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Straub IPL - Straub Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Straub Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
74 IBU

(Beer added by: thecheapies on 07-08-2013)
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Reviews by Oakenator:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Oakenator, Aug 01, 2014
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper body IPA like appearance, impressive list of hops at 63 IBUs Bravo, Cascade, and Columbus hops. It took some PA integrity to brew a lager this hoppy, and it has taken off quite well since it's release. Aroma has citrus, dank herbal, a bit of fruit not exactly tropical fruit just plain old apricot fruits/with nutty apricot pits as well. Flavor citrus bitter pith, crushed aspirin, pine cone earthy characteristics this IPL has a full flavored character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied hop oils run wild on the palate, even carbonation. Overall a well built IPL one of the first I had during the craze last year when it was first released.

WVbeergeek, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

tdm168, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- blend of bravo, cascade & columbus hops.

A: Pale orange with a good clarity and bready topping of 2+ fingers that shows resilience. A healthy paced carbonation factor within, and a very good sheet like coating of lace adores the glass on the way down.

S: Spicy, sugary citrus meets the pungent floral columbus hops on first impression on the nose. The hopping gives way to a straw-hay like finish.

T: Hoppy, straw and dried citrus, a bit of a lager bite and the columbus floral hop notes coming on strong. Things settle down to a earthy grassiness and citrus hopping. Soft bittering flowery finish.

M: a bit starchy, and dry. Carbonation lacked the cripness of a lager, despite a rather strong visual show.

O: Overall decent amount of hoppiness, bittering, but none of the hops were able to shine to bright here and seemed muddled at times, and was not particularly smooth nor forward and aggressive in nature lacking complexity. A straight forward 3.25 rating.

beerthulhu, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Jtienes
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jtienes, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

crowsnest, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straub IPL pours a solid orange brown tint much like any other IPA even a nice 1/2 inch of head and some pretty stellar lacing. The Smell is mild roasted barley, some mild piney hops, and just a ton of lager yeasts. The taste is dry and acidic clinging to the palate in the finish with a yeasty strong dryness. Mostly crisp lager sweetness meets bitter acidic somewhat balanced hops. On the mouth its seems like a light to medium beverage.

Overall a pretty good one off limed beer I am actually surprised how hoppy it was since most craft breweries barley use any "flex" of hops when the try their hand at and IPA (looking at you Samuel Adams). Worth picking up if you see it.

DrDemento456, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of CabbageA19
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first ILP that I ever had and from what I understand one of the first marketed.

Initially when I got it it was the same price as other varieties of Straub. Since that inception it is now over 28 a case. When it was cheap it was an incredible deal. At this price point it just makes it good.

Very hoppy for the brand- hopefully a jumping off point for the brewery.

CabbageA19, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

drtth, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Tbrookchris
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Tbrookchris, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

rfgetz, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Very nice deep golden dusk color. Nice head and lots of lacing down the glass.

Good hops in the nose and clean.

Lots of hops and citrus upfront. Finishes crisp and dry. Malts appear as it warms.

A fuller bodied beer but very drinkable.

This is a great beer. Fortunate to have tried it super fresh, but this is the best thing from Straub's ever. This beer has the potential to take Straub Brewery to the next level. If offered locally I would buy this over Sierra Nevada.

MirkoCroCough, Jul 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

still_thedragon, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

outoffocus, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Today, I am tasting Straub's brand new IPL it is a combination of an IPA and a Lager. I recently toured the brewery in St. Mary's PA and they explained that it is an IPL because they do not have the proper equipment to brew IPA's so they brewed their regular lager with all the ingredients of an IPA. Without further a due, Straub IPL.

Appearance- Of course I poured this brew a little aggressively so I can see the full effect of its head. I poured this beer into a specialty IPA glass, even though it says to use a pilsner glass. Straub IPL had a nice 1.5 finger head with almost a pure white head. Although after about 5 minutes the head dissipated to a thin white layer on the top of the brew. Now to color, the color is a deep straw like color. Much deeper than a typical IPA. Actually, the more I look at it, the more of a orangish amber color I witness.

Smell- Okay, so upfront you can definitely tell that there is a roasted malt scent to this beer. Then after a little more sniffing, I can definitely smell a piney and crisp scent. I am looking for a tropical and citrus scent, and just barely barely get a hint of orange. Now on to the best part...TASTING!

Taste- Wow this is different than anything I have had before! Upfront there is a strong hit of dry hops right on the back of your tongue. Also, with this first taste you get an after taste of bitterness (which is good) in the back of your mouth for about 15 seconds. With my second taste I am searching for citrus and I can only find it in the after taste. However I do still taste a roasted hops taste to this beer. Really I am surprised with Straub IPL.

Mouthfeel- This definitely has a heavier, not so watery, beer feel in the mouth. After a swish in the mouth you can see it is brewed as a lager with IPA ingredients. Its honestly so different I have nothing to compare it to, but to my knowledge, I really enjoy the depth in the beer.

Overall- I thoroughly enjoy this beer. I really was not expecting ANYTHING out of this beer because of the previous Straub beers that I have consumed. This beer will definitely put Straub's brewery on the map of craft beers. I am proud of their pioneering spirit of trying this they are one of two that I could find to even embark on this journey of experimentation. Really, I did enjoy this beer and recommend it to anyone wanting to try something new on the market of beer. It only came out 5 weeks ago!!

By the way, this is my second beer review please let me know how I am doing or what I can change...CHEERS!

Tr0janSlay3r, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.49/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellowish color with a white head. In the aroma, a nice hop presence. In the taste, earthy dry dirt hops. A small bitterness and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthy dirt like flavor in the aftertaste. A good nose, and no follow up in taste.

OWSLEY069, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light copper with barely any head at all. The nose has the essence of pilsner malts present. The flavor profile is malty with a really nice residual bitter finish. The body is on the lighter side of even this style. Nevertheless, this is an incredibly drinkable offering.

57md, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Morey, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

curmudgeon236, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of closisinthehouse
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

closisinthehouse, Aug 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

ChuckMartel37, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of BenderRodriguez
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

BenderRodriguez, May 04, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The blessing and the curse of "Imperial Lagers" is that the strength of the beer increases and so do their flavors- malt character is elevated, but so are the hops. And that usually kicks the beer completely out of balance and creates a much more hop-forward character than many brewers intend.

Straub's IPL pours with a hazy straw color with a heady lather that retains and laces like any hoppy beer should. Its long retention is creamy and arid while the glass randomly decorates the glass with intricate pattern.

Its aromas are hurled into the world of IPA with its high hop aromas- grassy, citrus, herbal and somewhat fragrant bark-like. With the most supple of malt character, its light bread and cracker notes support the spice of hops without challenging for balance.

Its taste starts with a light bready sweetness that brings light to grain and husk in a rye-like kind of way. Its middle opens up its herbal hop character. Flavors of tea and sassafras develop into tangy citrus peels, lead by orange and grapefruit. Its under-ripened character trails with spicy bitterness with a lingering taste of fresh-cut grass.

Light in body, the beer's early creaminess wisps away early and allows a quick finish of hop-derived astringency and light alcohol warming. All the while, its bone-dry finish leaves the beer crisp, clean and refreshed even in its raw rusticity.

The lager-like attributes are largely lost on the hops. Therefore its comparison to other hoppy beers leaves Straub's IPL yearning for the proper support that's found in American IPA.

BEERchitect, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is gold, nice carbonation, fine bubbles; head is bright white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick, dissipates to about 1/8 inch thick and with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light sweet malt front, bready, biscuits, toast, followed by a light citrus and earthy hop note.

Taste is a bolder version of the aroma, nice malt front, bread, biscuit, toast overtaken by hop notes of citrus and earth/grass. This is a very tasty and interesting brew, clean malt flavors, big hop notes and crisp lager finish.

Mouthfeel is as expected, nice crisp flavors lingering on the tongue, some lighter notes on the cheeks, a bit overcarbonated so a harsher finish than would be desired.

Overall, this is a very well done brew, nice malt flavors, decent aroma. this and the doppelbock from straub are great brews

mvanaskie13, Jan 29, 2014
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Straub IPL from Straub Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.