finn1918 (222) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the spring variety pack. Pours a clear light amber/deep gold with a 1-finger fluffy white head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is typical for an IPA: big pine punch with a hint of flowers and citrus. Taste follows suit, but is a little bit more mellow than an actual ale. Light mouthfeel and clean finish typical of a lager. This is a darn good beer, although I donít think itís quite as "groundbreaking" as Sam Adams hoped it would be. Very similar to Sierra Nevada Torpedo overall, but light enough to session easily.
DMLINAZ (316) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I thought this seemed like an odd IPA til I saw the description as IPL. Nice hoppiness with citrus flavor, mainly grapefruit. Dry finish, not a long finish. Flavorful but mild. Enjoyable.
malkyore (271) - - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have always been skeptical of Sam Adams. Thereís no way that a mainstream beer company could be as good as a bells or an arcadia. Then I tried this beer. This is a solid IPAish beer. Iím not usually a fan of lagers of any variety but this is definitely one of my favorites. Solid looking white head that dissapears relatively quickly. This beer pours a thin looking amber color thatís completely clear. Nose is wonderful, grapefruit and hops mostly, this is probably my favorite nose Iíve ever had in an ip(l)a. Taste is weakly hopped and very lagery but good. Thereís enough flavor to back up the lagery weakness. Its a very full tasting beer. The flavor is very refreshing, this is definately a beer I could get with dinner somewhere. Overall, I am impressed. I am very excited to try more Samual Adams beers after this.
rumproasts (3751) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Golden with small head. Interesting hybrid of IPA and lager. Nice hop bite. Light bodied and easy to drink.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hops on the nose, floral, spicy, citrus. Some caramel as well. The appearance is clear amber/yellow, white head. The flavor is hoppy, floral, some caramel. Floral hops on finish. Medium in body. Enjoyable.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before June of 2013.
Appearance: Clear amber body with fine carbonation bubbles. The head is white with an average sized with decent retention, settling into a messy coating.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of citrus, lemon comes to mind, with a touch of pine, a slight lemonade tea aroma.
Taste: The malts balance the assertive hops nicely. The hops come on strong at first with a lemon flavor that leads to a half and half lemonade/tea mix flavor that I got on the aroma. This isnít bad, but I swear this smells like an Arnold Palmer.
Palate: Medium bodied, crisp, with snappy carbonation.
Overall: This is yet another decent Sam Adams beer. They really have a knack for brewing solid beers that I have a hard time complaining about. I rarely love their beer, but itís usually going to be worth drinking.
shrubber85 (8750) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pine/grapefruit peel and orange malt aroma. Golden yellow with large head. Sweet orange malt and mildly bitter pine/grapefruit peel flavor. Hops more subdued in the flavor. Nice.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark golden pour with a bubbly white head. Strong pine and grapefruit hop aromas. Nicely balanced flavor, the citrus and pine hops are still strong but there is a nice sweet malt finish. Crisp and smooth body, a very nice lager.
Gachupines (1045) - USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is light, slightly grassy hops. Flavor is a little hoppy but finishes clean and effervescent. Very nice lager with a little bite, makes for a pleasant session beer.
tmongoose (1600) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours medium orange color with white head that doesnít last long. Minimal lacing on the glass. You get that citrus hop aroma and some malt. Flavor has a good boost of hops but mild on the tongue. Bitterness is hidden well. The is also a bite in the flavor not from hops but from the lager base. Very clean and refreshing.