FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep golden amber with a small rocky white head. Aroma is hoppy with some pine and a bit of citric, a touch cheesy. Lots of malt in the nose caramel and some grain. Flavor is especially caramel rich in the malt, very sweet and smooth with the grain and bread notes. Hops are a bit more citrus but mostly piney and a touch of cheese again. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. So so IPA, not bad
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BeerGestapo, thanks Mike. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Clear dark shade of amber with a thin but quite sticky head. Lots of candy malt sweetness on the nose with some woody esters and earthy, spicy hops. Very interesting flavor, not what I would normally consider an IPA, but not bad at all either. Notes of tea, ripe berries, grass, herbal with a sweet and bitter backbone. Quite bitter actually. Not your typical IPA, American or English, but easy drinking and quite tasty.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a darker clear glowing rich amber with a small frothy dense white head. Aroma is fairly noble forward, dry pine, cheese, light citrus, bit of alcohol, rich toasty caramel. Flavor follows, nice bitter piney cheesy green punch up front that is very noble, then follows with distinctly English notes, biscuity, rich near burnt caramel, with some citrus on the backend, finsihing with an unclean gritty graininess and a touch of alcohol. Very nice upfront flavor over a sessionable malt character. I appreciate what this does for the price and the amount produced. Very bitter upfront, reminds me a bit of the imp pils that way. Medium/light bodied with too much lively tightly packed carbonation, nicely attenuated though, just above off-dry. There is a little bit of a fruity note that is becoming kind of distracting, much less though than in other SA beers.
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, sweet malt. Flavor of crackery, bready malt with some hop spices and a hint of citrus in the finish. A low key IPA, but I found it hoppy enough for my likes with a solid malt backbone.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sam Adams beers eem to constantly be improving. A sweet and spicy hop enhanced flavor that leads the palate over the malt backbone. I like the fact that this beer has great head retention due to its perfect carbonation level.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just an OK IPA. Since they were highlighting the hop latitudes I really would have liked to see them go for it and make something really hoppy. This was more malt than hops and a bit weak in flavor.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep golden color with white head. Nose full of hops. Flavor was dominated by a good amount of hops, mostly a piney hop. The malts tried to balance it out, but the hops won and created a nice IPA for the hophead. Dry and bitter finish left my mouth needing a couple minutes break between beers.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Filched this at an FFL draft - thanks for being too drunk to notice, Chris. Clear pour, copper with lots of carbonation and a vibrant look to it overall. Nose is malty with faded citrus. Mild bitterness emerges as you taste the beer more fully, but something about it seems prematurely aged.
pjj16 (14) - Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I did not expect much from this brew as I find all other Samuel Adams selections middling at best. Much to my surprise, this was a fine beer. Nicely layered floral and citrus hop flavors; substantial bitterness with a subtle malt balance; not too sweet with a dry dinish. Highly recommended. Hope to see this rating inch higher as more folks try this tasty beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, clear amber with tons of bubbles streaming to the top and feeding an impressive creamy white head that shows exceptional retention.
Aroma is fairly subdued but still solid with some light juicy citrus, mainly oranges and pinapples. There is plenty of sweet, but lightly toasted caramel malts balancing things out.
The taste is more of the same though the hops take on a slightly more pungent grapefruit flavor than the aroma. The backbone is hefty with lots of bready malts.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with strong carbonation, almost effervescent. Slightly bitter, but nothing scathing.
This is a solid, well-balanced IPA that’s as much sweet malts as it is hops. Still, a really solid effort from Boston Beer. One of the best I’ve had from them.