jcr (2785) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Deep amber body with red highlights. Thick, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma leaves impression of a sweet beer. Caramel, leafy hops, grapefruit, bready malts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderate sweet and moderately bitter with the bitterness carrying long into the finish. Medium to full body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Earthy, raw hop taste with some notes of grapefruit skin and citrus. Thick body, combined with hop leaf flavors, leave the impression of a beer that’s not as clean as it should be. Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Leighton. It pours clear red, with a big yellow-white head. The nose is sweaty sock, caramel, pine, red fruit and grapefruit pith. The taste is resin, leather, caramel, metal, grapefruit and pine, with a decent bitter-dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours a deep garnet red with tan head. Aroma of malts, pine, and citrus. Flavor was dominated by aggressive hops that ranged from pine to earthy to citrus while the malts tried to keep balance. Medium bodied and slightly chewy texture. Very good red! SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours deep, deep red with a large off-tan head. Smells strongly of floral hops, that move toward pine and then grapefruit as it warms, with a sweet malt backbone. Taste is predominantly bitter with some sweetness underneath. Medium-bodied with a prickly, bright texture and decent mouth-carbonation, Samuel Adams Tasman Red Red IPA finishes with some nice, lasting bitterness. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Samuel Adams Tasman Red Red IPA
Sampled on 12/31/2011. BATCH 1. This India Pale Ale pours a dark red color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white/beige foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, piney and citrusy. A medium bodied India Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet, and a touch roasty and bready. The hops are citrusy and piney, with some grapefruit and orange zest. Nice round carbonation. Pretty solid, medium bitterness IPA, the bitterness lasts well after the beer is gone. There is just enough malt sweetness at the front end to balance this one out. Nice beer. Hope the rest of the Small batch series is as good as this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is mostly bitter.
Hangover (1153) - oxford, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Dark red-copper pour with a rocky head that actually sits a few centimeters higher than the edge of the glass. Very hop forward aroma with mostly pine. Nearly full bodied with a nice resinous hoppy mouthfeel. More piney hopiness with a bit of sticky sweet malt. Finish is hoppy with a lingering earthy, woodsy aftertaste. I can’t believe Sam Adams made this... it’s a top tier dark IPA. llcooldave (1226) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Pours a dark leathery brown in the glass. Standard IPA aroma; citrus, pine and toasty malt. Delicious bitter citrus/pine flavors followed by roasted malt and some coffee notes. Overall, this is very surprising and extremely tasty. I’m buying more! williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Spicy dark aroma, woody hops. Big, intense aroma. It borders on a rye ale in the nose.
The appearance is a fluffy, pillowy head on top. Deep, glassy ruby red; very dark away from direct light. Terrific sheet of lace.
The flavor is buttery malts, with the spiciness of finished wood. Balanced but with intense flavors. Very wood aftertaste. Again: intense.
Feels buttery, smooth, slick. Chunky body. It’s a really woody and spicy beer. Drenched in oak and buttery malts. Strong and not for everyone; a bit less than the sum of its parts. blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep red brown with a beige head. Light piney and floral hoppy aroma with sweet crystal/caramel malts. The flavor is relatively well balanced, with caramel malts, and piney and earthy hops. I don’t know how fresh this was, but it would have been better if it was a little hoppier. AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from local Market Basket, price $4.99. Thick fluffy, soapy head with great retention. A rice amber color. Resin and grapefruit nose. Flavor of malts with strong pine hops. Grapefruit or pineapple notes. I pick up toffee when colder, but as it warms just fruit hops. Strong lingering bitterness. Very clean finish. Hop heads should like this, very respectable and tasty IPA.