Samuel Adams Dark Depths

Beer: Samuel Adams Dark Depths
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Baltic IPA
ABV: 7.6%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Cola-colored body with a thin, frothy, beige head.

Smell: Charred malt with a slight lemon/pineapple aroma. Almost unpleasant.

Flavor: Charred malt, a little coffee, a little toffee, and a little raisin. Feels bitter, but you don’t get much hops out of it.

Feel: Very thin with high carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Samuel Adams’s Baltic IPA is more like a Porter or a Black Ale; there’s nothing IPA about it.  It’s sweet and roasted, but with very little hops.  It would make for a decent Porter, but nothing more.  But I guess that’s why the brewery says it “confounds definition”?

For more of Sam Adams’s renditions of the IPA, check out the other brews reviewed from the Hopology variety pack: the Grumpy Monk, the Third Voyage, and the Tasman Red.

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