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Straub IPL | Straub Brewery

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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

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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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.

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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 JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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 OWSLEY069
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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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

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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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Photo of wvsabbath
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Ohiovania
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
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 misternebbie
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of TheBigBoy
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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