Metropolis Lager
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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #75
Ranked #42,238
3.64 | pDev: 12.36%
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Notes: Generously dry-hopped with a blend of Mosaic and Saphir hops, Metropolis Lager unites classic German-style brewing and West Coast innovation to create a refreshing yet flavorful lager. Metropolis pours a radiant gold, with tropical fruit aromas and a delicate floral note. Caramel malts lend a subtle sweetness to balance the dry, crisp character of the lager yeast.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a hazy bronzed to golden color. A one and a half finger white foamy head started and dissipated fairly quickly. Spotty lacing clung in a semi-bubbly manner. Carbonation was seen rising at a decent pace. The smell had a sweet grassy hop bleeding into light bready/biscuit malts. The taste copied the smell lending a hand to a sweet stickiness rolling into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable grassy feel over my tongue. Overall, pretty nice India pale lager worthy of coming back to.

Jul 01, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a gold color with hints of dark orange, has a nice fizzy medium sized head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a small patch of white on top of the beer. Beer is a little hazy but has nice sheets of lacing all around the glass.

S: Sweet orange, some orange rind, notes of floral and weedy hops, with a toasted grain and slight bit of caramel in the background.

T: Sweet orange, with notes of bitter orange rind, intermixed with some floral hops that taste a little weedy and earthy too, finishes with notes of toasted grain and caramel, and a fairly strong bitterness. I wish the bitterness was toned down a bit and the hops tasted a little less like weeds. The bitterness does coat the tongue.

F: Light body but not quite as crisp as I was hoping.

O: This is a very hoppy lager if you like hoppy lagers this one is for you, but I was hoping for something a little more balanced.

Mar 22, 2017
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From an undated bottle. Pours a golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Smells of grass and dry hops. Light feel due to the carbonation. Starts with crisp lager taste, finishes with mild hop bitterness. Not a huge fan of lagers, but this is good for the style.

Mar 31, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is slightly malty, slightly hoppy, seems very balanced. Taste is also balanced, first you get the malts, a bit of caramel and bread crust and gets bitter on the finish. Body is medium and well carbonated. Really well made, easy to drink, crisp lager.

Jan 05, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couple fingers of bubbly froth for a head, dissipates with ease due in large part to larger bubble sizes, white in color, the lacing has minimal stickiness and just falls back into said froth. The liquid has a soft gauzy quality, bright amber orange with active bubble beads. Crisp nose, salty and peppery both, dark bread crust notes, dry hop herbaceousness and a hint of dried citrus peels, you can tease out more maltiness over time, what is has is the good kind of dank. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has it foaming up in the mouth from the second it hits the tongue, too dry for creaminess but not really prickly either. More distinct orange citrus here, evokes tea leaf flavors. Bitter hops, green leafiness, unprocessed dark grains and asphalt, road dirt. Not to say the beer is unclean, more rugged in an old fashioned sort of way. Light white pit fruit nuances towards the finish, where it does unclench enough so that the palate can relax. Can’t call it an easy drinker, a bit more challenging than what might be expected of a lager.

Jan 03, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

You can tell by the color that is is orangey and sweeter than the average lager. All the hoppy lagers look orange to me even the ones that are hoppy by accident I think. Pour is golden amber with a fat white head that is rocky adn very slow to fall. Slight haze from dry hopping. This one uses saphir and mosaic. A few bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Scent is a low malty aroma with a light orangey citrus and lots fo spice. The beer is not fresh because the orange is terribly faint and smells like orange seeds actually and the remnants of the hops are spice and not fruity. The spice catty and very prominent. They offer an almost oniony scent. Taste is spicy from hops. Not so orange like as I am sure the brewer wanted because the dry hopping has faded. The choice as to which hops are important to the idea of dry hopping the lager. They made some good choices but that saphir is catty too as it's left there in the wake of the fruitiness. It's not a strong onion flavor but it's the beginnings of it. No diacetyl, no dms. No carbonic bite either. Soft, wet, sweet albeit mild flavor with hop spice dominant.

All in all not terrible even thought the hops have faded but dry hopping the lager for bottling does not seem like the best idea to me and if it is ill conceived then this brewer has done the best job in choosing the hops that would fade well and leave the lager behind. That's the intention I perceived anyway.

Dec 06, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a very bright clear amber color with a small white head. The aroma is a nice blend of malt, citrus and hops. The flavor is a mildly bitter mix of malt, citrus and a hop backdrop. Overall, I found this to be a very pleasing beer, very good.

Nov 19, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a nice looking golden color with a one to maybe closer to two finger white fluffy head that dissipated gently leaving semi-thick messy lacing clinging to the glass.
The smell started off with a sweet herbal to clingy citrusy zest rolling over subtle sweet grassy notes.
The taste followed the smell pretty much spot on and giving a nice crisp spice to slide into the aftertaste and leave a nice subtle wet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable smooth yet clingy spiciness bringing it all together. I like the bitterness in the feel that's nice too.
Overall, is this what they're calling these IPL's these days, yeah, I'd have this again, good stuff!

Sep 10, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once more, I could weep for what I missed. I was stationed in Alameda, in S.F.'s East Bay from June 1987 to October 1989 and it was the best two-and-a-half years of my life. That said, imagine how much better it would have been if 21st Amendment and Speakeasy had existed! Granted, Berkeley had Triple Rock and S.F. had Anchor and I was aware of both, frequenting the former and imbibing of the latter. I love Speakeasy's graphics and when they begin CANning, I will return to each and every one of their beers.

From the bottle: "Legit Since 1997"; "Welcome to Metropolis"; "American Craft Lager"; "Consthe ructed with meticulously kilned malts and highlighted with bales of hops from around the world, METROPOLIS (tm) is a towering, crisp American lager that embraces tradition but signals the future."; "Independently Owned & Operated".

The shifty, suspicious eyes looking out at me from the label were beginning to make me nervous, so after I Pop!ped the cap, I gave it an aggro pour so that I could put it somewhere so as to avert its gaze. I kept hearing the narrator in "Alphaville" - "Welcome to Alphaville!" Gah! Having produced three-plus fingers of rocky, tawny head, I watched it slowly fall, like it had been blackjacked from behind. Speaking of which, my former moll, Scarlett, clacked up behind me in her trademark stilettos. She did me dirty with Big Daddy and Double Daddy, but that head of flaming-red hair just gets me every time. She stood by as I held this Amber colored (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity up to the light. She threw her head back and laughed as I brought it up to my nose for a sniff. She wears a light perfume, but I want her to throw some hops in her atomizer. This had a grassy hoppiness along with a biscuity maltiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for a lager. The taste was much more bitter than the nose had led me to expect! The aforementioned "bales of hops" had not been wasted and Scarlett leaned in and kissed me deeply. A kiss of the hops, indeed! More like a French kiss. I was put in mind of a Czech Pils as Scarlett sat on my lap and took a drink from my glass. This is a share-worthy beer. We took turns drinking it as we gazed into one another's eyes. Yeah, I was back in Metropolis and dilly-dallying with the doll that had nearly gotten me killed, but somehow, I just did not care. I cared about the finish, which was very dry, thank you. It lingered with the taste of fresh-mown grass and I found myself reaching for my asthma inhaler.

Jul 26, 2015
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Lagerdetoro from California

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Look: amber, but a darker amber; the color of amber the bug in Jurassic Park was trapped in, that's the color of this beer.
The smell takes me back to a pub in Sydney, Australia in 1971, just before ten p.m. closing and last shout of schooners of Toohey's New.
The taste is excellent- more bitter than sweet, which mimics life, doesn't it?
Somehow the feel on the palate is creamy, yet crisp; a mysterious beer, but very good. I think I'll have one more.

Jul 06, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at brass rail deli, served chilled in a cervoise.

The color is a resplendent golden with excellent clarity and thick off white head with fine bead and a collar of lace sticks. The smell has a strong hop presence with a lot of herbal/citrus scents and tea-like grassy accent. The feel is very good with medium light body with semi-high carbonation bitterness and medium carbonation with resinous element and mostly dry finish.

The taste is decent with tangy bitter flavor of hops up front with slight spice and gentle malt sweetness with a hint of citrus from the hops mid palate and finish is balanced with moderately bitter lingering flavor. This is a very good hoppy lager -good for an IPL but still low malt and focus on hops

Jun 05, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour almost no head. Clear. Yellow body. Good carbonation. Smell is dry and good hop smell. Taste is more so a hoppy Pilsner. Crisp and clean. Has a hop bite but not too much. Enough to make you want another sip. Very good.

Apr 21, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale malts and sweetness are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has notes of malts. Slight hints of grassy hops are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has pleasant hints of malty sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 22, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Ales & Lagers pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy light tan head. Darker than I would have expected, in a good way.

S: Fruity, sorta peach/apricot, some citrus and grassy notes, with light malt sweetness.

T: Crisp citrus hops, grapefruit and orange, some peachy/apricot fruitiness, a bit grassy, with just enough malt to balance things, and a very nice floral touch on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp but well backed with substance.

O: A lot more flavor than I was expecting out of this one. It's pretty crisp, but also got a solid body to back to back it up. Surprisingly good beer.

Nov 10, 2014
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Offa from California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

This is a good pale lager with some character, but a bit dry and light in character.

Dark gold, it has a big white head soon thinning.

Aroma is citrus &fruit (pineapple or passionfruit), hint of grass and grain.

Taste is hoppy, a bit zesty, with spicy grass and peppery citrus bitterness which is light but bright and clear. It has very light grain/bread sweetness.

Oct 26, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a really pretty decent lager, and probably underrated here. its a little bigger than others, but fits nicely with speakeasys unique take on classic styles, making them their own, it really works in that regard. a little fuller bodied, a touch of sweetness throughout, and a grain bill that isnt too light or too boring, flavorful and fresh without overwhelming a basic lager yeast strain. lagers dont always stoke me up, unless they come from jacks and are totally unconventional, but something like this never really lights my fire. i like that it has some booze to it for a session lager, and that its as carefully made as it is. its also just different enough to not be boring, but i prefer almost everything else i have had fro speakeasy to this. however, i know a lot of fringe beer people that would clamor for this if they tasted it, hail it as the best, and commit to it fully, so i get it there, its just not enough to hold my attention for longer than a pint. i guess im picky now...

Sep 19, 2014
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LucianoAldo from California

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle served (appearance rated average cuz you can't skip form fields), fantastic brew. Hop-strong for a lager. Aroma is bready, but with a ton of apricot/peach notes. Mouth feel is fulfilling for it's style, even with fairly light carbonation. Somewhat piney from the hops, but super refreshing. Solid brew for summertime.

Aug 14, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/17/14.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and peach aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, peach, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting peach like fruit quality I am getting in both the smell and taste.

Jul 13, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body. Darker than most lagers.
The aroma is quite fragrant: flowers, grain and musty. Nice though.
The taste is grainy malt sweetness with a descent balance of mild bitterness.
The texture is a little gritty with moderate carbonation.
It's a nice, full bodied lager.

Jun 14, 2014
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elNopalero from California

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the bottles from the variety pack. New to me.

This pours a clear golden straw color with nice foaming. It’s lightly hopped aroma with hints of grass and straw. The flavor is crisp with a light fruity roundness to it. Finishes dry. Enjoyable enough.

May 24, 2014
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TheMarkE from California

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks a lot like a macrobrew: copper colored with decent foam and lacing, noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Grains, grass, malt. Hints of hops.

Taste: Grassy and grainy malts, citrus, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. Plenty of flavor, well balanced, and full of quality. This is a good example of what a craft brewer can do with a regular session lager.

May 12, 2014
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i4ourgot from California

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow not what I was expecting, but it was a pleasant surprise. This is one hoppy lager, probably the hoppiest I have ever had. Relatively dark in color from your typical hoppy pilsner, almost a red caramel color. The aroma was a citrus hop aroma and so was the flavor. This beer was very clean and easy drinking. There was a very subtle malt sweetness but no roast malt notes and the flavor ends with a nice bitterness.

May 06, 2014
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TheSixthRing from California

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, beautiful vibrant orange with a 2-finger white head. Fair retention, resulting in a sparse island of suds in the center of the glass and around the edge. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of grain, grass and citrus at the forefront. Subtle bready undertone.

Taste - Hops are predominant, with citrus character hitting first. Malt base is pretty much buried beneath the hop profile, but what is there comes across as either bread and/or caramel. Big grassy bite and some mild lemon pith in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair to lively carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Could certainly pass as one of those trending "IPL's" but is being pushed as an innovative American Lager. Eh, marketing. Pretty solid brew regardless.

Apr 21, 2014
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