Contents Under Fresher
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #551
Ranked #6,222
4.1 | pDev: 9.02%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: This is the latest leap in Lagunitas’ never-ending quest for capturing the essence of fresh hops. Contents Under Fresher features whole-cone Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe & Sabro hops harvested and rushed from our family of farmer friends in Yakima. Expressed here in their absolute juiciest form.
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy this, bitter that, hop heads can fuss all they want about what the best display of hops are. But the purest essence of hops occurs in the wet-hopped or harvest ales. Picked at the peak of plumpness and sent directly to the brewers before being dried and processed for long term brewing, this freshest hops give IPA something that's only experience in a short late fall season.

Lagunitas capitalizes on the moment with Contents Under Fresher; a honey gold ale that celebrates a medium hop-derived haze. As a frothy crown forms on the rim, the fresh, green and citronella character of plump hops come with a strong herbal, hemp-like and peppery grass quality. As a sweeter tone gravitates along the tongue, the early impressions in flavor are of honey, honeysuckle and the lightness of angel food cake.

But once those hops spring up, there's no stopping their flavor. With the malts in retreat, the floral, spicy and herbal scent turns extra green with suggestions of cannabis, green tea leaf, lemongrass, parsley and peppery arugula. Nearly dirty in it dankness, the peppery and earthy hops dive into a bitter finish with a chlorophyl filled juicy greeness of micro-greens, pine sap and a hint of tar.

Medium bodied and on a drying track, the beer's resinous dryness ensures a crisp and refreshing but off-clean sense of drinkability that extends in a dank aftertaste of grapefruit, citron and dried pineapple rinds.

Nov 12, 2021
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a lovely burnished orange with a loose 1/8th inch off-white head that quickly dissipates not a tight band around the edges and a soapy slick across the surface. Nose is lovely - dank, orange zest and pith. Taste follows nose, albeit more subdued with some crackery malts to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a lively carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, not my favorite wet hop out there but quite pleasant, nonetheless.

Oct 30, 2021
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brn9000 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 02, 2021
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy gold color with a tiny white head. Just a little lace.
Aroma mostly pine, with some citrus.
Pine-forward. Grapefruit and orange later.

Nov 20, 2021
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beaulabauve from Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 21, 2021
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TLA from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 17, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear bright orange with a nice head to start but dissapears quickly. Smell is floral mildly tropical with citrus and dank garden hops . Taste follows nose , This "Fresh Hop" is just average this is no Born Yesterday, it not even a good IPA moderate hop,moderate flavor just kinda Meh to me ,so glad a bought just 1 bottle.

Oct 28, 2021
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JeffSK from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2021
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TheSixthRing from California

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours with a slight haze, golden yellow in color with a white, half finger width head. Fair retention before dying to a thin, broken layer of suds on the surface. Not much for lacing.

Smell - Fresh, citrusy aroma with a bit of pineapple, green leaf and some pine.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange, lesser grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of green leaf and some earthen dank. Finish continues with the citrusy notes, and almost a smokey character .

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick, smooth drinker before a lightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty similar to the Born Yesterday, except with a smokey finish that oddly fits, somewhat.

Nov 11, 2021
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sd123 from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thursday at 10:38 PM
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 30, 2021
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Winzlow from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday at 11:10 AM
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 10, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
date stamped 277 1
L: slightly hazed light amber body; foamy off-white head
S: juicy & zesty citrus, mango, pine, light caramel
T: juicy, fruity, and flavorful: mango, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, pine, light caramel, and an odd yet intriguing smoke flavor
F: medium body, sticky resins coat the palate, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish
O: I always love a fresh hop IPA, and this was no exception

Nov 12, 2021
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Bunuelian from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 10, 2021
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Jaycase from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 04 Oct. Brewed in Petaluma.

This year's fresh hop replacement for Born Yesterday. In short, this beer is decent but not nearly as good as Born Yesterday has been in prior years. Missing the bright hop flavors which would typically be present in BY. While not reflective in the score, also a poorer value compared to Born Yesterday being a 4pk at the same price. Sadly, I think the best days of Lagunitas Fresh Hop IPAs are likely gone.

Oct 22, 2021
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good-looking pour, classic IPA slightly hazy and light amber. Not much of a head, filmy lacing. Nose is faintly floral. Taste of fresh / wet hops is subtle but still comes out in the finish. Bitterness is tempered, even to the point of drifting into Pale Ale territory. Overall, a good job (it's Lagunitas, after all), but it lacks the up-front hop presence of the real Fresh Hop crowd. Living in a spot halfway between Seattle and Portland means we're at Ground Zero for fresh hop beer, so our standards are pretty high.

Nov 02, 2021
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 21, 2021
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2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nov 17, 2021
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Chris7482 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't wait to get my hands on Born Yesterday each year, so I definitely was disappointed that it wasn't coming this year. I came in hoping this would be just as great. It pours copper, orange, not quite translucent or opaque. Lots of piney, resin on the nose and the taste follows suit. Pretty dank with a nice mouthfeel and bite. Leans a bit towards the bitter side of things. Good beer, but not the great beer Born Yesterday has been unfortunately.

Oct 20, 2021
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Meddwol from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 26, 2021
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4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was beyond excited to try this one and finally got my hands on it.

12oz bottle poured into a wide-mouth tulip.

Looks - golden. Pretty honey-like. Hazy, but not as cloudy as a proper hazy IPA. Has a small off-white head, but still leaves good lacing on the glass. Bubbles are tightly clustered in the head.

Smells - Interesting. Almost identical to their Hoppy Refresher. Very citrusy with tropical fruits like pineapple come to mind. A hint of grassy hops and earthy pine, but mostly dominated by a lemon-lime and delicate pineapple note.

Taste - Citrus-forward. This brew is juicy through and through. Citrus forward tastes limey with a hint of tangelo, again akin to the Hoppy Refresher. Semi-sweet malt in the middle with pineapple before leading into a finish of spicy pepper and a semi-dry finish.

Feel - very smooth. Silky and medium-bodied. Not too effervescent, but still enough tingle to add texture to your tongue which enhances the flavor experience. Goes down easily. Doesn't feel heavy in the stomach. Flavors and feel linger on the tongue just long enough before dissipating.

Overall, I love this brew. One of my favorites in the OneHitter series. It feels fresh as the name describes. It's very refreshing. It's super easy drinking, masking alcohol perfectly. Like I said, I found a lot of commonalities with the flavors in the Hoppy Refresher, and that is a good thing. I only wish it would stay a bit longer, or at least they gave us packs bigger than just 4! You'll be left wanting more for sure.

Tuesday at 04:24 AM
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 27, 2021
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Eddiehop from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 13, 2021
Contents Under Fresher from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 94 ratings