MaBeer1972 (1262) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #1 from the Deconstructed 12-pack. Pours out a nice clear light amber with a decent off-white head. Earthy-herbal aroma and flavors. Malty backbone. This is more of a Pale Ale than an IPA any day, but I applaud Sam Adams for doing this - so we can appreciate the subtle variations of the different hops. Canít wait for #2.
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Wegmanís, Buffalo, NY. - No 1 in the series. I have to agree with the previous rater, EKG isnít an ideal hop for an American IPA - this attempt has to come under the heading of "interesting".
Itís an attractive golden amber pour with a billowing head; the aroma of the hops is somewhat swamped by the caramel malts, and whatís left isnít particularly appealing; in the mouth thereís sweet carmael malt, and the spiciness I associate with EKG; and the finish is long, dry and pleasantly bitter.
jbuskirk (404) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
Unlike the other IPAís that Iíve enjoyed in the Deconstructed series, East Kent Goldings just doesnít quite work. Itís not for lack of trying. This brew has a very attractive appearance and aroma. Itís reddish-orange when poured and clear orange when held up to light. Like every other ale in the series, it has an excellent head. While a bit faint, the aroma very clearly points to apricots. The taste is the only thing wrong with this brew. Sadly, thatís a cardinal sin. Itís like saying the engine is the only thing wrong with a car. Most of the hop flavor is buried under the caramel malt. What is there is rather strange. The bitterness is more annoying than refreshing and the fruitiness is so faint that it seems like an afterthought. In the end, this beer tastes nothing like an IPA. Itís all too bad but, then again, I suppose this is the reason you donít see many East Kent Goldings IPAís.
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an Oct 2014 expiration date. Gorgeous looking orange-amber pour with lively carbonation leading up to a lingering off-white head. Phenomenal clarity. The aroma does have a nice roasted malt and hop character but there is something else like a musky cellar. Also a kind of grape wine-like character. I actually like that. The body is medium. The taste is full of toasted malt goodness and subtle yet vibrant hop longevity at the end.
mike67 (768) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, herbal hops and ripe fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Earthy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, earthy, and astringent. I guess I do not like East Kent Golding in IPA.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful domed head that leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass. Crystal clear. Dirty copper color.
Okay, this beer has a dirty, pungent earthy smell. Presuming the deconstructing series is constant except for the hop variation, Iíd say that EKG hops have a horrible smell.
The earthiness continues in the taste but it isnít as powerful. Far more malty than most IPAís. The hop is almost unnoticeable until the aftertaste which is bitter but non-descript. Body is solid and the carbonation is pleasant.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
A - Pours a red copper with an off-white head that forms a descent collar. No lacing.
S - Not much. Some muted pungent earth, sesame oil, toasted white bread.
T - Musty wet grassy, lemon rind, earthy and herbal, off peach tea, malt. Finishes herbal with light bitterness.
M - Full side of medium bodied, great smooth carbonation.
This was my least favorite of the Deconstructed series. Just didnít work well. Good looking and good mouthfeel though.
Serving type: bottle
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
15th June 2011
Clear amber beer, tidy white head. Light palate, crispy and fairly dry. Minerally and fresh. Well balanced. A little toffee in the malt. The hops, not surprisingly, are more bitter than fruity. Finishes crisp with a carbonated sting and a touch of bitter marmalade. All very English. An English bitter with the volume turned up!
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep red amber color, modest 1/4 inch bubbly, creamy head. Aroma has a very earthy, floral hops presence with a pretty sweet nose as a whole and some modest malt presence in the end. Flavor is very earthy, with a strong herbal presence up front but this quickly moves to a sweet, flowery middle. Body is light, crisp with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a pretty good brew that isnít overpowering of hops. Very smooth, even flavor and makes it extremely enjoyable to drink.
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer is orange and appears mostly clear. The off white head begins about an inch thick, settling at a quarter inch, leaving plenty of lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers toasted bread, floral notes, subtle tea scents, as well as some earthy hops. The flavor is a balance of hops and malt, as is consistent with the other beers in this series. Earthy pine and resin. Decent. The finish offers some lingering hop notes. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation level. Another mediocre IPA from Sam Adams.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-15-2011