ChainGangGuy (4565) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, burnished gold body with a tall, foaming, whitish head.
Smell: Notes of coarse ground pepper, coriander with humble wheat and fairly easy-going notes of citrus, pine, and fancy little soaps.
Taste: Crispy wheat blended with crackery, doughy pale malts as firm citrusy, spicy elements roll in from the hops and spice additions. Slight pine felt. Medium-plus bitterness. Thereís a faint, faint apricot accent -- you really gotta look for it. Pinch of piquant herbs. Dry, bitterish finish with some creamy wheat hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not great but decent enough.
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle is hazy orange with nice lacing white head, aroma has notes of big biscuit, pine notes, touch of grapefruit, fruity esters with apricot, peach notes, hints of lemon as well. Taste is a nice mix of sweet peach and pear, touch of grapefruit, hints of biscuit and bread, finishing with a sweet but slightly bitter finish.
gururyan (665) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a wheat, not an IPA. Smells like a wheat, not an IPA. Tastes like somebody poured a little IPA in my wheat.
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz single bottle from Spirits The Spot. Poured a very hazy, yet attractive, golden yellow body under a full creamy white head that has some serious lacing and lasting power. Aroma isnít very good with notes of bad citrus meat, wet bread, bread crusts and rotting lemon. Fuller body with strong tight carbonation and some bitterness and dryness on the tailend of the aftertaste. Flavor is much like the aroma with some bad harsh citrus meat and rinds along with bread crusts and more rind. Meh nothing special here.
jcos (1710) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle on March 16th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours an orange cloud.
Aroma: Aroma is piney hops with light bready malt.
Taste: Nice amount of bitterness, pine, bready-ness from the wheat ale component.
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: One of the best Sam Adams new beers Iíve enjoyed in quite awhile.
Cakes (401) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle.
Medium body with moderate hops bite.
Hazy yellow orange with a small white head. Wit yeast, bread, banana, some pine and very subdued apricot in the aroma. carbonation.
I am not loving this beer.
It is not bad, but I have had quite a few better IPAís than this in the past 12 months.
boozedude (2212) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grassy citrus aroma...pours orange..super bitter. Real strong taste. hints of grapefruit and pine...
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seriously... this is the most complex beer that I have had from Sam Adams.
SA pioneered American craft beer, and then their innovative spirit waned for years. They turned out truckloads of drinkable beer, but failed to take chances for the demanding craft beer market. $10 and $12+ 6paks of obscure "rare" beers kept us obsessed with beer for a while. Here we are in 2012 and it seems that SA loves that there is a market for complex recipes. I picked this 6 pack up for $8 and was blown away at first sip.
There is Belgian-inspired black pepper, bread dough, buttery sweetness, and dryness. There is a strong hop IPA bitterness to the finish of every sip. Pine sap dominates with a hint of citrus. Is the citrus from the hops, the added apricot, or both? Looks like I have to open a second one and do some more research.
Zeswaft (1494) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange. Bitter grassiness, with a tropical apricot after taste. Bitterness lingers too long. Sort of a makeshift Nelson Sauvin thing going on but the finish is too damn bitter. Interesting.
guzzler67 (1575) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber appearance with a large, off white head and very good lacing. Citrus and soft fruit co-mingle in the aroma. Wheat takes an edge off the more intense hops, leaving a milder, more floral hoppiness. Almost like an English Pale Ale. A bit more tartness and bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with an average length finish.