Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Appearance: An impressive pour, with a massive head perched on top of the clear burnt orange liquid; great retention and lacing action
Smell: Rich caramel aromatics, with an incredible range of sweetness; some fruit, as well, but not much in the way of hops
Taste: Massive waves of caramel flavors, up front, with just a hint of butterscotch; in the middle, some hops add bitterness in a somewhat piney fashion; ultimately, after the swallow, the caramel flavors return to dominate the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a rather creamy character; moderate carbonation
Overall: It appears that this beer started out being listed as an Amber and them was transformed into an IPA (which is what it says on the bottle); as an Amber it is reasonably impressive but it is hard to make the case for a beer this malty to be anything other than a laggard in the IPA category
11-03-2012 20:02:46 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
When the citrusy intensity of IPAs finds itself into the normally well balanced Amber Ale, and gripping set of flavors come to life.
First, pouring with a deep amber, bronze, and garnet color and carrying brilliant clarity, this Amber builds a firm and sticky lightly tanned foam that clings persistently to the glass for ample lacing structures on the sides of the glass. A very good looking ale!
Toast and pine notes shape the early aromas while background scents of lightly scorched toffee, roasted nuts, and bark-like woods help to build the foundation for the malty nose. Not to be outdone, citursy grapefruit, fresh grasses, and spruce rise to command the aroma profile at times.
Malty rich flavors of burnt toffee or brittle weave in toasty elements of bread crust, walnut, dark woods, and deeper flavors that almost resemble char and coffee. Low on sweetness, only the dry character of malt exists along with a roasty grain counterpart. Dry malt flavors are further encouraged by the deep resiny flavor and bitterness of American-like hops to capture a zesty and spice taste of white grapefruit pulp, orange pith, fresh cut grasses, and pine.
Creamy and dry to start, the creamy malt textures fall away and allow the dry toast mouthfeel to pick up on the dry and sticky bitterness from hops that eventually lead to an extended finish of grassy hops and malty-dry character.
The major reason that this beer stands out is that it exceeds the perscription for Amber Ales. It's too robust in flavor intensity and alcohol. It's way too hoppy and captures way too much citrusy character. I guess it takes a poorly made Amber to make a fantastic IPA! A great marriage of both worlds.
12-09-2011 04:41:33 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +7%
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and fruity ester with light bitter notes and nice overall floral undertones is very nice. Taste is a nice mix between some caramelized malt notes which are not overly sweet with superb floral and fruity notes from the hops with light bitter notes coming through at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Love the hops in this one which are kind of new to me and provide nice floral notes.
06-01-2012 19:07:53 | More by Phyl21ca
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
amber pour with a small head of white on top of the glass that settled down nicely into a light coating of lacing all around the edges of the glass. aroma is sweet with nice light bready malts, hints of caramel and a touch of light earthy hops. crisp and clean, the hops are a bit more prevelant in the taste as a nice touch of pine bites the tongue with a smooth, sweet finish that is slightly dry
11-15-2011 02:35:50 | More by mikesgroove
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
Large three finger head, nice lacing one top of a clear near exactly amber body. Caramel malts with a wet sock hop like aroma. This is a very different red IPA. Very musty, herbal and bitter hop flavoring. The malt takes a back seat to this hop character. It gets. Stated as u drink it but it seems very boozy for a 6.75 % beer. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not a very drinkable beer. It gets better as u drink it but still difficult to finish off.
12-22-2011 23:03:36 | More by kylehay2004
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Served up a clear, very dark amber-hued body with an inch of lightly yellowed foam. Lasting layers of lace tracking my progress.
Smell: Toasted bread toasted enough to yield burnt edges, milk caramel (like a Sugar Daddy), citric, pithy citrus fruits, and a light but interminable element of spice.
Taste: A big start of malty breadiness with some darkened toast and plenty of chewy caramel candies. Fast florals, lemon, and a layer of heavy grapefruit with a persistent spiciness running its course. Moderate bitterness. Drying, pithy finish with some enduring bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Maybe a little chewiness present.
Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. BBC did a good job with this release.
03-01-2012 15:23:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
This brew poured out with a pretty nice looking thick creamy head on top and deep red in color. The retention and lacing were both very good here. The smell of the beer was very floral and hoppy. Lots of bright aromas fill the nose on the beer. The taste of the beer wasn't had exciting as the smell was. The taste was still bitter though which was still pretty good. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good body to it and I thought that the carbonation was at a good level too. Overall this brew was pretty good and probably worth looking into.
12-07-2011 03:50:20 | More by Knapp85
4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
Thee best SA offering I have had,I aboslutly loved this beer.Poured into an impy nonic a deep rich amber with one finger clingy off white head that took its time settling into a creamy mass,broken globs of lace left behind.Citric hops and nutty malt in the nose,a little roast and brown sugar-like sweetness in there as well.Great complexity of hops and malt on the palate,earthy,citric,leafy hops over top of caramel,nutty,and lightly roasted malt,mild brown sugar-like sweetness.This IRA has everything going for it,I loved it.
11-19-2011 01:03:50 | More by oberon
3.18/5 rDev -15%
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.
11-12-2011 04:00:14 | More by TMoney2591
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
A - Poured out a reddish copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of citrus, tropical fruits and burnt toast.
T - It tasted of tropical fruit with a slight spicy bitterness. Nice burnt toast maltiness. However, as it warmed the hops seemed to fade and it tasted a little musty.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - Nice beer with a great aroma, but oddly tasted better upon first sip than it did at the end.
01-22-2012 15:29:43 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-09-2012 03:16:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +7%
22oz brown custom bomber with a batch # on the label.
LOOK: Ruby and clear, good showing of lace
SMELL: Dank hop resin, caramel, bread, broth, toasted grain, faint roast, chicory, light molasses, grapefruit, hemp seeds, herbal, exotic fruit, estery
TASTE: Creamy, full-ish body, smooth, pulling hops, some bitterness, caramel, mild char, grapefruit pith, mango, figs, tobacco, cotton candy, floral, fresh grass, bitter finish
A big ass Red Ale, the hops come around a few times to slap my palate. Hefty but not hard to sip, perhaps one of the best from this new series they have launched.
06-15-2012 03:41:48 | More by Jason
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Deep caramel copper colored with an off white tan head flowing thick go ahead and believe it babe, this is a big Samuel Adams offering. Aroma more layered caramel with hoppy adjuncts weighing in to add to the complexity I'm glad to see this in a 12 ounce bottle. Complex malt layers big bitterness flowing forth with each sip, I could probably reduce this and put it over pancakes and be just as happy. Earthy juicy grapefruit peel bits bitterness a bit over the top. Sticky sugars collide on the palate to create quite a sticky mouthfeel medium to full bodied even balanced levels of carbonation, with big residual sugars. Overall I a bigger brewers attempt at amber or red IPA, they need to take some notes from Founders.
05-24-2012 02:52:12 | More by WVbeergeek
4.53/5 rDev +21.1%
Batch#2 pours copper with 2+ fingers of rocky tan head. Mind blowing lacing & good head retention
S: Bready with piney & grassy notes
T: Piney, citrusy, with woody hop notes, caramel & herbal hop notes as well. Grainy notes, mix with caramel sweetness, dryness & King's Hawaiian Bread richness as this warms. Finishes with bready sweetness, herbal & woody hop bitterness
MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, some stickyness & dryness too. I love the balance here!
A very nice American Amber, one Sammy should consider making an annual offering. Easily one of my top brews from Sam Adams
05-04-2012 13:52:26 | More by russpowell
2.68/5 rDev -28.3%
Not sure who brought this, but thanks. Served in a Cigar City snifter.
A - A thin white foam settles to a thick collar, patchy wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Transparent garnet red body.
S - The hop flavor is very strange - these Tasman hops remind me a lot of herbal European varieties, and the Galaxy hops don't really make themselves known. In any case, there's a weird vomit flavor, and it clashes with the bread and light toffee sweetness provided by the malts.
T - Again, the herbal bitterness clashes horribly with the sweet red ale malt backdrop. There's some generic yeasty beer and a hint of vomit here as well.
M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, pleasant texture, and no alcohol presence at all. No problems here.
D - I preferred Half Acre's Chairman, and that beer was merely OK. This flavor combination just doesn't work for me - perhaps the Tasman hops would work better in a pilsner of some sort.
11-28-2011 17:33:22 | More by MasterSki
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
Samuel Adams' Tasman Red Red IPA. 6.75 % ABV, all Tasmanian Galaxy and Topaz hops. And Gabby Hayes in a derby on the label.
Let's get into it.
Clear, deep burgundy coloring, creamy, tanned head, starts big,lasts long but lays low.
Tropical fruit aromatics, melon, pineapple, some berry, much malt sweetness. Low bitterness. Nice enough.
Tasting it: Mmm, nice and hoppy. Fruit flavor and malt sweetness return, with a lingering, while low, bitterness. Medium body, mellow mouthfeel. Caramel-y malt flavorful, a little roasty, with a toasted edge.
An interesting mix of malts in this: 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe and and Copeland Pale malts, Special B, Caramel 60, raised dehusked malt.
Much maltier than most IPAs. And less hoppy than most, too. I'd say this doesn't really belong to any style, properly, but it's not as if I care about that. However, it doesn't really deliver what I'm looking for, either.
Nothing too wrong with it, just nothing too right, either.
05-22-2012 07:16:39 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +7%
At the time of this review, this is the #20 top American Amber / Red Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. I was in the store the other day looking for another beer when I saw all these big beers from Sam Adams, I had never heard of them so I picked them all up. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Beer is dark red, clear, tan head, some lacing moderate carbonation, looks fine.
Aroma is pretty hoppy, mild roast perhaps? Mostly pine hops.
Beer is medium in body, chewy, mildly sweet, dry on the finish, roasty bitterness mixed wtih resiny hops. Tastes good, mouthfeel fine, overall this is an above average red, on the hoppy side of the spectrum, I'd have it again.
11-21-2011 01:06:32 | More by drabmuh
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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