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 (4959) - 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 (2023) - 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 (2012) - 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!
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, ruby dark red with a heavy frothy head. It has aromas of pine hops with a little caramel roastiness. The flavors are a range of citrusy hops and a sweet maltiness. Good beer.
blutt59 (6481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled, red amber pour with frothy foam, pretty boring overall not a fan of this series, wouldn’t buy again
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Ruby hued deep caramel, large frothy beige head, very sticky lacing.   Hoppy nose, slight ctirus rind and minor shrubby notes.   A little green hoppiness up front, some strong citrus pith follows.   The one thing this needs is a bit of sweetness.   Has the bitterness, but is off balance.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Has a malty amberishness like finish, with a stronger hop presense.   Decent beer, but would be better if there was a bit more sweetness to balance it out.   Thanks again Jimmy!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A better version of SNCA. A ton of the piney, resinous hops expected in this style, but with an added hit of juicy citrus notes. Just a touch of toastiness from the malt. Balanced, medium body. Drier finish. Very drinkable. Awesome beer. Right there with Noble Pils and Imperial Pils for the best Sam Adams beers available.