Double IPL
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American Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #12
Ranked #6,782
4.09 | pDev: 5.62%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
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Notes: This India Pale Lager infuses the complexity of our lagers with the addition of AmericanWest Coast hops. Simcoe Hops provide a pronounced piney aroma, while the Amarillo Hops provide the citrus-like aroma. A perfect harmony in a classic rendition of this new-school style.
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Photo of Smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. HA ha see what I did there!

Pale amber orange a bit, with lots of lemon yellow mixing color. Fairly clear with some nice amounts of noticeable carbonation. Soapy like head with some retention. Very bath foam looking and bright white.

Delicious aroma. A clean bakery malt sense and bread crust, mixing with a floral to citrus tones, particularly a big orange quality that comes nicely. Real good pine and juicy fruit sweetness without a lot of sugar too.

Palate is just glorious. Wonderfuly balanced, with a hop rush of fresh orange citrus, and soft malt body. Clean supper fruity finish, with a good crisp malt sense, and matching bakery dough. Finishes with real nice pine freshness and and hints of herbal mint finish.

This is what a big lager should taste and feel like, no surprise this great beer come from these guys.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love going to Hunger-n-Thirst for a number of reasons: 1) They always have a great selection on tap; 2) They treat me well; 3) They take spent bottle 6-pack carriers off of my hands since they are anathema to The CANQuest (tm). It also gives me a ChANce to peruse their well-curated bottle shop, where I CAN usually find enough new CANs to keep me satiated until my next visit. This one was from their Black Friday event.

From the CAN: "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "By the family that inspired 'The Sound of Music'"; "This Double India Pale Lager takes the complexity of our lagers and doubles the hops with American west coast varietals. Simcoe hops provide a pronounced piney aroma while Amarillo hops add citrus notes. Balanced with a full bodied Imperial Lager, this beer is perfect harmony in a classic rendition of a new school style."; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."

I was anxious to Crack! open the vent & begin the Glug, but I kept my enthusiasm in check & went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed up beautifully to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was definitely pine, but also with some naughty kitty business, thanks to Simcoe. Ha! I love the Smudge the Cat memes & imagine that he is the embodiment of Simcoe. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for a Lager. The taste was like an old skool AIPA from the late-1990s with grapefruit, lemon & pine flavors! Mmm. I have missed that flavor profile for a while & this was a welcome return. Finish was semi-dry & dangerously easily drinkable. I keep being impressed by this brewery. YMMV.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A little bit of a surprise, this came off to me as a more traditional IPA with a little bit of a yeast-driven fruit/floral aspect.

Look is of a classic Pilsner with a light haze of a deeper golden body. Head is frothy and leaves splotches on the glass.

Nose has a slightly stale note now, but my initial can seemed brighter with orange, tangerine, mango skin, and a light pine wood.

Feel is a bit more full and a bit heavier than a lager, mainly leading to my “like an IPA” overall thought. The extra ABV probably helps bring this feel about, but when added to the hop drag, it definitely doesn’t feel as bright or light as most lagers.

A grain-Bill like opening leans a little bready. The hop bitterness doesn’t hesitate too much, though, and a fruit skin and spicy bitterness pulls us into “India” range. Pith, pine , mint, in order of growing influence reach my palate. Back end brings the lager-yeast notes after the hops fade.

A somewhat surprising hoppy beer from von Trapp that isn’t so much a traditional Bavarian area beer that I’ve come to expect. Their take on this is quite good, though.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly gold in color with a fingernail of off white on top. Heavy lacing is present. I'm smelling pine and more pine. I taste piney hops, but not as intensely as advertised in the aroma. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden color with a light haze. Excellent head, not explosive but it starts out at least three fingers wide. It sticks around and leaves spots and small streaks on the glass for lace.

Strong resiny aroma of weeds and pines. No notable noble hops. Attractive, not too overwhelming, closer to the floral expectations.

The malt, which wasn't present in smell, is brief and quickly subsumed by the hop, which is not biting but still high in bitterness. I note some alcohol in the swallow which lingers through the long aftertaste. The body is rich and the carbonation is adequate. Overall, I like a lot of the subtlety here, although the bittering hop dominates, it doesn't mask some of the lighter elements.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can with a best by date of 12-20-19. Opened 10-11-19.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2" white head with decent retention at 1/4". Pale golden, slight haze with moderate carbonation activity. Good lacing.
Clean lager fermentation and an orange citrus/pine hop aroma that's very appealing.
Malt sweetness, some dough followed quickly by a perfect orange flavor...weeds and pine follow.
Crisp with a medium body, medium carbonation, and a long clean finish highlighted by the classic WC hop flavors.
Very good. Drinkability is high with great flavor and aroma.

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Photo of bobv
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Moderate pour yields a 5/4 inch white head over a bright golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of citrus and pine. Taste mirrors nose with a finish of orange and a bit of spice. Nice feel and overall, a real nice thirst quenching DIPL, which hides its 8.0% abv. exceedingly well. Look out, this one will grab you by the horns!!! Cheers to JP, Tommy, and the crew up the hill in Stowe!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass, picked up at beverage warehouse in Burlington VT on beer trip.
A: pours a cloudy golden wheat color body, +1 white frothy foam head that fades to the perimeter, spotty lacing, carbonation
S: creamy, fresh pine, citrus, cracker
M: medium body
T: citrus, orange, tangerine, fresh biscuit, light pine resin, creamy, pilsner malt, slight hint of lemon, hints of herbal earthy hop towards the finish
O: crisp brew for a warm day, taste is fresh

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Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can. Best By 09/20/2018. Sampled on June 10, 2018.

The pour is slightly cloudy with a yellow-olive appearance and a modest white head. Some lacing.

The aroma has a strong presence of piney hops with white sourdough or white bread balancing it out.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

An evolving flavor that has a grainy and bready sweetness that erupts into a pine explosion that lingers at the finish.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with 2 fingers of soapy white head. The head leaves some cobwebs of lacing before settling into a thin film.

The aroma brings notes of grass and pine, as well as some pineapple, grapefruit, lemon drop candy and sweet biscuits.

The flavor has a nice balance of tropical and citrus fruit notes, followed by some grassy, herbal flavors and booze, and is finished off by earthy, dank pine and biscuit malt.

The feel is medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation. Very crisp, yet slightly astringent. Plenty of alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a very good Imperial pilsner that is bursting with hop flavors and aromas. I think the hops overpower the malt a bit much, creating a surprising lack of balance. The alcohol is also very much present in the flavor and warms the tongue as it goes down. Still, a damn fine beer that will hopefully get even better with subsequent batches.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting. Hazy cloudy golden yellow look. Smell is slight tropical lemon/pineapple and little biscuit. Taste mostly follows nose. Little bitterness, more like west coast style ipa's. Medium carbonation in mouthfeel. Nice version. A little different than others of this style I have tried.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz revolution pint glass canned on 12/14/17. Pours a very attractive slightly hazy dark yellow with a finger sticky white head that leaves plenty of thick lace behind.

Smell is biscuit, lemon, pine, earthy hops, and some grapefruit.

Taste follows biscuit, lemon, upfront with everything else coming out in the balanced yet bold finish.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, plenty of life, a tad dry, and drinks plenty easy for 8% ABV.

Overall this is a very nice beer, earthy and biscuity, with some nice bitter and tropical flavors, well done.

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Photo of DBosco
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can dated 12/14/17 on bottom. Hazy golden honey color, with a big fluffy head that settles after a few minutes. Smells a little piney, with some tropical fruit notes. Taste is piney hops with some citrus peel, rather dank. Feel is fairly heavy and a little oily. Overall, this is a good variation for a hoppy high ABV lager. Does not match that well with my personal preferences though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear orange color, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like orange tangerine, piney hops, pine, grassy hops, and biscuity malt.

The Simcoe and Amarillo plays well with their classic crisp lager feel here. There's resinous pine and clean grassiness, with sweet bready malt, biscuits, and flowers.

This is medium bodied, crisp and mostly clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a bit outside of this brewery's wheelhouse, but it works quite well for me.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this beer!

A - Pours a slightly hazy, vibrant light to medium yellow gold color with thin, dense, vibrant white lacing. Carbonation is light, slow, and steady. As the beer warms the haziness dissipates and leaves a crystal clear appearance.

S - Light overall aroma. Sticky grapefruit, lemon lemon rind, light herbal. Would score this higher but the nose is really subdued.

T - Peppery, spicy tropical fruit rind from start to finish but builds. The spiciness builds momentum (even after the sip) from the residue left on the palate. Pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit rind, honey, and pepper; some alcohol pokes through at the very end. Slight herbal earthiness.

M - Heavy medium body with prickly carbonation giving way to a soft finish. Extremely dry and coats the mouth with a hefty layer of spicy citrus rind that eventually builds and creates a cotton/cloth-like sensation.

O - Really enjoying this beer and would like to see more of the Imperial Pilsners. Recommended.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a clear light golden yellow with a thin layer of head. Good amount of lacing. Crisp, hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. Tropical fruits as well. Grapefruit, papaya and guava are the most pronounced. The taste is pine up front followed up by citrus peel. Some herbal hop notes as well as a fair amount of crackers and Pilsner malt. Grassy, floral hop finish. Great balance of the fruitier hop flavors and the taste you are looking for in a Lager. Dry mouthfeel with low carbonation. Von Trapp has a real winner with this one. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once I heard this was coming out, I pretty much constantly anticipated finding it anywhere I could! Considering VT's excellent repertoire so far, I predict this to be just as high-quality as the great majority of their offerings happen to be.

Pours a very lightly-hazy golden-yellow color with a thin ring of sudsy foam making up the head of this brew. This sinks down to about a quarter-finger after a while, meaning the retention is not fantastic, but the lacing is quite nicely tiered and the overall color and composition of this brew are quite nice indeed.

The label of this can says that Simcoe hops were used for their "pronounced piney aroma" and Amarillo was chosen for their "citrus aroma." The charmingly simple text notwithstanding, this definitely jumps out of the glass with a hop-charged burst of grapefruit rind, tropical papaya, pine resin and lightly grassy/catty notes. There's some crackery malt and light pineapple here as well... wow, this is supremely aromatic! Compared to their "regular" IPL, this is an entirely different beast. Whereas something like Jack's Abby's Hoponius Union is, in essence, a West Coast IPA fermented and finished with lager yeast, VT's IPL was like a hoppy pilsner or crackery kellerbier in essence, presenting some slight citrus among mostly floral, Noble-type hops with all their spice and earthiness. This seems like a totally different beast from what should ostensibly be its "younger brother" beer. Now I'm excited to crack into it!

On the tongue, this is bright and delightful with a dry and playful crispness. Flavors of pineapple, pine resin, grapefruit rind/peel/pith, grass, herbal spice and guava/papaya hit the palate pretty hard and stick around through each sip. Low-medium carbonation overall... a rather-intense malt backbone rounds things out with some light crackery snappiness. There's a slight bit of heat toward the finish, especially when this gets closer to room temperature, but it's not a huge deal at the end of the day. Still a fantastic product.

This is a great beer at an incredible price, just about competing with (potentially slightly beating-out) Jack's Abby's fairly-similar Mass Rising. I haven't had that in a couple years, though, so perhaps it's time to do a side-by-side. Anyway, this should definitely be found to be worth its salt to any hophead who happens to take a chance on it... and they should!

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Von Trapp really knows how to make a quality lager. This beer is delicious beginning to end. The smell is wonderful clean orange with hints of grapefruit and pine. The flavor is a great blend of these hoppy flavors but you can still tell it's a lager. Clean and solid with bitter citrus lingering in the finish. The only negative is a bot of heat from the high abv. yb

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can. 12/14/17 bottom of can. Opened on 1/3/2018

Only a slight hazing to the otherwise, bubbly, golden liquid. A high, all white, snowy foam cap quickly recedes to a decent scattered cover and a bit of left-over lace.

The aroma is rather charismatic, with sweet tropical fruits ranging from kiwi, pineapple, honey dew mellon and Clementine. The honey sweet light lager malt gives off a honey-soaked white bread aroma under the hop combo. Alcohol heat, boozy style but mixed well with the earthy abundance of tangy grains. Nice.

A lively, malty and grainy lager feel is whay I notice first, this lager malty taste is excellent, light, crystal or pilsner like but giving much more complexity than standard ale malt ipa's. Sweet, bready and hetbal effect really makes an impact.
The hops really do compliment the heady lager malt side very well. Replacing the big sweet fruity aroma, layers of dry, Amarillo hop tones prevail. Dry summer leafy, grassy and herbs upfront. A vast tropical edge rides in with plenty of various sweet fruits, citrus, sweey and tangy notes follow. Dry, semi-bitter and earthy hops come back for the encore. The complexity in the flavor is very high.

I love Von Trapp for their spot-on versions of "old world" classic lager styles that are local to me. This one goes above and beyond any European lager favorite and into the true American realm of "bigger is always better" category. The excellent ingredients and brewung methods still shine through, even with this non traditional style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 12/14/2017.
I opted for a tall tulip/stemmed pilsner glass due to this being an "imperial" style.
The appearance was a nice bright yellow color with a fair transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a film of a little white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Semi-concave lace around the sides of the glass.
The aroma brilliantly combines a smooth yet bittersweet citrus rind popping at fresh sprucy/piney levels to play with a little bit of a biscuity maltiness ever so slightly on the back end.
The flavor took those emphatic hoppy notes to a nice sweet level and then allow the maltiness to come out fairly nice. Semi-dry, sweet and a stifled sort of bitterness in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV seemed to have felt on par.
Overall, as a Double/Imperial Pilsener, this works. Nice and clean with a very nice nose and flavor.

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Double IPL from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 67 ratings