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Straub IPL - Straub Brewery

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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 TEKNISHE:
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TEKNISHE

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-16-2013 15:19:08 | More by TEKNISHE
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-23-2014 21:08:47 | More by Jtienes
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-22-2014 01:32:51 | More by drtth
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-16-2014 01:25:19 | More by PA-Michigander
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-15-2014 23:31:44 | More by aqualung23
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan with a nice foamy, 1 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Upfront aroma of citric hops, bready biscuit malts, lager malts, a minor sugary note at the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, a balance of biscuit malts mixed with citric hops. Grassy along with some added sugars and lager malts. Herbal notes really add to the grassy flavors. Caramel and biscuit mixes well with the lager malts.

Mouthfeel - Citric and herbal hops first coat the tongue. Palate gets malts, added sugars and some more hop notes. Aftertaste is minor bitter, malty and herbal.

Overall - Nice and crisp, with a good amount of hops and sugars. The hop part overpowers the lager side a little but still this is a solid and enjoyable beer that's light and packs plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 23:16:06 | More by wvsabbath
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-13-2014 23:52:17 | More by TheMultiYeast
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BenderRodriguez

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-04-2014 14:17:24 | More by BenderRodriguez
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IPhantom

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-02-2014 22:57:48 | More by IPhantom
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-10-2014 20:06:25 | More by victory4me
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-07-2014 14:24:43 | More by rfgetz
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-07-2014 14:12:53 | More by InspectorBob
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:08:55 | More by BEERchitect
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curmudgeon236

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-12-2014 04:39:42 | More by curmudgeon236
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griz281

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-25-2014 01:35:16 | More by griz281
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mercysbane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-08-2014 23:46:02 | More by mercysbane
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-30-2014 20:49:04 | More by heerboth
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:03:08 | More by mvanaskie13
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squirreljr

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-19-2014 17:04:34 | More by squirreljr
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Jlm158

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-14-2013 02:55:38 | More by Jlm158
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-21-2013 00:06:27 | More by crowsnest
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-18-2013 02:37:56 | More by Uniobrew31
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange-copper color with a one finger foamy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of hop smells consisting of some grapefruit citrus, earthy, and floral aromas. Along with these smells are notes of some sweet citrus of a tangerine nature as well as some caramel and bready aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and caramel flavor matched by some hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruit citrus nature. As the flavor advances more caramel as well as a lighter fruit flavor comes to the tongue. Along with these flavors other hop tastes of a floral and even more grapefruit nature comes to the tongue. Some yeasty flavor develop during the taste and combined with some pine hop flavors as well. With the sweeter flavors of the brew dwindling a bit more toward the end and with a surge of the grapefruit hop flavor, a rather crisp and nicely hopped flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather nice for the style and create a great easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – This is a fantastic brew for the style and the price. Pound for pound, this brew really packs a punch. It is a very good go too; that is for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:13:38 | More by Darkmagus82
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just got one of these as a free sample at a local 6-pack shop while buying a 4-pack of 16 oz cans of Torpedo.

Bottle into a pint glass.

The color of this beer is an amber/orange color with a nice white head that lingers for a decent duration. This looks way better than any beer I have ever seen by a brewery that generally produces American macro lagers and tries their hands at a more craft beer style. The aroma is, well, filled with more hops than I expected. There is some citrus and pine but still a little malt backbone coming through as well. The taste is pretty decent as well. It isn't overly bitter by any means, but leaves a nice relatively low bitter aftertaste that lingers on the tongue for quite a while. The flavors are very well balanced and the malt is still quite evident and not overrun by the hops. The initial flavor is of a little hops, then there is a malt sweetness that steps in and then this gets overshadowed by the bitter aftertaste. There seems to be a slight soapy taste to it, and that is not totally unenjoyable but not the best either. Nothing unique and pronounced, but good. The MF is a medium to medium light bodied brew that seems to be a tad high on the carbonation, but it certainly isn't stingingly so.

I am being a little generous with this score, but Straub really impressed me here. As I had previously mentioned, when breweries that usually make American macros try this kind of stuff they fail miserably. This is actually a decent beer with some good hop flavor and bitterness. They were also being somewhat clever since this is the first beer that I have ever seen marketed as an "IPL." So basically this is an IPA fermented with a lager yeast. It is much better than I expected and I hope that Straub beer continues to pump this out. Good work from an old and tiny brewery that is still independently owned here in PA.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 04:20:05 | More by jifigz
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 04:39:07 | More by DrDemento456
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Straub IPL from Straub Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.