Slipstream (2214) - 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.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber reddish in color, clear with a thin head. Nice malt aroma. Very light with the hops. This was a easy drinking Red pale but not an IPA. The hops are very light. Tasty and easy drinking but not a red IPA. Sorry.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a two finger off white head that retained rather nicely throughout the entire beer. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma was soapy, caramel, citrus and grapefruit. Flavor was hop bitters, grass, pine and spruce. Longer finish. Bitters in the aftertaste. A great beer.
mcberko (9200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at tasting, pours a hazy orange amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus hops and bread - very weak. Flavour is nasty and thin, with stale bread, flat hops and thin malt backbone. Perhaps a bit old here. Quite bad.
deyholla (7950) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish chestnut with a grayish brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has some earthy grass hops with a good amount of bread and toast. Flavor starts with a bit of earthy grapefruit but finish is quite strong with toast and bread.
Ibrew2or3 (7411) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half liter bottle pours clear amber with deep red hues and tall tan head. The aroma offers up roasted maltiness, sweet nuttiness with a bit of cherry like esters mixing with some pine hops. The taste reminds me of Stone’s ABA yet a bit less hoppy and a bit sweeter. I get sweet malts, roasted maltiness and some nuttiness rolling into a pleasing bitter pine hoppiness. In the background it is a bit toasty as well as cherry like. Very nice hoppy brew.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle. Poured fiery medium red with a tall, sticky beige head.. crystal-clear. The aroma picked up fresh mixed fruits and pine resin over supportive biscuity malts.. another layer of toasty malts deeper down.. very clean and well-balanced. The flavor found molasses and biscuity malts at the core.. pine, redder fruits, and peppery bitterness around.. finished spicy and fairly bitter.. good stuff. Medium-bodied and very well-carbonated on the palate.. I’d have another.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Rich ruby brown hue with a creamy beige head that left rings of lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of crystal and roasted malt, some rye bread, grapefruity and resiny hops, some soapy yeast notes and a tad minerally. The taste is more that of an American Strong Ale than that of an IPA. Very malt forward with the hops more a supporting cast. A tad chalky and metallic finish with some clove and pepper notes. The mouth feel is much heavier than expected, creamy and rich but not exactly IPAish. Overall a solid offering but not something I think I would buy again.
drjay44 (2932) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle with Batch 1 on the label. Pours a thick, long duration, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear light copper/amber (SRM15) body....nose is pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel....taste is pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel, with a hint of cocoa, and a touch of dustiness, finishing with lingering grapefruit peel dominated bitterness....mouth feel medium to heavy, slightly sticky, carbonation low. This is a nice IPA. It has all of the correct characteristics of the style, is nicely balanced between hops and malts, and has appropriate complexity. Finally, it is beautiful in the glass. BJCP 6/3/15/4/7
jcr (2310) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep amber body with red highlights. Thick, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma leaves impression of a sweet beer. Caramel, leafy hops, grapefruit, bready malts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderate sweet and moderately bitter with the bitterness carrying long into the finish. Medium to full body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Earthy, raw hop taste with some notes of grapefruit skin and citrus. Thick body, combined with hop leaf flavors, leave the impression of a beer that’s not as clean as it should be.