Equinox Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Equinox AleEquinox Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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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Reviews by elmocoso:
Photo of elmocoso
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

whoa! hard to keep the head down on this one. 2-fingers, hangs. Craggy surface - lunar landscape. Cloudy, gauzy yellow. max carb. Looks good.
Nose is winy malt. Grape-fruity smell? Not a fruit beer smell, though. Man i want a drink. Wow, this is exceptionally tart. That is really all i can taste. kind of disappointing. Mouthfeel is decent but drinkability suffers.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
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!

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Photo of Chiefy770
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)

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.

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

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.

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of CraigS119
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?" VoilĂ . 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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
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

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Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of woodchipper
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SanFranJake
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Freaking awesome find at Trader Joes. 88 rating seems far too low and I've been pounding bottles of Pliny all week.
Tag below says 6.4% but my bottle says 8%
Pours a golden/bronze color, fantastic in the nose, great lacing throughout and the flavor is dope.
Honestly can't believe how good this is for $4.04 (including CRV) and I may try to cop a case of this.

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Photo of TFB5
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of algee77
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of equinox1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is creamy malts with some fruit and resiny piney hops.

The flavor is sweet creamy bready malts with sharp tropical fruit and resiny fruity hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity resiny malty IPA.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerswag
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another solid beer from Lagunitas. Price and tast both are good. Fruity hoppy, tropical, light body, the oat gives a creamy mouthfeel. Pair with spicy food, buffalo wings

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

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aquazr1
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hbcknghm1991
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Equinox Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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