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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
pours gold with thin white head, aromas of pine trees, there is also some grassiness to it followed by subtle grapefruit. the taste is pine forward, there is not much bitterness but you do get that crisp bite at the end like you would expect from a lager. Overall this is an interesting beer, it has all of the lager qualities along with i would say a medium hop presence. I could see someone not sold on IPAs trying this one and possibly liking it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
amber color, aroma of grass/citrus hops, grain, same flavors, all the hop kick of a ipa with the body and finish of a cheep lager, not bad

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (3073) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (3359) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a translucent amber orange with no head. Aroma of piney and citrus hops. Taste is lager yeast, hops and creamy malt. Nice drinkable hoppy lager. This may be Sam Adams' best! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7762) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2624) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Daytonbeer (729) - 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
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arone12 (928) - Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Didnt 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.


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