Phase Change
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #663
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,020
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 6.44%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
307
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Phase ChangePhase Change
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
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 307 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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smecils_last_stand from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Review: Smooth, creamy taste. No bite. Fruity but not in a gay way, not that there's anything wrong with that. Hints of orange n shit. Def tasty. Has floating particles which apparently is considered unfiltered and from "wet hops". Big fan of getting my hops wet with very little effort. Kiss the can and let the IPA juices flow, that's what I say. That's my style and it's worked since high school, although I've determined the can needs more TLC as the years go by. Facts. Lagunitas had me at Lil Sumpin' Sumpin'. This didn't detract.

Sidenote: Anyone else feel like Halloween is unnecessary this year? I mean… I’ve been wearing a mask and eating candy each day for 8 months now, and I’m not sure we need a day dedicated to it anymore.

Buzz level: Solid, especially since I had 2. Those floating particles mesmerize me. I'm easy. By the way, I like to drink on an empty stomach. I also like to bang on an empty stomach. Sooo... deal with that information as you wish.

Rating: 8.2

Can art reminds me of 80's video game (ie, Atari) or sci fi movie title. It also reminds me the Frisco cat - inside joke, sorry - (swipe left).

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Nov 02, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%
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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UWDAWG from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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gvickery from Texas

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

Look: Dark gold to amber.
Smell: Lots of citrus, smelled like a fruit salad.
Taste: Lots of tropical fruit flavors, some pine, more caramel than I expected, not a lot of bite. Almost like an NEIPA. It’s still very good. Not as much sweetness as their standard IPA.
Mouthfeel: medium
Overall: Probably one of the best IPA’s they’ve put out.

Jun 16, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I typically associate Lagunitas with really intense hoppy flavors, and lots of brown sugar notes. But the Phase Change (for all its brash appearance) is actually more moderate, taking on bright fruitier and tropical touches, but layered over restrained hops, and served with a light body feel.

Jun 11, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) into a Captain Lawrence muffin top pint glass; no date, but code 041 0 2, 4421 1249, if that means anything.
A: Pours a golden color with an orange caste and ochre highlights, a one to two finger, egg shell white head. Solid retention and rings of complex, Belgian lacing.
S: Citrus aromas intertwine with sweet hay and caramel maltiness.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Similar to nose, but subtle honey and pine presences. I think these wet hopped brews often show the subtle, albeit not unpleasant, corruption of hay stored too wet. It's a farm thing. Big number bitterness surprisingly provides quite a bit of balance to the gestalt.
M: Light to medium bodied and crisp. Moderate effervescence throughout.
O: Really a nicely constructed and remarkably balanced IPA. Would have thought it was more on the English and at least ECIPA side of the category, in fairness. Maybe I have just had too many hop bombs lately.

May 24, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16oz single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 3-3-20 for $2.99. Canned 2-7-20; consumed 5-13-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a beautiful white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose is nice, tropical and citrus forward, still coming across fresh.

Taste is nice; orange and mango are up front with some gooseberry over a decent sized malt base. Finishes with a touch of rind to let you know it is an ipa; 6/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing.

Overall a nice beer that is at a nice price. Would have again!

May 13, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a nonic.

A: Wasn’t expecting hazy, it’s not opaque but it’s definitely unfiltered, with small particles floating around - assuming from the wet hopping. Good carbonation and effervescence, soapy white head laces the glass.

S: Juicy, but also dank and herbal - fully hoppy for sure, with a minimal pale malt undertone. The tropical fruit notes are fairly generic but they are definitely of the over-ripe/almost rotten variety.

T: Fresh and dank tasting, moderately vegetal and green, with overripe pineapple and mango and a fresh, weedy character. Small doses of pine resin and light bitterness.

MF: Creamy body feels about right for 7.4% abv. Definitely drinkable.

O: A fun wet-hop offering that stands out from all the typical haze bombs out there now.

May 03, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

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

Can poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours faintly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Grassy, herbal, pine, citrus, a little tropical, and stone fruit, biscuity bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Grassy and green for sure, spicy pine, slightly dank earthy herbal notes, citrus, lemon, lime, and orange, a tropical and stone fruit, papaya, peach, apricot, mango, passion fruit, and a touch of melon, hints of bubblegum, biscuity bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite wet hopped beer from them, but it does a good job showing off all those traits. Solid offering that's cool to have around.

Apr 14, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tall boy can poured into pint glass.

A: hazy, dark gold body, and a big fluffy white head with low retention, leaving a frothy cap across the surface
S: dank sticky hops dripping of juicy guava, peach, and tangerine, with pine and orange peel earthy bitterness
T: follows the nose, but less intense as advertised
F: medium carbonation, medium-thick body, with a dry bittersweet finish that doesn't overstay its welcome


Overall (personal opinion):
this thing manages to have both primary hop experiences in one go, fitting in the dank juicy fruit in with the piney resinous earthy bittersweet. to boot, this brew pulls off a sublime balancing act between the two that results in a very enjoyable experience with plenty of complexity to be discovered, while simultaneously making it an easy sipper, and even provides an excellent role in transitioning between these two worlds on a flight.

Apr 09, 2020
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours avlear gold with a normal head. The aroma has dank cannabis, with mango, tangerine, guava, and melon. The flavor has a big burst of tangerine and guava, with mango, melon, and a little tingle of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full with spritzy carbonation. Overall a really delicious beer with good vibrancy and balance.

Apr 03, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

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

Lagunitas Phase Change IPA, 7.4% ABV. Pours orange with a 1.5 finger white head that left solid foamy lacing. Nose is grassy fruit, taste follows, plus light onion, no sweetness and not much bitterness, can really taste the grassiness, think it's Kentucky Bluegrass but could be Fescue - always get those mixed up. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent. Truly a lawnmower beer.

Apr 03, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look leaves something to be desired but very solid across the board in all other categories. It's not hazy at all and you can't really tell it's unfiltered. Nose is phenomenal, very fruity and wet grassy hop notes. Taste doesn't follow as other reviews have stated but its still a very solid IPA with notes of juicy tropical fruits and piney resinous hops. Very little aftertaste which makes it crushable for a 7.4%. Best part about the beer is definitely the price point, I'd pick it up again without a second thought but not the best wet hop IPA I've had.

Mar 29, 2020
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty solid for the style across the board...and the price sure beats the $20/4-packs that every below average local brewery tries to push out. I actually don't get as much wet hop nose/flavor in this as many other wet hop beers. It smells a bit old school with good grapefruit and pine, but not really tropical except for pineapple. More pineapple in the taste than in the nose. Since it is almost Spring, were these southern hemisphere hops? Anyhow, its good and a little different than what I was expecting. Would buy more.

Mar 23, 2020
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gopens44 from Virginia

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

Really pleasant fruitful nose, like Juicy Fruit gum. Taste and nose once combined comes across a lot like Two Hearted but the thin wetness in the feel snap you out of the Two Hearted theme.

Mar 18, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can dated mid-February into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with about one finger of white head. Good retention and lacing. A fair amount of suspended particulates are plainly visible.

Powerful aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Pineapple, grapefruit, oranges are prevalent.

Taste is juice. Combo of the noted aromas. Just a little bit of a bitter hop kick on the back end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth but a little too carbonated.

Overall, a nice beer. Slightly disappointed as the taste didn't deliver as much as the smell, but something I would revisit.

Mar 14, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from pounder into tulip good 2+ finger cream colored head, great retention and lacing. Clear golden in the glass, slight chill haze. I have to do some blind test on Lagunita beers. I swear when it comes to my nose it has that distinct Lagunitas smell. Smells of pine, ripe pineapple, citrus (grapefruit predominantly) and some caramel. Taste sweet caramel malt, pineapple, orange and peach, finishes with a very mild bitterness and a little on the dry side. Very drinkable beer, this beer ticks off everything I look for in an IPA, good malt bill that shines thru, good hop aroma and the hops and malt deliver on the taste. It isn't cloyingly sweet, and the bitterness is there to shut it down at the end and make you want to go back for more.

Mar 10, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazed golden orange, smooth slightly off-white head with good retention. Soapy lacing and sudsy froth.

Smell: Fresh yellow peach, red mango, pineapple, cherimoya, and orange honey blossom upfront with hints of caramel malt.

Taste: A rush of tropical and peach hoppy goodness washes across the palate, singing with a warm array of juicy bitter fruit flavors impeccably balanced by a lovely caramel malt profile. The silky smooth body has complex fresh hop flavors, wet and dank in their tropical character.

Overall: Definitely a scrumptious offering from Lagunitas, with all of the finesse and mastery you would expect from them.

Mar 07, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is a burnt orange with a white head.

Aroma is bitter orange peel.

Taste is a juicy citrus balanced with honey malt.

Mar 06, 2020
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Zorro from California

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Intense scent of pine when I cracked it open. Now my fingers smell like a pine tree.

Slightly cloudy gold color with a small white colored head.

Intense pine scent even from a distance. Intense hop and tropical fruit aromas. Cedar, Pineapple, passion fruit and PINE! Smells a little sweet but this baby is all about the HOPS!

Starts out mild, savory and ceder wood after taste. Strong pine and cedar flavor in my mouth. Really like this. Licks his muzzle, REALLY likes this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a kissing Cousin to Lagunitas Sucks. High Hops but it doesn't taste bitter at all. Loves it and I not really a fan of this type of IPA. I LIKE IT!

Yeah this beer REALLY deserves those two 5s.

Mar 03, 2020
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Oct 20, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Oct 10, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Oct 09, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

Oct 09, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Oct 08, 2019
Phase Change from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 307 ratings