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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewing innovation is about asking "what if?". What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & and flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers!

MALT VARIETIES Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend and Munich malt
HOP VARIETIES Zeus, Simcoe, Citra, Ahtanum, Cascade, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bikeman53 (27) - - MAR 23, 2013
Creamy head and pours a copper color. Not a bad flavor but with the after taste you can definitely taste the piney hint. Like munching on a taxi cab air freshener.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5320) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Crisp copper coloured body with a lighter honey glow and a thin, one centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of pale malt, bright hops and a hint of grassiness. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong hop flavours up front with a definite herbal note, some lighter malt backbone flavours and a bit of a spiciness on the finish. Aftertaste shows a great balance of malt and hops with a pleasant light sugar finish and a strong white grape juice-like flavour. Overall, a surprisingly good beer with a very nice balance and an easy-to-drink mouthful. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle, pulled from a 12 pack sampler, purchased from Giant in Fairfax, Virginia, sampled on 02-March-2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DBob5150 (228) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pretty standard fair for an IPA. Greenish yellow body with a thick head that fades slow. Aroma is a strong hops with a little pine cone. Taste is crisp, slightly bitter that leaves a piney aftertaste. Drinks reasonably smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Light clear amber with large white head that fades to good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and lime, light toasted malt. Medium body, medium heavy carbonation. Taste starts with citrus burst, melon and lime, full malts, finishes with bitter lemon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillHick420 (452) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours light amber with a white head. Nose of pine, spruce and citrus. Wonderfully balanced with a sweet fruitiness paired with the characteristics of of IPA hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4727) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish gold with a nice off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and florals. Taste is grapefruit, other citrus fruits, pine, spices, and florals. Interesting take on a lager?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2013
This was unexpectingly delicious and refreshing. The aroma is light citrus and juicy hops, the citra and the unique twist of Nelson is nice. The flavor is hops up front followed by lightly sweetened lager yeast and malts that settle pleasantly on the palate with a bit of the hops revisiting to finish up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4433) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2013
An India Pale Lager? Gotta love it! Robust aroma has a very strong hoppy component, a sour citrus underpinning, and a hint of crisp lager malt. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick ivory head. Hoppy flavor has nicely balanced woody and resiny components, with citrus and malt peeking through. Firm, smooth texture dances on the tongue, delighting with a hoppy and fruity finish. One brew experiment that makes the grade. If not Sam’s best, definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
12oz. bottle. Hoppy, fruity, citric aroma, touches of grapefruit, pine, herbs and the white wine character of the Nelson Sauvins coming through as well, with lighter notes of grass, lemon and wood. Clear medium-dark golden in color with a very fine-bubbled head of white and very thin lacing. Flavor profile is quite hop-focused as well, with lots of tropical fruit, citrus, green, leafy herbs and a moderately high degree of clean bitterness that appears late, as does the pale, very lightly toasty and sweet malt character. Crisp and dry on the palate with plenty of fine effervescence, body is light-medium. Refreshing and flavorful. I must admit, I am impressed. This delivers on the concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rocbyter (2000) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Moderate floral hop aroma. Clear orange color with a large white head. Mild beginning with a late middle bitter flavor that fades in the finish. Palate gets weak in the end.

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