Lightning Ionizer Lager

Lightning Ionizer Lager

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Brewed by Lightning Brewery

Poway, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Lager

8.3% Alcohol by Volume

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A combination of what happens after a lightning strike and the smoother taste and finish you expect from a Lightning lager beer. This beer is a Pre-Prohibition-style American lager beer. We use American malted barley and corn as an adjunct to provide extra fermentable sugars. A solid hopping regime is used through the brewing to balance the beer’s flavor profile, followed by fermenting with a clean strain of lager yeast. Post-Prohibition American Lager Beers as a group have gotten a bad name through the past 40 or 50 years due to a uniform lack of distinction that has now become associated with the style. Taking this into account, we have now released the “Ionizer Lager.” This beer lies at the intersection of the art, history and science of beer making. As you might expect from a Lightning Beer, we made an American Lager that is unlike others. It is big, has a slight corn taste associated with the style, hefty hopping and a true laggered overall taste. For hops, we used American varieties and a selected strain of American Lager yeast for fermentation. This is a big beer: around 8.3% A.B.V., with a slight aroma of hops, a moderate amount of bittering hops to balance the maltiness of the beer, and a clean fermentation from the yeast and temperatures we use through the process

ID: 32004 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank33502
Overall Percentile33.1
Style Rank65 of 428
Style Percentile84.8
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score3.3
Average Score3.200
Weighted Score3.080
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • REGSPEIR 155 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    22 oz. bottle (acquired in a trade) into a standard pint glass. Poured a light yellow-orange with a smallish head that dissipated completely. There was little or no lacing. Nose was caramel, lemon, pale malt and corn. Taste was boozy and sweet with elements of lemon, honey, caramel, and grains. Carbonation was light and it felt thin, though sticky. WHile a bit too sweet and thin for me to drink much of this, it wasn’t awful. I admit I wasn’t expecting much here, so it is not a shock that it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Like most, a malt liquor was last tried in high school when friends wanted to get drunk and could care less why or how and certainly didn’t care about anything tasting good.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    This strong lager/malt liquor pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, quickly dissipating with some decent lacing. The aroma is grainy and grassy, kind of sweet with some orange. A medium bodied post-prohibition style lager. The malts are fruity and sweet, with a lot of grass and grain. The hops are earthy and spicy. The 8.3 % alcohol is kind of noticeable. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Not a lot of the typical high gravity beer characteristics, except maybe for the sweetness. It’s a little too sweet for my taste. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

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