nearbeer (4222) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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)
RedSox2004 (1445) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jcartamdg (2481) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
mallons72 (185) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured pale yellow with a largish white head. Aroma was citrus, tropical fruits, some pine. Flavor was citrus, tropical fruit, some pepperiness, crisp lager. Light to medium body. Actually, a quite successful brew, in my opinion.
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased at Food4Less in Woodland. Comical that this is listed as a Pale Lager. Why not a Premium Lager? The aroma on this is quite hoppy with a significant floral presence along with some perfume. Light pine, and light honeydew melon, too. This is nicely aromatic. Transparent orange body present with a medium, strong off-white head present. Starts with a great deal of piney, resinous hop flavors. Becomes a little herbal in the middle. Light biscuity malts then come through, before this finishes with more bitterness. Floral bitterness towards the finish. An intriguing brew, but certainly not a Pale Lager.
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice hoppy flavor that is very constant. It's bitterness is like pony with a low malt presence.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grassy overtones and a stiff, punchy finish, this faux-IPA is a pleasant backyard beer when you don’t want your tongue throttled by too much incensed hoppiness. One of the better offerings in Sam Adams’ oeuvre of seasonal and specialty beers.
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
They call this an India Pale Lager, which is a kind of lager the English brewed because they used to have to sail around the horn of Africa in order to get to India and buy grains of paradise to sell to Americans to use for crappy gimmick beers. I would just call it a lager in the American craft brew style, which is really becoming a thing if you ask me. In any case, this is something along the lines of a very hoppy craft brew "Pilsner" w/ maybe a slightly more pine-centric hop character and much fatter maltiness. It is clean and the hops are crisp. The malt sweetness gives it a texture that is more what you’d associate w/ an APA than a pils, which is OK but I think I’d prefer it a bit drier. Overall though, this is a pretty nice beer and I’d drink it again gladly--but I say that about every beer.