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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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1,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 65 | 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 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
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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%

Photo of BTFU
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Fattsmagee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JKerfman
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jimmah120
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep rusty ruby red with a gorgeous looking layer of light orange foam on top that retained for ages and left plenty of puffy lace ropes behind.

S: Pineapple and tangerine with toasty malt, carmel, grassy hops, and a touch of pine.

T: See above but with way more emphasis on the malt side of this. Sadly, the tropical and citrus qualities of the smell are lurking too far in the background here. The maltiness IS nice, however. Just more hops for balance, please.

M: Slick and a little oily with just the right amount of spiciness for balance. Slightly ashy in the finish.

O: A really nice effort. Easy to drink and pretty to look at...just need more hops.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Burnished, but still glowing, red with nice light tan head and some lacing rings. Great color.

Smell: Sweet caramel & toffee, along with citrus, pine, chocolate and spice.

Taste: Very malty core that is somewhat sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and light chocolate. The hops are noticeable but not over the top - very citrusy and slightly spicy & earthy. The finish is somewhat bitter with a definite pine-like character.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth with a nice dry finish.

Overall: I really like big hoppy Red Ales, and while this isn't as big or great as something like Great Lakes Nosferatu, it is still delicious and well done. Even better, it doesn't taste like a standard Sam Adams beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#2 pours copper with 2+ fingers of rocky tan head. Mind blowing lacing & good head retention

S: Bready with piney & grassy notes

T: Piney, citrusy, with woody hop notes, caramel & herbal hop notes as well. Grainy notes, mix with caramel sweetness, dryness & King's Hawaiian Bread richness as this warms. Finishes with bready sweetness, herbal & woody hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, some stickyness & dryness too. I love the balance here!

A very nice American Amber, one Sammy should consider making an annual offering. Easily one of my top brews from Sam Adams

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Photo of olympicgatorade
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Jparker37
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass

A - Giant dense rocky deep tan head leaves great lacing. Perfectly bright mahogany amber color.

S - Big bright floral citrus hop nose. A little bit of caramel malt comes across with a nice portion of toasted malts. Hops showcase in the nose. I like where this beer is going.

T - The toasted malt flavors blend very well with the piney/citrus hop flavors that highlight. There is much depth to these malts. It doesn't just scratch the surface of light vienna malts but has intense toastiness nearing some darker roasted characteristics. Finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness for cleansing.

M - Has nice moderate carbonation and a great medium to medium-full body. Dry on the palate.

O - It is so obvious to be a red ale of sorts, yet so obvious to be an IPA of sorts. I didn't know what this beer would end up like but calling it a Red IPA hits the nail on the head. Great toasted malt notes accompany excellent fresh hop smell and flavor.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a nice looking reddish mahogany brew. It holds a creamy two finger head of big tannish bubbles. This shows great retention, producing sticky patterned lacing as it eventually recedes. No sediment or haze is noted, and carbonation appears active. The aroma is bright, with earthy, herbal hops, with a sweeter toasty pale malts for the mix. There are other grain inclusions, with metallics, chalk, barley, and cooked caramel. There is an additional sweetness of bubblegum, but this is not in the form of esters, but rather in a juicy, fruity air. Booze and apricot come with warmth. Synthetic plastic, as in a pencil’s eraser, becomes noticeable by the end of the tasting, as well. Our first impression is that this was more bitter and metallic than the nose suggested. As we sip, there is a flash of sweet and sour maltiness and chalk, which is soon washed away by bittering hops and metals. The peak of the swallow shows bittering aromatic hops of earthy and herbs, as in nose. This mixes with a sweeter caramel malt and some coppery metallics. The finish is smoother, of juicy citric and fruity hops, cleaning the palate of the partially bittering malt bill from the start. There are notes of booze and some final plastic phenols to cut some more of that sweetness and hopping puckering. The aftertaste breathes of more of the same, with sweaty caramel malts, more copper, general sourness, alcohols, and bitter earthy hops. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to borderline high. There is great slurp, froth, and cream to each sip. The feel is soft and crisp, but the mouth is left with a palpable metallic film. The palate is left particularly bone dry and astringent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. The color was beautiful and the head was resilient. The latter lent a huge strength to the feel as well, making for a pleasantly creamy beer. The nose was nice and hoppy, but there were some curious soft phenolic licks that didn’t seem to fit very well. The flavor, too, was generally tasty, but we felt that the melts could have been curbed, and that the hops and malts could have been better balanced with a nicer sweetness to the ever present bitterness throughout. As an added bonus, we really love the label art on this one.

Photo of Star80
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a tan frothy head. Quite a bit of lacing. Looks good.

S - Nose is weak. What I can detect are some citrus hops, some earthy hops and some toasty malts.

T - Taste is quite balanced between the rich malt and the clean bitter hops. Has a certain candyness to the bitter hops that actually makes it pretty drinkable.

M- Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth.

O - Overall a pretty decent brew although not enough nose or citrus hops to qualify as IPA in my book.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 4/28/12

A - dark amber; quarter of an inch of soft white head; good retention

S - piny, spicy, floral hop aroma

T - faint caramel malt, spicy, bitter, faint citrus, very floral

M - medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation

This is a decent beer though the malt character is a bit lacking for this style. The hop character is rather solid and definitely fits to the IPA tag that SA put on it. It's worth a try in any case.

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

A - Pours a deep copper/amber color. Puffy 1 finger head. Good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Pretty malty, some dark fruit, caramel. A bit of earthiness beneath.

T - Lot of nuttyness in the taste. Begins a bit sweet, tinge of fruit, before fading into a little bit of dry nuts and just a bit of a hop kick.

M - Full mouthfeel, a bit sticky, but smooth.

Overall - It was decent. Not outstanding. Beer seemed a bit muddled.

Photo of bodymarks
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished copper colored with a thick and foamy inch high head that lingers very long. Inviting aroma of citrus hops, a bit grainy, some pine.

Biscuity maltiness and understated caramel underlies sharp citrusy hops, firm bitterness, lots of pine and orange rind. Notes of dried leaves, some rough edges. A brash bitterness lingers.

Full mouthfeel, a bit tannic, some alcohol warming, tingly. Overall a decent beer, but a bit harsh finish.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kynap55
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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