amesm82 (4) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hay color, generous head. Large hoppy bite at the start that lasts to the end, mingling with creamy fruit and spice to finish.
sfontain (832) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from spring mix pack, Kroger, W. Bridge, Dublin. Light orange-copper color, medium white head dissipates into significant ring that is brought back with swirling; good lacing. Aroma pine, grapefruit, biscuit. Flavor has a sharp, piney bitterness, citrus and floral hop flavor, dry finish leaves a resiny aftertaste. Medium body, smooth but substantial carbonation. This is my last new beer rating in this 2013 Sam spring variety pack, which is far and away the best Sam Adams mixer I’ve had to date. Each of the 6 beers (possibly excepting White Lantern) is average at worse, with the maple pecan porter bordering on outstanding. Nicely done.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with just over an inch-high head of near white froth. Light lacing.
Smell: Restrained pale maltiness, a bit toasty, a tad biscuity. Hops in the nose lean resiny, steely, pithy, and a earthy.
Taste: Pale malts with a subtle, harmonious toastiness to it. Light sweetness. The hop blend is a bit floral, zesty, citrusy, resiny. A little grassy, even, maybe a hint of ground black pepper. Moderate bitterness. Smooth, dry, bitterish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Soft, smooth lager meets a brighter hop character, though not so much as a Tuppers’ Hop Pocket Pils. I thought it was fine and enjoyed it a bit more than expected.
TATE (352) - Lubec, Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with white head and lots of carbonation. Big floral and piney aroma. Starts off like a west coast IPA but finishes more subtle when a sweet malt flavor comes through. It gets better the further I get into it. Something different than the average IPA and a lot of flavor for 5% ABV.
pyromaniac1988 (1) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good beer. Love the IPA and Lager combination. One of my new favorites from Samuel Adams. Would love to see it all year long.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Spring 2013 sampler pack. A hazy orange amber brew with a bright white head. The nose has some strong hay and grapefruit. There is also a lot of the floral hops. The taste was like hoppy grapefruit with a blance of bread crust. There is a dry hay like finish. This is like a nice really hoppy, but not amped up abv, pils. Well made.
tnkw01 (1299) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Great beer. Loved the rich citrus hop taste that one finds in a IPAD but had that crisp refreshing finish of a lager. Great stuff.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a nice cheddar orange with a nose of body odor grapefruit rind. Flavor is tart grapefruit, selztery orange peel, and light pine. Tingly and lingering on the tongue. GREAT beer.
SSSteve (3915) - - FEB 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. clear gold with large fluffy white head. spicy hop aroma with white grapefruit. big, grainy flavor of straw. like a lager with the syrupy sweetness replaced with citrusy lemony hops. lemon lime finish. medium body.
poisoneddwarf (1902) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from the spring variety pack. Pours slightly hazy copper with a medium off-white head with good retention and lace. Aroma is doughy, floral. Taste is bitter with some sour in the finish (along with more lingering bitterness). Nice and hoppy. Creamy mouthfeel, high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Not bad at all, although not near as good as New Belgium’s Shift when it comes to hoppy lagers.