brenn79 (1411) - Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark golden with a nice frothy head, aroma is nice citrus hops, not bad. The flavor is a little too malt forward for my taste, very little hops in this beer, just some dry bitterness after the swallow, slightly below average IPA.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear orange with off white head. Aroma of earthy hops. Similar taste kinda weak on the finish, maybe I’ve been drinking too many DIPAs lately. I want my IBUs!
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper in color with a light head. Smells piney and herbal. Tastes watered down and artificial. Yet another swing and a miss from Sam Adams.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a copper body with a beige, lacing head. Aromas of piney, herbal hops. Flavor is herbal, grass, and pine hops. Finish is dry, little bitter.
Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the Guess Who’s Back tasting. Nice clear reddish pour with very pleasant nose of malty reddish hop with a wierd spicy note. Flavor is not quite as good, a little stale piney. Not a bad offering. too bad you have to buy a whole mix pack to get it.
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is a copper with a large whiteb head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with some sweetness and some metal. Flavor is sweet malts followed by a minimal hoppyness. This fits into more of a English style IPA but if that’s not what they were going for this is a pretty weak offering.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a very large, dense white head that has staying power. Lacing is also very strong. Aroma is light with grapefruit, citrus, and very light malts. Palate is really smooth and starts with a creamy texture, ending with a sticking finish. Flavors of grapefruit but subtle and a nicely balanced bitter finish. May be a perfect session beer!
jsf23mr (213) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from the bottle. The hopps are over-powering. Strong, bitter and malty aftertaste.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
$1.49/12 oz. HEB Alon. San Antonio, TX. A reddish-orange beer with a pretty good head that slowly falls. Well carbonated. The aroma was mildly grassy, and musty. The taste was a moderately hooped IPA that had some minor grassy tones but was a real boring beer. If you are looking for a hopped up American IPA look elsewhere.
lawman834 (206) - Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a summer sampler bought at a HEB in San Antonio and poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark bronze with a thin white head. Smells primarily of caramel malts with a hint of citrus and pine. The taste is a bit weak and thin for an IPA. There is a light floral and citrus hint up front and and a decent hop bite on the finish, but it just isn’t that impressive for an IPA. I KNOW that Boston Beer can do better. I think they are aiming to reel in more and more people to the craft brew movement (which isn’t such a bad thing). This would be more of an impressive beer to an un-initiated BMC drinker.