Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light and bubbly. Strong hops but not overpowering. Crisp with notes of grass and citrus.
jmohno (1285) - Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper-gold,short head,lacing. Clear, I really like the color of this one.
Fairly hoppy aroma fruit,kinda spicey with general hoppiness.
Taste is smooth,slickish,somewhat toasty/buiscuity with caramel,a little toffee,hops-citrus fruit-tropical like,dryish finish,good bitter,some noticable malt in finish also.Pretty spicey tasting overall. Good beer. Probably wouldnt really know it was a lager besides it being a bit smoother/slicker.
Lowe1983 (1391) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with a white head. Atoms is mostly citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Flavor is also mostly citrus and pine hop. Pretty good.
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus hops it’s also malty with a yeasty bread quality. The appearance is deep gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a nice non bitter hoppy finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a very good beer.
radio_nowhere (1214) - Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Bottle from Spring variety pack (note, it is not Spring). Poured into pint glass, clear golden-amber color with half-finger of creamy off-white head. Aroma is citrus fruits & floral hop forward, bready with some spice notes. Taste leads with the bitter hops, balanced with light malt backbone. Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean with lingering bitterness on tongue. I like this lager/IPA, refreshing and very tasty. I like.
NachlamSie (3000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Casual Pint. I have been waiting for someone to make an aggressively American-hopped lager and Sam Adams has done it very well. The aroma gets me stoked right away. Lots of citrus and herb stands out with nothing to stand in its way. The palate is crisp and lighter but the flavor skimps not on hops. Lots of grassy, citrusy hoppiness highlights this beer. It works so obviously well with the lightly yeasty body. I want more of this.
Danyel (1395) - Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours light orange with white head. Smells fruity. Tastes very fruity with a lagerish finish. It’s a a nice transition beer for lager lovers to ale lovers, and vice versa. Good.
arminjewell (8674) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, clear orange pour with nice white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, some lemon, touch of some odd stale veggie and cardboard notes when cold, but as it warmed it turned into more spicy and old hops. Taste is a mix of slight spice, grain, biscuit, bread, hints of grass, touch of cardboard and old hops, finishing fairly bitter, slightly dry.
rangerred (989) - 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 (4043) - 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.