BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Comes off with a golden hue, small tight white head and some lacing. The aroma hints of floral and aromatic hops, light citrus zest, and caramel/toffee malts. More subdued than most American IPA's, more malt and less aggressive hops than I'm used to. Lingering hop aftertaste. Thin-bodied with a sweet and lively mouthfeel. An okay IPA and a good introduction to the style for your non hophead friends. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Real hoppy aroma. Not hazy enough for me. Really hoppy flavor, but with a huge amount of malt. Not bad, not great. jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Very drinkable. Generally not a fan of ipa's but this one's pretty good. A bit malty, slightly bitter. A wee-bit hoppy. Drink this when it's cold outside. Has a nice kick to it. EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2003
A decent American made IPA that uses traditional British hop varieties and it shows. Oak aged? Huh? British oak is chosen NOT to add flavor so what's the deal with oak aging? A decent enough British style Pale ale but it pales (ar ar) in comparison to some others in this category. However, if you prefer traditional varieties of hops over the omnipresent Cascades found in the west coast American Pale Ale styles, you will enjoy Sam Adams IPA. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2003
this is a very good ipa, but really what sucks that sam adams makes? ok the cherry wheat and cranberry whatever it is...
odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Better than the lager. i like that it achieves smoothness while being robust. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
Flora hop aroma, little head. Opaque orange in color. Fruity taste, not much hops in flavor for an IPA. Dry, dusty finish. Needs more hops and more alcohol too be a good IPA. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2003
A decent IPA, but not nearly as hoppy as I would like. Still, it has a nice flavor and good malt finish. jhart2 (19) - USA - MAR 3, 2003
As with most Sam Adams, I like it. A little sweet and very tasty. But I do prefer a little more hoppiness in my IPAs. johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2003
This bottle had a red label and an abv of 5.5%.
Nice colour. The aroma is fruit and hops. The flavour is a bit on the sweet-malt side. A little more hops would be nice. In my mind very drinkable nevertheless.