Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday Ale

Lagunitas Born Again YesterdayLagunitas is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States. Founded in 1993 by Tony Magee, the brewery is known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on its packaging.

Born Again Yesterday is part of the 2017 One Hitter Series. A series of rare, experimental and one-off brews produced in small batches released through the year.

7.0% ABV

Pour: A cloudy golden color with lots of carbonation swirling around.

Head: Very thin and airy head forms but hangs around for a while.

Nose: Lots of pine with hints of grapefruit behind it.

Palate: Light and juicy making it very easy to drink. Loads of hops give it a nice acidity but not as much fruit as I was expecting. Finish is clean and doesn’t leave much behind.

Overall: This was an interesting take a on a Pale ale, using “wet hops” gave it a nice juicy IPA feel while still having some remains of a Pale ale. This one is a limited release so it may not be the easiest to find but if you come across some this is definitely one to splurge on.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out Of 5 Pints

Lagunitas 12th of Never Ale

12th-of-never-canLagunitas is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States. Founded in 1993 by Tony Magee, the brewery is known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on its packaging. 12th of Never Ale is part of their un-limited release series, a hop-forward American Pale Ale expressed in a moderate voice.

This beer pours a clear yellow/golden color with a medium white head and high carbonation. The head dissipates pretty quickly leaving no lacing behind.

On the nose, hops of course take center stage followed by a tropical fruitiness. Citrus notes and papaya seem to show the most. There is a malty characteristic but isn’t very dominate.

A light bodied ale that brings some structure, 12th of Never is not as light as a session ale but still has crush-ability. A solid blend of hops gives off a smooth bitterness and citrus note, but doesn’t linger around. A good amount of oranges, lemons and spice build to give this beer a clean and refreshing profile. Some malts on the finish bring this together for an ale that can be enjoyed in all seasons.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas is a Northern California brewery known for both its iconoclastic interpretations of traditional styles, as well as its irreverent attitude. It was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California. The brewery quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location and is currently based in nearby Petaluma. Lagunitas is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States. Their beers are widely distributed and are currently available in 32 states. One of their limited release beers, Imperial Red Ale, caught our attention and begged to be tasted.

The beer pours a rusty red/orange color with a foamy two finger off white head. The head shows decent retention and once dissipated leaves behind a light lacing both a top the beer and down the sides of the glass.

Aromas of piney hops as well as citrus hop notes of grapefruit pith and lemon zest flow freely through the bouquet. There is a bready note and a touch of caramel sweetness that mellow out and balance all the hop notes.

On the palate there is an initial wave of bready and biscuit notes with a kiss of caramel sweetness. The citrus notes dominated by grapefruit pith hit next but are rather subdued at first. As the citrus hop notes build toward the midpalate they are met with resiny pine notes that coat the mouth and carry through to the finish. A touch of sweetness washes out the hop notes and allows for a clean finish.

Lagunitas Imperial Red is exactly what you would expect from Lagunitas, a well hopped beer with impeccable balance. Try pairing this one with aged cheddar, salmon burgers with citrus aioli or ginger spice cake. 4 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints 

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