joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
golden and clear with large white head. moderate carbonation for style. spicy and floral hop nose. firm bitterness followed by a brief oxidized skunked flavor followed by some spicy hops before a fair degree of residual sweetness for the style. a nice version of the style, i imagine a fresher or better kept version would be very nice
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours pale gold with a soft head that disapates quickly. Smells very grassy, grainy, and slightly floral. Tastes citrusy sweet, grassy, zesty, and somewhat like honeysuckle. Hints of caramel on the side of the glass as the lacing dries and gets warmer. I don’t think you could possibly make a better pilsner without overpowering with odd flavors. This is strongly balanaced. All the crisp, refreshing drinkabilty of a pilsner and slow sipping hoppiness of an IPA. An excellent hybrid, if that is their attempt.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2010
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Weak weak weak beer. Almost bordering bad, there just isn’t anything here... Thin light weak body that washes away into nothing and leaves sponge water on the swallow. Completely average ale, it tastes like a mass lager that should be available anywhere. Not a fan of this one and honestly, I was surprised to see it coming off Sam Adams shelves...
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold .. medium foam .. simple aromas but pure light grassiness with the slightest touch of sweet pine .. . beautiful mouthfeel .. you crazy mac, crazy delicious! .. wow, very good .. love da hops! .. . a homerun! .. . Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by turdferguson. Very nice translucent light pour with a foamy white head. Nose and flavor both bursting with a delicate fresh Noble hop character, bready malt, tad grassy, citrusy notes. Very tasty.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottles purchased at QFC in Harbour Pointe, WA. Pours a beautiful golden color with a white head. Flavor: Plenty of hops, full-bodied, with a hint of grass, hay, and citrus.
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Pours a clear light gold with a frothy white head that displays decent but not great retention. Aroma is full of grains, pale malt and spicy noble hops. Flavor is great as far as pilseners go. The malt base is largely unsweet with a touch of honey and cereal, but mostly straight up pils malt which doesn’t even try to get in the way of the hops. One of the hoppiest pilseners I’ve ever had, really vivid grassy and spicy character with a very faint unripe grapefruit/lemon citric note towards the end. It’s got an appreciable bitterness that unfortunately comes paired with some astringency on the tongue. With a more inspired aroma and a crisper, cleaner finish, this could be world class. But as it is, it’s just really good and a welcome addition to the mostly-mediocre Sam Adams line.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sparkling clear apple juice colored body, topped by a thin quickly diminishing white head. The aroma is doughy with some citrus hints. Fairly nice biscuit like flavor complements with some orange marmalade. It falls apart a bit when the booziness of the alcohol hits. Fairly decent, though I do wish that the alcohol was bit less prominent.
ben4321 (5773) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Location: 12 oz bottle from Norm’s, 1/25/10
Aroma: Light nose of cereal, spice, some other malts, a bit of apple, and some grass
Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, light golden, straw-like color with a large, foamy, bright white head that leaves some fizzy lace on the glass.
Flavor: Taste is light-medium sweetness with a touch of bitterness
Palate: Light-medium bodied beer with a smooth/crisp feel and sort of a chalky finish
Overall, this new spring seasonal from SA is a decent beer. I can see myself ordering this one on more then one occasion in bars where the SA Seasonal is the closest thing to a micro they have. It is certainly drinkable. On the other hand, it is not great, and I had higher hopes considering this "won" a taste contest to be the new seasonal.
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Large very fizzy white head with poor retention, fair amount of lacing, transparent body, fast rising carbonation, and a yellow hue. The aroma is malty, herbal, honey, spicy, grassy, citrus hops. The flavor is malty, mildly spicy, citrus hops, and has a chalky finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and this is a light bodied beer. Overall, an easy to drink pils, but I guess I was expecting too much and ended up being disappointed with the overall taste of said beer and especially the chalky finish.