jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp copper coloured body with a lighter honey glow and a thin, one centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of pale malt, bright hops and a hint of grassiness. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong hop flavours up front with a definite herbal note, some lighter malt backbone flavours and a bit of a spiciness on the finish. Aftertaste shows a great balance of malt and hops with a pleasant light sugar finish and a strong white grape juice-like flavour. Overall, a surprisingly good beer with a very nice balance and an easy-to-drink mouthful. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle, pulled from a 12 pack sampler, purchased from Giant in Fairfax, Virginia, sampled on 02-March-2013.
DBob5150 (175) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty standard fair for an IPA. Greenish yellow body with a thick head that fades slow. Aroma is a strong hops with a little pine cone. Taste is crisp, slightly bitter that leaves a piney aftertaste. Drinks reasonably smooth.
djroehler (289) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light clear amber with large white head that fades to good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and lime, light toasted malt. Medium body, medium heavy carbonation. Taste starts with citrus burst, melon and lime, full malts, finishes with bitter lemon.
BillHick420 (389) - North Dakota, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light amber with a white head. Nose of pine, spruce and citrus. Wonderfully balanced with a sweet fruitiness paired with the characteristics of of IPA hops.
RobertDale (2846) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish gold with a nice off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and florals. Taste is grapefruit, other citrus fruits, pine, spices, and florals. Interesting take on a lager?
Damico (2303) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was unexpectingly delicious and refreshing. The aroma is light citrus and juicy hops, the citra and the unique twist of Nelson is nice. The flavor is hops up front followed by lightly sweetened lager yeast and malts that settle pleasantly on the palate with a bit of the hops revisiting to finish up.
Cybercat (2912) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An India Pale Lager? Gotta love it! Robust aroma has a very strong hoppy component, a sour citrus underpinning, and a hint of crisp lager malt. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick ivory head. Hoppy flavor has nicely balanced woody and resiny components, with citrus and malt peeking through. Firm, smooth texture dances on the tongue, delighting with a hoppy and fruity finish. One brew experiment that makes the grade. If not Sam’s best, definitely worth a try.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Hoppy, fruity, citric aroma, touches of grapefruit, pine, herbs and the white wine character of the Nelson Sauvins coming through as well, with lighter notes of grass, lemon and wood. Clear medium-dark golden in color with a very fine-bubbled head of white and very thin lacing. Flavor profile is quite hop-focused as well, with lots of tropical fruit, citrus, green, leafy herbs and a moderately high degree of clean bitterness that appears late, as does the pale, very lightly toasty and sweet malt character. Crisp and dry on the palate with plenty of fine effervescence, body is light-medium. Refreshing and flavorful. I must admit, I am impressed. This delivers on the concept.
rocbyter (1854) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Moderate floral hop aroma. Clear orange color with a large white head. Mild beginning with a late middle bitter flavor that fades in the finish. Palate gets weak in the end.
Alextricity (417) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best by August 2013 ... poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Looks like a beer-beer... a lot like Samuel Adams Boston Lager. A nice, crystal clear amber color. Three fingers or so of a nice, creamy-ish white head. Lacing’s awesome on this one. Good looking.
Smell: For some reason, a lot of metallic aromas... though this could be because I rinsed my glass out just before using. Behind that is plenty of hops. Grapefruit, and a non-descript tropical note. As the label says, a lot of West coast aromas in this one. Well done.
Taste/feel: It’s a Boston Lager in IPA form, I think... and it’s fantastic. It’s a lot like an IPA on the front, but the finish is sweet, with that classic biscuit/cracker aftertaste that I get from Boston Ale/Lager, and now this. The mouthfeel is of about medium carbonation with a slight creamy feel. Truly one of the, if not THEE, best Samuel Adams beers that I’ve had. I hope this is a year round offering that’s available in six-packs. $8.49 for a six pack? Sign me up.