J_man (1017) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Caramel and wood aromas with a slight vegetal note. Clear copper/amber color with a thin but lasting off-white head. Strong, sweet caramel malt flavor with a slight cooked vegetable taste in the back as well as some smoke. There’s earthy bitterness here, but it’s a bit heavy handed and ends up being more of the vegetal flavor that almost gets overpowering. Lays down a dry bitterness on the tongue that’s nice, but the vegetal stays around too. Not bad, but the hops need to be a bit brighter. *** Wow, reading the other ratings makes me think I got a bad bottle. Hopefully I can find another to try! *** troopie (2387) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle. Dark bronze with thick white head. Grapefruit and earthy aroma. Flavour is hop, with caramel. Strong finish, Beer tastes like an Imp IPA, which it is. RRRozie (22) - Cortland, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
12oz Bottle. Medium head; fine lacing. Surprisingly mild, faintly piney aroma. Color and taste is exactly as described: "This brew pours a rich bronze color. The slightly sweet malt character is pleasantly balanced by a pronounced hop bitterness with grapefruit, pine and earthy notes." A lingering bitterness is the price exacted for the complexity of flavors.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Pours a dark caramel color, translucent, with a tan head of two fingers. Plenty lacing. Aroma was piny, caramel, toffee, biscuits and some grapefruit. Plenty toffee and caramel, sweet malts, medium bitterness, citrus. Full bodied, creamy, oily, somewhat chewy. Cybercat (5965) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a rather thick and frothy pale tan head. Aroma is strong and seriously hoppy, with resin and grapefruit underpinnings, promising a first-class IPA. Aroma is - HOLY MOLEY, this one will get your palate’s attention! Hoppy note bold as a pit bull, quite bitter; a dump truck full of grapefruit, and an alcohol bite like a tiger shark add up to HEY BOSTON BREWING HIRE ZACK ADAMS RIGHT AWAY!!! Texture is firm, smooth, and rather fizzy, leaving a woody and fruity finish. Magnificent indeed!
lamas (1648) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle. Enjoy before: 09/13. A clear rusty pour with a thick antique white head that leaves rings of lacing behind. The aroma features lots of pine, grapefruits, zesty citrus rinds, caramel, rye, and a little orange/lemon juice. Goes down medium to full-bodied and fairly smooth. The taste starts with quite a bit of toffee, caramel, and a rich freshly-baked bready maltiness. Chewy. A touch of creamy vanilla in the middle. Grapefruits and zesty citrus rinds are present at the end. The finish is very dry and lingers for quite a while. Resiny. A fair amount of warming alcohol is present throughout. SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle from Sprout’s: Poured a medium orangish colored amber hue topped with a growing thick foam head. Aroma is balanced well between a variety of hops and some big caramel like malts but does have somewhat of a pungent whiff. The drink is also balanced in the ingredients as well with a chewy backing of sweet malt and bitter hop pellets that actually remind me of a hopped up barelywine. I can’t remember but this might be the first Imperial IPA I have tasted from Sam Adams. Clearly the winner from this year’s Longshot series RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pours dark amber. Aroma is metallic and pine. Taste is heavily metallic. All hop character is pine. Nearly undrinkable. dnstone (3462) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Ruby-amber in color with a massive, lacy off-white head. Sweet roasty (almost like hot dogs) aroma with floral hop edges. Malt forward, almost chewy with floral hop spikes and some lingering piney-ness in the finish. nimbleprop (8600) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2013
12oz bottle pours a clear amber with some cloudy, beige head. Nose is malty, pine, pithy, spruce. Flavor is sweet, pine, sugary, spruce. Medium bodied.