Samuel Adams Ella Blanc IPL
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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #50
Ranked #32,231
3.75 | pDev: 10.13%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The recent changes in alcohol laws here in PA have meant drastic differences in the way beer is made available to the public. Now, even a simple trip to the grocery store involves a trip into the Café section to look at/for singles. I found this one during a visit to one of the local Giant Food Stores!

From the bottle: "Earthy & Unexpected".

I Pop!ped the cap on this one & began a very slow, gentle pour. Once sufficiently decanted, I employed an in-glass swirl that raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. leaving behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced earthiness, like freshly-turned soil! Wow. If this was hops-driven, I am doubly impressed. I might have guessed the malt were it not for the label. Mouthfeel was medium, big for a lager. The taste retained the earthy, soil-like flavor, but it was joined by a cool mintiness which was ... unexpected! Talk about truth in advertising. This kind of earthy, minty, tea-like flavor resonated throughout the drink, ending up in a semi-dry finish. This was really a nice beer overall & one that I would not mind seeing in a CAN.

Nov 16, 2017
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange amber with a one finger white head. Smells of light floral hops, but very weakly. However, it has a nice grain smell and it is inviting. Tastes of nice grain with earthy and slight citrus hops. Beer is light bodied and a bit heavily carbonated, yet easy drinking. Overall, an above average beer.

Sep 13, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, lager yeast, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The grassy hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

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

Jun 28, 2017
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Hazy amber Orange with white lacing and thin head. Smell is Light. Something interesting in the back... wet something... outdoors after rain maybe? Taste is bitter up front. Moves to more caramel malt bread, but very drying. Light bitter hop aftertaste and stays drying. More malt than most ipas, not as smooth as most pale ales. if this is an ipl I guess it's ok for the style.

Jun 19, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden copper with a little over half a finger of head. The nose is earthy and a touch dank. The earthiness carries over into the flavor profile.

Jun 11, 2017
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle marked best by June. Pours an orange color with a finger of tan head. Citrusy hop smell. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is a blend of earthy malt richness and hop bitterness. More malt-forward than I was expecting. Very good.

May 20, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark golden to lighter amber with some lava lamp action going on inside the glass. Lots of carbonation rising and a finger of khaki head that sticks to the glass. In the aroma I get herbal/floral quality along with lemon, fruit rind, and bread crust. The flavor is nice. Earthy, herbal, a bit of hop resin/oil, and of course bready. Some bright lemon, as well. The feel is medium body but still drinks like a typical bready lager. Dry and with full carbonation. Not blown away with the aroma, but the flavor was different, and a nice little surprise.

May 13, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPL is a slightly murky russet color with a medium foamy white head that leaves a pretty good lacing. The smell is pretty mild and fairly balanced between malts and hops. There are notes of caramel, some florals, and earthiness. There is a mix of flavors here that is pretty unique I think. There is some definite sweetness from honey and caramel flavors mixed with a biscuit maltiness. Then there are floral, earthy, and a mild pine hop flavors that especially shine through in the aftertaste. The body is medium, but for sure a little heavier than most IPAs, which seems to be common to what few IPLs I’ve tried so far. The finish is just slightly dry as well with a mild lingering hop bitterness. The overall bitterness is pretty mild though. It’s an ok beer. I don’t think I’m a huge fan of IPLs in general because I don’t think I’ve ever had one that I was real excited about. This is a nicely balanced beer between malts and hops giving it the appearance of a very malt forward IPA, but the malts have the characteristics I associate with cheaper craft beers and the hops are nice, but fairly mild.

May 02, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Lager glass.

L: Little darker orange gold, two finger off-white head has good retention.

S: Pilsner malt, slight citrus and pine hop notes.

T: Very much pine centered on flavor, earthiness is extravagant. Some caramel malt, herbal and floral hops as well.

F: Light, dry, good carbonation.

O: Pretty good, easy drinker.

Apr 30, 2017
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crob3888 from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep honey golden-amber color with a nice taupe colored head. Aromas and flavors lean towards the earthy, funky side of the hop spectrum: there's not a grapefruit, a pine tree, or a tropical fruit in sight. It's all leafy, earthy, musty, even...mushroomy? Whatever it is, it's surprisingly enjoyable, and a welcome change of pace. The hops express themselves nicely and dance on a bready malt backbone. Certainly did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I do, but there you have it. At least I can still be surprised by Sam Adams, of all breweries. Cheers.

Apr 28, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, shorlived, white head that recedes to a nice collar & island cap leaving a wash of of streaky, webby lace. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple/mango, herbal, grass & hints of pine & a little grain & caramel malt in a background of lager yeast. Taste is bread, cereal, caramel, lemon, grass, resinous pine, tropical fruit, earthy, lager yeast & a little honey, dries & gravitates toward bitter as it finishes becoming noticeably astringent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, silky & slightly creamy with a tongue coating bitterness that becomes an astringency on the back of the tongue & palate. Very drinkable.

Apr 23, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a copper color with a medium-sized white head and plenty of lace.
Herbal, floral aroma. Some sweet malt.
Herbal and caramel taste. Hop forward, pretty good.

Apr 17, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours golden amber color with a white creamy head, lots of lacing, slightly hazy.

A: Piney, resiny, citrus peel, backend has nice balance with a sweet caramel, toffee aroma, more hop aromas than I expected.

T: First impression is that this taste very green, piney, resiny, sharp, moderate amount of bitterness, once the bitterness hits, piney, green flavors linger in the finish, very dry, drinks more like an ale than a lager, I was expecting more malt in the finish but it was not there.

M: Light bodied with a fresh, crisp drinkability and a dry finish.

O: Fool me, this drinks like an ale and not a lager, it's not balanced at all in the flavor, very green and piney, tastes like fresh squeezed grass blades in a bad way.

Apr 17, 2017
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Earthy and pine notes with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Gritty medium bodied. Taste of bitter pine/hops. Slight hint of citrus and malts.

Overall: Ok beer, probably would not go out of my way for this one again.

Apr 16, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2/23...pours medium dark copper with small fluffy white foam. Oily citrus hop nose, soapy. Bright floral grassy taste. Smooth and clean. Unique bitter flavor that controls but fades at the finish. Earthy. Tasty.

Apr 16, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden color and aromas of lemon-lime citrus and some light malt. Taste has a good amount of bitterness and overall, balance is decent. Finish is slightly bitter with touches of citrus at the very end

Apr 12, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, this beer looks pretty nice. I'm getting a grassy hop scent along with some malt. Flavor was better than I would have thought , almost a slightly fruity and hoppy version of the Boston Lager with some extra alcohol. To me the flavor of this came off as a carmamel malt tinge which isn't my favorite. Everything else ok.

Apr 10, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of pine, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, slight piney hops, resin, hint of floral hops, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend, but lacking in aroma.

Apr 09, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not one of my favorite offerings from the good ol' reliable SA...

This was quite possibly the most unremarkable SA I have had to date. Though it was decent enough as an IPL there really wasn't much to make it distinctive or unique. The coloration was orange to yellow highlight, I will admit the head had decent staying power and lacing made it all the way down the pint glass. The smell was mostly also-ran with citrus and coriander notes, the mouthfeel was light- to medium-bodied with some carbonation, and the taste was more IPA than a good blend with the lager base. Overall, I gave it a decent score due to its look, but for the most part is was meh...

Apr 07, 2017
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a stemmed glass. Paired with some spicy, take-out Chinese. IPLs are a pretty cool style that I've always enjoyed. They have a nice, crisp bitterness to them.

Mar 18, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper colored with just a touch of light seeping through. There's about an inch of densely creamy off white that subsides to a fingernail after a few minutes. The aroma is more of a tropical hop forward aroma, but grassy hops are also present. The taste is also a bit more tropical hops than grassy hops. I'm getting some mango and melon and then it seeps into grassy to lightly vegetal hops. The mouth seems a bit more carbonated than you would typically expect for a lager.

Mar 18, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's OK to invent new styles and push the envelope. Ella Blanc's 64 IBU takes me to the ales border.
But this IPL did hit the spot. Its problem is the hops cling past refreshment.
Which is too bad because it starts well. Looks clear and golden. Smells hoppy with enough malt sweetness to create balance. Initial Taste delivers that, but the bittering hops take over and coat my tongue. That detracts the Feel of a well-carbonated and malty beer.

To chase that coating away, I had curry.And the beer, on a relative basis, cooled the mouth for more curry... which, in a different sort of way, complements the food. But, I feel no need to Have Ella Blanc again.

Mar 17, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Ella Blanc IPL in their newest Variety pack. I'm a fan of hoppy Lagers and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA Glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured an amber color which takes on more of a burn orange color when held to the light and it had a little over three fingers worth of fluccy and creamy off white head that is almost slightly tan and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking IPL, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of spice, green hop and piney hop aromas with the spicy, earthy and green hops seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a little bit of clean lager yeast aromas. Up next comes the malts which show up a good amount and they impart a very bready, grainy, doughy and pale malt like aroma with just a little bit of sweet malts showing up in the background. This beer has a decent aroma, but the hop profile isn't the greatest.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the spicy and green hops seeming to show up the most. Up next comes that clean lager yeast which leads into the malts which show up just a much as they did in the aroma and they provide some balance to this beer while imparting all the same aspects in the aroma with those grainy, bready and doughy aromas seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that lingering just a little and it has a 50/50 split of malty and hoppy flavors. This is a decent tasting beer, it's got a nice balance, but I'm not a fan of how spicy and green hop forward it is.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly creamy, a little tingly, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness. This beer has a nice mouthfeel, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this beer was just OK and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, it wasn't bad and I liked the balance, but I wish the hop profile was brighter and no so dominated by the spicy and green hops. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to have another one. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the balance, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile, it needed more complexity. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own and I can't say I would recommend it since it's not too hard to find a better example of the style. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either and I thought it was pretty much the hop profile that was the main aspect that was holding this beer back. It's one of my least favorite beers that I have had from this brewery recently and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

Mar 13, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - from a variety 12 pack - freshness month of June notched on the label.

Pours orange amber with a frothy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is lemony and earthy. Bright.

The taste is of lemon zest and earthy bitterness. A sweet kiss keeps the bitterness pleasant. Long finish.

Smooth. A tad on the thin side, but it holds together well.

An interesting, pleasantly bitter brew.

Mar 11, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Clear copper with a big off-white head. Looks great in the glass.

Aroma: Citrusy hops, fresh wet grass, a wee bit of yeasty funk.

Taste: Nice mix of bitter fruit flavors and herbal hoppiness. Some grassy bite and a bit of sweet malt backing.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness makes it a bit of a sipper. Pleasant, though.

Overall: Very nice surprise. Kind of a hybrid lager/altbier/IPA, almost. Exceeded my expectations; complex and fun and different.

Mar 09, 2017
Samuel Adams Ella Blanc IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 197 ratings