Lila | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First introduced at FredFest 2012. The brewery's first lager is named for brewer Alan Sprints' mother, Lila.

Sprints calls the beer a 'pale bock'. Lagered for 12 weeks.

Dry hopped with spicy Noble Saaz.

Added by hopwave on 05-17-2012

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a tulip at the brewery.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze. Head is a thin layer of creamy ivory foam leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: quite sweet and malty, which is appropriate to the style. Not complex, but nice.

Taste: light and malty, with a bit of a raspy, herbal hoppiness. Pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: refreshing, though the bitterness is just a tad harsh.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light honey and cookie dough. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just more of it. The beer has some sweetness to it, but there's some light bitterness in the finish that helps to balance that bitterness very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer.

A nice enough beer, but given the other options at the tasting room, it's kind of hard to imagine ordering this again.

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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hair of the Dog in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a lighter golden yellow body, one finger white head. Not much retention or lacing. Smells of grass, earth, sweet caramel, citrus, fairly bready. Slightly perfume-y. Flavour is similarly bready, a bit of caramel, mild citrus, a fair amount of grass and earth, with a slight earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and sticky, a bit on the sweeter side on the finish. Overall, a different type of beer but not my style. Sweet and a bit perfume-y.

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3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery today.

Darker than most helles bocks, this beer is a faintly hazy amber with a dense off white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is solid. Initially too cold, this does need to warm up to really open up. Bread, toffee, caramel, and honey are most prominent. This does differ from other maibocks in that the sweetness is more complex instead of that classic liquid bread aroma. Hop character is modest, with some earth And toffee.

The toasted grain character on the palate does make this beer unique. Less sweet than most, there's a blend of toffee, grain, honey and toast. The midpalate has a moderate hoppiness, mildly earthy and a touch minty. Mildly sweet on the finish, this beer is outstandingly soft and creamy on the palate. Very nice stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap a the brewpub.
My daughter's name is Lilah so this was a must stop for me.

A - Pours a dark and hazy orange with a nice hazy cream-colored head that never really fades much but leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Some sweet heavy citrus and fruit. Some nice maltiness as well.

T - Very fruity and nice. Dark oranges and red apples. Very hard for me to place.

D - Good heavy body with solid carbonation.

O - Very different flavors here but they are very very welcoming. Glad I caught this fruity, citrusy one on tap.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lila from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.97 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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