Now they don’t come right out and say it, but what Great Divide has clearly done here is brewed an IPA made for chugging. They call it a “session IPA” but that’s just fancy beer-talk for chuggable and that’s certainly something that we can appreciate here at Team Chug. It’s still hoppy and crisp, but at just 5% you don’t have to sip and there’s no reason to stop after 2. Or 7.
How Much:  6
I picked this up on sale for $8.99 for a 6-pack at my local liquor store, Incredible Wine and Spirits. I think it’s normally a dollar more, which is still a fair price. The main problem I have is that when I walk into a liquor store and I see Lasso IPA for the same price as Great Divide’s other India Pale Ale, Titan IPA, it’s generally going to lose out. Titan is similarly tasty, but clocks in at 7% ABV and I’m the kind of guy who appreciates a little more bang for his buck. Having said that, this is definitely a beer I would look for if I was going somewhere for a few drinks and I knew I had to drive home.
This is a tasty IPA and I have to hand it to Great Divide for pulling off such big hops flavor in such a low ABV beer. This is an interesting new trend that I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on, especially during the summer months. It’s nice to be able to properly function after a 6-pack of beers without having to choke down Bud Light. This beer has basically rendered their Denver Pale Ale useless to me, though. I enjoyed DPA, but it’s either Lasso or Titan for me from here on out.
Lasso is a year-round offering and Great Divide Brewing distributes to 27 States, but neither of the Dakotas.
Overall Rating: 6.9
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