Samuel Adams Hopscape | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Samlover55 on 08-09-2016

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#35,740
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
532
pDev:
9.54%
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Ratings: 532 |  Reviews: 142
Reviews by ambruns1979:
Photo of ambruns1979
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As one of the first styles of beer to be claimed by American microbrewers as their own, the wheat beer took on drier proportions, less fruit esters, less yeast spices and an overall simpler profile; something had to be done. The east coast's Sam Adams brewers take on a west coast attitude for balance, flavor and intrigue.

Hopscape uses those pacific northwest hops to allow for a floral bouquet of citrus, pine and grass. Underneath a creamy white froth, the hazy golden beer is laced with the cloudiness of wheat and then soon follows with a doughy, grainy-sweet malt taste that's of baking bread and a husky straw-like flavor.

As the hops bloom on the middle palate, the sharp taste of white grapefruit, slightly under-ripened orange, a hint of lemon and gooseberry provide a boost of citrus juices and also with a twang of tartness for a crisp and hop forward session. Trending dry, bitter and grassy, the hops outweigh the malt, grain and husk as the finish draws near. Grapefruit peel, pith and pulp join a juniper-like spice and the herbal medley of fresh cut grass and chive.

Medium-light and griany in texture, it's hard to get away from the astringency of husk and the raw hay-like taste of whole grain. Its grassy bite trails with the tethers of lemon, apple and grapefruit with the hops trending IPA-like; in the way that IPAs performed nearly thirty years ago.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty generic & non-descript, very light hop pine on the next nose, taste has a little chinook / cascade grassy note but very light, wheat body is more assertive, not a lot of flavor.

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Photo of steveh
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another from the new BBC "Brewnited" mix pack, and another vaguely indeterminate style to evaluate.

Best by May (assuming 2017 because this is a new Spring pack for this year) notched on the label, poured into my imperial pint glass.

L -- Hazy light gold color with a sudsy white head that settles pretty quickly -- but revives well with a swirl.

S -- Mellow pine and light citrus nose.

T -- Piny hops up front, some grapefruits notes -- even light tangerine -- follow, herbal to resin character and bitterness in the finish. Searching for any sort of grain flavors, but about all I can recognize is some light graininess back.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium-light body.

O -- Even with wheat in the grain bill to be able to call this a wheat ale, it's just another APA on the shelves. It's well brewed, a good vehicle for delivering a good hop mix to the hop heads, but it's nothing spectacular.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. The latter is so thick and dense that it leaves behind a thick wall of lacing on the glass; retention isn't the best, however.

The aroma isn't too crazy hop-wise, but it isn't really trying to be. Notes of pine and grass are nicely ballasted by mango and grapefruit. Beneath that, it smells like a standard Sam Adams wheat beer with notes of vanilla cream and wheat malt. This delivers everything I expected it to, though it never really passes those expectations.

It starts off slightly piny and grassy on the palate, before quickly transitioning into grapefruit and orange peel. The finish is mildly bitter, but also has that familiar SA wheat beer quality (think wheat and vanilla). This is EXACTLY what the aroma suggested, maybe with a touch more bigness in all aspects. Everything comes together well, and it only lacks in complexity and truly "bold" hop flavors.

I think it feels slightly heavy on the palate, and is too reliant on powerful carbonation to cleanse the palate. It doesn't really seem "refreshing", either. Still, it's crisp enough to go down easily.

Temper your expectations. This isn't a hop bomb, this is a wheat beer that's hoppier than normal. It's quite delicious not in spite of that, but because of that. While it's nothing mind-blowing, it's a welcome addition to the Sam Adams portfolio that I would gladly have again.

3.55/5: A fine wheat beer with a nicely hoppy touch

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy, orange-yellow body with a smallish, short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: A slight crisped wheat scent with a thin backing of basic pale malted barley. Sweet orangey, lemony hops.

Taste: Subdued wheat character, a bit of sweetness. Citrus, also some faint pine and spice. Modest bitterness. Drying, lightly spicy, faintly citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's just so-so, really. With a name like Hopscape and green-tined labeling featuring hops I would have thought there'd be a bit more going on.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty beer. Gold color, nice white head with abundant lace.
Not much going on in the aroma. Sweet fruit, grassy.
A little more in the taste. Orange, a little pine,
Mildly hopped, easy to drink.

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Photo of bellce0
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with a unique cap. May 2017 BB date notch.

Look: hazy amber in color with medium carbonation. Durable bone-colored head with excellent lacing.

Smell: citrusy hops and more subtle wheat bread.

Taste: a combination of wheat and fruity hops. Mildly bitter. Clean, finish with very nice citrus notes. A lightly wheaty, pale ale with lots of citrus.

Feel: smooth medium body; Lively, crisp carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: a really nice hoppy wheat beer that should appeal to Pale Ale fans.

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Photo of Dface
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 dacrza1
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: February 23, 2017... OCCASION: Celebrating our Quiz Bowl's 7-0 preliminary run in the SCIL tournament... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... pours a swirling storm of effervescence amid a subtly hazy, sallow golden body... the head thickens to a snow-white, smooth, fluffy whiteness... nice, smart citrus aroma--orange peel, grapefruit, mint, some spiciness, light floral notes and malts that suggest fresh yeast and rye bread... lacing is thick, spongy smears... medium-bodied, easy drinking, with a soft fizz mid-body but not much else otherwise... light banana melds with orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, and a bit of pepper... overall, a reasonable, hoped-up wheat that does deliver on its label promise... a serviceable ale that rounds out a mix pack...

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I decided to write a review of this beer because even as a huge Sam Adams fan, I was very pleasantly surprised by this new release of theirs.

Poured into a standard Sam Adams lager glass.

Look: pours a beautiful hazy gold, nice lacing.
Smell: bursting with notes of lemongrass and citrus, small hints of coriander and a lingering wheatiness similar to toast.
Taste: again strong notes of lemongrass, very subtle but comfortable hop level; a wheat ale comparable to a light saison. Similar notes of very slight bits of coriander and even getting a little bit of honey in the finish to go along with the beautiful wheat finish.

Feel: light body, nice carbonation level, extremely smooth.

So incredibly impressed with this beer! Had to share my experience, perfect seasonal beer and very easy to drink. Highly recommended!

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looked almost like a more carbed version of alpine spring. Slightly darker. Smelled alright. The malt was almost as present as the hops on the nose. Really enjoyed the taste of this. Pleseantly surprised, given their recent hopsperimentions. Floral taste, a bit grassy but like a juicy wet grass, with no offensively astringently bittering quality. Pretty citrusy (in terms of hops). Unobtrusive malt. Feels very carbed and crisp, but also has a pretty full feel for a 5.5%er. Overall pleasantly surprised. Had a draft, but will try to hunt some bottles soon.

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Photo of Bonzo
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not one to pick up a Sam Adams anymore, but you have to give props to the daddy of craft beer....Mr Adams was my first step away from mass produced brew and it, at the very least, is always done with competence, albeit without much flair....that said, this is a decent selection...glad I tried it

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Photo of Aimperato314
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy, wheaty beer that has just enough hop to leave a crisp and refreshing aftertaste. Good spring seasonal that's light and sessionable. Hope Sam keeps this one around.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz pour on tap.

A: Slightly hazy bright amber body. Very little white head.

S: Resiny hops a light chemical smell caramel malts

T: hoppy floral light resin light wheat taste slightly sweet a little bit bready on the end.

M: medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: This isn't a bad beer. Smell us slightly off putting buy it's a smooth easy drinking crisp beer with light hops and wheat.

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Samuel Adams Hopscape from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 532 ratings