SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sproutís: Poured a medium orangish colored amber hue topped with a growing thick foam head. Aroma is balanced well between a variety of hops and some big caramel like malts but does have somewhat of a pungent whiff. The drink is also balanced in the ingredients as well with a chewy backing of sweet malt and bitter hop pellets that actually remind me of a hopped up barelywine. I canít remember but this might be the first Imperial IPA I have tasted from Sam Adams. Clearly the winner from this yearís Longshot series
RABinVA (1009) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark amber. Aroma is metallic and pine. Taste is heavily metallic. All hop character is pine. Nearly undrinkable.
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-amber in color with a massive, lacy off-white head. Sweet roasty (almost like hot dogs) aroma with floral hop edges. Malt forward, almost chewy with floral hop spikes and some lingering piney-ness in the finish.
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle pours a clear amber with some cloudy, beige head. Nose is malty, pine, pithy, spruce. Flavor is sweet, pine, sugary, spruce. Medium bodied.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Aroma of floral, fruity, citric hop and lightly sweet caramel malts, with notes of grapefruit, pine, lemon and some light malt toast in the background. Clear medium copper in color with a lasting, creamy, off-white head and very nice lacing. Flavor profile is full of fresh, fruity, leafy hop flavor throughout, but with a rather malty, sweet, honeyish, toasty caramel backbone, and finishing with a moderate amount of hop bitterness, pine and biscuit undertones. Smooth, low in effervescence and lightly resinous on the palate, body is medium-full. Very easy to drink, sort of a mellow take on the style.
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber with a tall, ivory-tan head.
Aroma is baked bread, caramel, pine.
Taste is caramel malt, strong resiny hops.
trujahwarrior (478) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into my ipa glass. Pours a dark copper color with a medium tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells of pine, grapefruit, lemon, resin, and caramel. Tastes of all the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with decent carbonation and a dry finish. This is the best from this series of longshot beers. Nice and hoppy for a east coast style ipa. My only complaint is that it not as balanced as it could be and is a little rough on the palate.
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to arg0. Poured a clear amber color with a nice citrus, earthy hops. Flavor was notes of earthy and citrus hops. Okay flavors, slighty muted floral and citrus hops.
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by argo. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is citrus, floral, and herbal hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with sweet malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
alexsdad06 (4535) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a clear honey amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has some toasted caramel malts, and noticeable, but not overpowering spicy, resiny and citrus hops. There was a touch of something I didnít enjoy, perhaps a hint of cheese. The flavor has some toasted bread and caramel with spicy, resiny and grapefruit citrus hops. Very smooth for an imperial/double ipa, but the flavor is good. Could be a bit more bitter though.