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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

1,058 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,058
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | 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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 07:27:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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waldoiverson

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 22:06:11 | More by waldoiverson
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 20:02:46 | More by brentk56
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 23:08:10 | More by WastingFreetime
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:05:06 | More by Billolick
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 16:07:25 | More by rlee1390
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abgba121

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:16:03 | More by abgba121
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riored4v

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:52:58 | More by riored4v
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bilyboy65

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:22:12 | More by bilyboy65
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:18:30 | More by Apellonious
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:11:29 | More by Bitterbill
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:38:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 17:46:12 | More by woosterbill
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:09:06 | More by FightingEntropy
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 17:33:40 | More by bobhits
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far333

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 22:55:26 | More by far333
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david131

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:08:22 | More by david131
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This comes from the Hopology mix pack. Ordinarily I would not review a hop-forward beer that I'd accidentally sat on for this long, but the label encourages either fresh consumption or aging. I'd guess this bottle is about five months old by now, maybe a little older.

A: Clear ruby red with a one-inch bone white head. Retention is decent, but the head eventually succumbs to the forces of gravity and settles into a thin, wispy film. Thin rings of lacing remain in its wake.

S: Hops are very earthy and a touch piney with a sweet, fleshy, fruity taste that's hard to pin down. Slight peppery tobacco. Toast, buttered biscuit, and some underlying caramel and toffee. Maybe a touch of cocoa powder at its core.

T: Toasty malts and some light buttery tastes on the attack soon get swept away in a tide of hops. Pine resin and grapefruit are the predominate hop flavors, though there is a prevailing earthiness and hints of leaves and peppery tobacco as well. Bitterness is mild. Malt base of toast, light cocoa, and bread crust. Finishes with bread crust, a subtle chocolate undercurrent, and a faint piney, citrusy hop bitterness.

M: The sturdy malt backbone gives the mouthfeel some real substance. Firm, smooth, and well rounded. Light scrubbing carbonation adds a little something extra to the texture. Nice.

O: This beer is a bit confusing on the palate. It feels like it's pulling in two opposite directions. Didn't really do it for me. Probably would have been better if it were fresher.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 06:08:00 | More by ryan1788a5
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up earlier today at Shwas for $4.99...

Pours a clear, deep copper color with scattered, sporadic carbo. Head is billowy and tan, sitting at 1" on the liquid and leaving nice lacework behind. Nose has a lot of rindy, citrussy action, with little malt evident. Disappointed with the mouthfeel; it is smooth but rather on the thin side.

The flavor has a light touch of toffee sweetness, though it is fleeting. There is a healthy amount of pithy, rindy action, with some earthy, bittering grapefruit, which lingers on the palate. There is not too much in the way of depth or complexity here, though. It is decent, but not the best of the new Sammy line I've had lately. Prosit!

3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1444

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:00:01 | More by Bierman9
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:52:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with hints of caramel. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:14:52 | More by jdhilt
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cmq103

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass, which was part of the Sam Adams IPA Hop-ology 12-pack.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Raisin flesh is the best way to describe it. A semi-aggressive pour got me a 1/4" clear beige head, which reduced quickly to a thin ring. Spotty lacing at best.

Smell: Brown sugar, sweet caramel and figs, with a light malty hop presence similar to a brown ale. A hint of booziness with several swirls of the glass.

Taste: The sweet maltiness dominates, with some caramel and doughiness. As in the nose, I sense brown sugar and figs. The maltiness tames any hop bite, which is mild at best.

Mouthfeel: A moderate beer with decent carbonation. This is one sweet beer on the tongue, but creamy at the same time. For a 6.75% ABV, it goes down pretty easy.

Overall: I was honestly expecting more citrus pine hops for this Red IPA. What I got was a malty, sweet brown ale with some hops added. Not bad, but nothing I would go run out and buy in a 6-pack. The Sam Adams IPA sample pack is great idea. I like the variety...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:06:40 | More by cmq103
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep copper/amber color. Puffy 1 finger head. Good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Pretty malty, some dark fruit, caramel. A bit of earthiness beneath.

T - Lot of nuttyness in the taste. Begins a bit sweet, tinge of fruit, before fading into a little bit of dry nuts and just a bit of a hop kick.

M - Full mouthfeel, a bit sticky, but smooth.

Overall - It was decent. Not outstanding. Beer seemed a bit muddled.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 00:26:13 | More by BeerBuckeye
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, sans freshness date, leisurely dumped into a tulip after one of the strangest days of my life.

Crimson liquid with a frothy whipped up tempest atop. Lacing is ample.

Smells of fresh herbal hops, citrus rind, and cinnamon bread.

Big biscuity maltiness up front segues to cinnamon and some spicy hops. Moderate bitter smack finishes the deal.

Medium bodied and a tad oily.

Overall it's a solid effort but there's too much of a monstrous malt presence to keep this from being a personal favorite in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:04:04 | More by BarrytheBear
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a semi-translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head embedded with ringlets. Nose expresses an earthy bitterness on a malty backbone. There's also a hint of grapefruit rind. Taste follows nose; however, there's also some citrus acidity as well as a sweet, malty quality - not quite toffee, but in the ballpark. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a coarse carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, not bad but closer to a hoppy amber than an American IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:24:34 | More by Jwale73
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.