ThirstyBird (2387) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear gold color with a light tan had. The smell is fruity hops, caramel, citrus. The taste is citrus, fruit, light caramel ending with dry citrus. Light body with nice carbonation. A nice surprise, this one. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.
milewide (1896) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of hops, and body, for 5% ABV. One of best Sam brews. I appreciate the effort to blend ales and lagers. Not stranger than ales brewed with beard yeast!
cgarvieuk (19005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in hotel room orlando... Amber... Thin white head... Soft sweet toffee orange nose... Soct floral toffee... Light passion fruit.. Light dry finush... Little caramel malt
obguthr (5088) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Honey, grass, and lemongrass nose. Crystal clear amber, thick sticky head. Medium body, soft carbonation. Metallic and grassy. Has some nice attributes, but I don’t get what they are trying to accomplish. In the end, I didn’t really enjoy it all that much.
Brenhophead (675) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL bottle (BB: Dec 2013). Pours crystal clear golden sunset with a small white head. A very nice piney citrus aroma and, even though its past the BB date, a heck of a lot fruity caramel flavour with that crisp clean flavour only a lager can produce. Very nice.
IndianaRed (3220) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle hazy golden light amber with a nice lasting dense off-white head. Typical aroma of a macro-micro attempt at a West coast IPA. Piney and floral but somehow a b it cardboard and stale. Flavor is lees so, more subdues hop flavors, but balanced with the light malt of a pale lager. Some sweetness still and very drinkable. This hopped up PL with a little more FG works fairly well, though I am not sold on the "style" per se’
jandd1983 (3451) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a crystal clear amber color with a an off-white head. The aroma was of pine and citrus hops. The taste was of citrus and pine with a slight biscuit and sweet malt flavor for balance. It had a medium body and carbonation. Nice.
williamstome (1571) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold pour, big foamy head.
Floral, citrusy aroma with sweet malt undertones. Crisp, round flavor- dry simple hoppiness, tasty. Not the best mouthfeel.
DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Nice but overly pine it just sings of spruce to long.
Appearance: Nice very good at holding out.
Taste: clean and refreshing
musinj6 (484) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one is different, but good. Pours a clear golden with a 1 finger head and leaves moderate lacing. Aromas of pine, citrus and german hop character along with bold toasted malt. Primarily medium bitter. Meidum bodied with medium carbonation. Medium to long bitter finish. Very well balanced. I really think Sam Adams is overlooked by craft beer lovers sometimes. I really like this.