RATINGS: 576   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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3.5
vyvvy (6486) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Pours bright crystal clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma has earthy and piny hops, nutty / caramel malt, toffee and clean lager yeastiness - pleasant. It has a medium rough body (rough by premium lager standards) with some sharp underscored carbonation. The flavor starts out dry and hoppy with earthy / spicy hops. The malt has a dryness to it as well with caramel, crackers and dark toffee. The finish has smooth lager traits, some fruitiness and a touch of syrup. Still hoppy throughout. Good hoppy lager.

3.5
leo2x4us (65) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Copper brown appearance with minimal head 1cm. The beer has an aroma of grapefoot. Easy goin down and is hoppy with no maltyness.

3.5
PorterPounder (7971) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle - part of their ’Spring Thaw’ variety pak. Sparkling light copper pour, sticky white head that leaves nice rings of lacing. Aroma has some light spruce accents, some passion fruit sweetness. Full-bodied flavor with some spearmint accents, a touch of citrus bitterness, some brief spiciness and honey sweetness. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Well done!

3.5
BrewBoxer (2636) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
bottle. cloudy tan colr. nice head that lasts. smell is sweet, wheaty andyeasty. taste is the same with some grassy hops in there. sam did a really good job with this one. very unique. very good

3.5
ganache (5910) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle by June 2013. Nose is piney with lots of grapefruit and citrus rind, as woody as xylem, fresh with a little danger (alcohol, yes, but more like a disorienting whiff of CO2 out of a homebrew vessel). Very dull transparent orange lighter than but similar to copper, with a rocky off-white head. Taste is moderately dry with some perceived fruity sweetness, medium but very smooth bitterness free of astringency, juicy full body with a bready-crackery exit. The lager character isn’t coming through very well, but the IPA side is really quite nice.

3.5
Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours gold with white head and no lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is big for a lager. More pine and straw with bitter after taste. Surprisingly good.

3.5
CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bountiful hops with a grapefruit forward character. A little bit smooth/watery. I’d 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 didn’t feel like this was simply a hops-forward but otherwise standard lager like a Noble Pilsner. This legitimately went beyond that. Yet, it’d 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? I’d prefer an actual IPA, but, again, I can’t blame this for not being something it doesn’t 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.

3.5
arone12 (929) - Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Didn’t know this would be a premium lager. Tastes more like a pale ale. Nice hops with some malty character. Good beer. Go ravens.

3.5
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Clear pale bronze in color with a short-med head. Good retention. Aroma of spicy hops and clean malt. Medium bitter flavor. Light body, oily texture and a long, crisp, bitter finish. More of a pils than a lager. The hops do come off like an ipa. Solid.

3.5
drsordr (2662) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Surprising hop nose. Citrus hop with balance front he malt. Not a very long finish, but solid beer, very reminiscent of ipa


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