andyhwcinc (1648) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked this up as a single bottle (didn’t want to try a full six pack right away) from Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL. Enjoyed prior to the Bears / Packers game. Pretty interesting for an IPA, probably the most malty I’ve had for the style. Aroma not really present, very faint malt backing, perhaps the "un-smelliest’ IPA I’ve had yet. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin but frothy head. Taste is very smooth, fantastic mouthfeel that starts off with a higher balance of malt than hops but finishes rather bitter. Pretty good standard IPA, a definite gateway beer for those not familiar with the style.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at a neighbors house and was pleasantly surprised. Poured a slightly hazy amber brown with minimal manilla head. Aroma is bit of toasted malts, slight mixture of pine and floral hops. Flavor has decent mouthfeel, earthy malt base, and good amount of bitter hop finish. Overall, worth a try.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Pours clear amber orange with a frothy beige head that fades. Aroma of light pine, citrus and some mint. Taste does not have too much bitterness or sweetness, well balanced but kind of bland. Still a pretty good beer, just not the best IPA...... Was really cool to try this after having the single hop varieties all side by side. Made me appreciate it more.
hopdog (9766) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium orange color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of some earthiness, floral and grainy. Tastes of citrus, caramel, toast, and lighter earthy.
barbs (2) - Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2010 does not count
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Starts okay but finishes poorly, with a flat, unpleasant aftertaste. Very little about this beer says "IPA." The expected bitterness is muted by malts and grains. I won’t be drinking this one again.
dmac (4632) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from Canals Rio Grande. Absolutely no aroma on this at all. Not offensive but its like smelling a glass of water. Despite the a nice looking amber body sits underneath a large foamy off white head. Smooth palate that is almostcreamy. Flavor has some notes of citrus rind and crusty bread. Okay at best.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of crystal malt, hops, light caramel, light Earth, slight toasting, and grains. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of caramel malt, hops, light Earth, and a bit of toasting. Medium body. Slick, lightly oily texture. Average carbonation. Caramel malt, hop, and Earth finish. Not very hoppy or bitter for an IPA.
gururyan (650) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a nice copper orange, what little head there was dissipated quickly. Tastes has a fishy/skunky bite to it, not too good actually. Soapy aftertaste.
CanIHave4Beers (3557) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange with a good big semi loose head and some spotty lace. The aroma is grapefruit and caramel with plenty of grassiness. The flavor has a lot of biscuit malt right up front with some grassiness and a mild bitterness along with a touch of honey. There are some woodsy earthy hops in there as well, and I love that flavor but here it seems all in the finish leaving a woody impression lingering which is not bad but not particularly pleasant. The palate is quite full and the carbonation is just right. My thoughts really are that as good as Samuel Adams has been about presenting hop flavors in the past it seems odd for them to release an IPA where the hops are so muted, and I guess I don’t mind subtle... but the hops here lack depth and don’t have a lot of subtle pleasantries. If I were tasting this blind and asked to give the style I would unwaveringly call it an amber ale.
DocLock (8501) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours a gorgeous deep copper color with 2-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is huge peppery hops, caramel malt, tropical fruit. Tastes Caramel malty, rich, a bit astringent, with a huge resiny, black peppery hop presence. Acidic and full bodied, but not a hop bomb and doesn’t have that refined smoothness to the malt that I crave from an IPA and that would have kicked this one into the relative stratosphere of suds.