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Tasman Ale - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Tasman AleTasman Ale

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very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bumchilly25, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

chickenm, Sep 22, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CWVegas, Aug 11, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

LovesMustard, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a very clear, rich amber-gold with half a finger of bubbly off-white head.

Smell. Nice sweet caramel and toasted light grains, spicy and peppery hops, with a little mixed citrus fruits.

Taste. Sweet malty red ale taste with a decent amount of floral and peppery hops. Maybe a little sweet citrus juice. A bit of nice bitterness in the end that lingers a few secs.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice hops in this one. If it wasn't as sweet, It would be amazing ...but then I guess it'd be an ipa. ...Ah yes, gotta love little useful tidbits like that previous statement.

Rutager, Jul 25, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle. This is Lighthouse's latest release and it takes its name from the Southern Hemisphere hops--from Tasmania and NZ--used to make it. It's intended to be a full-flavoured session beer.

Pours an interesting brownish orange colour, with a nice pillow of ivory foam. The nose perfectly reflects the exotic hop varieties with lots of fruit and floral notes. On the palate it is eminently quaffable and yet flavour-packed with earthy, melon and tropical fruit notes. Nice crisp finish.

CookstLiquor, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

pudoo, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

LampertLand, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

napetry, Jun 17, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Derek, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

smekermann, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Angelhair, Sep 01, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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

wordemupg, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Coastal_Brew, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bulldogops, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighthouse is really showing some skill at producing interesting beers in both the High ABV and the sessionable styles. The Tasman is a red ale with the twist of using Southern Hemisphere hops kinda what Sam Adams did with their Tasman IPA. The hops are full and very fragrant but the beer is anchored in the malt as a good red should be for the style. I see this as a companion to the tasty Riptide .

canucklehead, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Exeter, Nov 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

BarneyGumble, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep amber coloured liquid with a 1/2" tan coloured head with excellent retention.

S: Muted scent of leafy, grassy and earthy hops.

T: Leafy, grassy and earthy hops with a rich caramel and nutty malt backbone. Extremely tasty with a pleasant aftertaste that is almost spicy and peppery as well. The hops in this beer are unlike any I have ever tasted, in a very good way.

M: Cutting through the foamy head is a beer with medium viscosity and a medium to high level of fizzy carbonation. It leaves an almost resinous coating in the mouth near the bottom of the glass.

O: This beer has superior drinkability, and that is something coming from me considering that I am not normally a fan of this style. I have to say that I am excited to experience what Dean from Lighthouse has in store for us next!

DaftCaskBC, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

robuncorked, Oct 18, 2012
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Tasman Ale from Lighthouse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.