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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Manzanita pint glass From: VONS in Grantville, Calif. (San Diego) Price: $13.97 w/ card ($17.99 regular) for the Spring Thaw Variety 12-pack Misc.: Label said to enjoy before June Poured a dark golden clear color with just over a finger of off-white head. Not much lacing on the sides of the glass. Decent retention, especially after most of the head dropping early. Smelled a sharp whiff of icy Cascade hops. Also citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel) and some floral hops. Some spices on the nose as well. Taste really didnít gel with the smell. Not as much flavor, more of an alcohol crescendo. Hops really donít come through as much, but still bitter ending. Slight grapefruit if anything. Cool, icy Cascade hops, albeit slight. Maybe some mango in there, as well as tangerine and orange peel late. Light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Got better as it went down. A pretty good beer, especially after looking at the label after I rated it. Thought it was an IPA, but apparently itís an IPA-lager hybrid. Beer Advocate calls it an American Pale Lager. Either way, Iíll be having this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
The aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus hops itís also malty with a yeasty bread quality. The appearance is deep gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a nice non bitter hoppy finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper color with a small white head. Nose is fruity and piney hops. Palate is crisp and bitey up front with a light dirtiness in the finish. Flavors of fruity and floral hops with light biscuits and a light caramel note. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle and served in no-nik glass: Pours a clean straw hue with produced a long lasting fizzy head and left good lace. The aroma does display a nice resiny, fruity and even slightly dank hop note along with some pale malt, hint of corn, and a some light spice. The taste is lightly "lagery" yeast dominated with the hops very much in play however. Solid piny and fruity notes along with some pepper. The mouth feel is brisk and refreshing, a bit "tinny" on the finish. Overall, color me surprised for I liked this much more than I would have guessed. Exceeded expectations. Even more hoppy than a uber fresh Noble Pils was.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
pours gold with thin white head, aromas of pine trees, there is also some grassiness to it followed by subtle grapefruit. the taste is pine forward, there is not much bitterness but you do get that crisp bite at the end like you would expect from a lager. Overall this is an interesting beer, it has all of the lager qualities along with i would say a medium hop presence. I could see someone not sold on IPAs trying this one and possibly liking it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle from the Spring sampler. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal, resin hops. The taste is herbal, resin hops with pale, crackery malts. Medium bodied. A little bland, but prettty drinkable.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Darklord_Bravo (5) - USA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
Straight up. Got this with the Sam Adams variety pack. Good thing too, as I would never pay for a six pack of this, let alone 12. Aroma. The smell hitís you right off. Smells like something went sour in the fridge, and you arenít sure what it is. Not good. Appearance. Looks nice. But looks are deceiving. Taste. Well, it tastes like it smells. See: Aroma. Palate. Well, if you have a tough one, you might be able to choke this down if you have absolutely nothing else to drink, except maybe tap water. Overall. Dreadful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
airrick2003 (479) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Appearance: almost amber and transparent color, white head, Aroma: piney, hoppy, intense Taste: piney, very hoppy yet somehow not so bitter, Palate: smooth at first, then a piney taste, Overall: never had such a hoppy and piney beer that is not overly bitter, very interesting beer, probably not a session beer for me tho ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours a medium amber with a lingering foamy head. Aroma is light but bitter. Taste has hints of citrus and hops. Good refreshing beer that would be perfect as a sessional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ispilledmybeer (4) - ashland, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
I have to say I really enjoyed this. The aroma is the weakest end, some mild citrusy notes but nothing overwhelming like youíd catch in an IPA. The appearance is very nice. Very clear golden amber, with a small fluffy white head and some pretty nice lacing. The taste is very nice, this isnít a west coast hop bomb, but there is a good balanced bitterness. Solid mesh of citrus, and a touch of spicy hops, with a balance of bread grain flavors. Very inoffensive and drinkable. Iím not a huge fan of lagers, but I have to say the added hops produce a slight oily body here making this a lot more enjoyable for me. Over all for a beer to be this bitter and this drinkable at 5% abv. Served year round at a decent price point. Boys I think I just found a heck of a session beer.

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