Equinox Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Equinox AleEquinox Ale
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From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #239
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,379
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 7.94%
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
898
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 10, 2022
Added:
Apr 23, 2002
Wants:
  49
Gots:
  348
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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Rated: 3.79 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by dd53grif from Michigan

Aug 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by chiefz1 from New York

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
First consumed late June 2015.

Pours a light amber/orange color, 1/2" white head. Interesting aroma here, commercial tug job speaks to the tree like notes. Sure they're there, but it has just as much of that dry cat pee, green pepper and grapefruit rind going for it as well.

Firm bitterness, I simply get more Simcoe out of this than Equinox hops. Yes, the Equinox/Eukanot are here, but I dunno, just a little peculiar for me. While its an oat contribution to the beer that is supposed to smooth it out, and it is a bit of that bready chewiness compared to all barley, there is no reduction in ibu mouth feel for me here. Taste had just as much green pepper as the Sabro hop does at times. That seems to bring out the alcohol sting combo with the bitterness. I think brewing this in the 6% range might do wonders for the beer. Not bad, but I dunno, dozens of other beers I'd rather have from this company.

Good price on these though.
May 07, 2020
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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.
Jan 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus from Vermont

Nov 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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.
Aug 15, 2019
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.
Jul 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by DrMurcielago from Colorado

Jul 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.3 by SamuelMiller from Montana

Jul 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by BlueJay2852 from Texas

Jul 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Marvicsin from California

Jun 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by peachy-tay from California

Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Jun 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Jun 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.
May 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.35 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 07, 2019
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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.
May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by HaoleBoy from California

Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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
Apr 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by RedMak from California

Apr 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Apr 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by DKGreen from California

Feb 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
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.
Nov 29, 2018
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by sisterofba from Maryland

Oct 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.65 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 1.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

Oct 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by SoCalBeerIdiot from California

Oct 20, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1146 ratings