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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
355ml bottle. Looks like a lager, but smells like an IPA, grapefruit and herbal hops, but with some bready lager malt. Corny, grainy lager malts in the taste, hops were kind of like the Latitude 48. Lager body. Overall, Iíd say IPL was a better idea for making a lighter bodied IPSomething than some of the 4.5% light IPAs Iíve had in the last year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma: Citrus and spruce hop aromas with hints of resin. Appearance: Sparkling gold with white head Taste: Heavy bitterness with light sweetness at the edges and in the finish. Palate: Full body, light texture, average carbonation, long finish Overall: A nice, crisp clean beer, but lots of flavor. Well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rjplumer (764) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Super grapefruit citrus aroma. Nice copper body with a 2 finger head that laces up nicely. Bitter start that smooths out quickly. Hint of a sour finish but is otherwise smooth. Like this one very much. If you like west coast pale ale or IPAís itís worth the a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (924) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from a bottle with a transparent amber color, plenty of bubbles, and a foamy, long-lasting white head. Has a grapefruit and pine aroma. Taste is the same, with a little bit of hops. Has a crisp medium-body feel with medium carbonation. This is a very nice session beer that doesnít sit heavy on the stomach and tastes delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
At 5% ABV and with the mild h0pping (despite the brewerís deScripti0n), Iím n0t sure why this is listed as a "Str0ng Pale Lager/Imperial Pils." Still, itís quite drinkable. I picked this up 0n the way h0me fr0m w0rk t0day at the nearby supermarket. It p0urs a clear, deep golden b0dy with a substantial head that reached the t0p 0f my special Sam Adams glass (Thanks, Gene). Pasty lacing c0ated the glass as I drank. I was expecting s0me str0ng PNW h0p ar0mas, but 0nly received a mild d0sage al0ng with s0me s0ft caramel. It has a thick m0uthfeel. The flav0r has s0me even str0nger caramel in it, s0me light citrus, lem0n zest, and yet lighter pine al0ng with a mild bitterness. By the third b0ttle (aided by a c0uple 0f sh0ts) I was liking it m0re, but I had t0 c0me back t0 earthf0r the rating, hence the middle 0f the r0ad sc0re. Itís neither Imperial n0r Str0ng, but a decent drink.... and lately I ask f0r little else in life. "Yactumsqueegie" t0 the L0SBD. With ap0l0gies f0r my br0ken "0h" key....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joejames (388) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours light amber. One+ finger head with nice lacing. Aroma of tangerine and grapefruit. Medium light body. Tastes of grapefruit, honey and herbs. Finishes citrusy clean with a nice clean bitter. I like it, a lager you can chew on!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firefly765 (189) - - FEB 27, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 12 ounce bottle pours a very light straw color typical of an American lager. Moderate citrus aroma. Moderate off Whitehead with some leasing. Very nicely balanced and flavorful beer. Unique being a lager instead of an ale may be a bit cleaner. Not a huge amount of bittering hops but a very nice amount of flavor from hops. Nice 5% beer to drink on a hot summers day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
12oz bottle from Georgioís, Billerica, MA. Amber with a tight cream head; pleasant tropical fruit aroma with a touch of pine; full bodied with pineapple and grapefruit flavours; and a crisp, resinous finish. A great concept, and a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2314) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a clear gold color with a light tan had. The smell is fruity hops, caramel, citrus. The taste is citrus, fruit, light caramel ending with dry citrus. Light body with nice carbonation. A nice surprise, this one. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1821) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Lots of hops, and body, for 5% ABV. One of best Sam brews. I appreciate the effort to blend ales and lagers. Not stranger than ales brewed with beard yeast!

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