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Lasso IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Lasso IPALasso IPA

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BA SCORE
79
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452 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013

Brewed with a robust, aromatic roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, Lasso finishes with an impactful 50 IBU and boasts the same bold character that IPA enthusiasts expect.
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Ratings: 452 | Reviews: 62
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Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, some fruit and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts with a lot of grassy hop bitterness and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an ok IPA. Don't care for the flavors - bready caramel malts with lots of grassy hops.

Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

Pours typical almond amber, under a light khaki head. leaves moderate fine lace.

Hops on the nose, grainy and some pine.

Moderate hop punch, again with notes of pine and resin

Medium bodied and carbonation on point.

Respectable, but not outstanding IPA

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Faint pine and light biscuit nose. Pours gold with a slight haze with a 1” yellow tinted foam cap that produces light lace. Has a light fruit palate over grain that leads to a citrusy, resiny hop finish. Effervescent, medium light body, fairly dry.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on December 18th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and grassy hoppy aroma with good hints of grass, pine, and caramel malt. Earthy, floral, and herbal hops with upfront hints of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Bready malt backing with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. A solid earthy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and crisp hoppy taste with good notes of grass, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront taste of earthy hops with floral notes. Notes of damp grass and pine resin spice. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, and tangerine. Backing presence of pale malt with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid earthy IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily feel. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A solid East Coast style take on an IPA. Very grassy with a solid malt backing.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle

Unusual IPA in that the aroma is light and about as malty as it is hoppy, yet the flavor is quite hop dominated. Lingering bitter and hoppy aftertaste.

Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much epitomizing amber, this beer is a totally clear pale-medium orange with a bright gold flare at the edges. The head, just off-white, is creamy and resides firmly at half a finger's height. Retention is good, and the foam that caps the beer for the remainder of the session drops creamy spotting with some thin webbing at parts.
The smell is mostly hops but, to a point, a little nondescript and leaning somewhat light. It's C-hops all the way with a somewhat dry, pithy note and some raw green stem, balanced by caramel and breads.
The taste brings the greenery and pith with a hit of pine resin in the middle, finishing with a bit of a cardboard flavor at the end. At first, the malts give a note of honey-drizzled biscuits, but it doesn't take much time for that note to fall off.
It's crisp in a medium body that thins out a touch at the end, though it has a soft creaminess all the way through. It goes a hint metallic on the palate as well. Otherwise, the soft and constant crisp and smooth feels balance well.

Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange. Extremely clear that is... Head is white, small, and lacing forms some nice sheety patches on the glass. Aroma is very clean....light tangerine citrus hops, faint tropical fruit, zesty floral, and some buttery cornbread malt. Interesting. Aromas come through a little staggered to me though not unpleasantly so. Taste is lightly sweet and bitter. Dark piney kind of hop flavor but really hops are mostly bittering. Lacking flavor hops. White bread maltiness, again all is very clean. Mouthfeel is very slightly syrupy, slick, dry, a touch chalky. Overall this is not a bad beer. More of a pale ale than an IPA. Could use some fine tuning maybe but I would try it again. This bottle seems particularly fresh to me too.

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great DIvide's entry into the "session IPA" sweepstakes proves to be a winner! Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a nice head of white suds. Gorgeous, detailed lacing.

Nose is crisp citrus hops. A great beginning!

Taste is a wonderful blend of thick and chewy tropical and citrus hops. I get orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit in the mix. Absolutely a treat and one I'll be looking for again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Lasso IPA is a decent offering from Great Divide. The beer pours a clear golden color with nice white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries some bitter fresh hops. The taste leans toward bitter but there is some sweeter malt to help balance the beer. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall a solid beer and would drink it again if given the chance.

Photo of RickS95
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful IPA with a cloudy yellow amber pour and a frothy off white head up top. Rich, milky beer under an array of meringue. The head retains well and leaves a nice lace behind.

Almost no smell. What's there is all floral with a hint of lemon. Despite the barrage of Left Coast hops, my nose isn't picking up much.

Taste mirrors the nose. Nothing West Coast about this. In it's defense, it's a bit old to be drinking an IPA, but almost no smell and practically no one ingredient stands out in the taste.

It's mostly bready malt and slightly bitter. Kind of smooth from malt that evolves into bitter as the beer works it's way across the tongue.

This isn't a very good beer overall. I love the look but it's all downhill from there.

Photo of citizencane
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: hazy medium orange brown, but quite lackluster.

Smell: malty tea.

Taste: again, malty tea, but with some hops this time.

Feel: crisp, but very thirst-quenching- like good homemade sun tea (notice a theme here?)

Overall: I've had this before and was quite fond of it. Having it again now, and will be having it again in the future. Not sure I'd call this an IPA, but it's crisp, straightforward, and quite tasty. This was bottled July 18, so perhaps it's not as hoppy as a fresher bottle would be.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%

Pours a finger and half of foamy head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is mild pine and honey; there's an off-smell too.
The taste has a dry pine bitterness throughout, a mild malt sweetness joins in the middle. A little watery in the flavor.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The smell isn't great and the flavor is okay.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9 Jan 14

Pours golden with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Grass, floral notes & both fade over time

T: Follows the nose, orange peel & lemons up front. Lovely bready notes as this warms, a touch of grapefruit & lemongrass too. Finishes with a little bready sweetness, grapefruit & lemons & a touch of herbal hops, plus dryness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, not as good as All Day, but a suitable substitute

Photo of gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (5/22/14)

A: Blonde amber body that pours with a nice thick foamy head that is gone fast enough, with some nice lacing.

S: Light tropical breeze that fades into pines and malts.

T: The flavor overall is quite tame and low-key, with only a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat. I'd heard decent things about it, but this just run of the mill to me or even a bit below. It is decent for what it is, but some IPAs can stand up to a bit of age (almost 2 months) and still be quite pungent and delicious. You don't even get the good malt flavor here.

M: Smooth with no roughness.

O: This one probably needs to be super fresh to be good. Sadly, it didn't lasso me in. It is what it is, and that isn't much.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 4th beer of tonight's great divide sampler night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is well balanced, some pine, a mild bitterness, very drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle bottled on February 27, 2014. Sampled on April 21, 2014

The pour is golden copper amber with a long lasting white foamy head. Nice to look at.

The aroma is not very rambunctious. I'm getting some toasted biscuit malt and a decent enough hop note but overall it is subtle and vaguely soapy.

Smooth, medium body that makes it easy to drink.

The taste is a step up from the aroma with a more notable hop bitterness mixing in with the roasted biscuit malts.

Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber with at least two fingers of white puffy head. Lasts about ten minutes and leaves rings of lace.
Smell reminds me of fresh cut strawberries it is so floral.
Taste is hops bitterness as expected. A bit of yeast some pine and a slight leather aspect. Malt is present but just enough for the style.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is more than enough. Long bitter dry finish. Crisp.
If there were a separate class for 5% IPAs this would be the best I've had so far. Very tasty.
Brewed on date Dec. 19, 2013.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, golden color with a

Smells of grass and floral notes.

Tastes of the floral hops with a light malt touch. Hops lead off with floral and grass notes along with a touch of lemon. Moderately bitter before a small wave of malt comes through. Malts add some grainy sweetness with a bit of cracker. Finishes with an earthy bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA, but it doesn't feel robust enough for me.

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass. Bottled Jan 10th 2014.

A real supper crystal clear body, golden orange and brass bright, with nominal carbonation and some minimal noticeable rising carbonation. Head makes a nice fluffy and bright white appearance, easily fistfull tall and even bubbled, island flowing puck in the middle as it settles. Nice bubbled lacing in rings as well, a real great looker of an IPA.

Nose is quite closed though. Some faint earth but really not getting much of anything. Not very hop forward but strangely no malt presence either.

Palate comes with a very light, but decent malt backbone. In fact so much that it's coming off with lots of toasty aromatics of brown bread, some sweet caramel quite noticeable in the mid palate. Finishes clean with toasty cinnamon. Hop angle just doesn't come into play, with only some mild bitterness on the finish, kind of earth, mint, and virtually nothing long lasting or hints this might even be an IPA.

Overall this comes across like a weakened amber ale, but not a bad tasting beer. In the IPA realm though this just is not getting it done. A bit of a dud.

Photo of wedge
2.66/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottled On: DEC-17-2013 Fresh!

Brilliantly clear orange with a small, soapy off-white head. Weird vegetal aroma upfront...peas, grass, some floral notes. Oily, peppery hop flavor with a snappy, bitter finish. Grass, earth, pine, pepper...sort of raw and weird, but at least not as vegetal. With a hop profile of Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade, something is very wrong here. Medium bodied, textured, and crisp. Not at all what I expected and I have to assume not what was intended. Maybe I'll give it another try in the future if they work things out.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep to medium golden body with a couple of fingers of antique white foam; modest laces left behind

S: grapefruit pith and orange groves, floral and herbal accents

T: bright, floral citric hoppiness; crisp, clean pale malt base

M: smooth, bittering, medium-light body, moderate carbonation

O: a good DIPA, but I'm partial to Titan (shoulda done a side-by-side) - the hop bill will appeal to fans of Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus, as they are featured here. The beer isn't as mediocre as reviews (my own included) may indicate, but in a market flooded with American IPAs, it doesn't do much to distinguish itself. I also think it would have benefitted from a higher abv.

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of grassy and herbal hops.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of citrusy hops and has notes of grassy and herbal hops towards the finish along with a moderate amount of bitterness, the latter of which persists into the aftertaste along with the herbal hop flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a variety of hop aromas and flavors, but none of them really stand out as being that interesting.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up since I always like trying anything great divide puts out. Straight from the bottle review.
A - Probably a nice amber brown color maybe lighter due to its light ABV. Carbonation was good I got some great retaliation in the bottle.
S - Very herbal which is nice but I was kind of hoping for more biscuit malts or even a more citrus tone of IPA.
T - Very herbal not so much medicinal but a very full bodied hop bite. In fact as far as session ales go this is the most hop bite I ever experienced and it was kind of offputting and unbalanced. Decent though.
M - Like a standard IPA it drank with a light medium body.

Overall it was interesting to get such an intense hop bitterness from a "session IPA" but I see no point in trying again since I never really found one I would buy again. Worth trying if you love pine needles.

Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours hazy gold color with sediment floating around and a thick 2 finger foam white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Smells of cereal, piney hops, grapefruit, grains, herbs, and earthy notes like very dry hay or wheat. The initial hop whiff was like a flash as the malt then pretty much took over; timid nose for an IPA from Great Divide.

Taste follows suit and like the nose consists of cereal, piney hops, cracker, grapefruit, lemon zest, roasted grains, very light spices, a mild caramel sweetness and earthy notes like very dry hay or wheat. The hops come out more in the flavor, as does the bitterness, but this is much maltier than I expected and seems more like a malty English IPA than an American West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and on the chewy side with light carbonation, an average to slightly smooth feel and a good amount of bitterness that trails off on the clean side.

Not nearly as good as Titan IPA, Hercules DIPA or even the fantastic Fresh Hop Pale Ale, but it’s a decent average IPA. This was bottled on 2/17/14 so I need to try this fresh in hopes that it has more hop zing and is better overall.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lasso pours a warm golden color with just a little bit of copper in it. Head is rocky and white, head retention is great.

Aroma is strongly of hops with a light malt backbone. Hops are piney, resiny, and a little fruity. Everything plays very well together

Beer is a little sweet to start with a hoppy finish. Not too bitter and very refreshing. Resiny hops at the finish leave you wanting another sip.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

One of the many things that Great Divide seems to constantly nail is giving their IPAs a malt backbone that complements the hops. This beer is no exception. A great session IPA, just hoppy enough to get you hooked without burning you out by being overboard.

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Lasso IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.