edwardbass (790) - 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 (912) - 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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a rich auburn tawny color with a nice light white head. The nose has a nice rich malty layer accented with some earthy and citrusy hops that blend quite nicely into a puff of delicious ipa cloud. The flavor has a meaty mouthfeel and body, not excessively bitter, but just as much as you’d like in an ipa. Finishes a little sweet and grassy, but it’s brief and quenching. I’m impressed.
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fiery copper pour with a frothy, off-white head. The visual appeal is awesome. Very sticky lace. Floral, piney nose with soft caramel undertones. Sweet base of caramel and brown sugar muddlings....touches of fruit...citrus pith, apples ... and pine. It finishes bitter with an earthy woodiness and a semi-metallic quality. Medium to full body feel. I am really impressed with the balanced hop attack....not overly bitter, not overly floral and softly aromatic. Well developed and rounded palate that flows nicely from beginning to end. Solid brew.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured clear and pale copper with a short white head and decent lacing. The aroma was soapy and floral hops. A touch of sweetness. The flavor tasted like a soap dish. Lots of soap and floral characteristics. Thin body, clean finish. Meh.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the 12 bottle into a stemmed glass.
The color is a dark amber-gold with about and inch or so of foamy white head and some nice lacing.
The smell is a little bitter with some nice German hop presence. Some slight fruity flavor.
The taste is has an interesting hop feel to it. There is no clear hop that takes over but there is a mix of bitterness that seem to mix well together. No harsh bitterness to get used to, it has a good fruit flavor. Some slight apple and grape hints with a little orange as well.
The feel is medium to light and goes down pretty easy. A good IPA that is pretty drinkable, but bitter for the people used to having their taste of hops. It has a good amount of carbonation and is pretty darn smooth. I am impressed with the first taste of an IPA from SA.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Publix - Nice, dark amber color with a quickly disappearing head. Roasty nut flavor with a great hops/malt balance. Very smooth finish. This is a surprisingly good beer from Sam Adams.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours crystal clear copper with semi loose tan head leaving spotty lacing behind. The modest aroma is a bit spicy, a bit floral and a bit malty. The taste has pretty full spicy hops delivering both hop flavor and the growing hop bitterness to midway and then into the finish. I also get a bit of citrus and grassiness for moments here and there. It ends with fading bitter spicy hops that achieve really only a modest level of bitterness and then a thin layer of malts sweetness.
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear amber, mid sized head. Comolex floral grapefruit aroma Mid sweet with clean, rounded mouthfeel and medium body. Richly hoppy with tangerine and floral notes. Marked bitterness.
Finhead (1622) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear amber pour with off-white head. The aroma is mildly hoppy, but also has a touch of caramel. It has a zesty, bitter taste with average carbonation and medium body. It ends with a mouth-watering, bitter finish.