Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours a clear dark amber with off white head and nice splattered lacing. Smell is initially pine and grapefruit hops with some earth. Taste is smooth grapefruit hops and a balance of caramel malts. This seems a flavorful but smooth Ipa. Not overly pungent. This is nice and I like it maybe just a tad more than Third Voyage. baraciisch (3311) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Color is amber red....Aroma is distinctly grapefruit, citrus hops... Flavor is toffee and caramel malts initially, but gives way to a lingering dry bitter finish.... Not the freshest hop taste....Decent beer... pinkzambia (2051) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle: Amber clear with a light brown puffy head. It has a pleasant, citrusy hop aroma. The taste is mellow, toasty hops and very drinkable. A little alcohol burn initially which may mean it wasn’t masked well or I was hungry. It has a dry feel with a tad bit of a metallic finish. Overall, it was a pretty good brew. Foxbush (2071) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 What a special ale in a 22oz bottle. This was purchased at The Caboose in Ashland for Christmas 2011. The IPA poured a deep clear red color almost like cedar and tan head. The appearance of this ale is very positive. There was a taste of ginger and floral flavors from the hops. As the beer warmed up it improved. The medium body ale had soft carbonation. The IPA finished smoothly with some bitterness. I hope that Sam Adams will continue to experiment. Had another for the NFL Conference Championships in 2012. The lacing down the glass is huge. The bitterness at the finish also has spruce flavors. fidelis83 (2481) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Pours a nearly clear garnet red with a 3 finger, fluffy beige head that has great retention and leaves some pretty nice, solid sheets of lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and tropical fruit hops, crusty white bread toast, toffee, hints of floral hops and green tea. Flavor is caramel, cereal grain, earth, spicy grain (a bit like rye, but no rye malts are listed on the bottle), blood orange and grapefruit heavy citrus hops, light roast, buttery toffee, molasses, licorice and some light vegetal notes. Palate is medium bodied, fairly creamy on entry, dry on the finish and has a light-to-medium, but sharp carbonation. Pretty damn tasty, though odd beer, it strikes me as a sort of IPA meets ESA sort of thing. It really works.
jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a good amount of head. Nice toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish. Leighton (21813) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle at home in London. Clear red pour with a rocky, yellow-white head. Salty pine and grass aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor, some ham, caramel, grass, citrus. Ripe citrus. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, fairly sticky finish, toasty bread, caramel, grass, grapefruit and other citrus. Very decent beer. fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2011
A dark brown-red beer with a small tan head. The aroma is floral and piney. The flavor is floral and quite bitter, almost astringent, but still mostly enjoyable. unclemike (3160) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
They hit it out of the park on this one bravo sam adams Reddish pour with a tan head. Aroma is pineapple. Nice fruity hop aroma. Roasted malt aroma is present also. Nice ly balanced flavor, the roasted malt keeps the hops in check. A little dry aftertaste with some piney flavor. Nice lacing. A very tasty beer. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
22oz. bottle. Aroma of piney, earthy, spicy hop combined with notes of lightly sweet, toasted caramel malt and very faint red apple fruitiness, perhaps even some faint roast, but hops are really at the forefront here. Attractive clear deep red in color with a foamy, lasting, ivory head and very fine lace to boot. Flavor profile is rather nicely balanced throughout, with subtle dark fruit and pineapple tones, dark, toasty malty sweetness, prevalent leafy, spicy hop flavors and a moderately high degree of bitterness that is mostly apparent at the long finish. Actively effervescent and lightly resinous on the palate, body is medium-full. Very drinkable and tasty, once again I am a sucker for a nice hoppy Red IPA style.