Straub Brewery

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American Lager
Ranked #159
Ranked #35,323
3.7 | pDev: 14.05%
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: 74 IBU
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 91 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, part of a mix a six from giant eagle in altoona pa. dating is 111716J, which I take to be a year old. yikes.

looks decent enough, hazy yellow body, nice white head leaving good lacing.

aroma isnt of anything in particular, but it manages to be a pleasant one.

huh. If it's a year old I'm surprised that is still a hint of a hop presence. malt background is strong, clean tasting.

mouth is right around medium, finish is slightly foamy.

overall, similar to yuenglings IPL. by far the best of the 3 straub beers i had last night.

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Photo of BJB13
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Look- One finger of dense, off white, lasting head above a murky amber body.
Smell- Not much going on, light yeast with a hint of floral hop aroma.
Taste- Slightly sweet bready malt with moderate hop bitterness and some faint citrus notes trying to come through. Finishes with a weak bitter aftertaste.
Feel- Moderate to high carbonation with a medium body that is a little creamy.
Overall- OK, not really my style but I'm not holding that against it.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty poorly done IPL. I typically really enjoy this style. But this beer isnt on. It pours a grainy mid tone brown. Smells kind of hoppy and nice. The taste of hop is unpleasantly accompanied by malty grass chew flavor. Finishes with a weak wash. Not very good.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Clean, Hop-forward, Sessionable

Hazed out golden hue with two fingers of lasting head on top. Big floral, grassy, spicy, and light citric hop nose ... clean with a kiss of grain and alcohol as well. Semi-chewy medium body, bread crust, dried grass and a little biscuity. Citric tone throughout, spicy resin and blonde tobacco from the hops. Beers like this make us want to pick IPLs over IPAs ... splitting hairs perhaps but this beer was damn tasty.

STYLE: India Pale Lager | ABV: 5.6% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(10/16/14 bottled on date)
courtesy of @TongoRad through NBS BIF

L: murky/cloudy orange with wisps of black residue floating throughout column; thick, lasting beige head of foam about 1.5 inches tall and super sticky at top; with a little bit of lacing and a chunky skin/collar, this thing would score at least a 4.25 to 5 by a craft-beer scale, but the cloudiness ranks it about a 2 by the purity-law German lager scale ... so I'm splitting a difference and going with my gut (4)

S: caramel/mango sweet at first, but a fantastic grassy note starts peeking through; OK, suddenly that caramel/mango-barleywinesque sweetness is gone completely, and I'm getting a full-on bready malt aroma with a pinch of grassy hops -- like a true Old World pils. crazy conversion, but there's no denying that pilsner mark, including the house paint smell that some super bready-malt pils can get. sour grain

T: very nice citrus/orange flavor mixed with a hint of grass; much more grass and bitter hop flavor than in the nose; almost has a lemony/grassy/dry sour grape bitterness like a Belgian IPA or super-hopped saison -- like a fruity-bitter thing ... very interesting; starting to taste the bready malt, and it's still very bitter but sweet from the malt

F: very nice all-around ... doesn't show a ton of carbonation left over after a pretty strong pour, but it's still good

O: interesting take on the lager, and a brew that really changes a bit as it warms up and your palate adjusts. at times it's like a well-hopped saison/Belgian IPA hybrid (like Prairie Hop), then suddenly it gets real German-pilsnery on you ... and while it starts off throwing out a very American DIPA/barleywine caramel sweet aroma, that disappears almost immediately and gets replaced by notes I much prefer -- grass, bread malt, citrus notes of orange and lemon and even a slight fruitiness that's almost strawberry/rasberry like, maybe grapes or sour grapes but so subtle it's hard to call. good brew -- and it's nice to get a little of that bread malt/grass mix, a tribute to the roots from which a beer like this one sprung.

big thanks to @TongoRad for this and all the Straub lagers I'll be getting to soon.

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Photo of tork1645
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Wait what the hell...This Straub is bitter as ####! Theres some character here & was pleasantly surprised- however...it is Straub and this beer would be MUCH better with out all of the corn, I can have a few but, it gets old quick!

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this again and i was really impressed by the great hop dimensionality. Either I had an old one the first time I had it or they have upped their game on this one. A must buy if you can get it fresh. Crazy affordable too.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Really nice. Had a few on tap at the Taproom, William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Nicely IPA with florals but without the yeasty taste or the bloating aftereffect sometimes found in ales.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a Nonic.

A: Pours a clear middle yellow gold with nice frothy head which stays around for a while, then compacts to a thin disk. Minimal lacing. Active carbonation with tight bubbles.

S: Bright citrus, light sweet malt notes with grassy hop notes. Clean.

T: Some of that citrus and sweet malts with the lemony, earthy grass flavors. Very distinct and clear flavors.

M: Medium on the tongue, spright carbonation, slightly dry, herbal and prickly due to carbonation.

O: Very nice representation of the IPL style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- blend of bravo, cascade & columbus hops.

A: Pale orange with a good clarity and bready topping of 2+ fingers that shows resilience. A healthy paced carbonation factor within, and a very good sheet like coating of lace adores the glass on the way down.

S: Spicy, sugary citrus meets the pungent floral columbus hops on first impression on the nose. The hopping gives way to a straw-hay like finish.

T: Hoppy, straw and dried citrus, a bit of a lager bite and the columbus floral hop notes coming on strong. Things settle down to a earthy grassiness and citrus hopping. Soft bittering flowery finish.

M: a bit starchy, and dry. Carbonation lacked the cripness of a lager, despite a rather strong visual show.

O: Overall decent amount of hoppiness, bittering, but none of the hops were able to shine to bright here and seemed muddled at times, and was not particularly smooth nor forward and aggressive in nature lacking complexity. A straight forward 3.25 rating.

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Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light copper with barely any head at all. The nose has the essence of pilsner malts present. The flavor profile is malty with a really nice residual bitter finish. The body is on the lighter side of even this style. Nevertheless, this is an incredibly drinkable offering.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first ILP that I ever had and from what I understand one of the first marketed.

Initially when I got it it was the same price as other varieties of Straub. Since that inception it is now over 28 a case. When it was cheap it was an incredible deal. At this price point it just makes it good.

Very hoppy for the brand- hopefully a jumping off point for the brewery.

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Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a reddish amber color with a 1" head that persists fairly well and leaves a pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a ring of foam and an thin layer on the surface. Sipping creates small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include lots of citrus, some fruity character and a bit of herbal earthiness.

The flavors include the citrus zest and some pine with the earthiness in the background. While there isn't a lot of noticeable sweetness or malt backbone, the bitterness is controlled and not at all harsh.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with the active carbonation. The finish begins as the citrus and pine slowly fade to leave behind some slight dry bitterness that persists for a while.

Overall a nicely made IPL that I'd be happy to have another of and expect I'll be picking it up again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan with a nice foamy, 1 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Upfront aroma of citric hops, bready biscuit malts, lager malts, a minor sugary note at the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, a balance of biscuit malts mixed with citric hops. Grassy along with some added sugars and lager malts. Herbal notes really add to the grassy flavors. Caramel and biscuit mixes well with the lager malts.

Mouthfeel - Citric and herbal hops first coat the tongue. Palate gets malts, added sugars and some more hop notes. Aftertaste is minor bitter, malty and herbal.

Overall - Nice and crisp, with a good amount of hops and sugars. The hop part overpowers the lager side a little but still this is a solid and enjoyable beer that's light and packs plenty of flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The blessing and the curse of "Imperial Lagers" is that the strength of the beer increases and so do their flavors- malt character is elevated, but so are the hops. And that usually kicks the beer completely out of balance and creates a much more hop-forward character than many brewers intend.

Straub's IPL pours with a hazy straw color with a heady lather that retains and laces like any hoppy beer should. Its long retention is creamy and arid while the glass randomly decorates the glass with intricate pattern.

Its aromas are hurled into the world of IPA with its high hop aromas- grassy, citrus, herbal and somewhat fragrant bark-like. With the most supple of malt character, its light bread and cracker notes support the spice of hops without challenging for balance.

Its taste starts with a light bready sweetness that brings light to grain and husk in a rye-like kind of way. Its middle opens up its herbal hop character. Flavors of tea and sassafras develop into tangy citrus peels, lead by orange and grapefruit. Its under-ripened character trails with spicy bitterness with a lingering taste of fresh-cut grass.

Light in body, the beer's early creaminess wisps away early and allows a quick finish of hop-derived astringency and light alcohol warming. All the while, its bone-dry finish leaves the beer crisp, clean and refreshed even in its raw rusticity.

The lager-like attributes are largely lost on the hops. Therefore its comparison to other hoppy beers leaves Straub's IPL yearning for the proper support that's found in American IPA.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is gold, nice carbonation, fine bubbles; head is bright white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick, dissipates to about 1/8 inch thick and with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light sweet malt front, bready, biscuits, toast, followed by a light citrus and earthy hop note.

Taste is a bolder version of the aroma, nice malt front, bread, biscuit, toast overtaken by hop notes of citrus and earth/grass. This is a very tasty and interesting brew, clean malt flavors, big hop notes and crisp lager finish.

Mouthfeel is as expected, nice crisp flavors lingering on the tongue, some lighter notes on the cheeks, a bit overcarbonated so a harsher finish than would be desired.

Overall, this is a very well done brew, nice malt flavors, decent aroma. this and the doppelbock from straub are great brews

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange-copper color with a one finger foamy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of hop smells consisting of some grapefruit citrus, earthy, and floral aromas. Along with these smells are notes of some sweet citrus of a tangerine nature as well as some caramel and bready aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and caramel flavor matched by some hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruit citrus nature. As the flavor advances more caramel as well as a lighter fruit flavor comes to the tongue. Along with these flavors other hop tastes of a floral and even more grapefruit nature comes to the tongue. Some yeasty flavor develop during the taste and combined with some pine hop flavors as well. With the sweeter flavors of the brew dwindling a bit more toward the end and with a surge of the grapefruit hop flavor, a rather crisp and nicely hopped flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather nice for the style and create a great easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – This is a fantastic brew for the style and the price. Pound for pound, this brew really packs a punch. It is a very good go too; that is for sure.

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Photo of jifigz
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just got one of these as a free sample at a local 6-pack shop while buying a 4-pack of 16 oz cans of Torpedo.

Bottle into a pint glass.

The color of this beer is an amber/orange color with a nice white head that lingers for a decent duration. This looks way better than any beer I have ever seen by a brewery that generally produces American macro lagers and tries their hands at a more craft beer style. The aroma is, well, filled with more hops than I expected. There is some citrus and pine but still a little malt backbone coming through as well. The taste is pretty decent as well. It isn't overly bitter by any means, but leaves a nice relatively low bitter aftertaste that lingers on the tongue for quite a while. The flavors are very well balanced and the malt is still quite evident and not overrun by the hops. The initial flavor is of a little hops, then there is a malt sweetness that steps in and then this gets overshadowed by the bitter aftertaste. There seems to be a slight soapy taste to it, and that is not totally unenjoyable but not the best either. Nothing unique and pronounced, but good. The MF is a medium to medium light bodied brew that seems to be a tad high on the carbonation, but it certainly isn't stingingly so.

I am being a little generous with this score, but Straub really impressed me here. As I had previously mentioned, when breweries that usually make American macros try this kind of stuff they fail miserably. This is actually a decent beer with some good hop flavor and bitterness. They were also being somewhat clever since this is the first beer that I have ever seen marketed as an "IPL." So basically this is an IPA fermented with a lager yeast. It is much better than I expected and I hope that Straub beer continues to pump this out. Good work from an old and tiny brewery that is still independently owned here in PA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straub IPL pours a solid orange brown tint much like any other IPA even a nice 1/2 inch of head and some pretty stellar lacing. The Smell is mild roasted barley, some mild piney hops, and just a ton of lager yeasts. The taste is dry and acidic clinging to the palate in the finish with a yeasty strong dryness. Mostly crisp lager sweetness meets bitter acidic somewhat balanced hops. On the mouth its seems like a light to medium beverage.

Overall a pretty good one off limed beer I am actually surprised how hoppy it was since most craft breweries barley use any "flex" of hops when the try their hand at and IPA (looking at you Samuel Adams). Worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper body IPA like appearance, impressive list of hops at 63 IBUs Bravo, Cascade, and Columbus hops. It took some PA integrity to brew a lager this hoppy, and it has taken off quite well since it's release. Aroma has citrus, dank herbal, a bit of fruit not exactly tropical fruit just plain old apricot fruits/with nutty apricot pits as well. Flavor citrus bitter pith, crushed aspirin, pine cone earthy characteristics this IPL has a full flavored character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied hop oils run wild on the palate, even carbonation. Overall a well built IPL one of the first I had during the craze last year when it was first released.

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Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Today, I am tasting Straub's brand new IPL it is a combination of an IPA and a Lager. I recently toured the brewery in St. Mary's PA and they explained that it is an IPL because they do not have the proper equipment to brew IPA's so they brewed their regular lager with all the ingredients of an IPA. Without further a due, Straub IPL.

Appearance- Of course I poured this brew a little aggressively so I can see the full effect of its head. I poured this beer into a specialty IPA glass, even though it says to use a pilsner glass. Straub IPL had a nice 1.5 finger head with almost a pure white head. Although after about 5 minutes the head dissipated to a thin white layer on the top of the brew. Now to color, the color is a deep straw like color. Much deeper than a typical IPA. Actually, the more I look at it, the more of a orangish amber color I witness.

Smell- Okay, so upfront you can definitely tell that there is a roasted malt scent to this beer. Then after a little more sniffing, I can definitely smell a piney and crisp scent. I am looking for a tropical and citrus scent, and just barely barely get a hint of orange. Now on to the best part...TASTING!

Taste- Wow this is different than anything I have had before! Upfront there is a strong hit of dry hops right on the back of your tongue. Also, with this first taste you get an after taste of bitterness (which is good) in the back of your mouth for about 15 seconds. With my second taste I am searching for citrus and I can only find it in the after taste. However I do still taste a roasted hops taste to this beer. Really I am surprised with Straub IPL.

Mouthfeel- This definitely has a heavier, not so watery, beer feel in the mouth. After a swish in the mouth you can see it is brewed as a lager with IPA ingredients. Its honestly so different I have nothing to compare it to, but to my knowledge, I really enjoy the depth in the beer.

Overall- I thoroughly enjoy this beer. I really was not expecting ANYTHING out of this beer because of the previous Straub beers that I have consumed. This beer will definitely put Straub's brewery on the map of craft beers. I am proud of their pioneering spirit of trying this they are one of two that I could find to even embark on this journey of experimentation. Really, I did enjoy this beer and recommend it to anyone wanting to try something new on the market of beer. It only came out 5 weeks ago!!

By the way, this is my second beer review please let me know how I am doing or what I can change...CHEERS!

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Hollywood Gardens

A - Poured a nice light amber color, two finger extremely dense creamy head which looked awesome, moderate lacing.
S - Think Straub Amber with a west coast hop smell. Nice pine and citrus zest aroma, not powerful, but its there.
T - Crisp and bright bite from the hop addition, not as heavy on the citrus as I was hoping, but the pine is definitely there, then you get the smooth lager yeast that comes it.
M - Clean and refreshing, and with the smoothness of Straub that you'd expect.
O - While I do think IPL's will grow in variety in the years to come, I'm surprised and glad Strab took a swing at it. They have a recipe for a beer they've been brewing for over 100 years, and have varied from it little until now. I'm glad to see they didnt jump right into an IPA to get to the "craft crowd" but I think this is a good move on their part, and I'm excited to see what they can pull off in the future. This brew is refreshing and has just enough hops to keep everyone happy.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellowish color with a white head. In the aroma, a nice hop presence. In the taste, earthy dry dirt hops. A small bitterness and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthy dirt like flavor in the aftertaste. A good nose, and no follow up in taste.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Very nice deep golden dusk color. Nice head and lots of lacing down the glass.

Good hops in the nose and clean.

Lots of hops and citrus upfront. Finishes crisp and dry. Malts appear as it warms.

A fuller bodied beer but very drinkable.

This is a great beer. Fortunate to have tried it super fresh, but this is the best thing from Straub's ever. This beer has the potential to take Straub Brewery to the next level. If offered locally I would buy this over Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Harris Grill in Shadyside. Too curious not to order one.

Warm ochre amber with a blanket of stuck bone-white foam. Looks good.

Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops all present. Cold lagering mutes the note a bit, but the toasty malts fill in the gaps. Near salty freshness.

Okay, lots of floral hops now. Some pine and pith, but lots of flowery hop cone flavors. Accented by a smoother-than-rugged malt base and firm and fresh bitterness. Has citric rind notes and a kiss of pineapple. Delightful.

Soft and a little light. Carbonation is bushy. Appropriate for an IPL.

I enjoyed this brew. Serve me more IPLs, my intrigue is growing.

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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 91 ratings