Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crisp and refreshing, but otherwise slightly above average wheat. Pleasant fruity notes with spiciness. Clear gold in color, minor head.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would say that this yearís version is better than last yearís. Very nice blonde with a fine head. Spice sits in the background, and sets it up as a nice session beer, which I can say is not a typical response for me regarding a seasonal beer. And for that it does not suck, unlike the Yankees.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2004
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled, local bodega, smells of lemon-hops good lookin head and look.too bitter for me. kinda sucks jus like the Red Sox
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Summer beers arenít my favorite, but this one - like Peteís - was decent. Poured a slightly hazy yellow/orange. Clean and light in taste, with a spicy citrus flavor. Smooth.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
if by the term "a summer ale" you mean something that you arenít going to taste because youíre sunburnt crazy and already drunk from grilled burgers and other beers... then i suppose itís appropriate. eh.. itís not a bad beer. just not exceptional.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very mellow beer, nothing special but nothing unappetizing either. Very smooth taste with a slight tang and some spice and lemon. Poured pale yellow/orange with a bit of head , aroma was cinammon and some fruit.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2004
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
I can’t beleive the high ratings on this beer. It tastes like someone dumped a pepper shaker and lemon wedges into a hop tea. The pour is a hazy light yellow with a cirtus aroma. The taste is powerful in pepper and lemon. It’s hard to choke down.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This is definitely one of my favorite beers from Sam Adams. Pours with a small, frothy white head to a hazy marigold yellow/orange. Aroma: citrus, hops, wheat, lemon, some spice. Flavor: Lemon, wheat, pepper, very crisp, bitter hops. Very smooth and drinkable with an aftertaste of lemon and pleasant hops/spice. There certianly are better examples of this style of beer out there, but for a huge brewing company this is a great beer that you can find anywhere.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange with a decent, lasting head. Flavor is typical of the style with citrus/spice dominance. Finishes somewhat bland. Great hot weather beer.
Hangover (1085) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, specificially lemon, and a bit of wheat. Surprisingly agressive taste. Biting hops, more lemon, some spice... wheat towards the end with some lingering spice. Very smooth... with a not-quite crisp finish, but Iíll let that slide. Not a very ícomplexí beer, but who is worried about complexity while youíre pounding beer at a BBQ or pool party. The guys at Sam Adams did a good job with this one. A great seasonal, as advertised... now what exactly are the "Grains of Paradise"???