Lasso IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Lasso IPALasso IPA

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 484
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled on 1/9/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with really odd metallic and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very poor beer with a nice aroma, but oddly enough the taste is astringent, metallic, and makes this one very hard to drink. (610 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.4/5  rDev -31.2%

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. (344 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of wedge
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of iSip
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Great Divide Lasso: I am a big Great Divide fan, and their Titan IPA is one of my top IPA's. But the Lasso falls short.

Nice bronze color topped with a hearty head that lasts and lases well. Not much punch to the aroma

The flavor is lean on hops and big on bitterness. This beer will go well with certain foods, but the raspy bitterness and lack of depth make it a poor selection for the beer you were looking to savor this evening. (434 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a bright clear yellow color, with a thin, quickly fading light white head. Minimal lacing. Very light for an IPA.

S — Smells slightly sweet, some peppery and vegetal hop notes, slightly sweet balance of malts as well.

T — Tastes fairly one dimensional, some peppery vegetal hop profile, nice enough showcase of columbus hops, but could use more of a hop punch.

M — Light-Medium bodied, very light for the style.

O — Okay here, refreshing enough, could use some more hop presence and body. (527 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Y'know, I've always wanted to learn how to do rope tricks. Maybe some day... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear honey, populated by some minor particulates, topped by a couple fingers of off-white foam. The nose comprises dried flowers, powdered sugar, sweet biscuit, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of flowers, light biscuit, and a vague sense of slightly earthy greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a meek, unappealing IPA, something I don't plan on revisiting any time soon. (594 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear light gold/yellow with one finger of sudsy off white head, a few half circle tracings of lacing
S - Crackery malt, dank grassy hops, a little skunky, very dimished kind of aroma though.
T - Super gross and skunky, this has almost an adjunct taste to it, very dry dark kind of dirty hop taste, crackery and bread malt. Just bad.
M - Dry and bitter, chewy.
O - This is a serious let down, this is barely an IPA, more of a bad Pale if you ask me, horrid skunky aroma and flavor to it, just disappointing. Session IPA? get lost.... (561 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper and clear int othe glass with an enormous eggshell coloured rocky head. Average retention and thick coatings of lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Raw, husky malt with barely any detectable sweetness. The C hops are mild with light grassy and hay aroma, a touch of pine. Doughy and steely grains to finish.

Flavor dominated by steely raw cut grains, some toasted sweet breads and the hop flavors are all but masked by dough, astringency. There is some grass and lemony esters but not much else. Substantial bitterness so I guess that's where all the hops went to. Finish is drying with grass, yeast and grain husks.

Easily downed body with adequate carbonation. High bitterness cuts through the very small alcohol presence and dries very well.

Session IPAs might be the next trend for brewers to save on costs while producing a popular style but this one is a lame duck. Sessionable and looks nice in the glass with a nice bitter kick but without the beauty of hop flavors and aroma there is nothing to get excited about. (1,037 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of hops and a little malt.

T: Tasted of hops, a little bit of citrus, malt, and a some pine. This is an unbalanced flavor. It's overly hoppy, which doesn't give the other ingredients enough room to be effective. Other than this, it tends to be a little watery in the finish.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a bitter mouthfeel and a watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: Great Divide has certainly done better work. This beer simply doesn't come off. (644 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Lasso." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and appealing label acquired as part of a six pack at me local CO bottle shop and served into a nonic pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. The label clearly describes it as an IPA. Bottled 12/17/13. 5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3.5 finger wide head of white colour. Soft and fluffy. Not as smooth or even as would be ideal. Head retention is pretty good (though the ABV is merely average) - about 6-7 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated.

A standard appearance for an IPA. It's not unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Biscuity malts, floral hop character, traces of generic citrusy notes, caramalt, light hints of breadiness, and pale malts. It comes off fresh and is inviting, but the lack of yeast character makes me reticent to call it alive. Hoppy bitterness is present but well tamed.

No overt alcohol is noticeable.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: The pale malt foundation provides a solid unobtrusive base for the hop character - which is primarily floral with some light citrus in there too. Grapefruit I guess, but it's pretty vague. There's also some biscuity malt character and breadiness present throughout. Sweet caramalt keeps the hoppy bitterness nicely in check, but the balance isn't quite ideal. It's a cohesive build for an IPA, but isn't gestalt or unique. I like the choice of hops, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. It's not a particularly bold or inspired brew and Great Divide has clearly played it rather safe.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not as complex or subtle as it could be, but there are few beers I can't say that about. There's no real nuance or intricacy here.

I do like it, but it doesn't impress. It's coming off more like the type of beer you'd bring a 6er of to a party, and doesn't demand your attention for appreciation. Sometimes, that's nice.

No yeast, alcohol, or off notes come through. It's a pretty clean profile all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, though it does coarsen somewhat on the climax to accentuate the bursts of hoppy flavour. Slightly overcarbonated. It's got good thickness and body. The presence on the palate is refreshing yet still weighty enough to deliver the full punch of the flavours. Texture complements the taste pretty well; I wouldn't say it comes off custom-tailored to it though. Could be softer.

It's not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Absolutely a drinkable IPA, and one I wouldn't mind having in the fridge for casual consumption. It doesn't stand out amidst the myriad of superior IPAs at its price point (or even availability), but it's far from disappointing. Just a nice little no-nonsense IPA that doesn't break the bank. It has its place, and I'm glad I have a 6 pack to work through, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. More above average work from the cats over at Great Divide.

Low B- (3,373 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on JAN 10 2014
L - deep golden/near amber ale topped with a fluffy white head that slowly fades
S - earthy, herbal, citric, piny nose, caramel malt in the background
T - pungent from the get-go with earthy, herbal, piny hops taking over the palate. Some bready caramel malt is present but doesn't hold up at all to the hop assault
F - thinner than medium body, pleasant carbonation, very astringent finish
O - I just need to stop tyring these session IPA's. This needs more malt to give it more sweetness and a malt backbone, and more body. It's all hops, and even though I do appreciate the classic IPA hops used here, I'm just not a big fan of this one. (664 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a slight white head. A little lacing. Really nice aroma of hops and citrus. Big taste of pine and wood with a bit of grapefruit. Bitter aftertaste that hangs on the tongue. Medium mouth. This really is a hop bomb. I'm not particularly big on these sessionable IPAS, but this is one of the better ones I've tried. (338 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a bright rich sunset amber.

The aroma is lacking of grain and grass.

The flavor has citrus peel in the front, but then onto grass and a strong medicinal astringent bitterness on the back. The beer lacks flavor, but is easy drinking, except for that punch of bitterness in the back. (301 characters)

Photo of drcarver
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - light amber body with thin hazy head

S - oddly enough it kinda smells like an old new jersey pizzeria

T - Slightly spicy hoppiness. Nicely balanced with the malt.

F - a little thin, but a decent body

O - not too bad overall. (233 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First "session IPA", a style I don't really believe in, from a brewery that I have utmost respect for. Let's see how this goes...

Label on the bottle OK, not tantalizing. Little cowboy silhouette on a cream colored label with "LASSO" in powder-blue lettering. Head is waifish and fleeting, but brew sports a respectable color. Nothing to write home about, though. Nose is super-dank and really citrus, really sweet. Grapefruit-mango-almost-pineapple-thing going on. All pretty much unrepresented in the flavor - this is an IPA? There's really no bitter backing to this, nor is there any malty-middle, it's just a really lightly flavored peach seltzer-like drink.

I could see drinking this after Jazzercising, speed-walking, or taking it sailing. Maybe as an entry-level for someone who "wants to like IPA". Certainly wouldn't buy a six of it, and still not buying into the session-IPA style. Fortunately I got this in the variety pack.

Still love ya, GD, but I'll stick to the Titan. (986 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide has also jumped on the "Session" IPA trend, and they're betting that Lasso IPA is the ticket. Coming from a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A half-inch of head doesn't retain much of itself and leaves a few bits of lace around the glass. Below is the brew itself, being a lighter copper color. The aroma is light in intesity for an IPA, session or not. There are slight notes of mango, tangerine...is that onion too? So far, I'm not wild about it.

The beer itself has an overall modest flavor. There's some pine, bitter grapefruit, onion, so overall of somewhat hoppy beer that isn't very intense, and ending with a bitter and raw aftertaste. It has a medium sized body with respectable carbonation.

Not a bad beer, though coming from the same brewery which has produced the likes of Titan IPA, Hercules DIPA, and Fresh Hop Pale Ale, I'd rather water down either of those beers than come back to Lasso. (921 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head that doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a pure, cotton-white while the body is a pale to medium amber that appears as pale in the light. Lacing looks to have elements of sheeting.

Nose- Unmistakable aroma of C-hops from this one. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit per usual. Still very strong after two months. Light notes of pine and resin in the background. Not very complex but still quite delicious and inviting.

Taste- Starts off with the notes of the nose but lighter. Orange and lemon on the front but only for a brief second when loads of pine and resin take over. Some grapefruit, light matchstick, and a tendency toward earwax. Doesn't have much of a linger which is good (at least for me). Slight hints of spice, maybe even a little pepper. The hops bitterness starts to fade somewhat and show more of the fruity aspects of the front; the beer even starts to get a little juicy. The two months show somewhat as the hop profile seems lesser than it would have been. Not necessarily degraded (no cardboard) but more in the background than this beer would lead you to believe. Not terribly complex with not much presence either. Pretty much an above average beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a light juiciness and appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible but a little more bitter than I want out of a low ABV beer. This is more for a hop bomb lover who doesn't want all the alcohol but it would probably be a disappointment that type of beer drink as well. Standard Great Divide. Not a repurchase.

Overall- Average to above average beer, closer to above average. Seems okay for an ISA but it's not really a style I feel any need for. Worth a try for a ticker like me but that's about it. (1,804 characters)

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Lasso IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.