ineedbeer (2255) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of July, 2014.
Aroma has a light grainy and bread character with some light citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of pine resin and grassy hop notes.
Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange with a pale copper character and a moderately sized, fluffy white head with nice retention. Moderately high lacing with faint legs.
Flavor is light and crisp with a light grain and bread character. Medium light bitterness with medium light hop character. Hop character is fairly fruity and citrus forward with some stone fruit character. Light pine resin notes.
Mouthfeel is medium light to light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice IPL but it could be a bit lighter and crisper with a more hop forward and brighter presence. Otherwise, nicely balanced and easy drinking. CpyNPrnT (640) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Aroma of hops, grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, bitterness, light alcohol. A pretty good offering. Huhzubendah (3753) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Served in the sexy, curvy Samuel Adams glass. Clear golden body with moderate effervescence. An inch and a half of foamy white head. Aromas of lager yeast, piney hops, biscuit malt, earth and floral notes. Almost like a hoppier version of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Medium bitterness. Clean and refreshing. Lasting notes of earthy hops and a bitter tang. Honestly, this is much better than I expected. I haven’t been too impressed with the many hoppy offerings in the Samuel Adams lineup, but I’d have this again. EyeAmBaldman (461) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Pours straw yellow from the bottle with a nice white head. Aroma is sweet with a tang of hops. Tastes like a lager at first then there’s a nice bite of hops and malts. Good beer overall. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
[Bottle] Clear golden colored pour with a fizzy white head on top. Crisp hoppy nose. Grassy hops, cracker, pale malts and light mineral notes in the taste. Quite pilsner-like despite the different hop profile. Lingering floral and citrus hop finish. Moderate carbonation levels. Good stuff.
tillmac62 (759) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2014
BBD 9/14. Pours a light amber, just a shade above golden, with a slight ruby tint. Massive head with superb lacing and retention. Nice light nose of citrus, grapefruit and sweet tropical, over a bit of biscuit. Light medium body with a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation which imparts a nice effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is a blend of hop flavor with very little bitterness. The hop flavor is citric, with a focus on grapefruit initially. The middle gets more tropical and ends with a nice biscuit crispness. On the finish, a nice light grapefruit rind bitterness lingers a bit. generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the ABV 5% and there is a short description of the beer.
Appearance: It has a golden honey body with a creamy white head on top. This head has good retention and makes nice leasing on the glass.
Smell: There are nice citrusy hops with notes of tangerines and grapefruit as well as some tropical fruit.
Taste / Palate: The flavor picks up all the hop notes from the nose and adds them to a nice bread base malt. It has a solid medium body with balanced carbonation and mellow bitter finish. cplough (1) - - JUN 8, 2014 does not count
Nice IPL, like their standard lager with the addition of extra hops. Moderate fruity and pine coney hints. Overall, great summer beer. Hanan (86) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Decent session beer at 5 abv. Hops are weak. Like a regular Sam adams with a little hops added. Maybe a touch of citrus flow in it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Interested in an ipl. Light citrus and pine aroma. I’d prefer a stronger aroma but pleasing non the less. Clear amber yellow. No bitterness... would be a shameful ipa. But for its style I’m having a hard time rating. Light and crisp but somewhat citrusy. Meh