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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

schaffer9252, May 04, 2013
Photo of Durtdiggler
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a big head into a snifter glass. Dark red with a obsidian background. Nice huge head, lacing and great retention. Alot of clarity.

Aroma is crystal malt pronounced, slightly sweet and toasty with some pine and slight citrus hop character. Not a lot of floral style hops. Wish I had more hop in the aroma.

Taste showcases the malt but has good hop character. It has a big malt backbone to back up a nice earthy hop bite with some sweetness to round out. Resiney pine flavor like simcoe. Almost reminds me of sierra christmas celebration.

Mouthfeel is medium easy drinking.

This beer feels like a typical west coast IPA but with some darker crystal style specialty malts. I think the malt mutes the hop character a bit. Gives it a very unique eclipsed sun kind of color. Not bad.

Durtdiggler, May 04, 2013
Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

civicm87, May 02, 2013
Photo of ALLMUCH
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ALLMUCH, May 01, 2013
Photo of BigBarley
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear ruby with an off-white/ khaki head.

Aroma is that of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple mostly) with some sweet, biscuit malt backing it up.

Flavorwise there's a little tropical sweetness followed by a blend of dank bitterness and that same malt holding down the balance. Very sweet but still with a strange butter flavor that wraps around that dank hoppy goodness and accents it well.

Medium body with decent carbonation, kinda sticky in the mouth, lingering flavors. I enjoy this beer quite a bit, but have had a Red IPA or 2 that outdoes it. Unique but not mindblowing.

BigBarley, Apr 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

HisBoyElroy, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of SpongeRuiner
3/5  rDev -19.6%

SpongeRuiner, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No decipherable bottling date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Very clear dusky dark amber with a lot of redness. The head is 2-fingers and light beige with decent retention and a good crusting of lacing.

S: Light on the hops for a "red IPA" with most caramel and toasty maltiness coming through, kissed by grapefruit and floral hops.

T: Despite the name, this really fits the bill as an imperial amber ale, as it has all the signature qualities, but is just bigger. In this way, it is an excellent beer, but it seems accidental given the labeling. The maltiness is the clear flag-bearer with toffee, caramel, toasted malt with light graininess carrying this very easy-drinking beer. The hoppiness that is given all the print falls way short with only some minor grapefruit, floral, honeysuckle, and pine notes. THey do provide a great counterpoint to the wallop of maltiness which is exceptionally smooth and delicious.

M: Creamy and drinkable with relatively low carbonation and medium body with a pretty dry finish.

O: Ignoring the naming the SA puts on it, this is pretty damn good beer. Consider it a true imperial amber ale, probably one of the truest to fit that moniker that I have tasted. Delicious without being decadent and overly sweet, a really good big beer that needs renaming to really express what you are going to be tasting.

argock, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Mattyb79, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

BlueMoon10, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a thick foam of tan bubbles. Gorgeous lace, so an A+ on presentation.

Nose is hoppy but earthy, too. I get some orange tones. Superlative.

Flavor is nicely hopped, but well-balanced by a fair malt profile. A little tart, a little sweet, and a strong earthy character. I'm reminded of dirt, leaves, and the like. And that's not a bad thing at all. Very delicious and I'd definitely buy a 6 pack of these if made available more widely!

secondtooth, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of GinDC
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

GinDC, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

DaveAnderson, Apr 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

BryantForestry, Apr 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

mgroothuis, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

MilkManX, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SloppyJoeWasAMan, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lets go with bronze on this one, not copper...even though the bottle says "red". This one made me do a double take, because it was called a red ....it's just a different one for sure.

The main up front character is the roasted malt, followed by the high hop addition, not very sweet, no caramel, biscuit vanilla undertones.

The usual high standard beer you would expect from Sam Adams.

FlatRabbitRed, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Vigilante, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish brown with and tannish head. a finger or so that leaves a lacing. in the middle of opaque and clear.

Smell: Wonderful smell. strong caramel malts and some citrusy hops. very well balanced and pleasant

Taste: toasty malts, caramel sweetness, citrusy hops and piney hops. good but it needs more hops. they come in nicely in the smell but the malts beat them out in the taste.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, some bitterness afterwards

Overall: This is a pretty great beer. if your in the mood for a slightly hoppy red this one is a winner. nice strong malts with some but not overpowering hops

SportsandJorts, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

beernads, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of BeerEngineer
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

General - This beer was from a bottle that poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This came in a variety pack called the "Hopology" from Sam Adams.

Appearance - BJCP color around 43 to 45 with a red hue to it. Head was an off-white and faded very quickly. The legs were OK, they held up for the majority of the beer. Really nice color of this beer, a real dark brown nearer to black than brown with a gorgeous red tint.

Smell - There is a slight citrus hint to this beer with a strong malted backbone. A touch of a toffee like smell also, not sweet but almost like it was burned slightly. Decent odor but it's not very strong, to get it a good scent of it I had to hold my hand over the pint for a few seconds while warming the beer with my other hand.

Taste - A pronounced citrus flavor that I would expect from an IPA with a nice strong punch of malts from a Red Ale. A unique combination of the flavors actually. There is a slight bitterness at the back of the tongue. The flavors are there, they are pretty good but they just aren't as pronounced as I would like. Just like with the other beers from this pack it seems like it is a watered down beer. There isn't the flavor that I would expect from a quality brewer. Just a little disappointing.

Mouthfeel - Moderate mouthfeel, I would say it would be thin for a red and a touch thick for a traditional IPA. Pretty refreshing with a bright, moderately carbonated feeling to it.

Overall - Well it's something different. I'm disappointed with this but because I may be expecting something it's not. I really wanted a bold red malt flavor with the citrus hit of an IPA. This just isn't it. It's a bland red ale with an OK IPA, just not something that I'll go for all that often.

BeerEngineer, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

djaeon, Apr 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ifixufly, Apr 08, 2013
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.