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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed with only East Kent Goldings hops, contributing a mellow bitterness and earthy, floral and apricot notes

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
I got the 12-pack last July and stashed it in the fridge with the idea of a video tasting comparing all six at once. Never got around to happening. Now itís 10 months later, and I finally decide to just do two at a time. Iím comparing this to the Simcoe, both poured in Sam Adams glasses. Pour: I got the whole bottle into the glass, with the foam puffing up just to the rim. Look is filtered amber with bit of floating sediment. Foam stays at the one finger level for some time. Aroma: Less oxidized than the Simcoe. Hop aroma is greatly settled out. Taste: Malts to the front now. Hops are only slightly present, just enough to keep the beer honest. Bit of earthy English hop, but just barely there. Total package is a lighter mouthfeel, like an English bitter. A little too mild to stand as even an English IPA, but thatís my fault for not drinking it fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopbag (61) - - JUL 12, 2014
Great reddish gold color, crystal clear. Lots going on with the malt side -- cereal, toast, caramel sweetness -- but this beer is about the hop. Earthy, some apricot. Pungent earthy orange rind. Kind of a darker flavor. Some floral. Low to medium resin at this quantity. Great idea for a box, and Iím learning a lot, but this is not my kind of hopping for an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
degbert (1062) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with a high, pillowy, large-grained off-white head. Nose is a big slug of apricots, wheat toast, and honey. Sweet on the front of the tongue, with more apricots and honey; not much bitterness, though thereís a subtle smoky or ashy note that counterbalances the sweetness. I donít know that Iíd call this an IPA at all, though I like it quite well. Finish is long and honeyed-stone-fruit. Quite good, but not at all stylistically correct.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
williamstome (821) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Orange gold pour, small white head. Aroma is earthy and caramely. Flavor is toasty, floral, fresh, with notes of apricots and grass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5944) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Orange pour with a smaller head. Earthy notes and mild citrus. Another solid IPA in the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joejames (101) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle to English pint. Pours clear golden, two finger head, nice lacing. Aroma of flowers, tropical fruits. Taste solid slightly sweet malt backbone, very subtle earthy, fruity bitterness. Medium body, slightly creamy, medium carbonation. Finishes lightly floral bitter, toasted malts. This would be a great example of a British strong ale. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosco (160) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Hazy clear yellow amber , sticky lacing. Very light, even bitterness throughout. Toasty, malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keith0718 (357) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Smooth and drinkable. Kind of mild on the hops for an IPA. I can taste the apricot notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boxofrane (2050) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle from wegmans. Pours clear amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma has plenty of pine, grapefruit, citrusy. The taste has a big sweetness, very pith loaded with orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Not as good as 48

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
firemarshal (144) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle from mix pack. Pours clear; amber in color. Aroma is floral, pine, caramel. Flavor is lemon-lime hops overwhelmed by cereal malts. Too thick and syrupy for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
warhawk91 (293) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Golden amber pour, clear with a fading light khaki head. Aroma is malty with caramel and a slightly sweet citrusy hop character. Taste is similar, nice and malty with caramel notes a little bit of orange and citrus character with an underlying smooth bitterness. Very interesting, this Deconstructed 12 pack is a brilliant idea from Sam Adams to really showcase each hop and make them identifiable.

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