adnielsen (9920) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Transparent, dark brownish red appearance with a big tan head. Roasty caramel malty, lightly nutty, moderately piney, earthy hoppy aroma. Toasty, a touch burnt, caramel malty, mild toffee, piney, somewhat earthy hoppy flavor. Not bad but nothing special.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegman’s Collegeville. Pours a gorgeous deep ruby mahogany’ the color of the desk furniture used by pompous upper management douches. The head is 3-finger, creamy, uniform, and very well-retained. Nose is vienna malt, earthy hops, resiny pine, red vinous fruit. Tastes malty, resiny and earthy, with a well integrated hop element. Got some black peppery and even nutmeg notes late.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of bitter citrus, some resiny undertones, spicy. Tastes earthy with some resiny hints and some metallic notes on the finish.
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on November 19th, 2011.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon, clearish.
Aroma: Aroma is of hop and the roasted malt.
Taste: Good bitterness, but the malt is too overpowering for me.
Palate:Medium body, occasionally fizzy.
Summary: I like this style a lot but the balance was off, too malt-forward not enough bitterness.
mcox90 (1644) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark red/brown hue with a 2 finger off white head. Heads slowly recedes leaving a coating of lace. Rich toffee aroma backed by citrus, Rich malty flavor upfront, then the hops make themselves known about half way through. Palate is medium bodied with an earthy, bitter finish. Quite tasty. I will definitely seek out another.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I did not really like this...The balance was way off, malt dominant not hop dominant as an IPA should be. It was like a big malty beer which occasionally tasted bitter.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Beverage House in S.V. - Pours a clear deep mahogany color with a two finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Has a strong pine and resin hop aroma. Flavor is toasted malt, esters with pine and floral hops. Finish is fairly bitter and hoppy. Medium body. A good beer.
beerfest5 (1204) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a really delicious red ale, color and aroma are all pretty expected of a good red ale, hoppy to be sure but a little malty, taste is malty for maybe a second, then hoppy spice, absolutely delicious.
BroSpud (1810) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a fluffy off-white head. Nice citrus and pine notes. Very drinkable. One of the better Sam Adams I have tasted.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 44°. Color is a deep amber that leans on the ruby side. Carbonation is good with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with caramel and hops showing with a faint orange peel scent. It has a lighter medium body that goes down crisp with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is a mild roasted toffee with spicy hops that give citrus and white pepper. After taste is a bold bitterness and floral hops. Overall its a good, bold IPA with nice roasted flavors.