Stowe Trails IPL
von Trapp Brewing

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American Lager
3.93 | pDev: 6.87%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: By purchasing India Pale Lager, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Stowe Trails.

Floral hop experience supported by the complexity of our lager.

55 IBU
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Photo of mikeg67
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of floral hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Good amount of floral hops nicely balanced on the palate by biscuit malt. Finish is long and dry. Very good brew.

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Photo of Wi_brew_bud
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So I came across this by accident durning an IPA tour, I was randomly grabbing mix picks from a local grocery store and when I brought it home and open it up after a few hour of chilling and poured it out I was taken a back. Its yellow? I thought, a yellow IPA what the? But then I took a closer look India pale lager? Hmm never really had one of those. It was sweet but hoppy smooth but stiff a near perfect balance so I admit that my review maybe green but it's just personal preference. It was all good but it felt a little flat which is a welcomed characteristic is any good beer I had. But other than feel it was enjoyable.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Trapp Family Lodge Bierhall. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small amount of head. Lots of lacing. Sweet floral and citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. The taste is much like the aroma. Sweet citrus at first followed up by the floral hops. Lightly toasted malts towards the end with a floral hop finish. Grapefruit aftertaste. Dry mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Overall, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this in a flight of the oktoberfest, Kolsch and Dunkel. Enjoyed them all but think this one was best. Most character, smooth finish, slightly bitter. Still a relatively new brewery so thinking they will improve over time. Not the finest I have sampled so far in Vermont, but worth the trip to the brewery. Lovely bar, merchandise area, atrium and outdoor patio. Clean, bright amd friendly makes the sipping even better.

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Photo of lic217
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: yellow, clear, light white head with lacing.
Smell: citrus, pine, and spices hops
Taste: orange, grapefruit, and spices hops. Very clean tastings with resins bitter finish. Moderate mouthfeel and drinkable
Overall: a very good beer

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a soft hazy yellow color with a slight transparency to it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Semi-moderate lacing runs here and there. The smell takes the crisp sweet floral hops to bounce upon some delicate smooth sweet bready malts. The taste was basically the same with a sly little bite of the floral hops sliding into the aftertaste and then on into the finish whish is somewhat sticky wet. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a crisp sweet sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly low so some stickiness runs about, nothing overbearing, feels good and still some light hop harshness comes to give it a slight bitter/harshness, why, well, it just does. Overall, as an India pale lager, I’d say it’s a good one, definitely fits everything von Trapp says it should. I’d have this again.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank June 2017. Not sure if this year's version?

A: slightly hazy pale yellow amber color

S: grapefruit, earthy herbal hops, crackers, pine, and a crisp lager taste

T: herbal hops, dry frackers, grapefruit and pine. A little bit of that grainy lager taste as well

M: lighter side of medium. Medium carbonation

O: refreshing and relatively easy to drink. It's on the piney side, which lends to that earthy bitterness, but not overwhelming. It's clean and crisp as well. Worth a try

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/21/16

A: Medium gold with some yellow around the edges - mostly clear, some chill haze - pours with a medium size, white cap, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar

S: Hoppy, with some touches of citrus but mostly a grassy aroma - fresh-cut grass, leafy hops, some spice - flowery- lager yeast - light bread, bread dough, grains, some light grains

T: Nice lager base covered with grass - sharp, grassy hops, leafy flavors - flowers - touch of citrus, grapefruit zest - some spice and lager yeast - pilsner malts, light bread, light grains, toasted grains - some light sweetness but mostly dry with some earthy character

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation, dry with lingering spice

O: Hoppy, but in an odd way

I'm not entirely decided on how I feel about this beer. It's not like some other IPLs that are bursting with juicy, American hops. It's like they dumped a ton of Saaz hops in here, with floral and grassy aromas and flavors. It's interesting, but not exactly what I want in a hoppy lager.

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Photo of illpass78
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Hella Good in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear straw with a one-finger foamy white head that recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma: Floral. Grassy. Some citrus.

Taste: Follows nose. Nice floral, hoppy taste with a grassy bite on the finish. Very nice beer to pair with tacos.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable. Lots of flavor for a light-bodied beer.

Overall: Very nice session lager/IPA hybrid. I don't understand this brewery's design scheme at all (Sound Of Music, but beer? I guess?) but this makes me want to have more of their stuff.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours golden amber with a huge head, possibly because it is a little warmer than normal serving temperature. The head lasts a good long time. The nose gets the floral hops and citrus. The mouth gets the light, nuanced bitterness along with some malt. Easy drinking and enjoyable..

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, lager yeast, light caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a light yellow color lager with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with light cereal notes is quiet pleasant. Taste is also a good mix of floral hops notes with light bitterness notes and some clean cereal notes with hints of residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very smooth to drink with just enough hops to provide some flavours.

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

L - Pale golden hue with a huge foamy white head that hangs around a long time. Thick lacing throughout the beer.
S - Nice hop presence.
F - Crisp but kind of a filling /heavy beer.
T - Nice taste, with hops on the tongue.
O - What a really nice beer. Von Trapp is hitting it out of the park with me. I've really enjoyed their beers.

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had in the picnic area of the Trapp Family Lodge DeliBakery (& former Brewery), on draft into a von Trapp stange. A near Austrian experience, unfortunately only a few weeks before the opening of the new von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Restaurant a few hundred yards down the mountain.

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4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Von Trapp India Pale Lager

A: This surprising inclusion from premier lager brewers Von Trapp pours a pale gold with just a hint of haze keeping it from the perfect clarity most lagers strive for. Perhaps it is unfiltered and therefore intentional, but that information is not readily available. The pure white head is massive, four fingers at least, and sticks around seemingly forever, leaving thick, soapy lacing in its wake. Carbonation is very active. If it had that perfect clarity, this would be a perfect-looking beer. 4.75/5

A: Given the name, one expects citrusy American hops, but in a pleasant surprise, this actually brings heavy Noble hop aromas. Sure, there is a lemony note that is found in some German hops, but this is mostly spicy and floral character and lots of it. Grassiness is also present. Thankfully, in true Old World tradition, some semblance of balance (at least for a purposely unbalanced style) is found in a crackery malt underneath the hops. The only gripe is that IPL screams intensity (in its comparison to IPA), yet this is subtle in the nose. It reads more like an amped up Pilsner than what many other breweries would call an IPL, but as the category is not truly rigorously defined yet, that is just fine. 4.25/5

T: As expected, spicy character dominates, but there is actually a citric presence beyond lemon that was not easily found in the nose in the form of orange rind. A ghost of crackery, dry malt, like toast on the lightest setting to dry the bread out just enough, makes an extremely brief appearance before being yanked away by moderately high grassy bitterness, a bit of that lager bite, and an extremely refreshing crispness that punctuates each sip perfectly. Again, this is mostly Old World in components (lots of Pils malt most likely), but it is New World in execution, with a very prominent hop bill that uses the malt more as a canvas than an accompaniment (though that is not to say the crisp crackery note is unnoticeable or unwelcome). 4.75/5

M: The medium light mouthfeel with a perfect soft and active carb slides down smoothly every sip. The crispness thanks its identity as a lager plus the more than ample hop bitterness is unmatched. There is an almost aggressive astringency in the end (again, amplified by the large yeast and process) that some might find off-putting, but it is not out of character for the style, and, indeed, does not approach the most bitter (I)IPAs. 4.5/5

O: This is one of the best IPLs I have had the pleasure of drinking. It really is a Pilsner skeleton ratcheted up with American sensibility (though thankfully restrained in maltiness, and therefore ABV). It would be brilliant to find this in a 12-pack and go canoeing or golfing. While IPL the style is certainly different than even the hoppiest Pilsner, since the style is young and not completely defined yet, it is difficult to rate this to style. As above, this really comes across more as a very hoppy Pilsner. To me, citrusy hops are a component of what makes an IPL, but that's only because I had not considered simply putting an "imperial" dose of Noble hops in instead; as a result, I cannot mark it down for that deviance. This is a beer that shows not all lagers are subtle (though Von Trapp succeeds at that as well), and the crispness and distinct "lagered" taste set it apart from the IPAs its home region is known for. I would personally like a little less bitterness and a little more malt complexity, but as it is, this is a wonderful example of a burgeoning style. Pair with albums that stand out as an abrupt change in the artist's style yet still maintain a high level of quality, like Opeth's "Heritage," Kayo Dot's "Coffins on Io," Fiona Apple's "The Idler Wheel..." or Dance Gavin Dance's "Happiness." 4.5/5

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the can dated 5/24/16. Sampled quite a while later on September 11, 2016.

The pour is golden yellow under a tremendous puffy white head.

There is a bready German malt presence on the nose and a floral sensation. It actually makes me think of a freshly boiled homebrew mash. It is all rather subtle but it could have more to do with the age of the can.

Light to medium body.

Breaded Pilsener and malt tastes for sure with a mild but clean and slightly dry finish that ends quickly.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So I have to admit, when I first heard of this brewery starting up in the long-run inn, run by THAT family, I rolled my eyes. It didn't help that I abhor musicals and everything related to them. I pretty much figured it was a known but fading brand trying to hop on the craft beer train for one last attempt at revival.
All of that said, I am extremely happy with everything I have tried from them and this is no exception. Nice and hoppy, clean tasting, great head, clear gold color, great aroma.
Lesson learned, any new beer/brewery may be great despite your prejudices.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A little of Austrai a lot of Vernmont. Ha.
I have been enjoying the traditional approach the Von Trapp brewers have been executing with lagers and Pils. Local to my area, so freshness is never an issue it seems.
Slight hazed out gold color. A thick, sea foamy, clumpy head of white foam, sloooowly settles in. Sticky lace for sure.
A funky, earthy, bready, herbal aroma is pretty big. Cheese, funk in the yeast, golden wheat, green veggie and herbals couple for a fine companion.
Flavor: Big deal. Huge depth, consisting of earthy, gritty, herbal, green grass 'o home style, funkafelic filthy wowza. Yeast is grand lager fashion. Take your run on the cat walk or widows peak bro, the balance will keep you from falling.
Rice, corn on the cobby, dry, medium mouth thingy, feels crisp and delightful.
I really enjoy the Von Trapp stylie.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear golden straw in color with a finger plus of fluffy white long-lasting head. Aroma doesn't have as much hop presence as I would have hoped, I get some floral hops supported by a nice pils malt presence. Taste hits the same notes as the aroma but dials up the hoppy notes and scales back a bit on the malt, however the pils flavor is present in the finish without being too malty. Very good mouthfeel, light in body without being watery and well carbonated; very drinkable. Unfortunately the can I tried was dated 5/25/16 so it certainly has lost some of the bright hoppiness that I was anticipating but this is still a very good beer. I'm going to keep my eye for this and would love to have this fresh.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bready. Orange, noble hop profile and citrus. Some bitterness. Bright and effervescent. Lots of bubbles. Heavy German pils influence. This is really solid. Could drink a ton of this.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Omg the hoppiness is so hoppy and flavor so flavorful!! I love those reviews but this isn't fucking yelp. f'ing BA

Onto the real review. Straw yellow color, excellent clarity and the head is absolutely amazing, clear and impressive, enviable even! Scent is a bit muted, not terribly impressive, a bit floral, grassy, green and a hint of malt. Semi- dry clean pilsner malt upfront with a big hit of floral grassy hops int he mid palate and finish. Pretty clean, straight forward, enjoyable. A respectable brew. Mouthfeel is a notch above traditional laters. Overall, an enjoyable, uncomplicated and well made ipl, in the top 20%. Affordable too at $10 per 6 pack. If you like clean fermented hoppy beers with noble hop character then give this a shot. No regrets.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 16 oz can into a snifter glass over the weekend, late June canning date. Pours hazy and gold, bright, with a huge white head that took a considerable time to die down before I could consume it.

Smell is grainy malts, sweetness, lager yeast, earthy hops. Flavor starts with a pronounced breadiness, pretty sweet in the middle, finishes bitter with some earth, grass, and leafiness. Clean and crisp finish like a good lager.

Sits a little heavy in the stomach, nice brew but not as hoppy as I was hoping for. This is just a decently hopped lager that is well made, nothing crazy.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer from a brewery who knows about lager. Great fresh hop profile. quenching with a nice juicy hop finish. it is the perfect balance of what you want in a lager but love in an IPA, a body that is perfect and lighter than an ipa but all the fresh hop profile.

I will take this over most Session IPA's. This is a great brewery that I would love to visit from CT if it wasn't nearly in Canada Vermont. Ha

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Photo of cbutova
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- A tallboy can drops into two tasting glasses with a fairly cloudy very pale golden yellow body. The cap is white and creamy and has good retention. Thick blankets of lacing.

S- Very faint aroma but hints of citrus hops like lemon and orange, floral hops and pale cracked grains make it through. Some raw mashed barley. Cascade or similar?

T- Again pretty straight forward with the herbal, floral and citrus hops up front atop a base of pale cereal grains, bread, light sweetness and a touch of pale fruits like white grape almost. Woody hops as well.

MF- Light bodied approaching thin territory but just enough fluffy texture to save it. Medium carbonation and an herbal bitter ending.

A bit tame to be honest. The balance is quite good but nothing truly pops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like my ipl just like this, clean and clear, super crisp, and not so bitter that it distracts from the flavorful lager yeast. i think this is a beautiful four season brew, and one of the best beers these guys are making right now, one of the few less traditional styles too, which is cool. this beer is pale yellow, crystal clear and just brimming with happy carbonation that collects into a pretty white head on top. it smells grassy, more old world on the hop varietals themselves, but dosed very robustly. i really get a lot of the herbal and almost medicinal elements from the hops. the lager yeast seems a little more delicate than in some of their other beers, but i like its interaction with the hops. the malt tastes light to me, even predominantly pils malt focused, with that bready element that works well with the yeast too. decent bitterness but not too much, and a kiss of honey sweetness that comes back late. really impressive brew, balanced perfectly. these guys are turning out some really high quality suds right now!

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Stowe Trails IPL from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 113 ratings