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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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1,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | 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%

JohneHoodlum, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a nice deep red color with a small slightly off white head. The head faded quick leaving a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is quite sweet up front. There are great aromas of cherry, caramel and a nice roasted –bready malt base. A nice citrus aroma is very pertinent as well; citrus in nature and a bit more citrus candy sweet in smell.

Taste – In the front of the taste there is a nice roasty and bready malt base with a good caramel sweetness. More towards the middle a nice hoppy flavor really works its way into the mouth. Citrus and a bit of pine really begin the hop flavor. More toward the end however the hop turns to more and more bitter grapefruit citrus in nature and leaves a very strong grapefruit bitterness in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A little more creamy and thick then the normal brew with a average level of carbonation. It very nice for the style; the carbonation complements the nice grapefruit hop and the thicker body the nice bready-caramel flavors.

Overall – This is a very tasty brew. Nice malty hop flavor with a great aroma and mouthfeel. One to try and have many a times.

Darkmagus82, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of nicholas527
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

nicholas527, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Herky21
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Herky21, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Pugs78
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Pugs78, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

shockrocker65, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color, with some purple in the light. A light tan head leaves plenty of lacing, and some spotty retention as I finish the glass.

Smell is all malt, toasted, and almost caramel, some piney aroma joins as the beer warms.

Taste is similar to the nose, only a bit less. It's supposed to be and IPA, but the focus here is on the red flavors, roasted malt, hops in the background.

A bit bubbly, and light. Easy to drink.

An overall good beer, but not an IPA, as much as a red.


Drinkerofales, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of lumpy1126
4/5  rDev +7.2%

lumpy1126, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Deep reddish brown, nice small head, moderate internal carbonation

S: Strong citrus and hops, some spice notes, traces of alcohol are present, pretty fragrant

T: Very intense and almost biting hop flavor, mild tropical fruit hints throughout, some pepper notes, but quite fleeting

M: Smooth, but intensity of flavor certainly adds to drinking difficulty, while delicious, certainly not something to rapidly consume

O: A nice and hoppy, very strong red, but at only 6.75% abv, I'm pleased it comes in a double-size, take your time with this one

MatthewWilde, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +7.2%

buckyp, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 22oz bottle @ Bevco.
Brewed with Two-row Harrington, Metcalf, and Copeland pale malts, Special B, Caramel 60, and Carafa III. Hopped with Australian Topaz and Galaxy hops.
OG=16.4° Plato, 6.75%ABV, Calories/12 oz.: 223, 80 IBU's.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear beautiful deep ruby, forming a tall whipped yellow head with superior retention and beautiful lacing. Gorgeous looking brew. Aroma of fresh tropical fruit from the hops, like mango and pineapple with a touch of pine. Mouthfeel is medium-dense body, rich, soft and smooth. Nice level of carbonation, on the medium low side (about 2 carbs). Taste begins and ends with hops galore sitting on top of a nice malty backbone with a touch of caramel. Cleanly fermented neutral ale yeast. Just a touch of huskiness and graininess lingers in the finish. Moderate bitterness...not too pungent, so drinkability is good. Suggestions of oaky vanilla in the aftertaste.

Pretty good beer. This reminds me of Lagunitas Censored or Lucky 13 or close to Founders Reds Rye. Good stuff.

Mitchster, Mar 17, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Batch no. 2. Sampled on March 16, 2012. It is an attractive dark amber pour with a huge, puffy, tan head that lingers and leaves lacing. The aroma brings out some bready sweet malts, pine hops, and a hint of grapefruit. The body comes in better than medium. This really does have the typical red style character in the taste with a larger proportion of bitter hops bringing up the rear. It is also very unique with a slightly tart fruity character too. Complex for sure.

puboflyons, Mar 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

SnatchyMcPants, Mar 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SeanNoach, Mar 15, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alan McCormick for passing this one along.

This pours almost opaque copper with a nice frothy khaki head that leaves good lace on the way down. On the nose there is biscuit and some caramel with pine lurking further down. In the mouth the biscuit and bread dominates, with any bitterness, mainly in the form of pine, taking over only after the malts die away. The body is exceptionally smooth and there is a long finish where what bitterness there is shines through.

Overall, this is a somewhat interesting beer, but not one I'll be seeking out. There isn't enough bitterness here for me to see this having IPA anywhere on the label. That said it is utterly devoid of the Sam Adams house note, which always a plus and a surprise.

EricCioe, Mar 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

KingStephenR, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

2378GCGTG, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Tyrawlings, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Sam Adams bomber poured into a large globe glass. Pours a clear deep ruby brown with an inch of porous off white foam. Solid lace with moderate retention.

Aroma is dry and a bit charred with hints of roast and some caramel malts. The IPA moniker seems undeserved as the hop profile is present and accounted for though a bit earthy but not too strong. At the same time the dry nature of the beer keeps the malt profile rather simple.

Flavor is dry and chalky as the nose might suggest. Not bad but lacking the malt depth of your typical Red Ale as well as the hop love of an IPA of any race, creed or color. Bit of hop spice encourages the feel a bit.

Overall a bit of an outlier. Not something I would buy again in a large format bottle but would agree to in a mixed 12er. Nothing special to offer really.

HalfFull, Mar 12, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch #1.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Three fingers of tan, frothy/creamy head. Retention is good with lots of lacing left behind.

4.0 S: The label said to expect grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes. Earthy I get plenty of, but not much pine and grapefruit. There's a case for floral, however. In any case, the real focus is the malts. Caramel overload with some toffee. Toastiness abounds. Rich, sweet neutral maltiness to tie it together.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but it seems confused. It's like it wants to be a malt bomb, but the hops get in the way. Low end of moderate bitterness. Earthy and flowery hop taste foremost with a touch of pine underneath. Caramel and toffee are back, but with less thrust. Toastiness is still at it though. Reasonably clean and not sweet, but not dry either.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as I'd like, but decent here.

3.5 D: It's no Nugget Nectar, but it isn't bad. I think this is the last of this series for me to vanquish, but SA is always coming out with new stuff so who knows. Worth a try, but not a re-buy.

DavoleBomb, Mar 11, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

tgoldian, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of nrs207
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap served in a pint glass.

A - Dark amber color with a finger to 1.5 of fluffy off white head. Clear and leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

S - Smells somewhat citrusy, but also some earthy/floral hops. Get a little sweet maltiness in there. Above average, but not fantastic.

T - Get some definite classic malt for the style. More prominent, however, are some citrus and earthy hops, and a little spiciness. The reason I gave it a 2.5 is because of the horrible aftertaste. Tastes incredibly metallic, and with the color I couldn't help thinking of blood. Horrible thought when you're drinking a beer.

M - Good level of carbonation. Goes down smooth, but the horrible aftertaste kills the drinkability for me.

O - It's a good beer that goes horribly wrong a few seconds after you take a drink. I have no idea if something was wrong with the keg or the tap lines, but I had 2 other beers that tasted fine to me. I hope this wasn't how it always is, but the reviewer right below me seems to have had the same problem. Won't be drinking this again.

nrs207, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

goblue3509, Mar 08, 2012
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.