rangerred (975) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass
Pours a crystal clear medium copper with a one finger white head. The head hangs around in some form nearly throughout with really nice lacing.
Aroma is quite a shock as it is much more than I was expecting. Tons of tropical fruit character with orange, tangerine, mango, and some pineapple. There is a little bread trying to poke through but it is nearly all hops.
The flavor has the same punch of tropical hops up front and it is really pretty strong and juicy. Adds a real nice layer to what would otherwise be a pretty typical lager. Beneath the hops there are notes of bread and caramel that is very reminiscent of other Sam Adams lagers. One can definitely tell that this is a Sam Adams beer. Bitterness is on the mild side with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a little bit of a sticky finish.
Overall, one of the better beers I have had from Sam Adams. I really love the hops and the crispness the lager yeast gives. This beer is highly drinkable and provides an added bonus of great flavor. Definitely one to pick up.
Cavie (3892) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy Fratto. Pours a clear copper orange color with a foamy white head. Aroma is lovely hops, pine and outdoors. Flavor is fresh and inviting. Lots of flavorful hops and bitterness. Well balanced and good.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/7/13 notes: bottle, part of sampler. Pours brilliantly clear and gold-orange with a pearl white head. Tangerine, lime, green peppercorn and underripe grapefruit pith on nose, very nice. Flavor is tropical hop oils that recede quickly into a biscuity and light malt middle. Finish is short, hardly bitter with a bit of champagne mustiness. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp. Gosh, I can imagine a bunch of these going down on a hot day. Pretty straightforward tropical stuff here with an earthy lager yeast, but it works just fine for what it is.
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A crystal clear medium-honey colored lager. Thick off-white head that falls to a good lace. Clean hoppy spice aromas. Flavor is well balanced and hoppy and the mouthfeel. Some grapefruit, some spruce. Classic lager breadiness on the backside. Very drinkable. Might just be my new ’go to’ beer.
3fourths (8341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 bottle. clear gold with soda water bubbles and a small white head. mellow and somewhat stale hop aroma on top of bare pale malt sweetness. lightly chalky and husky, lightly coarse carbonation, medium hop bitterness. simple, lean, a little "snappy" but lacks any trace of life or vibrancy. very dull and plain.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grapefruity hops. Flavor is citrusy hops, sweet bready and caramel malts. Nice hoppy lager.
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->SA. Copper with frothy white head. Aroma: pine, citrus, hops. Taste: bitter hops and citrus peel. Better than expected, but just call it an IPA and be done with the marketing cleverness.
drsordr (1322) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprising hop nose. Citrus hop with balance front he malt. Not a very long finish, but solid beer, very reminiscent of ipa
DaBrew05 (12) - - FEB 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice citrusy aroma. Medium bitterness with a nice finish. Very good pale ale....er lager. Probably best Sam Adams hoppy beer.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy grapefruit and hay aromas. Transparent golden with a fizzy white cap. Bitter with nice hop characteristics. Medium bodied with a bitter but smooth finish.