fr5ed (58) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark amber, almost brown. Pine, grass, resin aroma. Medium body, maybe more. Clean, malt-hop balanced taste. Best Sam A. Brew I've had.
Strykzone (5266) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 pz bottle. This pours mostly clear and cherry wood red. A nice tan head has decent retention. Floral hops, clover, and soft malt in the nose. The taste bigns with bitterness and that clover. It is like honey clover but the honey is light. Citrus begins to be tasted but the bitterness remains constant. Grapefruit arrives with warmer temps. This is nicer than expected and is an impressive effort.
sethbreaker (173) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. Sweet candy caramel aroma, Soft carbonation, some grassy/piney hops, clean tasting with a dry finish. I think I could drink this again.
scottw86 (1138) - Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep red color with a large foamy off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and pine. Also some candy in the aroma. Taste is also hoppy with good caramel malty flavors. Some sweet cotton candy flavors as well. Lots of earthy pine hops in the finish with some grapefruit. Some slight bread flavors as well. Overall very nice, and very well balanced.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours bright ruby with large creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet: sugar cookies, grapefruit, cherries, vanilla. I am very intrigued at this point, but the flavors disappoint: all of the great flavors on the nose are absent; grassy bitterness and some caramel malt. Medium bodied; dry, slightly carbonated, finish.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick amber with a nice white head. Aroma is stark and upfront grapefruit hops, with bits of rusty malt in the background. Flavor is hops, hops, and grapefruit with hops. Average mouthfeel. Great beer. Is as advertised.
high_on_hops (730) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. A deep red color with a foamy off white head and some lacing. A sweet citrusy aroma with a bit of malt. A citrus and pine flavor with some malt sweetness in the background and a slightly bitter aftertaste.
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Jow (2404) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle for Tuesday. Pours very pretty plum amber with huge fluffy head and great lacing. The head stays and beer looks more like a quality Belgian than an ipa. Nose is great of tropical fruits and evergreen forest. Tastes of grapefruit, piney hops,roasted malts, light cocoa, earth, and ginger. Really good fun brew, Sam has been putting out some decent new beers as of late
reverendj (184) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was quite unexpected for Sam Adams. They are finally "getting" it by offering these better brews. Very nice color and head on the pour, lots of lacing left behind. Delightful nose when it warms with lots of resinous pine and citrus aromas. Sharp and peppery on the tongue with a decent malt balance. Nicely done!
Cybercat (3733) - Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is hoppy and - hoppy. Not strong, but hoppy with a little evergreen, definitely an IPA. It pours a clear, dark mahogany/coppery brown with a fairly thick and persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Hoppy flavor has evergreen, caramel and woody notes plus a hint of miso. Smooth texture has about average body and average fizziness. Overall, though not notable, still worthy of at least a try.