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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased at Food4Less in Woodland. Comical that this is listed as a Pale Lager. Why not a Premium Lager? The aroma on this is quite hoppy with a significant floral presence along with some perfume. Light pine, and light honeydew melon, too. This is nicely aromatic. Transparent orange body present with a medium, strong off-white head present. Starts with a great deal of piney, resinous hop flavors. Becomes a little herbal in the middle. Light biscuity malts then come through, before this finishes with more bitterness. Floral bitterness towards the finish. An intriguing brew, but certainly not a Pale Lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2948) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
A nice hoppy flavor that is very constant. It's bitterness is like pony with a low malt presence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobbyAnalog (327) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Grassy overtones and a stiff, punchy finish, this faux-IPA is a pleasant backyard beer when you don’t want your tongue throttled by too much incensed hoppiness. One of the better offerings in Sam Adams’ oeuvre of seasonal and specialty beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
They call this an India Pale Lager, which is a kind of lager the English brewed because they used to have to sail around the horn of Africa in order to get to India and buy grains of paradise to sell to Americans to use for crappy gimmick beers. I would just call it a lager in the American craft brew style, which is really becoming a thing if you ask me. In any case, this is something along the lines of a very hoppy craft brew "Pilsner" w/ maybe a slightly more pine-centric hop character and much fatter maltiness. It is clean and the hops are crisp. The malt sweetness gives it a texture that is more what you’d associate w/ an APA than a pils, which is OK but I think I’d prefer it a bit drier. Overall though, this is a pretty nice beer and I’d drink it again gladly--but I say that about every beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2147) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz bottle - pours caramel with a finger of white head and decent lacing. Nose is pine and citrus. Flavor adds caramel. does not taste like a pale lager at all: moderately bitter. light to medium body. at first I was skeptical about it being a pale lager and expected to rate it a 2.6 or something, based on style. expectations exceeded for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle from new spring sampler pack. Pours hazy dark straw colored with off-white head. Nose is pale malt, tropical fruit, peppery. Tastes crisp, pale malty with an assertive hop flavor and notes of grapefruit and tangerine. This one is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 Aroma is clean/piney hops and malts. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, a malty background and a dry and bitter finish. Kind of reminiscent of New Belgium Shift, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (635) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
12oz bottle from spring pack. Pours a crystal clear copper color with average-sized foamy white head. Citrusy hoppy aroma. Crisp and smooth with citrusy and tropical hop flavor. A nice twist on the typical IPA profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours copper with a medium white head. Pine and herb hop aroma with a hint of spice. Pine and citrus hop flavor with some pale malts. A hint of spice in the finish along with some moderate hop bitterness. Much more like a pale ale than a pale lager. A little bland but very drinkable for a pale lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (430) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours golden, pale, and clear with minimal white head that quickly disappears. Smells faintly of tropical fruit and grapefruit. Taste is lightly hopped with the fruitiness of the Cascade hops being prominent. Finishes smooth, not bitter, and crisp. An interesting brew, ends up being more like a complex pale lager.

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