Lilja's Argosy IPA | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Argosy IPALilja's Argosy IPA
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Lilja's Argosy IPALilja's Argosy IPA

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A-Poured a semi-hazy orange color with a one finger soapy head

S- Very sweet floral, slightly citrusy aroma. Smells like a clean pale ale

T- Very sweet floral taste, come citrus and herbal notes. Finishes with a strong bitterness (a non-nondescript bitterness). Kind of faint in flavor.

M- Medium body, pretty high carbonation, pretty clean

O- A clean IPA that reminds me more of a pale ale. The strong nondescript bitterness brings this beer down for me some, just not very flavorful either. Not worth picking up, much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of maximum12
2.39/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up recently in a little bottle shop that we've been eyeing. Interesting that the beer claims to be an "East India Pale Ale". Haven't seen that advertised before. East? What about West India? Not for them? Hmmmm.

Poured into my a pint glass from my favorite Lake Mills brewery, this is a sunlight-riddled beer with kiltons of carbonation. Head fills the empty four ounces of the glass. Smell is weak: more like a triple-hopped lager than an EIPA. Spare notes of grass, wheat. No hops.

Lilja's Argosy (E)IPA tastes like beer. Straight up. This beer would make the best beer chaser in the world - it's completely inoffensive. Taste? Not so much. Bit of yeast, citrus shavings, water. Faintly metallic aftertaste. Really, this is almost funny. Aside from the carbonation, there is - really & truly - almost no taste.
It's remarkable.

How do you grade something like that? It's not -bad. Certainly, it's not good. I'm going to go with sub-par, but this is almost an achievement.

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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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Photo of beerthulhu
2.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Cadmium orange coloring with a good clarity reveals a medium dense effervesce rising at a rapid rate making the micro- yeast particles within swirling around in the glass like a wind tunnel. A rocky light beige head sits atop like a 2 finger high pile of shaving cream sticking tough to the glass walls with a well lasting retention.

S: Peppery flowers and pine first come to mind on the nose. Dried lemon meringue, fresh parsley with some cinnamon toast and cereal grains. Intriguing, not your typical ipa hopping. Spicy, fruity and flowery of light strength.

T: Toasted grains with a touch of peppery flowery hops. Things turn to dried citrus, fairly bitter with signs of pine and dried grapefruit. The hoppiness is pretty blunt, lacking the complexity found on the nose. Dried pine comes on strong for the finish along with a peppery fade. There are flashes of intermittent sweetness from the grain here and there in the beginning, but over there is a sour, almost acidic nature to the flavor. All and all the hops are blunt, kinda coarse and without much taste defining flavor, the malting is toasted and of medium base while the alcohol is quite noticeable.

M: medium by weight, dry, citrusy and peppery warming the inner cheeks along with some fore-mentioned alcohol presence. Some washiness comes from the mostly lasting head with every sip.

O: Overall a blunt ipa, but not necessarily a good thing. Dry, peppery with a focus on a knock out hop punch rather flavor, complexity and balance. A smack your tongue around hoppiness but ultimately doesn’t taste all that good, and I do love my hops strong in my beer, this is just a wreck in composition. the hopping is totally off per english style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of pillowy foam. Not much lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and fresh cut grass.

T - It is spicy up front with sweet caramel. There was also a butterscotch sweetness to it.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It was a little unbalanced and too sweet for an IPA.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
2.64/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint...

A: pours a hazy gold with a huge off white head, leaving thick resiny lacing. lots of chunky goodness floating around in there.

S: grassy and lemony hops aromas with honeyed biscuity malt aroma

T: subdued honeysuckle graham cracker malt sweetness upfront meet with a very bitter hoppiness. picking up on a dusty and metallic flavor in the finish.

M: medium full body with a low carbonation and a resinous, sticky finish.

Overall, this beer starts promising, however, the aroma and flavor are nothing special and the finish in the taste is off-putting. too heavy for the style. not bad for the price but probably wouldn't buy again

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$2.00 single from Penington SuperSaver.

Hazy golden body with orange undertones. Two fingers of white foam. So-so lace.

Subdued nose with hints of pine, citrus, and bread, all very low key.

Sweet beginning, almost pilsner-ish. Slightly earthy hops follow. Bitter nip at the swallow which carries into the aftertaste. The final bitterness is more than a little unpleasant rather than satisfying. Small dose of citrus also in the aftertaste.

Mediumish mouthfeel is okay.

All together, a rather uninteresting English IPA. Not one to seek out.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a particulate-laden grapefruit color with a one finger white head with frothy bubbles leaving spotty lace on the way down to a cap. On the nose there is fresh cut grass, slight citric notes, and a strange fruitiness that to me smells like the Sam Adams house nose. It almost smells like a pale lager rather than an IPA. In the mouth there is a big base of pale malt mixed in with a strange hop note that reminds me of eating a dandelion, which I have never done. The finish is pretty short but this beer does have a nicely carbonated medium body.

Overall, this is a strange IPA, but an okay beer overall. It seems a little on the weak side, even for an English IPA. That said, I wasn't totally turned off to the brewery by this beer, so I'll seek something else out at some point.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.64/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

All these beers I've reviewed on here and this may be the toughest one that I've ever come across. I saw IPA on the label and didn't necessarily expect a Hop Bomb. Unfortunately, what I ended up with was a beer that was way too bitter, unbalanced, and lacking in redeeming qualities. What the appearance is far and away the best aspect of a brew, it's certainly back to the drawing board...if they even still exist.

Nice translucent goldenrod hue to this with a fluffy head that took a long time to go away. Not much to smell here and the lacing only existed in theory. Then we get to the taste. Bitter up front, bitter in the back, and not the kind of bitterness that I expected from this style. It was earthy, metallic, and astringent. Not a warm or leathery earthiness but more along the lines of a grassy floral bent. Never took or felt fulling and only the sharp metallic notes lasted in the aftertaste. I needed a glass of water when I was done with this, but for the wrong reasons. Maybe if there was some more carbonation here, it would have been lighter in taste and easier to down...but this felt pretty flat in the mouthfeel from start to finish.

I wish this had some more gusto and didn't feel like it "went bad". Maybe I"m not used to the hops in this but I couldn't even feel the alcohol and for any bad IPA, that tends to be the redeeming quality for me. While this isn't a total dud, it's the biggest disappointment that I've had this year and I can only wish that any other beers that I may have from these guys will be better. This isn't like all the other IPA's on the shelf but it doesn't have enough in common with it either. A darker hue from some darker malts may be in order but for now, this is a few steps above a drain pour for me.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
1.32/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nice head on the pour but deteriorated quickly. Foamy lacing from the head. Body is light gold. The head formed into different islands creating the lower case letter Y.

This smells like a freakin' Miller Lite. Does not smell anywhere near a IPA. Maybe a really shitty Pilsner.

With the smell being such a turn off I brace myself for the first goes... Wish me luck... What the hell is this! Tastes totally macro with a thousand copper pennies. Its like Miller Lite with a crappier taste. Grass, bitter metal, copper taste, buttered buscuits and more grass. Yuck!

Very carbonated, light in body. The lightness in body might the only reason why I finish this.

Holy hell! Yuck! By far the worse attempt at an IPA. Tastes more like a Pilsner gone horribly wrong. Did someone test taste this? What a waste of a glass bottle. Thank goodness for recycling, hopefully the glass will reincarnate into a bottle with a better tasting beer.

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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 tempest
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can see where they're going with this beer. It reminds me a touch of Brooklyn EIPA, but the body is too thin and there isn't enough malt character. The hops do bring a nice earthy, perfumed mix of grapefruit and lemon peel. There's a hint of biscuity malt, but this is watery compared to most IPAs. Again, like the pale ale, this needs more oomph. I don't like overly thick beers, but this is just too thin

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Photo of CPeterson
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A hazy golden brew, pours into a sloshy head that leaves a good lacing. Head sticks around for a good while.

S -- A faint sharpness and citrus come through. A little grassy, earthy tone as well.

T -- More flavor than I expected from the nose, a nice hop bitterness on the front and pretty earthy tones followed by a very light malt counteraction.

M -- Resinous and sticky.

D -- Worth the pickup but nothing mindblowing.

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Photo of WJVII
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a bright orange hue with a off white 1 finger head that left nice sticky lacing until settling into a few bubbles. The aroma is more sweet than anticipated with a nice citrus and spice nose. The taste is not as bold as I like but matches the nose of the brew. Slight citrus, mild spice and a slight bitter finish. This is clean and crisp but lacking in the flavor department. An OK brew but best that I got 1 in a sample six pack I made.

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Photo of TheDudeBeers
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a glass

A - Very blonde and light in color. Yellow-Orange in hue

S - The smell isn't very strong. Some citrus and hop notes but not much else going on.

T - Very sharp hops right up front with a rather pleasant malty citrus finish. I detect some sort of funky metallic after taste that lingers around though. I don't like it.

M - Thin, light, crisp, sharp. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA. Very Carbonated.

D - It's decent, but not special.

I grabbed this as a part of a pick 6 I put together of some new things I wanted to try. It looked intriguing and from a brewer I haven't had the opportunity to try yet. Overall i'm not that impressed with this IPA, but i will be trying other things from Sand Creek in the future.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
3.04/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Immediately after pouring, I couldn't quite shake the feeling that this is really a mislabeled adjunct lager.

Color was the very light, clear bronze of an adjunct. The smell was minimal, very few hops noticable, coming across more sweet and grainy.

Taste was slightly better, but no real discernible malt characteristics and again came across as being unusually light and watery (akin to a high-end adjunct). Hops were present but underwhelming. Finish was smooth with very little of the bitterness or sharp citrus commonly found in ipas.

Overall a kinda disappointing outing, very drinkable but not possessing enough taste to really make it worthwhile.

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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 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 SteveTheDragon
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light Amber / orange. Beer is murky like a hefe. The head thick and stays nicely.

S - The smells does not remind me of an IPA. Smells a hint of citrus and some other back scent that is weird.

T - The taste is weird. A little old tasting for some reason. Bitter notes all around. For the price I guess its okay.

M - Sharp and light. Very carbonated.

D - Nothing special about this beer. Try it once. The quality just doesn't seem there.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.31/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/15/09

A - pours a murky copper orange with a little bit of foam that left some lacing

S - slight citrus aroma along with some sort of metal smell

T - lemony with a malty backbone, metallic taste is there as well with some bitterness

M - oily mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - i'm just turned off by the flavor, would not have 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 ¼ 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 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 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 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 drizzam
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Label boasts it's a "Fully laden IPA"...let's see if it lives up to the hype.

A - Poured a yellow/orange body that had fine particulate floating around that gave it a bit of a cloudy appearance. An aggressive pour yielded a foamy one finger head that settled to a foamy cap after several minutes. The head left very generous sticky lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - This is not the scent I normally associate with an IPA. I'm getting the aroma of caramel malt with a slight hop afterthought. I guess this may lend itself to the "English" IPA beer style though.

T & M - The taste definitely outperforms the nose. Very bitter hop taste up front that seems to finish sweet toward the back end. Something doesn't seem right with the hop taste though...seems really earthy, or almost like it isn't fresh. There certainly is a big hop bitterness here anyways. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side. Low carbonation. Finishes dry.

D - This is a "one and done" kind of beer in my opinion. I wasn't really impressed and likely will not recommend this to friends.

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Lilja's Argosy IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 79 ratings