Precept53 (147) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall well made brew. Aroma of strong hops, and some mild citrus notes. Appearance is a beautiful copper/amber color with a thin white head, and mild lacing. medium bitterness, but not overpowering. full body, lively carbonation. Finish provides a nice warming sensation an dis not to bitter.
beernovice39 (3228) - Montana, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a clear amber with a nice fluffy with head. Scent of toasted malt and hops. Taste is citrus, biscuits and earthy hops.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body is deep copper orange with a yellowish khaki head. The nose has some sweet caramel and grapefruit. There is also some peanut. The taste has some strong grapefruit and that crystal malt character. There is some slightly burnt toast and apples. This is nicely made.
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear red tinged amber with 2 finger off white head. sparse lacing. Smells are very mild, some citrus, yeasts, bread, mild sweet malt notes. Taste is Earthy hops up front with nice bite then mild sweet malt notes and some grains. Lite to medium body, medium zesty carbonation with decent hop bite and dry finish, mild to medium alcohol warmth. A good hop offering from SA that I’m glad I tried. Good Job!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dense, glassy amber with a nose of delicate flowers, hops, and a touch of orange honey. A nice head of off-white sits atop the brewsky. Flavor is a nice blend of hops (bitter grapefruit, orange, pine), floral (rose and wild flowers), and honey. Average mouthfeel. A great, approachable IPA. Sam Adams is a great brewer, no matter how you slice it.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful clear amber color with a nice white head that linger and laces the glass nicely. Mild floral, citrus hops aroma. Hint of bready malt. Taste is a medium sweetness with a mild hoppy bitterness. A little too sweet. Not overwhelming. Balanced. Very smooth on the palate very drinkable. Quick finish.Pretty good offering from Sam Adams even if it isn’t as hoppy as most IPA’s.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with off white head. Aroma is bready sweet malt and note of pine. Taste is biscuit/sweet malt, to citrus with spice, and slight bitterness. Finish is crisp with a note of bitter hoppiness.
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber body, clear. Off-white, frothy head. The aroma has notes of caramel, bread, toasted grain, flowers, herbs, dough and leaves along with a note of resin. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately bitter and lightly sweet. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. A change from many American IPAs in that it is more subtle with its hop flavors. The English hops are particularly noticable. The malts take a backseat to the hops, but that’s OK because of the hops’ subtlety. Enjoyable beer. Nicely balanced.
bozoNZ (731) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky orange, great head retention. Grapefruit / marmalade nose which is quite rich. Nice rich palate but the hopping is a bit over the show. Nice quite traditional IPA and norf APA either. Drinkable but would question where it really fits.
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Medium beige head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/grapefruit, light biscuit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine/spicy, some bread, light biscuit. Some dryness in the finish. Medium body, light acidity.