The Space In Between (#2)
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The Space In Between (#2)The Space In Between (#2)
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,741
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,001
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 6.58%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
134
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The Space In Between (#2)The Space In Between (#2)
Notes: The Space In Between is a hazy ale with a hint of tartness, brewed with oats and wheat and dry-hopped with Nelson and Galaxy varieties.
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Photo of Peach63
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow, slight greenish tint. Haziness characteristic of wheat beers. 2 inch white head. Nice lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Strong hop aroma, grassy.

Taste is tangy, excellent hop bitterness.

Light bodied, almost watery. Clean finish.

This is a fairly good, refreshing beer.

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Photo of flgimp
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good session IPA. Enjoyed it in a frosted pilsner glass while visiting my son near Syracuse. Exciting three figured foamy white head and hazy light yellow color. Taste is a bit tart with lemon and grapefruit coming forward then biscuit and grain comes thru. Refeshing and a nice finish.

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Photo of colts9016
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is three months old. I am looking forward to drinking this beer. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a two-finger frothy and airy head. The head is bright with excellent retention. The head has superior retention and left heavy lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a straw color with bright yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haziness.

The aromas in the beer are lemons, a touch of grapefruit, pine, biscuit, oranges, floral esters, earthy, cut grass, and a hint of herbal.

The flavors in the beer are lemons, grapefruit, bay leaves, grass, a touch of floral, pine, pineapple, mangos, wheat, cut grass, oranges, and biscuit.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry, astringent, and fizzy.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-high carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

The beer is not creamy, considering it has oats. The beer is dry and astringent. It is an okay beer. I can taste the galaxy hops fairly distinct.

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Photo of PSanger
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Certainly disappointing coming from one of the best breweries in Lawson’s. Appears to be a quickly churned out brew with not a ton of distinct flavor.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(16 oz can, gifted from a four-pack, no date on can... decanted into a fat tulip)

L: mildly hazy, yellow liquid; huge build of open, rocky, white foam, which breaks down fast, leaving a chunky collar... only a small slug of sediment at can's end; clouds up thick

S: orange zest, hint of pine and floral misc in the background; bit of a citrus-spicy, jelly-candy like note at the bottom... maybe only a subtle note of cookie-ish pale malt... its floral-fruity fragrance blasts steady, then give way to some melon and white grape

T: lightly bready, grainy malt, bulbous in the base, with a humming thread of herbal-bitter, zesty hops; bit of a bitter lemon-lime (trifoliate orange? bergamot?) aftertaste... the low(er) alcohol/gravity seems apparent, little something missing in the back end, while a mild nuttiness from the grains and a 'green' hop flavor slowly builds

F: lightly-creamy, moderately oily/resiny viscosity; finish is relatively soft... bitterness and lively carbonation help maintain a light lasting sting on the tongue

O: certainly has some enjoyable elements to it; could easily have a few in a row... but overall the flavors aren't terribly unique - could be improved by using more characterful hop varieties?

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Photo of EMH73
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a half inch fluffy white head that is fairly well retained, moderate amount of visible carbonation, nice lacing. The smell is on the mild side with citrus, tropical fruits and grains. Tastes of grapefruit, lime, pineapple, grains and grapes. Light to medium bodied and carbonated, very mild bitterness, mouth feel on the thin side. More like a session ale than an IPA to me.

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Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Tallboy can pours into a snifter with a golden body. The beer has a slight haze to it and a one finger, thick foamy head forms with fairly good retention. Lacing sheets start immediately with drizzle after an inch or so.

S- The hops are the focus at a restrained level overall but the aroma is well balanced and pleasant on the nose. Citrus hops up front with orange, tangerine and lime supported by hints of pineapple, peach and slight tropical hints. A touch of pale grains.

T- The flavor profile does shift somewhat compared to the aroma but the hops are definitely still the highlight of the beer with a medium grain profile supporting them. The distinct hop notes are a bit more masked here but grapefruit, pineapple, lime and berries come to mind with earthy, herbal and floral hints as well. Pale crackery, nutty and bready grains peek through.

MF- Fluffy and creamy texture with a moderately high level of carbonation. Just very soft and smooth on the palate and it end with a clean hoppy bitterness.

A very refreshing and easy drinking IPA with citrus in the forefront and berries, slight stone fruit and a medium grain bill there to support that.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy lemonade coloring is filled with a great deal of effervesce, rapid and dense. A bone white head is firm and foamy, holding strong at two fingers with a lasting appearance. Nice coloring, holding head and nice haze factor with a strong carbonation gets outstanding regards.

S: Tart lime, lemon grass, and a bit of funky fruit cup. Some green melon grind. The strength was moderate.

T: Tart grapefruit-pineapple flavor, with some green melon grind and a semi-dry citrusy hop bite that deserves your attention.

M: Medium body creamy, foamy and citrusy, tart.

O: Overall comes off as a aggressively hopped session, or somewhere in between. Bitter breakfast fruit and tropical hops on the back end. The bitterness builds deeper into the drink getting more respect and love. Good drinkability, citrusy and fizzy. Very good overall and strong recommend, the nose was a less notable aspect, but still worthy. It's not SOS, but then again few can say otherwise.

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Photo of gbiello
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy pour like a west-coast IPA. A finger of bright white fluffy head. Nice citrusy notes on the nose without being a juice explosion. Citrusy/grassy flavor. Mouthfeel not too thin.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 05/01/19.

A - Hazy straw yellow color with soapy white lacing, sticks to the sides of the glass like cotton candy.

S - Citrus with delicate tartness.

T - Light citrus and passion fruit with toasted oat and ends with light lingering tartness and peppery spice.

M - Full body with lots of carbonated pricklies and a wet finish.

O - An easy sipper with a big body for only 5%. Flavor is a little on the light side but perfect for warmer weather.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LAWSONS THE SPACE IN BETWEN UNDEFINED ALE 5/28/19

No way to know if this is #1 or #2, but I'll assume #2 is the most recent iteration and go with that.

Longtime (2013) Lawson's fan. Two cans purchased at Waterbury's Craft Beer Cellar. Canned 5/9/19 which strangely enough makes this fresher than other brews bought the same day at the Lawson's brewery and taproom!

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Lawson's Willi

a; Translucent gold with a three inche thick white head which receded slowly to even surface foam and very dense lacing.

s; Mild light ripe fruit cup.

t; Mainly vegetal notes with moderate hop bite over a substantial malt base. Bitterness lingers on the dry finish.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: Definable as a rather mediocre IPA with a wet hop tinge but perhaps some pear juice or other mild light fruit juice added. The main feature is mild light fruit, bitterness and grassy/vegetal notes which become more prominent as it warms. Refreshing and with flavor but not entirely pleasant. Evidently the space in between good and meh.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering most of the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate flavors of green grapes, gooseberries and limes are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of white wine. Only a light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and faintly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of oats and wheat in the malt bill really lightens up the body of this beer and makes it very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of ichorNet
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Wow, what a crazy idea... an "undefined ale." This has seemed like dumb marketing to me since the first time I heard it existed, but I've actually never seen it in the wild, so I've never gotten to try it. Until now! So I guess this is basically just a slightly-experimental IPA? Or something?

Pours a very hazy light-yellow with straw-golden highlights if held to light. Solid, dense head that bears great legs and some spectacular lace. This is great-looking, so I'm intrigued right off the bat. No single part of it looks amazing or anything, but taken altogether, this just looks the part of a well-made brew.

The nose is pretty plain, honestly. Grassy, light, and a bit wheaty with a tinge of generic citrus fruit. Hmm... this really doesn't hit me hard whatsoever. It reminds me of some lightly dry-hopped blonde ales I've had, which was actually a style that seemed to be gaining some ground last year, but which I haven't seen any new examples of in a while. Every time I sniff this, I essentially smell close-to-nothing. That seems weird to me. Doesn't that seem weird to anyone else?

The flavor profile is, again, very nondescript. Perhaps that's the joke with this being "undefined." Like, it's not defined by anything. How deep. Not that it's so crazy or there's so much going on with it that it's hard to categorize, but just that it doesn't do anything at all. Is this like the Lawson's version of Sam '76 or something? They kind of seem to have similar "plain but kinda hoppy and really drinkable" ideas behind them, so I'm honestly wondering if that's not the point. This has a light, grainy flavor with some herbal notes and lemon/grapefruit-like zing here and there. It just doesn't really taste like much, though. Very light and unexciting profile. Feel is on the medium side of things, though it trends lighter despite the wheat/oats just due to how non-challenging it is overall. This beer is weird. I would never bother revisiting it because it doesn't do anything for me at all. It doesn't do ANYTHING. This is perplexingly boring. Why is this a thing?

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Photo of Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 05/07/19 and served in a willibecker. Pours a pale yellow with a slight haze to the clarity and a tight half inch, bright white head. Nose is mild - maybe some lemon zest and grains. Taste reveals follows nose - definitely in-between. Maybe best described as hoppy pale ale with heavy biscuit malts and sharp earthy/herbal hops that are more prominent towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, decent but nothing special. As suggested by the name, a little too undefined.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

**
05/17/19
Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: light yellow, white head. fades quick, but good retention.
AROMA: light hops and minimal rice/wheat/barley.
TASTE: nondescript grains , hint of lemon. Just not a lot of flavor.
FEEL: super thin, poor carbonation.

Ho hum. This is really just a beer. Pretty boring, not very aromatic or tasty. Easy drinking, but then again so is water. Great for an AAL, but just an AAL.

**

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a hazy light amber with a nice white head that lasts a bit. In the nose, it is a bit of citrus and a bit of bread. In the mouth, it is a touch sour, with some citrus notes and of course, malt. Nice!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 16 oz. can dated 04/23/19. Sampled on May 14, 2019.

It pours like a NEIPA with its opaque, milky looking lemon-golden with a long-lasting white foamy head.

The aroma is about bright, citrusy, pineapple, orange, and oat characters. Maybe a little white bread.

Medium body.

The taste brings out the oats, citrus, and tropics of the aroma and then it evolves into quite a bitter punch at the finish. Lingers. Nice beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 04/23/19. An “undefined ale” and I dig it. Other than the tasty yet subdued hop presence, it’s certainly unique. A hint of tartness and funk, with the effervescence of a light sour, and grainy character of a lager. It’s an easy drinking beer full of flavor and would seem to be best during warmer weather.

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Photo of Dakin
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 days ago. Really interesting beer here. Really carbonated right off the bat. Light citrus and bready notes on the nose. Taste is like a spicy dry cracker/biscuit flavor that gives way to a slightly citrusy dry finish with almost a hint of salt. Never really tasted a beer like this one. Almost like a mix of an ale and a gose. It's almost equally parts bready and salty/sour. I recommend finding a single can like I did and trying it. If you buy a whole pack of this you might be disappointed. Not everyone is going to like this. Worth trying though if you want something different.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 4/23/19.
Looks is hazy golden yellow. Smell is light fruit and a little yeast. Taste follows nose and lemon. Feel is light. Overall a nice beer but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 4/23/19 into the test glass.
A - Lemon drop color, a bit hazy, active carbonation feeds a thick tight knit cap.
S - A soon as the can was opened, pineapple, and dried candied lemon jumped straight out. Add some light graininess, wheat maybe
T - A bit narrow, with lemon grass, and pineapple being the dominant element, the slightest hint of spicy yeast.
M - Light on the palate, sweet start then a nice bitterness rides through.
O - A very nice mix of blonde ale and pale ale, citrus forward, and easy on the palate.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint can: Canned on 4/23/19
Opened on 5/3/19

Hazy white gold color, rocky-top style, dense and creamy cap. Big lace.

I like beers without an associated style. Makes you try to put it in a box.
This one smells very much like an APA.
Hearty and grains filled malty aroma along with a dry earthy hop edge. Subtle nose filled with earthy and grainy goodness

The flavor certainly has a decent amount of earthiness...both in the very light, golden malt side, which has dry golden grains embedded deep inside.
It's here the mouth feel and flavor become a bit thin and "watery".
The hops stay earthy and slightly spicy, even tangy in a mild fruity way.
It's safe to say, this is an "easy drinker" , I'm thinking summer session pale style.
Minimal complexity unfortunately doesn't keep me from getting bored.

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. Canned-on date of 4/24/19. My fifth? brew from these guys. Drinks like a session IPA, light in body, but too watery, & don't love the lemon.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Can. Pours a light, very slightly hazy beer. Undefined? It’s a light IPA or a pale ale. Nothing crazy about this beer in any way shape or form. Taking Magic Hat #9’s technique from 15 years ago.

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Photo of BigGold
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had poured from pint can, gift from friend, into nonic pint.

A (very) pale (but a bit hazy) ale, with a definite lemon bite, and a hint of malt to carry through the sticky but bitter finish. Sessionable but not (too) sessionish.

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The Space In Between (#2) from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 134 ratings