Lilja's Argosy IPA - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Argosy IPALilja's Argosy IPA

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 15.11%
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Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dirtylou on 09-12-2006

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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 79
Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (637 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
4.14/5  rDev +33.1%
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! (536 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of pweis909
2.29/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.39/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (986 characters)

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

(A) Pours a light yellow orange color with and ample, frothy white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

(S) Some grapefruit and decent amount of orange and citrus. Pale malt. Some sugars.

(T) Has a bit of a dank flavor to it. Like wet, old hops. Tastes like there was a fair amount of simcoe used in this one. It's got a fair amount of citrus rind to it. Has some cereal aspect to the malt base. Has a really funky aftertaste that isn't all too pleasant.

(M) Oily and crisp. Medium to light body.

(O) I'm usually a fan of Sand Creek's products and the other Lilja's stuff that I've had have been pretty decent, but this one is kind of a let down. I've had some English IPAs before, and prefer American, but this one just didn't really do much for the style. (762 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.69/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Cadmium orange coloring with a good clarity reveals a medium dense effervesce rising at a rapid rate making the micro- yeast particles within swirling around in the glass like a wind tunnel. A rocky light beige head sits atop like a 2 finger high pile of shaving cream sticking tough to the glass walls with a well lasting retention.

S: Peppery flowers and pine first come to mind on the nose. Dried lemon meringue, fresh parsley with some cinnamon toast and cereal grains. Intriguing, not your typical ipa hopping. Spicy, fruity and flowery of light strength.

T: Toasted grains with a touch of peppery flowery hops. Things turn to dried citrus, fairly bitter with signs of pine and dried grapefruit. The hoppiness is pretty blunt, lacking the complexity found on the nose. Dried pine comes on strong for the finish along with a peppery fade. There are flashes of intermittent sweetness from the grain here and there in the beginning, but over there is a sour, almost acidic nature to the flavor. All and all the hops are blunt, kinda coarse and without much taste defining flavor, the malting is toasted and of medium base while the alcohol is quite noticeable.

M: medium by weight, dry, citrusy and peppery warming the inner cheeks along with some fore-mentioned alcohol presence. Some washiness comes from the mostly lasting head with every sip.

O: Overall a blunt ipa, but not necessarily a good thing. Dry, peppery with a focus on a knock out hop punch rather flavor, complexity and balance. A smack your tongue around hoppiness but ultimately doesn’t taste all that good, and I do love my hops strong in my beer, this is just a wreck in composition. the hopping is totally off per english style. (1,713 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of pillowy foam. Not much lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and fresh cut grass.

T - It is spicy up front with sweet caramel. There was also a butterscotch sweetness to it.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It was a little unbalanced and too sweet for an IPA. (404 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint...

A: pours a hazy gold with a huge off white head, leaving thick resiny lacing. lots of chunky goodness floating around in there.

S: grassy and lemony hops aromas with honeyed biscuity malt aroma

T: subdued honeysuckle graham cracker malt sweetness upfront meet with a very bitter hoppiness. picking up on a dusty and metallic flavor in the finish.

M: medium full body with a low carbonation and a resinous, sticky finish.

Overall, this beer starts promising, however, the aroma and flavor are nothing special and the finish in the taste is off-putting. too heavy for the style. not bad for the price but probably wouldn't buy again (655 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$2.00 single from Penington SuperSaver.

Hazy golden body with orange undertones. Two fingers of white foam. So-so lace.

Subdued nose with hints of pine, citrus, and bread, all very low key.

Sweet beginning, almost pilsner-ish. Slightly earthy hops follow. Bitter nip at the swallow which carries into the aftertaste. The final bitterness is more than a little unpleasant rather than satisfying. Small dose of citrus also in the aftertaste.

Mediumish mouthfeel is okay.

All together, a rather uninteresting English IPA. Not one to seek out. (544 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a particulate-laden grapefruit color with a one finger white head with frothy bubbles leaving spotty lace on the way down to a cap. On the nose there is fresh cut grass, slight citric notes, and a strange fruitiness that to me smells like the Sam Adams house nose. It almost smells like a pale lager rather than an IPA. In the mouth there is a big base of pale malt mixed in with a strange hop note that reminds me of eating a dandelion, which I have never done. The finish is pretty short but this beer does have a nicely carbonated medium body.

Overall, this is a strange IPA, but an okay beer overall. It seems a little on the weak side, even for an English IPA. That said, I wasn't totally turned off to the brewery by this beer, so I'll seek something else out at some point. (792 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

All these beers I've reviewed on here and this may be the toughest one that I've ever come across. I saw IPA on the label and didn't necessarily expect a Hop Bomb. Unfortunately, what I ended up with was a beer that was way too bitter, unbalanced, and lacking in redeeming qualities. What the appearance is far and away the best aspect of a brew, it's certainly back to the drawing board...if they even still exist.

Nice translucent goldenrod hue to this with a fluffy head that took a long time to go away. Not much to smell here and the lacing only existed in theory. Then we get to the taste. Bitter up front, bitter in the back, and not the kind of bitterness that I expected from this style. It was earthy, metallic, and astringent. Not a warm or leathery earthiness but more along the lines of a grassy floral bent. Never took or felt fulling and only the sharp metallic notes lasted in the aftertaste. I needed a glass of water when I was done with this, but for the wrong reasons. Maybe if there was some more carbonation here, it would have been lighter in taste and easier to down...but this felt pretty flat in the mouthfeel from start to finish.

I wish this had some more gusto and didn't feel like it "went bad". Maybe I"m not used to the hops in this but I couldn't even feel the alcohol and for any bad IPA, that tends to be the redeeming quality for me. While this isn't a total dud, it's the biggest disappointment that I've had this year and I can only wish that any other beers that I may have from these guys will be better. This isn't like all the other IPA's on the shelf but it doesn't have enough in common with it either. A darker hue from some darker malts may be in order but for now, this is a few steps above a drain pour for me. (1,762 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
1.32/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nice head on the pour but deteriorated quickly. Foamy lacing from the head. Body is light gold. The head formed into different islands creating the lower case letter Y.

This smells like a freakin' Miller Lite. Does not smell anywhere near a IPA. Maybe a really shitty Pilsner.

With the smell being such a turn off I brace myself for the first sip...here goes... Wish me luck... What the hell is this! Tastes totally macro with a thousand copper pennies. Its like Miller Lite with a crappier taste. Grass, bitter metal, copper taste, buttered buscuits and more grass. Yuck!

Very carbonated, light in body. The lightness in body might the only reason why I finish this.

Holy hell! Yuck! By far the worse attempt at an IPA. Tastes more like a Pilsner gone horribly wrong. Did someone test taste this? What a waste of a glass bottle. Thank goodness for recycling, hopefully the glass will reincarnate into a bottle with a better tasting beer. (942 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.49/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my pint glass... this is the last remaining from my 6-pack (took awhile to get through all 6)

A- This is actually a great color for an IPA. It is a nice bright orange which isn't as dark as most IPAs- which is preferred per style. Pours a very large pillowy off white head, looks just like whipped egg whites. The beer itself is very hazy and there is a lot of sediment (yeast and hop I assume/hope) in suspension.

S- This has a pretty conservative nose for an IPA, more subtle than I remember from the other 5. It is mainly sweet and caramel-y with a tough of a light floral and citrus aroma from some hops. Also notice a little raisin or plum in there... different for an IPA; not unpleasant, but not to style even remotely.

T/M- Very dissapointed in the flavor of this one, again compared to the other 5. There isn't much bitterness or hop flavor at all. I mean, this is a bit older since its the last of the 6-pack, but its only been a month since I had the previous one, so there shouldn't be THAT big of a difference here. Strong malt bill coming through again just like the smell. Medium body, Medium carbonation...

D- Not really. I'm a little uneasy about this review because this beer is not at all like I remember the others I had. I know I didn't LOVE the beer previously, but this one is piss-poor for an IPA. Though this is the last one left, I'm not going to change or not review this beer, since this is as I perceived it... Based on this beer here or my memory of the other 5, I would NOT buy this beer again, so in the end- it doesn't really matter. (1,582 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lilja's Argosy IPA, East India Pale Ale, A Fully Laden India Pale Ale.

Highly clouded, muddy amber, dark, slim white head, leaving some lace.

Aroma: strangely muted, very shy, light fruit, apple, cherry.

Taste: Big hop bitterness up front, but nothing beyond that. Middling malt. Nothing stands out. Seriously lackluster. And I want some damned luster!
Very much an English-style IPA, feel like some Fuggles or EK Goldings are at work here, some fruit flavor going on, apple, cherry, again, just like in aroma. Lightly bitter, definitely drinkable, but not especially special. Actually fairly tasty, certainly sessionable, but I wished for something with bit more spark. (675 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can see where they're going with this beer. It reminds me a touch of Brooklyn EIPA, but the body is too thin and there isn't enough malt character. The hops do bring a nice earthy, perfumed mix of grapefruit and lemon peel. There's a hint of biscuity malt, but this is watery compared to most IPAs. Again, like the pale ale, this needs more oomph. I don't like overly thick beers, but this is just too thin (408 characters)

Photo of CPeterson
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A hazy golden brew, pours into a sloshy head that leaves a good lacing. Head sticks around for a good while.

S -- A faint sharpness and citrus come through. A little grassy, earthy tone as well.

T -- More flavor than I expected from the nose, a nice hop bitterness on the front and pretty earthy tones followed by a very light malt counteraction.

M -- Resinous and sticky.

D -- Worth the pickup but nothing mindblowing. (428 characters)

Photo of WJVII
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a bright orange hue with a off white 1 finger head that left nice sticky lacing until settling into a few bubbles. The aroma is more sweet than anticipated with a nice citrus and spice nose. The taste is not as bold as I like but matches the nose of the brew. Slight citrus, mild spice and a slight bitter finish. This is clean and crisp but lacking in the flavor department. An OK brew but best that I got 1 in a sample six pack I made. (476 characters)

Photo of TheDudeBeers
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a glass

A - Very blonde and light in color. Yellow-Orange in hue

S - The smell isn't very strong. Some citrus and hop notes but not much else going on.

T - Very sharp hops right up front with a rather pleasant malty citrus finish. I detect some sort of funky metallic after taste that lingers around though. I don't like it.

M - Thin, light, crisp, sharp. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA. Very Carbonated.

D - It's decent, but not special.

I grabbed this as a part of a pick 6 I put together of some new things I wanted to try. It looked intriguing and from a brewer I haven't had the opportunity to try yet. Overall i'm not that impressed with this IPA, but i will be trying other things from Sand Creek in the future. (750 characters)

Photo of twoheadedboy
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Immediately after pouring, I couldn't quite shake the feeling that this is really a mislabeled adjunct lager.

Color was the very light, clear bronze of an adjunct. The smell was minimal, very few hops noticable, coming across more sweet and grainy.

Taste was slightly better, but no real discernible malt characteristics and again came across as being unusually light and watery (akin to a high-end adjunct). Hops were present but underwhelming. Finish was smooth with very little of the bitterness or sharp citrus commonly found in ipas.

Overall a kinda disappointing outing, very drinkable but not possessing enough taste to really make it worthwhile. (657 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy straw color and formed a off white foamy head that left lattice lace. Almost float like head. Medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, grain and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, citrus and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish was bitter. More an English style so not as familiar with that style or rather sample it less. (381 characters)

Photo of Lillenk
3.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Look was golden and very cloudy lots of head. Way more than usually with this glass.

Smell was pretty typical of an ipa. Lots of hops some citrus.

Taste was surprisingly good. Lots of hops lots of lingering citrus. Very nice bitterness that sticks with you throught the finish.

Lighter mouthfeel than expected and way easier to drink than most ipas. (397 characters)

Photo of SteveTheDragon
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light Amber / orange. Beer is murky like a hefe. The head thick and stays nicely.

S - The smells does not remind me of an IPA. Smells a hint of citrus and some other back scent that is weird.

T - The taste is weird. A little old tasting for some reason. Bitter notes all around. For the price I guess its okay.

M - Sharp and light. Very carbonated.

D - Nothing special about this beer. Try it once. The quality just doesn't seem there. (443 characters)

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Lilja's Argosy IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.