mar (5442) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Deep amber with a thin cream colored head. Nose is fresh hops, tropical fruits, thick, sweet malts. Nice thickness, rich caramel and toffee malt, citrusy, bitter finish. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby with a fairly decent sudsy head and aromas that are a bit bland for an IPA... A little bit of soap, very light citrus, toffee and caramel, but I probably have that backwards as the malt notes drive this beer’s nose. Flavor is similarly disappointing... I’m thinking "Where are the hops?" as I sip this caramel heavy beer that I would classify as a nicely hopped amber or something. There is a decent bitterness and a kind of soapy and grapefruit presence, but since this is supposed to showcase Tasmanian hops, I was hoping it would really do so boldly. It’s good, but not what I was hoping for. jgb9348 (6480) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured body with a cola glow and a nice, perfect two centimetre tall thick tan head. Aroma of earthy malt, a caramel bite, some light and mellow english hops and a smooth rather nutty finish. Medium-bodied; Strong hop flavour at first of pine and toffee with a lot of malt behind and a grassy, herbal and nutty finish. Aftertaste shows some alcohol, a touch of nuts, a ton of earth and not much hops at all, actually. Overall, pretty disappointing, but this was kind of expected as this is as Sam Adams product. Not much hops at all and much more of a malty flavour than anything else - not even a great malt at that. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$4.99 sampled at home in Washington on 16-February-2012. This was Batch #1 - maybe they changed the recipe and made it better? wxman (1848) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Pours a clear garnet/amber with a big long lasting light tan head. Aroma is toasted malt , pine and citrus. Taste is sweet malt, buttery bisquits, pink grapefruit and soft hop bitterness. Well balanced; excellent brew. mansquito (6902) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Some place in Rockville, MD 650ml ($6): Pours a reddish color with a really nice creamy beige head. Aroma is on the malty side, a little earthy, some fruitiness I suppose, but really not that much. Bitter towards the back. A little sweet at the front. Tingling aftertaste from the nice hops. Medium bodied for sure. Good balance of flavors. A good random buy methinks.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2012
22oz bottle. Medium bege head, clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some caramel, spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/rgapefruit, caramel, some spicy, light chocolate. Medium body, light acidity. MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Poured into a 10oz glass, out of the tap. Very limited on the tap i think. Pretty expensive beer, but i think its worth it, i dont think i have ever had a red ipa, and im not sure if its a different hop that i am tasting, but something is like nothing i have had before. Its very good. scarletfire65 (1507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Beautiful looking beer, clear crimson with a huge chunky head, leaving some thick lacing. The aroma is pungent with fresh hops, citrus, and bready malts. Close to full bodied, it has a nice sweet malty back bone with a huge bitter hop astringency. Lots of pine, grapefruit, and orange. The finish is earthy and toasty with a chewy hop bitterness. A hybrid beer....call it an Imperial India Amber Ale. joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Very impressive. One of the best colors I have seen on a pale ale. Also one of the richest aromas. Ruby color and off white head. Sticky lacing that stays on the glass. Aroma of dark malt and resin hops that don’t quit! Very impressed sam Adams!! jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours very dark orange, verging on brick-red with some brown hints. Big astringency on the nose: red grapefruit, piney hops and kitty pee. First few sips are a bit of a shock. Intense citrus up front, bracingly bitter on the finish. As it warms, things start to coalesce, with some great biscuit malts, more intense grapefruit, with huge hop bitterness. Odd beer. Don’t know if I’d call it an IPA, but it’s fairly well done.