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Lasso | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lasso Session IPA.

LASSO is the new frontier of India Pale Ale. Brewed with a robust roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, its sessionable simplicity proves bigger isn’t always better. But make no mistake – the Wild West hasn’t gone mild. That same untamed IPA spirit thrives, and we reckon this’ll go down mighty fine.

Added by dwagner003 on 11-21-2013

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Preds & the Sharks.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". A cowboy with chaps, boots, spurs & a twirling lasso in silhouette against a cream background.

Upon Crack!ing open the CAN, I got some foaming through the vent & so I allowed it some calming time to get itself under CANtrol. A gentle Glug was therefore in order and an in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, tawny head with limited retention before falling back to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of both minty, pine hops and very earthy malt. My initial thought was that it was an EIPA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste kind of followed the nose. It initially had a pleasant cool mintiness from the hops, followed by an earthy maltiness, almost like freshly turned soil. Again, I stand by my initial assessment that this was more towards a hopped-up EIPA than an AIPA. That said, as a self-avowed/self-described hophead, I had no problem with it. The hops were definitely present, but they gave me a break and shared their space nicely with the malt. I would have to characterize the finish as semi-dry since the malt did have a solid presence in this beer. I have a CANundrum in that it was a pleasant drink and with a relatively-low ABV, but I just found myself craving more hops.

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Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold body; thick, white, sticky head; rings of lacing along the glass. Earthy spiciness to the aroma; somewhat pine-like; a bit of grain sweetness. Cereal grains with a good, all-around hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; a bit prickly on the palate; sticky; mostly dry finish.

A solid IPA that doesn't break any barriers or exude uniqueness yet satisfies across the board.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold color with a white haze. Lumpy, lasting head. Large fluffy spots on the glass.

This is a well balanced IPA. I get the pale and crystal malt aromas with enough floral hop to create an interesting profile.

The flavor is a bit thinner than the smell indicates. The malt and body are both lighter than I expected. The hop is more bitter (less floral) on the tongue, leaving a long black pepper aftertaste. There are earthy notes throughout the tasting. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review is from notes.

Pours and orangish-amber with a skien of white foam that deposits rings of lace. Smells of pine and orange pith in a background of biscuit. Flavor is lively with lemon, citrus motes across the tongue, it's moderately bitter and refreshing. Body has a crisp carbonation and firm medium character that holds up well. This is an easy drinking beer, session-city, refreshing as well with great flavor.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Over an inch spume, quickly becomes mashed potatoey. Very clear copper pour
Grassy hops, a little sour fruit
Crisp one-dimensional citrus flavor. Leaves you with woody bitterness
Feels like every other beer
Truly a flavorless letdown. The blandness of light beers but too bitter to be really drinkable

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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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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is an orange color with a white and small head. The complexion is hazy and the aroma is clean and slightly hoppy. Medium in bitterness and on the dry side. The beer has a firm hop flavor and is enjoyable. Worthwhile, but not outstanding.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing amazing but still a good choice for a sessionable canned ipa. A bit more malt forward than I typically want my ipa's to be but it's still pretty good.

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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 TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth. Maybe slightly. A little fruity. Pine is good and has a nice bitter smell and taste. It's a pretty orange and has a nice head. I would get this again. This is a long the lines of a Pale.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An IPA. Nothing great but not bad. Nice orangish/Amber color. Aroma leaves a bit to be desired. Has a nice touch inside my mouth and good carbonation. Again not a bad beer but just a average IPA.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a growler fill (Tap-A-Draft) of Lasso at Growler Guys. Poured in to a schooner.

Pours a rich gold color with a thick foamy white head.

Smell is a faint pine scnent. More pine than fruit.

Taste is a well balanced malt and hop flavor. Not overly sweet or bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with a bitter short-lived aftertaste.

Overall a good IPA. Not over the top on the citrus hop side of things. I'll enjoy this for a couple of weeks.

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Photo of drcarver
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

The color is a bright and cloudy orange with yellow highlights and two fingers of foamy white head and some thin lacing left on the glass.

The taste is a slight peppery aroma in the nose that leads into a citrus aroma. Some nice earthy tones hang in the back and bring a flower pedal aroma that remains in the nose for a brief moment.

The taste is fruity with some slight orange peel coming out first. There is some slight lemon zest flavor that hints at black pepper. Some pita bread flavor builds up a bit and leads into a hop twang at the end. Earthy flavor here and there with some dusty presence throughout that gives off a slight vegetable flavor.

The feel of this is smooth and really goes down well. There is a great drinkable body that has a luscious quenching feel. There is almost a beach feel here that would go well on a hot day.

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Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a clear yellow/amber with a little chill haze and a HUGE fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S- lots of orange, some grapefruit, and a hint of pine.

T- a quick biscuity malt sweetness is quickly overridden by a smack of orange, and hints of grapefruit and pine. Fairly bitter for only 50 ibu's.

M- Feels more significant on the palette than it is due to the fairly aggressive bitterness. Normal amount of carbonation.

O- Not sure why this isn't getting better scores, I found this to clearly be one of the better session IPA's I've had.

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Photo of Zach136
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3-4-15, reviewed 4-23-15.

Appearance: Mostly clear orange one finger head. OK lacing.

Aroma: Pinesol and orange peel hop aroma. Maybe a touch of grainy malt sweetness.

Flavor: Spot on to the nose, but far less appetizing when it actually hits your tongue. Tastes like chewing on an orange peel covered in pinesol.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, harsh finish.

Overall: I saw the score on this beer... no way a GD IPA could score this low I thought... then I tried it. Seriously not good.

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Photo of RickS95
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I DON'T understand why this IPA was ranked as low as it was by BA &THE BROS, and countless others....It was 4.0 quality across the board....I would recommend this beer and will purchase it again. ANOTHER Great beer from Great Divide Brewing Company!

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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 citizencane
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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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 Moose90
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on Tap, and In Can, updating tasting notes.

A — Pours a bright clear orange color, with a thin, quickly fading light white head. Minimal lacing. Very light in appearance and texture for the style.

S — Smells slightly sweet, some peppery and vegetal hop notes, slightly sweet balance of malts as well. Also a nice bit of orangy lemony sweetness to it 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. Bitter, piney, hoppy, dry, light. Really bitter up front, but fades rather quickly.

M — Light-Medium bodied, very light for the style, though there is a little bit of a sweet malt balance underneath.

O — Good beer here, just very light for an IPA, not bad at all though.

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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 corywalston
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Slightly aggressive poor 1 ¼ inch white head that dissipated to a ½ inch throughout the entire glass. I love the suds of this beer. Little to no carbonation after it is poured, it must be up at the top of the glass with its friends.
S. Hops, citrus, lemon, little caramel.
T. Big flavor very hoppy for only 5% ABV. Taste is not as complex as it smells. Taste very little alcohol.
M. Dry like most IPA’s but not to the point of cottonmouth.
O. Finished with the glass laced with foam and the bottom of the glass still had form. Have I mentioned that I love the suds? This IPA is pretty good. I would recommend to beginner IPA drinkers. Average buzz for 5% ABV.

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Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Lasso from Great Divide Brewing Company
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