unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Deep Ruby color, light tan head of thick foam. Aroma of spicy malts, heavy deep caramels, earthy pine hops. The smell alone reminds me of the aroma of the Rogue Brewery the first time I walked in. Mmm, good. Nice pine and grapefruit, heavy malts, all around. The flavor continues to deliver. Toasted malts, heavy toffee, deep grain character. Bitterness lingers on the palate, nice grapefruit, with an odd medicinal hop note. So well done, very impressive. Loads of toasted malts, then the leather character, and pine bark bitterness... superb! I absolutely loved this brew. Merry Christmas to me. 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. milewide (2260) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Loved this intense grapefruit and pine hopped brew. Aroma leans a bit to grapefruit, while flavor leans to pine. This ale leaves your taste buds numb! Pretty red amber color, with medium head. They must add this to their year-around lineup! dwyerpg (6228) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2011
A rich aroma of both hops and caramel. Reddish brown. This is tasty. Some malt and caramel vs. hops battle that is excellent for the tongue. Smooth enough finish. My favorite of the four! superspak (5688) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22 ounce bottle, batch 1, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red orange color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, light pine, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big pine, orange, caramel, spices, bread, toasted malt, and honey-like sweetness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, orange, pine, and spices on the finish that last. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding amber ale/IPA. So much great hoppy flavor and balance.
EddieMac (2) - Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
Pours a deep dark amber with a towering creamy head boasting hints of pine with a smooth finish. Just an all around pleasant IPA
Well done SA! bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Dark red pour. Hops aroma is strong. Bitter but not over the top. Well balanced and dry finish. Good brew Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a reddish amber color with a ton of carbonation that leaves a thick fluffy white head throughout your entire drinking experience. Has a bitter hops scent. Taste is quite malty and bitter from hops. Has a great texture, body, and finish that makes this a slow sipping beer. I’m really glad I got the choice to try this. StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 8, 2013
There is quite a range of review scores for this beer. Maybe some of you aren’t getting a fresh batch, this one is good for another 3 months; according to the label. I find this sample to be very well balanced. I’m getting a nice, almost scotch ale, maltyness and mouth feel, mixed with a nice west cost blend of hops. There is also an ample amount of yeast esters. This is probably my favorite Sam Adams beer to date. Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - DEC 14, 2013
Surprisingly complex and full beer from sam adams inc. Caramel, spicy rye, salty hops, sweet toffee, and heart of palm dipped in brown sugar. Worth trying if you see it.