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RATINGS: 540   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


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 (88) - 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 (1022) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1749) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma has earthy and pine hops, with caramel malt and clean lager yeastiness. The flavor starts light spicy hops and some caramel and crackers. A bit overly sweet for me, however. Still a very nice hoppy lager.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (427) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Ar: Red grapefruit, bitter orange peel, lime. Ap: Crystal-clear copper - medium-small extremely light tan head, good retention, thin but solid foam layer remains. T: Grapefruit rind and clean toasted malt up front - lemon-lime - medium-high bitterness, a bit tannic - finish is crackers and lean citrus. P: Medium-light body with high carbonation - finish is very dry. O: Bright lager with clean malt and aggressive hop flavor, plus a firm grip of bitterness - very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a thick foamy head that fades normally. Aroma is fairly hoppy. Lots of grass and hay, light flowers. Taste is pretty much the same. Very grassy and floral, lightly spicy. Very little malt to back it up. Finish is dry and crisp. Not bad, I wish they would have this as the spring seasonal instead of the Alpine Spring. Re-rate 10/12/13 - Taste and aroma still seem focused on flowers but there’s also some nice pine and tropical fruit coming through too. It’s also not as dry as I remember. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a clear golden amber with a nice white head and some lacing, aroma has a little but if citrus and hops, more bread than anything, the flavor has a nice hop front end with a crisp finish, not bad at all

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmonster (972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Clear pale bronze in color with a short-med head. Good retention. Aroma of spicy hops and clean malt. Medium bitter flavor. Light body, oily texture and a long, crisp, bitter finish. More of a pils than a lager. The hops do come off like an ipa. Solid.


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