Lasso | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear light gold/yellow with one finger of sudsy off white head, a few half circle tracings of lacing
S - Crackery malt, dank grassy hops, a little skunky, very dimished kind of aroma though.
T - Super gross and skunky, this has almost an adjunct taste to it, very dry dark kind of dirty hop taste, crackery and bread malt. Just bad.
M - Dry and bitter, chewy.
O - This is a serious let down, this is barely an IPA, more of a bad Pale if you ask me, horrid skunky aroma and flavor to it, just disappointing. Session IPA? get lost....

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Photo of homebrew311
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with sparkling clarity, white head, and significant lacing. Nose starts with earthy pine hops followed by some resinous notes. The taste does not feature the hoppy punch that the nose promises. Mild pine paired with light malt notes and some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, not as good as Titan, more of a session IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up since I always like trying anything great divide puts out. Straight from the bottle review.
A - Probably a nice amber brown color maybe lighter due to its light ABV. Carbonation was good I got some great retaliation in the bottle.
S - Very herbal which is nice but I was kind of hoping for more biscuit malts or even a more citrus tone of IPA.
T - Very herbal not so much medicinal but a very full bodied hop bite. In fact as far as session ales go this is the most hop bite I ever experienced and it was kind of offputting and unbalanced. Decent though.
M - Like a standard IPA it drank with a light medium body.

Overall it was interesting to get such an intense hop bitterness from a "session IPA" but I see no point in trying again since I never really found one I would buy again. Worth trying if you love pine needles.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a reddish amber hue, though not that red. A sizable head forms on the pour which is bright white and fairly dense. The body has brilliant clarity to showcase gentle carbonation.
The aroma was thin and weak and not what I was expecting especially after reading the label, but I did detect subtle citrus and, well, earthy hops.
The taste was good but lean and washed out. I could taste some citrus flavor, and there was plenty of caramel malts.
I didn't like the feel on the palate, very rough and course.
I'm not a big fan of these watered down IPA's This one was pretty good but I found that by the time you hit bottom it's flat watery and a shell of it's former self.

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Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : SN IPA Glass
bottled on: 12/18/13

Clear, dark golden with a thick, foamy off white head and clinging lacing.

Floral, spicy hops, light citrus notes. Light biscuit backing.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A decent "session" IPA, a bit subdued at times, but an enjoyable flavor profile overall.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a slight white head. A little lacing. Really nice aroma of hops and citrus. Big taste of pine and wood with a bit of grapefruit. Bitter aftertaste that hangs on the tongue. Medium mouth. This really is a hop bomb. I'm not particularly big on these sessionable IPAS, but this is one of the better ones I've tried.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head that doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a pure, cotton-white while the body is a pale to medium amber that appears as pale in the light. Lacing looks to have elements of sheeting.

Nose- Unmistakable aroma of C-hops from this one. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit per usual. Still very strong after two months. Light notes of pine and resin in the background. Not very complex but still quite delicious and inviting.

Taste- Starts off with the notes of the nose but lighter. Orange and lemon on the front but only for a brief second when loads of pine and resin take over. Some grapefruit, light matchstick, and a tendency toward earwax. Doesn't have much of a linger which is good (at least for me). Slight hints of spice, maybe even a little pepper. The hops bitterness starts to fade somewhat and show more of the fruity aspects of the front; the beer even starts to get a little juicy. The two months show somewhat as the hop profile seems lesser than it would have been. Not necessarily degraded (no cardboard) but more in the background than this beer would lead you to believe. Not terribly complex with not much presence either. Pretty much an above average beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a light juiciness and appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible but a little more bitter than I want out of a low ABV beer. This is more for a hop bomb lover who doesn't want all the alcohol but it would probably be a disappointment that type of beer drink as well. Standard Great Divide. Not a repurchase.

Overall- Average to above average beer, closer to above average. Seems okay for an ISA but it's not really a style I feel any need for. Worth a try for a ticker like me but that's about it.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First "session IPA", a style I don't really believe in, from a brewery that I have utmost respect for. Let's see how this goes...

Label on the bottle OK, not tantalizing. Little cowboy silhouette on a cream colored label with "LASSO" in powder-blue lettering. Head is waifish and fleeting, but brew sports a respectable color. Nothing to write home about, though. Nose is super-dank and really citrus, really sweet. Grapefruit-mango-almost-pineapple-thing going on. All pretty much unrepresented in the flavor - this is an IPA? There's really no bitter backing to this, nor is there any malty-middle, it's just a really lightly flavored peach seltzer-like drink.

I could see drinking this after Jazzercising, speed-walking, or taking it sailing. Maybe as an entry-level for someone who "wants to like IPA". Certainly wouldn't buy a six of it, and still not buying into the session-IPA style. Fortunately I got this in the variety pack.

Still love ya, GD, but I'll stick to the Titan.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on JAN 10 2014
L - deep golden/near amber ale topped with a fluffy white head that slowly fades
S - earthy, herbal, citric, piny nose, caramel malt in the background
T - pungent from the get-go with earthy, herbal, piny hops taking over the palate. Some bready caramel malt is present but doesn't hold up at all to the hop assault
F - thinner than medium body, pleasant carbonation, very astringent finish
O - I just need to stop tyring these session IPA's. This needs more malt to give it more sweetness and a malt backbone, and more body. It's all hops, and even though I do appreciate the classic IPA hops used here, I'm just not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9 Jan 14

Pours golden with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Grass, floral notes & both fade over time

T: Follows the nose, orange peel & lemons up front. Lovely bready notes as this warms, a touch of grapefruit & lemongrass too. Finishes with a little bready sweetness, grapefruit & lemons & a touch of herbal hops, plus dryness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, not as good as All Day, but a suitable substitute

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Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great DIvide's entry into the "session IPA" sweepstakes proves to be a winner! Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a nice head of white suds. Gorgeous, detailed lacing.

Nose is crisp citrus hops. A great beginning!

Taste is a wonderful blend of thick and chewy tropical and citrus hops. I get orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit in the mix. Absolutely a treat and one I'll be looking for again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber with at least two fingers of white puffy head. Lasts about ten minutes and leaves rings of lace.
Smell reminds me of fresh cut strawberries it is so floral.
Taste is hops bitterness as expected. A bit of yeast some pine and a slight leather aspect. Malt is present but just enough for the style.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is more than enough. Long bitter dry finish. Crisp.
If there were a separate class for 5% IPAs this would be the best I've had so far. Very tasty.
Brewed on date Dec. 19, 2013.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass. Bottled Jan 10th 2014.

A real supper crystal clear body, golden orange and brass bright, with nominal carbonation and some minimal noticeable rising carbonation. Head makes a nice fluffy and bright white appearance, easily fistfull tall and even bubbled, island flowing puck in the middle as it settles. Nice bubbled lacing in rings as well, a real great looker of an IPA.

Nose is quite closed though. Some faint earth but really not getting much of anything. Not very hop forward but strangely no malt presence either.

Palate comes with a very light, but decent malt backbone. In fact so much that it's coming off with lots of toasty aromatics of brown bread, some sweet caramel quite noticeable in the mid palate. Finishes clean with toasty cinnamon. Hop angle just doesn't come into play, with only some mild bitterness on the finish, kind of earth, mint, and virtually nothing long lasting or hints this might even be an IPA.

Overall this comes across like a weakened amber ale, but not a bad tasting beer. In the IPA realm though this just is not getting it done. A bit of a dud.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/18/13.

Appearance: Nice pale caramel color with brilliant clarity and a thin cap of of-white suds.

Aroma: Dough from the malt and citrus from the hops.

Taste: Starts with moderate bitterness, probably around 40 IBUs, but feels more intense due to the lack of malt presence. The hop character is mostly made up of straight up bitterness but there is a hint of earthy/piney flavor, which lingers only slightly in the aftertaste. The label mentions using Centennial and Cascade hops in the brewing process but I'm not getting any of the orange or grapefruit that are the signatures of those varieties. Due to the lack of malt this is quite an unbalanced beer. For my tastes hop-forward beers work best when they are robust overall. Lasso, like other so-called American session ales, is no where near robust. That's not to say it's bad, its just a different hoppy experience compared to the usual pale ales and IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Just above thin in body with average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The low alcohol IPA style, which I think is being designated as American session ale, is really catching on. This is good for hop heads who like to get the most IBUs out of their session but only a few breweries have really perfected this new style. Unfortunately, based on Lasso, Great Divide isn't quite there, but they're close. With the right combination of hops to balance the bitterness with some sweetness, this could be amazing. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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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Photo of iSip
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Great Divide Lasso: I am a big Great Divide fan, and their Titan IPA is one of my top IPA's. But the Lasso falls short.

Nice bronze color topped with a hearty head that lasts and lases well. Not much punch to the aroma

The flavor is lean on hops and big on bitterness. This beer will go well with certain foods, but the raspy bitterness and lack of depth make it a poor selection for the beer you were looking to savor this evening.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice sessionable IPA. Pours a clear golden color into a pint glass. Big white head with thick bnds of lacing.

Aroma of citrus and grassy hops. Fairly robust for a low abv ber.

Taste is very good. Mostly citrus (grapefruit) hops and some grassy hops. Enough malt to keep it balanced, but definitely a nice bitter IPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp but also soft and pillowy (like Blind Pig).

A very good robust sessionable IPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on December 18th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and grassy hoppy aroma with good hints of grass, pine, and caramel malt. Earthy, floral, and herbal hops with upfront hints of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Bready malt backing with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. A solid earthy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and crisp hoppy taste with good notes of grass, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront taste of earthy hops with floral notes. Notes of damp grass and pine resin spice. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, and tangerine. Backing presence of pale malt with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid earthy IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily feel. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A solid East Coast style take on an IPA. Very grassy with a solid malt backing.

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Photo of rawfish
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper and clear int othe glass with an enormous eggshell coloured rocky head. Average retention and thick coatings of lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Raw, husky malt with barely any detectable sweetness. The C hops are mild with light grassy and hay aroma, a touch of pine. Doughy and steely grains to finish.

Flavor dominated by steely raw cut grains, some toasted sweet breads and the hop flavors are all but masked by dough, astringency. There is some grass and lemony esters but not much else. Substantial bitterness so I guess that's where all the hops went to. Finish is drying with grass, yeast and grain husks.

Easily downed body with adequate carbonation. High bitterness cuts through the very small alcohol presence and dries very well.

Session IPAs might be the next trend for brewers to save on costs while producing a popular style but this one is a lame duck. Sessionable and looks nice in the glass with a nice bitter kick but without the beauty of hop flavors and aroma there is nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New beer from Great Divide. Right on. I will drink anything from Great Divide.

This strikes me as kind of an east coast ipa. Piney and earthy rustic tones are here. Has that sickly sweet hoppy character to it. A nice drinker.

Like I said, it seems kind of an east coast interpretation. Some people will dig it and others not so much.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, some fruit and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts with a lot of grassy hop bitterness and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an ok IPA. Don't care for the flavors - bready caramel malts with lots of grassy hops.

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Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden amber color with a fine-grained white head in the Ommegang chalice. Light aroma of flowers and warm biscuits. Rich mouthful of creamy carbonation.

Flavor is spicy with a cedar edge. Some honeydew melon and a tiny hint of apple pie spice. Hops are not so bitter but provide an interesting blend of tangy wood and light resin with a touch of sweet gardenia in the nose. Think of a Belgian IPA with a flowery character and less of the yeasty bitterness. Or a Pilsner with a hint of green chiles.

I guess this is a good example of how expectations influence review. If you're expecting a take-no-prisoners IPA, this isn't it. But it's a perfectly drinkable lighter style of hoppy brew that doesn't fit into the categories perfectly. Great Divide keeps coming up with beers you want a six-pack of. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep to medium golden body with a couple of fingers of antique white foam; modest laces left behind

S: grapefruit pith and orange groves, floral and herbal accents

T: bright, floral citric hoppiness; crisp, clean pale malt base

M: smooth, bittering, medium-light body, moderate carbonation

O: a good DIPA, but I'm partial to Titan (shoulda done a side-by-side) - the hop bill will appeal to fans of Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus, as they are featured here. The beer isn't as mediocre as reviews (my own included) may indicate, but in a market flooded with American IPAs, it doesn't do much to distinguish itself. I also think it would have benefitted from a higher abv.

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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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear see-through copper. A sudsy white head sits on top and is slow to recede. Light lines of lacing remain.

The aroma is piny, bright, and citrusy, with a little bit of woodiness.

The taste starts out mostly with a peppery cedar taste. It shifts into citrus rind and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is bright and clean.

Overall, this is a really decent IPA that is straightforward, without a lot of floral notes or fruitiness. It is pretty bitter in the finish.

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