savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Clear yellow orange with a thick, frothy head and some lace. Aroma is all hops with citrus, floral, pine and pineapple. Flavor is light malt with a firm hop bitterness and a clean yeast profile. Light body with average carbonation. Great hybrid beer, the hops take center stage in the aroma with a clean malty backbone.
bagalagalaga (113) - Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, apparently Sam Adams innovation of cramming a bunch of hops into a lager really resembles a classic IPA to me. It seems like mostly the bitter piney kind of hops flavors are winning out in this one.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a light rust orange with minimal head. Aroma of huge tropical citrus fruit. Taste is medium bitter. Citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of earthy pine. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a super long finish. Overall, very good. Somewhat unbalanced but the mix of flavors from the hops totally makes up for it.
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pour is gold with a medium foamy head.
aroma is grassy, grainy, citrusy, honey and biscuit.
Flavour is not at all as sweet as expected. Nice citrusy and floral hop. Very crisp body. light grain and biscuity malt.
junon (414) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big bold fruit notes in both bouquet and flavour. Ever so slight bitterness. Smooth. Wish it was a little stronger. Not bad.
Fukito (738) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden color with some orange hues and a small, bubbly white head. Aroma is herbal, some tropical fruits and slight citrus. Tasty is hoppy in line with the aroma, herbal with some citrus and grapefruit, firm but mild with a salty finish and short after taste. Medium to light palate, easy driking, refreshing and tasty at the same time. Kind of a hopped-up Boston Lager. Wish they could do something like this @ 4.2 - 4.4% abv
r464 (1928) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth and malty, but balanced. Full enough, but not heavy. A very nice lager that the macros could sure learn from.
Sledutah (4684) - Utah, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle picked up at The Grapevine
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized white head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit and grapefruit
Taste: Fruit, light malts, yeast and citrus
Very nice, clean and crisp.
AT7000 (5) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I too was surprised that I really enjoyed this beer. I’m not really a fan of most Sam Adams beers. However, this one is solid and has a quite interesting taste to boot. Basically, a hopped up, piney, citrusy lager.
A good sessionable beer based on its 5% ABV. And it would be an excellent paring with food, since it is not as overpowering as a strong IPA style. I could down 4-5 of these pretty quikly- It makes for a nice Spring/Summer type beer.
Vanaman (2) - - MAR 29, 2013 does not count
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
One finger white head on top of a golden malt with a slight reddish hue. Slight hint of citrus with a bold hoppy bite. Nice, clean finish.