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RATINGS: 566   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4222) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12 oz. bb Jun 2013. Clear topaz with a large, lasting head. Aroma is clean spicy lemon grass, resin, plus a dab of caramel and toast. Flavor starts the same with the lemongrass and resin, then later develops a hint of white pepper. A bit of earthy honey sweetness balances. Mild toast in the long finish. Light-medium body is smooth, with light carbonation and well balanced. Nice sessioner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12oz bottle, Spring Thaw Variety Pack, 2013, mixed 12pk. Deep amber color. Thick creamy foam, huge lacing. Sweet aromas of hops, nice citrus & pine. Nose of floral bread. Tastes crisp, pale malts, very refreshing. Nice mellow bitterness for an India-style. Finishes with a apricot juice essence. Very nice, a top Sam Adams! (3586)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1445) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Clear gold with a generous bright white head. Grassy hops aromas supported by a solid bready malt base. Herbal and earthy grass hops taste followed quickly by doughy bread, with nice peppery highlights. Light body, lively carbonation, pillowy soft mouthfeel and a crisp clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (2481) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a translucent amber orange with no head. Aroma of piney and citrus hops. Taste is lager yeast, hops and creamy malt. Nice drinkable hoppy lager. This may be Sam Adams' best! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mallons72 (185) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Very good. Very similar to a victory prima pils. Very hoppy, pine and grapefruit. Tastes like a beer that would be higher abv than 5.0

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Poured pale yellow with a largish white head. Aroma was citrus, tropical fruits, some pine. Flavor was citrus, tropical fruit, some pepperiness, crisp lager. Light to medium body. Actually, a quite successful brew, in my opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3075) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (3469) - 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.


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