robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear pale amber with a small off white head, and good lacing.
smell is of citrus, hops, slight malt, light grapefruit, and floral.
taste has a citrus punch, bitter hops, slight pine, some caramel, and some malt. ends a bit tart and bitter.
demitriustown (1116) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a wonderful hop note to it, very grapefruit and citrus notes to the hops. Appearance is a clear golden with a medium to low head that diminishes quickly. Taste has got some nice hops in there, but this is clean an crisp but just with more hops. Palate has got medium to low carbonation with a aftertaste of the hop note. Overall, Decent nothing to write home about but a decent hoppy brew. Cheers!
thegreenrooster (3453) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a clear copper with a average white head. Aroma is spicy, peppery and hops. Aroma is very rye like. Flavor is again very spicy (rye?) with a decent hoppy backbone. Finish is lager clean with a bit of that spicy malt left on the tounge. This is a solid beer and a different take on the style.
bpreo (1965) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
India Pale (Lager?). Very, very, delicious. Like no other beer I have ever had before, but then again, it does taste familiar. Highly recommended.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden body with a thin white head. Nice, inviting aroma of pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. Smooth, somewhat heavy mouthfeel. The flavor us unique. Starts relatively sweet, then the spicy hops kick in with grapefruit and a touch of pine evident. Finally it finishes sweet with a light tropical fruit punch. Very nice.
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jsmerig (1322) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange yellow with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma of deep spicy citrusy pepper like hops. Taste is mildly sweet with an onslaught of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is thick finish is clean. Interesting. A sixer maybe.
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boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at hyvee bar urbandale, Pours dark golden clear ..off-white head..aroma of grapefruit n orange peel..some floral hops.. taste is spicy cascade hoppish, good stuff, kinda suprised me, will have again 4 sure
CharmCityCrab (202) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bountiful hops with a grapefruit forward character. A little bit smooth/watery. I’d say they basically hit the mark that the advance material implied they were going for- something that combined the flavorful qualities of an IPA with the easy drinking refreshing qualities of a lager. I didn’t feel like this was simply a hops-forward but otherwise standard lager like a Noble Pilsner. This legitimately went beyond that. Yet, it’d clearly be a bit too smooth or watery for an IPA. More hop heavy than a lot of sort of "BS IPAs" like the Shock Top thing that just throws in the "I" for its promotional value. Not actually an IPA, but if you want an actual IPA, why are you drinking an IPL? Actually would be near perfect for after walking the dog on a hot humid summer day. In the winter? I’d prefer an actual IPA, but, again, I can’t blame this for not being something it doesn’t claim to be. Interesting experiment on the part of the Boston Beer Company. I wonder if the IPL will be an accepted new style by the beer community or this will just be considered a particularly hop-heavy malt-light Vienna lager or Pilsner.
Daytonbeer (688) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold with white head and no lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is big for a lager. More pine and straw with bitter after taste. Surprisingly good.
EithCubes (5205) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle by June 2013. Nose is piney with lots of grapefruit and citrus rind, as woody as xylem, fresh with a little danger (alcohol, yes, but more like a disorienting whiff of CO2 out of a homebrew vessel). Very dull transparent orange lighter than but similar to copper, with a rocky off-white head. Taste is moderately dry with some perceived fruity sweetness, medium but very smooth bitterness free of astringency, juicy full body with a bready-crackery exit. The lager character isn’t coming through very well, but the IPA side is really quite nice.