Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,096 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 18
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:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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Photo of Bubbalito
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour = Deep dark red. Soft fluffy tan head. 3 fingers, stayed around awhile.

Smell= Carmel comes out first, followed by the citrus. Some toffee sweetness as well. Totally different than what I was expecting.

Taste = toffee, lightly roasted malt. A slight but of fruity yeast. I would call this a scotch ale or a "wee heavy" if it weren't for the dry finish the hops provide. What a surprise this was. A good surprise to be sure.

Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very thick frothy, very light tan head, very dark amber color, bunch of little carbonation bubbles, lots of nice lacing

S: Good blend of hops, including some grapefruit notes, some earthy and roasted blend of malts

T: Sweet up front, then bitter hops, some malts, very bitter and dry finish, aftertaste is a bit much for me

M: Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, some creaminess, good carbonation, nice hoppiness before the unpleasant aftertaste settles in

O: My brain has a hard time defining what beer style this is, I understand I may not be used to some of the ingredients, but the very dry and unpleasant aftertaste takes away from the nice hop finish right before it, I don't think I'll buy this batch (#2) again

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #1
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Spiegelau tulip.

A: Very nice looking beer, with an extremely dark red body, verging on brown, and a rocky off-white head. Aggressive lacing.

S: Strong, earthy, spicy hops. A little bit of graininess.

T: Opens with a bitter bite of dark, earthy hops. Toffee, slight caramel, and molasses. A little bit wheaty. Pungent bitterness and a breath of alcohol remain after the taste, along with some flashes of dank, dank, peppery marijuana.

M: Medium-bodied.

O: Pretty intense tasting and relatively well-executed. Reminds me of a less alcoholic Arrogant Bastard. The dankness of the hops will be the point of divergence for most people. I like it.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this offering in a nonic pint. Here's to you smirking, bowler hat-wearing, Santa beard-sporting guy on the label.

Appearance- The ecru-colored foam does not mess around and quickly builds to three-fingers in width, leaving a cratery, creamy cap. Retention is good with tiny rows of sudsy sheet lace.

The body is a particularly stunning and deep amber with some brighter ruby highlights visible through the light.

Smell- The nose is soft, but I can pick up hints of pine resin and a little bit of tangy citrus, maybe grapefruit.

Taste- The pine and distinct bitterness hit the palate first. A nice start for an IPA. After the pine, a subtle dash of grapefruit and starfruit begins to enter the flavor profiles.

The finish is more of the pine resin and has a little bit of the Boston Lager, wheaty malt taste. I wish that malt could be replaced with more of the Galaxy hop flavors. They are way too light.

Mouth feel- The feel is just fine, a solid medium body and decently creamy. The finish is a little dry, but does not affect how long the finish lasts that much.

Overall- The places where this beer could have been better are the nose and on the palate, unfortunately, these are one and two on my list of importance to a beer overall.

The nose is entirely too soft for the Galaxy hop to show off what it is capable of, and the taste of this one showcases pine and Boston Lager malt more than anything.

Yes, the Tasmanian Galaxy hop is in this beer, but no, it is not nearly as prominent as it should be to impress too much. This Red IPA is good, but could have been so much more.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very clear and dark amber color (red as hell) with a one and a half finger head (beige). Head has good retention and nice streaks of lacing.

Smell is not quite as exciting as I had hoped; definitely some citrus hops going on but it could be more pronounced. Maybe they should dry hop next time?

Taste is very crisp and balanced- starts with a pretty homogenous malt and hop blend, giving way to an amber malty body and a nice hop finish. Pretty dry but not bone-dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- definitely a very drinkable beer. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Definitely not prickly. This is my third bottle of Tasman Red- I keep coming back cause I like it. If you're into red ales DEFINITEly give this one a go.

Photo of Beerme09
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of AndyH
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of IkeMan90
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep reddish copper amber with a two finger fine light tan head and lots of lacing. Light aroma of herbal hops and sweet malt. Subtle sweet malt and hops, very mellow and low key at the start. Finishes with piney and pineapple hops. Medium bodied and creamy. Not very assertive, but pleasant and a nice well-integrated change from hoppy red ales.

Photo of dwduncan2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color with a very large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character that is followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. There’s a mild caramel and citrus sweetness that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of jtd335
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! This may be my last of the night which began today, if you catch my drift.

From the bottle: "Malts: Two Row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland Pale Malts, Special B, Caramel 60, Roasted Dehusked Malt"; "Hops: Topaz and Galaxy Hops from Tasmania"; "Bold, Lively, And A Bit Rugged"; "This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish."; "At Samuel Adams we love experimenting. The series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations."; "Batch No. 1".

I heard of this during last year's GABF, but I was unable to make it out to Denver and so I sighed and let it go. Until now.

My pour gave me two fingers of light-tan head with very good retention. Color was a deep garnet/ruby red with NE-quality clarity where light actually penetrated. Nose was juicy with hints of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and orange peel accompanied by caramel and chocolate. Sheesh! I rarely mention this range and depth of scents and flavors, but this was ramping up to be damn good. Mouthfeel was dense and creamy and the citrus hops interacted with the roasted malts like they had grown up on the same playground and knew how to play together. The taste just danced on my battered tongue in a playful manner before running off for another game. In the meantime, I was getting smoke, caramel and licorice. The finish was full-on licorice (not anise, as the caramel continued to buffet the intense hops). Oh baby, this was the kind of thing that got me hooked on craft beer and especially hoppy craft beer in the first place. I may need to lay down ...

Photo of electtodefer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Mappies
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of wowbagger
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brilliant ruby pour with good head, makes the mouth water. Smells of faint spice and strong hop, some sweetness to the aroma.

The perfect setup to a perfect beer, but that's where things went wrong. Maybe I got a bad batch, because it tastes... flat and dry, really no flavor to speak of other than a touch (just a touch) of hops and a vaguely coppery taste.

I wouldn't say it's 'bad' per se, I finished the bottle but it was incredibly bland and disappointing. Normally I love this brewery and red ales in general. This one was, at least the one I got, mostly flavorless. It made me sad to drink.

Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Giggy
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle. Was interested in seeing what Tasmanian hops were like.

A: Poured a deep amber to mahogany in color, slightly opaque, with a fluffy white head.

S: Slightly spicy and earthy, hints of citrus, toffee and cinnamon.

T: Smooth, dry, and crisp. An IPA with a little extra in a darker roasted malt and hints of caramel and molasses.

M: Well balanced and satisfying

O: Good beer not a great beer. Hopiness is so ballanced with the malts that nothing really makes eat a stand out beer.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark copper color along with a nice 4-finger cream color head. Impressive retention/lacing.

S: Typical biscuity malt smell, but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of hop aroma. Maybe a slight hint of grapefruit, but that's it.

T: A bit of piny hops on the finish, but otherwise, it's dominated by toasted biscuity malt throughout. Doesn't have the overly burnt taste I dislike in many amber/brown ales, so bonus points for that.The flavor in general is subdued, making it pleasant drinking, but kinda unremarkable.

M: Worst part of the beer. Almost watery feel with a thin body and average carbonation. There is a bit of a piny finish on the back end.

O: In typical Sam Adams fashion, it's very easy to approach, but not quite memorable enough. I personally wouldn't buy it again (I tend not to like amber ales), but I wouldn't turn down a free glass by any stretch.

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.