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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,036 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1036
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 23.22%


Brewed by:
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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.03/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Has a hazy orangish-amber color like an IPA with a tremendous head that never quits and leaves behind huge loops of lacing on the inside of the glass. If nothing else, at least it's a damn pretty beer.

The aroma is mostly of candied pineapple, with lesser amounts of partially spoiled mushy pears, green apples, and a sort of medicinal white wine aspect that wafts up at me like swamp gas. I'm starting to regret how much money I spent on this one...

Tastes of all the elements from the aroma, but with more sour / rotten apple emphasis, and a return of oddball medicinal / vinous aspects that are even *worse* than the nose had me expect.

And the body is just fine. Spritzey, medium body. High carbonation. Too bad it tastes and smells bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:33:55 | More by WastingFreetime
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SHODriver

California

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottling according to the foil at the top and poured into a champagne flute

A: pours a light gold at the thickest part of the glass but a deep yellow toward the bottom where it is thinner with a couple fingers of white head with modest retention. very effervescent in appearance with a constant stream of bubbles
S: kinda odd as this one has a honey like sweetness with a large dose of slightly tart grape aroma.
T: malty and sweet. slight vinous and fruity quality in the middle with a bit more of that slight grape flavor toward the end and after the swallow.
M: tons of carbonation as expected but not exactly what one would call thin, dry finish and dry in the mouth as well.
O: kinda underwhelming and not exactly worth the cost IMO. bought this one on a whim and held onto it since reviews weren't favorable and it needed to dry out so it aged for awhile in my chest freezer turned cellar. maybe I'm expecting too much from it but it just seems to lack complexity. I'm not a fan of drain pouring a beer but an entire bottle to myself is going to be a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 05:13:01 | More by SHODriver
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this one so I broke down and bought one.

Appearance: Cloudy, orange like color with a lot of carbonation. Significant white head.

Smell: Sweet and alcohol. Not much more.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light bodied, interesting balance of flavors, but not in a good way. Alcohol was the dominant feature here. I could taste the champagne part of it and the dry after taste to go with it. Beer flavors were there but only in the background.

Overall: Glad I tried it, but won't buy it again. It was more of a novelty toy beer than something to have more than once as a taste. Little disappointed with Sam Adams on this one. However I I ranked this high on taste because of the uniqueness of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 22:02:07 | More by Cavanaghty
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MadScientist

New York

3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold and very effervescent having a large, rocky off-white head with a moderate retention time. The overall appearance is that of a champagne.

S: Yeast and hops on the first sniff with the yeast quickly dissipating. The moderate Noble hops aroma dominates having floral and citrus notes. The moderately-light malt aroma is toasty and biscuity.

T: This is dry having a medium bitterness with a touch of sour. There is a moderate lemony hops flavor with a light florar note. A touch of sweetness chows itself mid-palate but is quickly overtaken by a dry bitter finish. There is some fermentation derived fruitiness that like a light peach and very light apricot.

O: This is a lot more appealing to those seeking a beer alternative to champagne with a solid bitterness and a dry refreshing finish that works well on its own or paired with dessert, fish or a light salad.

Note: Nothing like the one I had last year where the residual sweetness was just short of cloying. I'm not sure f the bottle was infected, if it is it's in a good way, but I don't care because dry is good and sour is great in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:13:52 | More by MadScientist
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lsummers

California

1.75/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

At first glance this beer looks fantastic. The fancy bottle, the extravagant head. All seemingly well.

Then the smell hits you, boozy, apples, caramel, and herbal. Not all that great..

Tasting at first I thought this beer is alright! Then I started tasting more and more, I slowly got very tired of the taste then almost sick in my stomach. I definitly won't try this again. I couldn't get through a glass. But this is just my experience, if I would have only had a taster glass I would have walked away saying this beer was pretty ok, maybe even great.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 06:48:48 | More by lsummers
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle in celebration a few months back but was in no state to review then
A - clear and very bubbly copper golden, two fingers of head receded at a fairly quick pace given the amount of carbonation rising from the bottom
S - strong caramel and fruit, some citrus hops and a light resiny aroma
T - this has a very strange mix of sour fruit and yeast, some rice and booziness, interesting flavours but a definitely strange and a little disjointed
M - bubbly and light much like champagne, fruity, somewhat dry and chalky
O - this is a tough one to place, it has some drinkable qualities but it is more champagne than beer in my opinion which takes away from the point

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:42:31 | More by joemcgrath27
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crazyfraser


1.83/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I was very excited to find a bottle of this. I heard some good reviews so I was greatly looking forward to drinking it. It was $39.99 so I was thinking it must be good. It was a 2011 bottle, todays date is 7-13-12.

It was very pretty when pouring, Kinda cloudy golden.

The smell was appealing, a little fruity tartness.

The taste was terrible, A sour punch right off the bat. Then the after taste is too pungent, like after you smoke a terrible cigar.

mouthfeel is actually good if you can get past the taste. easily drinkable. not a strong alcohol taste at all.

overall a terrible beer, would never recommend for enjoyment. I could of bought a 12 pack of Hopslam dammit.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:18:57 | More by crazyfraser
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sfprint

Germany

4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty surprised this one has received so many low reviews. I've found it to be pretty nice.

A: Beautifuly rich golden color with touch of crimson, quickly disappating champagne head, very champagne like. Moderate rising carbonation.
S: His this high alcohol intensity to it though it comes across not so strong and the alcohol is pretty sedated. like an apricot belgian strong ale.
T: There are champagne/sparkling wine elements to it, crossed with a belgian strong ale. But unlike the majority of beers in this alcohol range, it's not so so so intense and overpowering. it's light which I really appreciate. I'm also pretty surprised they could summon these flavors with just three ingredients.
M: Champagne like carbonation.
O: A very nice collaboration. The beer, for me, lives up to it's beautiful bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:04:16 | More by sfprint
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

2011 Vintage.

A: Pours a lightly hazy light golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer. No visible lacing is observed.

S: Smells a little bit like real champagne rather than a beer - notes of wine and grape and just the faintest hints of malt.

T: This beer is quite sweet with light fruit (apple, pear, and white grape) in addition to the malts. Light to moderate presence of alcohol in the taste as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Not my favorite beer in this style as it is a little too sweet and the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would prefer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 22:43:09 | More by dbrauneis
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Infinium at Happy Harry's Bottle Shop while on a visit to my nephew in Grand Forks. Odd place to pick up a bottle of Biere de Champagne, but I saw on the neck label that it is a collaboration brew between Sam Adams and Weihenstephaner, the oldest brewery in the world (if you haven't had their hefeweissbier, a draft is a must). Pairing these two great breweries seemed like a must try, regardless of the outcome.

A bubbly white head dissipates quickly to a very thin film on top of a whiskey colored ale. Light spice, heavily caramelized malt, dried raisins, figs and very apparent alcohol in the nose on top of a floral earthiness. Syrupy sweet and oily on the tongue along with a distinct bubbly carbonation that tingles. Dark fruit, raisin, and yeast flavors expand as it warms. Interesting and odd at the same time.

If you are expecting Deus from this champagne beer, you'll be disappointed. Watching the video on the Boston Beer website made it clear that the goal was to create a beer style that had never brewed before, even in the 1000 year history of Weihenstephaner. From my two samples, they accomplished their goal. Infinium is both perplexing, challenging and defies any beer definition I have in my head. If you're looking for a unique collaboration beer, drink a bottle--or two like me. However, while I've enjoyed this beer, I doubt I'd pick up another if it crossed my path.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:19:50 | More by FightingEntropy
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Heatwave33!

2011 bottle.

Pour is light orange with huge head. Massively carbonated, but Id expect that.

Smell is different for sure. I get some citrus fruits. Loads and wheat and corn, and some white whine. Strong pineapple chunk smell.

The big thing I notice is how dry it is. It reminds of Tweason'ale with its dryness. Very dry up front, with some yeast coming out very, very quickly. I get the crisp wheat as well, along with airy corn. Sweet caramel notes come real late. The more I drink, the more I get the fruity esters from the yeast as well as some sweeter caramel early.

Theres so much going on; I think its just too damn busy for me. Itd be interesting to replace Champagne with this.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 19:25:24 | More by VncentLIFE
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter glass. cork removal packs a big pop, reminiscent of a champagne bottle.

pours a mostly clear golden tone with a big, foamy 2 finger head. retention is middling; respectable lacing.

interesting nose on this one. fruity - notably banana, apple, and citrus - with notes of spices and some sweet maltines. something else i can't quite nail down, almost an astringency. flavor opens with a distinct sweetness. the fruity characters and spice are evident, along with a muted presence of hops. vinous. alcohol is relatively well-hidden, noticeable mostly in the finish.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel with high carbonation. a unique beer worth a try, and i would definitely be up to try it again, but i'm not convinced the $20 price tag is justified.

originally reviewed: 12-13-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:00:49 | More by BostonHops
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Pencible

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage.

A: This poured clear gold with lots of bubbly white head.
S: It smelled like wild honey and wheat and sweet white grapes, with a little burnt sugar and almond and raisin.
T: It tasted like sweet hay and fresh wheat and wild honey, with some raisin and white grapes and earthy nutty malt. It had an earthy and sweet and clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily and very carbonated. Bubbly body.
D: This was not much like champagne beyond the appearance, but it was still interesting to try. The scent and taste were more like a biere de garde, to me. The body was fitting but not refined. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy enough to drink. But there was nothing exciting about this brew, to make it worth the price. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 19:12:35 | More by Pencible
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this certainly is a nice lookin' bottle we have here. The beer smells like candy and fruit, but some fruit I can't remember the name of from when I lived in Hawaii. Maybe it's lychee. The flavor is quite sweet, yet smooth enough, I suppose. A bit too much of a bitter ending that oddly meshes with the sugary tone. This is a nicely drinkable beer, but really, where's the complexity?? Where's the interesting character coming from "1,000 years of brewing expertise"? On taste alone the beer is alright. But add into the mix two major breweries contributing to its production and the price tag, and this one is falling quite short.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:48:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage from cellar. Had the morning after DLD as a way to celebrate and compliment an awesome, slab bacon, leek, poached egg on bread breakfast.

Medium copper, amber color with champagney head and awesome bubbling.

Mildly sweet cracker and bread crust and yeasty fruit aroma. Balancd well by the earthy, grassy noble hops and the spring of the carbonation.

Very well balanced flavor profile from start to finish. Toasty sweet malts mixed with a dry fruit champagne yeast and earthy, citric hops. Well balanced. Just a little warm on the abv. finish. Pretty good beer though. Glad I tried and shared it with my fiance and good buddy.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 18:33:51 | More by scruffwhor
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HamFon

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 vintage bottle from my cellar. When I had it fresh, it was unimpressive and certainly WAY overpriced. It was not a bad beer, but did not live up to the hype of the Boston Marketing Machine. Retasting to see if the cellaring helped at all.

A: big white champagne-like head settles quickly, clear deep gold color

S: bready, floral, not much complexity

T: again bready and floral with not much else

M: creamy

O: a reasonable quaffing beer, but definitely not the highly hyped champagne replacement for New Years Eve

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 16:39:51 | More by HamFon
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, yellow, monster 4+ inch fizzy, foamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Sour grapes, honey, some floral/herbal notes. Some wine like sour aromoas along with some added sugars.

Taste - Sweet fruits mixed along with sour fruits and white wine. Lots of grapes, cherry, and honey. Added sugars balance the overloaded sourness somewhat. Lemonish herbal tang and grassy, earthy, saison like feel finishes this brew out.

MOuthfeel - Sweet, sour, bitter, but fairly easy to enjoy. TOunge gets nailed with sour fruits, sweet sugary fruits and a little alcohol warmth. Palette gets sweet/sour kick, and lots of herbel honey flavors. Aftertaste is dry, sour and earthy.

Overall - Not bad, a nice changeup from ipa's and such. PRetty much a saison like hybird white wine. Its sour and bitter but the added sugars save it from being too sickning sour. Its missing something, maybe hops? It is overpriced, but its worth a drink for something different.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 03:27:24 | More by wvsabbath
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Audibly fizzy... Three plus fingers of big chunky actively receding slightly off white colored froth that displays solid retention at just shy of two fingers... Loaded with lightning quick chaotic swirling carbonation... The color is equal parts honey and gold... A bit of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Sweet all the way around and then some... Overly ripened green grapes... Honey... Butterscotch... A bit musky... A hint of mandarin oranges.... Sweet wort... Just I mention the sweetness?

T - Golden raisins... Green grapes... Apples... Honey... Butterscotch hard candies... A very light wheat component... A hard to place and slightly off putting finish - possibly soapy... A bit cloying all the way around...

M - Medium bodied... Less carbonation than expected... Sticky... Sleek... A very very slight astringency...

D - Regal and sophisticated... Great packaging... The price was a bit difficult to swallow... The beer was a mixed bag... The uniqueness is much appreciated... The execution, is a bit rough around the edges... The end result is a beer I wouldn't recommend nor seek out again, especially given the price point...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 20:04:18 | More by philbe311
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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

A-Poured a hazed darker orange color. Champagne head is fizzy and froths off a bit. Not a big lacer.

S-White wine vinous characteristics. White grapes and other fruits. Sweet and fruity with wine-forward notes but there is also a musky hint and a light herbal or grassy hop scent. Interesting.

T-Akin to the nose. Champagne grapes combined with a bit of musk and underlying bready sweetness. Booze is masked very well. Unusual flavor. Light grassy hops too. A nice hybrid flavor. I am a bit shocked to see how hard this beer-brid has been slammed on here.

M-Medium bodied with some nice fizz. Alcohol is drying but not too extreme.

O/D-Overall, I find this beer to be underrated. Its not the Second Coming or anything, but its a pretty cool glass of fizz. Too expensive for a $20 750 ml but its an interesting novelty worth trying (preferably sharing). Not as bad as its rating may lead you to believe.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 20:49:27 | More by VelvetExtract
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation is wonderful. Caged, corked and foiled, and a tag that suggests a best of for July 2012.

A - Poured into a flute. Pours a lovely honey color. Fluffy looking head of about an inch, but with little retention and no lacing.

S - Crisp alcohol, mild yeast. Meh.

T - Very sweet, with a pear fruitiness. Kinda bready and a little bitter at the finish. Very reminiscent of white wine.

M - Dry, with very excited carbonation. Prickly.

O - At $18, it's a bit hard to justify getting this again. While not entirely off, it's out of my spectrum. I don't mind having this as a birthday beer, but it's difficult to approach.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:07:52 | More by madeofsteel
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abrand

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into flute glass

This pours a clear yellow color with loads of head that quickly fades. This takes some time to pour into the small flute glass. Lots of carbonation from the base of the glass. Nice looking pour. Smell is pretty subtle but yeasts, doughs, and malts make up the nose. Taste is very carbonated with euro yeast and some fruits. Grapes are definitely on the palate. Mouthfeel is thin but super carbonated. Overall this was alright. Decent in small portions but the full bottle is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 16:18:50 | More by abrand
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roblowther

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Love Deus Brut de Flanders and Malheur Brut so this has some clown-sized shoes to fill. Love the packaging! Looks clear caramel with an active head that goes away quickly. Not reminding me of champagne so far. Smell is cherries and pears, very sweet. Taste is really sweet up front, then pepper, then a really odd pear aftertaste. Clean finish but wow an odd aftertaste. Its nice and tingly with a slickness but that's the best bit. Overall just not doing it for me. I'm finishing the bottle, but its making me burp weird pear candy smell into my nose. Yes, that's my official review.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:44:02 | More by roblowther
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Tone

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, hint of citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Biere de Champagne / Biere Brut. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, slight hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of spice. Overall, great aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 13:45:55 | More by Tone
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

2011 Vintage.

A: 1 1/2" tan coloured fine head over cloudy copper coloured liquid.

S: Apples, orange, pears with cinnamon, cloves and other spices. Quite sweet and different smelling.

T: Orange, floral, and grassy hop flavours with a bitter grassy hop finish. As it warmed it got worse, and had a stomach bile tasting aftertaste.

M: Soapy with a slippery medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation. Kind of a strange plasticky mouthfeel.

O: One of the strangest beers i have ever had. My first ever drain pour. I wanted to like it, but couldn't.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:44:11 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper with orange leanings. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a thin cap quickly. Small ring remains for the duration. Loads of carbonation.

Smell: Apples, slight wheat tang, and a grassy note. Some pale malts and sweetness. Faintly earthy with an lively side. Slightly floral and fruity. Very delicate aroma.

Taste: Grapes, apples, and flowers with a wheat backbone. Ever so faintly funky. White wine notes and a touch of something woody. Very clean finish, almost like a seltzer. Floral notes mingle with a subtle citrus note. Pale malts add a layer of sweetness. White wine spritzer. Light fruit and floral notes meld with the mild wheat tang.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Drinks like seltzer or champagne. Crisp and clean.

Overall: This is the beer equivalent of the white wine spritzer. Very delicate with a decent amount of nuance. It's hard to justify the price per bottle given these characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:18:51 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.