Oakes (12627) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-amber. Not much head the way I poured it. Vibrant, biscuity, toasty amber malts and bright (if subtle) tropical fruit hops. Bland palate but with some spicy hoppiness. Good balance.
shrubber85 (7609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Toasted malt, lemon, grapefruit peel and pine sap aroma - love the smell. Chestnut color with moderate head. Sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel and pine hops. Nice body. Very nice - like the maltiness.
MacBoost (1280) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber color with a surprisingly large off white head. Aroma is of piney hops, malt and a little biscuit. Flavor is resinous hops, bread and toffee. I actually liked this better than their alpine spring. This is a decent beer.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber pour with foamy light tan head. Citrus aroma with hints of malt. Taste starts with some sweet bready malt flavors and then transitions to a nice hoppy bitterness on the back end. A pretty decent red, not sure about the IPA moniker though.
ben4321 (3929) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 1/17/12, Batch #1
Aroma: The nose is fairly hoppy, with a lot of grapefruit, as well as pine, caramel, toffee, and earth
Appearance: This one pours a clear dark reddish color with a thick beige head and heavy lacing
Flavor: Tastes light-medium sweet, citrus and caramel, with a medium-heavy grapefruit/pine hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium (plus), the one has a fairly long duration, and it finishes smooth, bold, and dry
I found this offering was fairly enjoyable from the U.S.’s 2nd biggest domestic brewery (apparently they got passed by Yuengling...) I’m enjoying what I have tried thus far from this Small Batch Series.
mike67 (792) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruity hops, some toffee and biscuit malt. Full, crisp body. Taste is mostly red grapefruit, some caramel and bready notes. Finish is long and bitter. A little bit different, easy drinkable IPA.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a deep amber/copper/red with a soapy beige head and lots of lace. aroma was pine, citrus, and almost a rye type spice. flavor was pine, caramel, toffee, and a spicy character. body was medium-full with a mild-medium carbonation.
PhatB420 (626) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fine combination of an ipa and red. Love how the malts run in at first and then are quickly cross checked by the hops. color is deep amber, faint head, body is full red and dark chocolate. Taste is enjoyable with fresh hops and malts. This would be more exciting if it was oak barrelled. Another great brew from Sam.
cstuartj (976) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Arburn color with flecks of gold. Malty nose. Brady, malt and dark sugar tastes. Clean finish.
Slipstream (2026) - USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 I really liked this one a lot - one of my favorites from Samuel Adams, who make some really interesting special releases. I am still waiting for some more from their Longshot series. So who is this Tasman Red dude on the label - some old prospector? Sweet, tangy aroma with roast coffee. Dark pour with light auburn highlights, and a light head that leaves behind some lace. I love those Tasmanian hops, which have a unique character. Grapefruit and pith in the flavor, and a finish that is bitter but not harsh. This is a very nice ale - probably best when its fresh, because I took it down a notch after drinking a bottle that sat around for a few months.