Samuel Adams Ella Blanc IPL | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Ella Blanc IPLSamuel Adams Ella Blanc IPL
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Samuel Adams Ella Blanc IPLSamuel Adams Ella Blanc IPL

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ichorNet on 02-27-2016

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of cyclonece09
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of fx20736
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not bad

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickFry9
1.3/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Dewsby
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of detgfrsh
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Samuel Adams Ella Blanc IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 53.8% out of 100 with 195 ratings
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