daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall a good domestic ale. Smooth without any agressive charecteristics, solid amber/brown color deep foamy head that lasts a long time.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Now for the re-rate.
The aroma is laden with malt. I detected and enjoyed sweet bread, caramel and butterscotch in the nose. It's a beautiful beer. Perfect, sparkling amber hue. Very little head, though. Fully diminishing. This beer is so malty. Butterscotch, but not TOO sweet. Just slightly bitter, but enough to balance the flavor. Medium to full body with a creamy/syrupy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Long, well balanced finish. The hops outlast the malt and it ends up dry, crisp and clean. Still a great ale.
This beer rocks.
The commercial description suffices for the most part. The white head is small, fizzy and mostly diminishing. Poor lacing, but who cares? I love this beer. Been drinking it since I graduated from college ten years ago.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, what a surprise. Hops! Probably the only beer in the gas station that is going to have any hop presence. Malty aroma, orange/copper colored with bubbles everywhere. Good balance of malt and hops but the hops come through more. I’m in beer hell right now (small town with poor beer selection), and this is an oasis. Honestly though, this is a mediocre and kind of boring beer, compared to what I could find elsewhere.
HerrBier (14) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
If you like the taste of homemade beer, then this one is for you. If was brewed in a bathtub, I’d believe it. WAY too strong hop flavor. I keep trying Adams beers and I keep coming back to the same opinion of them - too hoppy.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another fine Sam Adams product. This was my first ale, so I can’t say much about it.
getsomeplaya99 (19) - Waukegan, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I didnt know it was possible to come up with an even worse tasting beer in Boston. Once again if it wasnt brewed in Milwaukee its not worth drinking
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite Sam Adams creation. Smooth and very drinkable. Great clear reddish appearance with a nice bouquet.
grymy (105) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
excellent brown ale, good after taste and doesnt leave anything to be desired
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured with a nice creamy head, with not as much lacing as other Sam Adams beers. This is by no means, an English Pale Ale as the style above states. This dark amber colored beer has a delicious malt smell and taste with the mild hop flavor coming through in the finish.