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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
This was labeled Sample A for Sam Adams’ 2010 Beer Lover’s Choice Longshot competition.
Sample A, a Belgian-style IPA, is an incredibly complex beer that begins with the fruity, sweet, slightly tart and spicy characteristics of Belgian ale yeast. The blend of malts, including a traditional slow-roasted Czech variety, adds a crisp, slightly roasty note. This is complemented by a combination of German and American hops, which add complex notes of eucalyptus, pine and citrus. The beer finishes with the distinct hop bitterness expected from an IPA, immediately demanding a second sip.

goldtwins' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2010
I picked this over the American Rye for the 2010 SA beer challenge. Poured a clear gold color with a small white head. Nice floral hop aroma with Belgian yeast aroma. Hoppy flavor gave a nice taste with typical Sam Adams drink ability. Light to medium body. I would buy these.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Not bad of a take for a Belgian, though more of a Belgian pale than an IPA. Warm gold color, good head. Slight yeasty fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle. Not a huge fan of the Belgium IPA style in general. Muddled Peary yeast. Melon and tangerines. Doughy caramel. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours clear and dark amber - almost like a pale red with a thin head. Aroma is pretty mild. Taste is mild bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Great beer could taste and smell the herbs. Loved the pour and had nice head. Good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Sample "A" bottle shared at Flossmoor pre-DLD Black party: Not many notes... Faded and oxidized with some Belgian yeast influenences, roasty and bready malts, some herbal notes, slighty fruity and twangy, soft carbonation, way past it’s prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle at Homebrew club meeting. Side by side with the Longshot winner, this is a much better beer. Pours a clear orangey copper with persistent and sticky white head. Nose is citrus with light pepper and clove notes. Nice hop character. On taste, the hops shine and work well with this yeast. Full and round, minimal astringency. Very solid Belgian IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz Bottle Thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out golden topped with a white head. Aroma was of pine, citrus, clove, pepper, and some belg yeast. Taste was nice a little IPA/Belg mix good hop caricature along with a good light belg. Much better than I was expecting it to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Pours amber with a frothy, white head. Smells metallic, floral, perfumy, light citrus. Tastes dry and floral with a subtle, peppery bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Deep amber pour. The nose is nice and spicy. Lots of bright and spicy/fruity hops over a fairly fruity and spicy yeastiness. Citrus and tropical fruity hoppiness over a bright lingering bitterness. Lightly peppery but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
This was far better than I expected it to be. Interesting play by the belgian hop profile balanced nicely with a lightly toasted malt aroma. Enjoyed

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