jimhilt (2634) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with hints of caramel. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Deep amber/copper pour with nice tan head and lace. Aroma is reniny hops and an odd finishing aroma I can’t place, not unpleasant. Large maltiness with a caramel tone and some prefumy notes followed by an nice resiny bitter. Medium/full bodied with smooth carbonation. Odd offering but pretty good. FROTHINGSLOSH (8275) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a huge creamy orange-tan head that lingered forever and left decent lacing. The aroma was strong pine, leafy hops, resin and had touches of pineapple and sweet caramel. The flavor was sweetish toasted caramel with moderately strong pine and resin and an light molasses undertone. The beer turned dry dry towards the long piney finish. Thick body. Solid. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 24, 2011
bottle. pours clear red under a large, frothy, tan head. nose has lots of bready and cookie malt and toast. also lots of piney hops. flavors of bitter hops with not a lot of depth. just bitter. no flavors but some astringent notes. malts could be stronger. not at all sweet. leaves a grassy finish. where are the malts is smelled? ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Perhaps the best Sam Adams beer I’ve had in a long while! Big citrus aroma tailored with caramel malts. Pours a deep yet clear red. Taste is very good blend of hoppy bitter IPA with red/amber caramel malt- very reminiscent of Green Flass HopHead Red. I bought their newly released DIPA as well so now I’m really looking forward to that beer too!
PorterPounder (8356) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Liquor Loft - attractrive distinctive shaped 22 oz bomber - pre-Thanksgiving dinner beer. Pours a very dark copper with a sticky khaki colored head that sticks around a while and leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is floral and hoppy with plenty of spruce goodness. Flavor is bold and delicious with plenty of grapefruit bitter citrus notes, some sweet caramel and chocolate notes, a hint of nectarine sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. I’m not a Sam Adams basher - but sometime feel they just mail it in on some of their seasonals and specialty beers - but this one is right on target. Ratman197 (15612) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of carmel, grapefruit, tangerine, pine and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, orange zest, pine and light earthiness with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish. dwyerpg (6494) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2011
A rich aroma of both hops and caramel. Reddish brown. This is tasty. Some malt and caramel vs. hops battle that is excellent for the tongue. Smooth enough finish. My favorite of the four! DialSquare (5186) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle from Liquor Loft. Ruby brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is perfumy floral and citrus hops. Tastes are caramel malt, rye bread, grapefruit bitter, and a tinny vibe. Meh. Terminus (3739) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2011 bottle-ok, so i really wanted to like this beer quite a bit. SA is one of my most disputed breweries in my book-I have never been a fan of their yeast/malt profiles in most of their beers. ALot of them taste artificial/plastic to me. This one is a small step in the right direction. Pours clear mahogony crimson red hue with a frothy soapy eggshell head maybe slightly darker. nose of floral hops, grapefruit, dusty esters, lite plastic, and light diacytl (yes its there, its not big but its there) and some catty notes that really detracted. Smells a little fussel even though its not that high in alcohol. THe hop in the nose are very pleasant though which gives the score a 7 in my book. flavors follow suit with nice carmel malts and piney hops. however, there isnt much complexity here but fairly well balanced. Still, to me this is a step in the right direction for SA however, it still tastes mass-produced with some of their plastic character. not bad for SA, but this WOULD have been great with a few tweaks.