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Inspiration Ale - Lake Bluff Brewing Company

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14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Bluff Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-29-2011)
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-22-2014 18:48:59 | More by BeerLover99
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emerge077

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying the new bottles that just came out. Unfortunately it's pretty diacetyl ridden, butterscotch aroma and taste. The hop bitterness cuts through, but it's still a pretty distracting flaw.

8-29-2011
B/3.43

On tap today at the brewpub.

Dark gold, coppery orange. Bright clarity, completely transparent, likely filtered or clarified. Visible carbonation, feeding into a thin layer of white foam on top. Sticky collar around the edges, drippy lace all the way down the glass.

Floral hop aroma, some mild pale malt also. Fairly nondescript and typical for a pale ale, meant for mass appeal.

Flavors were similar, mild floral hop bitterness, some light bready pale malt notes. Body was light to medium, with ample carbonation. Overall decent to good, clean and crisp surely, just a bit predictable. As a "training wheels" craft beer it succeeds, as I saw several craft novices taking it for a test drive at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2014 01:13:01 | More by emerge077
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bcm75

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-13-2014 23:24:13 | More by bcm75
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77apm

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-21-2014 21:26:01 | More by 77apm
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BrewClint

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

02-28-2014 04:18:51 | More by BrewClint
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jimmy13

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

01-31-2014 20:50:27 | More by jimmy13
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-05-2013 15:08:29 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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oldvines

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-15-2013 14:48:10 | More by oldvines
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on Tap at the brewery in LB IL.

Pours a medium copper color with low foam. Some lacing. Light pine tree nose. Taste is a smooth malt with a light to medium hop finish. Bitter progresses throughout. Slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Good bitter in the ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 22:19:31 | More by KTCamm
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-15-2012 18:19:09 | More by imperialking
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michaeldrogers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-29-2011 16:55:10 | More by michaeldrogers
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with two fingers of foam capping the amber liquid; very nice retention and plenty of lacing left behind

Smell: Bready and pithy, with a hint of pine

Taste: Opens bready, with a developing pithy character that leaves an aspirin-influenced aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As I am not a fan of the aspirin flavors that some hops create, this is not one of my favorites in the APA category

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 03:40:23 | More by brentk56
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14%

12-02-2011 05:06:13 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Finally trying a LBBC brew, despite my procrastination in making my way to the brewery itself. Right on. It pours a clear brass-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, biscuit, and a light smattering of dry pine needles. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit really coming through nicely, and the pine coming in drier, slightly more resin-y. Still, none of the flavors are all that bold, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a fairly solid brew, nothing too exemplary, but an easy-drinker all the way. I look forward to trying their other brews now...

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 04:05:44 | More by TMoney2591
Inspiration Ale from Lake Bluff Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.