JDBaker11058 (1896) - 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 (15490) - 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 (10524) - 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 (1738) - Penfield, 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 (5642) - 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.
mike67 (1092) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruity hops, some toffee and biscuit malt. Full, crisp body. Taste is mostly red grapefruit, some caramel and bready notes. Finish is long and bitter. A little bit different, easy drinkable IPA.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a deep amber/copper/red with a soapy beige head and lots of lace. aroma was pine, citrus, and almost a rye type spice. flavor was pine, caramel, toffee, and a spicy character. body was medium-full with a mild-medium carbonation.
PhatB420 (837) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fine combination of an ipa and red. Love how the malts run in at first and then are quickly cross checked by the hops. color is deep amber, faint head, body is full red and dark chocolate. Taste is enjoyable with fresh hops and malts. This would be more exciting if it was oak barrelled. Another great brew from Sam.