Equinox Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
#6,054
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
1,113
pDev:
7.92%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
347
Trade:
1
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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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1.5/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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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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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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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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4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Equinox Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,113 ratings