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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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1,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 65 | 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:
Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Photo of deadliest
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Batch #1 is the only freshness indication. Surely fresh as it is a new release.

A= Pours a deep dark red color. Mahogony I would say. Among the darkest a red can get and completely transparent after holding it to light. The head is a nice big thick off white color that holds nice lacing on the glass.

S= Smells like fresh beautiful hops. An enchanting brightness to it with a good citrus character as well as a beautiful caramelly sweetness to hold it up.

T= The taste is wonderful. A great bright citrus character to it. Resinous grapefruit to it that comes through so beautifully. Really a nice tasting beer. The malt plays a critical role with the upholding of the sweetness.

M= The mouth is a little light. That's really the only subpar character of this beer.

T= Other than the light body this is an out of the park beer for Sam Adams. Really out of the ordinary and really well done. Worth trying over and over again which is top notch for Sam Adams.

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of braican
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper the color of old pennies. Head is a light tan, rocky, and clumpy. Dwindles to a thin rocky cap. Some nice lacing clings to the side of the glass. Super clear with a great depth of color.

Smell: Biscuity malts. Some hints of caramel sweetness. Slightly earthy and grassy. Touches of citrus zest. Chewy malt base. Slight toasted grain. Pretty mellow.

Taste: Malty. Nice caramel and biscuit fusion. Hops run toward pine with some pithy aftertaste. A little grassy and faintly earthy. Nicely balanced. Toasted malts add a nice depth.

Mouthfeel: Malty and chewy. Nice heavy moderate body. Carbonation is on point. Drinks clean and smooth.

Overall: Much better than expected. Nicely balanced with a good amount of flavor from both hop and malt profiles. A very nice change of pace of SA and a worthwhile experiment.

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Dizzy242
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can say that I was pleasantly surprised with this brew for sure... Picked up a bottle of each of the four new offerings from SA and its been one hit and one miss thus far. Let's see which side of the fence this falls on...

Looks terrific in the NB globe... Dark reddish with a foamy creamy head... Looks very inviting...

Big dose of pine tree hops roll off this thing... I'm a bit taken aback by how prevalent these are... Its as if I'd just plucked a branch off of my Christmas tree... The sweet aromas of those caramel malts surface and balance this beautiful beer out quite nicely... Each instance brings a different experience here... I'm digging the way this smells a lot...

A masterful blend of the spicy Christmas tree hops and the sweet smooth caramel malts here... Every sip is both full of flavor and complex in its balance... A warming sensation fills the cheeks as this bottle disappears... The long finish is bitter and piney and yet sweet and smooth...

This is,without a doubt, one of SA's best brews... If they made this a rotating or at the very least seasonal release, I would be thrilled... They nailed this one and im guessing it could be a go-to type of Red were it available to the masses...

Very good effort here...

Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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 RickS95
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a crazy beer, just from the looks. The second you pop the cap, you smell grapefruit and get that IPA feel. Then is pours a reddish brown and you're confused. Regardless, it's extremely dark for an IPA. Almost cloudy underneath, the top looks nothing like the style. Missing is the funky head...it's just not there. The bubbles are tiny and fleeting.

All I can say is weird. Initial burst of citrus is killed by an almost roasty coffee smell. My nose is bewildered and I can't say it works for me.

The taste is just like the smell, citrus early then roasted malts late. The taste buds appreciate the concoction more than the olfactories. Hop flavor mostly in the finish.

I guess you could call it complex. A lot of stuff going on and while it's strange, it's an ok feel. Acidity eary, then some smokiness before the bittering hops take over. Doesn't have the resiny piney oily feel, but this beer is just full of surprises.

It's an ok beer. Very unusual. The smell is not pleasant but everything else is ok about it. Nothing I'll ever drink a lot of, but glad I had just one.

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bzach
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AdamBear
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-amber reddish brown with a nice thin sticky cream colored head

S-nice caramel herbal hops with a nice vanilla tint similar to how I think SN Celebration is. It's a good scent. Good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of aged hops and a decent burnt biscuit flavor. It's subtle and crisp with out much else to it. Faint matching after-taste.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-for Samuel Adams, this is really impressive. I'm not finding any of that classic SA malt base familiar in their other beers. It's very smooth and crisp, something I could drink all the time.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz dark brown sculpted bottle. some indecipherable code stamped on bottle neck.
Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass.
In pours a very deep orange-hued root beer color with a solid 2" beige head and lots of rimmed lacing.
A strong smell of grapefruit and orange zest roll out at first pour. A doughy malt aroma carries smells of resinous hop, spruce and a hint of gin.
The flavors are big and bold! Tastes of grapefruit, lemon peel, toffee, doughy bread, pine and white rum are all quite distinct. Minor tastes of herbs and spice mingle in and out.
The mouthfeel is a bit edgy at first, then becomes slick and very gulpable as it warms.
Really interesting brew!

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.