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Review by tavernjef on 09/03/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Pale golden hay color, quite dim and hazed with a small/mediumish capping of off-white froth that slips away quickly leaving a trace skim over the top and some big globby strings of lace.

Pleasingly floral and hoppy aroma with a nice twist of lemon rind and lime skin. Bright, clean, fresh, crunchy, and crisp with some small pale malt ascents and biscuity dryness within. Swell nose; I can just picture the commercial where Jim plants his nose into a heaping handful of hops. Classic!

Taste is whole bunch of yum! Very well balanced and drawn upon the fair notion of what some of my favorite IPA's drum up. Dryish, brisk, crunchy hop tones fly aross the palate quickly with floral citric punch and ponder. Uniquely developed layers and subtle tones make this quite an excellent palate pleaser. There's a nice tender little under pull of sweet malt thats bordering a candy-like presense, yet keeps mostly dryish, especially as it trials into the finish where it deepens greatly with a nice mix of hop texture, tone, and flavor of floral grasses and pithy citric bitterness grow controllable but powered with lasting vibes.

Feel is about medium if not a bit beyond. There's a nice flow and ease to it as its balance with remarkably well nurtured sweet and pale malt tones the whole way through. The pithy bitterness of hops is so in control yet present it nearly screams, if not begs, to be nudged with a bit more everything, but yeilds a great sublte complexity instead of grass and dried floral stuff.

Sammy Adams has a winner with this one! Damn solid!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 4 7 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to IBUnit throwing this in as an extra. Served up in my DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours an incredibly hazy orange color. Held to the light and this puppy glows. Got a half a finger of white head that falters quickly to a thick ring. That ring does create a lot of nice sticky lace that notches the glass beautifully. This beer has a ton of carbonation activity throughout the experience. Looks great.

S: Smell is pretty much one thing and one thing only. Hops and I imagine they are Hallertau. Going on a limb there. Just a ton of bitter hops coming out. There is also some malt in the background with a touch of sugar. Not too bad.

T: Taste is yet again a ton of hops. Bitter goodness with some grapefruit and citrus notes. The malt tames it a bit, but the malts really dominate. The malt is light and sugary, light cookie presense. There is also a touch of salt water flavor coming out. It is as advertised, an intense hop experience.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer. This one really has a nice slick and sticky feel. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste. ABV has some decent warmth to it but doesn't really come out too much. Carbonation is high and raelly allows this one to go down pretty easy.

D: This beer is pretty powerful stuff. Tons of hops and bitterness dominate almost every aspect of this beer. It was enjoyable but I would not see myself taking part in more than one in a sitting. Its just a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-17-2008 05:19:31

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2009
12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-Pack
Binny's Orland Park

Sam Adam's Hallertau Imperial Pilsner pours a deep golden with some faint orange highlights. Turns more straw golden when backlit. A huge amount of carbonation bubbles rush to the two finger head that formed on the pour. The head turned out creamy white and left a solid amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pretty straight forward but delicious none the less. Pale somewhat biscuity malts are the backbone but Hallertau steals the show. The musty damp grassiness takes over in a big way but there seems to be a squeeze or two of lemon juice.

Honey sweet maltiness upfront that fades but lasts throughout. The hopping on the palate comes through much more spicy than the grassiness that was in the aroma. Mid-palate comes a spicy, peppery, somewhat sweet hop character that acts like a buzzsaw slicing through the pale malts.

Medium bodied with a slightly sweet and sticky mouthfeel. The body is light enough to keep this beer from being to sticky or cloying. Lingering peppery hop bitterness with a dry finish.

This bottle is going down pretty easy. The dryness leaves you thirsty and wanting more. The bitterness is right up my alley.

I drank a few of these before this review and for whatever reason I wasn't at all impressed with this beer. I sat down tonight, cracked this bottle open, sat down for a review and my mind is totally changed. Great big on the hops which is just the way I like my brews.

Reviewed: 10/6/07

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/10/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for this bottle.

Golden to amber color with a thin, half inch of foam. Some lacing is present.

Graham cracker malt sweetness with a bit of coffee, spicy and earthy hops. A bit of lemon. Floral, maybe a bit of sulfur.

Sweet graham cracker and toast malt upfront with and earthy, floral, and slightly spicy hop bitterness in the back. Semi-dry finish balances the malt flavors pretty well. Toffee, caramel and hints of coffee in the end.

Sweet and syrupy upfront with low carbonation in the finish.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a slightly cloudy apricot colored body. Big, fluffy tan head that shows zero chance of going anywhere soon. Super sticky lacing.

S - Fresh green hops. Earthy and citrus notes. Balanced with some bready pale malts.

T - Starts right off with the big hop notes. Earthy, green hops in great abundance. Slight citrus notes of grapefruit bitterness. Bready pale malts come in and sort of combine with the bitterness. Black pepper towards the end.

M - Medium bodied, but with some sticky hop oils. Carbonation is a bit fizzy.

D - Good beer, but this is pretty much for hopheads only. Many would find it too bitter and aggressive. Pretty drinkable for what it is, with only minimal remnants of alcohol.

Served In: Pint Glass

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