BEER REVIEW: Samuel Adams Single Batch Series Tasman Red
Region: Boston, Massachusetts
Price: $5.99/22-oz bottle at Total Wine
Sight: russet, reddish-brown
Smell: earthy, evergreen, mint
Taste: earthy, piney, toffee, white grapefruit, bitter hop
Overall: This red IPA basically reminds me of a good amber ale with slightly more hop presence. First of all, it pours beautifully. On the nose, there is a familiar copper-amber-red-ale-earthiness with a slight wintery pine accent. On the palate, more of that pungent, earthy, herbal flavor arises, but it’s softened and supplemented by a toffee-malt undertone and bitter white grapefruit. The hops rule the finish, and they linger for what seems like a DECADE after the beer is gone. Actually, the grizzled old man pictured on the label may have been inspired by the longevity of the flavor. This beer happens to be exceptionally food friendly; since the finish lingers so long, you get a thorough mélange of flavors between what you’re eating and what you’re drinking. The beer doesn’t get buried under the food. I tried it with Provolone cheese (which is slightly bitter), but I’m thinking this is potentially an excellent pairing for fried chicken, or anything that could take some mayonnaise.