Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.46/5 rDev -7.5%
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
4.09/5 rDev +9.4%
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
2.15/5 rDev -42.5%
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
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
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
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2013 17:02:53 | More by Jadjunk
3.66/5 rDev -2.1%
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
2.85/5 rDev -23.8%
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
3.41/5 rDev -8.8%
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
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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