LilBeerDoctor (3539) - 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.
HighlanderOne (1079) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma - hops, pepper and ocean. Very clear amber, tan head persists. Well hopped, grapefruit, pine, malt, banana flavors. Well balanced and quite drinkable. Pepper notes toward end. Good stuff.
BREWMUSKCLES (2398) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Portland,Munster,Chico & Tampa This Northeastern brewer has flexed it’s muscle, again. This is a well layered, full bodied, slick and creamy as well as frothy Ipa that is busy with flavors of Grapefruit, Herbs, Flowers and a touch of pine. The beer is sweet with caramel and cereal malt that complements, very well. Nice aroma and tasty straight out of the bottle! No need to overpower this brew has sophisticated strength and a multidimensional presentation to the senses that one needs to sit back and experience. nice layered mouthfeel, Impressive from the micro turned macro.
coldbrewky (1505) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Two bottles of this appeared upon my desk from someone still to be determined. But hey, thanks whoever you are. I’d never ever seen this in the store so it was a pleasant surprise. Recently, I purchased the harvest sampler pack from SA. I have yet to rate any of them since a few of them were lackluster and one flat out disappointing. Yet this brew was pretty damn solid. Refreshingly hoppy and sweet. Robust but not in your face. Easy to drink and lingers just long enough for you to contemplate opening another...which I inevitably did.