oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper pour, thin sudsy white head. Aroma is caramel, floral and citrus hops, and minor soapy notes. The flavor hold more biscuit-caramel and a hop character that definitely falls short of the malt character. Palate is medium bodied with fleeting effervescence and a sticky finish.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Clear amber color (a little darker than others in the style) with an average sized, creamy, smooth looking, off-white head. About average retention and a nice smooth layer of lace left.
S - Nice mix of malt and hops in the aroma. Some nice caramel, and slight sweet bread malt aromas. Hops provide citrus (orange in particular), grassy and herbal aromas. A bit of earthy spiciness comes out a bit later.
T - Similar to the nose with a nice caramel and toffee malt sweetness being the backbone to the hoppy bitterness. Nice mix of orange, herbal, and grassy hop flavors. None really overpower and usually orange opens it up then the herbal/grassy flavors come out a bit later. Some earthy spiciness and a touch lemon rind as well.
M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Good body, but nothing overly special.
D - Very easy to drink beer with a good mix of malt and hops. Body helps this to be a tasty, refreshing, easy to drink beer.
Notes: A nice easy to drink IPA that is pretty refreshing, especially on a warm day. Not a hop bomb, but a more balanced IPA. Flavors typical from US, UK, and German ingredients come out well.
Odyn (266) - New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic dark amber color with a full frothy head. Bouquet of a mix of hops and some malt right from the beginning. Not as hoppy as a lot of IPAs. Good balance and more drinkable than I was expecting. Tastes more German than English.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thought this was a really solid IPA showing for Sam Adams. Clear amber pour with a decent head and lacing. Nice hoppy notes on the nose and tongue. Balance of piny and citrucy hops. Way better than their pale ale.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. thanks jwattsrugger. dark reddish color. a nice light taste of hops. drinkability is nice. a great summer brew
kramer (5173) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body with a nice one inch off-white head that left some patchy lacing. The nose is decently hoppy, but I can also smell a good deal of malt sweetness below those that makes me think this is going to taste overly sweet. Lots of caramel and crystal malts. The flavor is indeed way too sweet for my tastes, lots of crystal malt in here, it tastes more like instant iced tea as it does IPA. The hops are pretty light with minimal bitterness and don’t really help combat the sweetness too well. Mouthfeel is a little too heavy and sweet with moderate fizzy carbonation. Rather sticky on the finish. This might be ok for some, but it really doesn’t play to my tastes at all.
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
good IPA... Nothing to brag about, but good hop blend and nice malty balance. If you dont care for an IPA, but still want one, here you go.good intro ipa.
Damico (2720) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There is a balance of malts and hops in the aroma. The appearance is amber with a small white head. The flavor also of balanced malts and hops with slightly sweet malts and slow tones of hops at the end. There is a nice medium body and hops settle nice and slowly on the palate.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish amber with a foamy white head. Nice slightly sweet aroma of caramel malt and earthy, flowery hops. The hops definitely take center stage on the flavor, with floral hops immediately noticeable and some citrus coming through later. The malt isn’t completely lost in the flavor. Some caramel still shows through the hops. The finish is hoppy but not too bitter. Overall, one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Dark copper with a lasting head. Doughy and floury aromawith some earthy hops. Doughy yeasty flavor with some citrus and woody hop flavors. Medium bodied and a little chewy. A predictably lame amber ale dressed up as an ipa.