tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice orange amber pour, good beige foam. nose is sweet with citrus, lovely nose. flavor is biscuit, malt citrus, some resin. nice beer but didn’t feel like a Double IPA. tasted to me like a regular ipa, nothing imperial her except the alcohol.
superspak (3227) - Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter glass. Pours crystal clear reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, floral, caramel, pine, herbal, biscuit, honey, and a bit of booze. Some nice and fairly well balanced aromas. Taste of big orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, honey, pine, herbal, biscuit, spices, and a bit of tropical fruit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, honey, and herbal spice on the finish for a bit. Great overall balance of flavor and bitterness in this; not over the top like some DIPAs. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for being 8%; and the alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very straightforward and balanced DIPA offering from Sam Adams. Very enjoyable and drinkable; with some big citrus flavor.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - 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 (1793) - 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 (2912) - 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 (3494) - 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 (1985) - 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 (12112) - 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 (621) - 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 (2244) - 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