probstblueribbon (3501) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 fl oz bottle from Potsdam, served cold in a tulip glass. Hazy deep golden with a thin white head. Quite fruity and sweet, peppery/vegetal/floral hops, bread crust and a little caramel. Medium body with lively carbonation. Quite floral and perfumed, a bit fruity, dusty/peppery, a little pine/resin; almost dry with some bitterness and a slightly oxidized, pine, fruity finish. Not very good.
Bulk_Carrier (3166) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - MAR 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a light golden yellow colored body yielding a one finger white foamy head, streams of slowly moving carbonation are seen rising. Some spotty lacing is left here and there around the pint glass.
The smell had malts and butteriness up front, yet some slight distinct notes of hops faintly in the background.
The taste was sweet and smooth through the malts.
The palate sat about a medium with some light harshness on the tongue. It leaves a buttery aftertaste and a sticky finish. This is a fairly sessionable beer as the alcohol really isn’t tasted or felt whatsoever.
Overall, this was not bad, but nothing spectacular. This was decent for its style and just average to me.
MarkSachon (834) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Loved the spices and the clean crisp taste. Another great one from Sam Adams.
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy Amber Color, Medium Frothy Head, Decent Lacing. Faint Pine Floral Hop Aroma. Malt, Light Sweetness and Pine Hops. While it is drinkable, it really does not stand out in today’s over saturated craft beer scene. Therefore this has to be rated from a different perspective - as a very first craft beer that has started it all when macros ruled it all. Not bad At All.
smcolw (616) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small head, but it lasts. The liquid is dirty gold and mildly cloudy. Some ring lace after each sip.
Creamy malt aroma with a very balanced flowery hop smell.
This is an archetypical APA. Some soft pale malt up front. No sweetness (until just prior to the swallow), but it isn’t lip-smacking dry either. The finish is bitter and well-balanced. Richer body than most APAs, high carbonation.
mbgrayson (663) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with decent white head. Malty aroma, slightly sweet. Taste is fairly ’meh’, but smooth and drinkable. Not much palate at all. This beer isn’t very good in today’s craft beer rich environment. If this is a faithful representation of the original, we’ve come a long way since then!
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A clear golden beer with a small white head. The aroma is grain and dough, some fruity hops. The flavor is subdued malt with a growing hop bitterness toward the finish. Also, kind of watery.
Brandon1989 (469) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a dark amber color and small white head. the aroma was very floral and some what grainy. the taste is very similar.
jrodooo5 (1370) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had no idea this was a Sam when I picked this up. Not very impressive! Has a fairly decent pale golden pour with a nice white head and ok lacing. Aroma is lacking with almost a sour hop undertone if there is such a thing. The taste is oddly bitter w/ not much else going on. Average at best!
Jay_Dubbz (103) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 12oz bottle. This beer from Sam Adams far exceeded my low expectations. Really a great session beer with fantastic flavor. Something i don't see much of these days from Sam Adams.
--you've been Dubbed.