Phase Change
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #817
Ranked #9,579
4.03 | pDev: 6.45%
Jun 01, 2023
Mar 02, 2019
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from Brewers Haven. Golden with a light haze, lasting cap of creamy head. Sweet, fruity aroma, light malty character. Taste has caramel malts with faint fruity notes. Small sting at the finish. Full, rich.
Jun 01, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
another one of the frozen wet hop beers from these guys, in the born again yesterday vein, tasty when super fresh, but not as good as that one overall, let alone the original born yesterday, which is among the best lagunitas beers ever. this one is more squarely an ipa than a pale, more bitter, but super juicy too, just with a rather similar hop profile, mosaic driven, some simcoe, we have seen this many times before, but its the ability to have them in all their fresh glory, no kiln, out of season, that makes this cool even if its samey. rust orange tinted, a little hazy, some flakey sediment when its a little older, but a high and thick white head, looks nice, not too cleaned up, and it smells astonishingly hoppy at its best, peachy, orangey, ripe and drippy with a little weedy thing as well, fresh flowers, cantaloupe, and some pine and milled lumber, enough malt to be balanced but not malty in the classic sense, off dry to me. the flavor is similar, a little more danky resinous character through it, a touch less fruity than it smells, but still some dried apricot and mango notes, clean lemon, and a hash sort of pungency, really neat, and bold and powerful for mosaic and simcoe and citra, a little different than how they normally manifest, and without any greeness. i do get some alcohol sneaking up as it warms, some cereal heft to the malt and a touch of sweetness, and it has a little more body overall than born again yesterday, longer too, but i like the bitterness, the way the wetness of the mosaic specifically is still on display, and overall this science and process is pretty darn cool for beer drinkers everywhere. surprised more breweries have not pursued similar innovations with wet hops...
Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 3.65 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
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Rated by Danzifer from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Mine was kind of skunked, but I imagine it would be better if it were fresher.
Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by DiggerDahl from North Dakota

Oct 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Oct 12, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 08, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by bplabernie from Michigan

Sep 07, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Junior from Michigan

Sep 01, 2020
Rated: 4 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by wc94wc from California

Aug 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by anthony-s from New Jersey

Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Its National IPA Day, so I went were I usually don't (The promotional discount made it relatively painless): Draught pint at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore
Aug 06, 2020
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look- Medium gold, hazy, visible particles, frothy white head, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Pineapple, melon, guava, mango.

Taste- Melon, guava, stone fruit, mango.

Feel- Medium body, average carbonation, slightly prickly.
Aug 04, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by kds2437 from Texas

Jul 23, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by artrocity from Massachusetts

Jul 17, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by jameswaldo from New York

Jul 16, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by Dkloubec from Illinois

Jul 04, 2020
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Mule Bar
Jun 30, 2020
Phase Change from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 310 ratings