rxeight (1581) - 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 (2746) - 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 (11978) - 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 (2070) - 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 (4260) - 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 (919) - 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.
Sammy (9064) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An enjoyable complex DIPA. Rather I appreciated that each glass (I finished this bomber solo) gave a different enjoyable fruity flavour. Lots of citrus. Great hop melange aroma. Above average mouthfeel, no shredding for the style was pleasant. Better than wine with my lunch.