Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
"Bold, lively and a bit rugged. 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 hips 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." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as 12 oz. bottles in the Hopology 12 pack variety by Samuel Adams. Having previously tried this beer, I let this bottle age for a few months to see how the flavors develop.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Head quality is a creamy eggshell white with good retention power and thin, caked lacing. Body color is deep copper red, almost red-brown with mild haziness and sediment. Overall it's an impressive pour. 4.25
(Smell) A malt-led IPA by aroma, there's a fruity grape must aroma, husky caramel malt grains, boozy molasses and a spicy, herbal hop blend, mildly citric. There's a significant balance between malt and hop character in this beer, with malt aroma leading the way and resiny bitterness also in tow. Aroma is a bit sharp in places but also unique in its own merit. 3.5
(Taste) Complex grain alcohol roasted caramel, and a trailing spicy herbal bitterness. Hop presence is also a minimum, although some spicy hop aroma comes through in the finish. There's some medium yeast characters and fruity esters to be found, but it is largely muddied by the grain. Probably more along the line of a barley wine in terms of intensity and drinkability, but enjoyable enough. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Slick smoothness without much carbonation, which compliments the flavors well. Heavy body for an IPA, Medium/heavy body overall. Medium alcohol presence, accented by the herbal bitterness and hop character. The carbonation presence was enjoyable for this style. 3.75
(Overall) I did not enjoy this beer first time through but with repeat takes and some age the off flavors mellowed a bit and allowed for a bit of balance to be achieved. The herbal hop character is less common amongst the style but a pleasant change for the style and the husky grainy malt character is a good complimentary character. It may not be for everybody but it is a decent take on the style. I wouldn't get it again but I don't regret trying it a couple of times to see if it's for me. 3.5
Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Tasman Red Red IPA
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2013 17:02:53 | More by Jadjunk
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4.06/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a reddish/amber in color with a nice white head excellent retention.
Smell: Bready malts, earthy, woodsy hops with hints of dried leaves.
Taste: A very flavorful blend of caramel, pine, green tea, bitters, mild citrus and fresh flowery/grassy/leafy hop profile. Malt foundation, Hop bitterness nice blend.
Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied beer with good bite and drying finish.
Overall: This American red / IPA hybrid works well, reminds me of a Stone AB Jnr. One for my list of favorites need some more…
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 00:29:01 | More by PrinceGeorge
3.81/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a clear reddish brown with almost two fingers of off-white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves nice lacing behind. The nose is mildly hoppy, but more malty and bready to be truthful. This offering has a good healthy body with a solid caramel malt flavor. The finish is semi-dry.
This is more of a traditional red and less the red/IPA hybrid that is popular with craft brewers as of late.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 02:55:02 | More by 57md
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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