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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1264) - 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 (1932) - 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 (2980) - 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 (10772) - 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 (530) - 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 (2222) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
22oz. bottle. Aroma of piney, earthy, spicy hop combined with notes of lightly sweet, toasted caramel malt and very faint red apple fruitiness, perhaps even some faint roast, but hops are really at the forefront here. Attractive clear deep red in color with a foamy, lasting, ivory head and very fine lace to boot. Flavor profile is rather nicely balanced throughout, with subtle dark fruit and pineapple tones, dark, toasty malty sweetness, prevalent leafy, spicy hop flavors and a moderately high degree of bitterness that is mostly apparent at the long finish. Actively effervescent and lightly resinous on the palate, body is medium-full. Very drinkable and tasty, once again I am a sucker for a nice hoppy Red IPA style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1364) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 Appearance is a very nice dark red color. Very hoppy beer that has has taste of grapefruit and grass notes as well. Bitter and long finish, this is a great IPA from Sam Adams.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours dark amber with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malt and citrusy hops. Flavor is lots of citrus and piney hop resin, light caramel, and a good bit of bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (775) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby in color. Aroma of tea leaves, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, grass. Flavor is grapefruit, tea, pine with a sweetness of molasses. Fairly bitter and dry, but not overly so.


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