Archive for the ‘American Pale Lager’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another one of the flavor variants of a Ballast Point beer. I’ll be honest, I’m not sold on the idea. I’ve had a lot of them so far and they’ve been big misses. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A sweeter take on an award-winning IPL. Our Orange Vanilla Fathom India Pale Lager continues our quest for exploration. The piney and citrus hop aromas of our Fathom IPL combines with sweet orange and creamy vanilla – while staying true to classic lagering techniques. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it may remind you of a childhood treat, but this one is just for adults.”

Random: My favorite orange soda is Stewart’s Orange and Cream.

The beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange. There was some carbonation visible in the body. The nose was filled with orange soda, but no vanilla. There wasn’t much else to it. The taste had the same orange soda note and again, very little vanilla. There was also old grass and grain. It had a heavy body with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with old orange soda. A bomber of this was $5.99, which came to $.27 per ounce. I was not a big fan of this beer. It seemed a bit gimmicky and the flavors just didn’t work out for me. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

I had no idea that Jack’s Abby started canning. When I saw this can on the shelf at Half Time in New York, I was positively shocked. I’m a huge fan of canning beers, so having a solid brewery that only brews lagers putting a session IPL out is great.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This hoppy lager is brewed with two intense and aromatic hops, Calypso and Citra. It’s an easy drinking brew that balances dominating fruity, citrusy, and tropical aromas with a sessionable malt body.”

Random: I like the shade of purple on the can. It makes it jump off the shelves.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was mildly hazy with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical notes, obviously from the Calypso hops. I picked out mango, pineapple and then a grapefruit flesh note from the Citra hops. There was no malt on the nose. The taste was more towards grapefruit pith than flesh, which was disappointing. I also wished it had more tropical fruit on the taste. I picked up dried mango, but no pineapple, which I was looking forward to. There was also lemon and lime flesh in the background after a few sips. It had a really light body with high carbonation. The finish was instant with lemon pith and dried mango. A single can of this was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce), which is a great deal. If only I enjoyed this beer more and it had more tropical notes, it could be a go-to.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Today’s selection is from local brewery, Carton. I love their stuff and I was very excited to try this beer.


ABV: 4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the New Jersey Craft Beer website, “What would you do if you made the only pale ale on Beer Advocate’s Top 50 under 4.5%, named it Boat, and another brewer in your class, a DJ, put out a lager with the same description and named it Yacht? Fans of Carton Brewing suggested calling a lawyer. Owner Augie Carton said, ‘I’ll treat it like the greats do when someone bites a rhyme,’ and wrote his track over the perpetrator’s beat. Sit Down Son is Carton Brewing’s reply to Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Yacht. The New Jersey craft brewer teamed up with the folks at Smuttynose for the brew, a dry-hopped session lager, which at 4% and 22 IBU is ever-so slightly the junior to Boat (4.2%, 35 IBU). But that’s where any similarity or echo to Boat starts to fade. Sit Down Son, with a classic lager malt bill, Bavarian lager yeast and hops (Polaris Hersbrucker, dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria), makes a different kind of a wave. And a shot over the bow. (Wink, wink.) Earlier this year, itinerant brewer Brian Strumke and his Stillwater Artisanal christened Yacht, a 4.2% hoppy lager in pint cans, produced at Two Roads Brewing in Connecticut. It’s not a Boat, but it does have a similar jib, even if it is on a different tack. ;7 Yacht is part of Stillwater’s Contemporary series, a sextet of brews that mark a five-year milestone for the brand. The beers sample the stylings of American craft brewers with rewrites some to traditions to stay fashionable, offer complexity, and sweep the notion that Strumke’s just a man for all saisons. It’s with Yacht that the still waters get just a little choppy, make for a beef. (And our mixed metaphors ignore shame.) Carton’s beer will be produced at Smuttynose, packaged in 16-ounce cans. It’s due out early October, togged in sleek lines strikingly similar to the linear illusion of Yacht’s, but with a lowered boom, if you get the drift 😉 “You can be ridiculous and call lawyers, or you can do what we all came here to do and treat it as a call to step up creatively. Nas and Jigga were never better than the early aughts’, Augie says.”

Random: I’ve been watching “Vanderpump Rules” in the hotel and it’s beyond mindless, but I can’t turn it off.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color. It had soda-like carbonation visible. The nose was delicate with lemon flesh and grass. There was light, toasted grain as well. The taste was stronger than the nose. It had the same light malt and a stronger grass note. I also picked up a garlic and green onion note. It didn’t dissuade from drinking the beer and for me, it worked in the flavor profile. The body was light generally-speaking, but heavier than I typically get from the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with the grassy/green onion note. A pounder can of this was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought this beer was great and I could throw down a bunch of these by the barbecue. Even if you’re not a fan of the style, this is worth trying.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Happy Saturday! Today’s selection is a beer that I picked up out-of-state and one of Bell’s core beers that I’ve never tried.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nicely balanced, Bell’s Lager Beer focuses on the flavors developed in the brew house, matching a crisp bitterness & distinctive herbal hop aromas to a simple yet firm malt backbone. Following in the tradition of Bohemian-style pilsners, this beer spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. This extended conditioning period refines the overall flavor, highlighting the contributions of the malts & hops.”

Random: After reading the description from the brewery, I think I may have gotten an old bottle.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with a lot of carbonation visible, which was to be expected for the style. The nose was mild. I picked up sweet grain, almost like a combination of barley and corn and white bread. there wasn’t anything else in there, even after I let it warm for a few minutes. The taste was simple. It had sweetness from light honey and corn with the same barley. There wasn’t any note of grass that I could detect. The body was light and crisp with high carbonation. The finish was quick with the same sweetness. A single bottle went for $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer wasn’t a chore to drink, but it was boring. Since I can’t get Bell’s in New Jersey, I always try to pick up their beers when I see them, but this isn’t one worth searching for.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

For some reason, I never got into instagram. I follow a few breweries on there, but only go on once or twice a month. One thing I don’t like about it is that people put a million hashtags (or “poundsigns”) on their photos. I think it’s a bit obnoxious. That’s what I like about the can art on this beer. It pokes a bit of fun at that.


ABV: 4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to, “A hashtag is a type of label or metadata tag used on social network and microblogging services which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content. Users create and use hashtags by placing the hash character (or number sign) # in front of a word or unspaced phrase, either in the main text of a message or at the end. Searching for that hashtag will then present each message that has been tagged with it.”

Random: I can’t stand white iPhones. I don’t like white cars either.

The brew poured with half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. As expected, the body was a clear, straw color with high carbonation. The nose was mild, even for the style. It had milled grain and a touch of skunk. After a few sniffs, fresh-cut grass was present to, albeit very slight. The taste started with the same milled grain as the nose. Old lemon rind came through next with a hint of a metallic taste. The metal taste wasn’t off-putting, but noticeable. The flavors were clean and crisp and inoffensive. It had a thicker-than-expected body for the style with soda-like carbonation. It was accompanied by a lengthy finish with grain and grass. This would make for a great beer to give someone who is into macro-lagers or to throw in a cooler on a hot day. I would have this again, although for $3.99 a can ($.25 per ounce), there are more economical choices out there.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the stories in beer in the last two years has been the increasing popularity of India Pale Lagers, which in my opinion, has been a direct result of the increasing popularity of IPAs. I’ve found a few ones that I really enjoy and I’m hoping I can add this one to my list.


ABV: 6.3%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Now on tap and soon to be in your glass is our latest Brewhouse Rarities release, an India Pale Lager. Brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops and fermented with a lager yeast strain, this hybrid style combines huge tropical fruit hop bitterness (typical in our favorite IPAs) with a crisp and clean lager finish.”

Random: This is the 30th beer I’ve reviewed from Flying Dog.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was lightly hazy with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus hops, lemon and grass as well. The taste had significant bitterness. It started with pine resin and then went into grass and old citrus rind. I didn’t pick up any tropical fruit notes, which was a shame, because it would have improved the beer. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a crisp finish with the same citrus pith. A single of this was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce). This was a decent beer, but I was missing the tropical fruit notes. This beer had a lot of potential, but just fell a bit short for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I picked up another brew from Cambridge from Half Time. Again, when I picked it up, I had no idea what this beer was about. I just saw it was by them and in the cart it went. I’m not going to lie that I was a little disappointed to find out the style when I opened it.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American light lages and Pilsners are easy to drink and refreshing. They are not, however, easy for a craft brewer to make – but we are always up for challenge. Pilsner malt and flaked rice provide sweet cereal grain notes while German and Czech hops add spiciness and a balanced bitterness to the finish. Cold fermented and aged with a German lager yeast, the palate is clean with a snappy finish.”

Random: I’m getting pretty darn close to post #1900.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated instantly.It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, lemon yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose had some grain and grass, and nothing else to speak of. The taste was like a light Pilsner. There was the same grain and grass and not anything else. I didn’t pick up any spice either. It was just really bland. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. This was $2.19 for the can, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. Honestly, I just find this style boring in general, so I won’t be having it again. But, if you’re into this style, try it if you want.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0