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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
86
very good

365 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 365
Hads: 1,111
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 64 | 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 Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Another fanboy who picked this up when Chris Steltz recommended it. Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Even with 'Red' in the title this thing pours darker than I was expecting; beautiful blood red hues in this dark body, which is actually quite clear and transparent. Topped with a huge khaki colored head with tiny bubbles and fantastic lacing.

S: Pretty hoppy but slightly subdued...bitter and astringent. Touches of pine, lemon, with a definitive dry, buiscuity malt presence.

T: Toffee-like malt notes mix with over-ripened mango, pineapple, and papaya...a touch spicy, with a decent amount of astringency.

MF: Pretty nice fuller mouthfeel, soft and fluffy in a way (either the malt bill or bottle-conditioning) with lower-to-medium carbonation.

O: The look was easily the best part of this beer but the balance and nice mix of juicy hops makes this a good beer to track down, and the fresher the better. (935 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the brewery release party. Served in a sample glass cool.

Pours dark red with a tan head. Bold hop front smell. Grapefruit very assertive. Think you are drinking a red ale and get an assertive IPA. Nice. Just be aware of those who expect a red ale full of malt and you will get a hop surprise. More IPA than red ale. Buyer beware but I would still have this beer again. (387 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After seeing a review on beergeeknation I decided I need to try this beer. 5$ Bomber poured into tulip.

A- Crazy dark red, barely see through. Big dense light tan head with some big bubbles, a very good looking beer.
S- One hoppy sun of a gun. Lots of citrus and skunky hops. Some sweet malts. It smells like a big double IPA and its amazing.
T- Tthis is made by Sam Adams? Because it smells like Sierra Nevada and Stone had a kid and gave him steroids. Tons of big west cost hop notes, a sweet Malt backbone, balanced as they come. Its fantastic.
M- This beer has a full mouth feel, not watered down as I kinda expect it would be because it says Sam Adams. Perfect carbonation. Some mouth numbing feeling and bitter dry aftertaste.
O- This beer is phenomenal and for the price and current availability, Its a no brainier. (823 characters)

Photo of dananabanana
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split 3 ways, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass (visiting family and that's the only glass they had).

A: Very dark, almost black at the widest part of the glass. Ruby-to-chestnut at the skinniest part. One-finger of foam, beige in color.

S: Fresh hops. Very slight, wheaty sweetness. Maybe a little astringent, but only faint.

T: Lots of floral notes from the hops, but definitely not as bitter as I had expected. A pleasant citrus flavor comes through as well.

M: Crisp, made me pucker a very tiny bit due to the citrus.

O: Light and pretty refreshing. I was expecting just another hop bomb with the direction a lot of brewers have been moving lately, but was pleasantly surprised. (703 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/14/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Very deep, red/copper color with a very slight haze; Two inch tan, billowy, clumpy head that leaves great sticky lacing all down the glass; Nice head retention as well

S - Not too strong of an aroma, but nearly balanced; Notes of caramel, toffee, and overall sweet malts; Citrusy hops are present as well, though not quite as strong as the malts

T - Very roasty, earthy, toffee-like; Slight bitterness present throughout the taste; Citrus hops are more in the background, although they step forward a bit as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied; Good carbonation; Slightly dry, bitter finish that leaves a light oily coat on the tongue

O - I haven't had a beer quite like this one before where qualities are taken from both an amber ale and IPA. The malts are more showcased than the hops, but this is still a solid, nicely balanced beer. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this and would recommend as long as you aren't expecting over-the-top hops. (1,017 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear deep amber, two finger tan-ish head

S-It has the citrusy hoppy goodness of an IPA combined with the roasty nuttiness of a Red Ale.

T-Bitter with some roastyness. However the flavors do not really mesh well together.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated.

O-At the end of the day the flavors do not go well together, the hops do not work well with the malts of a Red Ale. (375 characters)

Photo of Swim424
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into sweetwater pint glass.

A- very dark amber. very nice garnet when up to a light. nice thick fluffy head.

S-floral, a bit of caramel. definitely hops. some caramel maltiness

T-piney up front finishing with a nice hop kick. thick maltiness all the way through.

Mf- thick, medium bodied. decent carbonation.

O-pretty good. i would highly recommend trying this one at least once. one of the best sam adams I have tried. (449 characters)

Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- There is a red to the beer as its being poured, looks more brown once it is in the glass. Real good frothy tan head, hangs around for a while.
S- Sweet piney hops , but there isn't enough.
T- Starts with a good amount of pine hop flavor but has a strange dull taste a few seconds after sipping. The pine flavor hangs around on the tongue.
M0-Overall not a bad beer. I'm certainly not sorry to have tried it but don't see my self going for this one again. (458 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, this beer was a beautiful deep red color. It had a thick, sticky tan head. Pretty beer.

Nice aroma too. Strong citrus aroma, some brown sugar. Sweet, but not too sweet. A little bit of piney hops.

Good tast, but it didn't quite live up to the aroma. Garpefruit, piney/herbal hops. Definitely more on the cirtic side. Some toffee.

Smooth, nicely balanced.

Enjoyable. (405 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz bomber bottle to Belgian Independence Day stemmed tulip—why not? Bottling date of October 13, 2011 in Julian code printed on the neck of the bottle (“C28610750”)

Appearance (4.0): The body is a deep, deep blood red, but clear—garnet is probably the best word. Head is slightly off-white, starts with an aggressive three or four fingers before settling to a one-finger mound sitting on top of half a finger of relatively course bubbles. Good lacing on the sides, all around and thick but patchy. Digging the redness of this bastard.

Smell (4.0): Red grapefruit all the way, with a slightly dank note underneath—but serious grapefruit action going on here, my favorite part of the “citrus” spectrum. A nice, understated but rich caramel / brown sugar sweetness to the malt—relatively simple, but the grapefruity hops and brown sugar richness is the right combo for me.

Taste (4.0): Awesome, awesome piney-grassy hop profile with a bitter citrus undertone, like a lemon character, with a strong bitter—not sweet—grapefruit note. Like it a lot. Malt profile is somewhat one-note, but it anchors the hops well enough. Not as sweet as I would’ve guessed from the nose, but that’s okay. Sweetens a little as it warms, with kind of a sweet, dark bready character. Also slightly tangy—I could see the “toffee” description on the label. Yeast has a distinctly Sam Adams character—I know that doesn’t say much exactly, but you can pick it out. Very drinkable, a nice showcase of some out-of-the-way hop varieties.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Surprisingly creamy, medium body with little carbonated bite—more of a thick, velvety character to the carb. Slightly oily with a moderately dry finish, it’s not a standout but it’s good enough and invites more sips.

Overall (4.0): This is definitely a good beer. It’s not spectacular, but it’s got a great hop bite that does taste a bit off-center (especially compared to most American IPAs), but other than that it’s straightforward and doesn’t pull too many punches—just pulls it off well. (2,095 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich burgundy red with a thick, foamy head into my glass. Lots of lacing left around the rim.

Piney, citrus characteristics show up in the nose, followed by a mellow dose of malt. Not as strong as I hoped in the nose.

Piney hops compliment sweet malt that has an edge of cocoa towards the back of the throat. Very interesting choice of malt(s) for an IPA.

Lingering hop flavors and the excellent malt bill leave a decent mouthfeel. Nutty in a manner as well. Perhaps a slight reminder of Newcastle Brown.

Review may seem all over the place but I still think that this is an excellent beer. They probably could have made it a slightly hoppier brown ale as well but I like it. (686 characters)

Photo of seanwhite
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This appears as clear orange/amber with a half inch of head.

S: Citrus hops with some pine, and not much malt smells.

T: Citrus/Pine hops with a solid malt backbone, but the hops fade fast.

O: Good beer but the Third Voyage is better. I like Sam Adams new series, and I think they are making some solid progress (319 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billed as a red IPA. It pours like a red, with an exceptionally volumunious head, but it smells like a really, really good IPA. Wow. I didn't think BBC had it in em to actually go nuts with a hop profile like this, to resist the temptation to weight down a more contemporary American style with their east coast yeast. Kudos.

But--ahh, the flavor don't live up to the aroma. The hops are still large, east coast, and wonderfully varied. But the middle is dominated by an intense, syrupy malt, and then the end is this bizarrely european tasting, not-very-pleasantly chewy yeast.

After taken a few more sips, I become accustom to it. A few more, I start to kind of like it. But this is how all of SA's newer beers work--the ones that are modeled after popular midwestern and west coast styles. They look and smell like those styles, but then they got this weird Sam Adamsiness to them. Here, it works pretty good, even if it doesn't live up to what it probalby could have ben. Not great, but good. (998 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Billed as a Red IPA, Tasman Red is a dark maroon to almost an opaque brown in the glass. Held high against the light, the shimmering ruby highlights show up. Pouring out of the bottle, it's a muddy copper. Thick, creamy and rocky head the bubbles high and persists. Nice malt nose, but the hops shine through very clearly like an IPA. Looking at the beer, you expect a bit different, so fun and surprising. More malt in the taste, but the citrus hop bite doesn't back down a bit. I like this beer, but it feels a bit muddled and not pulled together. Clean and well brewed, just not a new favorite. Definitely worth a try but don't think I'll get another bottle. if I happen to run across it on tap, I would like to try it. Pushed, it might mellow a bit and blend better. (770 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a clear dark amber with a fairly substantial tan head. Good lacing.

Smells is of piny hops with a tiny bit of caramel from the malt. Slightly earthy as well.

The taste starts off with the piney hop flavors quite pronounced but that drops off rather quickly. Malt then takes center stage with some lightly roasted caramel. Assertive hop bitterness takes hold for the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. I would've liked the hop flavor to be as strong as the aroma but it's a minor complaint. A good job by Sam Adams. (547 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber red color with a one fingered thick and creamy head, the foam sticks around for quite awhile!

S - Very nice aroma with an abundance of pink citrus hops filling the nose, especially for a beer this color where one would expect more roasted malt in the aroma. Also smells a little earthy and even resinous at moments, and at the very least, spicy.

T - Once again, a surprising amount of hop character, the color plays tricks on your mind since I normally equate more malt presence with this color of beer. Light roasted malt sweetness up front but disappears almost as fast as its detected and replaced with an extremely healthy dose of citrus and pine bitterness that bring it home and then lingers for awhile. As unusual as it sounds, there's a slight bit of apple in the finish.

M - Solid medium body in the beginning but finishes with a "lighter side of medium" feel on the tongue.

O - I enjoyed this beer because it's not another "me too" type of brew, but rather more exploratory as I can't really name too many "Red IPA's" off the top of my head. It's not a red ale and it's not an IPA, just an interesting combination of the two and interesting enough to keep my attention through the entire glass. This one is worth checking out and to the folks at Sam Adams, I hope you decide to keep this in the rotation, if anything, at least an annual release. (1,383 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the nose, especially considering this is an red ale.

T: Like with the aroma, the taste was dominated by hops, more so than with others of the style. Also had a nice amount of roasted malt and caramel to make for a well rounded, robust flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of Sam Adams' more focused and drinkable beers. A very good effort. (578 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It's defiantly red in color, but looks brown until it's held to a light. Topped with a nice light mocha colored head which kinda reminds me of whipped cream. Nice lacing, good looking beer.

S: On the nose, I get a light sweetness, maybe like a fruit bowl, followed by a nice grassiness that rounds it out. Grass becomes more prevalent as the beer opens up.

T: The hops actually shine though on this beer nicely as a freshly mowed lawn. A light caramel body supports the bitterness, which isn't overpowering, but enough to give it a little bit of a bite.

M: Medium bodied with a little bit of a heavy hand on the carbonation make this beer a treat to drink. The carbonation and the hops play well off of each other.

D: This beer drinks nicely for what it is. (765 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -73.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep transparent amber color with a big frothy white head. Not as red as I thought it would be. Smell is kind of strange. Some hops come through but its very very very earthy smelling but not in a great way. Big full creamy body but taste is as bizarre as the nose and again not in a good way. There's a weird barnyard like taste. Dirty dark malts and weakly flavor hops adds to a mishmash of strange flavors you don't want in your mouth. On the positive side it finishes clean and dry.

Well so far this and the barleywine have been pretty bad, both have been unique but that's not always a good thing. The chocolate chili bock however was fantastic (unfortunately I don't have a second bottle to give it a proper review) I hope the double ipa doesn't dissapoint like these 2 (784 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure who brought this, but thanks. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A thin white foam settles to a thick collar, patchy wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Transparent garnet red body.

S - The hop flavor is very strange - these Tasman hops remind me a lot of herbal European varieties, and the Galaxy hops don't really make themselves known. In any case, there's a weird vomit flavor, and it clashes with the bread and light toffee sweetness provided by the malts.

T - Again, the herbal bitterness clashes horribly with the sweet red ale malt backdrop. There's some generic yeasty beer and a hint of vomit here as well.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, pleasant texture, and no alcohol presence at all. No problems here.

D - I preferred Half Acre's Chairman, and that beer was merely OK. This flavor combination just doesn't work for me - perhaps the Tasman hops would work better in a pilsner of some sort. (925 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper shaded red body with a creamy and dense light-tan colored head on top. Lots of juicy citrus character on the nose with some pine resins notes as well. Good bit of malty sweet aromas too.

Deliciously hop forward beer with a healthy dose of citrusy hop character and a good deal of bitterness to go with it. Strong malt backbone is mildly sweet and helps balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes smoothly. Overall, an impressive offering from SA but it doesn't quite match up with some of best hoppy reds/ambers. (545 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, over semi clear molasses brown copper ruby colored beer.

Nose has nice hops, light citrus, spicy and earthy, and even a bit floral, a decent amount of bittering hops it would seem. The earthy hops bring a slight herbal and spicy hop kick. then under that is a semi sweet aromatic malt like aroma with hint of caramel.

Taste starts with some juicy malts actually, a bit of sweetness, smooth malts with a hint of caramel. A nice reddish malt flavor, with hint of toasted malts. Then hops come through, not as bitter as I thought from the nose, at first, as some spicy and earthy hops kick in. A bit of citrus and even hint of pine. The spicy hops gets fairly bitter as it marches towards the finish. A bit more caramel comes through as well, with a dry finish. The hops gets spicy and a bit more earthy. Fairly bitter lingering hop finish, just a bit sticky on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, the nose brings nice hops and the taste starts with a nice malt kick, bit of caramel, nice chewy and spicy hops, bit earthy nice bitterness, long bitter and dry finish but drinkable. I hope this becomes a regular for them. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Kranders
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red/golden in appearance, not as red as was expecting. Very mild earthy hops coming through in the aroma, pretty hard to detect. Very sweet right off the bat, with just a hint of hop bitterness that lasts but doesn't increase. I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this beer, but this wasn't it. Not bad by any means, but not something I'd search out for again. (369 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: Cola colored with red hues below a full finger of latte foam and spotty lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Tea, citrus, resin, Spice (cumin?) over an english style malt bill.
T: Sweet and malty with some spice (nearly rye spicy) not much hop character in the flavor (similar to the Dub IPA, third voyage IIRC). Pretty simple.
M: heavy and light carb with a thick slick finish. Spot on.
O: Not bad, wouldn't be my first choice for a red, or even my top five. Needs more balance between the amount of hops offered in the olfactory which doesn't carry into the tastebuds. (589 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany reddish color with a huge fluffy merangue-like foam head that lasts a long time and some thick lace paints the glass. Really darker than I anticipated for a red ale.

Aromas begin quit resinous and hoppy with pine, floral and earthy hops dominating the show. As it warms you get lesser and fruity sweetness and some light caramelized malty sweetness.

The tastes begin big caramel flavors immediately accompanied by soft grapefruit and pine hop flavors. There is a nice big dose of earthiness, ripe plums and red apples. The floral hops and darker malt falvors continue to emerge asit warms.

The mouthfeel medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here, bitterness is nice but not overwhelming by any means.

Overall nicely this was a nice showing for this new Sam Adams small batch offerings. This is the third one I have had and so far they are 2 for 3 which is pretty good. Nothing revolutionary, but just a well made, reasonably priced flavorful red IPA. Def worth a go and maybe a revisit down the road. (1,109 characters)

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.