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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,089 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 158 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many highs and lows in this one, but glad I tried it despite the sprice. Cloudy yellow with a little head. Sour and sweet, the sourness always present, like apple juice. A tangy finish. Grows on me as I drink it. Aroma of armpit funk and Selsun dandruff shampoo. Well malted.Peesteen's bottle.

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally pulled my bottle of this out after being afraid based on what I tasted when it was first released. It's doing quite a bit better now.

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear, sparkling straw color with a large, fizzy white head that lasts for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing behind. The aroma brings some light grain and some floral hops. Notes of honey, pear, and honeydew. A bit of white grape comes into the flavor, and it's a bit too heavy with some semi-sharp malic acid. Average duration and moderate sweetness with a fairly-light body and good carbonation. No alcohol. Not great, but not bad like it was. At this point, it tastes like a poor man's Duvel Tripel Hop.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GRG1313
2.03/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy orange amber with a pure white head.

Very sweet cooked sugared banana nose with undertones of pear/peach and cooked sweet lemon. Good; not as good as it sounds.

Mouthfeel is lightly fizzy from Champagne yeast but not as carbonated or fizzy as Champange; elegant but a bit to "fuzzy" than "fizzy." (Taste it...you'll "get it.")

Flavor profile is just not appealing. There is a dull, lightly sour, lightly sweet apricot flavor that is more "spoiled" apricot than fresh/bright apricot. There is an almost sour flavor profile but there is also underlying malt and carmel undertones. I get the impression that this one is not quite sure what it wants to be and simply misses on all counts.

Finish is a dull sour/bitter old apricot character.

An example where a collaboration just didn't work. The ball was really dropped on this one. I had to force myself to take multiple tastes and the finish was such that I couldn't wait to get to the water. Just my thoughts. Price is not even relevant to the fact that I simply could not drink this beer, be it the $26 price tag on my bottle or be it a $1.69 a bottle; this one was just not for me.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a fluffy white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are faint aromas of grapes and malt in the nose, making this beer smell a bit like wine.
T: There are flavors of alcohol, apples, grapes and malty sweetness in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer would be a little easier to drink if it lacked sweetness and the alcohol was better hidden from the taste.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a Belgain Saison, a German Hefeweizen, and a Champagne, this fruity and dry beer is a hearty compliment along side of any sparkling wine for the Christmas and New Years celebrations.

Pouring a hazy deep staw color, the beer carries a spritzy carbonation on a creamy looking malty base with a fluid head stance that retains and laces very well. Just a pace off of the driest of beers, this beer carries a bit more visual weight than I expected.

Tropical fruit aromas release a plethera of appricot, peach, pineapple, pear, mango, papaya, kiwi, and banana. Mild spice of white pepper, orange zest, clove, corriander, and a touch of cinnamon decorate the peripheries of the fruity/yeasty/briny scent.

Flavors of wheat breads, fresh yeast/fresh baked breads give a firm malty base to the beer. Bold flavors of moderate fruits give a firm but mellow pace to the beer while mild spices of cinnamon, lemongrass, and sasafrass give roundness and refreshment to the fruity/malty mid palate and ushers in a zest finish.

The effervescent start subsides to allow creaminess and a bready fullness in the middle of the taste. But the finish of herbal, alcoholic, hoppy dryness helps as the beer fades into the fruity/bready aftertaste.

Reminding me of classic Sahti's, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and sparkling wines, this beer borrows a lot of characteristics from fruity/spicy/characterful beers of bready/wheaty origins. Where challenging, I applaude the bravery of otherwise traditional brewers to get to these new blends of taste. It's just a step off of the pace of DeuS and Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale. Instead of the medium bready mid palate that makes the beer a bit fatty, I'd prefer much more dryness and spiciness driving toward the finish.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy medium big color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of noble hops with a sharp dry edge and peppery yeast notes is very unique and interesting. Taste is a well executed mix between some solid Belgian malt with light sweet notes which are well balanced by dry Noble hops and a spicy and peppery yeast finish. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I thought this was somewhat expensive but considering the quality I wouldn't mind buying this beer again.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One and a half HANDS of frothy foam with some lacing on a bubbly, hazy golden amber body. Musty apple and pineapple smell, with orange peel. Smells a lot like one of those multi fruit juice Dole/Minutemaid mixtures. More cour multi fruit juice taste with a lingering musty aftertaste. Almost tastes like a bad wild ale. High carbonatin and light body. This is a cool idea. The taste is not very good but the rest is a actually ok. Just need to work on the taste.

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

finally decided to get one of these to be able to try it. poured into flutes.

really light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a huge foam head that settles down lightly and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides.

aroma is far too light, small citrus hops,light grain, and that was about it. it seems to really just not have the direction i was looking for. it was just light on the palate and super carbonation, but the flavor just did not seem to match up with my hopes. a very expensive beer that just does not live up to anything. it really just seems to be a huge let down.

Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange/amber color with a huge white head.

S: A big time yeast aroma to this one with a moderate spiciness to it. Hints of butter in the background with bread and pale malts providing the sweetness. A slight peppery note as well as some green apples.

T: Sweet pale malts and bread is most of the flavor profiel here. Some yeastiness and a strong green apple flavor. Definite booze and butter flavors which are quite off-putting. Some popcorn flavor is there, too.

M: Medium in body with a high carbonation.

O: This was all over the place and not exceptional in any way.

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the highest hopes for this beer when it came out. I managed to grab one of the last bottles that Abe's had left when they got it in. I saved it till new years ever and opened it after the ball dropped.

The beer pours out like a champagne, clear clean looking yellow with a bubbly looking body and white head. The smell of champagne is present along with the aromas of some malts and a slight melon on the nose. The taste nearly falls flat on it's face here, sadly there really isn't much of a positive to talk about here. There very little character to the beer. No dominant flavors really jump out at you. The mouthfeel is bubbly and light, which makes it easy to drink. I can say that I'm glad I only got one bottle. The bottle makes a great looking piece of decor for a bar at home but that's about all. Not the best beer from Sam Adams for sure.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this Saturday night rather than champagne.Poured into a pilsner glass a straw hazed color with spritzy head atop,pretty much what was expected.Aromas are light with toasted bread and some pear notes,flavors are decent but they became a little to sweet after awhile.Caramel/butter flavors mixed with some greenapple-like tartness,the alcohol began to creep and bring the sweetness level way up after about mid bottle.Not as bad in my opinion as many others think but it's not great by any means and overpriced,glad I tried it.

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 version, a 750ml caged, corked, and foiled champagne simulacrum bottle. 'Tis my anniversary with my better half, and this popping up on the local beer store shelves obviates the need to open up that dusty bottle of vintage grape bubbly I have kicking around. And only 18 Canuck bucks at retail - sounds like a steal after those earlier mentions of costs stateside.

This beer pours a lightly hazed, frigid-looking golden apple juice colour (very reminiscent of white ice wine), with a teeming, near-overflowing column of loose foamy beige head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some random streaks of chalky lace around the glass on the way.

It smells of sweet grain, dry bready crackers, muddled, reserved citrus, earthy yeast, and leafy hops. The taste is much more about the caramel malt - toffee, a bit of butterscotch, a solid nondescript black fruitiness, and some mild yeast, all push things into Belgian Strong Pale Ale territory. Leafy, softly citric hops lend an air of balance, and only a slight booze warming emanates from deep down below.

The carbonation is crisp, for sure, and fairly light, although it does seem to persist longer than you might expect, which tamps down the otherwise strong candidacy for a medium body weight. That same crispness also goes somewhat prickly, and is consequently smoothness-damping. It finishes sweet, as the bubbles taper off - caramel and candy sugar, amongst some musty hoppiness.

Well, not exactly all that akin to that famous Gallic bubbly offering, is it? More like painting the right carbonation onto a strong Belgian pale ale. So, while still perfectly drinkable ("it's like Chimay with more bubbles" - thanks, hon - you pretty much nailed it), the subtleties of the best of this weird hybrid style are lost in the mire here. It does do one other Champagne-esque thing well though - the wine level booze sneaks up on you, well hidden as it is.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a champagne glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Here's how a beer geek ushers in the new year: a champagne-styled beer. It pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises green apple, rice, corn, and that lemon-lime mixture that so many sodas have been built around. The taste holds notes of wheat, corn syrup, light fusels, and toasted rice husks. Not yum here. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation, a fizzy feel, and a very dry finish. Overall, I applaud the experimentation, but the final product does not do it for me at all. I could only finish my small glass by turning it into a shot. Not at all what I was hoping for, I can tell you that.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

weird how little people like this, i thought it was pretty solid, although i had a bottle more than two years old. the pour was nothing special, cloudy and dull wheat color, looks like a hefe. the nose is crazy yeast, sweet booze, some strange fruity essences, and rotting wood. flavor is a little less disjointed than the nose, but the yeast is so weird it takes over. theres like a fermented peach or pear flavor to it, that works with the yeast. dry and stinging finish. i like the mouthfeel for what it is, smooth with an alcohol burn and more bubbles than most beers with this kind of age on them usually have. overall i think it probably missed the mark a little but, but its an ambitious brew with no shortage of complexity. i might pick up a newer bottle for the holidays, its got that kind of feel.

Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -38.1%

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.