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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
84
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1,099 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a reddish pecan stained amber with a yellow/beige head that leaves circle webbed lacing behind.

S - Sweet citrus and pine jumps right out, dense caramel and toffee malts, slightly toasted.

T - Big and bright grapefruit create a bitter/sweet but dry start. The malt is not as present as the nose describes. Nice toasted caramel and barley flavors with a sweet character there but it's light as the hops seem to dry it out quite a bit. A dash of pine mixes in with the grapefruit bitterness and carries through to the dry finish.

M - Thick and full feel, medium carbonation.

This blurs the line of an amber and ipa but either way this is a tasty brew. Nice play of hops and malts. Dry citrus hops combat big toasted malt flavors creating a clean finish.

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby mahogany color in the Duvel tulip is quite attractive. Aroma of resiny hops and flowers. Is it Cascades with a Baby Ruth candy bar? A woody flavor and a nose like cedar cigar boxes. A musty smell adds to the mystery. Biscuity flavor. Shades off into the earthy hop flavors. Vegetal with mushrooms. Bitter like artichokes but with a sweetness as well. Long fragrant nose. Malty and rich with flavors.

Not overly bitter. A fairly thin body. Can't help compare it with the very tasty 547 Haight St. imperial red from Pizza Port.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet with fluffy sand-colored head that sheets.
Raspberry, resin, and black cherry pipe tobacco on the nose.
Plum compote, raisins, brown bread, red currants, a butterscotch hit with spicy black pepper and blood orange hops.
Rugalach finish and orange rind linger.
Medium, well chewy, round.

Darker than red, with some almost BSDA notes. Hops don't play enough of a role for something labeled as an IPA. This is an amber and a muddy one at that, though still well architected.

This is the 2nd of SA's new range I've tried in the last week, and I'm not impressed.

Photo of EkimGram
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint." Colour is a deep, rich brown. Large 2-finger head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of floral, citrus hops. Malts are a little too weak to be called "roasted" with "toffee" on the label. The hops are brilliant, though.

Taste: Overall, far more balanced than the smell. The malts bring back the hops a bit but I'm not finding anything too interesting. This tastes more like a good IPA than a red ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, silky and sticky, has fair amount of carbonation - just a small bite.

Overall: It's good but I'm unimpressed. Most red ales I've had have something to them that is missing. Perhaps some spicy yeast or a sort of spice. As stated earlier, this taste more like a solid IPA than a red ale.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense, bubbly foam caps a burnt umber pour with orangey edges. Broad lacing coats heavily with patches and bubbles that hang on tight.
Caramel and butterscotch are heavy in the nose and pervade the flavor profile, as well. Dates and dried stone fruits are sandwiched in roasted malt topped with peppery chili-spice. There's enough grass and citrus note to emphasize the hop influence that shows more in the finish. Orange and molasses add complexity.
Moderate to full body, creamy, but lively with carbonation. Drinkable and malt-chewy in nice balance, with a pleasant mouth-warming feel despite being a bit watery in light of the ABV.
Overall, a fine creation from a high production shop.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter to keep the aroma throughout the bottle. My reward: this beer smells really good. You get a ton of pine from the top. It is almost reminiscint of the Double Simcoe from Weyerbacher (I thoroughly recommend that one).

It poured a deep, ruby red with three fingers of head. There were a lot of fluffy bubbles coming up to the top.

The taste doesn't quite match the smell. It tastes decent from the hoppiness, but I don't get a lot of "red" aspects to this beer. The mouthfeel takes a hit from a decent mouth of bitterness that never goes away.

Thanks to Boston Beer for trying something new, but I probably won't pick up this one again unless the recipe changes.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of maleman
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into an SA glass. Dark, tea-colored. One finger head that receded into a tight cap with slippery lacing.
S - more malt than hops with some freshly mown hay in there somewhere. A touch of pepper, too.
T - a slight metallic tinge up front. more bread than most ipa's. The pepper is definitely there.
M - a medium body with average carbonation. aftertaste is a touch heavy.
O - a different taste than a normal ipa, not bad, just different. it doesn't scare me away from trying it again. RB!

Photo of Kinsman
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper shaded red body with a creamy and dense light-tan colored head on top. Lots of juicy citrus character on the nose with some pine resins notes as well. Good bit of malty sweet aromas too.

Deliciously hop forward beer with a healthy dose of citrusy hop character and a good deal of bitterness to go with it. Strong malt backbone is mildly sweet and helps balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes smoothly. Overall, an impressive offering from SA but it doesn't quite match up with some of best hoppy reds/ambers.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #174
Served On: 06/19/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.5%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

This 12oz bottle was from the 2012 Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology mixed 12 pack I picked up at Brewskee’s of New Oxford, PA.

Look: Color was a semi-clear red hue. Head was a thin film that resulted in some consistent lacing. Carbonation bubbles were steady but rather mediocre.

Smell: Pungent grapefruit with some caramelized sweetness. Some slight hints of tropical fruits.

Taste: An initial sweetness gave way to some meaty grapefruit. Then an impressive bitterness quickly prepared the palate for some lasting notes of semisweet orchard fruits and a complex malt bill that combined nicely with the lingering bitterness that lasted well into the aftertaste.

This was a great Imperial Red. I just feel like I’ve had this one before. It was surprisingly similar to a Tröegs Nugget Nectar or an Oskar Blues G-Knight.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is faintly cloudy and topped off with a nice thick off white head roughly a finger and a half thick, and I do have thick fingers, or so the girls tell me(when I hold their hands you dirty minded beer drinker)The head does stick around for quite a while and it forms a beautiful thick lacing around the glass. Small schools of bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer, just racing out and into your nose bringing in smells of lemon, grapefruit, wheat grass and some mild spices. And boy can you smell the hops in the background in this one. It has a medium body and leans more toward the thicker side of things. The hops are only present as it hits the back of your throat; the bitterness is present in the aftertaste. It’s mildly tart on the side of your tongue and you can taste some mild grapefruit flavors as you swisssh it around. Not a bad beer overall, if I can find it again, I’ll definitely buy it!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Photo of Oidmoe
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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