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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,014 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1014
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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lwillitz

Florida

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A few seconds after I opened the bottle, foam began to run out--highly carbonated, I guess.

A - large medium tan layer of thick foam over a murky body of copper/brown; head sticks around, lacing the glass beautifully

S - pine, citrus, earthy notes, caramel sweetenss

T - lots of pine and grapefruit up front, caramel sweetness moves in for a nice contrast, earthy and spicy hop notes answer back, finish is bitter and citrusy with a hint of residual malt sweetness

M - thick, creamy full body; high carbonation

O - Beautiful in appearance, intriguing in scent, delightfully complex in taste, pleasantly thick in feel, high in carbonation (which works well in this case). Tasman Red is a nice IPA and certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:45:34 | More by lwillitz
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark copper; big frothy off white head, long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy hops; malted grain; dried figs; brown sugar; caramel; smells delicious

Taste: Roasted grain and spicy hop on start; quickly moves to dried fig flavor; ends with a semi-sweet, hop flavor; pretty well balanced overall, and fairly tasty.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:59:04 | More by IchLiebeBier
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate/large head that is light brown before it soon recedes. The beer is a deep mahogany that looks like a deep ruby red in the light. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Smells of dark caramel, toffee, a bit roasty. Also has mild but noticable citrus and pine notes as well.

Taste starts with caramel and toffee, then becomes roasty, ending with pine and citrus hops. Has a great lingering aftertaste that consists of caramel, pine, a little orange, and just a hint of roastiness. Has a heavy mouthfeel with average carbonation for an IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 23:06:29 | More by JG-90
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Poured a deep blood-like red with a small off white head. Smells of nice piney and citrus notes, very inviting. Tastes of hops of the citrus variety, with some earthy undertones, with some notes of caramelized malt. Beer is carbonated correctly and for its medium body, it is still dangerously sessionable. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 22:15:23 | More by cyclonece09
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Decent tan lacing and a pretty red color. Doesn't look like an IPA.

Smell: Strong spiced molasses, almost smells like spiced rum. Cotton candy and some corn. A tad artificial smelling at times, but overall very good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good balance between sweet molasses and bitter pine. Excellent cotton candy flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is definitely light, which doesn't quite do it for me in this style.

Overall: I was slightly disappointed in this. An excellent concept, but not quite executed the same way.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 23:43:33 | More by tjsdomer2
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312HopBomb

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown but clear ruby red when held to the backlight. Medium tan head with good lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and earthy hops. Maybe a slight twinge of American or Australian hops?

Taste is the same with roasted caramel malt and burnt toast. Earthy hop with a very slight note of fruity hop. Light/moderate bitterness and some sweetness and moderate/full malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent red for the price but not one of my favorites. More of an Imperial red leaning toward the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:35:02 | More by 312HopBomb
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark ruby-red color with a huge creamy head with long retention and patches of lace sticking down the entire glass

S- sweet caramel-toffe malt, dark fruit and figs, grapefruit zest & citrus hop

T- much more malty profile than expected, but its very good. Strong flavors or caramel-toffee, dark fig & prune. Citrus and pine hop flavors provide a nice balance, but the malt takes center stage on this one. The finish is slightly sweet with a dark fruit and resinous pine linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish with just a bit of alcohol bite at the end

O- this one had a few months on it so I don't know if that influenced the malty sweetness or not, regardless I really liked it. This drinks more like an imperial amber/red but one of my recent favorites from SA.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 20:01:23 | More by Treyliff
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teromous

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany color of brown, with a hint of midnight red. Fluffy thick tan head with lots of lacing. Although it's hard to see through the dark body, it is easy to tell that it is clear as a bell.

S: Strong hop aroma right off the bat. There's a grapefruit scent and a little lemon zest. Not much else, but it smells good.

T: I'm hit with a malty flavor at first. Some caramel, a little charcoal, some roasted nut. The aftertaste is a pine resin with a little bit of mineral taste.

M: It's very smooth...smoother than most other AIPA's I've had. There's still the roughness that you get from highly hopped IPA style beers, but it is very dextrinous and feels very malty.

O: I liked this beer. It was easy to drink, and tasted good. It was a bit too roasty for my personal taste, but that did not stop it from being an enjoyable beer. I would drink this over many of the other "standard" IPA/AIPA/IIPA offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 19:20:39 | More by teromous
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a big head into a snifter glass. Dark red with a obsidian background. Nice huge head, lacing and great retention. Alot of clarity.

Aroma is crystal malt pronounced, slightly sweet and toasty with some pine and slight citrus hop character. Not a lot of floral style hops. Wish I had more hop in the aroma.

Taste showcases the malt but has good hop character. It has a big malt backbone to back up a nice earthy hop bite with some sweetness to round out. Resiney pine flavor like simcoe. Almost reminds me of sierra christmas celebration.

Mouthfeel is medium easy drinking.

This beer feels like a typical west coast IPA but with some darker crystal style specialty malts. I think the malt mutes the hop character a bit. Gives it a very unique eclipsed sun kind of color. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:40:54 | More by Durtdiggler
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BigBarley

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear ruby with an off-white/ khaki head.

Aroma is that of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple mostly) with some sweet, biscuit malt backing it up.

Flavorwise there's a little tropical sweetness followed by a blend of dank bitterness and that same malt holding down the balance. Very sweet but still with a strange butter flavor that wraps around that dank hoppy goodness and accents it well.

Medium body with decent carbonation, kinda sticky in the mouth, lingering flavors. I enjoy this beer quite a bit, but have had a Red IPA or 2 that outdoes it. Unique but not mindblowing.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 15:33:19 | More by BigBarley
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argock

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No decipherable bottling date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Very clear dusky dark amber with a lot of redness. The head is 2-fingers and light beige with decent retention and a good crusting of lacing.

S: Light on the hops for a "red IPA" with most caramel and toasty maltiness coming through, kissed by grapefruit and floral hops.

T: Despite the name, this really fits the bill as an imperial amber ale, as it has all the signature qualities, but is just bigger. In this way, it is an excellent beer, but it seems accidental given the labeling. The maltiness is the clear flag-bearer with toffee, caramel, toasted malt with light graininess carrying this very easy-drinking beer. The hoppiness that is given all the print falls way short with only some minor grapefruit, floral, honeysuckle, and pine notes. THey do provide a great counterpoint to the wallop of maltiness which is exceptionally smooth and delicious.

M: Creamy and drinkable with relatively low carbonation and medium body with a pretty dry finish.

O: Ignoring the naming the SA puts on it, this is pretty damn good beer. Consider it a true imperial amber ale, probably one of the truest to fit that moniker that I have tasted. Delicious without being decadent and overly sweet, a really good big beer that needs renaming to really express what you are going to be tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 04:17:55 | More by argock
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a thick foam of tan bubbles. Gorgeous lace, so an A+ on presentation.

Nose is hoppy but earthy, too. I get some orange tones. Superlative.

Flavor is nicely hopped, but well-balanced by a fair malt profile. A little tart, a little sweet, and a strong earthy character. I'm reminded of dirt, leaves, and the like. And that's not a bad thing at all. Very delicious and I'd definitely buy a 6 pack of these if made available more widely!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 12:59:38 | More by secondtooth
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FlatRabbitRed

Arizona

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lets go with bronze on this one, not copper...even though the bottle says "red". This one made me do a double take, because it was called a red ....it's just a different one for sure.

The main up front character is the roasted malt, followed by the high hop addition, not very sweet, no caramel, biscuit vanilla undertones.

The usual high standard beer you would expect from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 16:07:04 | More by FlatRabbitRed
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish brown with and tannish head. a finger or so that leaves a lacing. in the middle of opaque and clear.

Smell: Wonderful smell. strong caramel malts and some citrusy hops. very well balanced and pleasant

Taste: toasty malts, caramel sweetness, citrusy hops and piney hops. good but it needs more hops. they come in nicely in the smell but the malts beat them out in the taste.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, some bitterness afterwards

Overall: This is a pretty great beer. if your in the mood for a slightly hoppy red this one is a winner. nice strong malts with some but not overpowering hops

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 21:08:51 | More by SportsandJorts
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BeerEngineer

California

3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

General - This beer was from a bottle that poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This came in a variety pack called the "Hopology" from Sam Adams.

Appearance - BJCP color around 43 to 45 with a red hue to it. Head was an off-white and faded very quickly. The legs were OK, they held up for the majority of the beer. Really nice color of this beer, a real dark brown nearer to black than brown with a gorgeous red tint.

Smell - There is a slight citrus hint to this beer with a strong malted backbone. A touch of a toffee like smell also, not sweet but almost like it was burned slightly. Decent odor but it's not very strong, to get it a good scent of it I had to hold my hand over the pint for a few seconds while warming the beer with my other hand.

Taste - A pronounced citrus flavor that I would expect from an IPA with a nice strong punch of malts from a Red Ale. A unique combination of the flavors actually. There is a slight bitterness at the back of the tongue. The flavors are there, they are pretty good but they just aren't as pronounced as I would like. Just like with the other beers from this pack it seems like it is a watered down beer. There isn't the flavor that I would expect from a quality brewer. Just a little disappointing.

Mouthfeel - Moderate mouthfeel, I would say it would be thin for a red and a touch thick for a traditional IPA. Pretty refreshing with a bright, moderately carbonated feeling to it.

Overall - Well it's something different. I'm disappointed with this but because I may be expecting something it's not. I really wanted a bold red malt flavor with the citrus hit of an IPA. This just isn't it. It's a bland red ale with an OK IPA, just not something that I'll go for all that often.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:48:28 | More by BeerEngineer
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Nugganooch

California

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of the IPA Hopology pack
*Notes from 04/02/13 - FW Snifter glass

A: Dark auburn color with a nice ruby glow when held to the light. Superb clarity on this one with a half finger of dark khaki froth. Resilient head and a nice staining of cling that leaves squiggles down the glass. I will say one thing, BBC does make a near perfect looking brew.

S: Smells of toasted caramel malt sweetness with a bit of raisin and spiced bread. There is a soft breeze of tropical fruity hops there and some nice earthy notes with just a hint of chocolate. Not bad but steers more towards a very traditional red ale with the maltiness rather than a hoppy amber per se.

T: Deep roast caramel malt and toffee flavors lead with a bit of raisin, bread, and peppery spice in tow. There is a nice hoppy presence of grapefruit, pine, and some passionfruit even but not incredibly citrusy as the label leads on. Moderate to low amount of actual bitterness and a dash of alcohol kicking in at the finish. Not bad but again the approach is more true to a classic red with malts playing the lead role.

M: Moderate body with a mild filling of malty chew on it and a smooth creamy texture overall. There is a nice consistent carbonation aiding to a bit of drying crisp midway. Finishes a little wet with some residual sugars and hop oils.

D: A decent American red and I do like the idea of utilizing some Southern Hemisphere hop varieties but in the end I think the big malt toffee sweets mask a lot of those hoppy flavors. Would have liked something with much more citrus punch. Would have again but probably not going to be seeking this one out anytime soon with much better options available to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:14:30 | More by Nugganooch
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Tasman Red has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head and a hazy, reddish-brown appearance. with some fairly thick lacing rings left behind. The aroma is of brown bread crust and subdued sweetness. The flavor is the same, with straightforward bitterness present underneath. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy and a bit dirty (in an ale sense), and Samuel Adams Tasman Red IPA finishes dry, bitter, sweet, and pretty well drinkable. Overall, this is a really nice one, and is most certainly worth checking out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 17:23:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at a quick grocery store stop. Let's see how it ranks up, shall we? The label looks intricate.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark robust amber brown. Leaves behind a enticing, frothy, white foam head that leaves a vigorous lacing that really draws you in for more. Really impressed for an American IPA.

Smell: Toasted malts and thick caramel really come to mind at first scent. Upon further inspection, I also detected a great hint of dark chocolate and possible molasses. However, a somewhat heavy aroma of alcohol was apparent. Not so bad, the rich aroma of toasted malts and the undertone of dark chocolate redeemed this beers potential, and it's definitely worth it.

Taste: First thing that I noticed was a nice texture of toffee flavor. Somewhat strong flavors of caramel and dark chocolate are visible along with maybe a slight hint of citrus and a minty, pine flavor. Not so bad at first and it actually brings the strong, dark flavor along with the somewhat sweet, citrus-y flavor in and actually sort of well balanced in the end. I enjoyed the mixture of both.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation along with a nice medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: At first sip, this beer brought something special to the plate. It was a nice mixture of a tasty session beer along with a refreshing taste. The dark, roasted malts along with the somewhat pine-like and slight fruity citrus provided something that was passable as well-balanced enough to be a contender for a memorable American styled IPA. This beer is definitely worth trying again and I would recommend to a friend for something a little different outside the normal range of American styled IPA's. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:42:36 | More by DMXLOX22
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a hand glass.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly. Settles to a thick foamy blanket with some persistent residue around the glass. Lots of thick, dry, beer ring lacing.

S: Rye bread, with a little molasses and dark chocolate.

T: Pungent malty base with a little licorice, chicory, a little coffee, pecan, and slight hints of dark chocolate.

M: Hearty, full body. Lightly pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really solid. Dark hue, thick foamy persistent head, and plenty of dry beer ring lacing. Nose is pungent bready tone with some sweet components. Pretty complex, but well-balance flavor profile including a hearty starchy base, with bitter, sweet, and nutty components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 04:49:10 | More by bmwats
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

best beer ive had from sam in a long time. this one pours a rich coppery red color, dense and sturdy looking, with a darker than khaki head with phenomenal retention, a real looker here. the nose is bright citrusy hops, minerals, and red malt that isn't sweet at all. smells more like an ipa than a red, if such a distinction can be made in a red ipa. the hops aren't nearly as central in the flavor, not to say that it isn't hopped well, but some of the sexy citrus notes fade back into balance with the rugged red malt. its a real old world feeling beer, something unique and intriguing, historical in some way, special. its bitter in the end, and the red malt sans sugar is a nice change of pace from the syrupy reds these days. rather dry finish caught me off guard. fantastic mouthfeel with really dancing carbonation and a fuller body. this is a mans mans ipa in my book, its really hearty and yet also very drinkable, its not boring or generic at all, and it gives me a real sense of satisfaction consuming it. my only regret was that I had ot share my bottle around a little bit and I didn't get to drink the whole bomber. I will absolutely buy this again, I wish sam would 6pack stuff like this, its really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 16:59:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear red with a fluffy beige cap (1"). Good head retention with sticky, streaky lacing. Malty aroma, a bit bready and biscuity, with muted, grassy hop character. More malt in the flavour, moderate bitterness, mild citrus and pine with some earthy caramel sweetness. Medium body with smooth carbonation, decent texture. Not an assertive IPA, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:46:03 | More by DrJay
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer looks great (dark reddish color). Not much smell to me and tastes more like a red ale than an IPA to me (although I'm sure the IPA label increases sales and review scores). I think the overall taste is great and I would definitely order this beer again if I'm in the mood for a red ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 20:55:45 | More by msondel
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wedge

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark chestnut with a lovely, tight, creamy head on top. Toasty caramel richness and a sticky hop covering in the nose...pear, cantaloupe, berries, pine resin, and slight grapefruit. Toffee and tobacco leads into melon, floral, and citrus flavors. Pretty well balanced. Medium bodied with a solid bitterness and some dryness. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:55:26 | More by wedge
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StJamesGate

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet with fluffy sand-colored head that sheets.
Raspberry, resin, and black cherry pipe tobacco on the nose.
Plum compote, raisins, brown bread, red currants, a butterscotch hit with spicy black pepper and blood orange hops.
Rugalach finish and orange rind linger.
Medium, well chewy, round.

Darker than red, with some almost BSDA notes. Hops don't play enough of a role for something labeled as an IPA. This is an amber and a muddy one at that, though still well architected.

This is the 2nd of SA's new range I've tried in the last week, and I'm not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 10:28:08 | More by StJamesGate
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle served into tulip pint.

Deep plum red body with a beige head rising a mighty 2.5 fingers but settling down with decent speed. Surprisingly thick rings of lacing are left behind-- this might be one of the better looking Sam Adams beers I've ever seen.

Smells of bready malt with hints of toffee.... and a floral hop profile that almost, but not quite, provides notes of citrus and pine.

Little chalky feel left behind after sips....

Not really hoppy enough to be an IPA... but call this a red ale, and watch people give it higher reviews.
Overall-- not bad on first sip, but as I sit and get to know it, this beer causes a strange feeling of tasting bile that lingers in the chalkiness.
I know its fashionable to take a swing at SA, but I really wanted to like this one. Sadly it wasnt to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:55:41 | More by AleWatcher
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