Just as I think I am passing the third and moving onto the fourth and last in the Small Batch Series I read about a few more that are to be released in the relative near future. They have been pretty solid to this point, so I am actually looking forward to giving the new ones a try.
As a side note, I can tell when I have hurried through a review because I have a hard time interpreting the notes when I look at the sheet. That is not so much a result of the legibility, but more so that the sentences/phrases don’t make a lot of sense when read aloud. I did my best to interpret this time.
On with the third . . .
Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Boston, MA)
Name: Tasman Red
Style: A sort of Amber Ale / IPA hybrid (therefore a Specialty Beer in my book)
ABV: 6.75% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before being served in a pint glass. Batch No. 1
Aroma: Nice subtle hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruity citrus and a slightly spicy earthiness. Some deep caramel maltiness underneath. Nicely balanced overall. – 8.5/12
Appearance: Really deep amber color with ruby tones. Three finger or so tan color head that is thick and frothy, has great retention, and leaves really nice lacing on the glass. Clear with slowly rising bubbles visible. – 3/3
Flavor: Slightly roasted malts with a touch of dark caramel. A very nice hop bitterness with good notes of pine. Fairly well balanced overall. Nice finish with a bit of dryness, but with nice lingering bitterness and some of the medium roasted malt character. – 14.5/20
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent smoothness with some creaminess on the palate. – 4/5
Overall Impressions: Pretty nice beer overall as it is enjoyable to drink with enough bitterness to keep me wanting more. Drinks a lot like a pale ale or amber ale (as I suppose it should). Really drinkable to the point that I could see this one in a six-pack rather than a bomber. Probably would have guessed a pale ale or amber ale if tasting blind. Note: I have recently learned that this one will soon be available on draft. – 7/10
Overall: B+ (37/50)