India Pale Ale | The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)

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The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lexington Avenue Brewery, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down, also leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is citrusy with flavors of oranges and grapefruit and also has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
M: IT feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice basic IPA and has nothing over the top in therms of hop flavors or too much bitterness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at LAB (Lexington Ave Brewery) in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a relatively clear golden amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/grapefruit hops over a lighter aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts without much associated sweetness which is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/orange and citrus/grapefruit hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fade pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: An easy to drink and enjoyable simple IPA - not too aggressive in the flavors of the hops or the bitterness. Pretty well balanced.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at LAB, Asheville

Clearish amber pour with a small cap of white head that receded to a ringlet and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Light citrus hops in the aroma, distant biscuity malts. Citrus hops were the dominant factor in the taste, but still fairly muted, sweet caramel malt base with a touch of honey. Light-medium body, okay mouthfeel. Drinkable, but nothing great going on here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahh an new IPA. Probably the one style I can use to judge a new brewer the best as it is a hard one to hide a flaw in for sure. I hastily ordered this one up and enjoyed it with my burger. Pours a hazy, medium amber color with a light, wispy head that quickly faded and left behind only token lacing on the sides that itself faded out quite quickly in a few moments. Aroma is light, but balanced. Small amount of pine coming through now and a light touch of a biscuit like malt note in the back poking its head through. Smooth, easy transition on the flavor with light hops that barely oucker the tongue and a rich malt backbone that provides a decent amount of depth but the lack of a real hop bite really keeps it from going anywhere. Taste fades out quickly on me leaving me looking for more.

Overall it was decent, but nothing really standing out from the crowd here at all. Needs more hops! Very hard to tell the difference between this and the pale, seemed identical to me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-copper coloring with a dense, foamy, clingy, white head. Nose of tangerine and apricot, cedar notes, and a subtle caramel and bready backbone. Flavors are roasted and tropical fruit forward, with pineapple and melon notes, on a peppery dry hopped backbone. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a spiced and bitter hops aftertaste. Smooth, dry finish, with a resinous linger. Solid brew!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler gifted to me, one step closer to drinking an IPA from every brewery in the country that has one. Here is goes, not a great beer but it is decent. I would try it again on draft.

Beer is dark, almost brown, amber with a nice off white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is earthy, piny, sweet.

Beer is medium in body, a little bitter on the end..overall a decent IPA but it is a little too bland. I don't know how to put it other than there wasn't enough of anything to be really good. More hops please, this is an IPA afterall.

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Photo of plaid75
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a half finger foy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured muted tropical fruits and a heavy caramel malt.

The hops were tropical in nature and left a soapy aftertaste. The malts were present and slightly sweet, but finished dry.

Overall a subpar IPA. Certainly not Asheville's finest.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the brewpub from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quite quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and slight cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IPA. It was nicely balanced and light. It was advertised at 84 IBUs but I don't think they all showed up for the party. It had a good aroma but it was fairly weak in intensity. This is a must try if you are in the area.

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Photo of blackie
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: standard half-pint glass, the beer is a hazy orange-golden color, lots of white head with good retention, nice lace

s: first up on the nose is a pungent floral honeysuckle aroma - weird and a bit distracting, very perfumey, pale malt structure and some powdery yeast, grassy citrus aromas

m: carbonation medium-high, body light-medium

t: pale malt body of a moderate sweetness, flavors of honeysuckle, not sure if that's a hop contribution or what, some grass and citrus, bitterness levels around moderate, perfume lingering in the aftertaste

d: not really digging the floral side of this ipa - it's almost cloyingly so, especially on the nose, glad to not have full pint

served at the brewpub

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Photo of babaracas
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in a shaker pint. A cloudy dark amber with thin white head, spotty lace left behind. Smell: leafy, raw, lightly spicy. Taste: tea, lemon, leafy. Light caramel and some watery pineapple juice. Bitterness is there but a bit fleeting at 45 ibus. An average east coast / NC IPA.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a different experience with this IPA than the other reviewers. Perhaps it was because the beer I enjoyed was extremely fresh and just hit the tap lines that day.

Poured hazy and yellow amberish in color with a taught, white head.

Aroma was really quite pleasant. Plenty of in-your-face hop aroma with some pine and loads of citrusy notes. Even a bit of roasty grains and some breadiness as well.

The flavor was genuinely delicious. Very hoppy with the perfect amount of bitterness. Not too malty with a touch of breadiness; more roastiness than I would have liked. Solid lemon rind flavors as well.

Perhaps the recipe was retooled, but I loved this one and it was certainly my favorite of the sampler I had. The ESB, that is another thing!

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Photo of beer2day
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy honey gold pour. Very thick looking glass of beer. 1/2 finger standard cream head and great lacing.

Nose is light cream and light citrus hops. Weaker than I had hoped.

Good citrus right up front, with a smooth and sweet finish. Very creamy body, creamiest IPA I've had in a while.

Looking forward to trying this again.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hazy amber color and smelled like yeast quite a bit. I think the beer was a little too young. I know a lot of people like IPAs very young to preserve the hop flavor but I thought this one could stand a few more weeks. Other than that, the bitterness was quit nice, and a carmel-like malt flavor was there in enough quantity to offset the bitterness. It was ok but I'd probably order something else next time.

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Photo of JMac311
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average IPA. Nothing really stands out here to distinguish it as a top-notch IPA, but solid nonetheless.

Pours a hazy amber with very slight head. Really couldn't nail down much of a distinct hop aroma, which was a bit disappointing. The flavor was somewhat better as the body was certainly substantial with a nice hop/malt balance. Would have liked to have seen a stronger, more distinct hop presence, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of FridayDave
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the LAB and same as it ever was.
Poured in a pint glass. A foggy orange with a full dirty white head that hung for a good minute. Almost no smell just a hint of orange. The first sip goes down smooth too easy with no bitterness, unfortunately. As it settles down your throat the hops start to make their precense known on the back but strong.
Second sip still no smell, bit of a resin feel on the tongue now, hops hitting the tip of the mouth too.
Overall an average IPA.

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India Pale Ale from The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
3.46 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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