jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear dark burnt orange with a half finger off white head. Aroma is spicy and herbal. Taste is light bitter. Loads of orange citrus with lots of tropical fruits. Medium bodied with a somewhat slick texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, pretty awesome. If not for the price, i could drink this everyday. Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - SEP 10, 2013
This stuff surprised me. I was expected something really dry and grassy, but it has a nice juicy ipa feel to it. The abv comes through, but in a good way i think, it gives a full body. Strawberry, hay, peach, pine and grapefruit with a really pleasant bite at the end. I would buy a lot of this if it were cheaper, its good but not 4 dollars a bottle good... mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Might be my first IPL, if memory serves. Hoppy aroma. Resin and pine hop flavor, with a substantial malt base that almost is caramely. Quite balanced between hops and malt, with good but not excessive bitterness. Although dry, there's a twinge of sweet malt that lingers I think, underneath the bitterness. Recommended! B+
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2013
aroma of resiny hops a bit earthy and corn like as well..wonderful looking..orange amber clear liquid with thin pure white head some lacing so an extra notch there..i would say closer to imperial pale lager than imperial pilsin flavor but there are pilsner malts apparent..in other words,this is tricked out,high octane Michelob,or Heineken or Amstel..with an added hop presence..refreshing and tingly on the palate,mostly dry in the finish..overall Ive been waiting for this,its not an IPA or saison just a pale lager like the macrobreweries do but done very well Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-28-13-
Poured from growler into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger of foamy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest a bready and sweet smell of a caramel and fruity nature. Along with these aromas are some nice grapefruit and grassy hops as well as a little bit of a hay like and yeasty smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and bready taste with flavors of a smooth biscuit taste mixed with a caramel and light fruitiness along with a rather strong yeasty tastes. Upfront there is a little bit of a hop taste as well being mostly of a grapefruit taste, but having hints of a floral taste as well. As the flavor advances more light hop flavors come to the tongue with some more citrus hops as well as a bit of a grassy flavor as well. At this time some grainy flavors also come to the tongue mixing with the rest to take the flavor to its end. Right at the end a very faint alcohol taste also joins the taste, leaving a rather pleasant, still rather crisp and quite flavorful flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a bit of a crispness and a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall of the 7.t % strength of the brew the moderate body was quite appropriate as opposed to a thinner body more traditionally found with a lager. Overall with the crispness and moderate carbonation the feel was rather nice.
Overall – A rather tasty and quite easy drinking brew. A rather nicely, moderately, hopped brew that maintains a still crisp lager taste. A very nice drinker.
Dal9000 (665) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
A perfect combination of lager and IPA. Initial smooth lager taste that builds to a slightly hoppy flavor that stays on your tongue long after your swallow. There is more hop taste 60 seconds after you swallow. Excellent
---Rated via Beer Buddy novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2013
This was the first Imperial Pale Lager I’ve ever had, and it was a really great brew. Some hoppy character on the nose and mouth, with a golden, hazy colored pour. An interesting brew to behold! ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Aroma: Moderate tropical fruit, white pepper, light cereal. Appearance: Mostly still copper body with a creamy off-white head. Flavor: Fruity, resiny hop character that has a nice snap; cereal is present and adds a perfect residual sweetness without interrupting the hop character. It blends so well that you find it hard to draw a line of distinction. Palate: Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long dry finish. Overall: Very impressed with this one; exactly what I was hoping for, and a fine addition to the Great Lakes corpus. GuamVice (72) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
From bottle. Pours Pale amber. With thick cream head. Super bright
and clean aroma. Piny, flowery, but not overly pungent with a little
dry biscuit. Taste is lightly sweet and citrusy with a very dry and
bitter finish. Much lighter than an IPA. I really have to highlight
the dry part here. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Overall I
really like the slight differences and think is a great quality brew
and glad Great Lakes decided to avoid the Imperial Craze. Good brew
for summer and I can see this pairing well with lite summer fare Darkover (1542) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Copper color with a beige head. Aroma of malt and pine. Taste is pretty bitter and hoppy, much more than expected from the aroma.