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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 He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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