Samuel Adams Hopscape
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #175
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,456
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 9.51%
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
537
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
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Samuel Adams HopscapeSamuel Adams Hopscape
Notes: Four types of West Coast hops add bold notes of pine and juicy grapefruit to this deep golden wheat ale, for a crisp flavor that’s a refreshing escape from winter’s lingering chill.
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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 537
Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark golden color with white head. Aromas of wheat, grass, and citrus. Wheat and lemon flavors with some grapefruit and grass. The grapefruit is what put this one off for me, not a huge fan of grapefruits from my hops.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a glossy sort of pale dark yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight filmy yet speckled lace ran here and there down the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had some sweet freshly cut grass with some grapefruit sweet to rind-like character and then some paper. Light pine came in slightly to amplify the balance.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a slight sturdy balance of the bitterness of the pine. Mild aftertaste of the pine and citrus and once again, paper.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt fine. Nice crisp pine-like bite leading into the finish.
Overall, not bad as an American pale wheat ale, there's not much wheat in this, but also, I have to admit, I'm not sure where I got the "paper" in the aroma and flavor but honestly, I didn't mind that.

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Photo of 57md
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with almost a finger of head. The nose is weak - some earthiness. The most prominent flavor note is a light graininess. The finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a Sam Adams tulip pint glass, this beer when aggressively poured sheds...
a) lace, a lasting head, a clear pale ale body.
s) But the smell is scarce until it warms to cask temp, who would think of that with mass? Then it's lemongrass, pine on biscuity malt, light, wheaty, and juicy.
t) It's pacific northwest hops driving a floral bouquet of flowers, pine and grass. But it needs to be warm to arrive. Underneath a sweet malt taste of bread store, with more straw, grass, grain bins, and more lemon.
f) Nice subtle tartness of lemon, apple and scrubbing hops that remained silent when cold but freshen as it warms. Odd that way.
o) Nice hoppy wheat try.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden yellow. Pretty clear with a bright white head. Very puffy foam and some lacing remains. Smell isn't too strong, Some floral and light fruit. First taste is heavy hops. Tastes like one of many typical West coast ipas. Later tastes mellow out. More like a smoother pale ale with a little hop. Nothing extraordinary, but still good.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy orange yellow color with a small fizzy white head.

S: Notes of berry, a little tropical fruit, notes of floral, and wheat. Nice inviting aroma.

T: Notes of tropical orange and grapefruit, some berries and wheat. Very drinkable.

F: Creamy smooth and light body.

O: This is a tasty hoppy wheat ale.

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Photo of ALHOPLOVER
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle poured to YETI.
Nice fruity aroma.
Balanced flavor.
Nothing extraordinary or special but definitely good.
What a hoppy wheat ale should be.

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Photo of ryho
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am incredibly surprised with how happy I am with this beer. It was the last one that I tried of the 12 pack, but it is the best. This is actually a NE-IPA, even though it doesn't tell you that on the label.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral, almost soapy hop aroma;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: hops dominate, but the floral/soapy character isn't my taste;

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain with flowery and citrus hops, with slight tropical notes. Tastes of sweet grain with really nice hop notes, citrus dominating. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation, and very crisp. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1L howler from the Liquor Depot by my place (just a bit more than a swing of a dead cat), which seems to have a good handle on bringing in unique tap offerings - who'd a thunk it?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some wispy high-altitude cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of warm orange and red grapefruit juice, bready and grainy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, mild earthy yeast notes, and further leafy, piney, and musky floral green hop bitters. The taste is more muddled, if still sassy domestic citrus flesh, bready and crackery wheat malt, a touch of caramelized graininess, fleeting earthy yeast, and a steady piney, herbal, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its mostly just supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the hops essentially on their best behaviour at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the citrus and pine essences riding us on out to pasture.

Overall, this is a pleasant and kind of endearing wheat ale, what with the heavy (but not heavy-handed) West Coast hop treatment. Easy to drink, refreshing, and with little to no sign of the extra half point of alcohol (not that I was really expecting it, but still). Good stuff.

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Photo of matcris
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly clear, golden to light amber, with lots of carb rising, and a finger of sticky, foamy head. The aroma is fruity. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and wheat bread. Also a bit astringent. The flavor is the fruit I mentioned up front, then a little astringency, sweetness, followed by a nice big bready quality, and finally a lasting, but, very mild bitterness. Medium light in body, full carbonation, and slick up front, but drier on the finish. I don't like that astringent thing in my beer, like a Simcoe flavor, but the beer flavors and feel did hit at different times during the swig; which make it more interesting.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant simple brew. As intended, it made me think of warmer weather.
Looks like a wheater with a nice gentle head. Smells like a hopper, but mostly the citrusy varietals.
Tastes more like an IPA with simple wheat flavors; at only 30 IBU, all is in balance.
Feels a bit stingy... but so it is with wheat.
Overall, a pleasant beer to wash down a medium-spicy burrito for lunch. I am girded for the PM.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Weizen glass. Enjoy by June mark.

L: Clear straw yellow, two finger white head, good retention.

S: Wheat, some citrus and pine hops.

T: Follows the nose closely, good hoppiness that isn't overpowering.

F: Light body, good carbonation, semi-dry.

O: Not a bad beer! Not anything special though.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale wheat ale pours a murky yellow color with a slight orange tint and a medium frothy white head. The smell is primarily citrus, orange and grapefruit, with hints of pine and wheat. The smell is very west coast IPA reminiscent, but is more measured in its intensity. The flavor is not what I was expecting from the scent. It is much more wheat oriented than I expected with that being the primary flavor. It doesn’t have any of the other hallmark flavors of its German hefeweizen cousins, however. Citrus and pine notes from the hops are present, but are taking a back seat here. This is an interesting blend, not quite a wheat beer, not quite an IPA. The bitterness is low (30 ibu), but present. The body is on the low end of medium. I would describe this as refreshing, easy drinking, and summery, but it also strangely makes me want a full on IPA. I am just not used to west coast hops being used so sparingly. I would definitely drink it again, but I would be more interested if the hops were kicked up half a notch and at the same time some of the yeast and banana ester flavors of a German wheat beer were present.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, some citrus. Taste is piney, grapefruit, wheat is present, light grass, easy drinking. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow with light haziness and a half inch of creamy brilliant white. Light to moderate lacing. The aroma is comprised of pale wheat along with citrus and piney hops. The taste is pale wheat forward with just a hint of citrus in the back of the palate. The mouth has an interesting cooling sensation and is otherwise fairly quaffable.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange with white creamy full head, decent amount of lacing, looks a little thin.

A: Citrus like grapefruit, subtle pine, hint of tangerines, not as west coast as I expected, it's has sweet notes.

T: Pine, grapefruit peel, low bitterness in the middle, finish has a very dry grapefruit peel like finish, touch of banana and spice as the beer warms, very drinkable.

M: Light, grainy mouthfeel with a dry finish, very drinkable and smooth.

O: The description made it sound like a hop bomb, not as West Coast as I expected but still fairly enjoyable, I could drink a few of these on a hot southern CA day, reminds me of hefeweizen with a touch a pine added for flavor.

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Photo of DeathlikeJazz
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right on the nose, you get the smell of pines, grapefruit and flowers. It pours hazy yellow and has great body. I was pleasantly surprised with this one because I bought it blindly. Definitely gonna buy more of this

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2/23...pours cloudy pale gold, flecks of copper when the light reflects. Fizzy white foam. Soft piney west coast bitter nose. Juicy spiced bitter, soft citrus. Background bitters, simple and tasty.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is all sharp hops. Taste is a bright hops with good carbonation a bit of grassiness. Sweet malt and some grapefruit are secondary.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow color with tons of pillowy foam topping the glass. Aroma was fairly neutral, with sweet wheat elements and super floral hops. The taste is clean and floral almost to the point of soapiness. Flavors of wheat, peppercorn, citrus, edible flowers and perhaps some cleaning product though I've never tasted any. It's a very clean tasting beer with a light hoppy acidity, sounds better than the actual outcome. West coast hops come off more floral than juicy, and wheat melds into a blanket of sweetness that lingers on into the finish.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow with a thin head of smallish bubbles that linger and form some nice lacing. Aroma of "Fruit Loops" lemon with a touch of peppery spice. I get more of the lemon on the tongue with some slight hop flavor (was expecting more from the name of the beer). A touch sweet and an adequate amount of carbonation to make this a refreshing sessionable beer. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy light orange color with a rocky, thick, and sticky white head. Carbonation is dismal.

S - Lemons and light resiny grapefruit with delicate spicy rind.

T - Light herbal, light citrus, some wheaty character. Nice lingering resin.

M - Light medium body, oily, and coats the mouth with hop resin.

O - This beer packs more hop resin than I expected. A hopped up sticky, resiny wheat beer with nice lingering hop sensation on the palate.

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy bright orange-gold. Ample pure white head. A close look reveals the beer is full of small particulates and a below-average level of carbonation is visible. 4.25

S: Piney hops with resinous and floral aspects as well as a bit of dankness. Smell is fairly sweet. 4.25

T: The taste reveals that this is a wheat beer, not an IPA. The standard wheat beer flavor with citrus aspects in present, with the addition of mostly floral-dominated hops. 4.25

F: Medium-light bodied. Very smooth. Carbonation is light. Extremely drinkable. 4.25

O: This is a very good hoppy wheat ale. If you are looking for an easily drinkable beer, one with less bit than an IPA but which still has some hops, this is a good choice. I could also see this being a good transition beer for someone who mostly has dranken popular wheat beers (like Oberon) but who wants to get into IPAs. 4.25

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