wxman (1491) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crystal clear amber with an antique lace colored head that lasts for a while. Aroma is sweet malt, wet bread and hop spice. Taste is sweet toasted malt, and a little citrusy/piney hop bitterness. Pretty good tasting and well balanced, but not very assertive like an IPA should be.
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp spice and resin aroma. Brilliantly clear amber ale. Thin white head. Sweet malty initially with some honey notes but then opens into a nice palate of spruce, fresh hay and spicy notes that are well supported by malt presence. Bitterness is mild in line with a Brit IPA. Very enjoyable, will buy again.
scooterbub (881) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice red copper color with a with a decent half inch beige head that slowly fades. Taste is of hops, caramel, malt, pine, resin and citrus. The finish is a little dry and bitter. The body is a little thin and a bit oily. It’s a pretty good IPA, but not my favorite.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SBWF 2010. Golden color, small white head leaving almost no lacings. Lots of grassy and floral hops on a nice, crisp malt back.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, best by Feb 2011. Pours clear copper/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap. Aroma is some citrus, floral, pine and grassy hops with some caramel malt. Good strength. Flavor is citrus/grapefruit rind, somewhat resinous and earthy, some pine, a moderate caramel malt presence to balance the solid bitterness. Finishes mostly dry. Medium bodied, can get a tad sticky, medium to high carbonation. A solid IPA and one of the better beers I’ve had from Sam Adams.
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color with a large head. Fruity aroma and something along the lines of bubblegum. Light orange hop flavor. Mild bitterness. Very low malt flavor.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Clear golden amber with a dense foamy off white head. Aroma of caramel with herbal, citrus, earthy hops. The flavor is caramel malt with a smooth mellow bitterness that fades in towards the end. Medium body with average carbonation and a clean, crisp mouth feel. Pretty good IPA, I like the global hop concept.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel pour with an off-white head. Aroma is hops and sweet malt. Taste is ok. Nice balance of malt and hops. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste. OK lacing.
edwardbass (571) - Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You know, not really an IPA that blows me away....good try from SA, but lacks complexity. Light body, bitterness abounds, but it’’s an undefined bitterness. OK, but won’t get again. Thankfully got a single at Archer Liquors in Chicago, so don’t have to finish a 6.
CelticBrew (884) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This IPA pours a deep copper color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, citrus and grapefruity hops. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are citrus and grapefruits. Decent carbonation. Definitely more in the English IPA style, the malts are fairly sweet and in the forefront. There is also a touch of tea as well. Decent IPA, but will probably disappoint the hop heads somewhat.