foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
22oz bottle, Batch No. 1. Pours beautiful deep mahogany with a large eggshell head. Fantastic malt profile along with pine and grapefruit hops. Bitter yet very drinkable with a nice residual malt sweetness. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, very deep ruby-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit pines and resins with some earth up front. Some caramel with a light toast behind the hops. Citruses get a bit more juicy as this warms. Flavor is resiny and earthy grapefruits up front with some pines before a thinner malt backing comes in. Some caramel and toast with some juicier citruses towards the end. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with some citrus resins and a light toasted caramel sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a moderate, soft, creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice beer. A bit on the thinner side, but this is well hopped with a lightly toasted malt backing. Fairly resiny and piney with a good amount of juicy citruses. Not bad. bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less. Fred does it again. Pours dark ruddy copper with a creamy/foamy 3 finger beige head. Citrus and pine together. How rare for my nose to be able to discern that combo. Near full bodied. Foamy carb. Flavor is mildly harsh roast malt with grapefruit, pine and some treacle notes. Arguably earthy, but maybe that’s the roast malt. Good stuff! Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Very large 2 inch high head of varying sized bubbles. Reduces to a sloppy mess of foam and lace. Spicy and hoppy aroma. Lots of herbal aromas, mint, fresh cut weeds and some citrus. Color is a very dark crimson red. Light roasty and nutty malts with a strong bitter presence yet balanced very well. More herbal and earthy flavors with some crusty bread, caramel and bit of grapefruit pith bitterness late swallow. A decent IPA. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Pours a clear dark amber with a fairly substantial tan head. Good lacing.
Smells is of piny hops with a tiny bit of caramel from the malt. Slightly earthy as well.
The taste starts off with the piney hop flavors quite pronounced but that drops off rather quickly. Malt then takes center stage with some lightly roasted caramel. Assertive hop bitterness takes hold for the finish.
Overall this is a pretty solid beer. I would’ve liked the hop flavor to be as strong as the aroma but it’s a minor complaint. A good job by Sam Adams.
radagast83 (8321) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thank you! Ruby red pour, rich red color, tiny off-white head. Aroma is grainy, with notes of pine. Flavor has a touch of grapefruit, sweet malts. Travlr (25854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thanks! Dark and clear ruby color, large beige head. Aroma of light pine and furniture polish, not pleasant. Taste is licorice candy. Not my cup of tea. User37895 (3042) - - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle from SL. Pour was amber with a big off white to faint orange head and good lacing. Aroma of ruch grapefruits, citrus, pine, caramel. Flavor followed with some faint roasted malts in there, reminding me of a revent iron hill brew, the brown haired ipa. Mouthfeel was full and well carbonated. Decent brew. Goodgrief (2056) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Spicy aroma, fluffy head. Lots of herbal hops, caramel malts and toffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
bottle... bright amber, light tan head... the aroma has tons of caramel, a Killians on steroids, a little hoppy, wet dog and socks... easy to drink nothing wrong, but not something I’d come back, had with The chairman and this was better