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Lasso IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Lasso IPALasso IPA

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BA SCORE
78
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389 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013)
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Photo of JamesMN
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/18/13.

Appearance: Nice pale caramel color with brilliant clarity and a thin cap of of-white suds.

Aroma: Dough from the malt and citrus from the hops.

Taste: Starts with moderate bitterness, probably around 40 IBUs, but feels more intense due to the lack of malt presence. The hop character is mostly made up of straight up bitterness but there is a hint of earthy/piney flavor, which lingers only slightly in the aftertaste. The label mentions using Centennial and Cascade hops in the brewing process but I'm not getting any of the orange or grapefruit that are the signatures of those varieties. Due to the lack of malt this is quite an unbalanced beer. For my tastes hop-forward beers work best when they are robust overall. Lasso, like other so-called American session ales, is no where near robust. That's not to say it's bad, its just a different hoppy experience compared to the usual pale ales and IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Just above thin in body with average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The low alcohol IPA style, which I think is being designated as American session ale, is really catching on. This is good for hop heads who like to get the most IBUs out of their session but only a few breweries have really perfected this new style. Unfortunately, based on Lasso, Great Divide isn't quite there, but they're close. With the right combination of hops to balance the bitterness with some sweetness, this could be amazing. Would I drink it again? Sure.

JamesMN, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

MinorThreat, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -12.5%

XmnwildX12, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

david18, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of gwiedman1
3.5/5  rDev +2%

gwiedman1, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Punisher
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Punisher, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of iSip
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

iSip, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +16.6%

WVbeergeek, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of JayQue
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice sessionable IPA. Pours a clear golden color into a pint glass. Big white head with thick bnds of lacing.

Aroma of citrus and grassy hops. Fairly robust for a low abv ber.

Taste is very good. Mostly citrus (grapefruit) hops and some grassy hops. Enough malt to keep it balanced, but definitely a nice bitter IPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp but also soft and pillowy (like Blind Pig).

A very good robust sessionable IPA.

JayQue, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

MattyG85, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

BarryMFBurton, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

rawfish, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of grumpygerman
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

grumpygerman, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of acp21178
3.5/5  rDev +2%

acp21178, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of smooth_aleing
3.5/5  rDev +2%

smooth_aleing, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev +16.6%

foureyedgeek, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of pottergator
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

pottergator, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of UnknownKoger
3.5/5  rDev +2%

UnknownKoger, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of baxter94
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

baxter94, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Beaver13, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Beer21, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Mebuzzard, Jan 29, 2014
Lasso IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.