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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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1,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Reviews by bobhits:
Photo of bobhits
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick enough for a bottle cap to float on it? Well going on 2 minutes and the cap is just stuck suspended in place. This is the thickest head I've ever seen. I feel like I have to be forgetting something and I know I've done the bottle cap thing before, but I'm really not able to put to words how damn thick it is. Lacing is everywhere as expected.

Now Sam Adams does a damn good job describing this one so I'm not sure what more need to be said. The nose here isn't anything to get excited about. Pretty mild citrus hops and a nice somewhat neutralizing yet sweet malt.

The taste is much the same. Hops are turned up a bit giving it a very nice sharp hop bite, but nothing over the top given the red IPA name. The malt is very bready, but not sweet just thick and doughy. There are hints of toffee and of course a bit of caramel as well. Seems rather tame given the 6.75% but everything here is very well put together.

The head seems to drain a lot of the carbonation and doesn't leave this as carbonated as one might expect. Very good body for the style though, no real alcohol issues.

It's a shame that Sam Adams has turned to bombers for their beers and even more a shame they are putting a 6.75% red into such an expensive package. That said, very enjoyable stuff and if I saw it in 4 packs or on draft I'd certainly buy more. I look forward to what other new experiments Sam Adams brings us.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thee best SA offering I have had,I aboslutly loved this beer.Poured into an impy nonic a deep rich amber with one finger clingy off white head that took its time settling into a creamy mass,broken globs of lace left behind.Citric hops and nutty malt in the nose,a little roast and brown sugar-like sweetness in there as well.Great complexity of hops and malt on the palate,earthy,citric,leafy hops over top of caramel,nutty,and lightly roasted malt,mild brown sugar-like sweetness.This IRA has everything going for it,I loved it.

Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium dark copper with good clarity. There s good head stand of light tan foam. Good head retention.

S: Moderate citrus hops but nothing really exciting with a moderate caramel malt aroma.

T: The caramel malt flavor is just a little bit stronger than the citrus hop flavor. A moderate hops bitterness with a moderate malt sweetness giving a somewhat bitter balance. There is some lingering hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: With a name like Red IPA one would expect a fair amount of malt character but without enough hops bitterness and flavor I'm kind of disappointed in the overall balance. Maybe their looking to appeal to a broader audience like an IPA for those that don't like bitter beers. This bottle was from a case labeled best before June 2013 but the hops character s already muted.

Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Dmann
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another typically solid offering from BBC. Apperance is great with a nice auburn color and good amounts of slightly off white lace. Smell was sweet and malty off the top with with some nuttiness hanging in the background. Flavor was a nice supprise with a typical red ale sweetness up front but backed up nicely with good piney hops in the finish which added a nice dry balance to the sweetness. Mouthfeel was not too thick, no too thin and carbonation level was nice. This is a very tasty brew and one I'd like to enjoy again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, this beer was a beautiful deep red color. It had a thick, sticky tan head. Pretty beer.

Nice aroma too. Strong citrus aroma, some brown sugar. Sweet, but not too sweet. A little bit of piney hops.

Good tast, but it didn't quite live up to the aroma. Garpefruit, piney/herbal hops. Definitely more on the cirtic side. Some toffee.

Smooth, nicely balanced.

Enjoyable.

Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep red with two fingers of dense off-white head. Head was great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Big citrus aroma, along with some caramel, some floral aromas and a bit of bread.

T - Hops are not as prevalent in the taste as in the aroma. Big bread and caramel malt, with subtle hop bitterness that becomes more pronounced through the finish.

M - Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish and some lingering bitterness.

O - Pretty good IPA, but the aroma promises more than the taste delivers. Noit worth the equivalent of a $15 six pack, but I would have this again if the price point were lower.

Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Beaver13
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber with a medium frothy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - some piney resiny hops and some fruit and roasty caramel/toffee malts.

The flavor is a bit odd - leathery sweet caramel/toffee malts with metallic resiny hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, rather strange with some off notes.

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of JoeD15
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, dark, amber color with a tremendous rocky, off-white head that goes nowhere. Lots of lacing.

S - Citrus hops, bread, some caramel and toffee going on.

T - Citrus hops, doughy, and toffee/caramel up front and turns into grapefruit and pine in the finish. Nice and lasting hop bite. Nice citrusy burps...mmm

M - Decent body, not too carbonated, slightly astringent finish.

O - One of the best beers that SA has put out. Highly enjoyable and ridiculously quaffable. Cheers!

Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A --- nice dark red and decent amount of foam

S --- little caramel and hops

T --- nice balance of hops, malts. Caramel. More hops than any other Sam Adams beer I have ever had.

M --- light-medium body, good amount of carbonation

O --- A very solid beer! One of the best I have tried from Sam Adam.

Photo of lionnusmb
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown custom bomber with a batch # on the label.

LOOK: Ruby and clear, good showing of lace

SMELL: Dank hop resin, caramel, bread, broth, toasted grain, faint roast, chicory, light molasses, grapefruit, hemp seeds, herbal, exotic fruit, estery

TASTE: Creamy, full-ish body, smooth, pulling hops, some bitterness, caramel, mild char, grapefruit pith, mango, figs, tobacco, cotton candy, floral, fresh grass, bitter finish

A big ass Red Ale, the hops come around a few times to slap my palate. Hefty but not hard to sip, perhaps one of the best from this new series they have launched.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce from the hoppy box set, no freshness indication offered to the customer/consumer.

Pours dark brown/auburn, medium tan head, leaving nice looking, whispy lace.

Faint maly nose with a hint of ginger snaps.

Full flavor IPA with ample malting, spicing from the hops and complexity above and beyond your typical IPA.

Grapefruit highlights and cookie dought malt sweetness.

Not really my favorite flavor profile for an IPA. But this would likely do well on a cold winters night with some hearty fare.

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, moderate carbonation, red in color, clear

Smell: caramel malt and earthy and woodsy hops

Taste: sweet caramel start then a nice combination of earthy, piney, and some floral hops

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet start with a bitter end, moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice multi-layered, complex brew with hops but it is not overly bitter which I appreciate. One of the more solid brews in the ipa sampler. I would look to getting this again in big bottle format.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt with a ton of pine from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of pine, with some richness from the caramel and biscuit malt and somewhat surprisingly, a little bit of alcohol. There is a lot of hop flaovr and a decent amount of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Darker copper color with a beige head that was thick. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine, Hopsmaybe some roasted malts, an almost coffee like smell as well?

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth Medium bodied. Taste of pine notes with a sweeter toffee or coffee taste mixed in. Bitter hops at the end that give it spicy kick of almost a pepper taste.

Overll: Not a bad brew, one of the better IPAs to come out of that summer IPA varity pack Sam Adams put out.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Burnished, but still glowing, red with nice light tan head and some lacing rings. Great color.

Smell: Sweet caramel & toffee, along with citrus, pine, chocolate and spice.

Taste: Very malty core that is somewhat sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and light chocolate. The hops are noticeable but not over the top - very citrusy and slightly spicy & earthy. The finish is somewhat bitter with a definite pine-like character.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth with a nice dry finish.

Overall: I really like big hoppy Red Ales, and while this isn't as big or great as something like Great Lakes Nosferatu, it is still delicious and well done. Even better, it doesn't taste like a standard Sam Adams beer.

Photo of westcott
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.