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Straub IPL | Straub Brewery

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90 Ratings
Straub IPLStraub IPL

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

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.2/5  rDev -13%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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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.

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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Straub IPL from Straub Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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