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RATINGS: 521   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3432) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from local Market Basket, price $4.99. Thick fluffy, soapy head with great retention. A rice amber color. Resin and grapefruit nose. Flavor of malts with strong pine hops. Grapefruit or pineapple notes. I pick up toffee when colder, but as it warms just fruit hops. Strong lingering bitterness. Very clean finish. Hop heads should like this, very respectable and tasty IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1805) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours a clear dark amber with off white head and nice splattered lacing. Smell is initially pine and grapefruit hops with some earth. Taste is smooth grapefruit hops and a balance of caramel malts. This seems a flavorful but smooth Ipa. Not overly pungent. This is nice and I like it maybe just a tad more than Third Voyage.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (1973) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Color is amber red....Aroma is distinctly grapefruit, citrus hops... Flavor is toffee and caramel malts initially, but gives way to a lingering dry bitter finish.... Not the freshest hop taste....Decent beer...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1523) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle: Amber clear with a light brown puffy head. It has a pleasant, citrusy hop aroma. The taste is mellow, toasty hops and very drinkable. A little alcohol burn initially which may mean it wasn’t masked well or I was hungry. It has a dry feel with a tad bit of a metallic finish. Overall, it was a pretty good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1306) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 What a special ale in a 22oz bottle. This was purchased at The Caboose in Ashland for Christmas 2011. The IPA poured a deep clear red color almost like cedar and tan head. The appearance of this ale is very positive. There was a taste of ginger and floral flavors from the hops. As the beer warmed up it improved. The medium body ale had soft carbonation. The IPA finished smoothly with some bitterness. I hope that Sam Adams will continue to experiment. Had another for the NFL Conference Championships in 2012. The lacing down the glass is huge. The bitterness at the finish also has spruce flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1999) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Pours a nearly clear garnet red with a 3 finger, fluffy beige head that has great retention and leaves some pretty nice, solid sheets of lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and tropical fruit hops, crusty white bread toast, toffee, hints of floral hops and green tea. Flavor is caramel, cereal grain, earth, spicy grain (a bit like rye, but no rye malts are listed on the bottle), blood orange and grapefruit heavy citrus hops, light roast, buttery toffee, molasses, licorice and some light vegetal notes. Palate is medium bodied, fairly creamy on entry, dry on the finish and has a light-to-medium, but sharp carbonation. Pretty damn tasty, though odd beer, it strikes me as a sort of IPA meets ESA sort of thing. It really works.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3008) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a good amount of head. Nice toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle at home in London. Clear red pour with a rocky, yellow-white head. Salty pine and grass aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor, some ham, caramel, grass, citrus. Ripe citrus. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, fairly sticky finish, toasty bread, caramel, grass, grapefruit and other citrus. Very decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (593) - Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2011
A dark brown-red beer with a small tan head. The aroma is floral and piney. The flavor is floral and quite bitter, almost astringent, but still mostly enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2280) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
They hit it out of the park on this one bravo sam adams Reddish pour with a tan head. Aroma is pineapple. Nice fruity hop aroma. Roasted malt aroma is present also. Nice ly balanced flavor, the roasted malt keeps the hops in check. A little dry aftertaste with some piney flavor. Nice lacing. A very tasty beer.


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