RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
This was labeled Sample A for Sam Adams 2010 Beer Lovers Choice Longshot competition.
Sample A, a Belgian-style IPA, is an incredibly complex beer that begins with the fruity, sweet, slightly tart and spicy characteristics of Belgian ale yeast. The blend of malts, including a traditional slow-roasted Czech variety, adds a crisp, slightly roasty note. This is complemented by a combination of German and American hops, which add complex notes of eucalyptus, pine and citrus. The beer finishes with the distinct hop bitterness expected from an IPA, immediately demanding a second sip.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1915) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle: Belgian yeast, lots of flavor, touch of dry must, stale malts. Not as fresh as the sample B. Sweet caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3040) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
12oz bottle-pours a white head with gold color. Aroma is spice-clove, some light/medium malt. Taste is lots of spice-clove/pepper, some light/medium malt. Lots of effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle received from apparis85 on BA. Poured into a tall glass a clear golden yellow color with a fluffy 1/2 finger white head. The nose is a pleasant mix between citrus and pine type hop notes with a subtle belgian quality. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this one down. This beer drinks slightly sweet up front but not overly belgian-like with a transition to a hoppy tone that is nice. Ends rather cleanly with only a lingering bitterness. The belgian side takes back seat to the IPA side and is only subtly noticeable but nevertheless, this is a decent shot at a Belgian IPA. No real alcohol notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottled. Spicy, yeasty character, with a fair amount of German hop, cocoa powder, sewer, mac and cheese. Good complexity for a hop-focused beer. Bright, citric character, with a rye bite. Better than B, but not by much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20605) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle at Funky 6. Pours clear amber with a medium, white head. Nice and hoppy aroma with earth, pine and citrus, along with light bread and yeast. Lightly sweet flavor to start, then plenty of bitterness of flowers and citrus fruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with modest malts lingering, earthy bitterness. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a slightly hazy light gold with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing. The smell is a bit of a bitter flavor with a slight hop spicieness and a little earthy malt flavor as well. There seems to be a bit more malt then expected. The taste is a hoppy at first with some citrus hop flavor. A little tangerine flavor with a slight pine flavor. It has a nice sweet malt flavor comes out and take over quite well. The bitterness is hidden a bit but is pretty interesting. The feel of this beer was quite even and balanced well. There was a bit of an american hop spice flavor but not too overdone. Drinakble feel and this does go down well. An interesting offering from SA. I voted for this one to be made next.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle at LIC Craft Beer Festival. Clear copper pour with decent of-white head. Aroma has some nice citrus and earthy notes with a touch of honey. Subtle honey sweetness that takes a backseat to citrus and pine hops. Short hops finish. I like the touch of sweet stickiness. I voted for this over the rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Had this as part of a sample along with the rye. Nice light clear yellow with a white head. The aroma was some typical Belgian spice and some hops. The flavor was sweet to start and then quite bitter. Just a nod over the rye for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2010
This has a good hop aroma and hop flavor. Citrus, wildflowers. It is not Houblon, but good anyway. Belgian yeast is evident, and the hops are appropriately intense. Gold color.

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