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Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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85
very good
375 Reviews
Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
375
Ratings:
1,156
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
23.48%
 
 
Wants:
27
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Reviews: 375 | Ratings: 1,156
Reviews by sweethome:
Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is ruby red with a big off-white, fluffy head. It dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

Aggressive nose - dried orange peel, grapefruit, carmel malts, and dark soil. Full, silky mouthfeel on the entry. Hop flavors roll in, similar to english varietal hops, a bit spicy. Full bittering mid-mouth on.

Flavors of orange marmalde, cocoa powder and an earthiness.

Complex, well rounded. Aggressive. The flavor profile is my least favorite aspect of this beer - the mouthfeel is great - looks excellent -flavor is sound - just not overly pleasing to my palate. An aggressive or imperial ESB to me. Nice work - interesting, unique and full flavored.

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Photo of Bauhaus2929
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a real gem of the San Adam's family I love this brew I wish Samuel Adam's would make it permanently this is the crown jewel of all Samuel Adams beers. If you have not tried this do it while you can I think it is only available in a variety pack but my god this beer is up there with jai Ali and straight to ale milk stout. Thank you all sincerely, William "the joker" glasscock

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark red-brown, like bottled syrup. Dense thick body color. When held to light a faint, slightly perceptible color brightening occurs reminiscent of pomegranate juice and red wine. Off-white head. Very thick, like marshmallow cream. Head life is great. Sticky, clingy webbed lacing decorates the glass. The solid depth of the body looks nice, though I wish there was more bright highlighting and glossy edging. Still, a memorable looking beer.

S-Smells like vats of caramel and molasses. Powerful. Honey glazed malts. Raisins. Dates. Prunes. Figs. Brown sugar. Overall smells like fruit cake. Great smells. The highlight of the brew.

T-Taste follows the nose: Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. Mellow grapefruit comes to play as well. The sip starts sweet and then morphs into a bitter blast reminiscent of limes that lasts into the aftertaste. The gentle grapefruit streams and courses throughout the entire sip from start to finish. Hops pop up and pound on the tongue in an interesting choppy rhythm, not in a consistent smooth one. Nice bold tastes, with enough sweetness to cure a sweet tooth. Tastes Imperial, call it a "Red DIPA".

M-A low medium body, medium-low. Quasi-creamy. A welcome watery touch to the chew makes said brew fluid and chuggable. Very robust feels. Super sweets, ultra bitters. A light hop bite tingles the tongue. Astringency enters a tad when warmed. Also when warmed, sours & bitters crank up. This is good at first. Then it becomes, "okay, this is getting old". The bitter aftertaste lasts too much. The sweets should wash it out but don't. So maybe drink somewhat fast, the beer will sour too much as well. Non-nursing beer.

O-Tasman Red IPA is one of the better small batch beers Samuel Adams offers. Packs enough smells, tastes and feels. Looks solid. Bomber worthy purchase. One won't fret if it's discontinued, but this is a style of IPA that needs to be done more. Might be too pungent for some in smell and taste. Drink fast I repeat again. The beer will become sickeningly sour and brazenly bitter. But while it's cold, it is refreshing and bold. Worth another buy.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Dmann
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JoeD15
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of lionnusmb
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.