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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3.5
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
[Bottle] Clear golden colored pour with a fizzy white head on top. Crisp hoppy nose. Grassy hops, cracker, pale malts and light mineral notes in the taste. Quite pilsner-like despite the different hop profile. Lingering floral and citrus hop finish. Moderate carbonation levels. Good stuff.

3.5
ineedbeer (2301) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of July, 2014. Aroma has a light grainy and bread character with some light citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of pine resin and grassy hop notes. Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange with a pale copper character and a moderately sized, fluffy white head with nice retention. Moderately high lacing with faint legs. Flavor is light and crisp with a light grain and bread character. Medium light bitterness with medium light hop character. Hop character is fairly fruity and citrus forward with some stone fruit character. Light pine resin notes. Mouthfeel is medium light to light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice IPL but it could be a bit lighter and crisper with a more hop forward and brighter presence. Otherwise, nicely balanced and easy drinking.

3.4
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours a medium amber with a lingering foamy head. Aroma is light but bitter. Taste has hints of citrus and hops. Good refreshing beer that would be perfect as a sessional.

3.4
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle from the Spring sampler. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal, resin hops. The taste is herbal, resin hops with pale, crackery malts. Medium bodied. A little bland, but prettty drinkable.

3.4
mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle from Walmart. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Sugar and citrus, Good hoppiness up front. A little bit of sweet followed by a bitter finish. Some grains in there as well. Nice session brew. Solid bitterness for the abv.

3.4
jcweaver (770) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours copper with a medium white head. Pine and herb hop aroma with a hint of spice. Pine and citrus hop flavor with some pale malts. A hint of spice in the finish along with some moderate hop bitterness. Much more like a pale ale than a pale lager. A little bland but very drinkable for a pale lager.

3.4
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Grassy overtones and a stiff, punchy finish, this faux-IPA is a pleasant backyard beer when you don’t want your tongue throttled by too much incensed hoppiness. One of the better offerings in Sam Adams’ oeuvre of seasonal and specialty beers.

3.4
Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
A nice hoppy flavor that is very constant. It's bitterness is like pony with a low malt presence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Poured pale yellow with a largish white head. Aroma was citrus, tropical fruits, some pine. Flavor was citrus, tropical fruit, some pepperiness, crisp lager. Light to medium body. Actually, a quite successful brew, in my opinion.


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