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 (1605) - 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 (1634) - 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 (1199) - 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 (1793) - , 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 (1873) - 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.
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours clear dark red with a huge three to four finger creamy tan head and nice lacework, really nice looking beer. The aroma is resinous piney hops and roasted caramel malts. The taste is caramel malts and toffee with a dry bitterness, after the swallow resinous hops do blend with the malts. Body is medium, carbonation is medium. Overall I was impressed until I got to the taste, not a fan of toffee and caramel malts in my IPA’s. As the beer breathes in the glass, I did warm up to it a bit, the taste I formerly had at a 6 I will upgrade to a 7.
dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz odd shaped bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a great lookig super dark red body underneath an average sized frothy light beige head that leaves gobs of lace on my Weyerbacher tulip. Aroma of citrus hops, earth and lots of sweetness, toffee, caramel, molasses and a hint of pine. Perfect body, so smooth, fuller mouthfeel with soft to average carbonation and a creamy swallow with light lingering bitterness. Flavor of citrus rind, burnt caramel, molasses, grainy bread. Solid beer but this just doesn’t seem like an IPA to me. A great amber maybe or the catch all American Strong Ale.