Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Unfiltered Born Yesterday

Clearing another beer that has been sent to me for comment, I have Lagunitas Brewing's latest in the "One-Hitter" series, a limited edition release that sometimes returns from year to year, sometimes not.

A regular part of that series in Born Yesterday, a reconfiguration of their first brew, Dogtown Pale Ale, noted for its addition of fresh wet hops from their Yakima Valley hop producers. It's then brewed and packed to arrive at stores as fresh as possible. There have been variations: in 2018, they did a Born Again Yesterday in May, showing off a process they say kept the wet hops fresh over the winter.

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Unfiltered bottle

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Unfiltered

This is just a slightly different variation in that its label proclaims it to be Unfiltered. It's also just a touch stronger than the base Born Yesterday, at 7.2% abv vs. 6.5%.

The bottle I was sent were dated "Borned on 10-5-20," and I got around to opening it on Oct. 19.

There is a big snort of American style hops right under the cap: Citrus, pine resin, even a bit of "catbox." For being "unfiltered," though, the beer pours only slightly hazy, and sits nicely under a thick head.

The taste matches up to the nose, of course. Lots of sharp Pacific pale ale hops (the sheet they sent with it says Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and Indigenous Catawampus). Malt is slightly toasty, with alcohol buildup as I drink the beer, but it only slightly backs up to the hops. Tasty and quick drinking.

As noted, it was still pretty clear for an unfiltered beer, but it seems Lagunitas tends work at making hazy beers rather than just letting them happen.

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