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Lasso IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Lasso IPALasso IPA

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 531
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 32.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 531
Photo of artoolemomo
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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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 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 secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great DIvide's entry into the "session IPA" sweepstakes proves to be a winner! Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a nice head of white suds. Gorgeous, detailed lacing.

Nose is crisp citrus hops. A great beginning!

Taste is a wonderful blend of thick and chewy tropical and citrus hops. I get orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit in the mix. Absolutely a treat and one I'll be looking for again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber with at least two fingers of white puffy head. Lasts about ten minutes and leaves rings of lace.
Smell reminds me of fresh cut strawberries it is so floral.
Taste is hops bitterness as expected. A bit of yeast some pine and a slight leather aspect. Malt is present but just enough for the style.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is more than enough. Long bitter dry finish. Crisp.
If there were a separate class for 5% IPAs this would be the best I've had so far. Very tasty.
Brewed on date Dec. 19, 2013.

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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 JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 iSip
2.66/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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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 Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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

A: deep to medium golden body with a couple of fingers of antique white foam; modest laces left behind

S: grapefruit pith and orange groves, floral and herbal accents

T: bright, floral citric hoppiness; crisp, clean pale malt base

M: smooth, bittering, medium-light body, moderate carbonation

O: a good DIPA, but I'm partial to Titan (shoulda done a side-by-side) - the hop bill will appeal to fans of Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus, as they are featured here. The beer isn't as mediocre as reviews (my own included) may indicate, but in a market flooded with American IPAs, it doesn't do much to distinguish itself. I also think it would have benefitted from a higher abv.

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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 JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear see-through copper. A sudsy white head sits on top and is slow to recede. Light lines of lacing remain.

The aroma is piny, bright, and citrusy, with a little bit of woodiness.

The taste starts out mostly with a peppery cedar taste. It shifts into citrus rind and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is bright and clean.

Overall, this is a really decent IPA that is straightforward, without a lot of floral notes or fruitiness. It is pretty bitter in the finish.

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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 tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange. Extremely clear that is... Head is white, small, and lacing forms some nice sheety patches on the glass. Aroma is very clean....light tangerine citrus hops, faint tropical fruit, zesty floral, and some buttery cornbread malt. Interesting. Aromas come through a little staggered to me though not unpleasantly so. Taste is lightly sweet and bitter. Dark piney kind of hop flavor but really hops are mostly bittering. Lacking flavor hops. White bread maltiness, again all is very clean. Mouthfeel is very slightly syrupy, slick, dry, a touch chalky. Overall this is not a bad beer. More of a pale ale than an IPA. Could use some fine tuning maybe but I would try it again. This bottle seems particularly fresh to me too.

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Photo of wedge
2.66/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 12/17/2013; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold, slight orange tint. Thin, white head with good retention. Lacing is thick and sticky.
Smell - grapefruit, pepper, some grass and pine.
Taste - follows the nose, easy to drink and refreshing. Seems to me this should be offered during the Summer.
Feel - a bit light, as to be expected from the 5% ABV. A nice, subtle grapefruit bitterness on the finish.
Overall - this appears to be GD's attempt at a more hop forward IPA. It's good, but I believe they do a better job with their more balanced IPA offerings.

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Lasso IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.