Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by RickS95:
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It's a crazy beer, just from the looks. The second you pop the cap, you smell grapefruit and get that IPA feel. Then is pours a reddish brown and you're confused. Regardless, it's extremely dark for an IPA. Almost cloudy underneath, the top looks nothing like the style. Missing is the funky head...it's just not there. The bubbles are tiny and fleeting.
All I can say is weird. Initial burst of citrus is killed by an almost roasty coffee smell. My nose is bewildered and I can't say it works for me.
The taste is just like the smell, citrus early then roasted malts late. The taste buds appreciate the concoction more than the olfactories. Hop flavor mostly in the finish.
I guess you could call it complex. A lot of stuff going on and while it's strange, it's an ok feel. Acidity eary, then some smokiness before the bittering hops take over. Doesn't have the resiny piney oily feel, but this beer is just full of surprises.
It's an ok beer. Very unusual. The smell is not pleasant but everything else is ok about it. Nothing I'll ever drink a lot of, but glad I had just one.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2012 04:41:12 | More by RickS95
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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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