Lagunitas Born Yesterday (2015) Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Brewed by: Lagunitas Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Variation: Fresh / Wet Hop
  • Seasonal: Fall
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBU: N/A

Notes: A member of Lagunitas’ “One Hitter Series.”

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Born Yesterday is a newborn version of our re-born Pale, a Newer New Dogtown Pale with a fresh addition … We added some wet, Virgin, lupulin-drenched, un-kilned, whole-cone, fresh-picked-and-rushed-straight-from-Yakima hops for your immaculate reception. This wetter-than-wet beer has 11lbs-per-barrel of Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Indigenous Catawampus. Whoa.

Hops: Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic

Malts: N/A

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows Lagunitas branding, with clusters of fresh hops and “Born Yesterday” in fluorescent green font.

Color: Slightly hazy, dark golden to light orange.

Aroma: Fruity tropical hops over damp malt.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 12oz. Bottle

Served in: Official Lagunitas Largemouths

Last fall we bought some Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale, and at the time it seemed like a new release from Lagunitas (and it was), so we played it cautious and only grabbed a 6 pack out of the couple cases in the store. What a mistake…

We were positively blown away by that hop powerhouse of a harvest ale, and remember thinking it was one of the best beers we had ever had. Yes, that good. After sharing with some friends, there were only 2 bottles left before we all left town for the weekend. When we returned, every store was sold out, and it was super sad times. So all year, we crossed our fingers that Born Yesterday would return with the next hop harvest.

Many people griped about the recent Lagunitas sale, but it didn’t really bother us, since it seemed like a market play for distribution in Europe. It looks like Magee and co have already put those Heineken dollars to work, and brewed a much larger quantity of Born Yesterday Fresh Hop in 2015, along with the addition of proprietary Simcoe and Citra hops.

The good news was being able to march right into the store and grab a case from the many on hand. The bad news — this year’s batch was not as good. Maybe last year it was that “new experience” effect? But after drinking a few of the 2015 crop, it doesn’t quite hold up to the original. Or maybe its newness has worn off? Regardless, it’s not like we’re sitting here boo-hooing about having a case, cause this was an absolutely top notch harvest ale.

We don’t want to turn this into a comparison post to last year either, so we’ll just leave it at this: the 2015 edition was not as dank and pungent on the nose, or palate. We remember hops numbing up our tongues, along with an aroma you could smell without shoving your face into your glass. Again, this beer is no slouch, nor did it “pale” in comparison to the original 2014 iteration. It just dropped off a smidgeon, but still an excellent beer you should be drinking.

This fresh hop pale ale poured a finely whipped, off-white colored head. With a lighter body in both volume and color, it demonstrated great retention, with a thin sheet of frothy coating throughout. Lagunitas likes to make you scrub crusty lacing off the glass, and this ale was no exception there.

Born Yesterday Pale Ale’s fruity tropical hop aroma was both matched, and surpassed, when it came down to its amazing wet hop flavor. With a slight malt profile, Lagunitas put the freshest of hops — “the stickiest of the icky” — on center stage for all to enjoy. It was dank, piney, and juicy (all the hoppy buzzwords), with the volume cranked up to 11.

Born Yesterday Pale Ale could shame many IPAs when it came down to outright flavor, and palate crushing intensity. After some effervescent sharpness kicked in, so did the flavor, where Born Yesterday treated us to a huge wave of sappy, resinous, piney hops. A slow wash of tropical fruit, like pineapple and mango came on next, with a hint of citrus bitterness that dried in the finish.

This beer was so damn tasty, we wanted to keep our palates bathed in hoppy goodness. Unfortunately its ABV makes that a little more difficult. It’s not quite sessionable, but we found a way to hang in there for a few extra servings of fresh hops right in a row.

Born on 10/26, bought home on 10/28, supply RIP on 11/4.

Final Score: 4.5/5

4.5 Stars

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale is one of the best harvest ales you can find on the market today. With 11 lbs of wet hops per barrel it’s a powerful, biting, explosion of fresh hop flavor.

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