Equinox Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Equinox AleEquinox Ale
BA SCORE
4.04/5
1,107 Ratings
Equinox AleEquinox Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A creamy, pale oat ale hopped up with a huge charge of Equinox and Simcoe hops for a piney, eucalyptusy, cedary, sprucey, foresty blast.

Added by kbub6f on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,938
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
1,107
pDev:
7.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
345
Trade:
1
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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bushwack
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSW
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
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 drstalker
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelsmith11
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrfrancis
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -1%
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 BeerTest
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stlfatguy
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Rice_Nate_25
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rebrown221
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tshute
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Thecalmdrinker
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpkrippner
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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 slipery. 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, 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 bluHatter
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkn09
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Equinox Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,107 ratings
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