Great Divide introduces Lasso IPA, the lowest-alcohol beer in its lineup

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Great Divide Brewing, which made its name with enormous, potent beers like Yeti and Hercules, will continue a newer romance with lower-alcohol beers in January when it debuts Lasso, an IPA that will carry the lowest ABV in the brewery's lineup.

Brewed with three kinds of hops -- Columbus, Centennial and Cascade -- Lasso will be 5 percent alcohol by volume and carry 50 IBUs, low for an IPA these days.

See also: Great Divide tentatively plans a large new brewery in Denver's River North

Great Divide has introduced two other low-alcohol beers in the past two years: Nomad, a 5.4 percent pilsner, and HeyDay, a 5.2 percent Belgian-style wit.

"We think it's a good fit. IPA fans want something they can have a few of, and Titan is still a little beefy," says Great Divide spokesman Doug Christie. Titan, Great Divide's regular IPA, has a 7.1 percent ABV, while its Hercules double IPA is 10 percent.

Several of Colorado's bigger breweries have been flirting with low-ABV beers over the past year or so. Odell released Loose Leaf in May, a 4.5 percent ABV pale ale, that was only available in the Fort Collins brewery's seasonal mix-packs. Several other breweries experimented with Berliner weisses that hovered around the 4.0 ABV mark.

Avery has also been promising to release some low ABV beers in the near future -- and probably in cans -- including an IPA and a stout, but those beers may have to wait until the Boulder brewery builds its new facility next year.

"We've certainly developed an outstanding reputation for our big, high-ABV beers," says Great Divide founder and president Brian Dunn in a statement. "But we really take pride in our entire collection of balanced beers, regardless of alcohol content."

Lasso will be a year-round beer, available in six-packs. It replaces Hades, a Belgian-style ale that Great Divide stopped producing on a regular basis earlier this year.


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Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Argue that point with a cop on the side of the road, Virgil. Don't forget to bring bond money...

Scott Petrovits
Scott Petrovits

I'm glad to see more breweries exploring sessionable beers, though 3-4% ABV would be even better. I like being able to enjoy flavorful beer without having to worry about my BAC. If you choose your beer based on alcohol level, maybe you should just stick to cheap malt liquor and leave the good beer for the rest of us.

Emily Langley
Emily Langley

I always think that also until I do a breathalyzer...its so low if you judge on actual impairment. Not trying to argue the exact numbers, but its darn close to that, everyone's a little different in this respect. I used to work in the alcohol industry and we were about safe consumption and that's the number they give at that company to tell people, I've never tested it on an actual person meeting those qualifications. I'd be interested to see what you'd blow though after 1 strong IPA, you may not feel it but I bet blow at least .06 which is impaired if the cops want it to be in CO. You can be charged for anything after a .05 if the cops who pull you over say you were impaired, its a lesser charge than .08 but still a criminal charge.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Just go to your medicine cabinet, throw in a few drops of the rubbing alcohol, and BAM. You're on your way to drunken bliss....or the ER.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Bullshit. I'm at 150 flat and can easily down a full bottle of Zin or several glasses of Crown without much ill effect. w00t w00t

Ozzie Perch
Ozzie Perch

flavored water...and we can get beer prices for it...brilliant!

Josh Nadler
Josh Nadler

It has been gone a while, and I sorely miss it. Orabelle (sp?) is terrible.

Emily Langley
Emily Langley

Lower alcohols do provide session-ability if they taste good its a great idea, could have an IPA with dinner and not get a DUI on the way home as most IPA's push a 150lb person over the legal limit after 1. However, I might prefer to stay at home and do a happy high alcohol version or take a designated driver. Its all about taste and safety.

Zac Ricciardi
Zac Ricciardi

I tend to steer clear of anything less than six percent

Tim Sparhawk
Tim Sparhawk

Well not that I like talking about AB in comparison to craft beer and GD, however, the most popular or one of them is Bud Light. That's because consumers are able to drink several of them through out the night with out feeling full quickly with heavy dark beers or feeling drunk too soon with a high ABV beer. So yes I think this can be the right direction to try to capture the beer drinkers who don't like heavy beers, GD is just marketing to a new client, which I think will work.

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