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 (7960) - 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 (22752) - 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 (1547) - 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.
dchmela (2995) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Epcot F&W. Pours a copper amber with a thick white head. Big hop nose, berries and citrus popping through. Taste is smooth malt with a nice hop bitterness that is really well balanced. Best Sam Adams I have had in a while.
BroSpud (2014) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Sample at Julio’s NE Beer Festival. Not all that impressed with this one. I would have figured that Sam could do better. Still, it is an IPA and that’s not all bad.
5/22/11 - Upping the rating slightly after another taste
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper-amber pour into thick pillowy off-white head that quickly dissipates into sticky lacing that melts into a thin ring layer of foam as carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of piney hoppy spruce, toasted malt and sweet biscuits. Initial flavor or malt and bisuit that fades into bitter hoppy finish.
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is clear copper with a creamy off white head that dissipates to a film. Aroma is a mixture of malt and hops which come off sweet. Taste is metallic and malty hops, but nothing that stands out. Palate is good carbonation and sticky with a dry finish. A so so IPA that is not bad, but will be bunched together with no real stand out characteristics.
Arayaga2 (2062) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Effervescent lemon / lime hop aroma, with some spice to it. Taste is the same and pithy, but still rather bright. Odd minerality in taste. $2/12oz