DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2012
Clear, beautiful red with thick pillowy head. Nose is caramel with a touch of hop. Nice round mouthfeel with a good caramel flavor and a nice hop balance. Very wel balanced with a great caramel finish italianjohn (3228) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
Reddish brown clear pour thin off white soapy head lots of sticky lacing .... aroma is roasted and of toffee and earthy caramel malts and light citrusy grapefruity/piney hops ..... taste is of caramel malts, spicy and subtle earthy hops, toffee and lightly roasted with bitter citrusy grapefruity hops .... finishes bitter and roasted .... flavors are nice and fresh with good balance .... very sessionable sharkbcr (162) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
An average beer. I was expecting something more. The color was good, the aroma was spicy. The taste was a disappointment, not much hop to it and was too malty. It needed more hops to round out the taste. CanIHave4Beers (4209) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2012
On Draught at El Bait ShopMmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours an actual amber color, more-so than pretty much any Amber ale I’ve seen in a while... sort of funny those beers always look more ’red’ to me. Either way it’s a pretty color.... a combo of like ruby and brown.
The aroma is pretty hop forward with lots of citrus (particularly grapefruit), and a tad bit of sweetness without carrying it’s self into caramel country.
The flavor is nicely bitter with a light fruity character, plenty of grapefruit and general citrus rind flavor. There is what I would perceive to be a minimal amount of toffee like dark crystal malt flavor, but it’s not an overbearing presence and doesn’t lend much sweetness to the beer. In fact the beer finishes fairly dry.
Completely underwhelmed by this beer. This is a earthy spicy mess of a beer to my palate. The bitterness is there but there are not a whole lot of fresh hops to be found. Dominated by the earthy malts and bizarre spice. Next to Green Flash Hop Head Red, this is awful.
poisoneddwarf (2624) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bomber. Batch No. 1. I really wish I would’ve bought this fresher. Aroma is perfumy, caramelly, bready. Pours translucent ruby red with a medium beige head with decent retention, falling into a blanket of foam and leaving lace. Taste is bittersweet with a hint of sour; has a lingering bitter finish. Flavor is a little appley. Carbonation is average, body is medium to full. It’s a good beer, but I’m sure it would’ve been better fresher. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Batch 2. Bronze beer with a tan head. Grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Tropical fruit and grapefruit flavor with light darker malts. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit and tropical fruit lingers with light pine, caramel, and light dark malts. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
This is finally a Sam Adams that i can say i thoroughly enjoyed. Nice hop profile balances out the red malts and richness. Surprisingly smooth and delectable. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Batch #1.
4.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Three fingers of tan, frothy/creamy head. Retention is good with lots of lacing left behind.
4.0 S: The label said to expect grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes. Earthy I get plenty of, but not much pine and grapefruit. There’s a case for floral, however. In any case, the real focus is the malts. Caramel overload with some toffee. Toastiness abounds. Rich, sweet neutral maltiness to tie it together.
3.5 T: The taste is good, but it seems confused. It’s like it wants to be a malt bomb, but the hops get in the way. Low end of moderate bitterness. Earthy and flowery hop taste foremost with a touch of pine underneath. Caramel and toffee are back, but with less thrust. Toastiness is still at it though. Reasonably clean and not sweet, but not dry either.
3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as I’d like, but decent here.
3.5 D: It’s no Nugget Nectar, but it isn’t bad. I think this is the last of this series for me to vanquish, but SA is always coming out with new stuff so who knows. Worth a try, but not a re-buy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-11-2012 07:27:23 jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Clear mahogany decent sized white head, lacing is notable... Malty roasty flavor and aroma with big hops, some sweetness... Decent but not great...