Beer: Samuel Adams Tasman Red
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Red IPA
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear, dark ruby/garnet body with a frothy beige head. Leaves a crazy lacing on the glass.
Smell: Dirt, pine, and hops, with a little bit of dark honey.
Flavor: Very pronounced caramel/toffee taste, which is tempered with a full earthy hop flavor. A bitter flavor hits mid-sip but dissipates. There is a mild note of pine, pineapple, and grapefruit, but…caramelllllll.
Feel: Creamy medium body with low carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Another IPA from Samuel Adams’s Hopology variety pack (the Grumpy Monk and Third Voyage were reviewed earlier this month), the Tasman Red is weird. Upon trying it, my brother simply said, “Whoa.” But, it’s a welcomed addition to the IPA world. Named for the Tasmanian hops used in brewing (Topaz and Galaxy), Sam Adams says this brew “is about more than the hops though.” The very end tastes like a caramel sundae, with its creaminess and caramel flavors, but topped with pineapple and grapefruit chunks. Personally, I think it could’ve had a bigger hop profile, but the toffee and caramel notes, which are characteristic of a Red IPA, make for an interesting and special India Pale Ale, for sure.