Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
djd07 (3281) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
missdev (18) - USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark, almost blood red color. Floral nose with a bit of soapy sweetness. Very resiny throughout with a strong woody hop back. Mildly, comforting malt aftertaste. Not as balanced as I’d like for a red IPA, but a solid brew for hopheads.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: Pours a clear red copper color with a large persistent off-white head, aroma has pine and caramel malts, starts and ends bitter with a piney ending, mellow carbonation, medium bodied.
Trev (1868) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby pour with a thick foamy off white head.
aroma is actually fairly light. Toffee and light piney hop.
A lot of toffee in the flavour. Toasted malt body. Fruity tones in there under that. light piney and floral hop presence. Not nearly as hoppy as I had hoped.
Overall, not bad though.
milewide (1461) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved this intense grapefruit and pine hopped brew. Aroma leans a bit to grapefruit, while flavor leans to pine. This ale leaves your taste buds numb! Pretty red amber color, with medium head. They must add this to their year-around lineup!