bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of grass, banana, apricot, orange, grapefruit, and biscuit. Flavor of banana, grass, florals, orange peel, apricot, and pine.
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pine/grapefruit peel and and orange malt aroma. Cloudy golden yellow color with moderate head. Sweet light apricot malt and strong grapefruit peel/pine hops flavor. Nice - good hybrid.
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy and light gold with frothy white head that laces the glass. Aroma is fruity and citrus. Taste is sweet and very slight bitter - strong grapefruit and slight pine notes.
HighlanderOne (1237) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Poured from bottle. Nice hop aroma. Murky gold color, white lacing head. Pine and grapefruit hop flavors dominate, with creamy malt in the back. Also some pepper and clove This is simply a kick ass IPA.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep orange with a pretty large white head, plenty of lacing. Aroma is very spicy with some floral notes behind the spice. Taste is spicy with some really earthy hoppiness. You can taste a little apricot competing with grapefruit. Not exactly bitter and not exactly sweet. Just a good balance of flavors. Pretty darn good offering from SA.
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Sam Adams Hop-o-logy tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 5/3/12. Hazy orange pour with a thick white head. Aroma of grassy and piney hops with some Belgian esters. Malty flavor with grassy hops, stone fruit and a bitter grassy finish.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very well made white IPA. Served a bit too cold at first. The nose took a minute to open up, but yielded to some light spice. Medium bodied with a balanced palate showing citrus zest and a hint of baking spice. Long finish.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and drank in a no-nik pint glass, Very slightly hazy golden hue with a good head and lace. The aroma is an OMG moment! This smells oh so close to my homebrew Wheat IPA right down to the spices and choice of hops. There is no doubt that this has Grains of Paradise and wheat along with the base malt. I would not be shocked to learn that the hops used were Citra, Sorachi and Simcoe just like mine. The only difference is the apricot versus lemon zest fruit choices.
Even the flavor profiles are similar as this is hop forward but you can tell there is wheat in the brew. Nice that the SA IPA is missing the "rind" character that my homebrew has. Love the spicy finish and the piney bitters. The mouth feel is slick and a tad oily, not as clean as you normally find in an IPA but methinks the wheat is the reason why. Overall, much to like about this beer but the spiciness got too be too much the last half of bottle... yep, just like my homebrew!
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite possibly the most refreshing IPA ever. The subtleties of the white ale come through while the citrus and hops of the IPA are evident. Highly recommend.
scottw86 (1167) - Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy orange color with a medium sized white head. Aroma has lots of citrus and peach. Taste has lots of citrus with oranges, peaches, and apricots. Quite hoppy but not too bitter. Some good sweet malty flavors with some nice yeast in the finish. Finish is mostly sweet with more peaches. Maybe too many peaches, but overall quite tasty.