cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Brownish yellow color. Dense tan head. Hops and malt on the nose. Overly sweet taste. Crisp finish. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very nice and easy to drink. Perfect balance. The aroma is a little one-sided, but the flavor was wonderful. It reminds me a little of something Sierra Nevada would do. The aroma did get better as it warmed, but it was still a little too resinous for me.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to light read with beautiful carbonation and an average, off-white head that kept a thin sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had mod to heavy molasses and caramel; heavy resin and citrus hops; and lighter notes of all sorts of citrus. The initial flavor was mod to heavily sweet, light to mod bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, mot to heavily bitter, moderately acidic and slightly salty with a long duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, tons of citrus, orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, hints of brown sugar, a little resinous hops, slight alcohol, more citrus hops, a little maple syrup, a hint of soy and something like Five Alive. The medium to full body was fairly oily, but also sticky on the lips with soft carbonation and light alcoholic finish. JDBaker11058 (2252) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Appearance: pinkish orange with a rich, near-white head and generous lace rings. Aroma: very citrusy, with notes of lemon, a little grass, and sweet caramel. Taste: starts sweet and syrupy with notes of caramel, then a steady wave of grapefruit, resinous pine, and dry earth cascade in. Finish: smoothly bitter and increasingly dry. Notes: Smooth and easy-drinking for a DIPA. Not my favorite style, but it was relatively balanced. The first sip seemed almost like a light barleywine it was so sweet, but then the hops crashed in. Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Great big beer from Sam. Screaming with hoppy aroma instantly makes you want to drink it. Sticky sweet and abrasive bitterness really go down well.
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22oz. bottle. Floral, citric aroma, fruity and gently sweet with notes of toasted malt, grapefruit, pine and a touch of caramel. Mostly clear medium copper color, head is off-white, foamy, uneven and lasting. Flavor profile is lightly sweet, sugary and fruity to start, more caramel and malt toast here, then turning more towards the hoppy spectrum, with citrus pine and spice characteristics, and finishing with a moderate dosage of hop bitterness, some faint earthiness late. Heavily malted and hopped, but the dark, toasty, sweet malts are winning out at this point in time, and the overall impression is semi-dry. Creamy and smooth on the palate with a full body. Sort of an English style Double IPA?
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pour is a translucent mahogany color with a huge bone white head. Nose is of all kinds of hops, mainly the pine kind, nothing surprising for a IIPA. Taste is rather lackluster considering everything before it hits the tongue. Nothing all to special, though a the taste of a normal IPA @8%. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
This is probably the best of the "experimental" series (the rest of which I feel are even more mediocre than this beer). I don’t know about you, but once you release to the public it’s no longer experimental. This was intentional. I’ll give it this: it looks like a double IPA, with a little red in the color. It looks and smells sweet and syrupy, no doubt dosed with a healthy share of crystal malts. The flavor is very caramel-like with a thin finish. The hop presence is pretty mellow and earthy, not as edgy and piney as the brewer boasts. Nothing new, definitely nothing that stands out. As with alot of other Sam Adams beers, I expect more from the brewery, even though it’s rare that they impress me. The only benefit in this beer: 8% ABV is more than 7% ABV. Worth it if it’s your only option - otherwise I’d pick something else. User134089 (1644) - - JAN 20, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. About an inch of good-looking head. Nice white bubbly lacing spread out fairly equally. Even film on the sides.
Smelled of citrus hops. Tangerine and orange seemed to come out on top. Smelled pretty damn good.
Citrus hops right away on the taste. More grapefruit than the nose, but orange and tangerine are still around. Bitter finish.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Really liked this beer. So good, so smooth. Not too much to complain about. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle and served in Bells tulip: Pours a violent huge head that faded almost as quickly as it builds. Beautiful coppery hue and very nice lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of citric, resiny, and leafy hops with lots of biscuit and caramel malt notes. Some peppery and clove esters as well, slight butterscotch and band-aid too. While the taste does very much display the hops and malt it seems a tad too restrained for my liking. Plenty boozy and aggressive enough bit that harshness sort of runs counter-intuitive to the malt and hop attempt at balance. Not that this is a bad beer by any mean, it just seems to miss the mark slightly. The mouth feel is part aggressive and sharp, part oily and lush, with a large alcohol and metallic note. Truly a middle of the road DIPA that with Boston Beer Company’s deep pockets could have and should have been so much more. kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Clear reddish-brown pour with light off-white head. Aroma of pine and floral. No real maltiness to speak of in either the aroma or taste. Taste was mainly piney hops with a little sweetness. Doesn’t hide the ABV very well, a bit too much alcohol coming through on the taste for me. Not one that I’d pick up again.