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RATINGS: 517   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Lacing head. The aroma is malty, earthy, with some citrus. The flavor is nicely balanced with the sweetness from the malt up front and then a big hop hit in the end. The finish is bitter and dry. Good one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nsquishee (597) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Not impressed. Decent hops, but little malt backing. Bitter, yet lacking depth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy grapefruit and a touch of caramel. It pours a dark copper with a two finger cream colored head that leaves behind lots of sticky lacing. The flavor starts with with light-moderate citrus, peach, and caramel. The finish has light-moderate grapefruit, pine, and a touch of spicy hops. Overall, a solid IPA. It’s my personal preference of less/no caramel in IPA’s that is my biggest "complaint."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4362) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing to hug rim. Caramel and resin aromas. Medium bodied and well balanced with dark caramel, resin and citrus front to back.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1284) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2011
This is a gorgeous amber brew with a frothy tan head. Wonderful pine and citrus aromas. Very quaffable off the top with a solid roastiness followed by a complex sweet-bitterness. More evergreen and grapefruit. Complex sweet and bitter lingering finish. Super smooth drinking. Another solid brew from this new Sam Adams collection. Great job with this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2774) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2011
The nose is strong dry hopping, pine, citrus, earthy, musty. Also a good bit of chocolate, toffee, toasted malts. The appearance is deep red, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is less intense than the aroma, still strong evidence of the dry hopping, pine, citrus, chocolate, toffee. The finish is pine and grapefruit bitter. Medium in body, actually a tad thin. Decent beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours out red colored with a tan head on it. Smell is hoppy with a fairanount of malts in it. Very strong pine and grapefruit smell. Taste is strong with enough bitterness to be a double ipa. A seriously good beer. This one and the double ipa are the best Sam Adams beers I have had.


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