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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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BA SCORE
84
good

1,078 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus and a note of pine. In the taste, dry pine, mellow orange citrus, and notes of a caramel like malt. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop and small caramel like note in the aftertaste. Nice citrus in the nose with pine the rest of the way through. Just above average.

OWSLEY069, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a nice looking reddish mahogany brew. It holds a creamy two finger head of big tannish bubbles. This shows great retention, producing sticky patterned lacing as it eventually recedes. No sediment or haze is noted, and carbonation appears active. The aroma is bright, with earthy, herbal hops, with a sweeter toasty pale malts for the mix. There are other grain inclusions, with metallics, chalk, barley, and cooked caramel. There is an additional sweetness of bubblegum, but this is not in the form of esters, but rather in a juicy, fruity air. Booze and apricot come with warmth. Synthetic plastic, as in a pencil’s eraser, becomes noticeable by the end of the tasting, as well. Our first impression is that this was more bitter and metallic than the nose suggested. As we sip, there is a flash of sweet and sour maltiness and chalk, which is soon washed away by bittering hops and metals. The peak of the swallow shows bittering aromatic hops of earthy and herbs, as in nose. This mixes with a sweeter caramel malt and some coppery metallics. The finish is smoother, of juicy citric and fruity hops, cleaning the palate of the partially bittering malt bill from the start. There are notes of booze and some final plastic phenols to cut some more of that sweetness and hopping puckering. The aftertaste breathes of more of the same, with sweaty caramel malts, more copper, general sourness, alcohols, and bitter earthy hops. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to borderline high. There is great slurp, froth, and cream to each sip. The feel is soft and crisp, but the mouth is left with a palpable metallic film. The palate is left particularly bone dry and astringent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. The color was beautiful and the head was resilient. The latter lent a huge strength to the feel as well, making for a pleasantly creamy beer. The nose was nice and hoppy, but there were some curious soft phenolic licks that didn’t seem to fit very well. The flavor, too, was generally tasty, but we felt that the melts could have been curbed, and that the hops and malts could have been better balanced with a nicer sweetness to the ever present bitterness throughout. As an added bonus, we really love the label art on this one.

TheBrewo, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Beer_Runner
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle reads: "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors."
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours to a three-finger, rich, foamy, dark beige head that is robust and long-lasting and left a good lacing. The beer is red and almost cherry red in the light, although very little light passes through.

S: The aroma is orange peel with just a hint of malty caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body and plenty of carbonation.

T: An earthy hops bitterness with just a bit of underlying sweetness for balance. It finishes with some organge citrus and a corrander and peppery-like spiciness.

O: The spicy finish is an unusual twist on a red. It is also very carbonated. A solid brew that is a little different from other reds.

Beer_Runner, May 12, 2012
Photo of MickeyBeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at the local grocery store for $6.99. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

A- Pours a nice orange/ruby red color with a considerable amount of frothy tan head. Solid retention and a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S- At first I caught the hop aroma. It was nice, but not overpowering. Next came a balance of malt aroma. It was somewhat roasted and nutty as well.

T- Taste was a surprisingly even balance of hop bite and malty flavors. Aftertaste was almost a bit nutty. This beer really did taste like a hybrid between a red ale and an IPA. I wish there would have been a bit more of a bitter hop flavor. The beer finishes with a bit more of a malty bread backbone.

M- Medium bodied with a pretty low amount of carbonation. Was hoping it would finish a bit smoother, but still a pretty drinkable brew.

O- A solid beer, but it seems a little bit too much in between styles for me. I enjoyed it, but for the price I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

MickeyBeer, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a clear dark amber with a fairly substantial tan head. Good lacing.

Smells is of piny hops with a tiny bit of caramel from the malt. Slightly earthy as well.

The taste starts off with the piney hop flavors quite pronounced but that drops off rather quickly. Malt then takes center stage with some lightly roasted caramel. Assertive hop bitterness takes hold for the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. I would've liked the hop flavor to be as strong as the aroma but it's a minor complaint. A good job by Sam Adams.

rangerred, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, distributed between two pints.

Clear brick red color with a huge fluffy head that won't leave. First, a fist. Then, four fingers, then three. After 3 minutes, and topping off my glass, we're at a solid two. Looks like a birch beer float. Everything is sticking hard. Unreal.

A lot of malt in the aroma. Sourdough. Earthy hop leaf. I get some toffee that the back label suggests. Mild. Definitely a nice red ale smell. Not one for an IPA.

Ok, let me see here. We've got some very earthy notes, like sucking on a stone. A bit charred, not smoky. Metallic and alkaline bitterness. There's pine and some pit fruits. Some caramel, but I must add that this is very dry. This tastes scorched, not juicy. There's a raw asparagus astringency and the malts try to balance it out with a sweetness that's just not there. The bitter levels are accentuated by the roast. A little disappointing, but definitely drinkable--in a strange way.

This feels appropriate. Kind of slick, kind of spicy/prickly. Not as sloshy as I'd like, but feel is a plus.

I guess I just had higher expectations with what I had heard. I love trying new brews from Koch & Co. at Sam Adams. I would rather re-taste Third Voyage before buying this one again. If I ever saw it on tap (somehow), I'd order one up.

thecheapies, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasman Red IPA pours a copper color. It’s clear. Backlighting reveals some really nice crimson highlights. Definitely looks red from where I’m sitting. A lighter tan head tops it off. It’s large, standing over two fingers tall. It’s extremely slow to recede, leaving a very thick, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. This is a damn good lookin’ beer! It really is!

The nose is above average for the style. That might even be a little generous. It has a very strong sweet caramel scent that kicks it off. Not the best thing for any sort of IPA, if you ask me. Smells like a bit of toasted malt, as well. A bit of hops are noted. They smell mostly citric and slightly piney. Grapefruit and orange scents are noted. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. I’m not getting any. Not bad. Not great either.

The flavor is likewise above average. The malt base features a lot of caramel flavor. It’s overly sweet (for me). There is a bit of a toasted malt flavor. Not a big fan of that in IPAs. The hops have a stronger presence here. They feature some nice citric grapefruit and orange flavors. There are some piney and grassy notes, as well. Unfortunately, it’s not all that bitter. The malt base provides a bit too much balance from my taste. Ahhh well. That’s not uncommon in BBC’s IPAs (of late). Alcohol is masked well. Finishes sweet and malty with some nice citric hop notes.

Tasman Red has a medium body. It’s definitely nice and smooth. Carbonation feels light and soft. It goes down rather easily. I just wish I liked the flavor more.

Tasman Red IPA isn’t a bad beer, but it’s another in a growing line of mediocre IPAs from Boston Beer Company. Frankly, the malt base is just too much. More hop presence, flavor, and bitterness are needed. It’s not bad. If you’re into maltier IPAs…well…this might be for you.

prototypic, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle. Was interested in seeing what Tasmanian hops were like.

A: Poured a deep amber to mahogany in color, slightly opaque, with a fluffy white head.

S: Slightly spicy and earthy, hints of citrus, toffee and cinnamon.

T: Smooth, dry, and crisp. An IPA with a little extra in a darker roasted malt and hints of caramel and molasses.

M: Well balanced and satisfying

O: Good beer not a great beer. Hopiness is so ballanced with the malts that nothing really makes eat a stand out beer.

Giggy, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch #1.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Three fingers of tan, frothy/creamy head. Retention is good with lots of lacing left behind.

4.0 S: The label said to expect grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes. Earthy I get plenty of, but not much pine and grapefruit. There's a case for floral, however. In any case, the real focus is the malts. Caramel overload with some toffee. Toastiness abounds. Rich, sweet neutral maltiness to tie it together.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but it seems confused. It's like it wants to be a malt bomb, but the hops get in the way. Low end of moderate bitterness. Earthy and flowery hop taste foremost with a touch of pine underneath. Caramel and toffee are back, but with less thrust. Toastiness is still at it though. Reasonably clean and not sweet, but not dry either.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as I'd like, but decent here.

3.5 D: It's no Nugget Nectar, but it isn't bad. I think this is the last of this series for me to vanquish, but SA is always coming out with new stuff so who knows. Worth a try, but not a re-buy.

DavoleBomb, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of waldoiverson
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: Fairly dark red, copper tones, moderate lacing with extremely fine carbonation

S: a bit of a sourness, dark chocolate, slight pine overtone

T: malty with grape-like qualities, a bit of pine and citrus rind on the finish, slightly buttery

M: very rich, slightly tanic

O: This isn't a bad beer but it had an odd characteristic of needing to open up in the glass before becoming really tasty

waldoiverson, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An impressive pour, with a massive head perched on top of the clear burnt orange liquid; great retention and lacing action

Smell: Rich caramel aromatics, with an incredible range of sweetness; some fruit, as well, but not much in the way of hops

Taste: Massive waves of caramel flavors, up front, with just a hint of butterscotch; in the middle, some hops add bitterness in a somewhat piney fashion; ultimately, after the swallow, the caramel flavors return to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a rather creamy character; moderate carbonation

Overall: It appears that this beer started out being listed as an Amber and them was transformed into an IPA (which is what it says on the bottle); as an Amber it is reasonably impressive but it is hard to make the case for a beer this malty to be anything other than a laggard in the IPA category

brentk56, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep yet translucent garnet color with four fingers of foamy light tan colored head... despite a gentle pour into the tulip I had to wait a few minutes for the head to settle back before finishing the rest of the initial pour. So. Very. Foamy. I'm given a "Bavarian mustache" in between sips. Retention is absolutely monstrous as are the curtains of lacing left on the inside of the glass. Appearance would be a perfect 5.0 if only the head was slightly -less- foamy so that I wouldn't have to look as though I was drinking a glass full of dyed bubble bathwater. In fact I think that in all of my beer tasting days this is the first time I have ever felt a need to have the head *reduced*.
Texturally, this is a great smooth sipping beer, not too thick and not too thin, does nothing particularly wrong in this regard. Smells slightly more herbal than flowery in terms of hop aroma, although the light malt aroma is so subdued that it is nearly impossible to pick up on until the glass warms up for a while. Flavor is a dash of sadly somewhat murky and muddled amber malts... followed by a nicely complex flavorful melody of herbal, dank, earthy hopping. Also contains a gentle dash of simcoe-ish garlic/onion complexity. The flavor of this would have been stellar if only the same amount of quality and attention given the hopping was also given to making sure that the malts had a stronger toffee emphasis across the palate.

WastingFreetime, Dec 07, 2011
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.

Billolick, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear deep amber, two finger tan-ish head

S-It has the citrusy hoppy goodness of an IPA combined with the roasty nuttiness of a Red Ale.

T-Bitter with some roastyness. However the flavors do not really mesh well together.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated.

O-At the end of the day the flavors do not go well together, the hops do not work well with the malts of a Red Ale.

rlee1390, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of abgba121
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark, hazy ruby color. Lots of off white head and strong lace.

S: pine hoppiness, sweet molasses and yeast overtones

T: big red ale, strong hops throughout, nice light bitter finish

M: medium body, light carbonation

O: a delicious red Ipa, a must buy

abgba121, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of riored4v
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a pint. Nice ruby/amber colored body. Clear. Rocky, off white head with some good amounts of lacing.

Aroma was really grainy. Some citrus hops along with a caramel, malty sweetness. Aroma really reminded me alot of unfermented wort. Some mild roast and chocolate aroma.

Taste was very similar. Tasted very much like unfermented wort. Sweet maltiness with a earthy, piney bitterness. Mild citrus. Hints of roast and chocolate. Alot of grainy, bready notes.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish. No signs of ABV.

Overall it was pretty drinkable but really awkward for an IPA. The wort characterists were a bit off-putting.

riored4v, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of bilyboy65
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review of this beer begins here...

First lets take a journey to the center of the looking glass. this is where we'll see the life of this beautiful beer. It's long life off white head that marks it's territory like a dog in heat. Beautiful amber color that easily marks this beer as a red ale coming forth.

Next the journey will take us to the outskirts of the nose hairs. This is where you'll want to remain if you don't want to get lost in this beers complexity. It has grapefruit and piney notes. Also a hint of sweet roasted malts to give it a sweetness that is very pleasant.

Afterwards the big drop into the belly of the beast. The flavor of this beer is instantly noticed of the floral hops. This starts to give way to the bittersweetness of the grapefruit notes. This sense of grapefruit really rounds out the beer nicely. Which sits gently on your palate begging to be tasted and enjoyed. Then flows smoothly away as you prepare for the next sip.

Overall it's a delicious beer. However I think to be calling it a Red on this site is either missing the mark on the beers sake or this websites. Enjoy this beer expecting an IPA and not a more malty red or amber.

bilyboy65, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Apellonious
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 pack bottles from Frugal's

A - pours a dark cherry red with orange highlights. Frothy two finger head. Good retention.

S - biscuit, slight sourness, grapefruit, hops, salt like seasoning?

T - slightly peppery to go with the salt. There is a malt presence that gives it some heft and bread taste, bitter finish.

M - seems about right. Tends to the thin side.

O - had trouble getting past the saltiness. Probably great with a steak, and is worth a try, but be prepared. It'll leave you thirsty for another beer. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Apellonious, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep red coloured brew with over a finger head of foam and has some good lacing.

It smells pretty malty...lots of caramel malt, kind of on the earthy side. Small notes of pine peak out occasionally.

The taste goes with the smell; hardly any hop bitterness with loads of caramel and earthy malt. Faint bitterness that is pine like way in the background. I reckon this isn't the freshest but the code printed on the bottle is a bit difficult to decipher.

The mouthfeel is fine and it's easy to drink but I would have liked to have actually tasted the Tasmanian hops mentioned on the label.

Bitterbill, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is transparent and amber hued with approximately a half inch of head. The aroma is malty, with some caramel and fruit tones. Decent flavor - nothing exciting. Malt forward with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Well balanced. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, decent.

Huhzubendah, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, fresh from the Jamaica Plains brewery courtesy of my buddy who works there. Thanks JM!

A: Clear, deep russet body under two fingers of rich, creamy tan head. Terrific retention, tons of lace. Awesome.

S: Sweet caramel malt is dominant, with some leafy, fruity hops in the background. Nice, but a bit rough.

T: Even sweeter than the nose, with caramel and butterscotch blowing everything else away entirely. Powerful bittersweet finish with some hoppy undertones. Herbal aftertaste. Pleasant, but the hops are wasted.

M: Creamy, frothy; too carbonated, but pleasant enough.

O: This was drinkable, even enjoyable, but didn't deliver as much southern hemisphere hoppiness as I was hoping for.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Billed as a Red IPA, Tasman Red is a dark maroon to almost an opaque brown in the glass. Held high against the light, the shimmering ruby highlights show up. Pouring out of the bottle, it's a muddy copper. Thick, creamy and rocky head the bubbles high and persists. Nice malt nose, but the hops shine through very clearly like an IPA. Looking at the beer, you expect a bit different, so fun and surprising. More malt in the taste, but the citrus hop bite doesn't back down a bit. I like this beer, but it feels a bit muddled and not pulled together. Clean and well brewed, just not a new favorite. Definitely worth a try but don't think I'll get another bottle. if I happen to run across it on tap, I would like to try it. Pushed, it might mellow a bit and blend better.

FightingEntropy, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

bobhits, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of far333
3.55/5  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.

far333, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of david131
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear blood red with a thick and creamy light brown head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Pine, grapefruit, caramel and some flowers. A bit simple, but nothing seems out of place.

T- Pine, citrus, caramel, and honey. Sweet and slightly bitter. A bit uninteresting and simple, but well executed.

M- Bitterness and a bit of bite from the carbonation up front followed by some lingering sweetness.

O- A decent and well-made beer but overall I found it to be a bit uninspired.

david131, Apr 14, 2012
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.