BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle and served in no-nik glass: Pours a clean straw hue with produced a long lasting fizzy head and left good lace. The aroma does display a nice resiny, fruity and even slightly dank hop note along with some pale malt, hint of corn, and a some light spice. The taste is lightly "lagery" yeast dominated with the hops very much in play however. Solid piny and fruity notes along with some pepper. The mouth feel is brisk and refreshing, a bit "tinny" on the finish. Overall, color me surprised for I liked this much more than I would have guessed. Exceeded expectations. Even more hoppy than a uber fresh Noble Pils was.
nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
The aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus hops it’s also malty with a yeasty bread quality. The appearance is deep gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a nice non bitter hoppy finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a very good beer. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2013
I’m not one to quibble with style, but there is no way I consider this a pale lager. Clear orange, with a thin white head. Resiny, lightly spicy aroma, with a whiff of citrus and tar. Crisp, clean palate. Citrus and pine, with a dry finish. Pretty enjoyable. From the "Spring thaw" mix pack. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
bottle, orange in color with frothy foam,nice grapefruit aroma, flavor is bitter grapefruit rind, sweet bitter finish 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.
SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
huh. pretty good beer. grapefruit, pine, clean toast cracker malts. not terribly complex, but pretty tasty, approachable, nice. Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 This one is a winner for sure. From the bottle poured a clean yellow body with a thick sea-foam head. Aromas were spicy and pungent of west coast hops and pine, seriously nice floral smell! The taste was full of bitter hops, pineapple, honey and light lemongrass. Most definitely one of Sam Adams’ best. I loved this beer and hope they get smart and go with 6-packs! TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Soft amber with a foamy, white head. Aroma is hoppy with pine, citrus and floral notes and soft caramel. Taste is big citrus fruit, pine notes, floral hops, sweet malt and chewy caramel. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more citrus fruit, pine resins, floral hops, tropical fruit and caramel. umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a thick foamy head that fades normally. Aroma is fairly hoppy. Lots of grass and hay, light flowers. Taste is pretty much the same. Very grassy and floral, lightly spicy. Very little malt to back it up. Finish is dry and crisp. Not bad, I wish they would have this as the spring seasonal instead of the Alpine Spring. Re-rate 10/12/13 - Taste and aroma still seem focused on flowers but there’s also some nice pine and tropical fruit coming through too. It’s also not as dry as I remember. Good beer. Jabic (735) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Ar: Red grapefruit, bitter orange peel, lime.
Ap: Crystal-clear copper - medium-small extremely light tan head, good retention, thin but solid foam layer remains.
T: Grapefruit rind and clean toasted malt up front - lemon-lime - medium-high bitterness, a bit tannic - finish is crackers and lean citrus.
P: Medium-light body with high carbonation - finish is very dry.
O: Bright lager with clean malt and aggressive hop flavor, plus a firm grip of bitterness - very nice.