Lilja's Argosy IPA | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Argosy IPALilja's Argosy IPA

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Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dirtylou on 09-12-2006

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 79
Photo of GoldHorde
4.14/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love IPAs! This IPA is very aggressive from the first sip - slight front hop aroma with a strong slap and long rusty, bitter afterburn - just what I like - although I normally get that kind of bitter tabacco-ish bite from creamy stouts! Color was a muted haze of copper - it did not predict the aggressiveness AT ALL. The head was surprisingly thick with long lasting lace. Very interesting beer - definitely stretching the style category here!! I thinkI've had a Sand Creek before - I would definitely have this one again...nice job!

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Photo of tapman
4.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light body with a rocky cream head, this one looks lighter and perhaps more carbonated than others. There is a bunch of gunk floating around in my beer, which means I was a bit hard on the pour, but on the other hand it is nice to have a real ale once in a while (or all the time).

Definitely some crystal, though light, and/or some victory. Some vienna malt perhaps. Nice and sweet, but the color is so light Im not sure... Bread hops. EKG? I hope so.

Now that is an English IPA. Nothing at all like an American IPA. Sweeter base grain, a little toastiness complimenting the toasted bread of the British hops. Bitterness is clean, if not slightly vegetal, but fresh hops opposed to DMS or something like that.

Light and crisp, I don't know if I would want more or ot. I'm going to say probably not, but maybe.

I ould session the hell out of this brew. I mean session, as in I don't have to think too hard about it. I still like the Lagunitas IPA better, my favorite thus far since you can sip or session, but this one is a good example of an English IPA, instead of something like the Eel River AIPA which is kinda similar, but calls itself an AIPA.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.91/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass as i have had this sitting in my fridge for about 2 months now. This beer pours a hazy medium golden color that burns into a lemon like yellow when held to the light. Has a nice big, fluffy white hear well over an inch thick when poured, settling to a good 2/3 inch with very nice lacing and then eventually settles to a good solid 1/4 inch with good retention. Aromas of earthy citrus hops along with a nice caramel and biscuit malt undertone. Very nice citrus hop bitterness flavor upfront, followed by a nice, slightly toasted, biscuit and caramel malt flavor along with a sort of grainy taste. Very well balanced, but the hops certainly dominate. This is very tasty. Has a nice full bodied and crisp, frothy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This really is a good beer, one the best English IPA's I have had in a long time. Spot on for the style I'd say. I would certainly drink this again.


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Photo of granger10
3.91/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear kind of an oragnish amberish color. Larger off white head, quality lacing. Smells fruity but weaker. A touch of some sweeter grain notes but more of a hoppy fruitiness. Very balanced taste. Slick smooth mouthfeel. Appropriate moderate liveliness. Some sweet caramel flavors early. More of a light earthy flavor in the middle. Herbal notes and fruity hop elements toward the back. Enjoyable, nothing mindblowing, but I think it's good for the style. Worth a buy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lilja's Argosy IPA pours a slightly hazy orange-amber robe beneath a thin head of creamy off-white that holds fairly well and leaves rings of splashy and spotty lace at the outset of the glass. Grainy, husky, biscuity and lightly caramel-accented malt greets you in the nose along with some spicy hops and a mild touch of yeasty fruitiness.

The body is medium with a dextrinous edge, and it flows smoothly across the palate with a moderate, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation.

Initially malty in the flavor, the hops pick up mid-palate. It's biscuity, with a toasty, bready, charamelish character; but not really "sweet". The hops are spicy, grassy, and subtly floral. Hints of citrusy appear in the finish, but that's probably due to a bit of tartness from the low pH of the yeast. The bitterness is solid, and resigned to balance, leaving it to finish dry and smooth with a smear of dextrinous maltiness and a sprinkling of grassy, floral, and spicy hops.

Nicely done, the Argosy IPA offers a good balance in what would be an otherwise overly malty ale. As for the IPA designation, it definitely falls in the English vein with a restrained bitterness, and reigned in hop flavors and aroma - but there is some strength to it. Enjoyable!

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a sixer in St. Charles Illinois. Pours a hazy light amber with a minimal head the almost immediately diminishes to a ring. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts with a hint of caramel and just a slight hint of citrus hops. The taste is dominated by an interesting balance of caramel malts and both citrus and pine hops, a far cry from what was advertised in the aroma. The beer is medium bodied with some slight alcohol presence, I'd venture a guess that the strength is somewhere between 6.7% and 7.5%. This is certainly a very interesting IPA, one I'm very glad I got to try.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.82/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange color with a thin soapy off white head, slight lacing ,medium carbonation. Aroma of musty malt grain,citrus,caramel and yeasty fruit notes. Flavor was better than expected , caramel malt,mild citrus and a bitter floral hop profile. Nice full muthfeel , medium body, nice bitterness,slightly dry,long bitter finish.

This was pretty good and drinkable

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Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out an unfiltered murky dark gold colour with a frothy half inch beige head. tons of lace to be had. aroma is nice combination of modest citric fruit and earthy herbal spice. taste follows suit leaning heavily on the spicy, herbal hop bitterness...seemingly leafy in nature with a slight blonde tobacco nuance. pale maltiness provides a nice backbone... and i detect a slight yeast and wheat aspect that adds another dimension. it's a dry beer that has a solid back end bitterness in the tradition of english ipa's. this is certainly a hybrid, though, and that's a good thing. medium to above medium body, complimented by a somewhat coarse mouthfeel due to a moderately bitter bite. drinkability is nice...although i see this offering to have more of a summer time quenchability to it.

overall i was somewhat pleased with this ipa. the price was right slightly discounted as it was and seemingly in better shape than the hop monster i also purchased at the same time and price. recommended.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.74/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Look was golden and very cloudy lots of head. Way more than usually with this glass.

Smell was pretty typical of an ipa. Lots of hops some citrus.

Taste was surprisingly good. Lots of hops lots of lingering citrus. Very nice bitterness that sticks with you throught the finish.

Lighter mouthfeel than expected and way easier to drink than most ipas.

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Photo of jackorain
3.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy, dingy straw color. Very little head forms, maybe a quarter inch. This falls quickly to a clumpy, thin coat.

S-Earthy hops, biscuit malts and caramel malts. Clearly, this has not bee heavily dry hopped.

T-Initially, earthy hops hit hard. Some floral and herbal notes are here as well. This is followed by a big malty backbone, which is followed by a onslaught of bitterness. The finish is earthy hop bitterness coupled with a slight acidity. The bitterness does not linger too long.

M-Firm, medium body with nice mouth coating fell to it. The carbonation is medium to low, befitting the style.

D-Drinkability is pretty good, I could easily have a few of these.

Overall, this is much better than I thought given that it is an English IPA combined with its average rating. The bitterness is quite high even though the hop and malt profiles are distinctly English. I say nice job Sand Creek.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at Tannins in Elmhurst, IL. Do yourself a favor and check this place out. It is a wine bars with an outstanding beer list.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a darkish copper with a slight chill haze. Nice sturdy head and lacing.

I like the pine/citrus aroma. The malt adds a nice grainy smell.

The taste is just a notch below the smell. The beer has some nice hop bite, but seems to fall a little short. The beer has a nice pinesap taste that is backed with caramelized malts. It just needs a bit more of each. The beer is in balance.

The mouth is sturdy enough. This beer was refreshing and was easy enough to drink. It just leaves wanting a bit more. Perhaps a good intro beer for this style?

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Argosy IPA poured into the glass a hazy honey amber color with a firm frothy finger of beige foam. The lacing was impressively thick and sticky.
The smell was sweet malty goodness, faintly grassy with a mild citrus fruitiness. The taste was sweet bready malts, with moderate bittering and a lingering dry finish.
It was medium-light bodied with a fairly light carbonation. The mouthfeel came across as being a bit slick.
This works as an English IPA. Not my favorite of the style, but it is drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade. A serviceable IPA. Mild pleasant hop aromas. A medium yellow colour, with lots of foamy creamy head. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability,decent caramel malts, and being an English style not in-you-face bitterness, rather understated. WOrth a try.

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Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: One inch of foam on top of the hazy cider colored body. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell: Doesn't have the same kind of citrus hop aromas that most would normally expect an IPA to have. Rather flowery, like most heavily hopped European style beers.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, flowery hops, little yeast bite. This reminds me a lot of Bell's pale ale.

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Photo of supercolter
3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is relatively bland for an EIPA. Coppery hue with no real head or lacing to note.
Smell and taste are decent but nothing special. Firm evergreen hop taste that hangs on the whole way though. That was really all that I picked up on this one. Sort of like an overhopped pilsner.
Mouthfeel is pretty decen actually. Some notalbe carbonation and oily feel.
Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with an uber-graphics label of a ship's prow - not sure what that has to do with the beer, other than the "Argosy" name.

Good flowery hop nose, as you would expect with an IPA.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a nice, lasting rocky white head.

Not an overpowering hop flavor, well balanced with soft malts and receding grain taste. Easily drinkable IPA, would be a good introduction to hopness for those new to the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this as part of a mixed 6-er in Fayetteville, AR

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & grassy hops, jammy notes

T: Follows the nose, some leafy hops & apricots up front. Jammy notes plus leafy & woody hops as this warms. Finishes with jammyness, plus dryness with woody & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, okay balance

Much like other offerings from these guys, just a run of the mill example of the style, nothing to see here. Drinks okay, just not digging the hop profile at all, which makes it somewhat a slog to finish

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this pours a hazy, opaque amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. lacing is minimal. billed as a "fully-laden ipa" with long, descriptive, tangential stories on the sides of the sixer. that being said i expected a bit more in the aroma and flavor departments. this seems as if it was modeled on an english ipa. the nose is very subdued for what i am used to. light vegetal, flowery, nutty, and grainy/bready notes in the bouqet. taste is a light malt sweetness with a light/medium (for the style) hop bitterness. about 40 ibu's i would guess. well-balanced in flavor. light to medium in body. decent creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. a drinkable brew but not one i would seek out given other options. if you like english-style ipa's maybe you'll enjoy this one, though.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Pale golden, slightly cloudy,big head of foam
Aroma-Grassy, some biscuit, not much hop aroma
Taste-Biscuit, clean, faint lemon grass, then hops come on and stay for a earthy, bitter finish
Seems to be in the English tradition of IPA's, subtle, earthy hops, rather clean and uneventful

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lilja's Argosy IPA, East India Pale Ale, A Fully Laden India Pale Ale.

Highly clouded, muddy amber, dark, slim white head, leaving some lace.

Aroma: strangely muted, very shy, light fruit, apple, cherry.

Taste: Big hop bitterness up front, but nothing beyond that. Middling malt. Nothing stands out. Seriously lackluster. And I want some damned luster!
Very much an English-style IPA, feel like some Fuggles or EK Goldings are at work here, some fruit flavor going on, apple, cherry, again, just like in aroma. Lightly bitter, definitely drinkable, but not especially special. Actually fairly tasty, certainly sessionable, but I wished for something with bit more spark.

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Photo of tronester
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chunky golden with a nice clingy white head. Aroma is butterscotch and a tiny bit of citrus. Flavor begins with some toffee, then some buttered bread, then some citrus rind, and finally some piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a decent IPA, but probably not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours hazed golden copper, with lots of suspended oils very visible, and topped with a finger of tight eggshell-white head. This retains with a ┬╝ finger of froth, which maintains a good richness to it and leaves a solid latticework of thick lacing behind. The aroma is grassyl, green, and earthy overall, with grapefruit accents giving the nose some bitterness while sweet grains pulling up the rear.

The taste is bitter with grapefruit and citrus rind, with that toasted malt sweetness balancing out the back. This finishes with some leafy feeling earthiness and lingering dry spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisper feeling carbonation on top that then gives way to a good bit of oily slickness underneath. This is maybe a tad too thin on the swallow. Some gentle warmth hangs on the breath after each sip but that's about it as far as the ABV goes.

This was OK I guess. The hop profile came off as a little too one dimensional to me at times, with a bit more assertiveness to the bitterness probably would have been more welcome here. This did hide its ABV pretty darn well though, which at least helped keep things smooth on the palate for the most part. Decent but I probably wouldn't have another.

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Photo of Wildman
3.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy straw color and formed a off white foamy head that left lattice lace. Almost float like head. Medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, grain and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, citrus and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish was bitter. More an English style so not as familiar with that style or rather sample it less.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, taken from the fridge of a friend, purchased at Riley's...I am assuming this was an attempt at an english IPA based on the taste and the name

appearance: pours into a dotty's pint glass...pale golden body, very clear, foamy white head with decent retention

smell: not much of anything in the way of a hop punch, mostly vegetal, toasted malt, caramel

taste: Not much sweetness comes through but still pretty empty in the hops department...What little hopping there is comes through in the way of pine and provides a light bitterness...toatsed malt is the dominant flavor with some caramel, a slight nuttyness, and a mild sweetness

mouthfeel: medium-light body

drinkability: easy

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours a light yellow orange color with and ample, frothy white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

(S) Some grapefruit and decent amount of orange and citrus. Pale malt. Some sugars.

(T) Has a bit of a dank flavor to it. Like wet, old hops. Tastes like there was a fair amount of simcoe used in this one. It's got a fair amount of citrus rind to it. Has some cereal aspect to the malt base. Has a really funky aftertaste that isn't all too pleasant.

(M) Oily and crisp. Medium to light body.

(O) I'm usually a fan of Sand Creek's products and the other Lilja's stuff that I've had have been pretty decent, but this one is kind of a let down. I've had some English IPAs before, and prefer American, but this one just didn't really do much for the style.

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Lilja's Argosy IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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