shorlin (636) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a burnt orangey-amber with a decent white head, great lacing. Very clear. Aroma is not very hoppy. Some citrus but also biscuity malt. Not impressive for an IPA. The taste is better though, with more earthy malt and the hop coming through. I tasted this next to a more standard American IPA with big hop character and was underwhelmed, but perhaps I need to give it the benefit of the doubt. It’s not a hop bomb but it’s not trying to be. Overall decent drinking beer but don’t expect massive American IPA characteristics.
UXO (113) - CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a crystal clear copper amber with two fingers of persistent fluffy head and moderate sticky lacing. Nose is grapefruit and floral hops, caramel malt. Taste leads out with caramel malt giving way to piney hops. Body is medium, with sustained carbonation and a bitter dry finish.
Surprisingly decent IPA for a pseudo-craft label like Sam Adams. The finish is a little on the harsh side, with a little saccharine sweetness, but fairly serviceable should you find yourself facing limited options.
Darkmagus82 (448) - - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-16-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a nice amber color with a massive red tinged head. The head has fantastic retention and last a very long time, but does eventually fade leaving wonderful lacing.
Smell – A sweet aroma of tangerine and some malt meet the nose. These are mixed with aromas of grapefruit hop as well as floral and pine hop notes.
Taste – The taste begins of a lighted roast malt flavor with a good bready base. It starts dry with a light pine hop flavor. The pine increases more toward the middle of the taste with some light notes of citrus hop coming to the tongue. At the end the citrus and pine loose strength as more earthy and grassy flavors come to the tongue taking the taste to its end.
Mouthfeel – The body is just above average with the carbonation level being average. The medium body and higher carbonation are quite fitting for the medium level of hopiness and drier flavors of this IPA.
Overall - A good drinking drier IPA. More subtle in the hop flavors then many IPA, but is has a nice grassy and earthy hop flavor in the end.
NikkTwist (1517) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear orange amber pour with a slight off-white foamy top. Very pleasant and inviting aroma. Nice blend of hops with a blonde malt back. Ripe pineapple. Wildflower honey. Tangerines. Barley sugar clear toys. Kiwi fruit. Buttered biscuits. Vegtable tempora. Interesting soft feel for an IPA yet still feels substantial. Very surprised by this. One of best Sam Adams brews I have had.
tillmac62 (167) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear medium amber pour with a nice dark ruby cast. Massive head with excellent retention. Very nice nose of both tropical, which is the primary, and pine hops over a caramel sweetness. Medium bodied with a slick, almost creamy, mouthfeel. Average carbonation level with a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice, balanced, complex and hop forward. It begins with a rather unique blend of hop flavor - typical American citrus over the EKGs. Sort of an IPA and ESB cross. This flows into a mild bitterness which is grapefruit and EKG in nature. On the finish, tropical hop flavor takes the forefront over a slight sweetness. As it fades, orange is noted.
RickFifty (214) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color, white head. Citrus and fruit nose, grapefruit, peach, lemon, hint of caramel. Malt and honey taste, resin, hint of berries. Medium body and carbonation.
cagou007 (312) - FRANCE - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with thin tan head. Nose is tropical fruit (pinapple). Aromas are toasted malts, tropical fruits, herbs and pine. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry finish, with pine notes. Quite balanced and pleasant !
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beastmaster (227) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
White top, cherry red rose brown color. Malty aroma hint of Orange. Bitter, light, malty but lacking in zest, citrus, aroma, flavor.
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle bought at LCBO in Hawkesbury on May 29, 2014. Clear copper, thin head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, slightly sweet. More pine taste very sour, quite bitter quite. 48/100!
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangée, presque cuivrée, elle offre une jolie effervescence à la vue, aidée en cela par sa limpidité et sa minceur. En nez, houblons à la fois herbacés et tropicaux. Délicate en bouche malgré sa puissance, elle déchaîne ses houblons en fin de gorgée, dans une vague verte qui dure de longues secondes. Impressionnante au début, elle finit par sembler un peu trop simple. Cela dit, elle est une fort agréable concoction de la part de la brasserie bostonienne.