RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5215) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Strong, resinous/gasoline hop aroma. Bad label, standard longneck. Bright citrine colored, clear, modest white head. Sweet, well-brewed hop flavor, latent kat whizz. Medium heavy mouthfeel, lingering bitterness. Generally OK, but the aroma was flawed to me. Publix, part of the Spring Thaw mixer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (3154) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Very nice nose, citrus and floral hops notes. Pale clear and gold appearance. Crisp clean, hoppy and nutty taste. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
pours a clear pale amber with a small off white head, and good lacing. smell is of citrus, hops, slight malt, light grapefruit, and floral. taste has a citrus punch, bitter hops, slight pine, some caramel, and some malt. ends a bit tart and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1188) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a wonderful hop note to it, very grapefruit and citrus notes to the hops. Appearance is a clear golden with a medium to low head that diminishes quickly. Taste has got some nice hops in there, but this is clean an crisp but just with more hops. Palate has got medium to low carbonation with a aftertaste of the hop note. Overall, Decent nothing to write home about but a decent hoppy brew. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4280) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pour is a clear copper with a average white head. Aroma is spicy, peppery and hops. Aroma is very rye like. Flavor is again very spicy (rye?) with a decent hoppy backbone. Finish is lager clean with a bit of that spicy malt left on the tounge. This is a solid beer and a different take on the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (2779) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2013
India Pale (Lager?). Very, very, delicious. Like no other beer I have ever had before, but then again, it does taste familiar. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Clear golden body with a thin white head. Nice, inviting aroma of pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. Smooth, somewhat heavy mouthfeel. The flavor us unique. Starts relatively sweet, then the spicy hops kick in with grapefruit and a touch of pine evident. Finally it finishes sweet with a light tropical fruit punch. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1554) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a clear orange yellow with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma of deep spicy citrusy pepper like hops. Taste is mildly sweet with an onslaught of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is thick finish is clean. Interesting. A sixer maybe. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2013
bottle at hyvee bar urbandale, Pours dark golden clear ..off-white head..aroma of grapefruit n orange peel..some floral hops.. taste is spicy cascade hoppish, good stuff, kinda suprised me, will have again 4 sure

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bountiful hops with a grapefruit forward character. A little bit smooth/watery. Id say they basically hit the mark that the advance material implied they were going for- something that combined the flavorful qualities of an IPA with the easy drinking refreshing qualities of a lager. I didnt feel like this was simply a hops-forward but otherwise standard lager like a Noble Pilsner. This legitimately went beyond that. Yet, itd clearly be a bit too smooth or watery for an IPA. More hop heavy than a lot of sort of "BS IPAs" like the Shock Top thing that just throws in the "I" for its promotional value. Not actually an IPA, but if you want an actual IPA, why are you drinking an IPL? Actually would be near perfect for after walking the dog on a hot humid summer day. In the winter? Id prefer an actual IPA, but, again, I cant blame this for not being something it doesnt claim to be. Interesting experiment on the part of the Boston Beer Company. I wonder if the IPL will be an accepted new style by the beer community or this will just be considered a particularly hop-heavy malt-light Vienna lager or Pilsner.

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