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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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1,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | 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 drpimento


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good, but I think just slightly off - Poured at a good temperature with a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head and lots of lace. Color is a nice, clear, amber red with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is hop, resin, malt, funk. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, some carbonic tang and bitterness in front with the sweetness becoming more pronounced in the finish. Body is full yet oddly soft even though carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a little boozy at the very end. Serious IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:10:14 | More by drpimento
Photo of DMXLOX22


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at a quick grocery store stop. Let's see how it ranks up, shall we? The label looks intricate.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark robust amber brown. Leaves behind a enticing, frothy, white foam head that leaves a vigorous lacing that really draws you in for more. Really impressed for an American IPA.

Smell: Toasted malts and thick caramel really come to mind at first scent. Upon further inspection, I also detected a great hint of dark chocolate and possible molasses. However, a somewhat heavy aroma of alcohol was apparent. Not so bad, the rich aroma of toasted malts and the undertone of dark chocolate redeemed this beers potential, and it's definitely worth it.

Taste: First thing that I noticed was a nice texture of toffee flavor. Somewhat strong flavors of caramel and dark chocolate are visible along with maybe a slight hint of citrus and a minty, pine flavor. Not so bad at first and it actually brings the strong, dark flavor along with the somewhat sweet, citrus-y flavor in and actually sort of well balanced in the end. I enjoyed the mixture of both.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation along with a nice medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: At first sip, this beer brought something special to the plate. It was a nice mixture of a tasty session beer along with a refreshing taste. The dark, roasted malts along with the somewhat pine-like and slight fruity citrus provided something that was passable as well-balanced enough to be a contender for a memorable American styled IPA. This beer is definitely worth trying again and I would recommend to a friend for something a little different outside the normal range of American styled IPA's. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:42:36 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of Scotchboy


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Another fanboy who picked this up when Chris Steltz recommended it. Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Even with 'Red' in the title this thing pours darker than I was expecting; beautiful blood red hues in this dark body, which is actually quite clear and transparent. Topped with a huge khaki colored head with tiny bubbles and fantastic lacing.

S: Pretty hoppy but slightly subdued...bitter and astringent. Touches of pine, lemon, with a definitive dry, buiscuity malt presence.

T: Toffee-like malt notes mix with over-ripened mango, pineapple, and papaya...a touch spicy, with a decent amount of astringency.

MF: Pretty nice fuller mouthfeel, soft and fluffy in a way (either the malt bill or bottle-conditioning) with lower-to-medium carbonation.

O: The look was easily the best part of this beer but the balance and nice mix of juicy hops makes this a good beer to track down, and the fresher the better.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 14:50:15 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of WoodBrew


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice dark amber color body with a nice 1"tan foamy head. The smell is very nice and inviting of hops. The taste has a nice bitter/citrus hop flavor right up front. I get a little bit of malt on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is great, a little hop after taste though but not to bad. Overall this is a really good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:33:47 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of sweethome


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is ruby red with a big off-white, fluffy head. It dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

Aggressive nose - dried orange peel, grapefruit, carmel malts, and dark soil. Full, silky mouthfeel on the entry. Hop flavors roll in, similar to english varietal hops, a bit spicy. Full bittering mid-mouth on.

Flavors of orange marmalde, cocoa powder and an earthiness.

Complex, well rounded. Aggressive. The flavor profile is my least favorite aspect of this beer - the mouthfeel is great - looks excellent -flavor is sound - just not overly pleasing to my palate. An aggressive or imperial ESB to me. Nice work - interesting, unique and full flavored.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:51:10 | More by sweethome
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but dark rust copper color, thin cap of khaki froth, moderate sticky lacing. Scent brings light caramel and earthy and grassy hop balance, some light toasted malt with kisses of citrus and pine. Taste of slightly aggressive citrus, pine and earthy hops balance with lightly sweet caramel malts, faint toasted grain. Medium bodied, lightly oily and coating. Quite a nice IPA from Sam Adams who have been doing a good job with hoppy beers lately.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 15:02:58 | More by rfgetz
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the nose, especially considering this is an red ale.

T: Like with the aroma, the taste was dominated by hops, more so than with others of the style. Also had a nice amount of roasted malt and caramel to make for a well rounded, robust flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of Sam Adams' more focused and drinkable beers. A very good effort.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 13:21:23 | More by avalon07
Photo of Brad007


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich burgundy red with a thick, foamy head into my glass. Lots of lacing left around the rim.

Piney, citrus characteristics show up in the nose, followed by a mellow dose of malt. Not as strong as I hoped in the nose.

Piney hops compliment sweet malt that has an edge of cocoa towards the back of the throat. Very interesting choice of malt(s) for an IPA.

Lingering hop flavors and the excellent malt bill leave a decent mouthfeel. Nutty in a manner as well. Perhaps a slight reminder of Newcastle Brown.

Review may seem all over the place but I still think that this is an excellent beer. They probably could have made it a slightly hoppier brown ale as well but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 22:24:06 | More by Brad007
Photo of JosiahS


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

glass: nonic

Clear, dark ruby-colored body with a 1-finger creamy eggshell-colored head. Nice chocolate/vanilla aroma can be smelled from a foot away. Digging in reveals lots of cherry, plumb, caramel and a mild herbal hop note.

Taste is a bit underwhelming but smooth, inviting and very drinkable. It's got a mellow malt base of caramel, cherry, chocolate and subtle notes of coffee. Hops are subdued but give a decent herbal quality. A nice session-able beer that i could definitely see myself ordering on-tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:23:44 | More by JosiahS
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

L - clear dark amber color with a off-white head that left some lacing behind.

S - Tasmanian hops, floral earthiness and citrus rind.

T - a hint of sweet malt upfront followed by bitterness with enough malt in the background keeping the beer well balanced.

F - medium bodied with a tart, crisp feel.

O - a nice beer from BBC/SA.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:26:18 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber ale with a nice hop presence and big malty backbone. The hops are very citrusy, a nice, slightly tropical grapefruit with an earthy finish, and the malt gives great balance with a sweet toffee character and a slightly biscuity nose. A great, easy drinking ale, nice stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:50:29 | More by Siriusfisherman
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark ruby red to blood red color, from a 650 mL bottle, with ABV on the label. Visually this beer is almost close to stunning.
Massive two finger foamy frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some really nice lace. For some reason there is uneven distribution of the head, with a lot of it ending up at one end of the surface. Good head retention though.
Aroma is predominantly hoppy, with lots of pine in the nose and some citrus. There is also a definite presence of malts, caramel and toffee aroma's coming through intermittently between the pine aroma.
Taste is more on the malty side with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. Oily and chewy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty ale and easy to drink. A very good effort from Sam Adams, and is sold at a very reasonable price.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:32:54 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

best beer ive had from sam in a long time. this one pours a rich coppery red color, dense and sturdy looking, with a darker than khaki head with phenomenal retention, a real looker here. the nose is bright citrusy hops, minerals, and red malt that isn't sweet at all. smells more like an ipa than a red, if such a distinction can be made in a red ipa. the hops aren't nearly as central in the flavor, not to say that it isn't hopped well, but some of the sexy citrus notes fade back into balance with the rugged red malt. its a real old world feeling beer, something unique and intriguing, historical in some way, special. its bitter in the end, and the red malt sans sugar is a nice change of pace from the syrupy reds these days. rather dry finish caught me off guard. fantastic mouthfeel with really dancing carbonation and a fuller body. this is a mans mans ipa in my book, its really hearty and yet also very drinkable, its not boring or generic at all, and it gives me a real sense of satisfaction consuming it. my only regret was that I had ot share my bottle around a little bit and I didn't get to drink the whole bomber. I will absolutely buy this again, I wish sam would 6pack stuff like this, its really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 16:59:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – nice dark red color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy, khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – earthy hoppiness, but with an even more grounded type of quality, possibly from the malts. Tasmanian hops don’t seem to cast too much of a different aroma, but it does seem to be a blending of the smells of Cascade and maybe Saaz.

Taste – the taste of the hops is felt first, and then the bitter kick from them is next. The bitter, pine needle-like taste is very interesting. The malts are hard to pick out, but they’re likely balancing out the taste quite a bit.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not seeming to lean more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. Doesn’t seem to be very complex, but the taste itself is still very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:40:56 | More by Nerudamann
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1
This beer poured a nice, clear red brown mahogany, with a creamy white head building about one finger high. good retention and good lacing.
the smell is of flowery hops and grapefruit.
Tasting the beer the fruit character dominates up front with grapefruit and citrus. In the middle more bitter hops balance this beer nicely. The end is a mellow balanced IPA character.
I really like this beer and I am surprised of the quality. It shows that Sam Adams is a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:00:22 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, very dark amber-hued body with an inch of lightly yellowed foam. Lasting layers of lace tracking my progress.

Smell: Toasted bread toasted enough to yield burnt edges, milk caramel (like a Sugar Daddy), citric, pithy citrus fruits, and a light but interminable element of spice.

Taste: A big start of malty breadiness with some darkened toast and plenty of chewy caramel candies. Fast florals, lemon, and a layer of heavy grapefruit with a persistent spiciness running its course. Moderate bitterness. Drying, pithy finish with some enduring bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Maybe a little chewiness present.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. BBC did a good job with this release.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 15:23:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Tasman Red is a crystal clear crimson ale topped with a thick, dense, light beige froth that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a wood resin aroma with citrus peel, fresh cut wood, grapefruit juice and caramel. It's medium bodied and smooth. It leaves the mouth dusty. It's quite bitter and it tastes quite hoppy. It's like grass and bread. It has sort of a wood resin flavor to it and no sweetness. The malt is hard to focus on here, but it seems to support things well. The bitterness lasts long after the swallow. This is a welcome member of the society of crazy American pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:31:18 | More by yesyouam
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4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish/amber in color with a nice white head excellent retention.

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. Malt foundation, Hop bitterness nice blend.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied beer with good bite and drying finish.

Overall: This American red / IPA hybrid works well, reminds me of a Stone AB Jnr. One for my list of favorites need some more…

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 00:29:01 | More by PrinceGeorge
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

This is a great looking beer, it's a nice, deep ruby red with ample head and lacing. The aroma is a solid balance between sweet malts and hops. The taste is a solid hoppy red, there's nice interplay between the sweetened caramel malts and bright, citrusy galaxy malts that really works well. The mouthfeel is great, it's got a nice prickly carbonation that mellows to a nice smoothness a bit after the sip. The drinkability is good. Overall, I liked this brew. It won't wow you, but it won't let you down either.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 23:33:43 | More by shand
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruby red..very clear. Huge 3 fingers of off-white head with lots of texture and staying power. Leaves a super thick film and lots of lacing.

S: Great hops smell. Has almost a peach like smell to it along with citrus, a hint of pine and sweet malts.

T: This is tasty. More pine in the taste than in the smell, especially once the beer warms. Citrus is still here though. Sweet, bready malts provide some balance, but this is most certainly an IPA.

M: Full, creamy mouthfeel with a bitter and dry finish.

O: Tasman Red is a good beer that I could drink a lot of. At under $5 a bomber, it's a great value as well. I'll be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:47:17 | More by titosupertramp
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Poured a deep blood-like red with a small off white head. Smells of nice piney and citrus notes, very inviting. Tastes of hops of the citrus variety, with some earthy undertones, with some notes of caramelized malt. Beer is carbonated correctly and for its medium body, it is still dangerously sessionable. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 22:15:23 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of gpogo


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Reddish amber slightly opaque body with a large thick tan head. The lacing left behind is so thick!

A- Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Light citrus and piney hop notes.

T- Sweet toffee flavors with a wonderful bitter flavor throughout, slight hop aromas peak through the strong malt body, but not intensely. Just a slight roastiness, but no malt bitterness.

M- Medium body and incredibly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Of the special batches this is my favorite and most drinkable thus far. If you like something between an amber and a red ipa this would be a good beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:44:07 | More by gpogo
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, clear liquid. A slight amount of carbonation, but a huge fluffy cream-colored head that looms large throughout the whole drink.
Smell is dominated by good citrus and pine hops. Good grapefruit aroma.
Taste starts with strong malty tastes. Good caramel and roast malts. Malt tastes move into nice hops at the end. Very earthy notes of pine and less grapefruit than the smell.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness. Smooth and crisp. Very refreshing.
Drinkability is great on this brew. A lot of nice taste and good balance makes this a really drinkable beer. Something for everyone on this. Tasman Red IPA is a great selection that you should seek out. Good for any season. If this is a sign of things to come with Sam Adams 22oz'ers, I am excited!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 01:56:51 | More by BDIMike
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark reddish brown color that has good clarity. There is almost three fingers of thick fluffy off-white head resting on-top. The head has awesome retention, and it leaves behind a thick sheet of sticky lace on the edges of the glass.

S - The nose has some sweet maltiness and some fruit notes right off the bat. There is a solid piney hop presence. I am also getting some aromas of caramel, citrus, and some bread-like notes.

T - The flavor pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some bready malt and some juicy fruit flavors. There is a nice hop presence that seems to slip between the forefront and the background of the flavor, even though it mostly dominates. There are some other flavors such as caramel, lemony citrus, and toffee. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness, bready malts, and citrus behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness to it. There is good amount of hop bitterness to it. Some dryness is in the finish as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor, and I could easily drink a few throughout an evening. Overall, I think this is a really nice hoppy red ale. All the flavors really work well together and it goes down easy. I recommend checking this one out. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 07:44:22 | More by JizackFH
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4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-amber reddish brown with a nice thin sticky cream colored head

S-nice caramel herbal hops with a nice vanilla tint similar to how I think SN Celebration is. It's a good scent. Good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of aged hops and a decent burnt biscuit flavor. It's subtle and crisp with out much else to it. Faint matching after-taste.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-for Samuel Adams, this is really impressive. I'm not finding any of that classic SA malt base familiar in their other beers. It's very smooth and crisp, something I could drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 04:09:53 | More by AdamBear
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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