Great Divide Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,109
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3.48 | pDev: 12.07%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: Lasso Session IPA.

LASSO is the new frontier of India Pale Ale. Brewed with a robust roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, its sessionable simplicity proves bigger isn’t always better. But make no mistake – the Wild West hasn’t gone mild. That same untamed IPA spirit thrives, and we reckon this’ll go down mighty fine.
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, slightly off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves thin rings & clumpy sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is floral, citrus with malt tones of caramel & something that is grainy and chocolatey. Taste is floral, orange & a little tropical fruit hops, caramel malts with the same chocolate like hints of the nose. Finishes bittersweet developing into a pine resin, heavily bitter hop bite & slightly burnt aftertaste. Not much malt sweetness after mid-sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly slick but creamy with a prickly finish & bitter, astringent aftertaste.

Feb 05, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring out a year old Lasso that I got for super cheap, $3.25 a sixer at Spec's here in Beaumont, TX. If you are prejudiced against old IPA's, Great Divide when kept in good conditions is always an exception. Both of their IPA selections here, Titan and Lasso, are killer and age very well. I've tried hundreds of beers and these are damn good. Maybe it gets better with age?

I had to take care to pour it slowly so it didn't foam up monstrously, others in the six taught me the hard way.

Yeasty sediment on the bottom, hazy gold hefeweizen look to it but very sour like, hoppy IPA smell. Literally shitting out hops. Taste follows suit, predictably - a light bodied, sour hopped mash that is pretty much chuggable. Lower alcohol makes this one an easy session beer. Sour tinge that stays on the back of the tongue. Refreshing after a long shift at work.

INCREDIBLE deal on these beers, Great Divide is killing it. I wish Texas had as good of breweries as Colorado does. Then again there are a lot of things about Colorado to be envious of. Hope to visit as soon as possible. Cheers!

Dec 07, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours golden with a haze to it. It has a moderate off white head.

Smell: It has aromas of stone fruit, a bit of floral, and some caramel.

Taste: It has flavors of stone fruit, caramel, floral, and a bit of pine.

Feel: It has a moderate body on the light wide with a moderately bitter finish.

Overall, it is an easy drinking session ipa with moderate malt backbone.

Sep 03, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Preds & the Sharks.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". A cowboy with chaps, boots, spurs & a twirling lasso in silhouette against a cream background.

Upon Crack!ing open the CAN, I got some foaming through the vent & so I allowed it some calming time to get itself under CANtrol. A gentle Glug was therefore in order and an in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, tawny head with limited retention before falling back to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of both minty, pine hops and very earthy malt. My initial thought was that it was an EIPA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste kind of followed the nose. It initially had a pleasant cool mintiness from the hops, followed by an earthy maltiness, almost like freshly turned soil. Again, I stand by my initial assessment that this was more towards a hopped-up EIPA than an AIPA. That said, as a self-avowed/self-described hophead, I had no problem with it. The hops were definitely present, but they gave me a break and shared their space nicely with the malt. I would have to characterize the finish as semi-dry since the malt did have a solid presence in this beer. I have a CANundrum in that it was a pleasant drink and with a relatively-low ABV, but I just found myself craving more hops.

Obviously, my original CANQuest (tm) review stands, but today is Su, 27 Aug 2017 & now, I have a bottle to add to me review.

From the bottle: "LASSO is the new frontier of India Pale Ale. Brewed with a robust roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, its sessionable simplicity proves bigger isn’t always better. But make no mistake – the Wild West hasn’t gone mild. That same untamed IPA spirit thrives, and we reckon this’ll go down mighty fine."; "Suggested Food Pairings: Barbecue beef brisket, pork green chili, baked beans, Tillamook medium cheddar, oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies."; "Lively Daring"; "Great Minds Drink Alike".

Having Pop!ped the cap, I began a gentle pour as is my wont these days. An glass-swirl raised a brief finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention, leaving behind nice lacing as it fell. Nose had an earthy-sweet mintiness, like fresh, wet hops with caramel malt. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a pronounced earthy mintiness combined with a caramel sweetness. Finish was dry and slightly bitter. I enjoyed it, but I clearly liked it much better from a CAN. YMMV.

May 13, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold body; thick, white, sticky head; rings of lacing along the glass. Earthy spiciness to the aroma; somewhat pine-like; a bit of grain sweetness. Cereal grains with a good, all-around hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; a bit prickly on the palate; sticky; mostly dry finish.

A solid IPA that doesn't break any barriers or exude uniqueness yet satisfies across the board.

Apr 20, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold color with a white haze. Lumpy, lasting head. Large fluffy spots on the glass.

This is a well balanced IPA. I get the pale and crystal malt aromas with enough floral hop to create an interesting profile.

The flavor is a bit thinner than the smell indicates. The malt and body are both lighter than I expected. The hop is more bitter (less floral) on the tongue, leaving a long black pepper aftertaste. There are earthy notes throughout the tasting. Moderate carbonation.

Mar 25, 2016
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JackieTH from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review is from notes.

Pours and orangish-amber with a skien of white foam that deposits rings of lace. Smells of pine and orange pith in a background of biscuit. Flavor is lively with lemon, citrus motes across the tongue, it's moderately bitter and refreshing. Body has a crisp carbonation and firm medium character that holds up well. This is an easy drinking beer, session-city, refreshing as well with great flavor.

Jan 21, 2016
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Over an inch spume, quickly becomes mashed potatoey. Very clear copper pour
Grassy hops, a little sour fruit
Crisp one-dimensional citrus flavor. Leaves you with woody bitterness
Feels like every other beer
Truly a flavorless letdown. The blandness of light beers but too bitter to be really drinkable

Jan 03, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Kiabacca glass.
Clear Amber with two fingers of pitted, frothy head.
It smells fruity and delightful. With orange zest and honeysuckle.
It tastes abrasive and zesty. Light-bodied, but plenty flavorful. Aftertaste is dry and lingering with pine resin. Bit of pineapple and dirt as well.
Great Divide does not disappoint. This is no exception. Recommended.

Nov 20, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is an orange color with a white and small head. The complexion is hazy and the aroma is clean and slightly hoppy. Medium in bitterness and on the dry side. The beer has a firm hop flavor and is enjoyable. Worthwhile, but not outstanding.

Nov 01, 2015
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GOBLIN from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing amazing but still a good choice for a sessionable canned ipa. A bit more malt forward than I typically want my ipa's to be but it's still pretty good.

Sep 21, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange with a light to moderate haze and a few floaties. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweetish, caramelly malt with a lightly citrusy, lightly earthy hop character. Pretty decent.

Taste: the malt is breadier than in the aroma, and is backed by light but nicely citrusy hops. I kind of like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is a bit mild but I like it; it's definitely a super drinkable brew.

Aug 18, 2015
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth. Maybe slightly. A little fruity. Pine is good and has a nice bitter smell and taste. It's a pretty orange and has a nice head. I would get this again. This is a long the lines of a Pale.

Aug 06, 2015
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breardon1776 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An IPA. Nothing great but not bad. Nice orangish/Amber color. Aroma leaves a bit to be desired. Has a nice touch inside my mouth and good carbonation. Again not a bad beer but just a average IPA.

Aug 02, 2015
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RJLarse from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a growler fill (Tap-A-Draft) of Lasso at Growler Guys. Poured in to a schooner.

Pours a rich gold color with a thick foamy white head.

Smell is a faint pine scnent. More pine than fruit.

Taste is a well balanced malt and hop flavor. Not overly sweet or bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with a bitter short-lived aftertaste.

Overall a good IPA. Not over the top on the citrus hop side of things. I'll enjoy this for a couple of weeks.

Jul 27, 2015
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drcarver from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - light amber body with thin hazy head

S - oddly enough it kinda smells like an old new jersey pizzeria

T - Slightly spicy hoppiness. Nicely balanced with the malt.

F - a little thin, but a decent body

O - not too bad overall.

Jun 29, 2015
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

The color is a bright and cloudy orange with yellow highlights and two fingers of foamy white head and some thin lacing left on the glass.

The taste is a slight peppery aroma in the nose that leads into a citrus aroma. Some nice earthy tones hang in the back and bring a flower pedal aroma that remains in the nose for a brief moment.

The taste is fruity with some slight orange peel coming out first. There is some slight lemon zest flavor that hints at black pepper. Some pita bread flavor builds up a bit and leads into a hop twang at the end. Earthy flavor here and there with some dusty presence throughout that gives off a slight vegetable flavor.

The feel of this is smooth and really goes down well. There is a great drinkable body that has a luscious quenching feel. There is almost a beach feel here that would go well on a hot day.

Jun 11, 2015
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JWU from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a clear yellow/amber with a little chill haze and a HUGE fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S- lots of orange, some grapefruit, and a hint of pine.

T- a quick biscuity malt sweetness is quickly overridden by a smack of orange, and hints of grapefruit and pine. Fairly bitter for only 50 ibu's.

M- Feels more significant on the palette than it is due to the fairly aggressive bitterness. Normal amount of carbonation.

O- Not sure why this isn't getting better scores, I found this to clearly be one of the better session IPA's I've had.

Jun 04, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3-4-15, reviewed 4-23-15.

Appearance: Mostly clear orange one finger head. OK lacing.

Aroma: Pinesol and orange peel hop aroma. Maybe a touch of grainy malt sweetness.

Flavor: Spot on to the nose, but far less appetizing when it actually hits your tongue. Tastes like chewing on an orange peel covered in pinesol.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, harsh finish.

Overall: I saw the score on this beer... no way a GD IPA could score this low I thought... then I tried it. Seriously not good.

Apr 24, 2015
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RickS95 from Indiana

2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful IPA with a cloudy yellow amber pour and a frothy off white head up top. Rich, milky beer under an array of meringue. The head retains well and leaves a nice lace behind.

Almost no smell. What's there is all floral with a hint of lemon. Despite the barrage of Left Coast hops, my nose isn't picking up much.

Taste mirrors the nose. Nothing West Coast about this. In it's defense, it's a bit old to be drinking an IPA, but almost no smell and practically no one ingredient stands out in the taste.

It's mostly bready malt and slightly bitter. Kind of smooth from malt that evolves into bitter as the beer works it's way across the tongue.

This isn't a very good beer overall. I love the look but it's all downhill from there.

Apr 18, 2015
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buzzarooski from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I DON'T understand why this IPA was ranked as low as it was by BA &THE BROS, and countless others....It was 4.0 quality across the board....I would recommend this beer and will purchase it again. ANOTHER Great beer from Great Divide Brewing Company!

Apr 17, 2015
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Y'know, I've always wanted to learn how to do rope tricks. Maybe some day... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear honey, populated by some minor particulates, topped by a couple fingers of off-white foam. The nose comprises dried flowers, powdered sugar, sweet biscuit, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of flowers, light biscuit, and a vague sense of slightly earthy greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a meek, unappealing IPA, something I don't plan on revisiting any time soon.

Apr 14, 2015
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: hazy medium orange brown, but quite lackluster.

Smell: malty tea.

Taste: again, malty tea, but with some hops this time.

Feel: crisp, but very thirst-quenching- like good homemade sun tea (notice a theme here?)

Overall: I've had this before and was quite fond of it. Having it again now, and will be having it again in the future. Not sure I'd call this an IPA, but it's crisp, straightforward, and quite tasty. This was bottled July 18, so perhaps it's not as hoppy as a fresher bottle would be.

Feb 05, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14.9%

Faint pine and light biscuit nose. Pours gold with a slight haze with a 1” yellow tinted foam cap that produces light lace. Has a light fruit palate over grain that leads to a citrusy, resiny hop finish. Effervescent, medium light body, fairly dry.

Nov 04, 2014
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Moose90 from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on Tap, and In Can, updating tasting notes.

A — Pours a bright clear orange color, with a thin, quickly fading light white head. Minimal lacing. Very light in appearance and texture for the style.

S — Smells slightly sweet, some peppery and vegetal hop notes, slightly sweet balance of malts as well. Also a nice bit of orangy lemony sweetness to it as well.

T — Tastes fairly one dimensional, some peppery vegetal hop profile, nice enough showcase of columbus hops, but could use more of a hop punch. Bitter, piney, hoppy, dry, light. Really bitter up front, but fades rather quickly.

M — Light-Medium bodied, very light for the style, though there is a little bit of a sweet malt balance underneath.

O — Good beer here, just very light for an IPA, not bad at all though.

Oct 25, 2014
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