Another night of class is in the books. I think I have 4 classes left. This particular class is fun, but I’ll be glad when it is done. There is just too much going on right now. In addition to class, at work I got promoted and now manage a few people. To go along with the new management responsibilities, I’m still doing everything I was doing before as an individual contributor. Frankly, that’s the way I wanted it to be…however as time goes on the work load might change my mind.
Tonight I’m sitting down with this bottle of Sam Adams Tasman Red. This should be the end of the Sammy special batch series of reviews…unless there is another variant out there I’m not aware of. This brew is labeled a “Red IPA”, which to my knowledge isn’t an official beer style. Based on the pour, it’s definitely red. Based on the taste, it’s definitely IPA!
Now before some beer douche swoops in and corrects me, I will clarify that the Tasman Red is TECHNICALLY not a new style. Rather, it is classified as an American red or amber. Useless details….the bottom line is that it is a hoppy red ale.
As you might assume, it has a significant hop kick. I get a mix of citrusy and piney hops. These flavors linger a lonnnnnnnnng time. Malt balance is lacking…don’t expect bold sweet flavors anywhere in this beer.
All you bitter beer lovers should look to pick this up. For me, it’s drinkable, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
Fun fact: The beer is called “Tasman” because apparently the hops come from Tasmania, Australia.