Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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 tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly clear, dark amber beer with reddish highlights; one finger cream-colored head that settles quickly. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and other tropical fruits; pine resin and spice; a hint of onion/shallot on the nose as well.

The taste is a bit more balanced; only moderately hoppy compared to the aroma; hops could be a bit more vivid; pine, grapefruit and tropical citrus are there, but there is lots of lightly sweet, brown sugar-caramel maltiness.

Medium body and carbonation, some stickiness, with a bit of lingering bitterness and citrus peel/oniony flavor in the finish. Pretty nice, drinks more like an imperial red/amber style beer.

Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red orange color with a foamy 2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the sides and rings as it went down; it almost looked blood red.

Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, toffee, syrup, sweet malt, buttered wheat bread, light herbs or spices and then a sweet bready aroma that’s mixed with orange peel; the citrus hops are sweet and dominant, yet soft enough that it seems like orange juice was poured through a piece of bread as there was decent malt balance. Very enjoyable nose that was not too sweet or too hoppy.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, citrus hops, floral hops, herbs, caramel, toffee, syrup, sweet malt, buttery crackers, wheat bread, pine cone, pepper and other spices such as coriander and cinnamon, and some earthy notes like peat moss. Juicy hops which must be the Tasmanian hops listed on the bottle are the star of the show, but there are enough grains and malts involved to make this well balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a smooth feel that goes down easy, very mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that trails with sweet citrus and light grains.

This beer was much better than I expected it to be and easy to drink, plus it hides the ABV very well. Definitely worth trying as the citrus hops were so enjoyable that I need to get another bottle since this might be a limited release. A very reasonable price point for a good IPA like this makes it even more desirable.

Photo of rcatalano
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jstewart1130
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jaasen64
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-tology mixed 12. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark cherry amber with a slight layer of beige colored head. About average carbonation, bubbles fairly slow rising.

S- Hops, some malts, slight floral notes, and a tiny bit of bready yeast in the background.

T- Hops, lightly spiced in the background, barley. A little bit spicey, bitter, and lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, very drinkable.

O- Another decent IPA offering from Sam Adams. This beer made a great IPA addition to the Sam Adams 12. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but easily drinkable and decent tasting. Decent IPA, recommend trying it if you can find it for cheap.

Photo of Iowacraft
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of Reaper16
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a dark red color, like someone splashed some cranberry juice into an Amber Ale. It's body is pretty clear, like most all Sam Adams beers are. Over 1.25 fingers of farm egg colored head.

There's some juicy grapefruit hops here. Not a complex hop aroma, but a reasonably effective one. The amber malts provide a strong (and spicy) backbone. It's a very average, by-the-book IPA aroma.

The taste is similarly by-the-book, but quite solid. The hops taste like pretty generic hops. Yeah yeah, I know, Tasmanian-grown hops. But they just taste like Cascades to me. The malt has some cinnamon character to it, a touch of potpourri. Tasty stuff, but nothing that is particularly impressive at this stage in the craft beer game.

I was pleasantly surprised by Tasman Red. Of all the limited SA beers I drank tonight, this was the one I was least excited about trying. And it ended up being the most solid beer of the whole bunch. It's trying to be the same kind of beer that Green Flash Hop Head Red is, only Sam Adams has made that beer better.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a semi-translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head embedded with ringlets. Nose expresses an earthy bitterness on a malty backbone. There's also a hint of grapefruit rind. Taste follows nose; however, there's also some citrus acidity as well as a sweet, malty quality - not quite toffee, but in the ballpark. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a coarse carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, not bad but closer to a hoppy amber than an American IPA in my opinion.

Photo of BigCheese
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A bit lighter, more red than cocacola. Clear/filtered. Medium sandy colored head. Some lacing not a ton.

S: Hop forward, citrus, mango, lemons come to mind. Different than appearance.

T: Red grapefruit, and pine off the bat, a bit of caramel, toffee, brown bread and hint of lightly roasted coffee in the malt backbone. Still very hop based, finishes with a citrus pineapple, with some bitterness. As it warms, malt flavors rear there head more.

M: A bit thin in body. Carbonation medium to high, definitely session-able. ABV level isnt surprising nor overly present.

O: Nice take on what the style should be, there's a legit malt backbone, but this is more hopforward. Not as hoppy as Lagunitas IMP Red, but that's fine by me. Well balanced, awesome sipper/quaffer.

Photo of WMEugene
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Mumps
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Tasman Red IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

True its name in pours a garnet/mahogany red color. Clear, with a two tone head, off-white in the middle, but closer to beige with some yellow hues near the side of the glass.

Smell is a pine and candy scent. Like caramel and Christmas tree.

Taste is a big bold caramel malt flavor up front, a hint of dark roasted grains, with a mild pine flavor on the finish. Not fruity at all. The flavors are very candy-like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Overall a nice brew. I'm having this on a bright sunny warm late spring day, but it would be great in the winter as well.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: dark red, 2-finger head, decent carb
S: sweet, standard IPA aroma; one expects a sweeter smell, given the red color, but I think that's a bit deceptive
T: rich, complex IPA flavor; more of the grassy-herb flavors than the piney-floral ones; malt is rich, and comes through the bitterness nicely
M: a bit viscous, mealy

This is a thinker's IPA

Photo of safiske
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with half of a finger light tan head that fades slowly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus, hops and light toasted malt.

Taste has a very slight bitter start of hops then the malt and citrus takes over with hints of pine and even a slight caramel sweetness as it comes to room temperature.

Mouth Feel was medium body and carbonation, crisp and slightly dry.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, a touch more hops to balance the malt would be nice, however, a refreshing ale.

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle reads: "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors."
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours to a three-finger, rich, foamy, dark beige head that is robust and long-lasting and left a good lacing. The beer is red and almost cherry red in the light, although very little light passes through.

S: The aroma is orange peel with just a hint of malty caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body and plenty of carbonation.

T: An earthy hops bitterness with just a bit of underlying sweetness for balance. It finishes with some organge citrus and a corrander and peppery-like spiciness.

O: The spicy finish is an unusual twist on a red. It is also very carbonated. A solid brew that is a little different from other reds.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 2 finger head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Color is dark amber brown.

S. Malt forward smell, with some hops. Smells more like a red ale than an IPA, although I don't really know what a red IPA is.

T. Taste is caramel malt, with some hop bitterness. Decent tasting beer. Not a whole lot of flavor going on. Smooth drinking.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a little sweetness.

O. Not a bad beer. Pretty straight forward and easy drinking.

Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the IPA variety 12 pack. No date on bottle.

Deep, rich, ruby-amber body. Thick finger of dirty khaki head. Good lacing. Nose is a solid mix of caramel roll malts, fruit, spice, and hops (tea, marmalade, citrus, and pine resin). Nice.

Lots of toasted, singed caramel malt up front. Gets breadier, with some caramel-y fruit notes. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness moves in. Reminds me of some rye beers I've had recently. Moderate bitterness in the finish, with plenty of lingering caramel malt. Nicely balanced. Medium-bodied, with a slightly creamy feel.

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very intresting style of IPA. The color is very impressive and beautiful and the body shares the clean crisp look that seem's to be a trademark of many of Samuel Adam's beer. Visibly well carbonated with a resiliant small fizzing head of foam that persists after the iniial effects of the pour wear off. This beer has a very enjoyable sweet aroma of tradmark citrusy smelling hops and a light bit of tofee malt. The taste is very bold and deliciously bitter with a very well balancing tofee malt body. The initial flavor of the hops really assults the palate suprisingly well. On the the other hand, the boldness of the flavors somewhat takes away from the actual flavors themselves, leaving youre tastebuds to overwhelmed to really be able to notice the full extent of the delicious complexity of this beer. A good IPA but not somthing I would ever drink a 6 pack of. Interesting, but forgettable.

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LES
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.