sethbreaker (178) - 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 (1153) - 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 (799) - 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 (3033) - 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 (185) - 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 (4433) - 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.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a mass production brewery trying to make a micro brew. Not bad. Bitterness is great. Aroma nice. Body seems thin. You get caramel and coffee. Pretty good for the price. A little funky hops in a good way. Lace really sticks.
sthlm (1268) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours red with a big, rocky, beige head. Aroma is interesting, and hard to describe. At some points, I got aromatic, spicy woods...and at others I got big fruitiness, with kiwi and loads of papaya. After awhile, an herbal character really took over and dominated. Definitely a malt-driven IPA in the taste, and that is fine. It is nice to showcase the malt sometimes, and there is still enough hop bite to go with it. Medium mouthfeel, long, fairly dry finish with nice, lingering interplay between the malt and hops. Overall, a very solid IPA that isn’t the usual citrus explosion, but great in its own way.