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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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1,076 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 61 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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Photo of Bierman9
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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


Bierman9, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of cmq103
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

cmq103, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

BeerBuckeye, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

BarrytheBear, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Jwale73, May 16, 2012
Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- There is a red to the beer as its being poured, looks more brown once it is in the glass. Real good frothy tan head, hangs around for a while.
S- Sweet piney hops , but there isn't enough.
T- Starts with a good amount of pine hop flavor but has a strange dull taste a few seconds after sipping. The pine flavor hangs around on the tongue.
M0-Overall not a bad beer. I'm certainly not sorry to have tried it but don't see my self going for this one again.

confer, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of jaasen64
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-tology mixed 12. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark cherry amber with a slight layer of beige colored head. About average carbonation, bubbles fairly slow rising.

S- Hops, some malts, slight floral notes, and a tiny bit of bready yeast in the background.

T- Hops, lightly spiced in the background, barley. A little bit spicey, bitter, and lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, very drinkable.

O- Another decent IPA offering from Sam Adams. This beer made a great IPA addition to the Sam Adams 12. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but easily drinkable and decent tasting. Decent IPA, recommend trying it if you can find it for cheap.

jaasen64, May 18, 2012
Photo of fields336
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz no best buy, SAPP glass

A: dark amber, red (obvious) with a 1 finger khaki head on it, leaves a nice lacing and head sticks around for a while

S: some citrus, dank, toasty malts, bread, sweet toffee, caramel

T: citrusy, grapefruit, earthy, bready, roast, toast, pine, caramel, toffee, slight metallic quality

M: medium-light bodied, a little thick for my taste carbonation is decent, a bit low perhaps

fields336, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit confused by this one before I even pour it. Red IPA? okay. I've had hoppy red ales (Nugget Nectar, Zoe, etc.) and IPAs that are red/amber in color (Celebration Ale, Yakima Glory, etc.). and where was this brewed? it says it was brewed in Boston, MA, Cincinnati, Ohio, or Breinigsville PA, but yet its a small batch/limited beer. So, probably not too limited if they are brewing it in three different places. And where is the bottle date?? Wasn't Sam Adams one the the first to employ "freshness dating?" And then there is this: "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors" On an IPA? really?

I hope all the answers will come as I pour it into my glass.

Pours a deep mahogany/red with a large tan head that laces well and recedes slowly.

lots of pine and grapefruit hit first on the aroma followed by a rush of toasty malts and a bit of earthy/herbal hops as well, though the more I sniff, the less I get. The roasted malts come through more and more as it warms.

flavor starts of with leafy earthy hops with a touch of grapefruit bitterness. toffee caramel toasted malts take over before it finishes bitter and a touch grainy.

its almost medium bodied with a generous carbonation and a dry yet bitter finish.

I don't see what aging this beer will do to help. Its good, and way out there for what I would expect Sam Adams to put out, but they, again, play it safe and put out a good, but not exceptional product. I'd take Maine Beer Company's Zoe over this 8 days a week. However, I would drink this again when the aforementioned product is unavailable.

silentjay, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
Date: None visible
Glass: US pint

Pours a 2cm head, very light tan in color, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above average, settling within a few minutes to a thick ring around the glass. Some modest lacing is left along the sides of the glass. Body is a deep red-brown color, with quite active carbonation.

Aroma is of modest grapefruit, cedar mulch, and deep toffee-like malts. I'm assuming the mulch-like component is from the Tasmanian hops, though not completely sure on this. An above average aroma for an AIPA, if not particularly compelling.

An interesting taste, fairly heavy and forward with its malts, definite toffee or caramel-like influences with a subtle roasted quality. The hops are present primarily as some mild grapefruit, citrus, and slight vegetable matter. Not particularly astounding in any aspect, but certainly above average in terms of flavor and interest.

Body is of medium to medium-heavy weight, with medium-high levels of carbonation. The beer is definitely malt-forward and malt-heavy along the IPA spectrum, so if this is what appeals to you, then the heavier, fairly carbonated mouthfeel should be appealing.

falloutsnow, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of BeerEngineer
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

General - This beer was from a bottle that poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This came in a variety pack called the "Hopology" from Sam Adams.

Appearance - BJCP color around 43 to 45 with a red hue to it. Head was an off-white and faded very quickly. The legs were OK, they held up for the majority of the beer. Really nice color of this beer, a real dark brown nearer to black than brown with a gorgeous red tint.

Smell - There is a slight citrus hint to this beer with a strong malted backbone. A touch of a toffee like smell also, not sweet but almost like it was burned slightly. Decent odor but it's not very strong, to get it a good scent of it I had to hold my hand over the pint for a few seconds while warming the beer with my other hand.

Taste - A pronounced citrus flavor that I would expect from an IPA with a nice strong punch of malts from a Red Ale. A unique combination of the flavors actually. There is a slight bitterness at the back of the tongue. The flavors are there, they are pretty good but they just aren't as pronounced as I would like. Just like with the other beers from this pack it seems like it is a watered down beer. There isn't the flavor that I would expect from a quality brewer. Just a little disappointing.

Mouthfeel - Moderate mouthfeel, I would say it would be thin for a red and a touch thick for a traditional IPA. Pretty refreshing with a bright, moderately carbonated feeling to it.

Overall - Well it's something different. I'm disappointed with this but because I may be expecting something it's not. I really wanted a bold red malt flavor with the citrus hit of an IPA. This just isn't it. It's a bland red ale with an OK IPA, just not something that I'll go for all that often.

BeerEngineer, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JoeD15, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of RTEdmunds
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

RTEdmunds, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.