Equinox Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Equinox AleEquinox Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #158
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,695
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 7.9%
Reviews:
247
Ratings:
1,140
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California, United States
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Equinox AleEquinox Ale
Notes: A creamy, pale oat ale hopped up with a huge charge of Equinox and Simcoe hops for a piney, eucalyptusy, cedary, sprucey, foresty blast.
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Photo of dkoehler42
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Lagunitas offering looks attractive enough, with a mostly translucent pale orange body, and a solid white-ish head. I do taste the hops, along with what I'm assuming is the oat structure. It almost comes across as chewy. The ABV is a little high for what I'd like on this type of beer; it's going to be restrictive on how much I can drink of it and when I would. It's not a bad beer, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at Ballinger Thriftway in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
No dating on the bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Clear honey color, nice frothy off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing.
Good amount of carbonation visible in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Pine, citrus, caramel malt, a little bit of berries, floral herbs and oats.

Taste- Pine, citrus (grapefruit, lemon pith), sweet caramel, bready grains, slight melon and a bit of booze.

Feel- Medium-heavy bodied, somewhat sweet and thick on the tongue, slightly creamy. Decent carbonation. They did a good job of masking the 80 IBUs, minimal bitterness.

O- Tasty brew, a little too heavy to drink more than one, especially in 'warm' weather. I'll get another one or two later towards Fall.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dad!

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is soft and doughy with a definite oat aroma, along with a noticeable pine and citrus hop character. A touch of eucalyptus, a little lemon, some orange peel, a little melon are all present. Creamy oats with a touch of caramel are present. The palate opens quite bitter and a little pungent with plenty of fresh hops tempered by oats. Citrus, eucalyptus, a little pine and some additional fruit, the hops here are so Lagunitas. The mid-palate is creamy and soft with a blend of dough, light caramel and a moderate amount of oat. Bitter and fruity on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and softly carbonated. ABV is way higher than necessary, but otherwise, this beer is quite excellent.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium carbonation with about a medium body.
Aroma is bitter grapefruit peel and fruit, bitter hops, some grain,grass,and malt.
Taste is similar to aroma, mild sweetness with a bit of a sharp bitter kick that lingers. Not much oats in the taste,bitter hops,grapefruit, and mildly sweet malt dominate.

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Photo of Noah_Aimar
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Has a clear slightly dark orange appearance with a great head. Smell is muted but I get a little bit of sweetness. Citrusy hop notes that open up into a complex bitterness that stays on the tongue creating a long, complex finish. As the bitterness fades off the tongue a residual melon or grapefruit sweetness stays around that creates a really great finish. This was the first example of a Pale Oat Ale I have tried and was surprised that the oats didn't seem to play a part in the flavor profile. Great beer, really pleasant for how high the abv is.

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Photo of hreb
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of a 2019 release, now 8.9% ABV. Beer is brilliant golden, perfectly clear, with fine carbonation. Only a little white head. Mild floral aroma. Flavor brings through a much stronger, pine, sap, dank flavor which is absolutely into IPA territory. Where oats are normally used to bring a creamy mouthfeel, here they simply get out of the way of the hops, which provide a resinous texture in my mouth. This is a great dank IPA, unlike any I have had for a long time, though it just happens to be an oat pale ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$4.97 plus tax at a grocer in Austin, TX. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle.

8.9% ABV. OG 1.078. 50 IBU. "Pale oat ale."

Cedar, floral hop notes, muted citrus, 2-row pale malt. Shockingly well balanced considering its high ABV, which barely comes through...I'd guess this at 5% ABV if I tried it blind.

The hop profile is adequate but not pungent. The oats don't contribute anything flavourwise I can detect.

Assertive and bitter without being overbearing.

Smooth, medium to full-bodied, midway between dry and wet, somewhat refreshing, adequately thick. Not chewy, astringent, rough, gushed, hot, boozy, or scratchy. True to form, it's quite creamy. Has a nice softness in its early to mid stages before switching to a crisp biting feel in its finish.

Very drinkable for its ABV, and rather approachable for anyone used to craft beer. I'm not fond of the 22 fl oz format in general, and it's even more egregious for high ABV beers like this, but I've seen worse priced beers in the format. I doubt I'd knowingly pick this up again, but it's worthwhile to try once and the oat element makes it interesting.

Low B- (3.28) / WORTHY

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Photo of GarrettB
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

July 13th, 2015 - I'm entranced by the idea of a pale oat ale, with the restraining quality of the oats complicating the taste of the hops. And this is a pretty beer too, with a nice chilled haze and a modest head. The aroma is on the lighter side and exhibits its finesse with rye and hops. And the flavor is great and light, and quite neat. Hop and rye again make an appearance, and the body is perfectly weighted for a perfect sweetness that seems familiar to Lagunitas' style. And the aftertaste is good too, inviting a savory lip smacking and a postprandial satisfaction.

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Photo of iguanodon
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2015-06-06] Pours clear orange / gold with a medium white head, with fine carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Aroma of pine, earth, citrus, a little flowery. Taste is citrus with a nice bitter finish. Great thick mouth feel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing stringing down the sides of the glass. Soft carbonation rises at a moderate pace. The smell had a balanced sweet to bitter blend of sweet citrus over top of light caramel malts enlightening a sweet pine. The taste was mainly the sweet again through a combination of sweet citrus and the caramel malts. Barely any bitterness, it leaves a sweet sticky caramel aftertaste and a quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was pretty smooth but I’m guessing the "oat" part makes up for the mouthfeel as it helps the beer to sit medium bodied. Overall, I say this was a pretty good sessionable American Strong Ale that I would have again. The "oat" part helps to stay in the background to keep the mouthfeel in check and not give off any off-grainy-ness in the taste or palate.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 fl. oz. brown bottle - not dated

Lagunitas Equinox Ale pours a clear gold color body and atop sits a 2-finger foamy white head that held well leaving chunks of lacing on the walls of my tulip glass. The nose is full of fresh cut grass and flora hops. The taste is dominated by grassy, piney, and citrusy hops. The flavor of grapefruit and lemon is also noted. The finish is dry and clean with bitterness building as you consume it. The mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a medium body and carbonation.

Equinox is a good example of an American Pale Ale (APA).

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great with big foamy white head and bright color. Smells great with floral and sweet scents. HOWEVER, it's just like most other Lagunitas beers out there. I appreciate when a brewery develops a signature recognizable taste, but when every one of their brews ends up tasting the same, it doesn't really matter anymore if you call it an oat ale, an ipa, or anything else. If you've had brown sugar, or sucks, or Sumpin, then you'll know what this beer is. Just expected a little something different. Their characteristic heavy hop and double heavy sweet, caramel malt is there. Maybe a little toned down from sucks, but still just too sweet for me when expecting a little different In a pale oat.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very unique beer -- it has a sweet, almost spicy bitter flavor on the front, thick creamy resin/pine finish. This beer is oddly sweet yet also very hoppy. Not sure how to classify it. It's an IPA for sure, but for some reason they just call it a pale ale. A great beer regardless of its non conforming flavor profile. Definitely try it if you see at your local craft beer supplier.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had quite a few Lagunitas brews, favorites including the Little Somethin Extra, Brown Sugar Substitute and Hairy Eyeball Ales, but I think this one's my favorite. There's nothing extremely sharp in this one. It's a very mellow cruise down good flavor creek, so if you necessarily need big hops in a beer, this one's not for you.

Bomber into a chalice:

L: Very well carbonated, almost as bubbly as champagne. Coppery orange with two-finger pale cream head, excellent retention, but probably mostly from the excessive carbonation, as lacing is slippery. There's a chill haze in this one I suppose, as there are clouds of clumpy pulp-looking stuff in the bottle that disperses into an even haze when poured, then turns completely clear after warming a little. Never seen that before, very interesting.

S: Sour. A lot of orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine, with more than a hint of soft oat and the dark fruit (particularly blackberry) and caramely sweetness characteristic of malted barley.

T: It's crazy, because I haven't had a beer at this abv before whose flavor profile doesn't start straight off with hops. With this, the first thing is that smooth subtle oatyness, then apples, orange marmalade, grapefruit, a tiny bit of pine, and a peak of oaty bread character that settles into a very fruity malt character. Plum and blackberry. The oat flavor carries throughout, like a canvas for the fruit. Overall, very much like, and almost as tasty as an oatmeal cookie.

F: Drinkability wise, it's pretty much as nice in the mouth as can be achieved at this ABV. Could maybe have more substance, but isn't too oily from hops or too sticky from the malt, and I can only assume the oat is what helps achieve this perfect balance, while maintaining thickness.

O: Fantastic. I only wonder why more oat ales are not produced. I haven't disliked any of the three I've tried. I feel like it's not right to rate such a subtle and unremarkable tasting beer this highly, but it's an excellent example of a rare style, and it just tastes so good. As I said earlier, nothing off-putting about this flavor profile. Mildly sweet, mildly tangy, mildly bitter, strongly comforting and super easy to drink.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour clear and golden with a white head atop. Scattered lace is left behind from the thick film of head.
Smell is hops right up front followed by malt, some breadiness and grain notes. Balance could be better.
Taste is a blend of (too much) hops & malt with grain quite prevalent , adding a harshness similar to that found in rye beers. None of the smoothness expected from an oat brew. Still, very flavorful.
Warming from the sip, fairly full bodied. Light-medium effervescence. All around, a good beer as long as you remember the "West Coast" proclivity for more hops in every style regardless if they are needed.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice fresh happy tropical aroma. Not much for mold base. Pours a cloudy light Amber with a nice white head that stays solid throughout the drink. Some Leasing. Drink is more balanced with a strong malt character with a nice view from The Oaks. Hot presences very mild on bitterness and not as distinct as the aroma is. But a nice blending and balance. Semi-soft feel. Slightly sweet malt character that plays nicely on the tongue. A pretty easy Drinker for a beer of this size. Thanks Sparky.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing 'Equinox Ale' @ 8.4% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8.50
A-pour is gold from the bottle to glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-mild for a PNW beer
T-ok tasting , if you like pine & a certain oat smoothness
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-surprisingly ok/good pale/oat ale
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper and amber. A creamy foam head soon recedes but leaves a nice bubbly lace and retains well. Good looking brew overall.
The aroma is sweet; predominantly oats and caramel malts.
On the tongue it feels doughy, sweet, has an oily texture. It is smooth and nearly full bodied, even somewhat heavy and chewy. Very malt forward, particularly caramel and honey. Oats provide another element. The hops presence was felt more in the finish, however, the sweetness almost overwhelms.
Overall, I thought this one was a unique and tasty beer. However, I feel like I liked it and thus rated it slightly less than the BA average because I found the sweetness slightly cloying at times, hops presence a tad underwhelming, and body a bit thick for APA.

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Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, citrus, and a bit of pine.

T: Tasted of a little bit of pine, light malt notes, a moderate amount of hops, light fruit (mango), a good citrus presence (lemon, in particular), and an oaty, grainy quality. A fruity flavor with some hints of grain, but fairly complex. Gets sweeter as it goes along, and this is a good thing.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid beer that seems more like a West Coast IPA (or DIPA) than a standard APA. Very easy to drink and likable.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze to the golden-amber liquid. Dense, off- white cap is low but steady.
The hop aroma is incredibly dense and complex. Mixed with caramel sweet malt, honey and oats, this is seriously aromatic ale. Back to the hops.....dense fruits, dry grass, wheat, pink leamonade. ....oh and a splash of alcohol heat. Yes, in the hops. Oh, wait, even banana.
Full, full, full feel....wicked thick and smooth. The Oats are huge in feel and flavor. Rich, and dry.
Taste, flavor,,,,,oh boy. Wicked complex. Big, sweet honey like malt, dense, dry oats hold it all dowm, and thats all before the huge, earthy,dry, semi-bitter, lingering hops. Wild strawberries, lemmon grass and assorted herbs pop out as the liquid warms. Impressive heat, dry and lingering bitter hops keeps it interesting throughout.
This is a beast with a nice arsenal of complex aspects.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice golden orange color with a nicely formed cream head with plenty of carbonation to-bit. From the initial nose, I get swaths of pine, citrus, and a bit of spice--plenty of hard hop notes though. Tastes of rich herbal pungent tropical fruit bitterness with an undertone of caramel and a sweetness from the malt base. I rarely use the work "dank" to describe a beer profile, but this may be pretty fitting. The highlight of this beer is definitely the usage of oats with the pale malts, a great combination and an absolutely joyus mouthfeel. To me, this beer would fit under an IPA in most accounts coming in at 8.4% ABV. I do enjoy the nice flavor and aromas from the Equinox hops. A nice earthy, pine, cedar touch which I like. Overall, a solid beer but certainly not anything spectacular or mind-blowing. An enjoyable and unique style brewed by Lagunitas.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nicely balanced pale ale. Fine, hazy golden color in LOB glass. Aroma is sweet hops with a fine blend of bread, pine, and citrus. One does not over power the others. Taste is sweet, with highlights of all the hops. Taste is good on the front and back of the mouth. A really nice ale!

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Photo of Impetuous
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy
Too hoppy
Smoothness from oats is greatly appreciated
More of an ipa than anything
Mouthfeel is very solid
Hop bitterness followed by oat sweetness

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Photo of BrennenTallman
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a stand out by any means, but still a great beer. definitely bitter, hint of booze on the finish if your drinking it out of the bottle. i would not want to see this one go away but i also will not go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas, in my opinion, rarely does a bad beer, so I'm always happy to try something I haven't seen before. Not a new beer (according to the label it says it was first brewed in 1995) but new to me.

Pours a sandy blond orange color with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly. No lace to mention. Nothing to see here, appearance wise, but the nose is where things come alive. Dense pine aroma with herbal, bready notes. Faint vanilla. A very earthy scent, to be honest, but really bold and up front. I love the way this beer smells. The taste is quite good as well with sort of a sweet yeasty taste at first that gives way to a strong hoppy pine and citrus flavor. Boozy, but not unwelcoming; assertive but not pompous. The moutfeel is smooth and solid.

This not quite like any other beer I've ever had, which is hard to say these days after 450 reviews and countless other unreviewed beers. But yeah, this is a new one for me. Maybe it's the "pale oat ale" style that really sways me here, but I love this one. At 8.4% ABV I wouldn't drink more than one (or two) of these bombers in a single sitting (unless I had to) but it wouldn't be hard to. Tasty and multi-layered. This beer is complex. Another fine outing from Lagunitas. Cheers.

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Equinox Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1140 ratings