Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by farrago:
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Yields close to two fingers of tan foam, dense yet dimples quickly and then dissipates before holding a nice coating across the surface, still mostly smaller bubbles, the lacing has very good stick and forms broad strokes across the glass sides. The liquid has a rusty red to brown hue, more yellow-orange at the bottom and rims, bright and clear, the bubbles are very widely dispersed and move slowly. Big malty nose of caramel, toffee and butterscotch as well as honey and pine sap moving onto dates, figs and dried apricots, there’s some roast under it all but hard to find a strong hops presence. Full-bodied with a softer, creamy texture even as the carbonation brings a pleasing prickle to it. More bread and scone like notes here, minerally and earthy but no ignoring the caramel, toffee, cocoa and molasses. Has enough leafiness here to create added IPA feel. Still, malts rule the roost and the only real bite is a dry residue long after you swallow. Interesting and flavorful, however, I get kind of fatigued by sipping it.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2013 00:35:12 | More by farrago
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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)
85 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.