Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.89/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured straight down into a large tulip. One finger head that settles down in under two minutes into white froth on the surface of the beer with noticeable lacing. Appearance is clear deep gold. Nose is somewhat subdued and features sweet, light malt with hints of sweet toasted grains, light orange and apricot, subtle grassy notes, and florally hops. Taste is sweet up front with the bitterness of the hops hitting on the midpalate. The flavors are nicely arranged with bittersweet grapefruit dominating, though not completely overpowering, a very pleasant floral, light honey sweetness showing sweet orange peel. Mouthfeel is slightly slick and very light with moderate, pleasant carbonation. The finish, which is surprisingly thin and short, is dominated by the bitter grapefruit as well as a slightly fruity sweetness with hints of ripe honeydew, orange, and apricot. This is the first time I’ve had an India Pale Lager (IPL), and if they’re all like this, then I’m sold. As others have pointed out, you get a light, crisp beer that also features both the floral complexity of a hoppy IPA as well as a nice dose of bitter citrus. This is almost the definition of perfect, sessionable, warm weather beer, though the well-hidden abv of 6.7 could pack an unexpected wallop.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 02:14:48 | More by 8stringfan
3.61/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a beer clean Sam Adams Boston Lager glass...
A) Frothy head dissipated quickly, but shows good lacing. Clear, deep gold colour.
S) pine, grassy and citrus from the hops, some malt underneath
T) Flavours of citrus, orange peel, pine and light bready notes. Quite bitter...
M) Dry, slightly dusty palate, lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish.
O) I liked the beer but thought it was a little harsh on the finish. I love IPAs and was expecting the bitterness, but it didn't feel balanced to me.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 21:48:38 | More by DamageCase76
Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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