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Lilja's Argosy IPA - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Argosy IPALilja's Argosy IPA

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dirtylou on 09-12-2006)
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3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this as part of a mixed 6-er in Fayetteville, AR

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & grassy hops, jammy notes

T: Follows the nose, some leafy hops & apricots up front. Jammy notes plus leafy & woody hops as this warms. Finishes with jammyness, plus dryness with woody & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, okay balance

Much like other offerings from these guys, just a run of the mill example of the style, nothing to see here. Drinks okay, just not digging the hop profile at all, which makes it somewhat a slog to finish

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.18/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love IPAs! This IPA is very aggressive from the first sip - slight front hop aroma with a strong slap and long rusty, bitter afterburn - just what I like - although I normally get that kind of bitter tabacco-ish bite from creamy stouts! Color was a muted haze of copper - it did not predict the aggressiveness AT ALL. The head was surprisingly thick with long lasting lace. Very interesting beer - definitely stretching the style category here!! I thinkI've had a Sand Creek before - I would definitely have this one again...nice job!

Photo of budgood1
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out an unfiltered murky dark gold colour with a frothy half inch beige head. tons of lace to be had. aroma is nice combination of modest citric fruit and earthy herbal spice. taste follows suit leaning heavily on the spicy, herbal hop bitterness...seemingly leafy in nature with a slight blonde tobacco nuance. pale maltiness provides a nice backbone... and i detect a slight yeast and wheat aspect that adds another dimension. it's a dry beer that has a solid back end bitterness in the tradition of english ipa's. this is certainly a hybrid, though, and that's a good thing. medium to above medium body, complimented by a somewhat coarse mouthfeel due to a moderately bitter bite. drinkability is nice...although i see this offering to have more of a summer time quenchability to it.

overall i was somewhat pleased with this ipa. the price was right slightly discounted as it was and seemingly in better shape than the hop monster i also purchased at the same time and price. recommended.

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3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chunky golden with a nice clingy white head. Aroma is butterscotch and a tiny bit of citrus. Flavor begins with some toffee, then some buttered bread, then some citrus rind, and finally some piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a decent IPA, but probably not something I would purchase again.

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A=Hazy yellow orange with a strong white foamy head that laced the glass.

S=Butterscotch with no hop aroma.

T=Sweet, oxidized, and butterscotchy.

M=Feels right.

O=I vehemently would refuse a second one.

This beer is nothing like a good English IPA. The heavy diacetyl points to a fermentation problem. Lack of hop presence points to a recipe problem, and perhaps, an age issue. And the oxidized character, of course, points to poor storage and possibly poor packaging.

Nice label. I dig the mythology reference, and I really disliked this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A-Poured a semi-hazy orange color with a one finger soapy head

S- Very sweet floral, slightly citrusy aroma. Smells like a clean pale ale

T- Very sweet floral taste, come citrus and herbal notes. Finishes with a strong bitterness (a non-nondescript bitterness). Kind of faint in flavor.

M- Medium body, pretty high carbonation, pretty clean

O- A clean IPA that reminds me more of a pale ale. The strong nondescript bitterness brings this beer down for me some, just not very flavorful either. Not worth picking up, much better IPAs out there.

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2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up recently in a little bottle shop that we've been eyeing. Interesting that the beer claims to be an "East India Pale Ale". Haven't seen that advertised before. East? What about West India? Not for them? Hmmmm.

Poured into my a pint glass from my favorite Lake Mills brewery, this is a sunlight-riddled beer with kiltons of carbonation. Head fills the empty four ounces of the glass. Smell is weak: more like a triple-hopped lager than an EIPA. Spare notes of grass, wheat. No hops.

Lilja's Argosy (E)IPA tastes like beer. Straight up. This beer would make the best beer chaser in the world - it's completely inoffensive. Taste? Not so much. Bit of yeast, citrus shavings, water. Faintly metallic aftertaste. Really, this is almost funny. Aside from the carbonation, there is - really & truly - almost no taste.
It's remarkable.

How do you grade something like that? It's not -bad. Certainly, it's not good. I'm going to go with sub-par, but this is almost an achievement.

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Lilja's Argosy IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.