junon (382) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big bold fruit notes in both bouquet and flavour. Ever so slight bitterness. Smooth. Wish it was a little stronger. Not bad.
sailracer (373) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with medium head. A bit of hop aroma like a traditional IPA. The hop flavor was fairly mild, but there was medium bitterness that lingered for awhile. Some light malt flavors came through on the initial taste before the bitterness overpowered them.
Jabic (372) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Red grapefruit, bitter orange peel, lime.
Ap: Crystal-clear copper - medium-small extremely light tan head, good retention, thin but solid foam layer remains.
T: Grapefruit rind and clean toasted malt up front - lemon-lime - medium-high bitterness, a bit tannic - finish is crackers and lean citrus.
P: Medium-light body with high carbonation - finish is very dry.
O: Bright lager with clean malt and aggressive hop flavor, plus a firm grip of bitterness - very nice.
musinj6 (371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one is different, but good. Pours a clear golden with a 1 finger head and leaves moderate lacing. Aromas of pine, citrus and german hop character along with bold toasted malt. Primarily medium bitter. Meidum bodied with medium carbonation. Medium to long bitter finish. Very well balanced. I really think Sam Adams is overlooked by craft beer lovers sometimes. I really like this.
Onionkid (356) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Wow! Good job Sam Adams, another solid beer! Never seen an "ipl" and it’s a pretty fun blend of flavors. Smells like an average ipa, like an anchor ale...but the taste adds so much to it. Has a crisp hoppiness to it, that finishes smooth and has little aftertaste. The aftertaste that’s there is weak and floral. This is my new fave spring brew...very light, crisp, and has all the ipa kick I’d like! Needs more booze though. 5.0% alcohol.
rjplumer (351) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super grapefruit citrus aroma. Nice copper body with a 2 finger head that laces up nicely. Bitter start that smooths out quickly. Hint of a sour finish but is otherwise smooth. Like this one very much. If you like west coast pale ale or IPA’s it’s worth the a try.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought at Krogers on Broadway in the seasonal 12-pack.
It doesn’t seem like a Premium Lager but I know Sam is well known for unique beers as I have had about 30 of them so far.
Clear copper. Long, white laced head. Aroma: Cirtis hops, pepper. Flavor: Grapefruit, pine, pepper, bread malts. Bitter finish.
BlowOffTube (337) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a orange straw color with a white head. Aroma is pine and citrus. Nice clean taste of orange, lemon, and pine needles and a touch of sweetness. Thin to medium body which I wasn’t expecting and small to medium carbonation. Real good from SA.
badwhale (336) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a clear yellow with slight amber twinge and white head. Has a great nose of citrus. Tastes pretty hoppy with grapefruit citrus notes. Slightly on the watery size, but very decent.
rollinsr (332) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear light amber with frothy almond head. Aroma is strong citrus with sappy pine notes. Flavor has a slight initial bitter bite that slowly recedes across the palate. Nothing too stand-outish but there is nothing bad about this one.