ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
*Re-rate*: This brew pours from the bottle a sparkling orange. The massive rocky off-white head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The over-achieving nose is brown sugar, caramel, flowers, dates, raisins and lightly roasted malt. The rich, complex and balanced flavor has a spiced orange acidity, and a long lightly roasted malt finish. The medium to full body is creamy and lively with a very dry finish. A stellar sipper if allowed to breath and warm to 55 degrees or so. *Original Rating* 2/24/02 8-4-7-4-15; 3.8 (from memory). This was my introduction to the Sam Adams line. I wasn’t disappointed.
Earlier Rating: 3/30/2002 Total Score: 3.7
Had one of these on tap with my pizza tonight. This brew pours a clear golden brown amber (copper). The average sized mostly diminishing creamy head has good lacing. The light nose is clean and balanced between toasted malt grain and hay and perfumed grassy hops with a subtle earthiness. The flowery flavor was light to medium balanced between sweet and bitter with a average nutty finish. The soft carbonation created a smooth and creamy feel to the just less than medium bodied mouthfeel that ended slightly metallic. A perfect compliment to my garlic and basil inspired cuisine. Above average, wouldn’t hesitate to have again.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t mind this ale at all - its my ’go to’ when at a bar and they only have cr@p on draft. Decent taste and I for one can appreciate the amltiness of this beer.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was surprised at the low alcohol content. The aroma was very strong, I smelled it from several feet away, herbal malts. The flavor was balanced VERY well, decent hop bitterness, but something was missing...not a very inventive brew, but thanks for trying.
theFinatUofI (45) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice taste with some bitterness countered by the softness of the malts. All around a great beer. Thumbs Up! This one won the Helsinki Beer Festival in 2001 and for a reason.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is all-around decent, malty beer. It’s bitter enough to call itself a pale ale and that light bitterness is well complemented by the malt. A reliable macromicro-brew.
olympian (107) - USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fine middleweight ale from Boston Beer. Nicely balanced all around, and
one of the most delightful aftertastes of any American-made ale.
Good stuff, Jim! RE-RATE BEGINS HERE: Had to up the score a bit more. This is now a resident member of my Top 10 list.
One of those ’come-back-to’ brews, over and over again. Wish I could afford to drink it on a day-in, day-out basis. VERY good stuff, Jim!
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good looking beer in the glass. No head retention but a nice amber color. Good balanced flavor that gets smoother as it warms.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too malty, but had nice hoppy hints that did a decent job balancing. A prety decent beer.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I did not like this beer, watery bland tasting.
jezmez68 (395) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice brown ale. Good flavor. Quality beer.