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Lasso | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 540
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 BuzzLitebier
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Had a growler of this yesterday. Aroma was OK. The taste was pretty good- definitely on the piney/resinous side in terms of flavor, but had a lingering bitterness I didn't think much of. It's a solid beer, but not my favorite from them.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%

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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 3/6/14.

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a full finger and a half of fluffy foam. Aroma is still decently hoppy, with a lot of piney hoppiness coming through. First sip has a pleasant nuttiness followed by a quick bitter bite.

Pretty decent for a sessionable IPA, but doesn't hold up to the heavy hitters in the style like Founders All Day.

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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 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 gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lasso is underrated. Actually, I find the session IPAs all pretty much in the same pack. My favorite is BOAT BEER by Carton followed by FOUNDERS ALL DAY IPA.

look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Honey yellow coppery body (darker than Boat) with moderate amounts of active carbonation. Sports a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a thick film. Moderate lacing.

S: Plentiful aromas of grassy and earthy hops with citrus/grapefruit hops and barely any caramel malts.

T: Follows smell, and pleasant. Upfront light biscuit malts with a bit of caramel sweetness. Followed by earthy hops with plentiful grassy + herbal hops and a bit of citrus/grapefruit hops. Light bitterness, short finish, but clean, good food beer.

M: Medium bodied. moderate amounts of carbonation, nice bitter finish, clean.

O: It's a session IPA, bright, grassy, refreshing, conversational.

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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 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 LambicPentameter
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes after drinking this one on 2/23/14. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 1/9/14 stamped on the side of the label. And while it doesn't say "session IPA", the description on the label refers to its "sessionable simplicity", and at 5%, it's lower than your typical IPA in alcohol content. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - This is a very pretty looking beer, with a body that pours crystal clear, with a jewel-like brassy hue that includes shades of amber, burnt orange and tarnished gold. A lazy stream of carbonation bubbles rises up from the etching on the glass, replenishing a towering three finger head of off-white foamy head. Retention is slight, with dissipation beginning to occur almost immediately, and leaving a healthy mottling of silky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Unfortunately, the aroma isn't as enrapturing as the wonderful appearance. Somewhat bland notes of pale malt sit alongside herbal, grassy and floral overtones from the hop profile. There is a much more fleeting hint of some citrus, like generic zest, but it's hard to detect. This one is mostly grain and grass.

Taste - The hop profile comes through a bit more here, but on the side of bitterness and again with mild notes of grass and gentle floral characteristics. Citrus is even less present here than it was in the aroma, but the grain seems to come through, with overt notes of barley and whole grains that provide just a touch of sweetness to the overall dry characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation. Nothing particularly memorable.

Overall, a decent enough beer on its own, but as with so many in this "style", it's not interesting enough to make me want to grab more than one in a sitting, even though the lower alcohol content would allow me to do so without getting sloppy.

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Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb. 4 2014. Getting on for an IPA, purchased in a mixed sixpack a week and a half ago

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to thin even surface foam and sense lacing

s: Mild pine

t: Mild to moderate piney hops over a medium sweet bready malt base. Bitterness lingers briefly on the tongue. Slight grassiness in the finish.

m; Light to moderate with good body.

o: A nice addition to the new session IPA trend, a fine dinner or session drink due to the mild nature of both malt and hop flavors.

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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 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 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 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 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 a0lbudman
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-very clear golden color with a large white head that leaves a lace
S-a strong pine hop aroma
T-hops is strong with the malt flavor coming through at first. Then you get the hops in the aftertaste til the finish with the hops fading in the end
M-light to medium body, and medium high carbonation
O-very clean crisp taste.

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Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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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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 ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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....

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Photo of homebrew311
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with sparkling clarity, white head, and significant lacing. Nose starts with earthy pine hops followed by some resinous notes. The taste does not feature the hoppy punch that the nose promises. Mild pine paired with light malt notes and some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, not as good as Titan, more of a session IPA.

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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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Lasso from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.