Friday, February 15, 2013

Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA

Hey everyone, thanks for coming by!  Quick review tonight.  I'm drinking the Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA.  Let's see how it is!

Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA
Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA

Dark Depths Baltic IPA
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
7.6% IPA 
12 oz. bottle poured into my Victory Brewing tulip glass

Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA pours a dark, dark brown (very close to black), with a one finger width light tan head.  There is an average amount of lacing and visible carbonation rising up the glass.  The aroma is a unique mix of grassy hops and roasted, chocolate malt (not heavy chocolate, mind you, but more of a subtle chocolate).  The flavor is all roasted and chocolate malt up front, followed by citrus hop bitterness at the end along the roof and back of my mouth.  The body of Dark Depths Baltic IPA is somewhere between medium and heavy, probably a little closer to medium.  The carbonation level is quite average.

Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA
Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA

Overall:  Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA is an alright beer to drink.  It reminds me of a porter with an IPA profile.  The hops aren't as intense as in, say, Stone Brewing's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, so you're looking for a hop forward black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale, then this isn't for you.  However, it's a decent beer that goes down without too much trouble, and it's got some well rounded flavors to it.  The roasted and chocolate malts are quite pleasant.  Try it!

Have you had Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA?  What did you think?  Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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2 comments:

  1. I had this a while back in an IPA 12 pack they released. 6 beers, 2 of each. There were not many I was a fan of. I didn't take notes on them but reading yours remind me of my experience. I might try it again just to document it but who knows...

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    1. Yea, I can't say I've had many of Samuel Adams' IPAs, but this one was decent. I mean, nothing to write home about, but definitely drinkable!

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