Jow (3958) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle for Tuesday. Pours very pretty plum amber with huge fluffy head and great lacing. The head stays and beer looks more like a quality Belgian than an ipa. Nose is great of tropical fruits and evergreen forest. Tastes of grapefruit, piney hops,roasted malts, light cocoa, earth, and ginger. Really good fun brew, Sam has been putting out some decent new beers as of late reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
This was quite unexpected for Sam Adams. They are finally "getting" it by offering these better brews. Very nice color and head on the pour, lots of lacing left behind. Delightful nose when it warms with lots of resinous pine and citrus aromas. Sharp and peppery on the tongue with a decent malt balance. Nicely done!
Cybercat (5893) - Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Aroma is hoppy and - hoppy. Not strong, but hoppy with a little evergreen, definitely an IPA. It pours a clear, dark mahogany/coppery brown with a fairly thick and persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Hoppy flavor has evergreen, caramel and woody notes plus a hint of miso. Smooth texture has about average body and average fizziness. Overall, though not notable, still worthy of at least a try. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
For a mass production brewery trying to make a micro brew. Not bad. Bitterness is great. Aroma nice. Body seems thin. You get caramel and coffee. Pretty good for the price. A little funky hops in a good way. Lace really sticks. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2012
[Bottle] Pours red with a big, rocky, beige head. Aroma is interesting, and hard to describe. At some points, I got aromatic, spicy woods...and at others I got big fruitiness, with kiwi and loads of papaya. After awhile, an herbal character really took over and dominated. Definitely a malt-driven IPA in the taste, and that is fine. It is nice to showcase the malt sometimes, and there is still enough hop bite to go with it. Medium mouthfeel, long, fairly dry finish with nice, lingering interplay between the malt and hops. Overall, a very solid IPA that isn’t the usual citrus explosion, but great in its own way.
mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
On tap at Todd English pub in las Vegas. Reddish brown in colour. Great hop flavour. Great sessional beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a beautiful clear red amber, thick head and tons of lacing. Aroma and flavor is more sweet toasted caramel. I was hoping for a bigger hop bite in the flavor and finish. Sorta reminds me of an amber style beer. It could be the Tasmanian hops, which I am not a big fan. Overall not bad. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Wow! gread red ale here. not much bitterness at all if you are thinkignmipa, but if you think red ale you get a super gushing juicy fruit cornicopia of awesome galaxy and topaz hops. really shows them off nicely here i feel, so many delicate and really rich fruit flavors coming through, just delicious. great stuff. worth a try at $5 a 22oz. notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Dark ruby pour with a moderate haze and a fairly thick, soapy lace - aroma of earthy, herbal, peppery hops, brown sugar, toffee, some vanilla, light dark fruit - medium body, soft carbonation - flavor of earthy and peppery hops up front, followed by moderte toffee sweetness and light notes of darker fruits - finish brings another blast of spicy hops - tasty - reminds me a bit of Arrogant Bastard in its heyday. ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Served up a clear, very dark amber-hued body with an inch of lightly yellowed foam. Lasting layers of lace tracking my progress.
Smell: Toasted bread toasted enough to yield burnt edges, milk caramel (like a Sugar Daddy), citric, pithy citrus fruits, and a light but interminable element of spice.
Taste: A big start of malty breadiness with some darkened toast and plenty of chewy caramel candies. Fast florals, lemon, and a layer of heavy grapefruit with a persistent spiciness running its course. Moderate bitterness. Drying, pithy finish with some enduring bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Maybe a little chewiness present.
Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. BBC did a good job with this release.