chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold color with a small white head.
Aroma reveals apricots, citrus, and flowers. It is actually very nice.
Taste is bright and hoppy, not a ton of white ale flavors. Nice citrus, oranges, lemon, and grapefruit. Light sweetness, a bit creamy, with a zesty, bitter, dry finish.
Average carbonation, and a smooth, hoppy finish. Medium body with an oily texture. Has the mouthfeel of a double IPA.
Overall, the beer is a pleasant change of pace for an IPA. The fruity apricot aroma and creamy texture sets it apart.
milewide (1779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy light yellow color with medium head. IPA hop aroma and taste, more to the herbal than fruit side. Just couldn’t catch the apricots.
thechandler (590) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy pale orange color with clean white head reminiscent of a good hefe. Nose is citrusy; crisp and clean. WOW. Tastes fantastic. Good, sweet, bitter, hoppy. Good citrus flavor with just a drop of sweetness. Bravo, Sam Adams.
PorterPounder (6390) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - Park & Blarstone - 12 oz bottle. Dark golden/light orange hazy pour with a sticky white head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Finally a cat-urine smelling IPA from Sam Adams - about time!. Aroma full of resiny ho goodness - with fresh pine tips and some cat urine sprinkled in there for some good measure. Chewy flavor with some apricot oriented fruitiness, a dose of bitter grapefruit, a bit of yeastiness, lemon peel and a hint of saffron-like spiciness. Mouthfeel is tart and spritzy. Excellent. Part of their Brewer’s Choice Variety 12-Pack.
wlajwl (4784) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a mix of hops and citrus/apricots/tropical fruit. The flavor is hoppy and very dry with the apricots balancing it nicely. Not as heavy on the fruit as expected, this is a mix of two styles, relatively equally both and a pretty good ale all around.
anderson01 (239) - Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy in appearance. Copper in color with a thick, frothy, white head. Very good lacing. Hoppy aroma. Having a hard time getting anything else out of the aroma. Very powerful piny, Hoppy taste. Medium-bodied beer with a bitter finish. Thin texture. This variety pack I got these last 3 Sam Adams in was well worth the money thus far.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy yellow color with a tiny white head that left lacing on the glass. Aroma was citrus, pine and grass. Flavor was mild hop bitters and grass. Apricots were a non factor for me. So sweet in the finish. Drank like an ipa.
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruit beer? Apricots? What? I didn’t get any of that. None. Just a lot of pine and a weird wheat note. It’s OK, I guess - I didn’t hate it - but it never really come together into one cohesive flavor.
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is classic west coast hoppy goodness with loads of citrus, apricot, peaches, oranges and some tropical fruit. The flavor is the same with a hefty dose of bitterness in the finish. Generally light on the palate and very tasty. Well done!
Aurelius (4714) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light, orange-amber beer with a fluffy white head. Big, fruity aroma with a good west coast hop presence. Good. Tangy, peppery, not terribly sweet. Long-lasting hop finish. Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. Publix, Park and Blair Stone.