Pours a deep amber color with an inch and a half of off white frothy head. Good retention on the head with thick sticky web like lacing that clings to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is a blend of sweet malts and citrus hops with touch of grapefruit and a light grassy scent. The aroma on the beer is unusual in that in only five minutes after the pour, the aroma seems to just disappear and becomes very muted.
The taste begins dry with a caramel malt and works into a blend of pine and citrus hops with a grapefruit like bitter acidity. The malts carry all the way to the finish with a fairly bitter hop flavor that lingers on the palate. A wood like flavor appears in the aftertaste and adds another layer of complexity. As the beer warms, I am noticing more of a honey sweetness that appears near the middle and continues into the finish, as well as the aftertaste.
Medium body with light to medium carbonation. A softness on the palate with a slightly dry finish.
Overall, an enjoyable IPA. This beer is a solid offering from Samuel Adams with a nice balance between the malts and the hops. Very drinkable with the bitter lingering finish bringing me back for another sip. A fun beer to try, but there are better Imperial IPA out there. This one is enjoyable and worth a try. Try one!