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Review: Samuel Adams Tasman Red

Posted by Steve Greenlee  December 7, 2011 09:51 AM

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sam tasman red 004.jpgSecond of four reviews of the beers in the Samuel Adams Single Batch series.

Sam Adams calls this a red IPA, but craft beer drinkers will probably want to think of it as a hoppy amber ale, along the lines of Oskar Blues G'Knight or Troegs Nugget Nectar, with just a tad less alcohol (6.75 percent ABV). Deep amber, almost opaque, Tasman Red pours with a fluffy, offwhite head. Citrusy, piney hops -- nearly a double IPA level of hops -- spill forth on the aroma. Well balanced with a hefty malt backbone, this is an intensely satisfying beer. A 22-ounce bottle costs $4.99.

Gary Dzen

About 99 Bottles

Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for Boston.com. He can be reached at gdzen@boston.com. Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.
 

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