mrhoppy (902) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice lite buttery aroma. Flavors are caramel, butterscotch, berries, sweet, hoppy. Packed with flavor but all within a light body. The complexity is really enjoyable. The bitterness satisfies the craving. The finish and mouthfeel stick with you way beyond the last sip. Also very interesting is faint cinnamon that weaves itís way in and out as you enjoy it.
OKplus (560) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Copper amber body with an active off-white head.
S - Buttery croissant bread, grassy hops, orange citrus.
T - Lemon grassy hops, peppery spice, toasted grainy malt, hints of artificial fruit in the background. The malt turns bready and sweet toward the end with the grassy hops holding on strong through the finish.
M - Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation.
This reminded me of an English bitter except for the malt. Doesnít hold up as an IPA but good and interesting beer nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
Brandon1989 (52) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from notes: lots of smoke with this beer. pours a thick frothy head and transparent copper. the aroma is citrusy pine, floral, and orange. the taste is very good. sort of a mix of citrusy pine hop bitterness up front and a very bready aftertaste.
madmitch76 (10007) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th June 2011
Clear and bright amber beer, good white head. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Fresh orange hops but with a bitter edge that keeps going. Dry finish with a carbonated sting. Nice orange!
Huhzubendah (2007) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer appears clear and orange to copper in color, with a dense inch of off-white head. Plenty of lacing clings to the pint glass. The aroma offers hops, lemon zest, malt, pine. Decent flavor, with additional notes of toasted bread. Another balanced IPA, this one has a healthy malt presence. Lingering bitterness, with pine, toast, and dank hops. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but not a great IPA. One of the better beers in this series, in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-13-2011
DrnkMcDermott (2632) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once again, I let these sit in my fridge since last July, expecting to do a grand YouTube comparison of all 6 at a time. It wasnít to be. So Iíll strain myself into just doing two at a time. Tonight its Zeus and Hallertau.
The Hallertau kicks up a robust head over bright copper beer. The bubbles pop away, releasing a fragrant hop aroma that seems more American now. A few more minutes, and it shows a bit of peppery German hop, as in "normal" beer smell. Taste starts with a nice malt texture, and a separate thread of hop bitterness on the top of the tongue. Despite the noble hops, it has a definite APA character, aided no doubt by the darker malt bill. Hop bitterness settles to the soft palate in back of my mouth. These two left a much better impression than the EKG and Simcoe versions Iíd tried before.
SDalkoholic (1812) - Chula Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo: Created a thick fluffy topping of frothy head while the liquid was a dense copper color. In the aroma, there is a subtle usage of hops that smell somewhat zesty, but there is a balancing nose of Sammy styled malts too. The flavor is sweet and yet bitter with a notice of honey and a thick taste of tea. Thereís also a minor hint of the signature malts that are always found in Sam Adams beers.
bozoNZ (715) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich copper, brilliantly clear. Nice head. Muted aroma not offering much. sweetness up front which gives way to a standard pale ale bitterness. Lingers a bit. Just a good average drinking pale style
Dixonian (1486) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper pour with some off-white head. Nose of pine and floral hops with some caramel. Flavor is citrus, resin, and malt.
Billicus (283) - @Hot peppers!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma, slight flora hop notes criutsy fruitness, from the lemon faint though
color, fairly clear, white head some lacing
taste, a mild blend of flora hoppyness on the tongue, then some pineness on the back
overall, ok not my fav I perfer more bitternes, but its drinkable.
BillWyce (539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes: Poured clear orange-amber, with a thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma was mild and lemony. Medium-bodied, medium depth. Mild lemony taste up front with a pine note that shows in the middle and lingers nicely in the finish.