hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown, with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, caramel, roast, and some earth. Tastes of caramel, tea, lighter citrus, roast, and earth. More sweet than bitter. Some chocolate in the finish. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a huge bubbly beige head that shows great retention and mounds of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is a great mix of earthy, pine and citrus hops. Slight hints of grapefruit, onion, garlic, and light caramel. Taste starts off with a nice hit of bready maltiness before the onslaught of hops takes over and obliterates any traces of barley. Pine and citrus mixed with bits of green onion and garlic. The flavor reminds me a lot of latitude 48 with a bit more intense hop presence. Thinnish body, moderate level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I felt the body to be a bit thin and I would have liked a bit more malt presence. keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Lacing head. The aroma is malty, earthy, with some citrus. The flavor is nicely balanced with the sweetness from the malt up front and then a big hop hit in the end. The finish is bitter and dry. Good one. nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Not impressed. Decent hops, but little malt backing. Bitter, yet lacking depth. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy grapefruit and a touch of caramel. It pours a dark copper with a two finger cream colored head that leaves behind lots of sticky lacing. The flavor starts with with light-moderate citrus, peach, and caramel. The finish has light-moderate grapefruit, pine, and a touch of spicy hops. Overall, a solid IPA. It’s my personal preference of less/no caramel in IPA’s that is my biggest "complaint."
thornecb (6149) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing to hug rim. Caramel and resin aromas. Medium bodied and well balanced with dark caramel, resin and citrus front to back. MaBeer1972 (2204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 4, 2011
This is a gorgeous amber brew with a frothy tan head. Wonderful pine and citrus aromas. Very quaffable off the top with a solid roastiness followed by a complex sweet-bitterness. More evergreen and grapefruit. Complex sweet and bitter lingering finish. Super smooth drinking. Another solid brew from this new Sam Adams collection. Great job with this. tgncc (3144) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2011
The nose is strong dry hopping, pine, citrus, earthy, musty. Also a good bit of chocolate, toffee, toasted malts. The appearance is deep red, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is less intense than the aroma, still strong evidence of the dry hopping, pine, citrus, chocolate, toffee. The finish is pine and grapefruit bitter. Medium in body, actually a tad thin. Decent beer. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours out red colored with a tan head on it. Smell is hoppy with a fairanount of malts in it. Very strong pine and grapefruit smell. Taste is strong with enough bitterness to be a double ipa. A seriously good beer. This one and the double ipa are the best Sam Adams beers I have had.