hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Iím not a fan of powerful IPAs, but I felt I had to try this and attempt to grade it for the beer it is. Anyway, beautiful beer. Hazy orange with a thick beige head that leaves significant lacing. The aroma is grapefruit for sure with some piney notes and a hint of bready malt. Very full, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is actually very well balanced. Sweet caramel malt with some sugared grapefruit up front fades slowly to a very bitter hoppy aftertaste. The 9% ABV isnít noticeable, but there is some alcohol warming to go along with the bitterness. A little too bitter for me, but it is a good beer for sure.
The body has a hazy appearance and a nice orange amber color. Its head is bright white, tall and slow fading. It eventually settles down to just a thin ring of lace and each sip is marked by a ring of lace on the glass. The aroma has a big powerful hit of pine and resiny hops in the nose. Its flavor is dominated by a powerful and intense hop presence over sweet boozy and roasted malt notes. There are notes of pine, resin, citrus and some floral hops throughout with plenty of bitterness that hangs onto the palate well into and after the finish. The texture is thick, full bodied and slick with light carbonation.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a large, off-white head. Great citrus/pine hop nose with a touch of caramel. Great hop flavor (citrus, pine, floral and spicy) with a well balanced caramel backbone. Nicely bitter citrus/spicy hop finish. Best Sam Adams beer Iíve had.
madmitch76 (24411) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2012
2nd October 2009tmoreau (4298) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle purchased in a Las Vegas liquor store. Hazy dark amber beer. Malty and rich hop nose. Sweetish beer. Rich marmalade hops with a nice floral tone. Lingering bitter aftertaste. A little different this one and tasty!
Last 12 oz. bottle from the 2008 Longshot offerings found at the back of the craft refrig.. Sampled and noted at inception, but never reviewed. Now poured to my SA Lager glass with a cloudy, orange/amber color, good effervescence rising up with some particulates, bubbles & froth, cream toned head, and clingy waves & rings of lacing. The aroma was some dank grain, a little cattiness and resin, floral notes, and citrus of grapefruit & orange. The flavor added smooth and supportive malt, but potent, lingering, tongue coating, earthy, grapefruit rindy, hop bitterness dominated, with any fruit/citrus and sweetness taking a distant back seat. Almost favorably abrasive, as I remember it! Any fears of developing, cloying malt sweetness, or oxidation due to long refrigeration, were quickly dispelled. With better than a medium body, the abv gradually flushed the cheeks, and the finale was lightly sweet and lastingly bitter. I enjoyed the reminiscence!
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Found some old notes on this after moving. Bottle poured an amber-orange with an off-white medium head. Heavily hopped with mild caramel and spice notes. Good alcohol to it for a nice buzz at the end of the bottle. Too bad the note wonít taste like the brew. Iím guessing it was good, but not enough to remember it 2 years later.
callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Opaque amber-orange, medium off-white head that quickly disappears, moderate lacing
S: Citric hops... pineapple and grapefruit ... some resinous hops and caramel notes
T: More of the same... was nicely balanced... the hops were nice, just not with the attitude and assertiveness that i want from a dIPA... nice malt base...
M: A tad thin in parts, but otherwise nicely crafted... good finish
O: Good all around (and cheap dIPA) nice to see sam adams doing this project... should get some non better beer drinkers to accidentally try a dIPA (and hopefully get hooked) ChoppingMall (47) - Sleepy Hollow, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Big thick mouthfeel with a sharp hop attack. Most of the flavor opens up in the lengthy finish. Lots of pine flavors going on, but the massive alcohol presence overwhelms any other flavors. A decent beer, but the hop flavors are suffocated by the harsh, solvent alcohol. Provides a pretty wicked buzz. dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Pours a light orange-amber, with a creamy off-white head. Nice aroma with floral hops, citrus notes, and some caramel. Flavor is mainly hoppy with some malt, spices and mild caramel. Finishes with some malt, and a nice lingering bitterness. Very nice, wish I had more! SDalkoholic (2377) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle from Bonita Liquor Store: Created a huge fat frothy sizing of head while the liquid is a glowing hazed orange. Heavily hopped out aroma with a variety of hops ranging from a west coast style to the IPAís from the east coast Iím accustomed too. The flavor is intensely bitter with hops dominating the profile make-up of this beer, but there is still some room for notes of earth, honey, sugarcane and strong backing by high quality malt. This was not expected from Sam Adams which leaves me feeling impressed they dared to bottle and distribute it. johnnnniee (4285) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a thinnish off white head that dissipates to a cap but never really leaves me. Smells of Grapefruit! Like Floridaís finest in a bottle. Mix in some caramel, but not to much and thatís what I smell. Taste is what youíd expect, citrus mostly grapefruit bitterness from start to finish. The malt tries to poke through, but never really succeeds. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Body is thick, mouthfeel is syrupy/resinous, carbonation is average. Great hop bomb!