Straub IPL - Straub Brewery
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3.86/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from the bottle to a Nonic.
A: Pours a clear middle yellow gold with nice frothy head which stays around for a while, then compacts to a thin disk. Minimal lacing. Active carbonation with tight bubbles.
S: Bright citrus, light sweet malt notes with grassy hop notes. Clean.
T: Some of that citrus and sweet malts with the lemony, earthy grass flavors. Very distinct and clear flavors.
M: Medium on the tongue, spright carbonation, slightly dry, herbal and prickly due to carbonation.
O: Very nice representation of the IPL style.
08-13-2014 22:17:01 | More by Scrapss
3.26/5 rDev -13.1%
- 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.
08-08-2014 00:40:36 | More by beerthulhu
3.86/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-07-2014 05:28:35 | More by 57md
4.16/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
08-03-2014 02:14:27 | More by CabbageA19
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-20-2014 23:16:06 | More by wvsabbath
3.49/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
03-18-2014 18:08:55 | More by BEERchitect
Straub IPL from Straub Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.