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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1284) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2013
A crystal clear medium-honey colored lager. Thick off-white head that falls to a good lace. Clean hoppy spice aromas. Flavor is well balanced and hoppy and the mouthfeel. Some grapefruit, some spruce. Classic lager breadiness on the backside. Very drinkable. Might just be my new ’go to’ beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 bottle. clear gold with soda water bubbles and a small white head. mellow and somewhat stale hop aroma on top of bare pale malt sweetness. lightly chalky and husky, lightly coarse carbonation, medium hop bitterness. simple, lean, a little "snappy" but lacks any trace of life or vibrancy. very dull and plain.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grapefruity hops. Flavor is citrusy hops, sweet bready and caramel malts. Nice hoppy lager.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1423) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle->SA. Copper with frothy white head. Aroma: pine, citrus, hops. Taste: bitter hops and citrus peel. Better than expected, but just call it an IPA and be done with the marketing cleverness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1045) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Surprising hop nose. Citrus hop with balance front he malt. Not a very long finish, but solid beer, very reminiscent of ipa

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaBrew05 (12) - - FEB 5, 2013
Nice citrusy aroma. Medium bitterness with a nice finish. Very good pale ale....er lager. Probably best Sam Adams hoppy beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Hoppy grapefruit and hay aromas. Transparent golden with a fizzy white cap. Bitter with nice hop characteristics. Medium bodied with a bitter but smooth finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vodka4blood (87) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - FEB 4, 2013
This beer is a very nice hybrid-of-styles, which retains many of the better characteristics of both its parents. Very refreshing, crisp and sweet, this is not just some kind of "watered down" IPA.... want to try one on a hot summer day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2013
From bottle. Pours lite amber with smallish head. Aroma was all floral hop and toasted hops. Taste follows with a nice bittering. Much better then I was expecting.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1019) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
~Strong floral hop aroma with grapefruit and mango. Very light bready maltiness. Very clean! Hops dominate. Very enjoyable aroma. ~Pours a very clear light copper color with small quickly disappearing head. ~Strong hoppy flavors of grapefruit, mango, and light pine and floral. ~medium bodied, medium co2, lasting bitter hop finish. ~Not much malt to speak of here. Great way to showcase the hops. It would be interesting to have an English IPL with Marris Otter and maybe some English Caramel malts. Still enjoyed this beer and will tell my hophead friends about it.


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