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RATINGS: 525   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2009) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2012
A great copper body with a tan head that had both great retention and lacing. Aroma had good caramel malts upfront and some mild roasted malts. A nice pine hop note which was complemented by a citrusy hop presence. Flavor was well balanced nice sweet malts and mild roasted malts were balanced out with good hops. Finish was smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9736) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle… Pours a clear, beautiful copper color with a large, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The nose consists of malty notes of almonds, pistachios, caramel and light milk chocolate layered upon an earthy, citrusy hop component. Medium-bodied with subdued carbonation. Moderate, malty flavors of caramel and milk chocolate take a back seat to powerful, tannic, earthy hop bitterness. Thin, astringent, bone-dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rob6239 (656) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours very dark red with thick frothy white head. Good hoppy aroma. Taste is strong bitter with malt with intense hops in the mid-range and finishes bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) red amber with small head. Some malt and hops in the aroma. Flavor was more malty than hoppy (like a well hopped red ale).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Sort of in between an IPA and a black IPA. More resinous hops than I prefer, but still a nice beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, read that was nearly black in the glass with and average to large, creamy, cream-colored head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; lighter dark bread and roasted malt; moderate to heavy pine, resinous, citrus and earthy hops; and tobacco. The initial flavor was mod to heavily sweet and mod to heavily bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was caramel, roasted malt, cherry, a little dark chocolate, a little minty hops, pine hops, resinous hops, citric hops, berry hops, a little metallic hops, earthy hops, slight coffee, tobacco, toffee and dark bread. The medium body was somewhat dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1388) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Appearance: beautiful rich ruby red with a thick off-white head, poured into a snifter. Aroma: toasted caramel malts, with notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste: smooth caramel, toasted brown bread, hint of black pepper, with citrus, pine, and earthy hops. Finish: dry and solidly bitter, with a bit of sweet toffee malt to balance. Notes: As always, not an IPA fan, but this was one pretty, easy-drinking beer. Flavors were well-balanced. I can deal with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cola with four fingers of thick kaki head; retention and lacing is amazing on this one! Nose is citrus fruit, hops, malt, and caramel. Taste is resinous, sticky hops and pine up front, then this is met by a thick caramel malt balance that jives just right with this brew. This is a very drinkable brew and very well done. Sam Adams continues to impress me by growing to meet the competition of quality brewed craft beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8104) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
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.

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