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RATINGS: 518   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
22 oz odd shaped bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a great lookig super dark red body underneath an average sized frothy light beige head that leaves gobs of lace on my Weyerbacher tulip. Aroma of citrus hops, earth and lots of sweetness, toffee, caramel, molasses and a hint of pine. Perfect body, so smooth, fuller mouthfeel with soft to average carbonation and a creamy swallow with light lingering bitterness. Flavor of citrus rind, burnt caramel, molasses, grainy bread. Solid beer but this just doesn’t seem like an IPA to me. A great amber maybe or the catch all American Strong Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Good fresh citrus hop aroma. Clear amber color with a large white head. Light bitterness throughout mild sweet beginning.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McGarnigle (555) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2011
I like the shape of these bottles, although they don’t look like they hold 22 ounces. Ruby red, but perhaps the first time I’ll say a beer has too much head. The hops are more pine than citrus. Really not so bitter, but plenty of hops. Nice malt backbone, and nice long aftertaste. Very well done, Sam Adams.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6038) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2011
11/18/11. 22oz bottle. Amber pour, apparently clear, reds under the light, with a big khaki head that cuts fast and laces in small chunks. Giant fresh hop aroma - reminds me of sticking my nose in hops while brewing. There’s pine and citrus with plenty of caramel malts and toasted graininess in there, too. Sweet caramel entry at first that transitions into dusty grains with touches of melon, citrus, and pine. Not bad!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Okay, so it’s what’s on the bottle, but listing this as "Red Red" just looks silly. Why not simply "Tasman Red," since, to me at least, it being an IPA is debatable? The pour was annoying. It looked sharp, but the HUGE pale tan head took quite a while to subside, making it impossible to drink, which, to me, is not a desirable trait in a beer. Nice clear reddish body and gobs of lace. The aroma, once it leaked through, was a blend of resinous pine, grapefruit zest, an earthiness, and a smidgeon of malty sweetness. The malt was up front in the flavor, not at all roasty as in the commercial description, but fruity and caramelly. The hops followed quickly, faithfully reflecting from the nose with only a moderate bitterness. The finish was fairly dry with a mild hoppy bitterness. This seems more like a hoppy Amber Ale than an IPA to me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3584) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with a small frothy off white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is pine hops and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hop with grapefruit and a very bitter finish. A good IPA from Sam Adams.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
500. Pours a crystal clear and very dark brown with a ruby center glow. Dense and creamy tan head that falls away right away. Nice sheety lace. Piney grapefruity nose with sweet smoky caramel under that. Should probably smell better than it does when you look at those words on the screen. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Toast, caramel, molasses, and a big resiny pine bite at the end. Bittering note gets a little black-pepper-y charred, actually, and takes the fun off the end to some extent, but this is still a surprisingly passable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Everyone is now officially in upcharge the bomber game and there’s not an IPA on this earth I won’t try. Clear copper with a large brown head that slowly fades away. Aroma of pale malt, caramel, earthy hops and perhaps a solitary pine needle. Taste of grapefruit, citrus, caramel, sweet malt and light spiciness. Thick mouth feel with nominal bitterness – while their craft line is a step ahead of their regular stuff it’s still a step behind the little guys.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2011
A really good ipa. Color is a deep red amber two finger head with decent retention. The aroma is pungent citrus and pine with a bit of clay. The taste is sweet up front with a bust of caramel but finishes with a coating piney bitterness. medium body, finish films my mouth with light bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, malt, pine, resin, slight citrus, and a hint of caramel. Poured deep amber in color with a large, creamy, rocky, tan head, that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, slight toffee, light resin, slight wood, slight grass, and some citrus. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Heavily bitter, slightly sweet, malt, hop, pine, resin, slight wood, light grass finish is dry. A lot like the Third Voyage IPA, with more malt and less bitterness.


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