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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bought at Krogers on Broadway in the seasonal 12-pack. It doesnt seem like a Premium Lager but I know Sam is well known for unique beers as I have had about 30 of them so far. Clear copper. Long, white laced head. Aroma: Cirtis hops, pepper. Flavor: Grapefruit, pine, pepper, bread malts. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finhead (1673) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2013 Clear, deep gold with a white head. The malty aroma has some bread and cereal notes. The light body has an oily texture with lively carbonation. It has a mildly bitter taste with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Golden to tan and clear, some rising bubbles, a good head and good lacing. Aroma is pungently hoppy, smells like an IPA. Spicy, citrusy hops dominate the aroma, complimented by a little bit of maltiness. Taste is again bold and hoppy, very nice! Spicy, citrusy (grapefruit, lemon peel, orange peel), with a good balancing slightly sweet maltiness, bready and grassy, delicious! Drink is off the charts. I just got done with school and Im thirsty, its all I can do to keep from chugging it! I would happily buy a twelve pack of this. Next time Im in the grocery store, Ill see if they have sixers or twelvskies. Great job on this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leo2x4us (65) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Copper brown appearance with minimal head 1cm. The beer has an aroma of grapefoot. Easy goin down and is hoppy with no maltyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (6078) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Pours bright crystal clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma has earthy and piny hops, nutty / caramel malt, toffee and clean lager yeastiness - pleasant. It has a medium rough body (rough by premium lager standards) with some sharp underscored carbonation. The flavor starts out dry and hoppy with earthy / spicy hops. The malt has a dryness to it as well with caramel, crackers and dark toffee. The finish has smooth lager traits, some fruitiness and a touch of syrup. Still hoppy throughout. Good hoppy lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (5686) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours clear gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet pone and resin aromas. Sour caramel and tropical fruit upfront turning to earthy resin in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Amber gold body. Brilliant white head with nice lacing. Spicey tropical nose. Toffee, tropical, resinous citrus taste. Crisp and very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (6326) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours clear, dark amber with a whipped, off-white head. Scent is strong grapefruit peel and pine. Taste is peppery citrus, malt. Very crisp with a nice tingling bitter throughout. A nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12oz into a glass. Smell upfront is ipa hoppy, with citurs, grapefruit and then dried lemon. Its a nice mix when the inital taste comes in mildly malty,disntincly lager like, mellow and crisp, then the hops advance in the aftertaste and the beer finished ipa like. Fruitty emissions of orange, pineapple and peach. I enjoy the sessionalbe status of this, as the aroma and taste presume otherwise, but Ill trust the bottle. Colori s mild orange, light tan and mellow sunshine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5088) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12 oz. bb Jun 2013. Clear topaz with a large, lasting head. Aroma is clean spicy lemon grass, resin, plus a dab of caramel and toast. Flavor starts the same with the lemongrass and resin, then later develops a hint of white pepper. A bit of earthy honey sweetness balances. Mild toast in the long finish. Light-medium body is smooth, with light carbonation and well balanced. Nice sessioner.

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