Reid (2080) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz single from Fred Meyer, N.Salem $1.25
Clear copper hued ale with a large frothy, tightly bubbled off white head.
Good clean spicy/citric hop aromas, very pleasant.
Flavour is again nicely hopped grapefruit and lemon zest, some darker malts in the back.
Nice enough on the palate, goes down easy.
Overall a nice simple IPA. Quite drinkable.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Not too bad. I was expecting something a lot worse from all the low ratings. I don’t just not dislike it; I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t anything special; it was just really well made and fairly well balanced. I’m just glad Sam Adams is finally making an IPA. It did get a little rubbery after a while, but if you don’t let it linger, it’s fine.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark copper, a bit like a nicely worn penny, with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate dark bread and caramel; moderate to heavy citrus and then pine at first that became more resinous later; and slight Band-aid as it warmed. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter with a little longer than average duration. There was caramel malt, citrus hops, pine, resin, grass hops and metallic hops when warmer. The medium body was a little syrupy and then dry with carbonation that was somewhere between soft and fizzy and a dry and slightly metallic finish.
Sammy (9553) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Kwjd. Fantastically drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Pours initially foamy grapefruit muddy grapefruit colour appearance. Hops citrus and pure to smell. Above average mouthfeel, even creamy. Not an astringent note. Goes down smoothly. Good one!
tdwilson (21) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit maltier than I prefer in an IPA. The bitter hops blend is good, hints of citrus orange/lemon. Not my favorite but decent.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Floral hop aroma with some citrus. Amber/brown pour with a white head. Floral, and bitter throughout. Slightly burnt finish with a lingering bitterness.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark, cloudy peach color with a puffy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is mostly citrus. Taste is hoppy and bitter, not very complex. A little soapy maybe? Palate is clean. Not bad but I doubt I’ll be getting it again.
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I like the idea of this beer, but i don’t really care for the taste. The hops just don’t seem to be very lively. It is a deep amber color, with just a little lacing. It leaves a bitter aftertaste and really needs a little citrus to perk it up.
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer poured a clear golden orange with a medium white head that dissipated quickly leaving substantial lacing. Hops are citrusy more than pine. Malt present in aroma as well. Primary flavor was biscuit and grapefruit. Muted sweetness from the malt. Hops are astringent, but bitterness is not overwhelming because the finish is so dry. Medium carbonation. Light body. Balanced. Well done.
r464 (2044) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mildly hoppy aroma with a coppery amber color. A lighter IPA than many, with leanings that are more floral than bitter.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from local grocery store. Pours a translucent copper color with a big white head that has good retention and some lacing. The Aroma is moderate in strength with light pine, citrus and some mango. The flavor is carefully calculated biter C hops with with some toffee and biscuit. The palate is just a bit thinner I would prefer with lively/prickly carbonation. Finishes short with a bit of lingering vegetable broth. Overall: Not bad, but not great--I’ll stick with SNPA for my go-to grocery store beer.