UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a medium amber color with an off-white head. Strong yeasty aroma, but nothing overpowering. Kind of a spicy taste, maybe some hints of caramel. Decent for a Belgian, but not hop-forward at all.
thome50 (1252) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Best by June 2013 so it must be fresh!! (end sarcasm) Aroma is belgian clove, spices and banana. No real hop presence. Taste is much more belgian than anything else. Banana, clove, slight old hops. Malty to a small degree but overall, more of a belgian pale at this point.
beertholomeus (1438) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured an amber color with creamy white head. Yeast and malt aromas. Yeast, malt and some hop flavors. Medium body with slightly bitter yeasty finish.
krumbum (801) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice zip on the tongue more yeasty then hoppy, flavorful yet managed. Nice but missing the hop from the IPA.
Scottmc21 (5) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best. Beers that I have ever tasted in my entire life. Can’t wait to sample more!
blutt59 (6358) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, amber color with white foam, aroma is malty caramel and pine. Flavor of red licorice, caramel, cherries
commonmac (820) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An attempt by Sam Adams to be crafty and not exactly a success. Main issue is a lingering unpleasant aftertaste like someone left a hop on the floor and then deposited it at the end of the beer. Overall some decent bitterness but falls short of Belgian IPA expectations.
commonshawn (804) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma and appearance. Good lacing. A bit soapy, low flavor in middle and ends a bit flat. Good, but doesn’t stack up vs the style.
wxman (1661) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a pale gold/amber with a thin white head. Aroma is bread and spice. Taste is sweet caramel malt and mild hop bitterness. Quite good.
DocLock (8988) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottles from half a dozen places. Pours clear medium copper with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange marmalade, somewhat sweet, with peppery dusty yeasty floral esters. Tastes funky, yeast, sweet, with notes of florals, hops, mango, orange marm, and a sweet somewhat cloying finish with some tannins and a finish that reminds me of Boston Ale, whch you don’t see much anymore. This one makes me grumpy, because it is formulaic, you can taste the preservatives, and I need Jim Koch to really kick it up a notch.