IPL | Straub Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
91 Ratings

Brewed by:
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
74 IBU

Added by thecheapies on 07-08-2013

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by Oakenator:
Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +8.7%

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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

 557 characters

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 650 characters

Photo of nrm5060
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of brother_rebus
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

 263 characters

Photo of whatname
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of McMatt7
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

 973 characters

Photo of Genx
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtienes
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of PCATD
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of MKrauss
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

 677 characters

Photo of CabbageA19
4.16/5  rDev +13%
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.

 373 characters

Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 879 characters

Photo of soupyman10
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbrookchris
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

 519 characters

Photo of Chackman151
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of still_thedragon
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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!

 2,526 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
IPL from Straub Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 91 ratings