CanIHave4Beers (3897) - 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 (9348) - 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.
Velkyal (320) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
the American hops slightly over power the beer, and there is a slight solventy taste lingering in the background. Pretty easy drinking though not inspiring.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours reddish amber with a little white head. Nose is hoppy- grassy and floral. Medium body that is a bit watery on the taste til the finish which is grassy hops. Pretty average IPA- not disappointed but not impressed.
BillHick420 (456) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours dark amber with a frothy white head.
Sweet citrus malt flavor with a smooth finish. Cant tell anything else.
My first IPA. I liked it.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-amber color that is a bit cloudy, with a creamy head that leaves very good lacing on the glass. The aroma is nondescript, with a bit of graininess and a light malt sweetness. The flavor is underwhelming, with no outstanding hop presence, only a dull earthy bitterness (that is not entirely pleasant) contrasted by a light caramel sweetness. The light and tingly carbonation is pleasant, and there is a nice smooth finish.
adrian910ss (2546) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep coppery amber with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of tangy malt, hops and grains. Taste of tangy malt, grains, hops and light citrus.
Kavu (3738) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a medium head. Aroma is bitter with some fruits. Flavor is malts, fruits and mostly hops. Decent.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
orange/amber pour with a fluffy white head.. Aroma is sudsy and floral with a bit of sam adams bottle tang stille evident. Flavor is more soapiness with some bitter bite at the finish and some grapefruit as well. Almost there, but suffers from the Sam Adams syndrome of mediocrity
pumpmaster (1349) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle at the Treasure Coast Beer Fest 9/11/10 Ft Pierce, FL. Very good.