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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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1,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,061
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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Photo of RJLarse


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Tasman Red IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

True its name in pours a garnet/mahogany red color. Clear, with a two tone head, off-white in the middle, but closer to beige with some yellow hues near the side of the glass.

Smell is a pine and candy scent. Like caramel and Christmas tree.

Taste is a big bold caramel malt flavor up front, a hint of dark roasted grains, with a mild pine flavor on the finish. Not fruity at all. The flavors are very candy-like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Overall a nice brew. I'm having this on a bright sunny warm late spring day, but it would be great in the winter as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:28:43 | More by RJLarse
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-08-2013 19:23:16 | More by Mattias
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-24-2013 05:30:31 | More by LambicPentameter
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New York

4/5  rDev +7%

07-12-2012 03:15:00 | More by bluntedboywonder
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New Jersey

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

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruity hops, some toffee and biscuit malt. Full, crisp body. Taste is mostly red grapefruit, some caramel and bready notes. Finish is long and bitter. A little bit different, easy drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 16:47:51 | More by mikeg67
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep transparent amber color with a big frothy white head. Not as red as I thought it would be. Smell is kind of strange. Some hops come through but its very very very earthy smelling but not in a great way. Big full creamy body but taste is as bizarre as the nose and again not in a good way. There's a weird barnyard like taste. Dirty dark malts and weakly flavor hops adds to a mishmash of strange flavors you don't want in your mouth. On the positive side it finishes clean and dry.

Well so far this and the barleywine have been pretty bad, both have been unique but that's not always a good thing. The chocolate chili bock however was fantastic (unfortunately I don't have a second bottle to give it a proper review) I hope the double ipa doesn't dissapoint like these 2

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:56:22 | More by jtierney89
Photo of 57md


3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with almost two fingers of off-white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves nice lacing behind. The nose is mildly hoppy, but more malty and bready to be truthful. This offering has a good healthy body with a solid caramel malt flavor. The finish is semi-dry.

This is more of a traditional red and less the red/IPA hybrid that is popular with craft brewers as of late.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 02:55:02 | More by 57md
Photo of silentjay


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit confused by this one before I even pour it. Red IPA? okay. I've had hoppy red ales (Nugget Nectar, Zoe, etc.) and IPAs that are red/amber in color (Celebration Ale, Yakima Glory, etc.). and where was this brewed? it says it was brewed in Boston, MA, Cincinnati, Ohio, or Breinigsville PA, but yet its a small batch/limited beer. So, probably not too limited if they are brewing it in three different places. And where is the bottle date?? Wasn't Sam Adams one the the first to employ "freshness dating?" And then there is this: "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors" On an IPA? really?

I hope all the answers will come as I pour it into my glass.

Pours a deep mahogany/red with a large tan head that laces well and recedes slowly.

lots of pine and grapefruit hit first on the aroma followed by a rush of toasty malts and a bit of earthy/herbal hops as well, though the more I sniff, the less I get. The roasted malts come through more and more as it warms.

flavor starts of with leafy earthy hops with a touch of grapefruit bitterness. toffee caramel toasted malts take over before it finishes bitter and a touch grainy.

its almost medium bodied with a generous carbonation and a dry yet bitter finish.

I don't see what aging this beer will do to help. Its good, and way out there for what I would expect Sam Adams to put out, but they, again, play it safe and put out a good, but not exceptional product. I'd take Maine Beer Company's Zoe over this 8 days a week. However, I would drink this again when the aforementioned product is unavailable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 04:20:37 | More by silentjay
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-21-2013 22:31:22 | More by Mattyb79
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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red with a pillowy nougat colored head that leaves spider web lace on the glass. The aroma is piney, floral hops with a touch grapefruit and caramel. Pine sap and minty hop flavors with a caramel malt backbone that is really well balanced. Medium bodied with mild scrubbing carbonation. Bitter and minty, slightly dry finish. This is the best Sam Adams brew I've ever tasted (including Utopias, Hallertau Pils & Triple Bock). I look forward to the other beers in this series.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 00:54:58 | More by biggred1
Photo of BMoney575


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

Sampled on 5-26-12
Batch no. 2

Appearance: a clear reddish color, with a thick off white head that settles to a thin layer. Lacing sticks in big rings.

Smell: all fruity hops, lots of pineapple and pine needle. The smell goes a little deeper, with aromas of light malt and even more hop bitterness.

Taste: the hops have a more buttery character than I expected, and are well balanced by the malt that is there. The finish is fruity and hoppy, which lingers on into the aftertaste. Good, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: right for the style, goes well with the hoppy flavors.

Overall, a good beer that would be a great choice for Sam Adams to bottle regularly.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 21:36:31 | More by BMoney575
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-29-2014 17:50:30 | More by Belittle
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-13-2014 21:15:22 | More by PA-Michigander
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brownish red with a tan head

S: Pine and caramel mixing with earth and some grapefruit

T: Mostly caramel flavor mixing with a decent bittering profile, aroma hops of grapefruit and pine. Slight earthy dirt flavors, rustic.

M: Medium carbonation, light mouthfeel. I would think this could be a little thicker for a red ale. Compared to say Red Devil from PA, this is more watered down in body.

O: Glad to have tried this as part of a mixed 12 pack vs buying a single large format bottle for more $ per oz. Glad it came around, it is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 01:17:21 | More by alpinebryant
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-18-2013 11:47:28 | More by Ajlvt
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New York

4/5  rDev +7%

12-11-2011 06:39:49 | More by virinow
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-09-2012 20:28:37 | More by Massbmx
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-21-2013 03:05:55 | More by BlueMoon10
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-14-2013 02:52:09 | More by coz
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bough a single 22oz bottle from Binny's Beverage Depot in Plainfield, IL for $4.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a reddish amber color with a ton of carbonation that leaves a thick fluffy white head throughout your entire drinking experience. Has a bitter hops scent. Taste is quite malty and bitter from hops. Has a great texture, body, and finish that makes this a slow sipping beer. I'm really glad I got the choice to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 21:17:13 | More by Lemke10
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-27-2012 04:59:02 | More by RichH55
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. Trying out the Sam Adams IPA sampler.

Pours a great looking ruby/mahogany with a silky 2cm head. Nice lacing. Smell is roasty malt notes with generous helpings of tangy/grassy hops. Taste is earthy and bitter at first, followed by roasted hazelnut malt. Sweet yet bitter finish.

Reminds me somewhat of Surly Furious, although not nearly as hoppy. Nice change of pace for an IPA lover.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:31:16 | More by jimmah120
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-19-2011 18:06:44 | More by brycevolk
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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