Category Archives: American Pale Lager / IPL

De Molen Hoger & Lager

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 5.4%
Style: American Pale Lager / IPL

Brewer Description: (from De Molen taplist) Hoppy lager.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.73
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: On tap at Brouwcafe de Molen, into a De Molen tasting glass.
Appearance: It was a clear golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and excellent lacing.
Aroma: Honey, flowery, juicy fruits, mango, peach, lemon and grass.
Taste: Sweet and bitter, lemon, grapefruit and grass with a hint of mango.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice crisp and refreshing hoppy lager.

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Jack’s Abby Hopstitution XPL #3 Calyptra

Brewery: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 5.5%
Style: American Pale Lager / IPL
Other Notes: Hops – Calypso and Citra

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The hardest part about making new and exciting hoppy beers is sourcing the hops you need. Most hops are bought under contracts which are signed two or three years in advance. We occasionally get opportunities to acquire small quantities of specialty hops that are enough for one batch of beer, but no more. “Hopstitution” allows us to feature hops that we would otherwise not be able to make use of.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.2
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 16.9 fl oz. bottle with no bottled on or best by date, poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus orange, mandarin and a bit of peel with hints of mango.
Taste: Juicy with orange, melon and mango dominating. There are also some light herbal and floral notes, a hint of lemon zest and is lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and highly carbonated.
Overall: Another great lager from Jack’s Abby. Much like Hoponius Union, it is light tasty and easy to drink.

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Jack’s Abby Jabby Brau

Brewery: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 4.5%
Style: American Pale Lager / IPL
Other Notes: 20 IBUs. Malt – Pilsner, Munich.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Deep golden in color, this lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with aromatic American hops. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavourful and drinkable, we dub this beer a “Session Lager.” Jabby Brau uses locally sourced ingredients.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with no bottled on date and poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a light one finger white head that dissipates to a foamy layer with only very light lacing.
Aroma: Bready malts, pine and some light citrus orange peel, lemon and lime.
Taste: Grassy, honey and brown sugar sweetness, caramel and bready malts, corn and light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: I’m not normally a lager person, but Jack’s Abby are definitely changing my views and showing me what can actually be done with lagers. In this case, Jack’s Abby has produced another lager that would better most, but still falls a little flat.

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Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union

Brewery: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American Pale Lager / IPL
Other Notes: 65 IBUs.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Hoponius Union harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist – it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile. Hoponius Union uses locally sourced ingredients.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a manufacturing date of 1st December 2014 and poured into a pint glass (although I’d consider using an IPA glass for this next time).
Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a less than one finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Mainly citrus zest hops followed by some tropical mango and light pepperiness.
Taste: Light caramel malt flavours followed by some nice bitter citrus and grassy hops… orange and piney finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: I am impressed. The world needs more lagers like this. It is far and away the best lager I’ve tried, and a very good example of what can and should be done with lagers.

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