Equinox Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Equinox AleEquinox Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #164
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,494
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 7.9%
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
1,144
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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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.
Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 1,144 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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EuellGophar from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with a light sandstone, near two-finger head that hangs in there before dying down to a thin layer of suds. Lacing is thick in sheets and sticks to the glass like flies on, uh, you know what.

Smell - Ahh, the signature aroma of a special release Lagunitas brew - Ruby Red Grapefruit with a touch of pine. Also picking up a mellow bready undertone and a trace of menthol.

Taste - No surprises here. Mostly hoppy with red grapefruit and a light pine resin. Subtle pineapple zing. Light leafy, minty flavors creep in mid-taste, then become more prominent in the ever grapefruit rind finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Texture is the kind of stupid silky that you only get when oats are involved, making this thing glide down with such ease you'll hardly notice the 8% creeping up on you.

Overall - Lagunitas sure does like to beat you over the head with their signature hop profile, don't they? I keep mentioning it in my reviews and I'm beginning to think I'm beating that dead horse even harder. What else am I supposed to write about though, the weather? Regardless, it's damn good, but the selling point is the amazing smoothness it delivers. Pale Oat Ale? Genius!

Apr 27, 2015
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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.

Aug 25, 2016
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Chiefy770 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fluid Oz Bottle
Bottled on March 9th, 2015 (Julian code printed on the neck of the bottle)
Reviewed on March 21st, 2015
Served in a Laguintas Mason Jar
(8% ABV for the 2015 Release)

Eyes
Poured a hazy gold body with a slight orange glow. A white, bubbly head formed, took its fair share of time to collapse and left a decent amount of frothy lacing throughout.

Nose
Hops dominated the nose, producing pleasant notes of grapefruit. Very mild notes of grains were present, but nothing significant.

Mouth
Hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit was the prominent taste. The hops developed an earthier taste as the malts kicked in. The malts did not play a significant role in this brew, providing a faint presence of grain. There was a detectable hit of alcohol as this brew finished out. Light, leaning toward the medium side in terms of body. Dry finish.

Notes
I paid $3.99 for a bomber of this brew...clocking in at 8% ABV. That is a steal in my mind. Easy drinking, slightly hopped-up pale ale.

Mar 21, 2015
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LittleMurphyDog from Florida

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!

Aug 19, 2016
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JeffBlue from California

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

Jul 09, 2016
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 20, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

Somewhat agreeing with the majority of hop-heads, the hoppy styles don't celebrate hops enough- so the logical solution is to reduce the malt influence in order to help the hops shine. Where balance is needed, we've seen specialty caramelized alts, wheat and honey added. But this time we see oats. And they might be on to something.

Where copper-golden like many pale ale, its pour is striking clear for the pale ale style. Once the nose catches on it does so on the back of hoppy citrus and pine notes with a mingle of grass shavings close at hand. Its sweeter caramel taste invites flavors of honey and fructose to play along in a pleasant introduction to taste.

But the balance that occurs on the middle is even-keel and resolute in its hop-malt marriage. Again, caramel and floral honey set the tone while grapefruit, orange and pineapple rival in its juicy and bitter balance. Seemingly of tropical fruit and tea, the taste is muted and mild and leads to a highly refreshing and drinkable session.

While favoring a medium body and medium intensity in taste, the beer trails in its sweetness with rather ease, but its platform of oats allow for a creamy, slick and velvety texture. Once the oats were to offset the acrid nature of charred grain; and now it does similarly from the sharp bite of hops. Lingering with citrus and pine, the taste becomes somewhat sticky with the protein from oats.

Apr 11, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

A: Pours a chill hazed copper/amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a sticky ring of lace

S: Citrus (mostly orange and grapefruit) up front, along with a healthy dose of maltiness. Very light pine notes in there as well. Nicely juicy

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with big notes of citrus (again, mostly orange and grapefruit with hints of lemon and lime) and goes into a very light pine that accompanies the malt that balances nicely. Finishes with moderate bitterness and more of the citrus notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice brew that borders the IPA/DIPA territory. Extremely balanced and quite drinkable. Definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of Lags

Apr 15, 2015
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Atlas1 from Texas

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.

Aug 14, 2016
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Ahypercube from California

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.

Oct 26, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 12, 2016
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

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.

Jul 16, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now that spring is finally actually here and it's nice and warm, time to give this one a try.

Pours a nice creamy but fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, light sticky lacing, mostly clear slight hazy honey orange color.

Nose is interesting for sure, lots of oats, a straight up oatmeal and raw bread dough like aroma, a very creamy oat with fresh baker's yeast fermenting bread, but not really yeasty, just raw dough fermenting, then some grassy herbal hops touch spicy and earthy.

Taste brings hops at first, not a lot, an herbal tea note, with lots of grassy flavors, flowery floral field almost, slight herbal vegetative note, earthy for sure. Then into malts again, grainy doughy, with a mild creamy oat and fresh oatmeal flavor notes, a little fresh dough, with mild toasty amber malt hints, and even a touch of salt. The hops turn a bit spicy and earthy on the back end, with a touch of warming alcohol. Finish is sticky a bit sweet, more malt flavors, toasted malts, and little creamy oat note, herbal spicy hops lingering for a while with fair bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, touch sticky, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall not bad, a really interesting beer, but hop profile is just OK, I do like the interesting character the oats play, just wish the hops were a little more enjoyable.

May 04, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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

22oz bottle, with another absurd and yet still funny side label ramble-fest. Oh, and 'eucalyptusy' just looks like a naughty word.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent disintegrating cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, muddled tropical fruit, brown sugar, more pedestrian orange, white grapefruit, and lemon rind bitters, some herbal, almost minty spice, and a hovering floral, perfumed alcohol measure. The taste is rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, a dark raisin and prune fruitiness, further indistinct sugary grain notes, mixed and matched citrus peel astringencies, fading papaya, pineapple, and tangelo tropical essences, and a trailing leafy, weedy, and mildly boozy forest floor hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly restrained in their stillborn-seeming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and dead smooth, with a genial, get up and go get 'em oatmeal creaminess. It finishes sweet, natch, but in a complicated and complex (take yer pick) manner, as the always-on Lagunitas hops nip and bay until some semblance of unholy as hell balance duly settles in.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - no matter what kind of brew these guys make, it all trends heavily towards a certain locus, one borne of sweet, well caramelized malt, and varying, but still beholden to west coast ideals hops. Never a bad thing, don't get me wrong, but I get the feeling after a while of doing this, that any ol' label and/or marketing trick will do here. And if so, renew my subscription, please.

Jun 19, 2015
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Aug 26, 2016
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CraigS119 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: Orange zest, orange blossom honey, Honey Nut Cheerios, butternut squash
Taste: Drying cocoa powder, astringent berry skin, bitter
I feel like the thought process going into making this beer was: "What's the weirdest fuckin combo of ingredients we can throw into an IPA?" Voilà. It's too sweet, too bitter, and I don't really think the flavors complement each other. Glad I tried it, and it's certainly worth a try, but not again.

Jul 23, 2015
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keithmurray from Connecticut

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

Jul 01, 2016
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BastardKing24 from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is another homerun by Lagunitas. Bright and orange with lots of head, this ale is one smooth one, despite being somewhat of a hop bomb. It is very fruity and zesty, with lots of orange and graefruit. The oats are there as far as mouthfeel, as it seems kinda creamy and smooth. Carbonation is spot on. I think this beer has a likeness to Hop stoopid, but it still tastes different.

Sep 10, 2015
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Chucker17 from South Dakota

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

May 20, 2015
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Masters from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 28, 2015
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NickLocc24 from Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 11, 2015
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dertyd from California

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 02, 2015
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 04, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

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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