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Lasso IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Lasso IPALasso IPA

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71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 518
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.32/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

new one from great divide, billed as a session ipa, i found this to be a little heartier and heavier than i like a session ipa to be. nice clear golden color with some depth to it and an inch of long lasting white fluff in my pint glass. the nose on this is great, like a robust ipa with plenty of centennial woodiness and bitterness, but enough citrusy hops to keep it a little lighter than the harder hitters. great flavor, all hop driven, and a cleaner finish for the style. my problem with this is the feel. its got quite a bit of body still and as such drinks a little heavier than it should. its also relaxed on the carbonation front, which makes it slower drinking still. 5% abv is also sessionable only in context, and ten of these would be a tough task by any measure. this is a tasty brew, im glad they are moving in this direction, but it falls short of a beer like all day ipa, the standard by which session ipas are measured.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing, crystal clear apricot orange honey colored.

Nose nice hops, some citrus and fruity hops, hint of a citrus rind, mild grassy floral hop note, with a bit of a fruity bubblegum, nice hops but a bit on the lighter side, with a little malty base, bit of candied citrus, hint tangerine.

Taste brings more hops and fair bitterness, little fruity bubblegum again, generic fruity fruit, little citrus and rind, mild pith, mild resin, little spicy floral hops too. Mild fluffy malt base, little sweetness to balance. Fair bitterness that continues to increase and get fairly spicy and a little earthy even, bit chewy like, with more rind increasing towards the finish. Finish dries and get very bitter, little salty bitter spicy hop, earthy, chewy, little resin and citrus and fruit lingering, little sticky but mostly dry.

Mouth is med bod but a bit light, nice fluffy carb,

Overall pretty nice, the aroma is a bit light but nice hop profile, nice hop flavor profile too with a nice increasing hop bitterness which is good cause it started a bit too light for an IPA to start, little malt but a decent balance, but hops really take the show.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden amber color with a fine-grained white head in the Ommegang chalice. Light aroma of flowers and warm biscuits. Rich mouthful of creamy carbonation.

Flavor is spicy with a cedar edge. Some honeydew melon and a tiny hint of apple pie spice. Hops are not so bitter but provide an interesting blend of tangy wood and light resin with a touch of sweet gardenia in the nose. Think of a Belgian IPA with a flowery character and less of the yeasty bitterness. Or a Pilsner with a hint of green chiles.

I guess this is a good example of how expectations influence review. If you're expecting a take-no-prisoners IPA, this isn't it. But it's a perfectly drinkable lighter style of hoppy brew that doesn't fit into the categories perfectly. Great Divide keeps coming up with beers you want a six-pack of. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/17/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then an earthy but not too strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice less-harsh IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New beer from Great Divide. Right on. I will drink anything from Great Divide.

This strikes me as kind of an east coast ipa. Piney and earthy rustic tones are here. Has that sickly sweet hoppy character to it. A nice drinker.

Like I said, it seems kind of an east coast interpretation. Some people will dig it and others not so much.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear honey yellow orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass pretty quickly and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a patchy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer littered with groupings of large bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grassy and earthy hops with a light hint of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and a touch of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a very light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of earthy hops with light to moderate flavors of grassy + herbal hops and just a touch of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a short while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an East Coast style of IPA, not exactly what I was expecting but it was definitely an enjoyable brew. Nice flavors from the hops and easily drinkable with well hidden alcohol. I would grab this one again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange with a light to moderate haze and a few floaties. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweetish, caramelly malt with a lightly citrusy, lightly earthy hop character. Pretty decent.

Taste: the malt is breadier than in the aroma, and is backed by light but nicely citrusy hops. I kind of like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is a bit mild but I like it; it's definitely a super drinkable brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Kiabacca glass.
Clear Amber with two fingers of pitted, frothy head.
It smells fruity and delightful. With orange zest and honeysuckle.
It tastes abrasive and zesty. Light-bodied, but plenty flavorful. Aftertaste is dry and lingering with pine resin. Bit of pineapple and dirt as well.
Great Divide does not disappoint. This is no exception. Recommended.

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Lasso IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.