RATINGS: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Sort of in between an IPA and a black IPA. More resinous hops than I prefer, but still a nice beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, read that was nearly black in the glass with and average to large, creamy, cream-colored head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; lighter dark bread and roasted malt; moderate to heavy pine, resinous, citrus and earthy hops; and tobacco. The initial flavor was mod to heavily sweet and mod to heavily bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was caramel, roasted malt, cherry, a little dark chocolate, a little minty hops, pine hops, resinous hops, citric hops, berry hops, a little metallic hops, earthy hops, slight coffee, tobacco, toffee and dark bread. The medium body was somewhat dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (2040) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Appearance: beautiful rich ruby red with a thick off-white head, poured into a snifter. Aroma: toasted caramel malts, with notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste: smooth caramel, toasted brown bread, hint of black pepper, with citrus, pine, and earthy hops. Finish: dry and solidly bitter, with a bit of sweet toffee malt to balance. Notes: As always, not an IPA fan, but this was one pretty, easy-drinking beer. Flavors were well-balanced. I can deal with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cola with four fingers of thick kaki head; retention and lacing is amazing on this one! Nose is citrus fruit, hops, malt, and caramel. Taste is resinous, sticky hops and pine up front, then this is met by a thick caramel malt balance that jives just right with this brew. This is a very drinkable brew and very well done. Sam Adams continues to impress me by growing to meet the competition of quality brewed craft beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (16655) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
Reddish-amber. Not much head the way I poured it. Vibrant, biscuity, toasty amber malts and bright (if subtle) tropical fruit hops. Bland palate but with some spicy hoppiness. Good balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11088) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle. Toasted malt, lemon, grapefruit peel and pine sap aroma - love the smell. Chestnut color with moderate head. Sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel and pine hops. Nice body. Very nice - like the maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1822) - Victor, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Pours a deep amber color with a surprisingly large off white head. Aroma is of piney hops, malt and a little biscuit. Flavor is resinous hops, bread and toffee. I actually liked this better than their alpine spring. This is a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Clear dark amber pour with foamy light tan head. Citrus aroma with hints of malt. Taste starts with some sweet bready malt flavors and then transitions to a nice hoppy bitterness on the back end. A pretty decent red, not sure about the IPA moniker though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 1/17/12, Batch #1

Aroma: The nose is fairly hoppy, with a lot of grapefruit, as well as pine, caramel, toffee, and earth
Appearance: This one pours a clear dark reddish color with a thick beige head and heavy lacing
Flavor: Tastes light-medium sweet, citrus and caramel, with a medium-heavy grapefruit/pine hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium (plus), the one has a fairly long duration, and it finishes smooth, bold, and dry
Overall Impression: I found this offering was fairly enjoyable from the U.S.s 2nd biggest domestic brewery (apparently they got passed by Yuengling...) Im enjoying what I have tried thus far from this Small Batch Series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (1159) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruity hops, some toffee and biscuit malt. Full, crisp body. Taste is mostly red grapefruit, some caramel and bready notes. Finish is long and bitter. A little bit different, easy drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a deep amber/copper/red with a soapy beige head and lots of lace. aroma was pine, citrus, and almost a rye type spice. flavor was pine, caramel, toffee, and a spicy character. body was medium-full with a mild-medium carbonation.

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