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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

1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 16
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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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
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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
Photo of Kendo
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
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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
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
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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
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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
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5/5  rDev +34%

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

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
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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
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

EROCK75, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

tburus, Nov 14, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

biggred1, Nov 14, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 13, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

pzrhsau, Nov 13, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$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.

RonfromJersey, Nov 13, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

samie85, Nov 13, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gavage, Nov 12, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

donkeyrunner, Nov 12, 2011
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.