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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

1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1012
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:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$5.49 bomber from Bourbon St., Greenwich.

Bold bright red with terrific clarity. Rocky off-white snowball of foam. Good stretchy lace.

Aroma has a pine forest on the top, but there is a citrus grove within that forest, with grapefruit, apricot, and orange.

Solid not too sweet caramel lays down a good foundation. Some juicy fruit squeezes in, and then the big bitter bite crashes at the swallow and takes over the afterglow.

Sturdy mouthfeel with a bit of bubbly to it.

Probably my favorite new Sam Adams since the imperial pilsners. I'm going back to the store for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 05:21:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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samie85

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an incredibly clear and deep copper/brown color with a robust, dense two finger of light tan head.

S-Huge pineapple notes with some grapefruit, deep caramel and biscuity notes.

T-Bitter pineapple upfront with a little bit of caramel, biscuit, and a bit of grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

M-Very smooth feel with low to moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D-Very tasty and juicy hop profile with a nice malt backing to balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:22:32 | More by samie85
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a mahogany reddish color with a huge fluffy merangue-like foam. The head lasts a long time and some thick lace paints the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: pine, earthiness, and some fruity sweetness is soft but very pleasant.

Taste: big caramel flavors with soft grapefruit and pine, a big earthiness, ripe plums and red apples, and a huge floral but with biting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: slow sipping big flavored IPA. This beer was really bold and nicely refreshing. A wonderful beer that all BAs should try.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:29:55 | More by Gavage
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet with a dense, foamy head that sticks out of my Sam Adams glass like the top scoop of an ice cream cone. Retains well and strews lace all over the glass.

Smells like sharp pine, juicy grapefruit and orange marmalade. Tasman Red is brewed with Tasmanian Topaz and Galaxy hops. I've never had the pleasure of those varieties before but so far so good.

Doesn't taste as hoppy as the aroma indicates but hoppy enough. Sharp pine hops with a drying, bitter finish dominates the first half of the bottle. As Tasman warms a little bit of toffee marmalade surfaces and blends well with the citrus hops.

Not as malty as many red IPAs, the hops get all the attention just as in a normal IPA. I like the interpretation though. Reminds me a little of a less malty Maine Beer Zoe.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 18:23:25 | More by donkeyrunner
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty crimson with a half inch of persistent tan foam that left rings of lace.

Smell is light pine hop and caramel malt.

Taste is bitter and refreshing mostly a pine resin quality but with underlying citric elements and roasted malts that work well together. Earthy elements appear along with sweetness from the malt, balanced nicely by the ibu's making a mildly pith-bitter, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is plush and the body holds together well.

Quite easily the best I've had from Sam Adams and a good one in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:39:58 | More by JackieTH
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Hey, wasn't the dude on the label in a documentary about a crazy West Virginian family...? Regardless, the beer behind him pours a clear dark rust topped by a finger of dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises grass, light pine needle, ruby red grapefruit rind, and a bit of toasted toffee. The taste focuses on the toffee to be begin with, then moves on to a thin layer of grapefruit, then goes head-first into a vat of minty pine resin. This last piece leads to a generally bitter flavor, which erases everything (including itself, somehow) from the tongue rather quickly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, an okay brew at best, with flavors that don't really stand up very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:00:14 | More by TMoney2591
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Beejay

Virginia

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

A: A very deep crimson. As with all Sam Adams beers crystal clear, and a thick rich tan head.

S: Very hoppy at first whiff. Resiny Pine and evergreen, there is a touch of an earthy smell as well. There is a nice dark bread aroma in the finish.

T: Good maltiness, and an assertive hop presence. The earthiness, and pine resin flavors transfer over from the smell. There is a nice toasted flavor, and the finish is all oily bitterness.

M: Medium with fairly high carbonation. The finish is certainly oily.

O: Overall it is a really good drinking beer. Perhaps a touch too much emphasis on the bitterness for me, but I still enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:54:22 | More by Beejay
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musicforairports

New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an awesome looking beer. Ruby-colored, rather dark, but very clear when held up to the light. A bit of the head stays the whole way and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is pine, evergreen-style, maybe some citrus, some vague malts.

Flavor is much sweeter than the nose--caramel, toffee and bitter, pine-like hops. The hop profile is bitter and prominent, but lacking in complex flavor. Some citrus qualities are discernible. Great, complex caramel malt flavors. A rich beer, but an easy one to drink.

Mouthfeel is sweet and kind of thick. Feels heavier than a 6.75 percent ABV beer.

Overall I'm glad I tried this, and I'm glad Sam Adams is making this series of beers. This is the first one of them I've tried. If you're looking for a "red IPA," you probably won't find the complex, citric hop profile you're looking for. But this is a delicious red ale with a lot of hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:32:02 | More by musicforairports
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rmcnealy

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Wild Onion Brewing traditional pint glass.

Poured a dark copper with a slightly off white head that came on strong and fleeted slowly leaving a small layer of foam and sticky lace around the glass. The smell is great, very citrusy with hints of hemp and hop. The taste is very robust with the grapefruit, citrus, pine and hop being very prevalant. The mouthfeel is slight maltiness followed up with a nice bitterness bite at the end. Great brew that has a bunch of different elements coming together in beer harmony. Try it, enjoy it!

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:29:04 | More by rmcnealy
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vandemonian

Maryland

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

Samuel Adams Tasman Red IPA is a fantastic amber that is super soppy and a little darker and fruitier than the usual.

A: Red colour and a 1 cm cream-coloured head that lasts well. 4.5

S: Strongly hoppy. Grassy. Delicious. 4.5

T: Fruity, grassy hops over a woody malty base. Same darker fruit flavours toward the end and some bitterness. Very nice. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:21:23 | More by vandemonian
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

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

Batch #1. Poured into a nonic.
A- Pours a deep copper, almost mohagany, body with a foamy 2-finger head that sticks around and shows some nice lace.

S- Resiny hop aroma up front, piney, slightly citrusy, some caramel/toffee to it. Almost a slight aroma of old coffee.

T- Not too bad, but not too great either. More bitterness than any real hop flavor. There is some sticky pine flavor which fits nicely with the touch of maltiness. Flavor is quick to leave once you swallow, not too much lingering flavor.

MF- Moderately bodied, not overly carbonated.

O- Not a bad shot at this, but I'd like to see them refine it just a bit more. For the price though, couldn't pass up trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 01:32:49 | More by LtCracker20
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" beige head. Body in masstone looks like burnt umber brown but when held to the light reveals a ruby wine color. Smells like a standard hoppy IPA. Taste is also pretty standard IPA with a little malt and some fruity aftertaste to the hops. Certainly a decent beer but not dramatically different to me from other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 20:52:09 | More by MoreThanWine
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark ruby red to blood red color, from a 650 mL bottle, with ABV on the label. Visually this beer is almost close to stunning.
Massive two finger foamy frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some really nice lace. For some reason there is uneven distribution of the head, with a lot of it ending up at one end of the surface. Good head retention though.
Aroma is predominantly hoppy, with lots of pine in the nose and some citrus. There is also a definite presence of malts, caramel and toffee aroma's coming through intermittently between the pine aroma.
Taste is more on the malty side with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. Oily and chewy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty ale and easy to drink. A very good effort from Sam Adams, and is sold at a very reasonable price.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:32:54 | More by CaptDavyJones
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Picked up a bottle of this beer at Julio's after hearing good reviews about it.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a deep, rich ruby/brown hue with a big, fluffy two finger reddish hued head that faded to leave nice sticky side lacing and dense clouding/halo.

S - Wow, so this is Tasmanian hops? Interesting. Very earthy on the nose with some light subtle malts and hops. Very unique and interesting. The hops are earthy, grassy, light citrus and pine. Smells almost like dirt but in a good way.

T - Taste is pretty good here. Nice slightly sweet malts and earthy hops. Good bitter finish of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Again there is that super earthy flavor and nice bitter hops.

M - Fair carbonation here, little crisp, very dry on the finish with good hop bitterness.

O - Wow, incredibly surprised by this beer. The Tasmanian hops are really unique/interesting in this beer. Some intense earthyness that you just dont see in beer. Would definately buy this in six packs.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:13:40 | More by rudzud
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer's color is a pretty crimson. Sandy head is uneven and bubbly. Leaves patchy strings of lace. The beer is transparent and the bubbles are but a slow rising few.

S-Oh wow. This is a very hoppy aroma. I get a hempy, almost green onion hop aroma. Very earthy! Light sweetness on the back end. The hops are very unique. This beer reminds me a bit of a considerably less intense Founders' Devil Dancer. This aroma is still pretty sturdy none the less.

T-The tangy herbal hops are quite prevalent. More attention is stressed to the malt in the taste. Cinnamon and caramel mostly. Hops are quite unique I must say. I do enjoy the flavor, but it does take some adjusting.

M- Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Pretty bitter. Resinous. Good feel.

O/D-Better than I was expecting, and much more unique too. The hop profile is definitely original. So is the overall flavor. At $4.39 for a decent sized bottle, I find this to be a good value. Usually don't expect much of a surprise from anything Sam Adams, but this one caught me off guard (in a good way).

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:55:04 | More by VelvetExtract
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- red to copper in color with thick tan head, very low carbonation
Smell- mostly very piney and citrus hoppy notes
Taste- malty upfront but mostly firm bitter hops at the end, balance is relatively good, nice balanced flavor with the hops being the main component
Mouthfeel- very smooth and balanced light carbonation
Drink ability / overall- very nice beer in terms balance and sessioning , certainly hoppier beer then most but maintains nice balance, a good effort by Sam Adams

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:40:30 | More by Stunner97
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a gorgeous bright red, with a two inch tanish red sticky head, lots of lacing. Smell is piney hops, carmel, pineapple, and a little bready. Taste is that, some malty carmel in the start and a smack of grapefruit in the finish. Body is really excellent not huge, but on the big side for the abv. Nice carbonation.I really enjoyed this beer. Well done BBC.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 22:05:55 | More by SawDog505
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Spider889

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this while at The Andersons, though I imagine it will be showing up all over (I hope at least). When the label approvals for this series went through earlier this year I was more excited for trying Sam Adams than I have been in a long while.

The beer comes in an elegantly unique bomber with one of the best Sam Adams labels to date. Listed as Batch No. 1. Not sure if that means batch 1 of Red IPA or batch 1 of the limited series.

Poured into a Duvel tulip (though this would be a perfect beer for the over-sized Perfect Pint glasses that are floating around out there).

Pooled in the glass the beer is a deep purple color (and very nearly brown porter territory). However, held in the light the Tasman most certainly is red. Well, at least a dark glowing shade of garnet. The head is aged linen white and tall. Retention is minor but lace is thick and plentiful.

The aroma is swath with the elegant floral bouquet of the galaxy hops. Underpinnings of pine and citrus are found digging deeper into the tulip. Caramel malts provide a nice counterpoint without ever getting sweet.

More bitter and hop forward than I first guessed, Tasman Red is a formidable beer. And perhaps appropriately so, I found that the malt flavor is nowhere near what the color would suggest. I was hoping for a better marriage of malt and bitterness. That said, pine resin is checked somewhat by dry fruity maltiness. As the beer warms, the pine hop flavor is also accompanied by some twiggy spiciness.

Strong carbonation with a dry finish. Quite bitter with fairly obvious alcohol notes.

Overall an impressive beer and at a great price. I have more hope for the others in this series now.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 06:43:19 | More by Spider889
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark red ale out of a bomber and into a pint glass. Huge frothy off white head forms and retains very well. Great looking creamy texture. Lace everywhere from a head that never fully disappears. Textbook.

S- Hoppy at first.. Crisp citrus hops and some pine as well, comes off clean. Somewhat herbal and overall quite fruity. Caramel sweet malt with warmth.

T- Well balanced flavor consisting of a hoppy beer rounded out by rich, sweet malt. Hops are again nice with citrus (orange, lemon zest), pine and a bit floral. This beer also has a fruity almost strawberry jam flavor. Malts are toasty, caramel and rich, toffee and just a tad bit of roast.

MF- Lower carbonation than I was expecting right out of the gate. This makes the beer seem richer and sweeter to me. Slightly bitter finish. I just wish it was more crisp and carbonated, it would go down much better.

Interesting blend of hops, malt and fruit flavors. It has both IPA and amber ale characteristics. Probably one of the richest, complex and flavorful Sam Adams beers I have had with fresh hop flavors. More should be made in this type of series. Mouthfeel was the only slight flaw.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:51:17 | More by cbutova
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a huge bubbly beige head that shows great retention and mounds of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is a great mix of earthy, pine and citrus hops. Slight hints of grapefruit, onion, garlic, and light caramel. Taste starts off with a nice hit of bready maltiness before the onslaught of hops takes over and obliterates any traces of barley. Pine and citrus mixed with bits of green onion and garlic. The flavor reminds me a lot of latitude 48 with a bit more intense hop presence. Thinnish body, moderate level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I felt the body to be a bit thin and I would have liked a bit more malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:35:37 | More by johnnnniee
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very overlapping huge head when poured with a very dark malty red appearance. It has an amazing smell of some West Coast IPA's that I'ved smelled in the past. Definitely getting smells of earthy, pine, wood, herbal and grapefruit smells. I also get a sweet roasted smell that is reminiscent of caramel and oak. Its tastier than the Latitude 48 but that still is a really good beer as well.

The taste is spicy, resinous hops with a sweet malt somewhat similar to their malt backbone for their Latitude 48 but with some oak woody flavors and then ending with a grapefruit, pine, herbal and citrusy hop bitter tasting finish. I like this better than their Latitude 48 actually the malts come together more for a nicer oak, wood, caramel bready finish and the hops shine through it with all the flavors I mentioned above as well as some mintyness from the hops.

I'm very impressed with this beer from them it definitely stands up to other stronger IPA's that I've had and it seems like Samuel Adams has been really really kicking it up a notch these days with their quality and selection of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 01:46:28 | More by thebrood1987
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Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color, almost ruby like. The beer has a huge pillowy beige head that slowly settles leaving a wall of webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lovely grapefruit and pine hop scent. This goes along with a bready caramel malt. Very nice.

The taste is of the grapefruit hops. Not as strong as in the aroma. The grapefruit transitions into a piney/resiny hop towards the end. A bit minty. There is a smooth caramel malt flavor that brings along some roast and light wood notes.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Some sweetness on the palate but leans more hoppy bitter and some roasted bitter. Some dry asprin in the finish.

An enjoyable hoppy amber. I'd prefer more grapefruit and less pine in the flavor but this is still a good hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:52:53 | More by Gmann
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruby red..very clear. Huge 3 fingers of off-white head with lots of texture and staying power. Leaves a super thick film and lots of lacing.

S: Great hops smell. Has almost a peach like smell to it along with citrus, a hint of pine and sweet malts.

T: This is tasty. More pine in the taste than in the smell, especially once the beer warms. Citrus is still here though. Sweet, bready malts provide some balance, but this is most certainly an IPA.

M: Full, creamy mouthfeel with a bitter and dry finish.

O: Tasman Red is a good beer that I could drink a lot of. At under $5 a bomber, it's a great value as well. I'll be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:47:17 | More by titosupertramp
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, sans freshness date, leisurely dumped into a tulip after one of the strangest days of my life.

Crimson liquid with a frothy whipped up tempest atop. Lacing is ample.

Smells of fresh herbal hops, citrus rind, and cinnamon bread.

Big biscuity maltiness up front segues to cinnamon and some spicy hops. Moderate bitter smack finishes the deal.

Medium bodied and a tad oily.

Overall it's a solid effort but there's too much of a monstrous malt presence to keep this from being a personal favorite in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:04:04 | More by BarrytheBear
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

L - clear dark amber color with a off-white head that left some lacing behind.

S - Tasmanian hops, floral earthiness and citrus rind.

T - a hint of sweet malt upfront followed by bitterness with enough malt in the background keeping the beer well balanced.

F - medium bodied with a tart, crisp feel.

O - a nice beer from BBC/SA.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:26:18 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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