Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.45/5 rDev +19%
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!
11-16-2011 00:25:38 | More by BeerResearcher
4.28/5 rDev +14.4%
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance-Deep reddish copper brown with high clarity. Frothy khaki-beige head of moderate size rests atop the beer with moderately high retention and some great lacing.
Aroma-Very interesting hop profile, with tropical fruits leading the way-mango and papaya come to mind. Following close behind are tangerine, orange rind, and a perfumy orange cream aroma. Background notes of resin with some caramel, toast, and raisin malt in the background. There's a buttery toffee note that reminds me of a touch of diacetyl, but it's not unpleasant.
Flavor-Caramel, raisin, and toast open, with a slight butter toffee softness. Tangerine, mango, and bitter orange rinds show through in the midpalate, and then more butter toffee/caramel on the backend. Soft bitterness is consistant through the finish, with a light roast and slight resiny character showing through in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation which is soft and imparts an almost creamy feeling to the beer. Smooth bitterness rests on the palate in a pleasant way.
Wow, what an interesting beer from Sam Adams-I admire this most recent series that they're doing, in that they're making a few beers that are a bit further out there than their traditional offerings. The use of Tasmanian hops (Topaz and Galaxy) gives it a very interesting and somewhat exotic profile in both the nose and the palate, and the combo with the caramel and roasted malts create an interesting brew indeed. Skillfully brewed and well-balanced, despite several disparate elements. Bravo.
11-15-2011 05:39:31 | More by plfahey
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
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
11-14-2011 00:54:58 | More by biggred1
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus and a note of pine. In the taste, dry pine, mellow orange citrus, and notes of a caramel like malt. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop and small caramel like note in the aftertaste. Nice citrus in the nose with pine the rest of the way through. Just above average.
11-13-2011 20:59:08 | More by OWSLEY069
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
A: The beer has a robust foamy parchment colored head with a rich dark burgundy and ruby body.
S: The aroma gives a lot of bitter hop notes coupled with some subtle sweet citrus flavor and a nice pine finish. The malt really adds to the overall sweetness.
T: The hops are the first thing you taste mellowed out by the sweet amber malt flavor. The hops leave a lasting mouth watering citrus aftertaste and a nice bitterness
M/O: Very hearty and drinkable beer. Very good ipa and nice flavor profile from the amber. I like the feel drinking it and the alcohol is not too overpowering.
11-13-2011 19:22:11 | More by pzrhsau
4.47/5 rDev +19.5%
$5.49 bomber from Bourbon St., Greenwich.
Bold bright red with terrific clarity. Rocky off-white snowball of foam. Good stretchy lace.
Aroma has a pine forest on the top, but there is a citrus grove within that forest, with grapefruit, apricot, and orange.
Solid not too sweet caramel lays down a good foundation. Some juicy fruit squeezes in, and then the big bitter bite crashes at the swallow and takes over the afterglow.
Sturdy mouthfeel with a bit of bubbly to it.
Probably my favorite new Sam Adams since the imperial pilsners. I'm going back to the store for more.
11-13-2011 05:21:05 | More by RonfromJersey
4.15/5 rDev +11%
A-Pours an incredibly clear and deep copper/brown color with a robust, dense two finger of light tan head.
S-Huge pineapple notes with some grapefruit, deep caramel and biscuity notes.
T-Bitter pineapple upfront with a little bit of caramel, biscuit, and a bit of grapefruit bitterness on the finish.
M-Very smooth feel with low to moderate carbonation and a medium body.
D-Very tasty and juicy hop profile with a nice malt backing to balance things out.
11-13-2011 00:22:32 | More by samie85
4.47/5 rDev +19.5%
Appearance: pours a mahogany reddish color with a huge fluffy merangue-like foam. The head lasts a long time and some thick lace paints the glass. Great looking beer.
Smell: pine, earthiness, and some fruity sweetness is soft but very pleasant.
Taste: big caramel flavors with soft grapefruit and pine, a big earthiness, ripe plums and red apples, and a huge floral but with biting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.
Overall: slow sipping big flavored IPA. This beer was really bold and nicely refreshing. A wonderful beer that all BAs should try.
11-12-2011 22:29:55 | More by Gavage
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Deep garnet with a dense, foamy head that sticks out of my Sam Adams glass like the top scoop of an ice cream cone. Retains well and strews lace all over the glass.
Smells like sharp pine, juicy grapefruit and orange marmalade. Tasman Red is brewed with Tasmanian Topaz and Galaxy hops. I've never had the pleasure of those varieties before but so far so good.
Doesn't taste as hoppy as the aroma indicates but hoppy enough. Sharp pine hops with a drying, bitter finish dominates the first half of the bottle. As Tasman warms a little bit of toffee marmalade surfaces and blends well with the citrus hops.
Not as malty as many red IPAs, the hops get all the attention just as in a normal IPA. I like the interpretation though. Reminds me a little of a less malty Maine Beer Zoe.
11-12-2011 18:23:25 | More by donkeyrunner
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured a pretty crimson with a half inch of persistent tan foam that left rings of lace.
Smell is light pine hop and caramel malt.
Taste is bitter and refreshing mostly a pine resin quality but with underlying citric elements and roasted malts that work well together. Earthy elements appear along with sweetness from the malt, balanced nicely by the ibu's making a mildly pith-bitter, clean finish.
Mouthfeel is plush and the body holds together well.
Quite easily the best I've had from Sam Adams and a good one in its own right.
11-12-2011 04:39:58 | More by JackieTH
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
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
11-12-2011 03:54:22 | More by Beejay
4.15/5 rDev +11%
This is an awesome looking beer. Ruby-colored, rather dark, but very clear when held up to the light. A bit of the head stays the whole way and leaves a lot of lacing.
Smell is pine, evergreen-style, maybe some citrus, some vague malts.
Flavor is much sweeter than the nose--caramel, toffee and bitter, pine-like hops. The hop profile is bitter and prominent, but lacking in complex flavor. Some citrus qualities are discernible. Great, complex caramel malt flavors. A rich beer, but an easy one to drink.
Mouthfeel is sweet and kind of thick. Feels heavier than a 6.75 percent ABV beer.
Overall I'm glad I tried this, and I'm glad Sam Adams is making this series of beers. This is the first one of them I've tried. If you're looking for a "red IPA," you probably won't find the complex, citric hop profile you're looking for. But this is a delicious red ale with a lot of hop bitterness.
11-12-2011 02:32:02 | More by musicforairports
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
Served chilled in a Wild Onion Brewing traditional pint glass.
Poured a dark copper with a slightly off white head that came on strong and fleeted slowly leaving a small layer of foam and sticky lace around the glass. The smell is great, very citrusy with hints of hemp and hop. The taste is very robust with the grapefruit, citrus, pine and hop being very prevalant. The mouthfeel is slight maltiness followed up with a nice bitterness bite at the end. Great brew that has a bunch of different elements coming together in beer harmony. Try it, enjoy it!
Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL
11-11-2011 05:29:04 | More by rmcnealy
4.45/5 rDev +19%
Samuel Adams Tasman Red IPA is a fantastic amber that is super soppy and a little darker and fruitier than the usual.
A: Red colour and a 1 cm cream-coloured head that lasts well. 4.5
S: Strongly hoppy. Grassy. Delicious. 4.5
T: Fruity, grassy hops over a woody malty base. Same darker fruit flavours toward the end and some bitterness. Very nice. 4.5
M: Foamy. 4
11-11-2011 04:21:23 | More by vandemonian
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
Batch #1. Poured into a nonic.
A- Pours a deep copper, almost mohagany, body with a foamy 2-finger head that sticks around and shows some nice lace.
S- Resiny hop aroma up front, piney, slightly citrusy, some caramel/toffee to it. Almost a slight aroma of old coffee.
T- Not too bad, but not too great either. More bitterness than any real hop flavor. There is some sticky pine flavor which fits nicely with the touch of maltiness. Flavor is quick to leave once you swallow, not too much lingering flavor.
MF- Moderately bodied, not overly carbonated.
O- Not a bad shot at this, but I'd like to see them refine it just a bit more. For the price though, couldn't pass up trying this one.
11-11-2011 01:32:49 | More by LtCracker20
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured a 2" beige head. Body in masstone looks like burnt umber brown but when held to the light reveals a ruby wine color. Smells like a standard hoppy IPA. Taste is also pretty standard IPA with a little malt and some fruity aftertaste to the hops. Certainly a decent beer but not dramatically different to me from other IPAs.
11-09-2011 20:52:09 | More by MoreThanWine
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured a really dark ruby red to blood red color, from a 650 mL bottle, with ABV on the label. Visually this beer is almost close to stunning.
Massive two finger foamy frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some really nice lace. For some reason there is uneven distribution of the head, with a lot of it ending up at one end of the surface. Good head retention though.
Aroma is predominantly hoppy, with lots of pine in the nose and some citrus. There is also a definite presence of malts, caramel and toffee aroma's coming through intermittently between the pine aroma.
Taste is more on the malty side with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. Oily and chewy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty ale and easy to drink. A very good effort from Sam Adams, and is sold at a very reasonable price.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass.
Definitely worth a try.
11-09-2011 04:32:54 | More by CaptDavyJones
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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