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RATINGS: 549   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1463) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours a very clean, deep orange color with a frothy off white head that sticks very nicely to the side of the glass. Aroma has a very pungent grapefruit acidic kick early on, light pine in the middle with a strong grassy hop finish. Flavor has a very nice grapefruit acidic bite but with a very strong grassy hop element in following it. The malt lends a very light grainy flavor at the finish and has enough there to help hold the extreme hop flavors present but doesnít contribute a lot to the overall flavor profile. Body is light and the brew creates a mildly dry finish. Overall a really good brew. I really like the fact that there is no strong underlying sweetness from the malt. Because of this, the hops well balanced flavors come to the forefront of the tasters senses. Reminds me a bit of their Noble Pils which I am a huge fan. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
bottle, orange in color with frothy foam,nice grapefruit aroma, flavor is bitter grapefruit rind, sweet bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
amber color, aroma of grass/citrus hops, grain, same flavors, all the hop kick of a ipa with the body and finish of a cheep lager, not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (968) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle from Spring Thaw Variety Pack. Crystal clear, light brown to amber. Vibrant aroma of grapefruit, pine, stonefruits, earthy. This is a really cool beer, you can identify the lager aspects on the finish, but up front it is all IPA, the Sam Adams proprietary yeast strain is in there too, almost resembles a very hopped up Boston Lager. Nice mouthfeel too - a bit slick with good carbonation. This is not a new concept, Coney Island does one too (Sword Swallower), but this is well executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottled. Clear golden with a grand, frothy white head. Head is long-lasting, leaving thick lacing. Very pleasant pine and leather-rich aroma with undertones of grapefruit rind and a bit of sweet peach. Moderately bitter flavor with hints of husky grains. Finish is dry, lightly grassy and a touch earthy. Drinks like a really solid IPA - the most significant indicator that this may be a lager is perhaps the dried grasses noticeable in the middle-end of the finish, but honestly Iím probably reaching there. A fantastic offering, and, if this indeed is classified as a "pale lager" on Ratebeer, is perhaps the best example that illustrates how Ratebeerís current definition needs to be modified (This is no longer true: "One thing that doesnít vary is that neither the malt nor the hops make much of an impression on the palate.")

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
redpooba (399) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Clear golden lager with a white head. The green hops hit the note alone without other aroma notes. The body hits the roof of the mouth, and has that distinct bitterness of the IP category. While not a hop man any more the creativity of mixing this with a lager is creative but causes a bit of a deficiency in the size of the body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigrond (1480) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2013
This beer was pretty interesting. You could definitely taste both sides of the IPA and the lager. Personally, I think it would have been better as a straight IPA, but Cíest la vie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle from Walmart. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Sugar and citrus, Good hoppiness up front. A little bit of sweet followed by a bitter finish. Some grains in there as well. Nice session brew. Solid bitterness for the abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Iím not one to quibble with style, but there is no way I consider this a pale lager. Clear orange, with a thin white head. Resiny, lightly spicy aroma, with a whiff of citrus and tar. Crisp, clean palate. Citrus and pine, with a dry finish. Pretty enjoyable. From the "Spring thaw" mix pack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (883) - 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.

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