Picnic Lightning
Brouwerij West

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Brouwerij West
California, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,717
Ranked #6,321
4.11 | pDev: 8.52%
Jun 14, 2022
Mar 23, 2017
Picnic LightningPicnic Lightning
Notes: Always ready to ride, Picnic Lightning gallops across your palate with unrelenting notes of citrus, stone fruit, and pine through the use of Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. Smooth from start to finish, Picnic Lightning's soft, velvety mouthfeel is obtained through the use of Malted Barley, Oats and Raw Spelt.
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours whitish orange. Very white head with above average lacing. The nose is citrusy as expected. Taste and aftertaste was just so-so in my opinion.

Jun 14, 2022
4.04 by EMH73 from New York on Jun 04, 2022
4.18 by gboley from California on May 21, 2022
3.85 by QuintusHorace from California on Apr 11, 2022
4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jan 18, 2022
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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

great combination of hops hp taste to the finish

Dec 19, 2021
4.47 by Eychung from New York on Nov 30, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bjorno from Minnesota

Someone described this as “delicious mop water”….

I’ve mopped many a kitchen floor and I can absolutely agree that there is an absolute mop water comparison, but for some weird reason it’s not a bad thing.

After the initial musty flavor, it very well-balanced and delicious for a hazy. It’s just that once that association is made with mop water, the flavor is just there.

I like it, I would absolutely drink it again, but it’s the weirdest forward flavor I’ve encountered.

I like it too much,m.

Nov 11, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by osheamatth from New York

Pale yellow haze in appearance with a decent frothy head that dissipated quickly. Some citrus notes of mandarin, kumquat mixed with some skunky metallic fragrance on the bouquet. Gladly the palate expands on the nicer notes and does not have that questionable metal influence. Juicy & pungent hoppy profile with big marijuana hints that marry well will tropical pineapple notes not detected on the aroma. Nice balance of malt, hop, sweet & bitter on the aftertaste.

Nov 10, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Patrick2012 from California

Solid Hazy by Brouwerij West. Spy Nap has a similar taste profile with a bit more body but I still like this one. Subtle smells of citrus orange and a light bit of wheat. Reminds me of a mimosa a little bit. Taste is Orange and lemon with a little funky grassy note.

Nov 08, 2021
4 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Jul 11, 2021
4.25 by Marvicsin from California on Jun 05, 2021
3.73 by vidisad from California on May 02, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

This was a can back in 2019 before it had the "Picnic Lightning" designation on the label that otherwise looks the same.

Pours a hazy yellow light amber of the darker, duller variety compared to say, canary yellow. Looks like I drank this one while disc golfing from the picture. 1/2" off white head. Aroma kicked around the new and old in parity, sweeter citrus notes from Citra, more bitter citrus notes like grapefruit and then pine, provided by Centennial.

Now normally I might look at a Simcoe and Centennial hopped beer with this SRM and think its gonna be an ibu arms race crystal malt laden call to yesteryear. But here, it pairs amply well with the flaked body of the beer, allowing a firm bitterness to be supplanted by citrus and pine notes, but without any harshness of booziness or bitterness to dominate the entire experience. Imagine tangerine, mandarin orange, lime, pine and pineapple notes going on here. Its good stuff, but at nearly $5 a can, prolly not a repeat, but a confirmation the brewery makes good hoppy stuff at least.

Mar 22, 2021
5 by Dmastro from California on Mar 09, 2021
4.5 by budd3n from California on Feb 03, 2021
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 25, 2020
3.97 by AJM_Beers from California on Nov 29, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BillAfromSoCal from California

16 oz can dated 7/30/20. Can shows 6.8% ABV and lists ingredients as malted barley, raw spelt, raw oats, citra, azacca, and simcoe hops. Note that the hop mix is slightly different from the brewery description. Bought off a room temp shelf at Trader Joes about mid-Sept. and refrigerated since then. Pours an opaque yellow-orange like someone mixed orange juice with lemon juice. Only about 1 finger of head, a little lacing. Not a lot of smell, but my nose typically does not pick up much that is subtle. Very tasty...complex flavor and having a hard time picking out a specific flavor. Nice balance of hops and malts, very subtle, fine carbonation in the mouth with a fairly viscous and very smooth moth feel that I like. Overall, despite my inability to pick out specific flavors and smells I really like this one.
Updated on May 29, 2022. This time I would characterize ift as a classic grapefruit juice in color. I got a healthy 2.5 finger head and lots of lacing. I'm upgrading the look, downgrading the feel a bit based on my more extensive experience with other hazies since my original review

Nov 12, 2020
3.88 by caahare from West Virginia on Nov 12, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by heydre from Oregon

A hop spicy bitterness is a good descriptor for this beer as it lingers. Up front it's lemony and almost malty like a lager? but seem to come around to a hazy in the middle. At points, I thought I was really going to like it but couldn't clear the hump.

Sep 28, 2020
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by elNopalero from California

Pours cloudy. For a hazy it looks good.
Light aroma, maybe a hint of coconut husk? It’s chalky, with a harsh aftertaste to the pillowy feel up front. Miss.

Sep 15, 2020
4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Sep 09, 2020
3.75 by BabaBeer from California on Sep 05, 2020
4.17 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Aug 23, 2020
4.16 by BAsbill from California on Aug 02, 2020
4.35 by GClarkage from California on Jul 13, 2020
4.37 by Jarrettperez from South Carolina on Jul 11, 2020
4.1 by smithj4 from New York on Jun 30, 2020
4 by mrcraft from California on Jun 25, 2020
4.18 by jeff1973 from California on Jun 20, 2020
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 15, 2020
4.24 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jun 14, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy whitish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but left a narrow collar around the edge and lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of gooseberries and lime are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of lychee along with notes of lime. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very juicy, and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England-style IPA had pleasant aromas and flavors of limes.

Serving type: can

May 24, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: New England IPA
Glass: Pure Project 14-oz. Teku glass
Price: $13.99 for a 4-pack
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: April 24, 2020
Consumed: April 24, 2020
Misc.: Canned on April 6, 2020

Had Rachel pick this for me on a recent Coronvirus trip to Trader Joe’s. Had a quad from them before and liked it (4.07). Had this before at the 2019 Festival of Dankness but it was late in the day and I was trashed. Untappd description called it, “Always ready to ride, Picnic Lightning gallops across your palate with unrelenting notes of citrus, stone fruit, and pine through the use of Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. Smooth from start to finish, Picnic Lightning's soft, velvety mouthfeel is obtained through the use of Malted Barley, Oats and Raw Spelt.”

Poured a pale-to-medium yellow hazy color with four fingers of white rocky-to-white head. Just a few bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass. Outstanding uneven lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled Citra, guava, tangerine, peach, pine, Simcoe, papaya, passion fruit, lime and hints of dish soap. Better out of the can with big Citra, tropical fruit punch, papaya, Simcoe and pine. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was not as good as the nose, but still solid. In order got Citra, guava, tangerine, peach, papaya, pine, Simcoe, black pepper, tropical fruit punch, passion fruit and mango. Big time hop burn. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, dry finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Outstanding New England Style beer overall. Certainly better than what I gave it at the Festival of Dankness. (Overall - 4.00)

4.07 | 91 | A-

May 20, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beersampler6 from Michigan

This was not too bad at all, an unassuming looking can with some nice flavors for a New England style IPA. I had always been meaning to try beers from this brewery. 4/17/20 date printed on can. Looks good, slightly hazy golden color with some fluffy white head and small sheets of lingering lacing. Aromas of fresh orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and some melon. Also some malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, good balance and depth. A little hoppy bitter bite at the end. Smooth, mild mouthfeel that was a little sticky with great carbonation retention. Very enjoyable offering.

May 17, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like piney hop resin, golden citrus, grapefruit, grassy hops, marijuana, and pineapple.

This feels like a bit of hybrid of West Coast and NE-style. It's definitely got the NE-style big soft juiciness, with pineapple and soft sweet grapefruit, but there's also a significant resinous and spicy bitterness. It contrasts well with the softness up front and makes for an interesting beverage.

This is soft and crisp, with a great drinkability to it. It's the perfect ABV for IPAs for me at this stage of the game.

This was a random pick from Tavour that worked out fairly well. It was a really well done IPA for me.

May 16, 2020
4.25 by MattBeer from California on May 07, 2020
4.25 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Apr 04, 2020
4.36 by evanwoertz from California on Feb 25, 2020
Picnic Lightning from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 134 ratings