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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewing innovation is about asking "what if?". What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & and flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers!

MALT VARIETIES Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend and Munich malt
HOP VARIETIES Zeus, Simcoe, Citra, Ahtanum, Cascade, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin hops


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Pours bright crystal clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma has earthy and piny hops, nutty / caramel malt, toffee and clean lager yeastiness - pleasant. It has a medium rough body (rough by premium lager standards) with some sharp underscored carbonation. The flavor starts out dry and hoppy with earthy / spicy hops. The malt has a dryness to it as well with caramel, crackers and dark toffee. The finish has smooth lager traits, some fruitiness and a touch of syrup. Still hoppy throughout. Good hoppy lager.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours clear gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet pone and resin aromas. Sour caramel and tropical fruit upfront turning to earthy resin in the lasting finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Amber gold body. Brilliant white head with nice lacing. Spicey tropical nose. Toffee, tropical, resinous citrus taste. Crisp and very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3478) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours clear, dark amber with a whipped, off-white head. Scent is strong grapefruit peel and pine. Taste is peppery citrus, malt. Very crisp with a nice tingling bitter throughout. A nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (615) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12oz into a glass. Smell upfront is ipa hoppy, with citurs, grapefruit and then dried lemon. Its a nice mix when the inital taste comes in mildly malty,disntincly lager like, mellow and crisp, then the hops advance in the aftertaste and the beer finished ipa like. Fruitty emissions of orange, pineapple and peach. I enjoy the sessionalbe status of this, as the aroma and taste presume otherwise, but Ill trust the bottle. Colori s mild orange, light tan and mellow sunshine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12 oz. bb Jun 2013. Clear topaz with a large, lasting head. Aroma is clean spicy lemon grass, resin, plus a dab of caramel and toast. Flavor starts the same with the lemongrass and resin, then later develops a hint of white pepper. A bit of earthy honey sweetness balances. Mild toast in the long finish. Light-medium body is smooth, with light carbonation and well balanced. Nice sessioner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4137) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12oz bottle, Spring Thaw Variety Pack, 2013, mixed 12pk. Deep amber color. Thick creamy foam, huge lacing. Sweet aromas of hops, nice citrus & pine. Nose of floral bread. Tastes crisp, pale malts, very refreshing. Nice mellow bitterness for an India-style. Finishes with a apricot juice essence. Very nice, a top Sam Adams! (3586)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1214) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Clear gold with a generous bright white head. Grassy hops aromas supported by a solid bready malt base. Herbal and earthy grass hops taste followed quickly by doughy bread, with nice peppery highlights. Light body, lively carbonation, pillowy soft mouthfeel and a crisp clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (1877) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a translucent amber orange with no head. Aroma of piney and citrus hops. Taste is lager yeast, hops and creamy malt. Nice drinkable hoppy lager. This may be Sam Adams' best! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mallons72 (159) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Very good. Very similar to a victory prima pils. Very hoppy, pine and grapefruit. Tastes like a beer that would be higher abv than 5.0


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