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Tasman Ale - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Tasman AleTasman Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CookstLiquor on 07-09-2012)
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LovesMustard

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought this was a fine slant on a traditional pale/amber ale. I enjoyed the aroma and flavour which had some new and refreshing elements that you don't normally find in that type of beer. I was getting some melon on the nose and palate and a pleasant, malty, huckleberry (!?) aftertaste. ABV was 5% but I thought it went down like a 4% session beer.

Nice label as well.

Over the last few years, Lighthouse has been venturing into unique styles and experimentation with good results. The Tasman Ale is a nice addition to their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 18:45:53 | More by LovesMustard
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BarneyGumble

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +25%

07-26-2014 20:48:00 | More by BarneyGumble
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-04-2014 07:05:38 | More by Eric_Standard
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a bottle poured into a glass at a BBQ joint in Victoria BC, first new brew of a four-day beer-centric vacation to the beautiful west coast island city. A low key start, really. An orange-red amber colored brew with ample beige bubbles that broke quickly. There was a marked discrepancy between smell and taste here. The former was otherworldly, tons of tropical Kiwi hops that evoked muscat grape, kiwi, gooseberry, and a passion fruit-like muskiness over top a mellow caramel backbone. Why is this categorized as a red/amber ale rather than a straight-up pale? I realize that niggling over style classifications can be annoying as fuck, but truly, the malts are too low key here for the red designation to fit. In all honestly, the entire gustatory experience was too clean and crisp for my liking, with the elements on the nose present but decidedly dialed down. The malts are a tad buttery and nutty I suppose, and the hops almost come off as English on the tongue. Errs on the leafy and floral side perhaps, grape leaf and violets rather than strong tropical fruits, with a thin body and moderate to high carbonation. Finishes with a clean hop bitterness. I'd try it again and the aroma is certainly wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 23:20:05 | More by CalgaryFMC
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phys1028

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-05-2014 03:29:02 | More by phys1028
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-14-2013 06:48:45 | More by DamageCase76
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, a single extracted from the recent mixed-pack from this brewer, in the remainder bin at one of the big chain liquor store locations around town. Not a trace of info on the label as to the origins of the name, but now I get it.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and eventually bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice melting slush lace around the glass as things adjoin southwards.

It smells of sassy grapefruit, lemon, gooseberry, lychee, and pineapple fruit essences, bready caramel malt, and a further bit of leafy, floral hops. The taste is still big and fruity, but somehow reduced from the nose - it's less juicy, and more mealy now, the tropical notes all muddled, with the slightly toasted caramel stepping into the void, and those more isolated herbal, leafy hops carrying on as ever was.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, and mostly the behind the scenes sort, the body medium-light in weight, and rather pithy in its otherwise successful attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness kind of limping along, while the toasty caramel malt keeps 'er steady.

Well, the south-seas hops do one thing for this offering - the aroma is quite beguiling, yet that all nearly falls away for the rest (ok, all) of the glass. Just not enough pertness, or I guess, the appearance of dryness, from hop and malt alike. Sad to say, but I'm glad I wound up with only the one.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:15:03 | More by biboergosum
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-16-2013 08:29:27 | More by Exeter
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AbrahamDrinkin

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasman Ale: A session favourite; An honest choice for the the seasoned partaker. Begins with a rather attractive copper hue with a touch of creamy head. As others have mentioned the nose is slightly bland and hard to pick out; Water and a little bit of shy yeast, followed by muted citrus. Taste is much more enticing, however; A solid, biscuit like malt, which I tend to seek in a pale ale, followed by lemongrass, cucumber, and light tropical fruit notes. The balance really shines as one is not overrun by delicious hops, but slowly seduced after a delicate tease from the malts. A good beer. It lingers slightly and, while at first might be taken as underwhelming, may have one wishing for another sooner than imagined. Like a mutt from the pound. Not overly spectacular, beautiful or impressive, but a dependable melange of good that is always standing by. Man's best friend.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 23:18:17 | More by AbrahamDrinkin
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-27-2013 03:02:29 | More by ZachT
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-11-2013 04:10:00 | More by CWVegas
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 9/8/13

A clear light copper with finger of foam that has great retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving a few partial rings of lace

S mango, orange, cotton candy, very faint melon, and some caramel, the fruity notes are strong and work well

T some herbal leafy notes, not as much tropical fruits but still fruity, just a hint of spruce I didn't smell, the nose has a slight edge

M lighter bodied, mild bitter snap, soft from the bubbles, cereal and citrus linger on the finish

O very drinkable pale, the hops work well but its not a runaway, I'm quite pleased I have 5 more bottles

I could session my 6 pack without getting board and I might do just that, worth trying and well suited for this hot day

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:32:44 | More by wordemupg
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-18-2013 06:35:46 | More by 1stOffender
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-22-2013 13:58:51 | More by KStark
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-16-2013 01:27:54 | More by pudoo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a pale ale... a very pale ale.

A: Bronze with a white head, very thin ring of retention initially leaves some sticky lace.

S: Pepper, chardonnay, papaya... interestingly different.

T: Very peppery, sweet toffee is balanced with a mineral-like bitterness, tropical fruit in the finish.

M: Slight residual sweetness, yet there isn't much body. The carbonation is a little high.

O: I thought this would showcase the Tasman hops, but it's a lighter, balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:35:12 | More by Derek
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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British Columbia (Canada)

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10-13-2012 03:22:02 | More by ChuckGnarly
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-22-2012 19:36:14 | More by chickenm
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Tasman Ale from Lighthouse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.