llcooldave (1065) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark leathery brown in the glass. Standard IPA aroma; citrus, pine and toasty malt. Delicious bitter citrus/pine flavors followed by roasted malt and some coffee notes. Overall, this is very surprising and extremely tasty. Iím buying more!
williamherbert (1258) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy dark aroma, woody hops. Big, intense aroma. It borders on a rye ale in the nose.
The appearance is a fluffy, pillowy head on top. Deep, glassy ruby red; very dark away from direct light. Terrific sheet of lace.
The flavor is buttery malts, with the spiciness of finished wood. Balanced but with intense flavors. Very wood aftertaste. Again: intense.
Feels buttery, smooth, slick. Chunky body. Itís a really woody and spicy beer. Drenched in oak and buttery malts. Strong and not for everyone; a bit less than the sum of its parts.
blipp (5830) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep red brown with a beige head. Light piney and floral hoppy aroma with sweet crystal/caramel malts. The flavor is relatively well balanced, with caramel malts, and piney and earthy hops. I donít know how fresh this was, but it would have been better if it was a little hoppier.
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from local Market Basket, price $4.99. Thick fluffy, soapy head with great retention. A rice amber color. Resin and grapefruit nose. Flavor of malts with strong pine hops. Grapefruit or pineapple notes. I pick up toffee when colder, but as it warms just fruit hops. Strong lingering bitterness. Very clean finish. Hop heads should like this, very respectable and tasty IPA.
Westmeister (1650) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with off white head and nice splattered lacing. Smell is initially pine and grapefruit hops with some earth. Taste is smooth grapefruit hops and a balance of caramel malts. This seems a flavorful but smooth Ipa. Not overly pungent. This is nice and I like it maybe just a tad more than Third Voyage.
baraciisch (1673) - USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is amber red....Aroma is distinctly grapefruit, citrus hops... Flavor is toffee and caramel malts initially, but gives way to a lingering dry bitter finish.... Not the freshest hop taste....Decent beer...
pinkzambia (1427) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amber clear with a light brown puffy head. It has a pleasant, citrusy hop aroma. The taste is mellow, toasty hops and very drinkable. A little alcohol burn initially which may mean it wasnít masked well or I was hungry. It has a dry feel with a tad bit of a metallic finish. Overall, it was a pretty good brew.
Foxbush (1250) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 What a special ale in a 22oz bottle. This was purchased at The Caboose in Ashland for Christmas 2011. The IPA poured a deep clear red color almost like cedar and tan head. The appearance of this ale is very positive. There was a taste of ginger and floral flavors from the hops. As the beer warmed up it improved. The medium body ale had soft carbonation. The IPA finished smoothly with some bitterness. I hope that Sam Adams will continue to experiment. Had another for the NFL Conference Championships in 2012. The lacing down the glass is huge. The bitterness at the finish also has spruce flavors.
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly clear garnet red with a 3 finger, fluffy beige head that has great retention and leaves some pretty nice, solid sheets of lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and tropical fruit hops, crusty white bread toast, toffee, hints of floral hops and green tea. Flavor is caramel, cereal grain, earth, spicy grain (a bit like rye, but no rye malts are listed on the bottle), blood orange and grapefruit heavy citrus hops, light roast, buttery toffee, molasses, licorice and some light vegetal notes. Palate is medium bodied, fairly creamy on entry, dry on the finish and has a light-to-medium, but sharp carbonation. Pretty damn tasty, though odd beer, it strikes me as a sort of IPA meets ESA sort of thing. It really works.
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a good amount of head. Nice toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.