtbone
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timon
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad at all. Smell is a bit weak, not much there. Other than that, a very nice clear, glassy gold in the cup with some lacing and tiny white head that tastes like an average cheaper IPA. Refreshing and drinkable at a low price.

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Photo of Remion
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhirsch04
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TeachChefs
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L - Straw coloured with slight haze. Heads clears to lacing.
S -Soft citrus and some tropical fruit scents
T - Fresh, quite dry, notes of tropical fruits with perhaps a little citrus/lychee lingering.
M - It's yet another painfully fashionable very hoppy beer. At 5.5% though, it brings some body to the overall feel.
O - The labelling is either kiddy or fun depending on your age/mood :) - '.... at best? It's twelve oz of malt, hops, yeast, love and vibe in a solution of dihydrogen oxide captured in an alumin-yum wrapper...'. Then there's a whole spiel about the River Styx and winged monkey, for people who care about 'our story' stuff like that on the wrapper...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is quite bright straw, nearly transparent, bit of haze; head is bright white and presents about 1 inch thick, dissipates to a solid 1/4 inch top that lingers for a while and then some cloudy tufts that linger.

Smell is pleasant tropical fruits - as described some papaya and citrus, maybe orange and lemon specifically; malt is lacking in depth but feint.

Taste follows with pleasant fruit hop flavors with bright floral and light herbal qualities - citrus with tropical fruits and hints of grass; malt is limited but some notes of biscuit and that light puffy wheat.

Mouthfeel leans bitter with time, drying, a bit overdone without more malt depth.

Overall: a good hop forward aroma and flavor but i still like a bit of malt in a pale ale.

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Photo of ClintGoodman
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very mild. A good session beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikecd234
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kagee
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing and somewhat grapefruit-aftertaste with this offering.

There is no real haziness and full body here. The lighter alcohol content and medium carbonation makes this more of an end-up beer than a starter beer.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw and cloudy with some carbonation, topped with 4 fingers of fluffy, off white head.

Smells of green leaf, dank hops, pineapple, yellow jello, biscuit umami, peaches and lemon candy.

Tastes of biscuit umami, yellow life saver, catnip, green leaf, and slight onion.

Light body with a tannic finish. Moderate to low carbonation.

Got this on arrival in Redding, CA, drinking here at Motel 6, Aug 4th, 2018. Really good but light beer.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19 Oz Can poured into glass, Immediately notice a dank strong hop smell, wow
Look - It's actually quite colorless, straw-yellow but it has an excellent thick foam head and good lacing
Smell - Very strong smelling. Picking up tropical fruits like mango, pineapple-coconut, orange, grapefruit, some sweet grass
I'll say this, one of the best smelling beers I have tried..
Taste - Certainly not a light beer but it is lighter than i expected. Tropical hop flavors are there and there is a moderately high bitterness with the classic pine taste. Very drinkable, flavorful, not too much malt though. Not very carbonated which is nice. Very refreshing and not filling.
Not quite as powerfully flavorful as it smelled but overall an excellent beer so i give a grade of A-

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hanglow
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent enough

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Photo of ajm5108
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty middle-of-the-road beer, like a super-hopped lager, hops are bit too much on the bitter side for the body to support it, needs better balance with the malt

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
2.99/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brn9000
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerPirate
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12th Of Never Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 993 ratings