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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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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet with a dense, foamy head that sticks out of my Sam Adams glass like the top scoop of an ice cream cone. Retains well and strews lace all over the glass.

Smells like sharp pine, juicy grapefruit and orange marmalade. Tasman Red is brewed with Tasmanian Topaz and Galaxy hops. I've never had the pleasure of those varieties before but so far so good.

Doesn't taste as hoppy as the aroma indicates but hoppy enough. Sharp pine hops with a drying, bitter finish dominates the first half of the bottle. As Tasman warms a little bit of toffee marmalade surfaces and blends well with the citrus hops.

Not as malty as many red IPAs, the hops get all the attention just as in a normal IPA. I like the interpretation though. Reminds me a little of a less malty Maine Beer Zoe.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sexy reddish brown color with generous head. Beautiful appearance. Nose is assertive with fresh hoppy citrus, pine, and hint of holiday spice aromas. Palate offers a clean taste, good balance of piney citrusy hops and candied malt, with an oily quality across the palate. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Spectacular beer, but I just wish it was gentler on the wallet.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew, part of yet another of Boston Beers' many series of beer, is named "Tasman Red" because of the Tasmanian hops - Topaz and Galaxy - that support this craft beer.

First of all, open initial pour, it simply bursts from the bottle in a slobbering vanilla froth; this results in a spongy, gluey, head that slowly sinks into the anxious glass. The body is translucent, copper in color, dotted with a few sluggish carbonation bubbles. Otherwise, it is still within. There exists a thick rimlace that is retained throughout the quaff.

Interesting nose contains whiffs of dates, butter and toffee; the palate receives an oily plastering of pine that subsides into a dry, lingering bitterness. Have some water handy as the mouthfeel loses plenty of moisture.

An interesting quaff that allows one's palate the chance to visit far off Tasmania, the home of the whirling creature that seems to have a taste for Bugs Bunny. "It's wabbit season."

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Photo of LittleDon
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just when I had BBC pegged as the prototypical macro-craft brewer (good but pedestrian), I had this. A beautiful presentation, particularly for a bottled beer. Clouds of sticky foam, the color of aged white lace curtains, clung to the side of my glass atop a clear and deep red body. Neither the aroma nor the hoppyness faded any during the four or five months it sat in my beer fridge. Pineapple, citrus, with a strong caramel backbone, there's a touch of acidity and alcohol middle to finish. Plenty of bitterness all the way through. The mouthfeel was superb, its best characteristic, as soft as imaginable without the aid of nitrogen. A beer that has given me new respect for the guys at Sam Adams.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, dark, amber color with a tremendous rocky, off-white head that goes nowhere. Lots of lacing.

S - Citrus hops, bread, some caramel and toffee going on.

T - Citrus hops, doughy, and toffee/caramel up front and turns into grapefruit and pine in the finish. Nice and lasting hop bite. Nice citrusy burps...mmm

M - Decent body, not too carbonated, slightly astringent finish.

O - One of the best beers that SA has put out. Highly enjoyable and ridiculously quaffable. Cheers!

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark red-brown, like bottled syrup. Dense thick body color. When held to light a faint, slightly perceptible color brightening occurs reminiscent of pomegranate juice and red wine. Off-white head. Very thick, like marshmallow cream. Head life is great. Sticky, clingy webbed lacing decorates the glass. The solid depth of the body looks nice, though I wish there was more bright highlighting and glossy edging. Still, a memorable looking beer.

S-Smells like vats of caramel and molasses. Powerful. Honey glazed malts. Raisins. Dates. Prunes. Figs. Brown sugar. Overall smells like fruit cake. Great smells. The highlight of the brew.

T-Taste follows the nose: Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. Mellow grapefruit comes to play as well. The sip starts sweet and then morphs into a bitter blast reminiscent of limes that lasts into the aftertaste. The gentle grapefruit streams and courses throughout the entire sip from start to finish. Hops pop up and pound on the tongue in an interesting choppy rhythm, not in a consistent smooth one. Nice bold tastes, with enough sweetness to cure a sweet tooth. Tastes Imperial, call it a "Red DIPA".

M-A low medium body, medium-low. Quasi-creamy. A welcome watery touch to the chew makes said brew fluid and chuggable. Very robust feels. Super sweets, ultra bitters. A light hop bite tingles the tongue. Astringency enters a tad when warmed. Also when warmed, sours & bitters crank up. This is good at first. Then it becomes, "okay, this is getting old". The bitter aftertaste lasts too much. The sweets should wash it out but don't. So maybe drink somewhat fast, the beer will sour too much as well. Non-nursing beer.

O-Tasman Red IPA is one of the better small batch beers Samuel Adams offers. Packs enough smells, tastes and feels. Looks solid. Bomber worthy purchase. One won't fret if it's discontinued, but this is a style of IPA that needs to be done more. Might be too pungent for some in smell and taste. Drink fast I repeat again. The beer will become sickeningly sour and brazenly bitter. But while it's cold, it is refreshing and bold. Worth another buy.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this beer at Julio's after hearing good reviews about it.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a deep, rich ruby/brown hue with a big, fluffy two finger reddish hued head that faded to leave nice sticky side lacing and dense clouding/halo.

S - Wow, so this is Tasmanian hops? Interesting. Very earthy on the nose with some light subtle malts and hops. Very unique and interesting. The hops are earthy, grassy, light citrus and pine. Smells almost like dirt but in a good way.

T - Taste is pretty good here. Nice slightly sweet malts and earthy hops. Good bitter finish of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Again there is that super earthy flavor and nice bitter hops.

M - Fair carbonation here, little crisp, very dry on the finish with good hop bitterness.

O - Wow, incredibly surprised by this beer. The Tasmanian hops are really unique/interesting in this beer. Some intense earthyness that you just dont see in beer. Would definately buy this in six packs.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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...

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of godlessape
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

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Photo of vandemonian
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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

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Photo of beergoot
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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