While one is a seasonal and moderately hard (especially for west coasters) beer to acquire the other is widely distributed. To keep this fair I used two like glasses and denoted one of the beers with a blue marker dash on the bottom. I gave an = pour with both bottles and closed my eyes and shuffled them around for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes to let the head settle and for me to forget any of the random shuffling I readied for tasting. At this point both were nearly identical. In order to not give anything away I tasted before taking a whiff. The first one was booming with citrus hops. Very light mellow sweet malts and medium to high carbonation. The second beer lacked the hops presence and had a much sweeter carmel malty tone resembling a more traditional amber ale. Both beers had great mouthfeels, no sign of high abv - dangerously drinkable. After tasting it was time for the smell. The first was a cacophony of different citrus/tropical and hops. The second of sweet carmel malts and very mild hops. Overall I chose the more hop dominant glass which as you could have guessed was Lagunitas. While both are equally a world class beer I would say 70% of the time i would prefer the less sweet LIRA over the NN. Makes me happy to think that with NN drying up in the next few weeks I will have a replacement.