BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Rich ruby brown hue with a creamy beige head that left rings of lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of crystal and roasted malt, some rye bread, grapefruity and resiny hops, some soapy yeast notes and a tad minerally. The taste is more that of an American Strong Ale than that of an IPA. Very malt forward with the hops more a supporting cast. A tad chalky and metallic finish with some clove and pepper notes. The mouth feel is much heavier than expected, creamy and rich but not exactly IPAish. Overall a solid offering but not something I think I would buy again. drjay44 (3711) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2012
650 ml. bottle with Batch 1 on the label. Pours a thick, long duration, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear light copper/amber (SRM15) body....nose is pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel....taste is pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel, with a hint of cocoa, and a touch of dustiness, finishing with lingering grapefruit peel dominated bitterness....mouth feel medium to heavy, slightly sticky, carbonation low. This is a nice IPA. It has all of the correct characteristics of the style, is nicely balanced between hops and malts, and has appropriate complexity. Finally, it is beautiful in the glass. BJCP 6/3/15/4/7 jcr (2705) - 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 (14730) - 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 (1239) - 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 (5360) - 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 (1136) - 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 (1217) - 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.