Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by MouthfulOfchris:
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a clear dark amber/bronzed color with a thick firm and sticky lightly tanned foam that has good retention and good lacing left behind on the glass.
S: A pleasant balance of malt and hops. The malt nose has toast, pine, and scorched toffee notes. The hop aroma comes through with a citruisy grapefruit and fresh grass profile.
T: Malty rich flavors of burnt toffee or brittle weave in toasty elements of bread, walnut, and deeper flavors that almost resemble coffee. Low on sweetness, only the dry character of malt exists along with a roasty grain counterpart. Dry malt flavors are further encouraged by the deep resiny flavor and bitterness of hops to capture a taste of white grapefruit pulp, orange, fresh cut grasses, and pine.
M: Creamy to start, the creamy malt textures fall away and allow the dry mouth feel to pick up on the bitterness from hops that eventually lead to an extended finish of grassy hops and malty-dry character.
O: It is hard to pin this down to a style. It has similar qualities to an Amber but with more IPA type hops. Though the hops are definitely present, the malt character is what shines through. It is a good mix of styles that I would drink again.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2012 00:02:12 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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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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