Phase Change
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #561
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,282
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 6.17%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
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Notes: Seasonally Unexpected wet-hopped juicy ale.

Hops are good, fresh hops are better, wet hops are best. We say 'wet hops' because they have not been dried after harvest. We say 'better' because they possess the fullest expression of hop flavor; vine-fresh. Since harvest only occurs one time a year, achieving year-round wet-hop flavor has become the Holy Grail pursuit of hoppy brewing. Our quest led us to develop a new hop liquification process which Born Again Yesterday first proved damn-near divine. Today we're changing things further: bringing that Seasonally Unexpected wet-hop flavor to an unfiltered, juicy nectar that's somewhere between a solid and a liquid... a Phase Change of sorts.

Phase Change is one juicy game changer... it's an unfiltered, wet-hop ale packed full of lupulin-drenched Simcoe, Citra & Mosaic hops. But wait... wet hops in Spring? Indeed! The brewers of Lagunitas have discovered a way to keep wet hops fresh, in any season. Science!

OG 16.8
IBU 60
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 238
Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired at the Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury Vermont in late September. Bottling code unclear but may be Feb. 2019, which would make it very old for an IPA. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's Willi.

a; Translucent amber with an inch and a half white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense to spotty lacing.

s: Vaguely of fruit cup

t; At first rather thickish lagerlike, hop bite much less than 60 IBU would predict, Dry finish. Later fruit cup notes develop.

m; Medium, good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: Age on this "spring" issue could have affected its flavor, which one would expect might be grassy if something resembling wet hops was used. As is it is a pleasant mild IPA, 7.4% ABV not in evidence.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz bottle on May 25, 2019. Brewed with Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops. Made with a new hop liquification process that allows for wet-hopped flavors year round. Juicy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this last month. I think I just drank the last of it, not sure, might be one hiding out in one of the fridges still. Quick review: its no born yesterday, that beer is significantly better than this one.

Pours a light orange color with 1/3" white head. Lotta lace down the side on this one. Slightly hazy. Aroma wasn't all that bursting with hops. In fact, I don't even think they claim what hops are used here on the label. Has mostly a Simcoe bitterness that is noticeable, claims of Citra and Mosaic make me think that they must be used in the minority comparatively, or simply that whatever wet hop preservation black majick they are using isn't working as well as they think.

Taste has a pronounced bitterness and noticeable alcohol sting. There aren't off flavors as much as the flavors fail to reach the zenith that is born yesterday. This beer is pretty far away from that one from a quality of taste/aroma perspective. Back end feels stickier, lacking a drying or crisp component. The price was nice, but kind of falls into only the slightly better than average position, and definitely far below what Lagunitas has proven they can do with hoppy beers.

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

Clear orange gold color with white cap and lacing.

Zesty aroma of solid malt heavily flavored by hops.

Taste of malt and citrus hops, the malt is rich and the hops are clean. The malt is sweet yet restrained and the hops seem to be a mix of citrus flavors without any individual citrus flavor standing out over the others. Very complex while still being balanced.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a complex beer without being too busy. Everything about seems to flow well together without any fussiness.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, w/o bottling date info that I can find.

Medium hazed typical amber, leaves a load of all sorts of lacing, froth and sheeting.

Earthy and fruity hopped up nose.

Simply delicious brew, balanced between the NEIPA and west coast world of IPAs. Fruity, light bitterness, again an earthy quality coming forward. Tasty and well worth a try.

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

Pours golden orange. Very chunky. Big hop aroma. A buttery hop body. Very smooth. Just the right amount of bitterness. Slight sweet finish. Excellent IPA.

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

** Had it on tap.

uicy; citrus flavor dominates, particularky tangerine . Also has Bready malt flavor aspect.

Very drinkable.

Enjoyable, would have it again, while not necessarily a favorite.

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

Code date 135 9 (May 15th 2019), opened 9-2-19.
Been in search of this every week for months and finally found it on 8-31-19.
1" white head, good retention and thick, foamy lace. Decanted off the unfiltered yeast in the bottle and the resulting beer poured an opaque gold. Ample carbonation keeps the head alive and full at 1/4".
Aromas of citrus, ripe mango, pine, mint. Bready malt.
Tangerine peel, ripe tropical fruits. Berries. Grassy.
Full body and creamy, soft mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Long finish.
Good, probably great when it was fresh.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First impression from a bottle (a sixer ran me $9.99 USD in New Orleans, LA):

Citrusy and somewhat fresh in taste, but it doesn't stand out compared to other beers that showcase the same 3 hops. Mosaic in particular is not well expressed in this IPA; this lacks its signature subtle blueberry flavour and even its usual accompanying vague tropical fruit flavour. Citra and Simcoe are more emphasized, giving it plenty of acidic citrus as well as some floral notes. Candied orange.

Aside from its very well disguised 7.4% ABV, it's not a remarkably well executed IPA. I'll enjoy my sixer, but it's not an amazing beer.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice bubbly retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are citrus forward. Some orange leading the way. Some bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More citrus leading the way. More orange along with some hints of pineapple. More bread and crackers. Moderate to low bitterness. Pretty solid hop flavors.
There's a subtle sweetness to this one. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with soft moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, slightly creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid IPA. It's not quite a "New England IPA", but it's close, for what it's worth. It's enjoyable stuff. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow-I am all over the place with this one. Looks great. Cloudy orange with great lacing. Smells of Citra and nothing else. I cannot find any Simcoe or Mosaic as the description claims. Same with the taste. Straight up Citra. Mouthfeel is nice. Soft and smooth.

It’s likable but I will finish the 6 pack and move onto something else.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 5-15-19
Pours almost clear, with a boatload of particulates floating about. Smell is of orange citrus.. lightly danked, and malts. Taste is malty, citrus and lightly juiced. Smooth, with a very nice balance of bitterness, carbonation and malt character. This is a good beer, but the aroma was a little too malty. It's possible the hops have started to drop.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle... Yes, bottle. Not a can.

Wet hopped and unfiltered!

Light haze within a golden orange color with lots of floaties bits floating around. Um, unfiltered. Pure white foam cap, very substantial. Holds tight. Good left over coverage and a bit of lace.

A highly concentrated hoppy aroma::Sweet tropical fruits and wild honey, zesty citrus, boozy pineapple and very floral. Malt is golden sweetness in the nose.

First sip shouts: JUICY! Light, crisp but mostly juicy and crazy drinkable mouthfeel effect.

A unique blend of dank fruity hop flavor, multiple layers of pineapple>mango>tangerine>spicy citrus kick and light golden wheat and golden malted grains. Hop dominate for sure, but balanced nicely... New England style.

Complexity is high, mouthfeel is juicy and easy. I'm all about the Wet hop!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter glass
Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange-amber color with a puffy head of just off white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a tropical fruit smell of pineapple, mango, and papaya with other strong fruit smells of tangerine and a grapefruit hop. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of a dank pine and herbal smell rounding out the aroma nicely.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready malt bases with some fruity flavors of the tropical fruits and tangerine that were detected in the nose. Right from the start there is some piney and herbal hop tastes which balance the malt base nicely. As the taste advances the breadiness fades a little bit all while some grapefruit hop tastes come to the tongue. At the very end a slight surge in the fruit flavors, being joined now by a bit of melon, comes to the tongue to leave one with a nice smooth and semi-sweet and dry hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. For the mix of flavors the feel is rather nice and makes this a flavorful and easy drinking brew.
Overall – A rather tasty brew overall and one to try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Lucular
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5 oz pour on tap. Fruity, mostly citrus with a hint of tropical fruits. Unfortunately it is also oddly sour. Not undrinkable, but definitely a miss nonetheless.

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Photo of warrenc
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful beer. Pours pale ale standard issue, smells of orange, lemon and some pine. The taste is almost sweet butter in the malt blend, more citrus and finishes a bit dry, crisp. I am left with an after taste like orange candy.

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

Wet hopped something something? Sure, I’ll bite.
Pours from the bottle a clearer than expected gold tan. Aroma and to some extent the taste are more “tropical” than classic ipa, I didn’t think it was quite wet hopped but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Odd green onion aftertaste that came out of nowhere.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: orange amber; light dissipating head;

smell; pine, earthy; dusty

taste: pine out of the gate, that melds quickly to a sweet citrus or pineapple juice; Concludes with
a smokey baconesque flavor; bitterness hangs in; sweetness begins to dominate half-way thru;

Mouthfeel: smooth; peppery

overall: A bit of a moving target; begins uniquely and morphs halfway thru into some diff;
kinda of a sweeter DIPA as it unfolds. Probably moving a little to much in that direction for
me personally, but an interesting beer; Liked the first half better then the second.

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Photo of FBarber
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orage color. Opaque but not sludgy like some NE style IPAs tend to look in appearance. This is just opaque. Some lumpy white floaters are noted in the beer. Thin white head dissipates almost immediately leaving just a thin ring of sudsy foam.

Aroma has bright notes of grapefruit, navel orange, a slight dank wet hop aroma and some mild caramel-y malt notes.

Taste follows the nose with some sweet orange notes, grapefruit, giving way to a somewhat orange rind-y flavor mixed in with that distinct Lagunitas house yeast flavor and some light fresh hop bitterness. Im not a big fan of that distinct Lagunitas flavor in any of their beers, but credit where credit is due, this is really nice showcase for the wet hops. Fruity, but maintains some pleasant bitterness.

Feel is light to medium bodied. bright fizzy carbonation. Smith throughout with a slight dry tinge on the finish.

Overall a well made IPA that showcases the wet hops beautifully.

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

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Phase Change"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "134 9 2 3802 1928"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy golden body beneath a full head of off-white foam. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with a touch of "dankness" and fruity with notes of orange, grapefruit, mango, and perhaps a touch of pineapple. Quite pleasant.

Taste; As the aroma suggests, but fuller, and with a lightly biscuity malt base. It's really quite pleasant. It's firmly bitter and finishes dry. The strength (7.5% ABV) never shows although you may start to feel it about halfway through.

Feel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then smooth once it warms in the mouth.

Overall: Quite impressive. The hops are bright and clear, and even a touch raspy, but not harsh in any way, and they don't over-ride the basic malt that's there. It's very well balanced. Additionally, there's no chlorophyll character as I've found in some others.

Review #6,624

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I couldn’t tell you how fresh this beer is, because with Lagunitas’ whack dating system, I’m better off cracking the code to King Tut’s tomb. But Raul digresses. Anyway, I’m not feeling it. Kinda tastes like my toddler’s grape juice, mixed in with some jail house hooch - it just ain’t fly.

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Photo of FFreak
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice hybrid of east coast/west coast. Slightly hazy orange-copper with soft white head and good lace. Mostly piney aroma, not a fruity IPA. Taste is a little malt-forward but nicely balanced with late hops. Mouth feel is just right. Overall, I like it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. No intelligible date stamp.
Pours orange-amber with a semi-durable, sudsy, off-white head. Some visible floating particles.
Leans towards the bold and strong side for style. Complex hop flavors with citrus dominant.
Feel: smooth with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looked like a standard New England IPA. The body was pale gold in color and hazy when held against the light. The aroma had a lot of melon up front. This was followed by some mango and a touch of hay in the smell. The taste was quite citric. The flavor reminded me of passionfruit and tangerine. There was a pith like bitterness in the finish. The feel was soft and density medium. I liked it well enough, it didn't seem all that different from others of the style that are not wet hop based. In the end, I am not sure the extra effort amounted to all that much.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was unfortunately (and confusingly) not distributed to TN, so I had to get some bottles from a DC buddy and they are a good 2 months old. So I’m obviously not getting the intended experience, and it’s certainly not Born Yesterday, but it’s still a very good beer.

Look is absolutely gorgeous for an IPA, with a beautiful copper-gold body, light haze glow (totally opaque but not turbid or NE juicy), and a huge head of fluffy, compact bubbles that are continuously fed by a steady stream of effervescence ascending the edges of the tulip glass on all sides. Wonderful lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas of dank grass and weed and sweet citrus. Definitely more muted than I expected, but I’m guessing there’s meaningful fall-off. Earthy, herbal, fruity, a little juicy, piney, and VERY dank. Some stone fruit notes, as well, maybe a little tropical mango, too.

Taste is where the fall-off is most noticeable. There’s a wonderful citrus juiciness at work, but the little bit of sweetness is almost immediately balanced out by pithy, piney, and earthy bitterness. Dank greens, herbal tea, a lot of bready malt, and a surprisingly large amount of honeydew melon. Peach and mango in the background. Grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Really good but not exceptional. I bet the fresh product was much more citrus-heavy and much brighter.

Feel follows the look, pillowy soft and silky and a touch more heft than the body probably holds thanks to the perfect carbonation. Zero heat or boozy elements, and incredibly crushable for a 7.4% beer.

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Phase Change from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 238 ratings