Equinox Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Equinox AleEquinox Ale

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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.

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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
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | 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 jrsqc7
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of BillRoth
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Specific Gravity. Tasty but nothing special in today's world of taste forward APA's. Wouldn't turn it down but wouldn't seek it again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper orange, clear, white head and lots of loose lacing.

S - Pine and lemons, resin and a sharp floral note.

T - Follows the nose, with an open full of pine and eucalyptus, a middle of sweet malt, and a close turning harshly bitter, aspirin and resin.

M - Pretty clean, with a nice slickness, and only mild drying.

O - If the turn didn't reach medicine in the close, this would be a pretty stellar APA. But it turns harsh. Decent but not spectacular.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Poured a inch of head that dissipates quickly. A brighter yellow color that is slightly hazy.

S- orange peel, pine, floral.. kind of has a smell of the big foot barley wine a little. Some fruity notes along with a slight boozyness also.

T- Wow is this the sculpin ipa? It literally tasted just like it.
A little bit less extreme flavors with a higher abv.. I dig it.

F- dry finish

Overall- I gotta rate this one above the sculpin ipa cause I like it better honestly. It's 1.4% higher abv that is smoother.

First beer I had that tasted so similar to another beer. Crazy

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid yellow in color with nice head. Smells of pine and some citrus. Taste is very smooth with tons of pine and citrus mix, dry grapefruit hitting in also. Has a lighter taste to it, fruity to me but with a distinct hops splash. A very easy beer to drink vs the ABV, I was not sure what to expect on this one and I really like it, well done.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pale oat ale pours a somewhat light orange color with a medium foamy white head. The smell is complex and has a pretty nice balance of hop and malt scent. There are elements of oats, earthy grains, pine, citrus, and maybe an herbal hint. The taste likewise is pretty balanced in my opinion although maybe slightly tending towards malt character. There are flavors of sweet oat bread and pine resin dominating with more subtle flavors of citrus and alcohol. The body is medium, definitely a little heavier than I would have guessed based on the color. The finish is really interesting: kind of resinous and extremely velvety. This is a pretty unique beer, compared to anything that I’ve tried at least. I usually really love Lagunitas beers, so I can’t say that this is one of my favorites, but it is certainly interesting, very well-balanced, and worth a trying at least once.

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

7-4-16 (22oz, Long Beach, CA) Wasn't expecting much and was quiet surprised by this one. A great balance of malt/hop character. Hope this one stays around, 4.0

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Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - deep golden color with white head

Smell - grapefruit, pine, mango

Taste- grapefruit, mango, pine, menthol/eucalyptus

Mouthfeel - medium plus body, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, menthol/eucalyptus in the middle and citrus and bitterness on the back end

Overall - very good IPA here, nice solid mouthfeel made fuller by the additions of the oats. Lagunitas continues to churn out the best bang for your buck type beers

Price Point - $ 3.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus, strong hops, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus, strong hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from growler a clear, Amber color with a foamy white head. The head persisted for a while and there was decent lacing on the glass. Aroma was pungent sprucey, dank, herbal blast with a caramel undertone. Taste was heavy pine, hop resin and light peppery notes with a semi sweet malt base that brought balance and made each mouthful a treat. Medium body and a smooth carbonation that was very appealing and easy going down. This was delicious but one of the strongest, heaviest American pale ales I have had.

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Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It looks pretty much the way it tastes. A little hazy, a little caramelly and a little light citrus.
S: To my Belgian beer loving nose all I get is total pine invasions, with the bare hint of raw sugar. I am sure there is more there but I get a fresh beer, piney IPA scent with a whole bunch of sweet.
T: A surprising up front sweet caramelly taste that has large overtones of bitter piney hops. Yeh, there is a little bit more there, maybe butterscotch, maybe grassy hints. But when I burp, I burp hops, 'enough said.
M: For a hoppy beer the feel definitely leans away from a crisp clean IPA and more towards its malty brethren. It's light enough to keep you on your toes but has enough sweet, caramel mid-level viscosity to keep you from knocking it back too quick.
O: This is a well-crafted beer, the kind you expect from Lagunitas. I, admittedly, am not a big hoppy beer fan but over and over again I am impressed by and interested in drinking Lagunitas more hoppy offering. I would like to think it is because they have a good feel on how to craft a balanced beer that just barely leans one way or the other so that us beer snobs can classify it. Equinox is another one of those beers. Just darn enjoyable.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up tonight at Lowes Food here in Holly Springs. Pours golden with decent head but exquisite lace. Nose is equally attractive, with sweet, broad grapefruit and floral hops and a decent balace.

Tight bodied taste initially, before spiraling into hops and booze. I am astonished this is repping only 50 IBUs . I would have guessed double that number. Aftertaste is balanced and clean, with an oat slanted finish. Smooth and liquid for 8.4 abv.

Lagunitas does it again. This one is solid as a rock and affordable besides.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Equinox was very good. It poured a clear amber with white head that had white head that left some lace. The scent was tangerine citrus. The taste was slightly sweet but had nice citrus flavor. The Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try.

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Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep gold with a slight orange tint. Two fingers of off white head that lasts fifteen minutes. Sheets of fine bubble lacing.
Smell is tropical fruit and some sweet bread.
Taste is tropical fruit with a nice jolt of hop oil bitterness. Malts are there but largely overshadowed by the pine punch. My bottle says 8.4% abv with 50 IBUs.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet bitter and dry.
Overall a tasty brew that is all too easy to drink!

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Photo of John1985
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden with frothy white head, some citrus in aroma, taste was delicious sweet malt balanced by hops with fairly dry aftertaste. It seemed like a golden, strong ale and definitely went down easy. At $4.99/bomber it is definitely a high value purchase. I haven't been disappointed by a Lagunitas brew yet.

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Photo of smanson56
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly orange golden color into my snifter glass. There was a thin white head that disapated very quickly.
The nose is pleasant with some nice hop overtones followed by some earthy aromas.
The taste is smooth nice hops with some tropical fruits coming through. The is a certain sweetness in the back of the mouth that I will say comes from the malts used in this blend. The flavors do well to hide the 8.0 abv.
The mouth feel is smooth with nice carbonation.
I have come to avoid Lagunitas bombers as there is usually no date to be found on them. But have been in this store a couple of times lately I saw this was new to the shelf so I picked it up. I was glad I did as this was a much enjoyable beer. I may just have to make a stop back for another bottle.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Beautiful 2 inch white head and wonderful lacing and orange body. An exquisite citrus and pine aromas. A great smooth and balanced hoppy and malt combination with the hops having a greater influence on the palate and kind of a Belgian candy yeast aftertaste seems noteworthty. Overall, my favorite Lagunitas offering which is saying a lot because I really am a Lagunitas fan. Highly recommended.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. It has a nice thick white head and nice lacing. The smell is of oranges and some vanilla. The taste is citrusy and a bit boozy. Tastes like a double IPA. Nice to see it back on the shelf.

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Photo of ricke49
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to have a second bomber (separated by a week) to confirm my first impression of this very tasty 'pale' ale (with slant toward American Strong Ale). Great, complex, balanced ale at a very reasonable price - standard operating procedure for Lagunitas. Basically what they offer is 22 oz. for roughly the average price of a pint of low to moderate ABV brew at most any pub. Restrained head on a nicely golden bronze body. Hops are just to that point of being definitely noticeable (and appreciated). Have to wonder how great this would be with some barrel aging. Will continue to seek this one out.

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Equinox Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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