dwyerpg (6219) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 18, 2013
First smell is piney hops. The first sip is smack full of juniper, even more than Mammoth 395 IPA. There is tons of juniper in this with some light fruitiness at times. Overall I thought this was pretty darn good. bpreo (2854) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2013
It really is a spectacular beer. Samuel Adams has really surprised me with their newest Winter Seasonal sample pack. Go and get it ! dlihcsnatas (755) - Temple, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured up an amber brew with decent head. Smells of caramel and slight pine. Taste is well balanced for an IPA, something not expected. The Juniper is present but not overpowering. Have to admit this is a really good seasonal for the holidays but NOT what I would call an IPA. The juniper hits the spot for christmas and the caramel character hits the spot as well. Good stuff!
beersmash345 (1) - Newbedford, USA - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
It gets a good hop Aroma.It pours a orange gold color,With a fluffy white creamy long lasting head.It taste of hops is so good.The IBU’s might be 50.This brew is like drinking fresh hops.The head taste so rich and creamy.The mouth feel is medium.Awesome brew. Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Pristine golden amber shine and a firm, thick and sticky head of white. This drinks with a full flavor palate, rich with piney bite and a robust malt backdrop. The juniper gives this a unique sting in the finish. (#5398, 12/29/2013)
obxdude10 (2344) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Depsite the sub-par ratings, I found this IPA very enjoyable and delicious. The beer poured a light golden color with an adequate off-white head. The head left some nice cascading and sticky lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose was very spicy, dry and fruity. The flavors featured much of the same, with a pronounced fruitiness, along with some flowerly and dry hops. The finish was bready and earthy with more dryness and spicy hops. chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
If this beer went by another name other than Sam Adams, the score up there would be significantly different. But that’s just how it goes, I guess. This is a delightfully balanced IPA, great floral tones on the nose and a wonderful citrus/malt balance on the finish. I wish they sold these in six packs, because it really is very good. Poobah (448) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Light amber with a thick lasting head, and a piney nose. Some lacing. Smooth intro with a mildly-carbonated mouthfeel and a citrusy-sweet, hoppy finish. bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
A- Amber with decent head and retention. Good lacing
S- Malts and citrusy bitterness. Can’t pinpoint anything in particular though.
T- Citrus bitterness and some malts. Wasn’t expecting something like this from SA.
M- Very drinkable. Light and pleasant.
O- Came with SA Winter variety case. First off, is this SA? I was not expecting something this tasty. Will definitely enjoy this again! HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a nice reddish dark copper with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a lot of lacing.
Smells of juniper, honey, citrus, and piney hop notes.
Tastes just as it smells, nice hop presence up front and good bitter finish. In between, flavors of juniper run across the palate, giving it a slight gin-like taste. Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and juniper with the bitter hops.
Overall, a solid IPA, with the juniper being a nice touch, easy drinking enough to work in the warmer months, but heavy enough to fit in perfectly for winter consumption.