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Straub IPL - Straub Brewery

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84
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 15:18:43 | More by OWSLEY069
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

08-01-2013 23:52:16 | More by outoffocus
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ChuckMartel37

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

07-18-2014 22:07:36 | More by ChuckMartel37
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

07-22-2013 09:40:53 | More by ejimhof
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billbeers

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

07-12-2013 01:19:07 | More by billbeers
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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-17-2013 18:15:25 | More by closisinthehouse
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-20-2013 13:26:01 | More by DeutschesBier
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Tr0janSlay3r

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:58:50 | More by Tr0janSlay3r
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Harris Grill in Shadyside. Too curious not to order one.

Warm ochre amber with a blanket of stuck bone-white foam. Looks good.

Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops all present. Cold lagering mutes the note a bit, but the toasty malts fill in the gaps. Near salty freshness.

Okay, lots of floral hops now. Some pine and pith, but lots of flowery hop cone flavors. Accented by a smoother-than-rugged malt base and firm and fresh bitterness. Has citric rind notes and a kiss of pineapple. Delightful.

Soft and a little light. Carbonation is bushy. Appropriate for an IPL.

I enjoyed this brew. Serve me more IPLs, my intrigue is growing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 01:54:05 | More by thecheapies
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-20-2014 23:10:54 | More by tdm168
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-12-2013 21:47:38 | More by still_thedragon
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curmudgeon236

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-07-2014 14:12:53 | More by InspectorBob
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Hollywood Gardens

A - Poured a nice light amber color, two finger extremely dense creamy head which looked awesome, moderate lacing.
S - Think Straub Amber with a west coast hop smell. Nice pine and citrus zest aroma, not powerful, but its there.
T - Crisp and bright bite from the hop addition, not as heavy on the citrus as I was hoping, but the pine is definitely there, then you get the smooth lager yeast that comes it.
M - Clean and refreshing, and with the smoothness of Straub that you'd expect.
O - While I do think IPL's will grow in variety in the years to come, I'm surprised and glad Strab took a swing at it. They have a recipe for a beer they've been brewing for over 100 years, and have varied from it little until now. I'm glad to see they didnt jump right into an IPA to get to the "craft crowd" but I think this is a good move on their part, and I'm excited to see what they can pull off in the future. This brew is refreshing and has just enough hops to keep everyone happy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 01:51:33 | More by Omnium
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Straub IPL from Straub Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.