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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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1,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,058
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 Seanibus


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad - better than the run of the mill Sam Adams product.

Pours a deep red with a big fluffy light tan head. The aroma is slight, a bit woody. The flavor is very malty, sweet and carmelly, with a slight spice on the finish and a deep hop bitterness. The effect is almost like a bitter chocolate on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:09:31 | More by Seanibus
Photo of gestyr


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22Oz bottle into a schooner

A: Deep amber which shows as a garnet color when held to the light

S: Malty, slight roast and caramel aroma. Pine and citrus from the hops

T: Initially malty and slightly sweet followed by a very strong hops presence which lingers after you swallow. the hops taste like they smell.

M: Light bodied. This would be a good beer to drink on a hot day

O: I would drink this again. Good Job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:51:19 | More by gestyr
Photo of DrDemento456


3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deeper dark brown than expected with some nice tan colored head, pillow like atop. Lacing is good.

S - Sharp dense pine which I hope doesn't transition so much in the taste with a sort of honey like bread malt.

T - Wow to me this beer is piratically undrinkable. Deep resinous pine very sharp and unforgiving with little honey gram cracker malt to balance. Reminded me of Penn Brewery "RyePA" with such a dry and bitter finish.

M - Light to medium but hard to look past this acidic level of hops.

Overall this beer I believe gave me heartburn the next day since it was so bitter. I can't believe how hoppy they made this considering most Samuel Adams beers are not. Definitely not balanced and worth such a high score.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:35:08 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of mactrail


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby mahogany color in the Duvel tulip is quite attractive. Aroma of resiny hops and flowers. Is it Cascades with a Baby Ruth candy bar? A woody flavor and a nose like cedar cigar boxes. A musty smell adds to the mystery. Biscuity flavor. Shades off into the earthy hop flavors. Vegetal with mushrooms. Bitter like artichokes but with a sweetness as well. Long fragrant nose. Malty and rich with flavors.

Not overly bitter. A fairly thin body. Can't help compare it with the very tasty 547 Haight St. imperial red from Pizza Port.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 06:27:57 | More by mactrail
Photo of BucsNBucks


4/5  rDev +7%

01-10-2012 08:08:04 | More by BucsNBucks
Photo of jlenik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

01-08-2012 23:58:38 | More by jlenik
Photo of smcolw


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive large, thick head that settles slowly. The broth is ruby red in color where plenty of light shines through. Clear. Good ring lace.

Good hop bite to the nose. There's an unusual earthy smell I wasn't expecting. I categorize this as "funky".

The flavor matches the smell. The malt comes across as dry, earthy and almost astringent. Good hop presence in the swallow. The aftertaste is long lasting and very well balanced. The body and carbonation are predictable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:13:47 | More by smcolw
Photo of riored4v


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a pint. Nice ruby/amber colored body. Clear. Rocky, off white head with some good amounts of lacing.

Aroma was really grainy. Some citrus hops along with a caramel, malty sweetness. Aroma really reminded me alot of unfermented wort. Some mild roast and chocolate aroma.

Taste was very similar. Tasted very much like unfermented wort. Sweet maltiness with a earthy, piney bitterness. Mild citrus. Hints of roast and chocolate. Alot of grainy, bready notes.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish. No signs of ABV.

Overall it was pretty drinkable but really awkward for an IPA. The wort characterists were a bit off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:52:58 | More by riored4v
Photo of gratefuld


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish brown pour with a rich half in thick head. Looks like this might be a decent beer.

S: Nice hop aroma. Citrusy grapefruit. Very pleasant. Much hoppier than I had anticipated. Reminds me a little of a Ruination. Nice malt backbone as well after it has sat a little longer. All around I like it.

T: Decent amount of hops throughout. There is a taste in there I just can't quite place....coffee I think. Pretty well balanced taste, but not quite what I was expecting from the scent.

M: Highly carbonated and dry on the palate.

O: Not a bad beer by Samuel Adams. Generally I'm not a fan of their beers, but I thought I would give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 21:52:38 | More by gratefuld
Photo of coldriver


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a deep amber with a massive tightly bubbled head (one of the best I've ever seen!). Very nice citrusy aromas - lemon, grapefruit, and oranges. Taste is bitter hops with a bit of a smooth fruit juice flavor that doesn't really add to the overall effect. Finish is somewhat harsh with a quite bitter aftertaste. Was impressed when I first popped this open with the head and smell but the more I drank the less I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:46:10 | More by coldriver
Photo of JayQue


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice Red Ale. Received from Woodchopper in a trade. Pours a good looking reddish/amber color with a nice size light tan/off-white head. Thick bands of lacing...a good looking beer. Mild aroma of grassy hops..not that pronounced.

Taste is much more complex than the aroma. Bready and caramel malts blend very well with a subdued yet persistent grassy and piney hoppiness. Drinkability is very good. Not that sweet for a red ale. This is a smooth, crisp beer. I am finishing up the bomber by myself. I could make an evening out of this with another bomber.

This is a good Red Ale. One of the best Sam Adams beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:43:27 | More by JayQue
Photo of mithrascruor


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a big foamy off-white/light tan head. Excellent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Caramel and some grains; nothing too sweet.

Taste: Solid malty flavor with caramel and grain - not very bready, however. Mild hoppy spice & bitterness comes out in the finish and aftertaste. There's a roasted flavor that comes out after a while too, particularly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly smooth, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, pretty easy to drink.

A nice, hoppier red ale. Nothing outstanding, but quite nice and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 07:32:47 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of zimm421


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Appears a nice dark amber color, almost more on the brown side. Has a good tan head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is sweet underneath, but is up front with the pine and citrus notes. The nose also has a good strength to it, not held back at all. The taste isn't near as sweet as expected, and quickly becomes bitter with pine, citrus and some spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation levels. Overall, doesn't blow me away, but not bad either. Not very complex and pretty straight forward, but interesting nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:48:30 | More by zimm421
Photo of JizackFH

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
Photo of divineaudio


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

batch 1, bomber split with my gf
tulip glass.

a - pours ruby red with a thick, two finger head. retention is good, after calming i get a thin ring and an island. lots of chunky lacing.

s - toasty, grassy, slight funk, faint citrus.

t - carmelly, biscuity malt. piney hop character that lingers. pretty one dimensional really.

m - medium with medium carbonation. finer co2 profile.

o - decent, but lacking in depth. a few bottle shops have told me that this one flys off the shelves. i have a really hard time believing that statement. probably won't be returning to this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:52:54 | More by divineaudio
Photo of warnerry


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep red with two fingers of dense off-white head. Head was great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Big citrus aroma, along with some caramel, some floral aromas and a bit of bread.

T - Hops are not as prevalent in the taste as in the aroma. Big bread and caramel malt, with subtle hop bitterness that becomes more pronounced through the finish.

M - Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish and some lingering bitterness.

O - Pretty good IPA, but the aroma promises more than the taste delivers. Noit worth the equivalent of a $15 six pack, but I would have this again if the price point were lower.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:43:31 | More by warnerry
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear deep red color with a 1/4" head of small tan bubbles on top after a pretty aggressive pour. There were lots of bubbles rising, and the head was about the same size a minute or so after the pour. There is some pretty heavy lacing left on the glass after drinking, so overall this is a pretty attractive beer.

Aroma: The aroma was pretty clean with hops being the predominant aspect, but there is plenty of supporting malt in there too with some caramel notes being the most noticeable. The hops are green and plentiful and are mixing pretty well with the malt overall.

Taste: The flavor is a bit bolder than I anticipated and actually has a mild acidic and almost roasty component which is a little odd. Overall the hops are leading the show with lots of flavor to go with the aroma initially, but they are pretty strong in the overall balance of the finish as well, so the hops carry you the whole way through the profile. The finish has some sweetness and a few toasty notes from the malt, but the hops are in charge of the balance overall. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, and the carbonation is actually helping to dry the finish out a bit. As the beer warms up some, there is a subtle perfume coming out that I guess is hop derived.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. The flavor was a bit of a shocker to me and I am getting used to it after about half the bottle, but it is a bit acidic. This won't stop me from drinking all of the beer, but I don't know if I will need to come back to this one. If you are a hop-head, I would give this one a shot as it is a pretty decent beer overall, it just isn't really MY "cup of tea".

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:20:00 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Sinewave


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

01-01-2012 23:30:12 | More by Sinewave
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-31-2011 21:58:49 | More by GrabMeAnAbbey
Photo of Pencible


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and grapefruit and honey malt, with a little floral hops.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and bitter floral and waxy hops, with some sweet honey malt. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice IPA, but not very red aside from the color. The scent and taste were good not great. The body was solid and it was easy to drink. Enjoyable but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:54:54 | More by Pencible
Photo of bilyboy65


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review of this beer begins here...

First lets take a journey to the center of the looking glass. this is where we'll see the life of this beautiful beer. It's long life off white head that marks it's territory like a dog in heat. Beautiful amber color that easily marks this beer as a red ale coming forth.

Next the journey will take us to the outskirts of the nose hairs. This is where you'll want to remain if you don't want to get lost in this beers complexity. It has grapefruit and piney notes. Also a hint of sweet roasted malts to give it a sweetness that is very pleasant.

Afterwards the big drop into the belly of the beast. The flavor of this beer is instantly noticed of the floral hops. This starts to give way to the bittersweetness of the grapefruit notes. This sense of grapefruit really rounds out the beer nicely. Which sits gently on your palate begging to be tasted and enjoyed. Then flows smoothly away as you prepare for the next sip.

Overall it's a delicious beer. However I think to be calling it a Red on this site is either missing the mark on the beers sake or this websites. Enjoy this beer expecting an IPA and not a more malty red or amber.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:22:12 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of WrathsU


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber red. Off white head that is thick and long lasting with great lacing.

S - Smells a bit too much like sulfur for me. Also get a fair amount of American C hop aroma even though they use Tasmanian. A small malt aroma toward the back of the sniffer.

T - Sweet and caramel up front, bitter and hop flavor towards the middle and end. Seems very balanced and very drinkable. Hops aren't overpowering with American tastes even though that's how it smells.

M - Medium bodied, no alcohol burn or carbonation bite. A bit harsh going down is the only drawback.

O - A very drinkable beer. I think it's very well balanced and very tasty. I wish the color was a bit less deep, the smell a bit less American C, and the mouth feel a bit smoother. Overall not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:00:58 | More by WrathsU
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Portsmouth, batch #1. Pours a dark copper crystal-clear body with a good inch of khaki-colored head. Smells like citrus (lemon particularly) with chocolate and nut notes in the background. Lemon-like hops hit the palate initially but quickly give way to dark chocolate and toast with espresso breaking through toward the finish. Medium in body and carbonation. Robust but balanced. A solid red.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 21:57:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-28-2011 16:28:30 | More by BMart
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark reddish brown with a finger of fomay white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit citrus fruits and some slight sweetness. The malts balance things even here in the nose and it is impressing even with just a slight sniff of this beer.

The taste is sweet with some nice malt character. The hops come out to give off some slight pine and citrus flavor. Some nice grapefruit and tangerine are able to be detected and lend to a really nice flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium but really smooth. It feels like it is even lighter with such a sweet flavor and balanced body. This is one of the better beers to come out of the Sam Adams Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 14:59:39 | More by Duhast500
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.