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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1012
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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allengarvin

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard nonik pint glass, this is a very dark reddish-brown colored beer, with a small head but good lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, with citrusy, fragrant hops backed with a good sweet caramel and a trace of roast. The flavor follows the nose, and is very tasty. The malts are sweet and actually rather light, but balance well with solid hops, mostly citrus to taste. Bitterness is moderately high but doesn't dry things out too much. Yeast character provides a little fruitiness at the finish as well.

Easily the best beer of the recent 4 one-offs they've put out. After the disastrous barleywine, I wasn't inclined to try another, but I'm glad I did pick this. Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:03:19 | More by allengarvin
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Fitwitchik

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz to a pub glass

Deep mahogony colour. Thick creamy head which lingers through the pour.

Lovely scent of malty grapfruit hops. Citrus scent is not as evident as I expected.

Nice flavour of hops but overpowering. Sweet caramel covers the bite a bit. Striking flavour. Smooth hops?

Nice carbonation. Feels delightful. Almost perfect!
Qute surprized to find such a quality taste from Samuel. Not a huge SA fan. Most likely will revisit this brew...sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:09:07 | More by Fitwitchik
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can say that I was pleasantly surprised with this brew for sure... Picked up a bottle of each of the four new offerings from SA and its been one hit and one miss thus far. Let's see which side of the fence this falls on...

Looks terrific in the NB globe... Dark reddish with a foamy creamy head... Looks very inviting...

Big dose of pine tree hops roll off this thing... I'm a bit taken aback by how prevalent these are... Its as if I'd just plucked a branch off of my Christmas tree... The sweet aromas of those caramel malts surface and balance this beautiful beer out quite nicely... Each instance brings a different experience here... I'm digging the way this smells a lot...

A masterful blend of the spicy Christmas tree hops and the sweet smooth caramel malts here... Every sip is both full of flavor and complex in its balance... A warming sensation fills the cheeks as this bottle disappears... The long finish is bitter and piney and yet sweet and smooth...

This is,without a doubt, one of SA's best brews... If they made this a rotating or at the very least seasonal release, I would be thrilled... They nailed this one and im guessing it could be a go-to type of Red were it available to the masses...

Very good effort here...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 14:23:07 | More by Tilley4
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors."

A - Deep ruby copper in color and completely clear, Tasman Red is gorgeous-looking! Sheets of clinging lace cake the glass as the thick pile of rocky light-khaki head falls.

S - Hearty earth aromas burst from Tasman Red with force. Amber malt provides nutty, caramelly-sweet malt with toffee traces and a dry Vienna finish. Plenty of hops balance out with mild citrus tones, leaning towards the rich earthy notes of dirt, mulch, and mowed lawn.

T - While there are plenty of hops in Tasman Red, they take a back seat to the malt profile that streams fourth. Sticky sweet caramel and dry toast envelope the earthy hops but combine and balance very well together.

M - Despite the boldness of the beer on all accounts, Tasman Red is very smooth across the palate. Dry finishing with a balancing bitterness, it goes down very nicely.

O - The hops are tame for an American IPA, but Tasman Red pulls through with great balance and drinkability. Deep malt complexity and sweetness is complimented by the earthiness the hops exhibit. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:56:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the IPA-hopology mixed 12 pack. Pours a ruby red color, not much head or carbonation. Nice caramel aroma. Taste is medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Plenty of hops with a great caramel backbone, blended together perfectly with great balance. Nice clean finish, makes for a great hoppy red ale. Solid beer well worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 22:52:22 | More by marlinsfan4
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oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thee best SA offering I have had,I aboslutly loved this beer.Poured into an impy nonic a deep rich amber with one finger clingy off white head that took its time settling into a creamy mass,broken globs of lace left behind.Citric hops and nutty malt in the nose,a little roast and brown sugar-like sweetness in there as well.Great complexity of hops and malt on the palate,earthy,citric,leafy hops over top of caramel,nutty,and lightly roasted malt,mild brown sugar-like sweetness.This IRA has everything going for it,I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:03:50 | More by oberon
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very clear and dark amber color (red as hell) with a one and a half finger head (beige). Head has good retention and nice streaks of lacing.

Smell is not quite as exciting as I had hoped; definitely some citrus hops going on but it could be more pronounced. Maybe they should dry hop next time?

Taste is very crisp and balanced- starts with a pretty homogenous malt and hop blend, giving way to an amber malty body and a nice hop finish. Pretty dry but not bone-dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- definitely a very drinkable beer. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Definitely not prickly. This is my third bottle of Tasman Red- I keep coming back cause I like it. If you're into red ales DEFINITEly give this one a go.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 00:02:29 | More by Hopdaemon39
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the hop-ology pack.

A - Pours a very dark reddish amber color with a huge head and great lacing.

S - Light citrus hops with a really malty smell. A little sweet in the nose. A little piney resin as well I think.

T - Interesting, a little bit of a hoppy malt bomb. You can definitely pick up the hops, citrus dominant, and the malt provides a smooth sweet caramel backing. This is really interesting...and tasty!

M - Smooth, fairly drinkable. Nice carbonation and a nice finish.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by the Tasman Red. It's definitely an enjoyable twist on your basic IPA and has a great hop/malt balance that provides a tasty treat. I'm all for making this IPA pack a year-rounder.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:17:22 | More by WMEugene
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bnes09

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ruby red, copper color and transparent. Huge head (ivory color) with exceptional retention and soapy lacing.

Aroma is malty with smoked undertones. Spicy, pine-like hops in the mix too.

Dense malt backbone with plenty of toasted wheat and oak character. Sweet toffee to balance the roasted notes. Sharp hop bitterness mid-drink to finish with pine and soap tones. Exceptional balance and complexity.

Sturdy medium body, descent carbonation. A little grainy in the texture. Dry in the end.

Really good IPA and different than any other example I have tried. Complex and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:29:01 | More by bnes09
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godlessape

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass. It shows a dense cloudy, deep dark ruby reddish body, topped with a gorgeous beige two finger pillow. Massive lacing ensues.
The aroma is all over the place with plum, fruit basket, assorted hard candy, rich molasses, and weed. There are some hop notes here on the far end, but rather subtle for this style.
The malt dominates and dominates proudly and you'll find your nose wasn't too far off as far as the mish mash of flavoring goes, with just the right amount of bitterness at the end to balance things somewhat.
The mouth feel is real smooth and carbonation is rather light.
Overall this is a zestful and extremely satisfying beer and I wish I brought home more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:46:18 | More by godlessape
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superspak

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, batch 1, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red orange color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, light pine, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big pine, orange, caramel, spices, bread, toasted malt, and honey-like sweetness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, orange, pine, and spices on the finish that last. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding amber ale/IPA. So much great hoppy flavor and balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:09:20 | More by superspak
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Huffs

New York

4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, developed a light tan head, with a creamy look that laced well. Color was amber to red with a sweet, caramel, herbal aroma. Taste was malty with a strong caramel character and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the aftertaste was pronounced with caramel on the front and bitter hop on the back. Good Stuff

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:22:43 | More by Huffs
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.

It's a nice-looking pour, I'll give Tasman Red that much. Ruddy, copper-brown tea color to the body while on top, a substantial tuft of sandy taupe foam sticks around for a while. Sticky lacing to boot. There's a bit too much competing in the aroma for me to give excellent marks, but what's there is still very much pleasing. Toasted toffee malts and honey biscuit lay down a solid foundation upon which mango- and pine-like hop notes are lain. Floral, fruity, and a tad sweet. Impressive so far...

The toffee sweetness continues into the flavor, and thankfully so, as it lends a nice touch of complexity to Sam Adam's normally (and I say this in the nicest way possible) one-dimensional malt portfolio. Backbone turns a bit spicy on the finish with a hint of grainy roast. The hops are working a bit of magic here, too, with succulent floral and tropical fruit flavors that turn into a smacking piny bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is right where it should be--crisp and creamy with carbonation and a medium body. I dare say, Tasman Red is one of Boston Beer Company's best releases. If they ever released this in 6-packs I'd be all over it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:06:13 | More by wagenvolks
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Tasman Red has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head and a hazy, reddish-brown appearance. with some fairly thick lacing rings left behind. The aroma is of brown bread crust and subdued sweetness. The flavor is the same, with straightforward bitterness present underneath. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy and a bit dirty (in an ale sense), and Samuel Adams Tasman Red IPA finishes dry, bitter, sweet, and pretty well drinkable. Overall, this is a really nice one, and is most certainly worth checking out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 17:23:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Tasman Red IPA is a fantastic amber that is super soppy and a little darker and fruitier than the usual.

A: Red colour and a 1 cm cream-coloured head that lasts well. 4.5

S: Strongly hoppy. Grassy. Delicious. 4.5

T: Fruity, grassy hops over a woody malty base. Same darker fruit flavours toward the end and some bitterness. Very nice. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:21:23 | More by vandemonian
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz dark brown sculpted bottle. some indecipherable code stamped on bottle neck.
Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass.
In pours a very deep orange-hued root beer color with a solid 2" beige head and lots of rimmed lacing.
A strong smell of grapefruit and orange zest roll out at first pour. A doughy malt aroma carries smells of resinous hop, spruce and a hint of gin.
The flavors are big and bold! Tastes of grapefruit, lemon peel, toffee, doughy bread, pine and white rum are all quite distinct. Minor tastes of herbs and spice mingle in and out.
The mouthfeel is a bit edgy at first, then becomes slick and very gulpable as it warms.
Really interesting brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:25:38 | More by BeerResearcher
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Tasman Red (Red IPA)
Batch #1
22oz bottle, amongst the ingredients listed are Topaz and Galaxy hops from Tasmania.

Appearance: Pours a reddish/amber in color with a huge pillowy foam with excellent retention. Every sip is etched on the glass in rings of lace, stained in time like mineral deposits in a soil sample.

Smell: Bready malts, earthy, woodsy hops with hints of dried leaves.

Taste: A very flavorful blend of caramel, pine, green tea, bitters, mild citrus and fresh flowery/grassy/leafy hop profile. Mild nutty undertones prove this beer to have a solid balance and malt foundation. Hop bitterness and faint alcohol show up late.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied beer with a nice hop bite and drying finish.

Overall: The Boston Beer Company really delivers in this american red / IPA hyrbid. Flavors meld well together, and this would be a suitable pairing for a wide range of dishes, from spicy to savory.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:53:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first of the 22oz. bomber series from Sam Adams that I have tried. Glad to have dropped in to see my guys at the marvelous Neil St. Piccadilly, who are always good for a chinwag and some good beer news and advice.

Two lush fingers of light tan froth top a dark ruby body. Loads of lacing and a nice head duration on the trusty ol' Duvel tulip leave me duly impressed with the appearance; really nice! Very citrusy aromas (grapefruit, orange, and some lemon) with pine, caramel and biscuit malt. But the hopped-up nose is tremendous and persistent, reminding me quite a bit of Bell's Two-Hearted in flavor and quality; excellent.

Very delicious, mostly sweet citrus taste, with the aforementioned fruit. The advertised Topaz and Galaxy hops provide a pronounced but smooth taste, greeting the palate with waves of citrus flavor and a bit of pine in the finish. Really terrific and, for much of the first half, very much an IPA. The finish in each mouthful and in the second half of the beer remind that this is also a Red, and its malty strength emerge to yield a delicate balance that does each justice. The caramel is accompanied by a nice, subtle toasted almond flavor. Simply delicious.

The mouthfeel does not provide the kind of resiny, hopped-up gritty texture that hop and IPA lovers like myself may desire. It could be these hops do not yield that, or perhaps the malt tamps down on such characteristics. Whatever the reason, Tasman Red is very much an IPA in smell and taste, much more a Red in texture and somewhat in taste, to me. This is not a complaint, however, for I find the balance to be well executed and remarkably accessible.

This is absolutely one of my very favorite offerings from Sam Adams, a flavorful beer that I will surely seek out again and again. It reminds me, in different ways, of two beers--ST's Big Red, for its beefy, hopped-up flavor, and also Founders Red's Rye, for while it lacks the robust malt flavor that RR brings, it does achieve a similar balance and remind one, in its texture, of both these outstanding beers. This was a superb way to kick off my introduction to the SA bomber series. Very well done, and recommended without question. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:36:21 | More by Gehrig
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beergoot

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red color; thick, long lasting head with great lacing down the glass; lots of fine carbonation bubbles

Smell: Resin and pine hop smells, very pronounced.

Taste: Strong malt flavors, biscuity; moderate alcohol warmth; pronounced bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and smooth; fine carbonation

Overall: Wow! This is a heady brew. Definitely along the lines of an IPA, not an amber or red ale as currently labeled by BA. As it is called a red IPA by Boston Brewing, I give it top marks for its bold and distinctive characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 21:10:19 | More by beergoot
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served unto a flute.

Appearance: Pours aclear dark amber, head is at minimum 2 fingers length extremely thick! I keep sipping and it doesn't settle but I am not complaining.

Smell: What can I say smells great!, pure hops, roasted pine. It is like you're inhaling malt.

Taste: Pretty hoppy beer, not the hopiiest but definitely full of taste. Comes off slightly bitter but slightly citrusy. I can feel the grapefruit in the beer.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, but comes offf little bubbly beware or be in love depends how you take it.

Overall: I didn't think Sam Adams could make a grade A IPA but here it is. Looks Great and definitely tastes it. It tastes the way IPA's should taste....the smooth bitterness and smoothness to go along with it. Hope you all enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:30:51 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a thick foam of tan bubbles. Gorgeous lace, so an A+ on presentation.

Nose is hoppy but earthy, too. I get some orange tones. Superlative.

Flavor is nicely hopped, but well-balanced by a fair malt profile. A little tart, a little sweet, and a strong earthy character. I'm reminded of dirt, leaves, and the like. And that's not a bad thing at all. Very delicious and I'd definitely buy a 6 pack of these if made available more widely!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 12:59:38 | More by secondtooth
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a mahogany reddish color with a huge fluffy merangue-like foam. The head lasts a long time and some thick lace paints the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: pine, earthiness, and some fruity sweetness is soft but very pleasant.

Taste: big caramel flavors with soft grapefruit and pine, a big earthiness, ripe plums and red apples, and a huge floral but with biting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: slow sipping big flavored IPA. This beer was really bold and nicely refreshing. A wonderful beer that all BAs should try.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:29:55 | More by Gavage
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$5.49 bomber from Bourbon St., Greenwich.

Bold bright red with terrific clarity. Rocky off-white snowball of foam. Good stretchy lace.

Aroma has a pine forest on the top, but there is a citrus grove within that forest, with grapefruit, apricot, and orange.

Solid not too sweet caramel lays down a good foundation. Some juicy fruit squeezes in, and then the big bitter bite crashes at the swallow and takes over the afterglow.

Sturdy mouthfeel with a bit of bubbly to it.

Probably my favorite new Sam Adams since the imperial pilsners. I'm going back to the store for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 05:21:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After seeing a review on beergeeknation I decided I need to try this beer. 5$ Bomber poured into tulip.

A- Crazy dark red, barely see through. Big dense light tan head with some big bubbles, a very good looking beer.
S- One hoppy sun of a gun. Lots of citrus and skunky hops. Some sweet malts. It smells like a big double IPA and its amazing.
T- Tthis is made by Sam Adams? Because it smells like Sierra Nevada and Stone had a kid and gave him steroids. Tons of big west cost hop notes, a sweet Malt backbone, balanced as they come. Its fantastic.
M- This beer has a full mouth feel, not watered down as I kinda expect it would be because it says Sam Adams. Perfect carbonation. Some mouth numbing feeling and bitter dry aftertaste.
O- This beer is phenomenal and for the price and current availability, Its a no brainier.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:41:04 | More by TwelveOunces
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bough a single 22oz bottle from Binny's Beverage Depot in Plainfield, IL for $4.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a reddish amber color with a ton of carbonation that leaves a thick fluffy white head throughout your entire drinking experience. Has a bitter hops scent. Taste is quite malty and bitter from hops. Has a great texture, body, and finish that makes this a slow sipping beer. I'm really glad I got the choice to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 21:17:13 | More by Lemke10
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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