Lasso | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by dwagner003 on 11-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
547
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
11.97%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
90
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled on 1/9/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with really odd metallic and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very poor beer with a nice aroma, but oddly enough the taste is astringent, metallic, and makes this one very hard to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

new one from great divide, billed as a session ipa, i found this to be a little heartier and heavier than i like a session ipa to be. nice clear golden color with some depth to it and an inch of long lasting white fluff in my pint glass. the nose on this is great, like a robust ipa with plenty of centennial woodiness and bitterness, but enough citrusy hops to keep it a little lighter than the harder hitters. great flavor, all hop driven, and a cleaner finish for the style. my problem with this is the feel. its got quite a bit of body still and as such drinks a little heavier than it should. its also relaxed on the carbonation front, which makes it slower drinking still. 5% abv is also sessionable only in context, and ten of these would be a tough task by any measure. this is a tasty brew, im glad they are moving in this direction, but it falls short of a beer like all day ipa, the standard by which session ipas are measured.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of grassy and herbal hops.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of citrusy hops and has notes of grassy and herbal hops towards the finish along with a moderate amount of bitterness, the latter of which persists into the aftertaste along with the herbal hop flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a variety of hop aromas and flavors, but none of them really stand out as being that interesting.

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3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Lasso." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and appealing label acquired as part of a six pack at me local CO bottle shop and served into a nonic pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. The label clearly describes it as an IPA. Bottled 12/17/13. 5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3.5 finger wide head of white colour. Soft and fluffy. Not as smooth or even as would be ideal. Head retention is pretty good (though the ABV is merely average) - about 6-7 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated.

A standard appearance for an IPA. It's not unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Biscuity malts, floral hop character, traces of generic citrusy notes, caramalt, light hints of breadiness, and pale malts. It comes off fresh and is inviting, but the lack of yeast character makes me reticent to call it alive. Hoppy bitterness is present but well tamed.

No overt alcohol is noticeable.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: The pale malt foundation provides a solid unobtrusive base for the hop character - which is primarily floral with some light citrus in there too. Grapefruit I guess, but it's pretty vague. There's also some biscuity malt character and breadiness present throughout. Sweet caramalt keeps the hoppy bitterness nicely in check, but the balance isn't quite ideal. It's a cohesive build for an IPA, but isn't gestalt or unique. I like the choice of hops, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. It's not a particularly bold or inspired brew and Great Divide has clearly played it rather safe.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not as complex or subtle as it could be, but there are few beers I can't say that about. There's no real nuance or intricacy here.

I do like it, but it doesn't impress. It's coming off more like the type of beer you'd bring a 6er of to a party, and doesn't demand your attention for appreciation. Sometimes, that's nice.

No yeast, alcohol, or off notes come through. It's a pretty clean profile all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, though it does coarsen somewhat on the climax to accentuate the bursts of hoppy flavour. Slightly overcarbonated. It's got good thickness and body. The presence on the palate is refreshing yet still weighty enough to deliver the full punch of the flavours. Texture complements the taste pretty well; I wouldn't say it comes off custom-tailored to it though. Could be softer.

It's not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Absolutely a drinkable IPA, and one I wouldn't mind having in the fridge for casual consumption. It doesn't stand out amidst the myriad of superior IPAs at its price point (or even availability), but it's far from disappointing. Just a nice little no-nonsense IPA that doesn't break the bank. It has its place, and I'm glad I have a 6 pack to work through, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. More above average work from the cats over at Great Divide.

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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing, crystal clear apricot orange honey colored.

Nose nice hops, some citrus and fruity hops, hint of a citrus rind, mild grassy floral hop note, with a bit of a fruity bubblegum, nice hops but a bit on the lighter side, with a little malty base, bit of candied citrus, hint tangerine.

Taste brings more hops and fair bitterness, little fruity bubblegum again, generic fruity fruit, little citrus and rind, mild pith, mild resin, little spicy floral hops too. Mild fluffy malt base, little sweetness to balance. Fair bitterness that continues to increase and get fairly spicy and a little earthy even, bit chewy like, with more rind increasing towards the finish. Finish dries and get very bitter, little salty bitter spicy hop, earthy, chewy, little resin and citrus and fruit lingering, little sticky but mostly dry.

Mouth is med bod but a bit light, nice fluffy carb,

Overall pretty nice, the aroma is a bit light but nice hop profile, nice hop flavor profile too with a nice increasing hop bitterness which is good cause it started a bit too light for an IPA to start, little malt but a decent balance, but hops really take the show.

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3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle

Unusual IPA in that the aroma is light and about as malty as it is hoppy, yet the flavor is quite hop dominated. Lingering bitter and hoppy aftertaste.

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3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/17/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then an earthy but not too strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice less-harsh IPA to drink for a while.

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3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear honey yellow orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass pretty quickly and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a patchy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer littered with groupings of large bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grassy and earthy hops with a light hint of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and a touch of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a very light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of earthy hops with light to moderate flavors of grassy + herbal hops and just a touch of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a short while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an East Coast style of IPA, not exactly what I was expecting but it was definitely an enjoyable brew. Nice flavors from the hops and easily drinkable with well hidden alcohol. I would grab this one again.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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Lasso from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 547 ratings.
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