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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tnbrewrater (10) - Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Tasted at the Music City Brewers Festival. An interesting one for sure. Tart and spicy, smells of nobel hops and Belgian Yeast. Some banana flavor in there too. I have never tasted anything like this one before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14108) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks yobdoog. Clear amber body topped by medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, bread/biscuit, Belgian yeast, straw. Taste is medium sweet Belgian yeast, straw/grapefruit, some bread/biscuit. Light-medium body, light crispness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (6320) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Sample at brewery. Part of the 2010 Challenge. Had to choose between this and the American Rye Ale. Light amber with average off-white head. Aroma of yeast and floral hops. Tastes refreshing and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7705) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2010
12oz bottle of sample A from the upcoming 2010 Beer Lovers Challenge. Clear gold/amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, malt, lemongrass and grassy hops. Banana flavor up front, followed quickly by pepper, malt and grassy hop with a peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Sampled at Sams in Durham. Pours slightly hazy bright orange with generous white head. Nose is spicy and fruity hops. Not a lot of yeast or "Belgian" characteristics, but its nice and fresh. Similar taste. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours clear orange with a small off white head...aroma is yeasty and hoppy, lt fruit, lt spice, doughy and floral...flavour is perhaps slightly less than the sum of its parts, it has a burnt plastic bitterness and crystal malt sweetness...aside from those two detractors, it was drinkable and a pretty middle of the road Belgian IPA...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (2183) - Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2010
sample from longshot tasting- The aroma is sweet cinnamon and yeast, the taste is very Belgium with a mild hop bite, full bodied, a very tasty beer. This is what I voted for in the competition for the 2011 Longshot beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2494) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Sample from 12 oz bottle. Aroma is cinnamon, Belgian yeast, awesome. Pours golden with a medium head and nice lace. Taste is spicy--nutmeg and coriander definitely. Sweet with an aftertaste of bitterness. Highly carbonated. Oily. Very good. This is what I voted for in the Beer Lovers Choice Longshot 2010 competition. I hope it wins!

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