johnbuck100 (239) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, I hate to be hard on ole Sam, because at least Sam brings decent beers to the masses, but the description of this beer says it all: ..a distinctive but not overpowering hop character." As in "hops for the masses." Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I guess. If this beer can be a gateway drug to a true IPA, then all is for the best. I would take this beer over a regular Sam Adams LAger at an Airport bar, so this is a step in the right direction. But on my list of favorite IPA’s this is pretty low on the list.
miyauchi38 (230) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Johnsense (798) - - SEP 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear copper pour, a finger of head. Grassy, mild pine and grapefruit, sweet malt a little more prominent than I would like in an IPA. Decent enough for what it is.
wolffish (186) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bien goûteuse au départ mais ça s’estompe un peu trop vite. C’est bien malté, résineux mais un peu léger en saveur...
Randy4Beer (171) - - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a coppery hue with foamy white head.
Aromas are a touch lighter than expected, but consist of floral hops, a hint of citrus grapefruit.
Tastes are fairly balanced with a bit more malt than the hops which are producing a lemon/lime flavour with only the merest hint of pine.
Overall, definitely a bit too mild of an IPA for my palate which has welcomed many a hop bomb.
alex_alkis (286) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light in flavor and the finish is not so good. Obviously drinkable but not very good for being an IPA.
klas (271) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Samuel Adams Fantastic Four (4-pack from Systembolaget 83 SEK). Hoppy aroma with a mix of american and european hops. Amber color with white head. Bitterness is higher than expected, Some caramel malts. Good!
Brewhemia (29) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, bread and raisins and maybe some licorice in the aroma. Very nice. Amber color with white head. Little less flavor than the aroma suggests I think, but very nice bitterness.
HippyHop (102) - CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another solid entry in the hopology series. Nose is pine, bitter grapefruit, caramel, and a bit of spice. Taste is the same: a good solid malt backbone with a nice gently dry finish. There’s that familiar Sam Adams spiciness in the malt, which seems to appear in most of the Hopology series. On the one hand it feels sort of repetitive, but on the other hand it’s neat to see how it interplays with their different hop combinations. Overall this is pretty darn good for a macro beer, especially when you can buy a 24 mixer pack for $25 (well you can in Florida, at least).
samzim (203) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong hoppy aroma. Clear gold colour. Malty front with bitter, grapefruit flavour. Medium body with lively carbonation.
Dal9000 (184) - Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color with a thick white head. I wouldn't have tasted the all the subtle flavors if I hadn't tasted all the others Sam Adams hops beers that lead up to this. Long finish. Layers of malt, pine and slightly sweet
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