Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured into a standard pint from a 12 oz.
Appearance: Looks good. Hue is that of apple juice. Head is off white, pretty strong hand leaves a nice, nice lining.
Smell: Not particularly strong from a bottle. Hints of grassy hops.
Taste: The initial taste is almost adjunct. It does have a nice grassy hop background. It reminds me of a halfway point between two of my favorite cheap locals, Philadelphia Brewing Company's Kenzinger and Troegs' Perpetual IPA. That said, the initial profile was worse than Straub's recent attempt at an IPL. Why hasn't Beer Advocate just made "American India Pale Lager" an option anyway?
Mouthfeel: Not quite a lager, not quite an ale (or IPA, I suppose).
I'd buy this on tap happily but it doesn't do anything I haven't seen before and it more reminds me of a session IPA than an IPL. The content makes it a tough session though. Not sure what this beer is aiming for, but I suppose that's why it is rotational. Not bad, but not impressive.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 20:04:37 | More by ColdWaffles
4.01/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured chilled in shaker pint glasses chez buzzlitebeer
A: very clear medium copper color; head dissipates quickly; light lacing; ok carbonation
S: citrus, pine (just); clear hop aroma (not much malt)
T: very delicious, well-balanced IPL; clear finish that leaves some biscuit on the tongue; not super bready; salty, darker bittering hops are featured; the lager yeast comes through
This was a suprisingly lovely IPL--we didn't realize it was an IPA until inspecting the label closer
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 22:34:45 | More by Arithmeticus
Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.