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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep dark almost mohagany color with a super thick beige head. Head recedes on the edges leaving a large foamy plateau. Light nuts, grapefruit, anise, caramel, syrup in the nose. Palate is full with a light tingle, big swallow. Flavors of citrus fruit, nuts, sticky syrupy notes, caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6358) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2012
Pours deep reddish bronze with a generous beige head. The aroma has deep toffee and bready malt, coffee, cinnamon and butterscotch. While this says IPA I get no hops on the nose. Medium smooth rich body with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts off with a huge malty presence for an IPA with the huge toffee bready qualities from the aroma and possibly some diacetyl. There are some spicy and grassy hops, but this is a malt forward IPA. The finish is s slight bit hoppier and a bit earthy. Decent beer, full flavored, but didnt seem like an IPA to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2012
Clear, beautiful red with thick pillowy head. Nose is caramel with a touch of hop. Nice round mouthfeel with a good caramel flavor and a nice hop balance. Very wel balanced with a great caramel finish

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (3094) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
Reddish brown clear pour thin off white soapy head lots of sticky lacing .... aroma is roasted and of toffee and earthy caramel malts and light citrusy grapefruity/piney hops ..... taste is of caramel malts, spicy and subtle earthy hops, toffee and lightly roasted with bitter citrusy grapefruity hops .... finishes bitter and roasted .... flavors are nice and fresh with good balance .... very sessionable

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sharkbcr (160) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
An average beer. I was expecting something more. The color was good, the aroma was spicy. The taste was a disappointment, not much hop to it and was too malty. It needed more hops to round out the taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4183) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2012
On Draught at El Bait Shop

Pours an actual amber color, more-so than pretty much any Amber ale Ive seen in a while... sort of funny those beers always look more red to me. Either way its a pretty color.... a combo of like ruby and brown.

The aroma is pretty hop forward with lots of citrus (particularly grapefruit), and a tad bit of sweetness without carrying its self into caramel country.

The flavor is nicely bitter with a light fruity character, plenty of grapefruit and general citrus rind flavor. There is what I would perceive to be a minimal amount of toffee like dark crystal malt flavor, but its not an overbearing presence and doesnt lend much sweetness to the beer. In fact the beer finishes fairly dry.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Completely underwhelmed by this beer. This is a earthy spicy mess of a beer to my palate. The bitterness is there but there are not a whole lot of fresh hops to be found. Dominated by the earthy malts and bizarre spice. Next to Green Flash Hop Head Red, this is awful.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2495) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bomber. Batch No. 1. I really wish I wouldve bought this fresher. Aroma is perfumy, caramelly, bready. Pours translucent ruby red with a medium beige head with decent retention, falling into a blanket of foam and leaving lace. Taste is bittersweet with a hint of sour; has a lingering bitter finish. Flavor is a little appley. Carbonation is average, body is medium to full. Its a good beer, but Im sure it wouldve been better fresher.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (9140) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Batch 2. Bronze beer with a tan head. Grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Tropical fruit and grapefruit flavor with light darker malts. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit and tropical fruit lingers with light pine, caramel, and light dark malts.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
This is finally a Sam Adams that i can say i thoroughly enjoyed. Nice hop profile balances out the red malts and richness. Surprisingly smooth and delectable.


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