Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From: Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
Date: None visible
Glass: US pint
Pours a 2cm head, very light tan in color, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above average, settling within a few minutes to a thick ring around the glass. Some modest lacing is left along the sides of the glass. Body is a deep red-brown color, with quite active carbonation.
Aroma is of modest grapefruit, cedar mulch, and deep toffee-like malts. I'm assuming the mulch-like component is from the Tasmanian hops, though not completely sure on this. An above average aroma for an AIPA, if not particularly compelling.
An interesting taste, fairly heavy and forward with its malts, definite toffee or caramel-like influences with a subtle roasted quality. The hops are present primarily as some mild grapefruit, citrus, and slight vegetable matter. Not particularly astounding in any aspect, but certainly above average in terms of flavor and interest.
Body is of medium to medium-heavy weight, with medium-high levels of carbonation. The beer is definitely malt-forward and malt-heavy along the IPA spectrum, so if this is what appeals to you, then the heavier, fairly carbonated mouthfeel should be appealing.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2012 04:57:28 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
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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