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RATINGS: 532   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


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESBob (357) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper, thinnish white head, good lacing. Aroma is a a hoppy, light citrus. Taste is a very light citrus, pine, slight grapefruit, hops, maybe some banana, very interesting complexity for a lager. Slightly bitter after taste. Keep this one around Boston Beer Company!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bork (125) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pleasant hoppy bitterness with some grapefruit that is leaning on too light and clean a base to come to its right. Relatively low abv and easy drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ZacM612 (120) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Clear pale amber with white lacing head. Aroma of hops and bread. Flavor is more like IPA, but a little smoother. Okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sinfull (806) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Decent beer. Golden/orange color , mid sized white head. Aroma of grain , tropical fruits and pine. Sweet malty taste with hoppy , bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
McGarnigle (549) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
From a 6-pack of SA hoppy beers. For me, this shows why IP is better followed by A than L. The citrus/pine hops are there (mostly flavor, not bitterness) against a clean lager body. I think it needs an ale backbone. Not that it is really sweet, but it has an almost cloying citrus aspect to it. Or maybe Iím just used to German or Saaz hops in my lagers. Not the nest of both worlds, or of either world.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arnold931 (517) - Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Draft. A nice hoppy lager. Nose is nice sweet yeast and hops. Good sweetness and bitterness is the flavor. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (697) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of July, 2014. Aroma has a light grainy and bread character with some light citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of pine resin and grassy hop notes. Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange with a pale copper character and a moderately sized, fluffy white head with nice retention. Moderately high lacing with faint legs. Flavor is light and crisp with a light grain and bread character. Medium light bitterness with medium light hop character. Hop character is fairly fruity and citrus forward with some stone fruit character. Light pine resin notes. Mouthfeel is medium light to light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice IPL but it could be a bit lighter and crisper with a more hop forward and brighter presence. Otherwise, nicely balanced and easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (358) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Aroma of hops, grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, bitterness, light alcohol. A pretty good offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2457) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Served in the sexy, curvy Samuel Adams glass. Clear golden body with moderate effervescence. An inch and a half of foamy white head. Aromas of lager yeast, piney hops, biscuit malt, earth and floral notes. Almost like a hoppier version of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Medium bitterness. Clean and refreshing. Lasting notes of earthy hops and a bitter tang. Honestly, this is much better than I expected. I havenít been too impressed with the many hoppy offerings in the Samuel Adams lineup, but Iíd have this again.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (222) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Pours straw yellow from the bottle with a nice white head. Aroma is sweet with a tang of hops. Tastes like a lager at first then thereís a nice bite of hops and malts. Good beer overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
[Bottle] Clear golden colored pour with a fizzy white head on top. Crisp hoppy nose. Grassy hops, cracker, pale malts and light mineral notes in the taste. Quite pilsner-like despite the different hop profile. Lingering floral and citrus hop finish. Moderate carbonation levels. Good stuff.


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