rougeau13 (2035) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cola brown with red highlights and a modestly sized, but resilient and fluffy, beige head. A little lacing is present. Musty aroma of herbal and floral hops, toast, toffee and grapefruit. The taste is fruity and malty sweet, herbal, and moderately bitter. Medium bodied and a little sticky. Solid brew. Pretty much the cream of the crop from my experience with Sam Adams.
Tmoney99 (11099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear brownish copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex earthy and roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample as a bonus beer at the Black IPA tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 11/4/11. Clear red/brown pour with a thick beige head. Citrusy and piney hop aroma with a bit of malt. Flavor starts malty, but quickly turns to citrusy, spicy and grassy hops that last through to the finish.
MadIndian (2435) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish / brown pour. A hoppy, bread and pine aroma.
A nice grapefruit, bread, toffee and roasted malt flavor. A nice pungent punchy finish. Well done.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown, with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, caramel, roast, and some earth. Tastes of caramel, tea, lighter citrus, roast, and earth. More sweet than bitter. Some chocolate in the finish.
johnnnniee (2462) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a huge bubbly beige head that shows great retention and mounds of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is a great mix of earthy, pine and citrus hops. Slight hints of grapefruit, onion, garlic, and light caramel. Taste starts off with a nice hit of bready maltiness before the onslaught of hops takes over and obliterates any traces of barley. Pine and citrus mixed with bits of green onion and garlic. The flavor reminds me a lot of latitude 48 with a bit more intense hop presence. Thinnish body, moderate level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I felt the body to be a bit thin and I would have liked a bit more malt presence.
keepersj12 (2761) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Lacing head. The aroma is malty, earthy, with some citrus. The flavor is nicely balanced with the sweetness from the malt up front and then a big hop hit in the end. The finish is bitter and dry. Good one.
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not impressed. Decent hops, but little malt backing. Bitter, yet lacking depth.
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy grapefruit and a touch of caramel. It pours a dark copper with a two finger cream colored head that leaves behind lots of sticky lacing. The flavor starts with with light-moderate citrus, peach, and caramel. The finish has light-moderate grapefruit, pine, and a touch of spicy hops. Overall, a solid IPA. It’s my personal preference of less/no caramel in IPA’s that is my biggest "complaint."
thornecb (4545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing to hug rim. Caramel and resin aromas. Medium bodied and well balanced with dark caramel, resin and citrus front to back.