Straub IPL - Straub Brewery
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3.81/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 02:13:38 | More by Darkmagus82
3.44/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2013 04:20:05 | More by jifigz
3.51/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2013 04:39:07 | More by DrDemento456
3.64/5 rDev +1.1%
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 22:58:50 | More by Tr0janSlay3r
3.76/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-19-2013 01:51:33 | More by Omnium
2.49/5 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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2013 15:18:43 | More by OWSLEY069
4/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
Serving type: growler
07-11-2013 04:11:23 | More by MirkoCroCough
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2013 01:54:05 | More by thecheapies
Straub IPL from Straub Brewery
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