dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This smells fantastic! Quite tasty. Has enought malts that itís actually a bit on the heavy side, yet the flavor is great. I could drink a lot of these. Perhaps the best "Sam Adams" IPA.
caroldahlke (1) - Lyme, Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malt, Raisin, Sweet, Citrus complexity. Love this beer. Buying as much as possible before they run out, (not to mention anxiously awaiting more brews from Zack Adams).
Cybercat (2913) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a rather thick and frothy pale tan head. Aroma is strong and seriously hoppy, with resin and grapefruit underpinnings, promising a first-class IPA. Aroma is - HOLY MOLEY, this one will get your palateís attention! Hoppy note bold as a pit bull, quite bitter; a dump truck full of grapefruit, and an alcohol bite like a tiger shark add up to HEY BOSTON BREWING HIRE ZACK ADAMS RIGHT AWAY!!! Texture is firm, smooth, and rather fizzy, leaving a woody and fruity finish. Magnificent indeed!
DrSilverworm (4745) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 12oz bottle, from the variety six-pack which I found at my local Kroger. Bottle says best before September. Clear red color, unusual for the style. Pretty much ruby-red. Good khaki / tan head. Leaves impressive lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Great spicy, tropical fruity hop aroma. Very tasty, complex hop profile... Some pine, grapefruit, resin. Good malt profile, too. Light on the caramel malt, nice hint of chocolate. Spicy doughy malt. Nice moderate to bigger bitter taste, somewhat creamy. Great imperial IPA. Does everything pretty damn well. Complex and tasty the whole way through. So, what are Zackís Mag-7? [EDIT:] He read my review and sent me a beermail! He says, "The 7 varieties are Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Citra and Simcoe. Heavy on the Simcoe and Centennial, especially late in the boil and dry hopping." Sounds like a solid combo!
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear nut brown with less than a half finger of white head. Aroma is mostly citrus and resins. Taste is medium bitter. Citrus and resinous pine with burnt caramel and toffee. Full bodied with a thick and somewhat sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a super long finish. Overall, great.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, brown sugar, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice moderate malt balance that isnít overpowering and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop flavor and malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
BREWMUSKCLES (2143) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a mishmash and perhaps hop nightmare to some but to me itís nirvana. harsh and wafting grapefruit pith to some pine and nasty near the finish with woody harshness.....i love it. no alcohol and some sweetness full bodied and sudsy. the good stuff!
Narnad (1408) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very clean deep-amber color with a low carbonation rate and a very, creamy, dense, white head. Aroma has a lot of Zeus-like flavors, strong pine, grass, grapefruit and light lemon with a touch of sweet malt a the very end. Flavor starts off with a strong grapefruit, moves into bitter pine note and finishes with a slight, non-obtrusive sweetness and light grassy/earthy notes. Body is perfect - low/mod carbonation to deliver the hops, light oily feeling the compliments the strong hops and a touch of dryness at the very end. Overall a pretty good brew. I like that the hops comes to front without have a huge amount of sweetness to hold it up. NIcely done.
beaz1591 (237) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
IPA glass. Great big piney, hops nose. Pours copper with a big thick head, lots of lacing. A nice big beer full of hops. Ends a bit sticky and dry. Great tasting beer.
mcnealc31 (245) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnificent Seven is so named because of the seven hops varieties used. Darker than most IPAs, itís a crisp, clear amber. Hops completely dominate the aroma, as they should. Very nice blend of flavor from the hops, too. Pine, grapefruit, some grassy notes. Roasted caramel comes through, too.
Great contest, great beer.