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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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very good

1,014 Ratings

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Ratings: 1014
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%

Brewed by:
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 jtierney89

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep transparent amber color with a big frothy white head. Not as red as I thought it would be. Smell is kind of strange. Some hops come through but its very very very earthy smelling but not in a great way. Big full creamy body but taste is as bizarre as the nose and again not in a good way. There's a weird barnyard like taste. Dirty dark malts and weakly flavor hops adds to a mishmash of strange flavors you don't want in your mouth. On the positive side it finishes clean and dry.

Well so far this and the barleywine have been pretty bad, both have been unique but that's not always a good thing. The chocolate chili bock however was fantastic (unfortunately I don't have a second bottle to give it a proper review) I hope the double ipa doesn't dissapoint like these 2

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:56:22 | More by jtierney89
Photo of wowbagger


2.03/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brilliant ruby pour with good head, makes the mouth water. Smells of faint spice and strong hop, some sweetness to the aroma.

The perfect setup to a perfect beer, but that's where things went wrong. Maybe I got a bad batch, because it tastes... flat and dry, really no flavor to speak of other than a touch (just a touch) of hops and a vaguely coppery taste.

I wouldn't say it's 'bad' per se, I finished the bottle but it was incredibly bland and disappointing. Normally I love this brewery and red ales in general. This one was, at least the one I got, mostly flavorless. It made me sad to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 15:18:19 | More by wowbagger
Photo of TempeBeerMan


2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Well, as you may have guessed, it's very...red. A clear, deep dark ruby, with a two-finger beige head which dissolved pretty quickly into a thin film. Really impressive lacing, coating nearly all of the glass.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malts, ripe juicy fruit, and a hint of hop oils.

T - Beginning starts off with a nice blend of not-too-sweet caramel malts with some toffee notes, and light sort of generic fruitiness which is promptly RUINED by a strange metallic/mineral and vaguely pasty, wet-paper aftertaste. Seriously, this thing is like sucking on a penny dipped in paper mache paste. I cant believe this is what they meant for this to taste like.

M -Thin bodied to the point of being watery, with standard SA prickly carbonation. The two together being like seltzer water. Either needs a bigger body, or less carbonation...but who am I kidding? With the horrible taste, it wouldnt really help.

O - Just a really bad beer, and easily the worst of the SA "small batch" series. I cant tell you how much I hated this beer. I dont think I have ever slammed a beer this badly; damn near a drain pour really. Everything just clashes in a really poor way. Avoid at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 06:00:44 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of vette2006c5r


2.18/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Tasman Red IPA pours a reddish color with a nice large lacing head. There is a strong roasted malty aroma with an earthy toffee aroma. The taste has a mellow slightly roasted malty backbone, with strong earthly toffee flavors. While the flavors are present, its not that enjoyable and not very drinkable. Overall a toffee crazed not hoppy red IPA, that really isn't worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:15:52 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Beaver13


2.4/5  rDev -36%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:58:38 | More by Beaver13
Photo of AleWatcher


2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle served into tulip pint.

Deep plum red body with a beige head rising a mighty 2.5 fingers but settling down with decent speed. Surprisingly thick rings of lacing are left behind-- this might be one of the better looking Sam Adams beers I've ever seen.

Smells of bready malt with hints of toffee.... and a floral hop profile that almost, but not quite, provides notes of citrus and pine.

Little chalky feel left behind after sips....

Not really hoppy enough to be an IPA... but call this a red ale, and watch people give it higher reviews.
Overall-- not bad on first sip, but as I sit and get to know it, this beer causes a strange feeling of tasting bile that lingers in the chalkiness.
I know its fashionable to take a swing at SA, but I really wanted to like this one. Sadly it wasnt to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:55:41 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of MasterSki


2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure who brought this, but thanks. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A thin white foam settles to a thick collar, patchy wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Transparent garnet red body.

S - The hop flavor is very strange - these Tasman hops remind me a lot of herbal European varieties, and the Galaxy hops don't really make themselves known. In any case, there's a weird vomit flavor, and it clashes with the bread and light toffee sweetness provided by the malts.

T - Again, the herbal bitterness clashes horribly with the sweet red ale malt backdrop. There's some generic yeasty beer and a hint of vomit here as well.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, pleasant texture, and no alcohol presence at all. No problems here.

D - I preferred Half Acre's Chairman, and that beer was merely OK. This flavor combination just doesn't work for me - perhaps the Tasman hops would work better in a pilsner of some sort.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 17:33:22 | More by MasterSki
Photo of naughtypanda66


2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Reddish color with a nice head on it.

S: Smelled stale and somewhat sour with a bit of sweet caramel.

T: Comparable to sweaty gym socks. I think this is severely out of date, but the bottle is not dated.

M: Mostly flat with a severely sour punch.

O: Very disappointing. I believe it is way out of date, but the bottle is not dated so I have no way to tell. Will not be trying again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:27:25 | More by naughtypanda66
Photo of JohnnyMc


2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the 4th out of the Hop-ology mix pack.

Pours out a nice dark amber with a 2 finger slightly off-white head.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, caramel and toffee.

Pretty much tastes the same. Very malt heavy with the caramel and toffee, no grapefruit taste, but piney earthy hops.

Very well balanced, but not the best Red IPA out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:41:13 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of Beantownron

2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was Really Excited about this beer. and was sadly disappointed. I got no hop aroma or taste. it was however very malty. got some toffee and caramel notes and taste. bready and earthy notes. but no hops. must have got an old batch...love sam adams, but feel let down by this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 07:58:40 | More by Beantownron
Photo of M_C_Hampton


2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, ruby colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, hazy

S: heavy on caramel malt, sweet alcohols, not good

T: sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar

M: medium with high carbonation

O: To be fair, this tastes like it is way out of date. Unfortunately I don't see any date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:12:20 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of nrs207


2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap served in a pint glass.

A - Dark amber color with a finger to 1.5 of fluffy off white head. Clear and leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

S - Smells somewhat citrusy, but also some earthy/floral hops. Get a little sweet maltiness in there. Above average, but not fantastic.

T - Get some definite classic malt for the style. More prominent, however, are some citrus and earthy hops, and a little spiciness. The reason I gave it a 2.5 is because of the horrible aftertaste. Tastes incredibly metallic, and with the color I couldn't help thinking of blood. Horrible thought when you're drinking a beer.

M - Good level of carbonation. Goes down smooth, but the horrible aftertaste kills the drinkability for me.

O - It's a good beer that goes horribly wrong a few seconds after you take a drink. I have no idea if something was wrong with the keg or the tap lines, but I had 2 other beers that tasted fine to me. I hope this wasn't how it always is, but the reviewer right below me seems to have had the same problem. Won't be drinking this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:42:17 | More by nrs207
Photo of harrymel


2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: Cola colored with red hues below a full finger of latte foam and spotty lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Tea, citrus, resin, Spice (cumin?) over an english style malt bill.
T: Sweet and malty with some spice (nearly rye spicy) not much hop character in the flavor (similar to the Dub IPA, third voyage IIRC). Pretty simple.
M: heavy and light carb with a thick slick finish. Spot on.
O: Not bad, wouldn't be my first choice for a red, or even my top five. Needs more balance between the amount of hops offered in the olfactory which doesn't carry into the tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 08:25:04 | More by harrymel
Photo of OStrungT


3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brownish red color with a thin, dark tan head. the head fades slowly, leaving a really nice lace.

This beer Has a very mild aroma. i detect some grapefruit, and some toffee-like maltyness. Not much else at all. Pretty hard to detect anything.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Very mild all around. I get some piney hop flavor that was lacking in the aroma.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a slight piney aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

this beer would make a decent session beer due to the lack of aggressive flavors.

Overall: this beer isnt bad. It is kind of boring though. Pretty middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:56:35 | More by OStrungT
Photo of Alextricity


3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a cold Samuel Adams pint glass.

As you can see by the scores, this is really just an average beer. It looks nice, but the smell and mouth feel are all "meh". As is always most important, the taste. Tasman Red isn't REALLY bitter, but it remains a tad bit too bitter for my taste.

This isn't a terrible beer, but it is really pretty forgettable in my mind... there's just nothing about it that really STANDS OUT in my mind. I wouldn't go out of my way to have a Tasman Red.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:11:03 | More by Alextricity
Photo of jneiswender


3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the brewery release party. Served in a sample glass cool.

Pours dark red with a tan head. Bold hop front smell. Grapefruit very assertive. Think you are drinking a red ale and get an assertive IPA. Nice. Just be aware of those who expect a red ale full of malt and you will get a hop surprise. More IPA than red ale. Buyer beware but I would still have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 14:15:48 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A reddish late pumpkin kind of color, good clarity given the darkness, nice tight offwhite bubbles for a near 1" head. Sam Adams rarely makes a beer look anything less than a four, and this beer is no exception.

Smell, well, for everything Sam Adams does so well in terms of appearance, I've never really seen them able to get dry hopping and aroma down too well. Once again, this beer is no exception. You get the irish/red/peat type of malt aroma going, but that isn't what should lead the way aroma wise for an ipa of just about any variety in 2012.

Taste, that usual caramel, toffee (moreso) and irish red flavor malt going on, high hop bitterness, low to average hop mouthfeel. Whatever the specific malts used to make reds/Irish, they are the most dominant thing about this beer, for better and worse. I can't discern anything about Tasmanian hops from drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 19:18:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of kylehay2004


3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large three finger head, nice lacing one top of a clear near exactly amber body. Caramel malts with a wet sock hop like aroma. This is a very different red IPA. Very musty, herbal and bitter hop flavoring. The malt takes a back seat to this hop character. It gets. Stated as u drink it but it seems very boozy for a 6.75 % beer. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not a very drinkable beer. It gets better as u drink it but still difficult to finish off.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 23:03:36 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of mdaschaf


3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the hopology pack.

A: Pours a clear ruby color with a very nice two finger foamy off-white head on top. Nice retention and very pretty rings of lacing all around the glass.

S: Mostly caramel with some light spice and some pine. Not really that hoppy.

T: Some more caramel and bready/biscuity malt. There is some faint citrus fruit and spice. Slightly herbal, more so as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Overall, pretty lacking. Not very hoppy, more like a malty amber/red ale, but as an American IPA, it just didn't cut it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:11:53 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of rajendra82


3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The clear, auburn colored, body was topped off by a one finger thick head. The aroma was very similar to a Barleywine, with a nutty caramel malt smell mixed in with earthy hops. The taste was much more insipid than I was expecting, as the sourdough bread like malt flavors felt watered down, and herbal hops were barely there before being washed away in a club soda like aftertaste. This is one of the stronger offerings from the IPA 12 pack in terms of ABV, but drinks the least interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 04:28:23 | More by rajendra82
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful, deep burgundy black cherry body, with a stellar yellowed paper foam cap. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Soft and semisweet with honey, hazelnut, candied orange, and candied ginger.

T - Relatively dry profile. Caramel malt, touch of almond, and a firm alpha oil bitterness. The profile closes quickly, leaving an aftertaste of fruity malt and lingering bitters.

M - Dry, quick finish. Nice, bright carbonation and acidity. Medium body.

O - Nice malt character. I would have liked to have seen a little more from the hops, which lent a significant amount of bitterness but not much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 22:38:25 | More by vfgccp
Photo of DrJay


3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear red with a fluffy beige cap (1"). Good head retention with sticky, streaky lacing. Malty aroma, a bit bready and biscuity, with muted, grassy hop character. More malt in the flavour, moderate bitterness, mild citrus and pine with some earthy caramel sweetness. Medium body with smooth carbonation, decent texture. Not an assertive IPA, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:46:03 | More by DrJay
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Hey, wasn't the dude on the label in a documentary about a crazy West Virginian family...? Regardless, the beer behind him pours a clear dark rust topped by a finger of dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises grass, light pine needle, ruby red grapefruit rind, and a bit of toasted toffee. The taste focuses on the toffee to be begin with, then moves on to a thin layer of grapefruit, then goes head-first into a vat of minty pine resin. This last piece leads to a generally bitter flavor, which erases everything (including itself, somehow) from the tongue rather quickly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, an okay brew at best, with flavors that don't really stand up very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:00:14 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Reaper16


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a dark red color, like someone splashed some cranberry juice into an Amber Ale. It's body is pretty clear, like most all Sam Adams beers are. Over 1.25 fingers of farm egg colored head.

There's some juicy grapefruit hops here. Not a complex hop aroma, but a reasonably effective one. The amber malts provide a strong (and spicy) backbone. It's a very average, by-the-book IPA aroma.

The taste is similarly by-the-book, but quite solid. The hops taste like pretty generic hops. Yeah yeah, I know, Tasmanian-grown hops. But they just taste like Cascades to me. The malt has some cinnamon character to it, a touch of potpourri. Tasty stuff, but nothing that is particularly impressive at this stage in the craft beer game.

I was pleasantly surprised by Tasman Red. Of all the limited SA beers I drank tonight, this was the one I was least excited about trying. And it ended up being the most solid beer of the whole bunch. It's trying to be the same kind of beer that Green Flash Hop Head Red is, only Sam Adams has made that beer better.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 05:10:17 | More by Reaper16
Photo of nukem5


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice reddish brown color with a slight head that disappears rapidly.slight lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is of roasty malts with a faint smokey quality about it.

T: Flavors are of smoked malts and bitter herbs of all the beers in this case this is the least appealing to me.Also some anise and burnt caramels. An overpowering amount of grapefruity hops.

M: Mouthfeel is ok medium bodied and a nice carbonation level.

O: Overall don't think I will be craving one of these soon was Ok but thats all.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 05:45:58 | More by nukem5
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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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