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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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1,076 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

babaracas, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Dmann
4.03/5  rDev +8%

Another typically solid offering from BBC. Apperance is great with a nice auburn color and good amounts of slightly off white lace. Smell was sweet and malty off the top with with some nuttiness hanging in the background. Flavor was a nice supprise with a typical red ale sweetness up front but backed up nicely with good piney hops in the finish which added a nice dry balance to the sweetness. Mouthfeel was not too thick, no too thin and carbonation level was nice. This is a very tasty brew and one I'd like to enjoy again.

Dmann, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +8%

12 oz bottle from Sam Adams "IPA Hop-ology" 12 pk dated best by Sept. 2012; bought and stored cold.

First: this is an IPA, not a red ale except by color.

A: Pours a lovely and clear, deep red-brown. The skimpy bone head has very good retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Exceptionally good looking ale!

S: The nose is dominated by earthy/herbal hops and the associated citrus notes, but there is some aroma from the toasted malts. Hints of pepper, baked bread, pine, grapefruit, and fresh grasses. 3.75

T: More hop forward and less sweet than many IPAs, the hop character here is both appealing and interesting. An initial sense of familiarity quickly passed as the complex flavor of citrusy+herbal+spicy+grassy hops played on the tongue. Moderate bitterness nicely in proportion to the other hop flavors. Has an extended and dry finish of hops with some malt base. 4.25

M: A bit dry all the way through, but particularly at the finish. Medium body and carbonation; lightly crisp. 4.25

O: an outstanding beer that makes an excellent choice if you find yourself drinking mostly IPAs and want some variety. I'll look for this again and start looking for other beers with Tasmanian hops.

chinchill, May 08, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

Drank on 2/29/12. Batch #2.

Deep and rich amber color with a huge cream colored fluffy head with fantastic lacing.

Nice pine and earthy hop noted in the nose. A slight hint of some roasted malt backbone rounded out by some citrus aroma.

Hops and malt work very well together in this brew. Bitter pine notes but a nice and rich malt background that balances everything out very well. I can’t recall ever having a beer brewed with Topaz or Galaxy hops but I’m digging it so far.

Medium bodied with a creamy finish. Adequate carbonation throughout.

Love or hate them, Sam Adams will come out with the occasional gem, and this is one of them. Great beer for a great price, highly recommended if you’re a fan of IPAs or Ambers.

BennyL1, Apr 27, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a crimson red brown with very thick white foam. Long lasting and clingy. Earthy pine smell with slight toffee malt too. Full on hop flavor wrapped around a toasty malt. Grapefruit too. Firm bitter holds.

Very tasty new offering from Sam adams.

KTCamm, Dec 10, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great uniform head, wonderfuly formed at three fingers nice and even with a faint caramel light tan color. Body is a solid amber red, dark and chestnut red brown with a glowing brown ruby character. Great looking brew here.

Smells a lot like toffee, not much of a hop angle, toast sweet toffee malts, English sensing sensibility it seems. Reminding me of an English strong ale.. Interesting, not sure where this is going.

Like a true IPA the hops hit. Thick body with a nice malt backbone. Hop character comes out a little subdued but rounds out nicely with the malt sweetness. Finishes with a good earthy and pine bent too. Not getting so much a citrus angle but who cares!

Overall real nice solid job here, and a good hopy red, very entertaining, digging that. Very nice brew!

smakawhat, Jun 09, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

from a 22 oz bomber

A- pours a clear but dark copper color with a slow to recede tan head and loads of sticky lacing.. looks great

S- malts first with caramel baked bread, bright citrus hops, toffee and some pine

Y- great taste pine and toffee/caramel malts fight it out first,but they both prevail for a supreme hoppy red

M- nice carbonation with hops and malt a classic red with hops

O- what a great pick-up, will buy again if you like hoppy red ale this is classic , well done SA

gatornation, Dec 11, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

Pours dark red with a foamy tan head that lasts, leaving plenty of lacing.

The smell is of caramel, slightly nutty, with herbal and citric spiciness.

The upfront sweetness of caramel (and honey?) is quickly taken over by hop bitterness - herbal, citric, sightly piney. Sweetness comes back to balance the bitterness (which becomes slightly aspirin-like). Finishes dry and refreshing with a long, pleasant aftertaste.

It is pretty smooth, slightly oily with a firm medium body.

This is a nicely/generously hopped red with hops imported from Tasmania. Certainly worth the buy!

jwc215, Aug 29, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

Pours a big creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, over semi clear molasses brown copper ruby colored beer.

Nose has nice hops, light citrus, spicy and earthy, and even a bit floral, a decent amount of bittering hops it would seem. The earthy hops bring a slight herbal and spicy hop kick. then under that is a semi sweet aromatic malt like aroma with hint of caramel.

Taste starts with some juicy malts actually, a bit of sweetness, smooth malts with a hint of caramel. A nice reddish malt flavor, with hint of toasted malts. Then hops come through, not as bitter as I thought from the nose, at first, as some spicy and earthy hops kick in. A bit of citrus and even hint of pine. The spicy hops gets fairly bitter as it marches towards the finish. A bit more caramel comes through as well, with a dry finish. The hops gets spicy and a bit more earthy. Fairly bitter lingering hop finish, just a bit sticky on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, the nose brings nice hops and the taste starts with a nice malt kick, bit of caramel, nice chewy and spicy hops, bit earthy nice bitterness, long bitter and dry finish but drinkable. I hope this becomes a regular for them.

jlindros, Nov 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

When the citrusy intensity of IPAs finds itself into the normally well balanced Amber Ale, and gripping set of flavors come to life.

First, pouring with a deep amber, bronze, and garnet color and carrying brilliant clarity, this Amber builds a firm and sticky lightly tanned foam that clings persistently to the glass for ample lacing structures on the sides of the glass. A very good looking ale!

Toast and pine notes shape the early aromas while background scents of lightly scorched toffee, roasted nuts, and bark-like woods help to build the foundation for the malty nose. Not to be outdone, citursy grapefruit, fresh grasses, and spruce rise to command the aroma profile at times.

Malty rich flavors of burnt toffee or brittle weave in toasty elements of bread crust, walnut, dark woods, and deeper flavors that almost resemble char and coffee. Low on sweetness, only the dry character of malt exists along with a roasty grain counterpart. Dry malt flavors are further encouraged by the deep resiny flavor and bitterness of American-like hops to capture a zesty and spice taste of white grapefruit pulp, orange pith, fresh cut grasses, and pine.

Creamy and dry to start, the creamy malt textures fall away and allow the dry toast mouthfeel to pick up on the dry and sticky bitterness from hops that eventually lead to an extended finish of grassy hops and malty-dry character.

The major reason that this beer stands out is that it exceeds the perscription for Amber Ales. It's too robust in flavor intensity and alcohol. It's way too hoppy and captures way too much citrusy character. I guess it takes a poorly made Amber to make a fantastic IPA! A great marriage of both worlds.

BEERchitect, Dec 09, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

12oz bottle with no date. Trying out the Sam Adams IPA sampler.

Pours a great looking ruby/mahogany with a silky 2cm head. Nice lacing. Smell is roasty malt notes with generous helpings of tangy/grassy hops. Taste is earthy and bitter at first, followed by roasted hazelnut malt. Sweet yet bitter finish.

Reminds me somewhat of Surly Furious, although not nearly as hoppy. Nice change of pace for an IPA lover.

jimmah120, May 05, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

From notes on 11/14/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Very deep, red/copper color with a very slight haze; Two inch tan, billowy, clumpy head that leaves great sticky lacing all down the glass; Nice head retention as well

S - Not too strong of an aroma, but nearly balanced; Notes of caramel, toffee, and overall sweet malts; Citrusy hops are present as well, though not quite as strong as the malts

T - Very roasty, earthy, toffee-like; Slight bitterness present throughout the taste; Citrus hops are more in the background, although they step forward a bit as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied; Good carbonation; Slightly dry, bitter finish that leaves a light oily coat on the tongue

O - I haven't had a beer quite like this one before where qualities are taken from both an amber ale and IPA. The malts are more showcased than the hops, but this is still a solid, nicely balanced beer. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this and would recommend as long as you aren't expecting over-the-top hops.

TechTriumph, Dec 04, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

A - Pours deep amber and ruby red in the light into my snifter with about two fingers of head that has excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Caramel malts, toast, and earthy pine hops. Although malts somewhat dominate, they are pleasant and toffee like and don't totally overpower the citrus hops.

T - Deep malts, caramelized sugar, piny hops that linger on right through the finish. Hops come out a lot more in flavor than aroma, earth and resinous. Nice balance and flavor.

M - Smooth, creamy and well balanced.

O - This one surpassed my expectation for sure. Grab one and give it a shot if you get the chance.

StoneBrewFanatic, Dec 16, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is reddish-amber with a 1+ finger khaki-colored foamy head. When backlit the body is more ruby-red. Head leaves behind real good lace.

S: Some bready malt, some sweet, caramel malt and some earthy hops. As it warms the caramel malt stands out a little more - at first it was mostly earthiness.

T: Follows the nose, for the most part: caramel malt foundation, with a touch of spice mid-sip - makes me think of rye, actually - then finishes with an earthy, resiny, piney hop bitterness. Slightly peppery aftertaste, with a touch of heat down the gulley.

M: At times I think it's a tad bit light for what they're trying to do here, but that might just be my preference for more of a Nugget Nectar-type thicker body. Decently creamy, call it medium in heft, though on the slightly lighter side of medium-bodied.

O: Good stuff. Bomber was reasonably priced (in the $5-$6 range).

Kendo, Nov 17, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

drpimento, Jul 06, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

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!

DMXLOX22, Mar 25, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

Scotchboy, Dec 05, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

WoodBrew, Nov 24, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

sweethome, Dec 19, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

rfgetz, Apr 02, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

avalon07, Nov 29, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

Brad007, Nov 30, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

JosiahS, Jun 03, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 05, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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

Siriusfisherman, May 02, 2012
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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