Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
1 pint 6 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A nice hearty amber/red color with (Like what seems every BBC beer) perfect clarity. Nice orange cream colored head with mostly small bubbles making it look frothy, but some very big bubbles come through and it makes it look like some cake batter that spatters on the stove and cooks on it by mistake; if that makes sense. Really good lacing on this one.
Smell is REALLY good. Take all the best things a bout a hearty amber ale and a well hopped IPA and blend them and this would be the result. Nice tones of well toasted caramel pale malts and slightly sweet bread, giving it sort of subtle candy careamel sweetness. On top of that there is a great piney and huge amounts of citrusey hops as well. Slightest of slight floral aromas too. Overall a great smelling beer.
Taste is 100% on par with the aroma. Starts bready and nice. Tastes of caramel sweetness and sugar (slight molasses). The sugaryness almost gives it a subtle candy (similar to sugar babies) flavor to start. Hops balance out the flavor quite nicely. Grapefuit, tangerine, as well as pine hops finish everything out in the flavor profile. It's almost perfect, easily he best tasting Red Ale I've ever had.
Moutfeel is great. Medium bodied that starts reasonably smooth and creamy but has a nice strong, sharp bitter finish. Good carbonation level. Very nice the whole way through, great drinkability.
Probably the best part is that this beer is pretty short money. Really solid beer, thats less thatn 5$. Nice job Sam Adams!
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2012 00:18:18 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A-Dark red-brown, like bottled syrup. Dense thick body color. When held to light a faint, slightly perceptible color brightening occurs reminiscent of pomegranate juice and red wine. Off-white head. Very thick, like marshmallow cream. Head life is great. Sticky, clingy webbed lacing decorates the glass. The solid depth of the body looks nice, though I wish there was more bright highlighting and glossy edging. Still, a memorable looking beer.
S-Smells like vats of caramel and molasses. Powerful. Honey glazed malts. Raisins. Dates. Prunes. Figs. Brown sugar. Overall smells like fruit cake. Great smells. The highlight of the brew.
T-Taste follows the nose: Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. Mellow grapefruit comes to play as well. The sip starts sweet and then morphs into a bitter blast reminiscent of limes that lasts into the aftertaste. The gentle grapefruit streams and courses throughout the entire sip from start to finish. Hops pop up and pound on the tongue in an interesting choppy rhythm, not in a consistent smooth one. Nice bold tastes, with enough sweetness to cure a sweet tooth. Tastes Imperial, call it a "Red DIPA".
M-A low medium body, medium-low. Quasi-creamy. A welcome watery touch to the chew makes said brew fluid and chuggable. Very robust feels. Super sweets, ultra bitters. A light hop bite tingles the tongue. Astringency enters a tad when warmed. Also when warmed, sours & bitters crank up. This is good at first. Then it becomes, "okay, this is getting old". The bitter aftertaste lasts too much. The sweets should wash it out but don't. So maybe drink somewhat fast, the beer will sour too much as well. Non-nursing beer.
O-Tasman Red IPA is one of the better small batch beers Samuel Adams offers. Packs enough smells, tastes and feels. Looks solid. Bomber worthy purchase. One won't fret if it's discontinued, but this is a style of IPA that needs to be done more. Might be too pungent for some in smell and taste. Drink fast I repeat again. The beer will become sickeningly sour and brazenly bitter. But while it's cold, it is refreshing and bold. Worth another buy.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 19:37:33 | More by shacawgo24
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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