j100pinoy (8) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very hazed orange tint. Grapefruit and apricot. Very surprising but delicious. Strong at first but mellows almost instantly. Well balanced.
CanIHave4Beers (3230) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Pours a very hazy yellow-ish almost golden color. The head is absolutely enormous and tight for the most part the head leaves lots of spotty lacing on the glass.
The aroma is overwhelmingly sweet from the get go with fruit and grainy tones abound.
The beer is bitter and very very brightly fruity. When I was young and knew no better I was terribly inpassioned by Belgian Beers that were comparable in character to this one. Fruit forward, phenolic, & floral with a great bright citrus character
The beer is refreshing, hoppy, and enjoyable.
tgncc (2775) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is heavy citrus, grainy, fruity. The appearance is a hazy yellow, white head. The flavor is mostly hop forward, citrus mainly, some light fruit. The finish is very citrus as well. The hops dominate here. medium in body. Good beer overall.
SabreSkull (55) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour into Red Solo Cup. Hey at least it wasn’t the bottle. Decent IPA, a little fruity, but plenty of pine and hoppy goodness. Could do much worse. This is one of the better Sammy’s.
BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy caramel orange. Just under a finger of head from my pour. Kind of light on the lacing on the top, some sporadic whiteness. Some light film on the sides, a bit spotty with some bubbles.
A lot more citrusy in the notes than I would have expected with Sam Adams. Seemed to be lemon more than anything else on the citrus side. Light pine as well.
Tasted pretty similar to the nose. More grapefruit than lemon on the citrus side, but surprisingly noticeable. A bit balanced, though, and not too bitter, although you can taste it.
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.
This was better than I was expecting. The sharp citrus notes really stand out.
AirForceHops (3128) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft @ Holy Grail, Epping, NH. Pale urine color in a standard pint glass. Very minimal head or lace. Nose is weak hops, citrus fruit and generic spice. Taste has fruity notes. Wheat base is obvious but I had no idea what to expect here and the bartender didn’t help telling me what this was. It really seems to be all over the place with flavors. A hoppy white ale, a standard IPA, a hybrid… it really doesn’t impress me with any definition.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. pours a hazy orange with a small white head. soft apricot nose with light malts - not picking up any hops. med body - crisp & smooth - citrus / pine bitterness - apricots and spice. big bitter dry finish with light apricots. very interesting blend of two styles - it works well.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice cloudy apricot pour with a white head. Great pine and resin aroma. Complex flavor, a mix of citrus, pine with spice and yeast. This is a great ipa and one of the better offerings from Sam Adams
thicksuds (417) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells sweet, hoppy, bitter, slight taste of apricot, has a bit of a our quality to it. Different take on an IPA, not elite, but decent, worth a try. Can’t say I’ve had anything like it before.
MarkSachon (579) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 120z bottle as part of the Brewer’s Choice sampler case. Lots of things to like in this IPA, especially the subtle use of apricots which usually is overdone by other brewers. Not overboard on sweetness or hopping, just right in all cases.