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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,014 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1014
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%


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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TheBigE5

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a growler into a chalice. Small amount of head. Thin, quickly fading lacing. Beautiful dark amber color, clear.

S - Fairly balanced nose, malty at first then the hop notes come through.

T - Similar to the smell. Starts with sweet malts then the hop flavors finish it off.

M - Full bodied, smooth and easy drinking.

O - Well rounded, balanced and delicious. Ill be getting this again for sure!

Serving type: growler

03-23-2012 16:08:52 | More by TheBigE5
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jul 2014 at 40 degrees into goblet
Aroma slight hops
Head small (2 cm), light brown, rocky; oddly, the head is mostly lasting.
Lacing virtually none
Body dark ruby, clear
Flavor ? Maybe, but it’s hard to find. The Tasmanian hops apparently don’t survive the bottling process well. This beer is slightly bitter, but lacks any distinct hop character – no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl; no pine, citrus, tropical fruit, flower, etc. hop flavors or aromas are found.
Palate light, watery, carbonation soft.

While this is an attractive beer with OK mouthfeel, it is so lacking in flavor that it is hard to describe adequately. I first had this beer in 2012 when it was a limited release in bombers. It still is just an OK beer – nothing good enough to buy again and nothing bad enough to turn down if someone offers you one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:07:33 | More by Ozzylizard
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naughtypanda66

Illinois

2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Reddish color with a nice head on it.

S: Smelled stale and somewhat sour with a bit of sweet caramel.

T: Comparable to sweaty gym socks. I think this is severely out of date, but the bottle is not dated.

M: Mostly flat with a severely sour punch.

O: Very disappointing. I believe it is way out of date, but the bottle is not dated so I have no way to tell. Will not be trying again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:27:25 | More by naughtypanda66
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic bouquet full of oranges, lemon zest, marzipan, and cherries. Pours a dark ruby red that darkens to a brown around the edges. Flavor does not quite live up to the impressive nose but is still quite tasty with citrus flavors and carmelized sugar being at the forefront, followed by an earthy but subdued hop bitterness. Some nuttiness in the malt but none of the fruit flavors translate. Finishes clean and fairly neutral. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected with an ample carbonation level. More of a hoppy amber than an IPA; very balanced and drinkable but doesn't come near my personal favorite example of the style, Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:30:17 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, ruby colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, hazy

S: heavy on caramel malt, sweet alcohols, not good

T: sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar

M: medium with high carbonation

O: To be fair, this tastes like it is way out of date. Unfortunately I don't see any date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:12:20 | More by M_C_Hampton
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark red-brown, like bottled syrup. Dense thick body color. When held to light a faint, slightly perceptible color brightening occurs reminiscent of pomegranate juice and red wine. Off-white head. Very thick, like marshmallow cream. Head life is great. Sticky, clingy webbed lacing decorates the glass. The solid depth of the body looks nice, though I wish there was more bright highlighting and glossy edging. Still, a memorable looking beer.

S-Smells like vats of caramel and molasses. Powerful. Honey glazed malts. Raisins. Dates. Prunes. Figs. Brown sugar. Overall smells like fruit cake. Great smells. The highlight of the brew.

T-Taste follows the nose: Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. Mellow grapefruit comes to play as well. The sip starts sweet and then morphs into a bitter blast reminiscent of limes that lasts into the aftertaste. The gentle grapefruit streams and courses throughout the entire sip from start to finish. Hops pop up and pound on the tongue in an interesting choppy rhythm, not in a consistent smooth one. Nice bold tastes, with enough sweetness to cure a sweet tooth. Tastes Imperial, call it a "Red DIPA".

M-A low medium body, medium-low. Quasi-creamy. A welcome watery touch to the chew makes said brew fluid and chuggable. Very robust feels. Super sweets, ultra bitters. A light hop bite tingles the tongue. Astringency enters a tad when warmed. Also when warmed, sours & bitters crank up. This is good at first. Then it becomes, "okay, this is getting old". The bitter aftertaste lasts too much. The sweets should wash it out but don't. So maybe drink somewhat fast, the beer will sour too much as well. Non-nursing beer.

O-Tasman Red IPA is one of the better small batch beers Samuel Adams offers. Packs enough smells, tastes and feels. Looks solid. Bomber worthy purchase. One won't fret if it's discontinued, but this is a style of IPA that needs to be done more. Might be too pungent for some in smell and taste. Drink fast I repeat again. The beer will become sickeningly sour and brazenly bitter. But while it's cold, it is refreshing and bold. Worth another buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:37:33 | More by shacawgo24
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

2.18/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Tasman Red IPA pours a reddish color with a nice large lacing head. There is a strong roasted malty aroma with an earthy toffee aroma. The taste has a mellow slightly roasted malty backbone, with strong earthly toffee flavors. While the flavors are present, its not that enjoyable and not very drinkable. Overall a toffee crazed not hoppy red IPA, that really isn't worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:15:52 | More by vette2006c5r
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at the local grocery store for $6.99. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

A- Pours a nice orange/ruby red color with a considerable amount of frothy tan head. Solid retention and a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S- At first I caught the hop aroma. It was nice, but not overpowering. Next came a balance of malt aroma. It was somewhat roasted and nutty as well.

T- Taste was a surprisingly even balance of hop bite and malty flavors. Aftertaste was almost a bit nutty. This beer really did taste like a hybrid between a red ale and an IPA. I wish there would have been a bit more of a bitter hop flavor. The beer finishes with a bit more of a malty bread backbone.

M- Medium bodied with a pretty low amount of carbonation. Was hoping it would finish a bit smoother, but still a pretty drinkable brew.

O- A solid beer, but it seems a little bit too much in between styles for me. I enjoyed it, but for the price I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 01:01:54 | More by MickeyBeer
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense, bubbly foam caps a burnt umber pour with orangey edges. Broad lacing coats heavily with patches and bubbles that hang on tight.
Caramel and butterscotch are heavy in the nose and pervade the flavor profile, as well. Dates and dried stone fruits are sandwiched in roasted malt topped with peppery chili-spice. There's enough grass and citrus note to emphasize the hop influence that shows more in the finish. Orange and molasses add complexity.
Moderate to full body, creamy, but lively with carbonation. Drinkable and malt-chewy in nice balance, with a pleasant mouth-warming feel despite being a bit watery in light of the ABV.
Overall, a fine creation from a high production shop.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:28:54 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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farrago

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yields close to two fingers of tan foam, dense yet dimples quickly and then dissipates before holding a nice coating across the surface, still mostly smaller bubbles, the lacing has very good stick and forms broad strokes across the glass sides. The liquid has a rusty red to brown hue, more yellow-orange at the bottom and rims, bright and clear, the bubbles are very widely dispersed and move slowly. Big malty nose of caramel, toffee and butterscotch as well as honey and pine sap moving onto dates, figs and dried apricots, there’s some roast under it all but hard to find a strong hops presence. Full-bodied with a softer, creamy texture even as the carbonation brings a pleasing prickle to it. More bread and scone like notes here, minerally and earthy but no ignoring the caramel, toffee, cocoa and molasses. Has enough leafiness here to create added IPA feel. Still, malts rule the roost and the only real bite is a dry residue long after you swallow. Interesting and flavorful, however, I get kind of fatigued by sipping it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:35:12 | More by farrago
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish brown with two finger head that died at an OK pace but left lace patches on the glass. Like the appearance, your standard textbook aroma when one thinks "Red IPA" as I get citric, bitter hops, something like grape, bready graininess, minor sweet caramel. Fuller-bodied, smooth, slightly creamy, easy passing beer that hits the same notes on the tongue as it does on the nose - malt base of breadiness and caramel give it a fuller, chewey like sweetness that balances with good doses of citric, grapefruit hops (not really detecting other fruits) and they all finish high and dry thanks to a complementary ABV. Overall, not the most tasty beer and at times the beer either dries out my tongue or leaves bitter notes but still good all the way.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 23:17:54 | More by clayrock81
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lwillitz

Florida

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A few seconds after I opened the bottle, foam began to run out--highly carbonated, I guess.

A - large medium tan layer of thick foam over a murky body of copper/brown; head sticks around, lacing the glass beautifully

S - pine, citrus, earthy notes, caramel sweetenss

T - lots of pine and grapefruit up front, caramel sweetness moves in for a nice contrast, earthy and spicy hop notes answer back, finish is bitter and citrusy with a hint of residual malt sweetness

M - thick, creamy full body; high carbonation

O - Beautiful in appearance, intriguing in scent, delightfully complex in taste, pleasantly thick in feel, high in carbonation (which works well in this case). Tasman Red is a nice IPA and certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:45:34 | More by lwillitz
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark copper; big frothy off white head, long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy hops; malted grain; dried figs; brown sugar; caramel; smells delicious

Taste: Roasted grain and spicy hop on start; quickly moves to dried fig flavor; ends with a semi-sweet, hop flavor; pretty well balanced overall, and fairly tasty.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:59:04 | More by IchLiebeBier
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate/large head that is light brown before it soon recedes. The beer is a deep mahogany that looks like a deep ruby red in the light. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Smells of dark caramel, toffee, a bit roasty. Also has mild but noticable citrus and pine notes as well.

Taste starts with caramel and toffee, then becomes roasty, ending with pine and citrus hops. Has a great lingering aftertaste that consists of caramel, pine, a little orange, and just a hint of roastiness. Has a heavy mouthfeel with average carbonation for an IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 23:06:29 | More by JG-90
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Poured a deep blood-like red with a small off white head. Smells of nice piney and citrus notes, very inviting. Tastes of hops of the citrus variety, with some earthy undertones, with some notes of caramelized malt. Beer is carbonated correctly and for its medium body, it is still dangerously sessionable. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 22:15:23 | More by cyclonece09
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Decent tan lacing and a pretty red color. Doesn't look like an IPA.

Smell: Strong spiced molasses, almost smells like spiced rum. Cotton candy and some corn. A tad artificial smelling at times, but overall very good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good balance between sweet molasses and bitter pine. Excellent cotton candy flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is definitely light, which doesn't quite do it for me in this style.

Overall: I was slightly disappointed in this. An excellent concept, but not quite executed the same way.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 23:43:33 | More by tjsdomer2
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312HopBomb

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown but clear ruby red when held to the backlight. Medium tan head with good lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and earthy hops. Maybe a slight twinge of American or Australian hops?

Taste is the same with roasted caramel malt and burnt toast. Earthy hop with a very slight note of fruity hop. Light/moderate bitterness and some sweetness and moderate/full malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent red for the price but not one of my favorites. More of an Imperial red leaning toward the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:35:02 | More by 312HopBomb
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark ruby-red color with a huge creamy head with long retention and patches of lace sticking down the entire glass

S- sweet caramel-toffe malt, dark fruit and figs, grapefruit zest & citrus hop

T- much more malty profile than expected, but its very good. Strong flavors or caramel-toffee, dark fig & prune. Citrus and pine hop flavors provide a nice balance, but the malt takes center stage on this one. The finish is slightly sweet with a dark fruit and resinous pine linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish with just a bit of alcohol bite at the end

O- this one had a few months on it so I don't know if that influenced the malty sweetness or not, regardless I really liked it. This drinks more like an imperial amber/red but one of my recent favorites from SA.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 20:01:23 | More by Treyliff
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teromous

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany color of brown, with a hint of midnight red. Fluffy thick tan head with lots of lacing. Although it's hard to see through the dark body, it is easy to tell that it is clear as a bell.

S: Strong hop aroma right off the bat. There's a grapefruit scent and a little lemon zest. Not much else, but it smells good.

T: I'm hit with a malty flavor at first. Some caramel, a little charcoal, some roasted nut. The aftertaste is a pine resin with a little bit of mineral taste.

M: It's very smooth...smoother than most other AIPA's I've had. There's still the roughness that you get from highly hopped IPA style beers, but it is very dextrinous and feels very malty.

O: I liked this beer. It was easy to drink, and tasted good. It was a bit too roasty for my personal taste, but that did not stop it from being an enjoyable beer. I would drink this over many of the other "standard" IPA/AIPA/IIPA offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 19:20:39 | More by teromous
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a big head into a snifter glass. Dark red with a obsidian background. Nice huge head, lacing and great retention. Alot of clarity.

Aroma is crystal malt pronounced, slightly sweet and toasty with some pine and slight citrus hop character. Not a lot of floral style hops. Wish I had more hop in the aroma.

Taste showcases the malt but has good hop character. It has a big malt backbone to back up a nice earthy hop bite with some sweetness to round out. Resiney pine flavor like simcoe. Almost reminds me of sierra christmas celebration.

Mouthfeel is medium easy drinking.

This beer feels like a typical west coast IPA but with some darker crystal style specialty malts. I think the malt mutes the hop character a bit. Gives it a very unique eclipsed sun kind of color. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:40:54 | More by Durtdiggler
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BigBarley

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear ruby with an off-white/ khaki head.

Aroma is that of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple mostly) with some sweet, biscuit malt backing it up.

Flavorwise there's a little tropical sweetness followed by a blend of dank bitterness and that same malt holding down the balance. Very sweet but still with a strange butter flavor that wraps around that dank hoppy goodness and accents it well.

Medium body with decent carbonation, kinda sticky in the mouth, lingering flavors. I enjoy this beer quite a bit, but have had a Red IPA or 2 that outdoes it. Unique but not mindblowing.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 15:33:19 | More by BigBarley
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argock

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No decipherable bottling date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Very clear dusky dark amber with a lot of redness. The head is 2-fingers and light beige with decent retention and a good crusting of lacing.

S: Light on the hops for a "red IPA" with most caramel and toasty maltiness coming through, kissed by grapefruit and floral hops.

T: Despite the name, this really fits the bill as an imperial amber ale, as it has all the signature qualities, but is just bigger. In this way, it is an excellent beer, but it seems accidental given the labeling. The maltiness is the clear flag-bearer with toffee, caramel, toasted malt with light graininess carrying this very easy-drinking beer. The hoppiness that is given all the print falls way short with only some minor grapefruit, floral, honeysuckle, and pine notes. THey do provide a great counterpoint to the wallop of maltiness which is exceptionally smooth and delicious.

M: Creamy and drinkable with relatively low carbonation and medium body with a pretty dry finish.

O: Ignoring the naming the SA puts on it, this is pretty damn good beer. Consider it a true imperial amber ale, probably one of the truest to fit that moniker that I have tasted. Delicious without being decadent and overly sweet, a really good big beer that needs renaming to really express what you are going to be tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 04:17:55 | More by argock
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a thick foam of tan bubbles. Gorgeous lace, so an A+ on presentation.

Nose is hoppy but earthy, too. I get some orange tones. Superlative.

Flavor is nicely hopped, but well-balanced by a fair malt profile. A little tart, a little sweet, and a strong earthy character. I'm reminded of dirt, leaves, and the like. And that's not a bad thing at all. Very delicious and I'd definitely buy a 6 pack of these if made available more widely!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 12:59:38 | More by secondtooth
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FlatRabbitRed

Arizona

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lets go with bronze on this one, not copper...even though the bottle says "red". This one made me do a double take, because it was called a red ....it's just a different one for sure.

The main up front character is the roasted malt, followed by the high hop addition, not very sweet, no caramel, biscuit vanilla undertones.

The usual high standard beer you would expect from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 16:07:04 | More by FlatRabbitRed
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish brown with and tannish head. a finger or so that leaves a lacing. in the middle of opaque and clear.

Smell: Wonderful smell. strong caramel malts and some citrusy hops. very well balanced and pleasant

Taste: toasty malts, caramel sweetness, citrusy hops and piney hops. good but it needs more hops. they come in nicely in the smell but the malts beat them out in the taste.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, some bitterness afterwards

Overall: This is a pretty great beer. if your in the mood for a slightly hoppy red this one is a winner. nice strong malts with some but not overpowering hops

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 21:08:51 | More by SportsandJorts
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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.