JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear, dark amber color with a big off-white head. Earthy, lightly herbal grassy hop nose with some underlying caramel malts and grapefruit - pleasant, but nothing spectacular. Moderately bitter up front, but wanes to some melted toffees and straw. Feels a bit more English Pale Ale to me, but was still pretty tasty.
ChainGangGuy (4750) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.
Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.
Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right.
desurfer (1278) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, part of the sampler pack. Flavor is rich in hops but not too overpowering; just a nice blend of flavors. Malt takes a back seat, and the palate is a bit dry and tangy. Definitely a good summer quaffer.
thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber copper. Actually much darker than I had expected. Aroma is florally hoppy and sweet. Wonderfully aromatic. Flavor is hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. Good amount of malty sweetness present, but the floral bouquet of the hops are the main attraction. Good IPA.
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at a summer party. A fresh, sweet and earthy hop aroma with a clean, but not bitter hop taste. Drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. Refreshing hop juiciness, but like many Sam Adams offerings, this beer has a husky finish that is hard to put down.
swillguzzler99 (186) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From multi-pack at grocery store. Pours burnt copper with little but frothy head that lingers on glass; this is what a beer should look like when poured. Nose is of a mild IPA. Taste is rather smooth; begins with roasted malt and finishes with hops. Mild hops aftertaste. Not too shabby. It deceits my moniker =)
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has some floral and herbal hops with a light, bready caramel. A bit of a soapy, lemony citrus to the hops. Flavor is an above average hop level with a light, balancing caramel that provides just enough sweetness. The malts do feel somewhat thin at times, but they allow the hops to take the forefront and remain at a pleasant, sessionable level. Herbal and floral with more of that lemony citrus and moderate, soapy bitterness. Finishes dry with a lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and soft, light to moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid IPA. Nothing crazy, but well balanced with a pleasant hopping. Enjoyable.
rocbyter (2069) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Citrus and soapy hop aroma. Clear orange color with a large white head. Strong bitter beginning, but fades quickly to a mild finish.
WVHouseofBeer (1023) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head that left a little bit of lacing. Decent aromas of citrusy hops and slight caramel. Pretty good flavors of grapefruit and toffee. Light bitterness and dry finish. Average IPA that lacks some oomph but is an easy drinker.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rusty reddish orange with a moderate white head. Looks more like an Irish red than anything else. Aroma of grass, peppers, earth, leaves, spice, and maybe a bit of sourdough toast and caramel. Nothing strong on the nose though. Tastes of peppers, caramel, leaves, ash, burnt toast, and old grapefruit. Finishes quite bitter with green peppers, toast, and a lingering ashy grapefruit finish. Medium bodied, kinda slick and the carbonation is a little prickly. Good concept, and worth trying, but this just isn’t that likable of a beer.