Slipstream (2317) - USA - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe I had the good fotrune to get a fresh bottle, but I thought this was a very fine IPA. Pine forest aroma with a whiff of newly cut flowers. Nice amber pour. The 48th parallell concept is an interesting one! Who do they think they are, Dogfish Head? A very fine hop concoction with a fair amount of bitterness, but still balanced. It leaves a good tingle on the palate. This was quite possibly the best IPA I’ve had from Samuel Adams.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle thanks to Craig. Might be a bit past the best by date. The appearance is an amber brown with a big foaming beige head. The aromas are sweet hop aromas and light brown sugar. The flavors are lightly aged earthy hops, light brown sugar. The mouth is medium bodied. Not too bad, will have to resample a fresh batch.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a clear, dark copper color with minimal head. The nose is slightly hoppy, nothing really stands out, mostly some malt notes mixed with citrus rind. The taste is mildly hoppy, this is more an easy drinking ipa than anything else. Sweet upfront flavors followed by some citrus rind bitterness. The hops never get too overwhelming but rather i would say this is the shallow end of be ipa pool.
Padron4KM (760) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, best before Feb, 2011.
Deep amber, thin tan head, lively carbonation.
Aroma is rich caramel with citrus and earthy hop notes.
Flavor is slightly sweet, balanced by an earthy biterness.
Hops show more as it warms in the glass. Nicely balanced.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clear red with thick foam.Smells like slightly hoppy water. Tastes sweet with light hop flavors. Reminds me of a lightly hopped pumpkin ale. Nothing like an IPA, but a mildly okay and non-offensive beer.
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Certainly not the best IPA I have ever had but not to bad either. It has a fair amount of hops that hits you more int he aroma then it does the taste. Very floral and slight citrus.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty decent fare from Samuel Adams. Nose is burnt malts coupled with fresh hops and candied apple. Taste is decent hopped, clear and crisp, with a lot more burnt malt character than other IPAs. Balanced bitters and overall, nice.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Very good IPA. The thing I like the most about this beer is what I think many IPAs lack and that is complexity. Often times IPAs tend to be just hoppy as hell and have very little malt character to them. Not that I hate hops (im drinking an IPA here haha) I just don’t want to see the malts completely forgotten and this beer has the best of both worlds. well balanced, hoppy, with malts in the background. solid IPA. well done Mr, Koch.
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample from bottle. The beer is a clear pale orange color with a medium ivory white head that diminishes steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Floral hops and bready malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of floral hops, grapefruit and sweet malt. The finish is short and hoppy. Decent brew overall.
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured dark copper amber with a medium cream head. Rich malt aroma strong with citrus hops and floral earth tones. Rich bold taste of caramel and toffee malts, combined with more bitter notes of herbs and citruses. Finished spicy with more grass and citrus tones than malt. Medium bodied, not overly hoppy but still a great, well balanced IPA for a casual drink.