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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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BA SCORE
84
good

1,077 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 61 | 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 WastingFreetime
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep yet translucent garnet color with four fingers of foamy light tan colored head... despite a gentle pour into the tulip I had to wait a few minutes for the head to settle back before finishing the rest of the initial pour. So. Very. Foamy. I'm given a "Bavarian mustache" in between sips. Retention is absolutely monstrous as are the curtains of lacing left on the inside of the glass. Appearance would be a perfect 5.0 if only the head was slightly -less- foamy so that I wouldn't have to look as though I was drinking a glass full of dyed bubble bathwater. In fact I think that in all of my beer tasting days this is the first time I have ever felt a need to have the head *reduced*.
Texturally, this is a great smooth sipping beer, not too thick and not too thin, does nothing particularly wrong in this regard. Smells slightly more herbal than flowery in terms of hop aroma, although the light malt aroma is so subdued that it is nearly impossible to pick up on until the glass warms up for a while. Flavor is a dash of sadly somewhat murky and muddled amber malts... followed by a nicely complex flavorful melody of herbal, dank, earthy hopping. Also contains a gentle dash of simcoe-ish garlic/onion complexity. The flavor of this would have been stellar if only the same amount of quality and attention given the hopping was also given to making sure that the malts had a stronger toffee emphasis across the palate.

WastingFreetime, Dec 07, 2011
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

derkfromwi, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Mattias, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Portsmouth, batch #1. Pours a dark copper crystal-clear body with a good inch of khaki-colored head. Smells like citrus (lemon particularly) with chocolate and nut notes in the background. Lemon-like hops hit the palate initially but quickly give way to dark chocolate and toast with espresso breaking through toward the finish. Medium in body and carbonation. Robust but balanced. A solid red.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

BarrytheBear, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -19.6%

jaswilson2, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Another fanboy who picked this up when Chris Steltz recommended it. Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Even with 'Red' in the title this thing pours darker than I was expecting; beautiful blood red hues in this dark body, which is actually quite clear and transparent. Topped with a huge khaki colored head with tiny bubbles and fantastic lacing.

S: Pretty hoppy but slightly subdued...bitter and astringent. Touches of pine, lemon, with a definitive dry, buiscuity malt presence.

T: Toffee-like malt notes mix with over-ripened mango, pineapple, and papaya...a touch spicy, with a decent amount of astringency.

MF: Pretty nice fuller mouthfeel, soft and fluffy in a way (either the malt bill or bottle-conditioning) with lower-to-medium carbonation.

O: The look was easily the best part of this beer but the balance and nice mix of juicy hops makes this a good beer to track down, and the fresher the better.

Scotchboy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first of the 22oz. bomber series from Sam Adams that I have tried. Glad to have dropped in to see my guys at the marvelous Neil St. Piccadilly, who are always good for a chinwag and some good beer news and advice.

Two lush fingers of light tan froth top a dark ruby body. Loads of lacing and a nice head duration on the trusty ol' Duvel tulip leave me duly impressed with the appearance; really nice! Very citrusy aromas (grapefruit, orange, and some lemon) with pine, caramel and biscuit malt. But the hopped-up nose is tremendous and persistent, reminding me quite a bit of Bell's Two-Hearted in flavor and quality; excellent.

Very delicious, mostly sweet citrus taste, with the aforementioned fruit. The advertised Topaz and Galaxy hops provide a pronounced but smooth taste, greeting the palate with waves of citrus flavor and a bit of pine in the finish. Really terrific and, for much of the first half, very much an IPA. The finish in each mouthful and in the second half of the beer remind that this is also a Red, and its malty strength emerge to yield a delicate balance that does each justice. The caramel is accompanied by a nice, subtle toasted almond flavor. Simply delicious.

The mouthfeel does not provide the kind of resiny, hopped-up gritty texture that hop and IPA lovers like myself may desire. It could be these hops do not yield that, or perhaps the malt tamps down on such characteristics. Whatever the reason, Tasman Red is very much an IPA in smell and taste, much more a Red in texture and somewhat in taste, to me. This is not a complaint, however, for I find the balance to be well executed and remarkably accessible.

This is absolutely one of my very favorite offerings from Sam Adams, a flavorful beer that I will surely seek out again and again. It reminds me, in different ways, of two beers--ST's Big Red, for its beefy, hopped-up flavor, and also Founders Red's Rye, for while it lacks the robust malt flavor that RR brings, it does achieve a similar balance and remind one, in its texture, of both these outstanding beers. This was a superb way to kick off my introduction to the SA bomber series. Very well done, and recommended without question. Cheers.

Gehrig, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

redfox405, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad - better than the run of the mill Sam Adams product.

Pours a deep red with a big fluffy light tan head. The aroma is slight, a bit woody. The flavor is very malty, sweet and carmelly, with a slight spice on the finish and a deep hop bitterness. The effect is almost like a bitter chocolate on the finish.

Seanibus, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

RichH55, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Several shades beyond the advertised "red IPA" on the label, it's a handsome beverage topped by a fat light tan head with impressive staying power. Plentiful lacing as well; we're off to a good start here.

Batch # 1 on the label. No idea what that means, but perhaps it's got a little age on it. There aren't really any notions an IPA, red or otherwise. It's a solid American amber, no doubt, though. Richly sweet nose, kinda like a cross between a Sugar Daddy and a Bit o' Honey with toasted background notes. The flavor starts the same up front, but an earthy bite soon asserts itself. Again, not sure of the freshness here, but the multilayered malt profile is pretty tasty. Not much going on in the finish,though.

PDXHops, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

LambicPentameter, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Duhast500
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark reddish brown with a finger of fomay white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit citrus fruits and some slight sweetness. The malts balance things even here in the nose and it is impressing even with just a slight sniff of this beer.

The taste is sweet with some nice malt character. The hops come out to give off some slight pine and citrus flavor. Some nice grapefruit and tangerine are able to be detected and lend to a really nice flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium but really smooth. It feels like it is even lighter with such a sweet flavor and balanced body. This is one of the better beers to come out of the Sam Adams Brewery.

Duhast500, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

BlueMoon10, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Ajlvt, May 18, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

RJLarse, May 14, 2012
Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Mattyb79, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

57md, May 11, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Treyliff, May 05, 2013
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +7.2%

bluntedboywonder, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

mikeg67, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Massbmx, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

coz, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

virinow, Dec 11, 2011
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.