RATINGS: 575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewing innovation is about asking "what if?". What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & and flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers!

MALT VARIETIES Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend and Munich malt
HOP VARIETIES Zeus, Simcoe, Citra, Ahtanum, Cascade, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin hops

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
As advertised, tastes like an IPA with a little Sam Adams lager mixed in. Takes a little getting used to but it's not bad. Not sure if I'd buy this regularly but if I saw it on the menu at a restaurant/bar I'd probably order one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
amesm82 (4) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
Hay color, generous head. Large hoppy bite at the start that lasts to the end, mingling with creamy fruit and spice to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12 oz bottle from spring mix pack, Kroger, W. Bridge, Dublin. Light orange-copper color, medium white head dissipates into significant ring that is brought back with swirling; good lacing. Aroma pine, grapefruit, biscuit. Flavor has a sharp, piney bitterness, citrus and floral hop flavor, dry finish leaves a resiny aftertaste. Medium body, smooth but substantial carbonation. This is my last new beer rating in this 2013 Sam spring variety pack, which is far and away the best Sam Adams mixer Ive had to date. Each of the 6 beers (possibly excepting White Lantern) is average at worse, with the maple pecan porter bordering on outstanding. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4860) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with just over an inch-high head of near white froth. Light lacing.

Smell: Restrained pale maltiness, a bit toasty, a tad biscuity. Hops in the nose lean resiny, steely, pithy, and a earthy.

Taste: Pale malts with a subtle, harmonious toastiness to it. Light sweetness. The hop blend is a bit floral, zesty, citrusy, resiny. A little grassy, even, maybe a hint of ground black pepper. Moderate bitterness. Smooth, dry, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Soft, smooth lager meets a brighter hop character, though not so much as a Tuppers Hop Pocket Pils. I thought it was fine and enjoyed it a bit more than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TATE (407) - Lubec, Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a golden color with white head and lots of carbonation. Big floral and piney aroma. Starts off like a west coast IPA but finishes more subtle when a sweet malt flavor comes through. It gets better the further I get into it. Something different than the average IPA and a lot of flavor for 5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
pyromaniac1988 (1) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
Good beer. Love the IPA and Lager combination. One of my new favorites from Samuel Adams. Would love to see it all year long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2013
From the Spring 2013 sampler pack. A hazy orange amber brew with a bright white head. The nose has some strong hay and grapefruit. There is also a lot of the floral hops. The taste was like hoppy grapefruit with a blance of bread crust. There is a dry hay like finish. This is like a nice really hoppy, but not amped up abv, pils. Well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Great beer. Loved the rich citrus hop taste that one finds in a IPAD but had that crisp refreshing finish of a lager. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nice cheddar orange with a nose of body odor grapefruit rind. Flavor is tart grapefruit, selztery orange peel, and light pine. Tingly and lingering on the tongue. GREAT beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 22, 2013
bottle. clear gold with large fluffy white head. spicy hop aroma with white grapefruit. big, grainy flavor of straw. like a lager with the syrupy sweetness replaced with citrusy lemony hops. lemon lime finish. medium body.

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