Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half liter bottle pours a nice clear deep copper with full light tan head. The aroma offers up some pine hops, grapefruit hops, resiny grassy notes and some booziness around the edges. The taste is full somewhat harsh booze and bitter hops that seem just right for the style. I get malt sweetened pine hops, pine bitterness, some grapefruit and resiny grassiness. This is a pretty good IIPA where some light sugary malt notes are noticed from time to time.
rxeight (1609) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 copper orange red color. Piney hops smell. very bitter piney hop taste. It’s a pretty solid IPA. If you are a hop head, you would enjoy this.
My complaint about this beer is that it really doesnt cut it as an double IPA. If this was a standard IPA for 8 to10 bucks a 6 pack I would be impressed and put it up there with two hearted and stone IPA. But for 8 bucks a bomber I exprect a little more.
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s poured into a snifter. Pours a clear, very dark amber with about 3 fingers of frothy white head. Aroma is mostly pine with a little grapefruit and citrus. Taste is heavily bitter. Lots of pine with a nice little bit of citrus. Full bodied with a thick yet slick texture. Lively carbonation and a very long, very bitter finish. Overall, great. Even though the side of the bottle suggests aging it, I would drink this now!
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... dark clear orange with a bit a copper center, light tan head, a bit of a cap and good lace... pretty good nose, light oranges, soap, a bit of old generic malt and vanilla finish... not that big of a fan, wet dog, soap, vanilla and caramel... wouldn’t have again
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet pine, a hint of funk, and just a smidge of citrus. Pours deep amber with a big foamy sticky head. Tastes initially of pine hops and a great malt Mouthfeel takes over. Finishes sweet and a bit skunky.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, Batch 1) Pours a clear orange body with a medium fluffy beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, orange, melon, caramel, passion fruit, and pine. Flavor of caramel, orange, pine, grapefruit, and grass. Nicely done.
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dense ecru foam floats atop clear teak beer. A lavishly resinous nose spotlights grapefruit-orange, herbal and grassy scents... notably more enthralling than Cascade’s normal one-note solo. Flavorwise, a spicy slap of Fruit Loops hops fades to a kiss of silky malt, the intensity of which compares to barleywine or Scotch ale. Sensually smooth and slick buxom body, and the bracing bittersweet finish shifts to a manly bitter/caramel aftertaste and smoldering ethanol elan. ’Though I would prefer more ellubient carbonation and less oppressive caramel, this rates as a champion among ales.
baraciisch (2157) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish orange in color.... Aroma is citrus and piney hops... Flavor is fairly dry for Sam Adams, with mild sweet malt character overshadowed by a distinct floral and citrus hop bitterness.... Finish is fairly sweet with hops on the palate... Pretty solid IPA
ben4321 (4330) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/24/11, Batch No. 1
Aroma: The nose is rather hoppy, with some pine/resin, grapefruit, citrus, and some floral notes
Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a thick, frothy off-white head that leaves coating lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet, with citrus notes, and medium (plus) pine/resin hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium (plus), with a resiny, sticky mouthfeel, and a somewhat soft carbonation
Color me impressed by my first beer from this Sam Adams series. This is a fairly quality IIPA. Not that I’m surprised, Sam Adams has the ability to produce really good beers. Sometimes they get lumped into the Macro category because of their Macro-Micro size, but they clearly have the skill, means, and passion to produce really good beers. I’m glad to see a new series from them of experimental beers, and I look forward to trying some of the others. This was a quality offering for sure.
arone12 (920) - Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pretty orange color with a huge off white head. Nice and foamy. Pine trees, resin, tulips and orange peel are in the aroma. Taste is a little creamier than most IPAs. Has some blooming flowers and tasty hops in the taste.