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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

1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1012
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:
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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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chilidog

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got my tasman also in the hopolgy for 12.99 in wisconsin. Enjoyed this brew on the eve of a red snowy day ahead.

Appearance of amber or dark ruby, tan head, fair lace.

Aroma of malty grapefruit, ha? Earthy, tabacco. Leathery.

Taste of toasted malts, Bready, earthy tabacco, yet a balance of citric hops, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth. Not too bold or overpowering.

Overall a good, flavorful red. Enjoyed indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 20:43:07 | More by chilidog
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MadScientist

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium dark copper with good clarity. There s good head stand of light tan foam. Good head retention.

S: Moderate citrus hops but nothing really exciting with a moderate caramel malt aroma.

T: The caramel malt flavor is just a little bit stronger than the citrus hop flavor. A moderate hops bitterness with a moderate malt sweetness giving a somewhat bitter balance. There is some lingering hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: With a name like Red IPA one would expect a fair amount of malt character but without enough hops bitterness and flavor I'm kind of disappointed in the overall balance. Maybe their looking to appeal to a broader audience like an IPA for those that don't like bitter beers. This bottle was from a case labeled best before June 2013 but the hops character s already muted.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:07:05 | More by MadScientist
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got a bottle of Samuel Adam's Tasman Red IPA in their Hopology variety pack last week for $13.99 at Meijers. A hoppy Red Ale sounds pretty good tonight and I'm always down to try a new Samuel Adams beer, so lets see how it goes. 2013 release, no visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it's not that eye catching, just a picture of an old man. It poured a nice copper/red color that took on a nice bright ruby red color with a finger and half worth of light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, caramel, and biscuit like aromas. After that comes some fruits which are sweet and juicy and impart some nice dark fruit aromas that are a little grape like mixed in with some nice citrus hop aromas to make for a pretty nice fruit aspect to the aroma. This beer had a good aroma, the malt base was nice and the extra fruity aspect was nice and unique.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of malts that imparted some grainy, caramel, biscuit, and brown bread flavors. Up next comes the hops which impart an herbal and fruity flavor with no single fruit really sticking out. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness followed by a sweet and malty aftertaste. The taste was ok, but it seemed to be much more Red Ale than IPA and I wish more hoppy flavors and a little more bitterness came through.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish it was a little thinner and crisper.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer, but it wasn't a good example of a Red IPA, I thought it was just too light on the hops and if I didn't know it was labeled as a Red IPA I would have thought this was just another normal Red Ale. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but it was a little filling and the flavors couldn't hold my attention, I could drink another one, but I really don't have the urge to so one would be enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty nice, i liked the added fruity aroma and the appearance was good too. What I liked the least about this was the taste, it was much more Red Ale than IPA and more hops would help this beer be true to it's name. I wouldn't buy this beer on its own, it I wanted a good Red IPA, I would grab a Reds Rye from Founders, I can't say that I would recommend this beer, but give it a try if you really like Red Ales. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I don't think it really lived up to it's name, it wasn't bad, but it's not anything that I feel the need to drink again, Better luck next time Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 04:46:37 | More by StoutHunter
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-amber reddish brown with a nice thin sticky cream colored head

S-nice caramel herbal hops with a nice vanilla tint similar to how I think SN Celebration is. It's a good scent. Good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of aged hops and a decent burnt biscuit flavor. It's subtle and crisp with out much else to it. Faint matching after-taste.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-for Samuel Adams, this is really impressive. I'm not finding any of that classic SA malt base familiar in their other beers. It's very smooth and crisp, something I could drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 04:09:53 | More by AdamBear
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Well, as you may have guessed, it's very...red. A clear, deep dark ruby, with a two-finger beige head which dissolved pretty quickly into a thin film. Really impressive lacing, coating nearly all of the glass.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malts, ripe juicy fruit, and a hint of hop oils.

T - Beginning starts off with a nice blend of not-too-sweet caramel malts with some toffee notes, and light sort of generic fruitiness which is promptly RUINED by a strange metallic/mineral and vaguely pasty, wet-paper aftertaste. Seriously, this thing is like sucking on a penny dipped in paper mache paste. I cant believe this is what they meant for this to taste like.

M -Thin bodied to the point of being watery, with standard SA prickly carbonation. The two together being like seltzer water. Either needs a bigger body, or less carbonation...but who am I kidding? With the horrible taste, it wouldnt really help.

O - Just a really bad beer, and easily the worst of the SA "small batch" series. I cant tell you how much I hated this beer. I dont think I have ever slammed a beer this badly; damn near a drain pour really. Everything just clashes in a really poor way. Avoid at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 06:00:44 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Bold, lively and a bit rugged. This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes, creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hips are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as 12 oz. bottles in the Hopology 12 pack variety by Samuel Adams. Having previously tried this beer, I let this bottle age for a few months to see how the flavors develop.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Head quality is a creamy eggshell white with good retention power and thin, caked lacing. Body color is deep copper red, almost red-brown with mild haziness and sediment. Overall it's an impressive pour. 4.25

(Smell) A malt-led IPA by aroma, there's a fruity grape must aroma, husky caramel malt grains, boozy molasses and a spicy, herbal hop blend, mildly citric. There's a significant balance between malt and hop character in this beer, with malt aroma leading the way and resiny bitterness also in tow. Aroma is a bit sharp in places but also unique in its own merit. 3.5

(Taste) Complex grain alcohol roasted caramel, and a trailing spicy herbal bitterness. Hop presence is also a minimum, although some spicy hop aroma comes through in the finish. There's some medium yeast characters and fruity esters to be found, but it is largely muddied by the grain. Probably more along the line of a barley wine in terms of intensity and drinkability, but enjoyable enough. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick smoothness without much carbonation, which compliments the flavors well. Heavy body for an IPA, Medium/heavy body overall. Medium alcohol presence, accented by the herbal bitterness and hop character. The carbonation presence was enjoyable for this style. 3.75

(Overall) I did not enjoy this beer first time through but with repeat takes and some age the off flavors mellowed a bit and allowed for a bit of balance to be achieved. The herbal hop character is less common amongst the style but a pleasant change for the style and the husky grainy malt character is a good complimentary character. It may not be for everybody but it is a decent take on the style. I wouldn't get it again but I don't regret trying it a couple of times to see if it's for me. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Tasman Red Red IPA
3.45/5.00

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 17:02:53 | More by Jadjunk
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a reddish pecan stained amber with a yellow/beige head that leaves circle webbed lacing behind.

S - Sweet citrus and pine jumps right out, dense caramel and toffee malts, slightly toasted.

T - Big and bright grapefruit create a bitter/sweet but dry start. The malt is not as present as the nose describes. Nice toasted caramel and barley flavors with a sweet character there but it's light as the hops seem to dry it out quite a bit. A dash of pine mixes in with the grapefruit bitterness and carries through to the dry finish.

M - Thick and full feel, medium carbonation.

This blurs the line of an amber and ipa but either way this is a tasty brew. Nice play of hops and malts. Dry citrus hops combat big toasted malt flavors creating a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:01:35 | More by StaveHooks
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Beantownron


2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was Really Excited about this beer. and was sadly disappointed. I got no hop aroma or taste. it was however very malty. got some toffee and caramel notes and taste. bready and earthy notes. but no hops. must have got an old batch...love sam adams, but feel let down by this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 07:58:40 | More by Beantownron
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BucannonXC5

California

3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $18.99 for the Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 2013 on the bottle

Poured a dark red mahogany color with 2-3 three fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Good thick foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention as well.

Smelled an interesting mix of citrus and pine hops - grapefruit, tangerine - with some buttery toffee malts as well. Reminds me a bit of caramel corn.

Taste was still that butter awkward taste. Most certainly reminded me of buttery, toffee, caramel-flavored popcorn. Those grapefruit and pine hops aren’t as pronounced, but are still there. Nice warming feeling, though.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

I just don’t dig butter beers. Not a big fan of this one, despite my rating not being too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 08:38:50 | More by BucannonXC5
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Huffs

New York

4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, developed a light tan head, with a creamy look that laced well. Color was amber to red with a sweet, caramel, herbal aroma. Taste was malty with a strong caramel character and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the aftertaste was pronounced with caramel on the front and bitter hop on the back. Good Stuff

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:22:43 | More by Huffs
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abeerwiseguy

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up several of the Boston Beer Company’s (aka Samuel Adams) “Tasman Red” 22 oz bottles recently and the time was right to give one a test drive. This is one of a number of their limited edition brews or what they call “small batch creations.” The label had 6.75% ABV and even had a batch number on the back.

The beer poured an amber / orange color with over three fingers of whitish brown head which dissipated fairly rapidly with nice lacing.

The malty aroma comes through clearly with some bread and piney scents. Some citrus came through way in the background.

Oddly the citrus taste hit first and then malt, bread, and some resinous notes at the end.

The mouth feel was light to medium body with smooth up front flavors and slightly bitter on the finish with light carbonation.

Overall this is a solid representation of the American IPA style that I might buy again, but it is well behind what top brewers like Stone, Deschutes, Lagunitas, etc. are putting out for this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:49:32 | More by abeerwiseguy
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown-amber color in snifter. Off-white head.

Malty nose with hints of caramel and mild grapefruit citrus.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Muted grapefruit hoppiness develops but dissappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was just o.k.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:52:30 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and thick sticky lacing.

The smell featured sweet earthy caramel and a full herbal hop.

The taste consisted if complex notes of toasted malt, nuts and burnt caramel and an earthy herbalness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a tasty and complex red ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:20:44 | More by plaid75
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 2.99. "Batch 2" but I can't read/ decipher the bottling code. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours ruddy chestnut red with a dense two fingers cream tinted head. Huge sheets of lace.

Smells of big dank earthy hops. I keep coming back to enjoy it.

Muted flavors of pine, grapefruit rind, pepper and dry sourbread. There is some good stuff going on but there seems to be a layer of something "off" that hangs over the other flavors like a wet blanket.

Sticky medium feel with soft mild carbonation. Long dry bitter earthy hop finish.

Between the great appearance and aromas, Tasman Red has such potential. Based on the price I'm pretty sure that "Batch 2 "wasn't bottled very recently but even accounting for age, the flavors are softer than I'd prefer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:06:31 | More by ThickNStout
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This comes from the Hopology mix pack. Ordinarily I would not review a hop-forward beer that I'd accidentally sat on for this long, but the label encourages either fresh consumption or aging. I'd guess this bottle is about five months old by now, maybe a little older.

A: Clear ruby red with a one-inch bone white head. Retention is decent, but the head eventually succumbs to the forces of gravity and settles into a thin, wispy film. Thin rings of lacing remain in its wake.

S: Hops are very earthy and a touch piney with a sweet, fleshy, fruity taste that's hard to pin down. Slight peppery tobacco. Toast, buttered biscuit, and some underlying caramel and toffee. Maybe a touch of cocoa powder at its core.

T: Toasty malts and some light buttery tastes on the attack soon get swept away in a tide of hops. Pine resin and grapefruit are the predominate hop flavors, though there is a prevailing earthiness and hints of leaves and peppery tobacco as well. Bitterness is mild. Malt base of toast, light cocoa, and bread crust. Finishes with bread crust, a subtle chocolate undercurrent, and a faint piney, citrusy hop bitterness.

M: The sturdy malt backbone gives the mouthfeel some real substance. Firm, smooth, and well rounded. Light scrubbing carbonation adds a little something extra to the texture. Nice.

O: This beer is a bit confusing on the palate. It feels like it's pulling in two opposite directions. Didn't really do it for me. Probably would have been better if it were fresher.

Serving type: bottle

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