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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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366 Reviews

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 1,118
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 23
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 366 | Hads: 1,118
Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -73.6%
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

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Photo of wowbagger
2.12/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.24/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.69/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of naughtypanda66
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of jimdkc
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice appearance, Mahogany-red color with a decent tan head.

I want a big hop nose in an IPA... this does not have it! I smell more caramel than hops.

Taste is, again, mostly caramel. Some hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor. Typical of many SA offerings: they brag about the hops in their beer, then deliver muddy, muted hop flavor! Unusual slightly sour note.

Okay mouthfeel.

Wouldn't go out of my way for one of these! I'm seriously surprised by all the good reviews this is getting!

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Photo of Beantownron
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of nrs207
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a crazy beer, just from the looks. The second you pop the cap, you smell grapefruit and get that IPA feel. Then is pours a reddish brown and you're confused. Regardless, it's extremely dark for an IPA. Almost cloudy underneath, the top looks nothing like the style. Missing is the funky head...it's just not there. The bubbles are tiny and fleeting.

All I can say is weird. Initial burst of citrus is killed by an almost roasty coffee smell. My nose is bewildered and I can't say it works for me.

The taste is just like the smell, citrus early then roasted malts late. The taste buds appreciate the concoction more than the olfactories. Hop flavor mostly in the finish.

I guess you could call it complex. A lot of stuff going on and while it's strange, it's an ok feel. Acidity eary, then some smokiness before the bittering hops take over. Doesn't have the resiny piney oily feel, but this beer is just full of surprises.

It's an ok beer. Very unusual. The smell is not pleasant but everything else is ok about it. Nothing I'll ever drink a lot of, but glad I had just one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of seanwhite
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This appears as clear orange/amber with a half inch of head.

S: Citrus hops with some pine, and not much malt smells.

T: Citrus/Pine hops with a solid malt backbone, but the hops fade fast.

O: Good beer but the Third Voyage is better. I like Sam Adams new series, and I think they are making some solid progress

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Photo of vfgccp
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Fadefury
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a red/brown color with a very nice 1/2 inch head

S: Roasted citrusy notes

T: The smoked malts and the hops blend very well together. The earthy/pine notes are the most obvious

M: Medium body with high carbonation, but it works well

O: I enjoyed drinking this with some spicy wings, but couldn't see it doing much for me just by itself.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.