bu11zeye (11940) - 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 (617) - 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 (1812) - 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 (3862) - 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 (8565) - 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.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - DEC 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep copper color, with a sticky white head. Left a great deal of lacing down the side of the glass. Aromas are of dank, resinous, sticky purple weed. Pine tree aromas aplenty. Not much malt in the smell. Tastes are of sticky, piney hops, some malts, and more alcohol than expected. Kind of hot, needs about a year of aging on it. Medium mouthfeel, kind of sticky.
Finished piney, with a tiny hint of citrus.
scarletfire65 (943) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper, fluffy head with orange tinges, leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is citrus, pine, dry hops, some earthiness, mushrooms. Full bodied and sticky. Like most Sam Adams offerings, it has a sweet malty base. The flavors are orange pith, grapefruit, pale malt, and resinous hops. It has a solid bitter finish bordering on astringent, a little rough around the edges, but still good.
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper pour with a cream head. nose is citrus, bitter, dried hops, faint fruits, and earth. easy on the palate, citrus, very bitter, earth, and hops.
Slipstream (2009) - USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am always interested in trying Samuel Adams’s special releases. The name makes me wonder what voyages they are talking about. Light aroma, nice looking pour. Plenty of robust hops pushes it to the edge of bitterness. Rich taste of grapefruit and lemon with a dash of sea salt, and it leaves a pith aftertaste. A little unbalanced and not the best IIPA imho, but still good.