Brew Review: Lagunitas Equinox

by Kelli H. on May 7, 2015


Beer: Lagunitas Brewing Equinox
Date: 4-24-15
Type: Pale Oat Ale
Location: Petaluma, CA
Alcohol: 8%
IBU: 50


Appearance: Clear, golden, orangish, small strand of bubbles rising from the middle, decent head retention.

Aroma: Pine, hops,pineapple, alcohol if you breathe in real deep.

Body & Texture: Bite up front, full bodied, smooth, not much carbonation.

Aftertaste: Piney hops, sweet, bitter.


Overall Impression:
Lately I haven’t been a big Lagunitas fan because I’ve felt like the beers I used to enjoy by them are too sweet now. Their beers always turn sweet to me as they warm up. I know that’s a shock because so many people find Lagunitas to be so bitter. I’ve found that there is a fine line for me between bitter and sweet.

Upon first sip I was really surprised by this beer. I didn’t know what to expect at all because I’d read a couple different sources that called this beer a strong ale. Usually that means high alcohol. Though the alcohol percent is more than what I usually prefer, I didn’t find it to taste like alcohol.

The aroma on this beer is amazing. It’s super piney and fresh tasting. Definitely smelled fresh! I really like beers that smell like pine or citrus and Equinox satisfied that requirement. When I first took a sip it was refreshing, full bodied, and tasty. I wasn’t getting much sweetness from it but as I drank more I started to taste the typical sweetness coming through that I’ve grown to expect from Lagunitas. Maybe that’s due to the high alcohol.

Overall, I would purchase Equinox again. I think it’d be a great beer for a six pack since I tend to buy 22’s less than 12 oz bottles. My friends Michelle and Colin recently tried it as well and Michelle reported back to me that they liked it too. I think if you haven’t tried Equinox you should pick one up. Let me know what you think! 


“Hey, Mom! Stop taking photos of beer & play with me!” – Ryder

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

David W. May 7, 2015 at 7:35 am

Definitely got sweeter as it heated up. Enjoyable beer, but I’d recommend drinking it cold. If you’re not sharing it, maybe pour half, and keep the bottle in the fridge until you’re ready for the other half. I like seeing new brews from Lagunitas and hope they continue with some new/ exciting beers.


Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes May 7, 2015 at 3:58 pm

That doggie face! What a beautiful dog!!


Meghan May 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I would love to try this! And Ryder is so handsome!


jen @nutcaseinpoint May 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm

I can’t eat anything when I drink Lagunitas..for some reason, any pairing just doesn’t do it for me. And usually when I drink beer, I like to eat something. Who are we kidding? I always like to eat something!


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