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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle pours a clear copper/red with a thick off white head. Nice lacing. Scent is nuts, caramel and hops. Taste is caramel and earth.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fr5ed (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Clear dark amber, almost brown. Pine, grass, resin aroma. Medium body, maybe more. Clean, malt-hop balanced taste. Best Sam A. Brew I've had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
22 pz bottle. This pours mostly clear and cherry wood red. A nice tan head has decent retention. Floral hops, clover, and soft malt in the nose. The taste bigns with bitterness and that clover. It is like honey clover but the honey is light. Citrus begins to be tasted but the bitterness remains constant. Grapefruit arrives with warmer temps. This is nicer than expected and is an impressive effort.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethbreaker (173) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAR 11, 2012
From the bottle. Sweet candy caramel aroma, Soft carbonation, some grassy/piney hops, clean tasting with a dry finish. I think I could drink this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1105) - Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Poured a deep red color with a large foamy off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and pine. Also some candy in the aroma. Taste is also hoppy with good caramel malty flavors. Some sweet cotton candy flavors as well. Lots of earthy pine hops in the finish with some grapefruit. Some slight bread flavors as well. Overall very nice, and very well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours bright ruby with large creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet: sugar cookies, grapefruit, cherries, vanilla. I am very intrigued at this point, but the flavors disappoint: all of the great flavors on the nose are absent; grassy bitterness and some caramel malt. Medium bodied; dry, slightly carbonated, finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle.
Pours a thick amber with a nice white head. Aroma is stark and upfront grapefruit hops, with bits of rusty malt in the background. Flavor is hops, hops, and grapefruit with hops. Average mouthfeel. Great beer. Is as advertised.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (622) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 7, 2012
On tap. A deep red color with a foamy off white head and some lacing. A sweet citrusy aroma with a bit of malt. A citrus and pine flavor with some malt sweetness in the background and a slightly bitter aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2159) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle for Tuesday. Pours very pretty plum amber with huge fluffy head and great lacing. The head stays and beer looks more like a quality Belgian than an ipa. Nose is great of tropical fruits and evergreen forest. Tastes of grapefruit, piney hops,roasted malts, light cocoa, earth, and ginger. Really good fun brew, Sam has been putting out some decent new beers as of late

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reverendj (183) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
This was quite unexpected for Sam Adams. They are finally "getting" it by offering these better brews. Very nice color and head on the pour, lots of lacing left behind. Delightful nose when it warms with lots of resinous pine and citrus aromas. Sharp and peppery on the tongue with a decent malt balance. Nicely done!


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