This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Leinenkugel's India Pale Lager.
While in Chicago over Sukkos I picked up the Leinenkugel Autumn Explorer Pack which features the Harvest Patch Shandy, India Pale Lager, Maple Dunkel and Octoberfest. We broke open the box and shared them amongst the numerous thirsty Cubs fans watching the playoffs and their non-Chicago spouses. Who knew that this was a precursor to them making it to (and winning!) the World Series.
Of all the beers in the Autumn Explorer Pack, this was the beer that caught my fancy and which I would go out of my way to buy more of. The beer poured light brown which was a bit richer and darker than a standard lager. There was also citrus and hops, which are not common to a lager. But the beer does not desert its lager roots as the citrus and hops are a bit subdued and there is some grain/malt underneath the brew.
This versatile brew could be paired with many types of food, such as pizza, cheese dishes and light poultry entrees (obviously not together).
Leinenkugel India Pale Lager (IPL) is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, and has an OU on the label. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/710/141751.
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