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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
bottle... bright amber, light tan head... the aroma has tons of caramel, a Killians on steroids, a little hoppy, wet dog and socks... easy to drink nothing wrong, but not something Id come back, had with The chairman and this was better

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2597) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with hints of caramel. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julios Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (6136) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Deep amber/copper pour with nice tan head and lace. Aroma is reniny hops and an odd finishing aroma I cant place, not unpleasant. Large maltiness with a caramel tone and some prefumy notes followed by an nice resiny bitter. Medium/full bodied with smooth carbonation. Odd offering but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a huge creamy orange-tan head that lingered forever and left decent lacing. The aroma was strong pine, leafy hops, resin and had touches of pineapple and sweet caramel. The flavor was sweetish toasted caramel with moderately strong pine and resin and an light molasses undertone. The beer turned dry dry towards the long piney finish. Thick body. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 24, 2011
bottle. pours clear red under a large, frothy, tan head. nose has lots of bready and cookie malt and toast. also lots of piney hops. flavors of bitter hops with not a lot of depth. just bitter. no flavors but some astringent notes. malts could be stronger. not at all sweet. leaves a grassy finish. where are the malts is smelled?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Perhaps the best Sam Adams beer Ive had in a long while! Big citrus aroma tailored with caramel malts. Pours a deep yet clear red. Taste is very good blend of hoppy bitter IPA with red/amber caramel malt- very reminiscent of Green Flass HopHead Red. I bought their newly released DIPA as well so now Im really looking forward to that beer too!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7767) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Liquor Loft - attractrive distinctive shaped 22 oz bomber - pre-Thanksgiving dinner beer. Pours a very dark copper with a sticky khaki colored head that sticks around a while and leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is floral and hoppy with plenty of spruce goodness. Flavor is bold and delicious with plenty of grapefruit bitter citrus notes, some sweet caramel and chocolate notes, a hint of nectarine sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Im not a Sam Adams basher - but sometime feel they just mail it in on some of their seasonals and specialty beers - but this one is right on target.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of carmel, grapefruit, tangerine, pine and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, orange zest, pine and light earthiness with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2011
A rich aroma of both hops and caramel. Reddish brown. This is tasty. Some malt and caramel vs. hops battle that is excellent for the tongue. Smooth enough finish. My favorite of the four!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (4807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle from Liquor Loft. Ruby brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is perfumy floral and citrus hops. Tastes are caramel malt, rye bread, grapefruit bitter, and a tinny vibe. Meh.

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