Boston Harbor Distillery Ella Blanc India Pale Lager

Boston Harbor Distillery Ella Blanc India Pale Lager

(0.375l, 42%)


6.7/10
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Adventurous and delightful Indian Pale Lager
 
IPL, or Indian Pale Lager, is a curious animal. There's no set of style guidelines, no certain level of hop flavor or bitterness that would constitute some kind of a standard. But that doesn't necessarily mean something bad. It can mean creativity and mystery. It's quite similar to IPA, but it's a lager. 
 
Samuel Adams decided to make a wonderful IPL and named it Ella Blanc. It's not a woman, but rather two different newly discovered hop varieties. Ella comes from Australia and creates sunny notes of orange peel, pine, and tropical fruits. Hallertau Blanc, on the other hand, comes from Germany and brings stunning floral and grassy hints with a touch of herbal basil. 
 
The result is an astounding beer experiment with a frolicking hop character tamed by the crispness of a lager. It's what the Germans might have come up with if they conquered India with the Australians. Give this golden liquid a go and taste smooth malty flavors with a lovely grassy finish. We believe Samuel Adams did a tiny mistake there and Ella Blanc should be spelled Hella Awesome.

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Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep gold.
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Grassy hops and lager yeast on the nose with hints of caramelized malts and citrus.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet flavors of caramel and citrus followed by breadiness of lager yeast and a lovely malt character.
 
Finish
Medium, smooth and a bit sticky finish.

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Ratings & Reviews
Kerr
Kerr,
Love this. Smooth and strong
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a balanced, Two-Row Pale Malt Blend Wheat American Whiskey that has a grassy birth; while a rich life that leads to a slightly syrupy & bitter death with a hint of citrus zest & basil.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Curious syrupy sweet aroma. Smooth with caramel and herb. No burn.
 
JOHN
JOHN,
Meh
 
John
John,
Kinda strange at first, but I am really enjoying this. Love the floral and hoppy notes! Caramel is subtle but persistent. Really tasty!
 
James
James,
Very smooth
 
Jason
Jason,
Nice hop & floral aroma. Finish with beer-like notes. Liked the aroma more than the flavor. Would make a nice candle scent.
 
Mark
Mark,
Smooth, not a ton of flavor to it.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
It was nice...nothing memorable but not unpleasant. Definitely floral and sweet but not overly so. I may add to my collection.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Not a lot of flavor!
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
I really dislike IPA’s so I wasn’t expecting anything good from this. Out of the 3 in the tasting box I enjoyed this one the most. Not overly bitter like I find most IPA’s, but it left me with a nice mellow hops taste in the finish.
 
Jim
Jim,
Aromatically pleasing, fresh tasting
 
Bill
Bill,
I liked this one........still don't taste anything remotely like an IPA, but might try a bottle in the future.
 
DANIEL
DANIEL,
Great whiskey with a hint of hops at the end
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Delicious. Smooth
 
Christopher
Christopher,
My favorite of the Hoppy Spirit box, it has a soft floral smell and the initial taste is mostly citrus. A very soft kick but it’s there and the hops come out in the end. This is the one bottle that I will buy out of the sample box.
 
Parker
Parker,
Great flavor
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Very tasty and was different than what I expected. I found it be extremely smooth and very sweet with significant citrus and herby flavors. I thought with the IPA it would be a little stronger with the hoppiness, however I liked the subtlety of it. I would like to drink this again.
 
Rex
Rex,
My first reaction was to dislike it. But as I tasted the flavors each one reminded me of things that I do like. First the pine, then the citrus, then the floral and herbs, lastly the hops. It almost seems to fizz in the mouth and reminds me of an IPA. Amazing journey.
 
James
James,
Loved it!
 
Gene
Gene,
Tasty , interesting, the hop hits you and the piney taste lingers. No burn could be trouble. I liked it but fear the sweetness and easy drinkability . I’d put this in my bar.
 
Michael
Michael,
Different, but good.
 
Brian
Brian,
I loved it! Never tasted anything like it. Please acquire more bottles for sale. 😁
 
Judson
Judson,
Fresh and grassy, definitely a bourbon for hop heads.
 
Kiah
Kiah,
Very accurate tasting notes. Clear IPA influence with a smooth finish.
 
Michael
Michael,
The Ella Blanc IPL was a great whiskey. We had the whiskey while at the distillery for our wedding, and we liked it so much we used it in one of our signature cocktails for the event. It's got an almost herbal quality to it on the back end that is likely due to the hoppiness of the original mash.
 
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