RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Grassy, garden, earthy, hoppy aromas. Grainy, grassy, veggie, bread flavors. Meh.

3.2
jb (3412) - 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.

3.5
Chudwick (3367) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz bottle - pours caramel with a finger of white head and decent lacing. Nose is pine and citrus. Flavor adds caramel. does not taste like a pale lager at all: moderately bitter. light to medium body. at first I was skeptical about it being a pale lager and expected to rate it a 2.6 or something, based on style. expectations exceeded for sure.

3.3
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a solid dark copper color with a two finger head of frothy, off white foam. The nose is hop forward with spicy noble hop notes (despite there being none used in the recipe), light florals, and trailing malt notes. Surprising body on the tongue, but not to the point of being heavy. Solid use of hops for a good bitterness, start to finish. The same spicy and floral notes come through. A little biscuit malt comes through, but you have to look for it. Medium bodied with a lingering bitter finish. I would mind a little more crispness, but still very good.

3.5
NikkTwist (3344) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy dark orange amber with an impressive frothy head. Strong floral/bready character. Noble hops floating on top. Feels like a mix of a Lager, IPA and Wheat Beer. Burnt orange. Sage. Pepper. Challah bread. Spicy marmalade. Full body. Surprisingly pretty good. Probably the best thing I have had from Sam Adams so far.

3.6
SrSilliGose (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
huh. pretty good beer. grapefruit, pine, clean toast cracker malts. not terribly complex, but pretty tasty, approachable, nice.

3.6
AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle from Brook Falls Discount. Pours a golden orange with an off-white head leaving some lacing. Aroma has pine, citrus and some spiciness with sweet caramel back. Taste is of grapefruit, pine and resin with a solid caramel base. Light to medium bodied. Finishes on the bitter side of bittersweet. Solid tasty brew.

3.6
Maverick34 (3304) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottled. Medium color. White head. Nice hops and a caramel finish. Good session lager

4.4
jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a light rust orange with minimal head. Aroma of huge tropical citrus fruit. Taste is medium bitter. Citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of earthy pine. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a super long finish. Overall, very good. Somewhat unbalanced but the mix of flavors from the hops totally makes up for it.

4
madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle - Pours amber with a foamy white head. Nose is big garlic/onion hops, with some citrus and a clean pale malt base. Same taste, though the malt is grainier and a bit rustic. The hop blend on this is just fantastic, making it one of the few imperial pils that I’ve liked--maybe the only one.


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