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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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1,105 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | 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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Ratings: 1,105 | Reviews: 365
Reviews by mikechance:
Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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 -6.4%
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 Dmann
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +4.3%
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 -2.4%
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 Beaver13
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
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 Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev +7%
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 -4.3%
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 tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -1.6%
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 Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +11.8%
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 RTEdmunds
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick and foamy light khaki colored head. A bit darker than I expected, deep ruby color. Pretty good lacing as well.

Bright hop aroma, more herbal than citrus to me. I also detect a strange... metallic undertone maybe? Meh.

Tastes more citrusy than herbal, opposite of what I smelled. I'm getting a slight metallicy aftertaste as well. Bottle is fresh, maybe it's just me... Some roasted malt flavors come through underneath.

Feels coarse and bubbly.

I wish the metallic flavor I'm getting wasn't here, it's distracting. I will probably get this again to see if it's either my lack of sleep playing tricks on me, or this bottle.

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasman Red IPA opens with a delicious, hoppy aroma, full of lemony, spicy, pine-soaked hop notes that differ only slightly from smelling a bowlful of straight hop pellets. The hop aromas are, in other words, intense, and actually bring a slight sting to the nose if inhaled long enough. A huge ladle full of brown sugar lies beneath, as well as a malt base that promises thick, syrupy grain reductions, blossoming with orange and apricot fruit esters, as well as toasted bread crust. The overall effect is heady and intoxicating, and while it may be slightly too strong on the hop notes, begs to be tasted.

On the tongue, the immediate flavors are hops, hops, hops, rushing across the tongue in a numbing blast of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, eucalyptus, anise, and lemon zest. The overall hop profile is huge--variously listed as somewhere between 50 and 80 IBUs (though I couldn't find an accurate quote from Sam Adams' website)--but feels much higher, the bitterness crunching into the tongue like pop rocks, and the flavors as close as the average beer drinker will get to simply eating a raw hop pellet. There are other, malt-based flavors in here, including brown sugars, orange liqueurs, and wheat crusts, but they're quite frankly lost in the hop onslaught. Missing almost completely because of this is any indication that this is a "red" ale; in fact, handed blind to a taster, this would simply come across as a meteor-strength IPA. The aftertaste is, surprise, more hops, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the nose on this brew spoke of a well-balanced (if slightly over-hopped) brew bursting with both hop and malt flavors, in the mouth the beer is almost exclusively hops, and many of the sugars are unfortunately lost, leaving the beer unbalanced. Luckily, the immediacy and deliciousness of the hops makes up for this quite a lot--hopheads will rejoice--but I wish that the "red" portion of the ale had been allowed its own presence.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish ruby red with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A solid mix of hops and malts. Ripe citrus grapefruit hops with some orange peel and mango fruit. A good amount of pine resin throughout. Big presence of bready caramel and toffee malts that are lightly toasted. Smells bold and balanced.

Taste: Bold and hoppy upfront. Lots of grapefruit and oranges mixed with a strong and spicy presence of pine resin throughout the taste. The bready malts come midway with good hints of caramel and toffee. Nice balance of strong hops and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy and creamy. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall: A very solid red IPA. Pretty bold with the hops and the malts add a nice sweetness to balance things out. Another solid brew in this new Sam Adams series.

Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished copper colored with a thick and foamy inch high head that lingers very long. Inviting aroma of citrus hops, a bit grainy, some pine.

Biscuity maltiness and understated caramel underlies sharp citrusy hops, firm bitterness, lots of pine and orange rind. Notes of dried leaves, some rough edges. A brash bitterness lingers.

Full mouthfeel, a bit tannic, some alcohol warming, tingly. Overall a decent beer, but a bit harsh finish.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A reddish late pumpkin kind of color, good clarity given the darkness, nice tight offwhite bubbles for a near 1" head. Sam Adams rarely makes a beer look anything less than a four, and this beer is no exception.

Smell, well, for everything Sam Adams does so well in terms of appearance, I've never really seen them able to get dry hopping and aroma down too well. Once again, this beer is no exception. You get the irish/red/peat type of malt aroma going, but that isn't what should lead the way aroma wise for an ipa of just about any variety in 2012.

Taste, that usual caramel, toffee (moreso) and irish red flavor malt going on, high hop bitterness, low to average hop mouthfeel. Whatever the specific malts used to make reds/Irish, they are the most dominant thing about this beer, for better and worse. I can't discern anything about Tasmanian hops from drinking this beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep caramel copper colored with an off white tan head flowing thick go ahead and believe it babe, this is a big Samuel Adams offering. Aroma more layered caramel with hoppy adjuncts weighing in to add to the complexity I'm glad to see this in a 12 ounce bottle. Complex malt layers big bitterness flowing forth with each sip, I could probably reduce this and put it over pancakes and be just as happy. Earthy juicy grapefruit peel bits bitterness a bit over the top. Sticky sugars collide on the palate to create quite a sticky mouthfeel medium to full bodied even balanced levels of carbonation, with big residual sugars. Overall I a bigger brewers attempt at amber or red IPA, they need to take some notes from Founders.

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Sam Adams "IPA Hop-ology" 12 pk dated best by Sept. 2012; bought and stored cold.

First: this is an IPA, not a red ale except by color.

A: Pours a lovely and clear, deep red-brown. The skimpy bone head has very good retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Exceptionally good looking ale!

S: The nose is dominated by earthy/herbal hops and the associated citrus notes, but there is some aroma from the toasted malts. Hints of pepper, baked bread, pine, grapefruit, and fresh grasses. 3.75

T: More hop forward and less sweet than many IPAs, the hop character here is both appealing and interesting. An initial sense of familiarity quickly passed as the complex flavor of citrusy+herbal+spicy+grassy hops played on the tongue. Moderate bitterness nicely in proportion to the other hop flavors. Has an extended and dry finish of hops with some malt base. 4.25

M: A bit dry all the way through, but particularly at the finish. Medium body and carbonation; lightly crisp. 4.25

O: an outstanding beer that makes an excellent choice if you find yourself drinking mostly IPAs and want some variety. I'll look for this again and start looking for other beers with Tasmanian hops.

Photo of OStrungT
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brownish red color with a thin, dark tan head. the head fades slowly, leaving a really nice lace.

This beer Has a very mild aroma. i detect some grapefruit, and some toffee-like maltyness. Not much else at all. Pretty hard to detect anything.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Very mild all around. I get some piney hop flavor that was lacking in the aroma.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a slight piney aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

this beer would make a decent session beer due to the lack of aggressive flavors.

Overall: this beer isnt bad. It is kind of boring though. Pretty middle of the road.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1
A- This beer pours a crystal clear though slightly dense auburn body with a strong carbonation pushing to the surface. There is a bubbly tan head of cream that leaves rings with each sip.

S- The pine and woody hops aroma is full with some toffee malt notes to follow and a dark bready crust aroma in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet caramel flavor has some darker toffee notes leads into a piny dry hop flavor that has some spicy and woody qualities. There is a slight pungent bitterness to the hops that linger after the finish. A cream note comes through with the malt as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture to the fizz in the finish. No alcohol heat was noticed.

O- The nice malt flavor and complexity supports a good depth of full hop flavor that makes this beer pretty tasty and is still sessionable for as big as it is.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the hopology pack.

A: Pours a clear ruby color with a very nice two finger foamy off-white head on top. Nice retention and very pretty rings of lacing all around the glass.

S: Mostly caramel with some light spice and some pine. Not really that hoppy.

T: Some more caramel and bready/biscuity malt. There is some faint citrus fruit and spice. Slightly herbal, more so as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Overall, pretty lacking. Not very hoppy, more like a malty amber/red ale, but as an American IPA, it just didn't cut it for me.

Photo of BennyL1
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 2/29/12. Batch #2.

Deep and rich amber color with a huge cream colored fluffy head with fantastic lacing.

Nice pine and earthy hop noted in the nose. A slight hint of some roasted malt backbone rounded out by some citrus aroma.

Hops and malt work very well together in this brew. Bitter pine notes but a nice and rich malt background that balances everything out very well. I can’t recall ever having a beer brewed with Topaz or Galaxy hops but I’m digging it so far.

Medium bodied with a creamy finish. Adequate carbonation throughout.

Love or hate them, Sam Adams will come out with the occasional gem, and this is one of them. Great beer for a great price, highly recommended if you’re a fan of IPAs or Ambers.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.