Wolfenkopf (170) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is pretty much what one should expect from an IPA. There are hops and citrus notes here, with an accentuation on the citrus. The brew is a healthy gold with a white, soapy head that thins somewhat quickly. There is a truly hoppy flavor here, too, but I wish that they had used one less in the variety so that one could stand out. Itís a battle royale of hops in this brew and thereís not clear winner. It is a good flavor, however, it just seems to be trying to do too much. The carbonation does not burn the tongue, but it is present. The palate is treated to a thin, oily feel with a myriad of hops in the aftertaste. This could be a good session IPA.
Cornfield (5324) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6-pack 0f b0ttles fr0m the nearby (walking distance) supermarket: It has a golden b0dy with l0ts 0f lazy bubbling and a slender 0ff-white head. The ar0ma is citrusy, pink grapefruit m0stly, with s0me light grainy malt. The taste is m0re 0f the same, adding a slight bit 0f pine and lem0n zest and a fair t0 middling bitterness that lingers int0 the finish. N0t bad, but it d0esnít really strike me as a west c0ast IPA.
bhensonb (10157) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours light orange/copper with a transient seemingly white head. Moderate aroma of hop and caramel. Med body or nearly. Initial flavor is pretty citrusly hoppy, and thereís pine. It has all the right ingredients for a West Coast IPA, but maybe not quite enough hop for it, and far from enough hop for a NW IPA. That said itís pretty hoppy. Itís a good IPA, and rings all the right notes, but it just wonít stand up to Knee Deep and similar. Certainly drinkable.
DalzAle (1897) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Medium tan/clear pour, decent lasting 1/2 inch jhead and an aroma of mild hops. Flavor was coppery malt, just enough hop flavor to let you know it was an IPA and finished sweet, almost like an amber ale.
reberiii (242) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís not bad, but itís not a West Coast IPA, either. Maybe a pale ale or weak ESB. Amber pour, two fingers of white. Smells corny. Spicy with not a lot of anything. Prickly carb. Easy drinking, but not an IPA.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body under a one finger fizzy white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is citrusy and piney, but the malt bill doesnít exactly scream a West Coast IPA at all. Thereís a ton of sweet iced tea like crystal malt in here and it overpowers the hops by a ton in the aroma. The flavor isnít all that bitter or hoppy either, I donít know where they get off calling this a West Coast IPA. Light lingering citrusy hops with minimal bitterness. Medium bodied and a little clingy on the back end. I donít think this is a very good effort at all, especially from Sam Adams, I expect a lot better from these guys.
Finhead (1085) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold with a bright, white head. The aroma has floral hops and light resin. It has a light body with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bittersweet with a tingly finish.
crazyvin (1835) - New York, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden body with a slightly off white head that had nice retention and some lace. There was a mild effervescence. Aroma had a heavy grapefruit hop presence upfront, balanced out by mild pine and floral hops, maybe citronella. nice caramel malts. Flavor was mostly grapefruit hops there was some bitterness to it. Malts seemed to be downplayed. A nice beer. Iím just not a big fan of grapefruit hops.
rumproasts (2000) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep golden with small head. Medium malt body with a decent amount of hops. Seems like itís slightly aboverage for an IPA, though itís not particular unique or distinctive.
berkshirejohn (4112) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from Georgioís, Billerica, NH. Amber with a loose cream head; citrusy aroma; very soft in the mouth with some orangey malts and a gentle pinewood edge; and a refreshingly sharp bitter finish. A well balanced IPA.