Colorado Native IPL
AC Golden Brewing Company

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American Lager
Ranked #312
Ranked #41,771
3.52 | pDev: 12.5%
AC Golden Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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Notes: India Pale Lager brewed with 100% Colorado ingredients.

We don’t believe the world needs another IPA. We do, however believe there is room for a beer that is similar to an IPA, but is one that allows the hop characters to shine through as only a lager can do... "An IPA done better", if you will. To get this clean, crisp character, we brewed an "IPA style" beer, using lager yeast. The lager yeast is superior, in this case, because it doesn’t create all of the fruity esters and fusel alcohols that ale yeast create... so it allows the delicate hop oils to shine through in the beer. Our IPL takes longer to brew and is more expensive to make than an IPA, but once you try this IPL, we think you’ll agree........ It’s worth the extra time and expense.
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Photo of Martin194
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly cloudy, light gold with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Lots of crisp hops, some citrus

Taste: Mixed in with the hops is a pleasant yeasty, bready taste. Ends with citrus notes, mostly lemon/lime peel.

Feel: "Spicy" carbonation, leaves a dry feeling after swallowing.

Overall: Enjoyable brew! This is the third "Colorado Native" beer I've had, and so far each has been better than the last.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours Golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Pine, light citrus zest, grassy herbal notes, faint fruity notes, and some light malt sweetness.

T: Pine, citrus zest, grapefruit, lemon, faint fruity notes, a little grassy, yeasty, and light malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear golden color, nice big fluffy head that settled to a quarter inch, nice lacing. Aroma was pretty weak, with some light grassy notes and a bit of floral and cracker aromas. Fairly sweet and malty up front, with some piney and grapefruit flavors on the back end. Pretty thin mouthfeel, crisp rather dry finish with nice carbonation. Overall, not bad for an Americal Pale Lager, plenty of flavor with some decent hoppiness.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy, Floral, Aromatic, Oily

Hazy pale yellow with a fluffy white foam head and stick. Big floral hop aroma with some herbal and powdery malt. Soft mouthfeel and a bit under-carbonated. Damn hoppy with floral, herbal, citric, and fruity hops flavors. Hops are quite oily on the palate with a sticky resinous character. Soft pale malts beneath with just a touch of malty sweetness to help provide some balance. The label boasts that this beer is more expensive and better than an IPA due to the use of lager yeast. More expensive? Sure. Time (lagering) is money. Better? You be the judge.

STYLE: American Pale Lager | ABV: 6.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. I'd call it a decent hop-forward lager. The hop character is grassy and spicy with a little citrus. The bitterness is mild and it's very drinkable. The deep grapefruit rind hops linger and the beer is clean, but it's just not that interesting. I guess I wouldn't turn down a free one.

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Photo of Afullmer0317
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

maybe I've been scared by the traditional American lager such as Budweiser and the like but this India pale lager reminds me far too much of these terrible tasting beers. it's obviously far superior than any MGD, or its competitors, but still I'm not a fan.

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Photo of SamN
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A static honey color, sort of dull, with good clarity. Really good head on it, finger-and-a-half of soapy, creamy foam, like a latte. Smell is a strong aroma of crisp, bitter hops and a sweeter, honey-like malt base. Fruits like apricots and green apples are present. Taste is interesting; upfront with a strong wave of alpha oil bitterness and whole cone hops. The malts are far in the distance, only really appearing in the finish with a smooth character. Lots of hops in here, definitely got the "india pale" part of the name right. I wish there was more countering sweetness with the malts, the finish is a bit hollow. Also, a lot of the subtle fruit characteristics are lost in a see of bitterness.

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Photo of 19SKHJR57
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Golden straw color. Nice half inch white head.

S. Bitter hoppy aroma. Deep and boozy, yet strangely fragrant -
somehow like overripe peaches.

T. Pronounced hop bitterness; warming alcohol. Quite bitter and somewhat
unbalanced. If it was the brewer's intention to showcase the hops, then all I can
say is - mission accomplished! Interestingly smooth, though. A bit heavy.

M. Medium to heavy body. Decently carbonated.

O. Very good. A faint hint of a Helles perhaps? Not sweet enough for that, though. Difficult to pin down. I have a great deal of respect for the brewer, but I much prefer AC Golden's Colorado Native amber lager.

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Photo of Abflex84
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First of all, I'm not a beer snob. I do love beer and will give just about any beer a fair chance. This was a great beer for someone who doesn't like overwhelming hops. Not too much, not too little, just enough to let you know you are drinking an IPA..... err.... I mean an LPA! Definitely would buy again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

better than the other native, this one is way hoppier, and im surprised how bold and seemingly not dumbed down it really is. its beer! golden, real yellow in color, not wasting weight on grain. the head is awesome on it, fluffy and white and long lasting. i smell grassy hops and a heavy cascade type thing, all in the finish. its longer there than a lager should be, and the lager component is lost honestly to the heaviness of the beer and the long hoppy finish. not as delicate or interesting as the best example of the style, but i think its cool that a beer this flavorful is made on such a scale. ill take it over the original native anyday, although i wish it was matured a bit longer, let the lager yeast finish up. big body too for what it is, i hope this one does well for them.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The new production 6pks from Coors/ACGolden, taken from their Hidden Barrel test series.

Pours a light copper, a bit faded. Small white head develops then goes away

Somewhat sweet aroma, a bit husky. Hops try to cover the muskiness and do a bit. But the sweet malt and buttery popcorn come through too much. Hate to smell it without the hops

Flavor has more hops on it, thankfully, but still doesn't rescue this beer from diacetyl land. Probably better very cold, but at 44 degrees it just doesn't cut it.The hops provide little flavoring and focus only on feel. Which would be nice if hop flavor were present

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Colorado Native IPL from AC Golden Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 39 ratings