Beer Preview: Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday

I've worked in a little time to open a beer sent to me by the brewer's rep for my comment. And since it's a widely distributed brand, maybe I can pick up some extra clicks by shooting a One-Take Beer Review.

Lagunitas Brewing Co. dropped a variant on their Born Yesterday wet hop pale ale. "Wet Hopping" means using hops fresh for the field instead kilning them for longer shelf life, giving the beer a more "grassy" flavor. The original Born Yesterday, a revamp of their first flagship New Dogtown Pale Ale, featured fresh hops from their Yakima Valley hop yards, and was available a few weeks after the fall hop harvest.

As their description suggests, Lagunitas' "alchemists" had been working on processes to maintain hop "wetness" for several months after harvest. This Born Again Yesterday, available in springtime, is the result.

So for an unfiltered ale, it pours just a little bit cloudy. There is a nice tropical fruit nose, maybe mango and pineapple. The hops in the palate are not very bigger, but continue to show me the northwestern hop note. It's backed up by a strong malt backbone and a 7.2% abv.

Now this beer may have suffered from sitting around in a UPS warehouse over the weekend when temps were first hitting the 80s. But it did weather well, with maybe some of the fruity hop flavor being dulled, but it's still a flavorful beer and a go-with for heavier meats and sausage.

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