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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
85
very good

1,089 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 63 | 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 wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.

It's a nice-looking pour, I'll give Tasman Red that much. Ruddy, copper-brown tea color to the body while on top, a substantial tuft of sandy taupe foam sticks around for a while. Sticky lacing to boot. There's a bit too much competing in the aroma for me to give excellent marks, but what's there is still very much pleasing. Toasted toffee malts and honey biscuit lay down a solid foundation upon which mango- and pine-like hop notes are lain. Floral, fruity, and a tad sweet. Impressive so far...

The toffee sweetness continues into the flavor, and thankfully so, as it lends a nice touch of complexity to Sam Adam's normally (and I say this in the nicest way possible) one-dimensional malt portfolio. Backbone turns a bit spicy on the finish with a hint of grainy roast. The hops are working a bit of magic here, too, with succulent floral and tropical fruit flavors that turn into a smacking piny bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is right where it should be--crisp and creamy with carbonation and a medium body. I dare say, Tasman Red is one of Boston Beer Company's best releases. If they ever released this in 6-packs I'd be all over it.

wagenvolks, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Arvo
5/5  rDev +34%

Arvo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

American Red Ales remind me of experimental rock. I love the idea, will always have a weak spot in my heart for it, but at the end of the day I return to the standards. Likewise with beer, if it's popular, it probably isn't worth your time; but if it's too self-absorbed or naive it'll wear itself out soon.

This beer further endorses that opinion.

A - Great clarity and depth. Very red, notes of brown and amber playing against each other.

A - There's a lot of citrus... kinda like spiced oranges, grapefruit rind, candied ginger, some hay. Underneath it is an almost smokey roast note and some malt. The hops are like imitation Cascade.

T - Hops flavor is apparent, but subdued by a dense wall of malt. Some coffee, caramel and chewy pale malt. It's not simply sweet. That doesn't mean it's decadently complex, it simply means there's a lot going on so a dominating character can't assert itself. The bitter finish truncates the development of the malt flavors further. It does bill itself as an IPA, afterall.

M - Full, but finishing dry. The yeast adds no excitement, but presents the malts and hops well before finishing the taste conclusively.

O -There's a lot going on. As an IPA its outstripped by the more conventional offerings, which utilizes proven champions like Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo, Magnum and Summit.

This beer's almost hyperactive. I'd normally only a review an IPA when had on draught, but I succumbed to the allure of Sam Adams in a Bomber. And figured, right or wrong, I ought to give the world my impressions of this beer before they make their purchase.

It's solid, you won't be disappointed, but it's nothing remarkable in bottle, at least.

MONKandTUCK, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sexy reddish brown color with generous head. Beautiful appearance. Nose is assertive with fresh hoppy citrus, pine, and hint of holiday spice aromas. Palate offers a clean taste, good balance of piney citrusy hops and candied malt, with an oily quality across the palate. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Spectacular beer, but I just wish it was gentler on the wallet.

yemenmocha, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark copper in color. Forms a very large tannish colored head that is fairly stable and leaves lots of lacing on the way down. Smell is of caramel malts, orangy citrus, and some light pine notes. Aroma is not as strong as expected. Flavor is complex, but all over the place and I found it disjointed. Lots of caramel malt with a strong, chalky bitterness, some lighter citrus notes, a little bit of orange, roasted malts and even a little coffee. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Overall a good, drinkable beer, but one seemingly without a idea of what exactly it wants to be.

Florida9, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Bilco, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of fsvan
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Dark copper. A finger and a half of reddish head. Head is pretty sticky.

S- Pretty much what would would expect from a red IPA. Very interesting, and very nice. Citrus hops (a good does of 'em) mixed seamlessly with strong red ale malt backbone.

T- Bitter pine hops take the place of the citrusy smell. Follows with bready malt notes, and bitter on the finish.

M- Slightly heavy of medium.

O- This is the 2nd of the two from this series that I've had (Griffin's Bow being the other) and both are pretty good, and at the price great deals.

fsvan, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.5oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber red with a huge light tan head that fades to a small layering and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly pine and grapfruit hops along with a big malty backbone. The malt almost overpowers the hops as it warms.

T: The taste is slightly less impessive than the smell. It starts with a decent hop bitterness and moves to caramel and biscuit malt flavors on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied...slightly crisp and dry on the finish.

O: While this was decent it's no Nugget Nectar. I wanted to like this one but it fell a bit short of the mark.

GregSVT, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

sparx1100, Nov 17, 2011
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.

jjanega08, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of TTAmod
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Deep ruby color with a thick, light tan head. The head stuck around for quite awhile and left a decent lacing.

S: Smells like earthy hops and caramel malt. There's a bit of sweet fruit coming off of it, too.

T: Interesting hop profile. It's not fruity, but it's a bit more earthy. There's a bit of a caramel that lasts until the end and it's joined by a bitterness. Interesting and pretty complex.

M: Kind of a medium, yet full mouthfeel.

O: Complex and different. Haven't had an IPA like that before. Another winner from BBC.

TTAmod, Nov 17, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is reddish-amber with a 1+ finger khaki-colored foamy head. When backlit the body is more ruby-red. Head leaves behind real good lace.

S: Some bready malt, some sweet, caramel malt and some earthy hops. As it warms the caramel malt stands out a little more - at first it was mostly earthiness.

T: Follows the nose, for the most part: caramel malt foundation, with a touch of spice mid-sip - makes me think of rye, actually - then finishes with an earthy, resiny, piney hop bitterness. Slightly peppery aftertaste, with a touch of heat down the gulley.

M: At times I think it's a tad bit light for what they're trying to do here, but that might just be my preference for more of a Nugget Nectar-type thicker body. Decently creamy, call it medium in heft, though on the slightly lighter side of medium-bodied.

O: Good stuff. Bomber was reasonably priced (in the $5-$6 range).

Kendo, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of fluffy, off white head. There is good head retention and some nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops with some mild pine notes. There is a hint of sweet caramel malt and a spice that reminds me of rye.

Taste: Follows from the smell, but not as strong as I would have thought. Bitter citrus peel hops with some spice as well. The beer doesn't have a full enough taste for my liking. I would have liked the malt to show up more. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I was expecting more from the smell. Still a solid offering.

oline73, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

horrorspecialty, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +7.2%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a imperial Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: Absolutely stunning deep mahogany with a chunky head that simply won't go away. Lacing coats the glass from sip to sip.

S: Grass, pine, grapefruit,perfectly accompanied by deep caramel strawberry candy like sweet notes. Roasted, and some chocolate tones add to the sweet malt complexity.

T:The pine and grapefruit hops actually seem to jump out first, but are quickly met by a deep malt character that is much more assertive than what I picked up in the aroma. Very complex all the way through, as the hop flavors and malt sweetness seem to accentuate each other all the way into the finish, without either one ever taking over. Caramel sweetness, a bit of roasted toffee, and oak, all make for a nice complex malt sweetness. That being said, this is definitely an IPA, as a nice zing of the hops just raises their voice enough in the end to remind you what this beer was brewed to be. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but this balanced brew warms the belly with a bit of a kick from the relatively high ABV.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit slick, medium bodied. Not overly carbonated, which is good, as it lets the sweet malt flavors stay nice and smooth.

D&Notes: Did the BBC and Full Sail (two of the best breweries on the planet) team up to brew the best red IPA ever? Perhaps so, as this beer has elements of an excellent Amber Red Ale (which I consider Full Sail to set the standard for) as well as all the elements of a good IPA. An IPA just cannot get more balanced than this. That being said, if you are a true hop head, you will probably not like all the complex malt flavors getting in the way. Hey, to each as own....thumbs up from me for this big, balanced beer.

AustinBeerLvr, Nov 16, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1

Poured into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-amber coloring with a good, healthy, chunky, inch and a half of big bubbled, biege head. Decent little flury of cascading and carbonation on the pour. Aromas are tart and tangy citrus, with a heavy dose of resiny and green hops. Smells delicious. Great cling along the glass while you drink, the beer also has good head retention throughout. Flavors are hop forward, with dry characteristics and a resiny linger, with a good highlight of bitter and tart grapefruit, and a light malt background, with toasted caramel and toffee tones. The aftertaste is all hops, with a bitter-dry and strong character, and a slight malt sweetness to help balance. The finish is richly bitter, and the hops give a strong drying feel to it. Very interesting and tasty beer.

GarthDanielson, Nov 16, 2011
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!

BeerResearcher, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

djschnabel, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of richbrew
5/5  rDev +34%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

plfahey, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

TicoCali, Nov 15, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

mikesgroove, Nov 15, 2011
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.