rob6239 (651) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark red with thick frothy white head. Good hoppy aroma. Taste is strong bitter with malt with intense hops in the mid-range and finishes bitter.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) red amber with small head. Some malt and hops in the aroma. Flavor was more malty than hoppy (like a well hopped red ale).
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Sort of in between an IPA and a black IPA. More resinous hops than I prefer, but still a nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, read that was nearly black in the glass with and average to large, creamy, cream-colored head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; lighter dark bread and roasted malt; moderate to heavy pine, resinous, citrus and earthy hops; and tobacco. The initial flavor was mod to heavily sweet and mod to heavily bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was caramel, roasted malt, cherry, a little dark chocolate, a little minty hops, pine hops, resinous hops, citric hops, berry hops, a little metallic hops, earthy hops, slight coffee, tobacco, toffee and dark bread. The medium body was somewhat dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.
JDBaker11058 (1366) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: beautiful rich ruby red with a thick off-white head, poured into a snifter. Aroma: toasted caramel malts, with notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste: smooth caramel, toasted brown bread, hint of black pepper, with citrus, pine, and earthy hops. Finish: dry and solidly bitter, with a bit of sweet toffee malt to balance. Notes: As always, not an IPA fan, but this was one pretty, easy-drinking beer. Flavors were well-balanced. I can deal with this.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cola with four fingers of thick kaki head; retention and lacing is amazing on this one! Nose is citrus fruit, hops, malt, and caramel. Taste is resinous, sticky hops and pine up front, then this is met by a thick caramel malt balance that jives just right with this brew. This is a very drinkable brew and very well done. Sam Adams continues to impress me by growing to meet the competition of quality brewed craft beer.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-amber. Not much head the way I poured it. Vibrant, biscuity, toasty amber malts and bright (if subtle) tropical fruit hops. Bland palate but with some spicy hoppiness. Good balance.
shrubber85 (7970) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Toasted malt, lemon, grapefruit peel and pine sap aroma - love the smell. Chestnut color with moderate head. Sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel and pine hops. Nice body. Very nice - like the maltiness.
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber color with a surprisingly large off white head. Aroma is of piney hops, malt and a little biscuit. Flavor is resinous hops, bread and toffee. I actually liked this better than their alpine spring. This is a decent beer.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber pour with foamy light tan head. Citrus aroma with hints of malt. Taste starts with some sweet bready malt flavors and then transitions to a nice hoppy bitterness on the back end. A pretty decent red, not sure about the IPA moniker though.
ben4321 (4103) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 1/17/12, Batch #1
Aroma: The nose is fairly hoppy, with a lot of grapefruit, as well as pine, caramel, toffee, and earth
Appearance: This one pours a clear dark reddish color with a thick beige head and heavy lacing
Flavor: Tastes light-medium sweet, citrus and caramel, with a medium-heavy grapefruit/pine hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium (plus), the one has a fairly long duration, and it finishes smooth, bold, and dry
I found this offering was fairly enjoyable from the U.S.’s 2nd biggest domestic brewery (apparently they got passed by Yuengling...) I’m enjoying what I have tried thus far from this Small Batch Series.