Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

364 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 364
Hads: 1,108
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Photo of plfahey
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,588 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (398 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (535 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (797 characters)

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

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. (637 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (893 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (590 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

O: 4.5 (376 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (690 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (328 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (894 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this beer at Julio's after hearing good reviews about it.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a deep, rich ruby/brown hue with a big, fluffy two finger reddish hued head that faded to leave nice sticky side lacing and dense clouding/halo.

S - Wow, so this is Tasmanian hops? Interesting. Very earthy on the nose with some light subtle malts and hops. Very unique and interesting. The hops are earthy, grassy, light citrus and pine. Smells almost like dirt but in a good way.

T - Taste is pretty good here. Nice slightly sweet malts and earthy hops. Good bitter finish of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Again there is that super earthy flavor and nice bitter hops.

M - Fair carbonation here, little crisp, very dry on the finish with good hop bitterness.

O - Wow, incredibly surprised by this beer. The Tasmanian hops are really unique/interesting in this beer. Some intense earthyness that you just dont see in beer. Would definately buy this in six packs. (976 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-The beer's color is a pretty crimson. Sandy head is uneven and bubbly. Leaves patchy strings of lace. The beer is transparent and the bubbles are but a slow rising few.

S-Oh wow. This is a very hoppy aroma. I get a hempy, almost green onion hop aroma. Very earthy! Light sweetness on the back end. The hops are very unique. This beer reminds me a bit of a considerably less intense Founders' Devil Dancer. This aroma is still pretty sturdy none the less.

T-The tangy herbal hops are quite prevalent. More attention is stressed to the malt in the taste. Cinnamon and caramel mostly. Hops are quite unique I must say. I do enjoy the flavor, but it does take some adjusting.

M- Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Pretty bitter. Resinous. Good feel.

O/D-Better than I was expecting, and much more unique too. The hop profile is definitely original. So is the overall flavor. At $4.39 for a decent sized bottle, I find this to be a good value. Usually don't expect much of a surprise from anything Sam Adams, but this one caught me off guard (in a good way). (1,063 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- red to copper in color with thick tan head, very low carbonation
Smell- mostly very piney and citrus hoppy notes
Taste- malty upfront but mostly firm bitter hops at the end, balance is relatively good, nice balanced flavor with the hops being the main component
Mouthfeel- very smooth and balanced light carbonation
Drink ability / overall- very nice beer in terms balance and sessioning , certainly hoppier beer then most but maintains nice balance, a good effort by Sam Adams (489 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a gorgeous bright red, with a two inch tanish red sticky head, lots of lacing. Smell is piney hops, carmel, pineapple, and a little bready. Taste is that, some malty carmel in the start and a smack of grapefruit in the finish. Body is really excellent not huge, but on the big side for the abv. Nice carbonation.I really enjoyed this beer. Well done BBC. (387 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this while at The Andersons, though I imagine it will be showing up all over (I hope at least). When the label approvals for this series went through earlier this year I was more excited for trying Sam Adams than I have been in a long while.

The beer comes in an elegantly unique bomber with one of the best Sam Adams labels to date. Listed as Batch No. 1. Not sure if that means batch 1 of Red IPA or batch 1 of the limited series.

Poured into a Duvel tulip (though this would be a perfect beer for the over-sized Perfect Pint glasses that are floating around out there).

Pooled in the glass the beer is a deep purple color (and very nearly brown porter territory). However, held in the light the Tasman most certainly is red. Well, at least a dark glowing shade of garnet. The head is aged linen white and tall. Retention is minor but lace is thick and plentiful.

The aroma is swath with the elegant floral bouquet of the galaxy hops. Underpinnings of pine and citrus are found digging deeper into the tulip. Caramel malts provide a nice counterpoint without ever getting sweet.

More bitter and hop forward than I first guessed, Tasman Red is a formidable beer. And perhaps appropriately so, I found that the malt flavor is nowhere near what the color would suggest. I was hoping for a better marriage of malt and bitterness. That said, pine resin is checked somewhat by dry fruity maltiness. As the beer warms, the pine hop flavor is also accompanied by some twiggy spiciness.

Strong carbonation with a dry finish. Quite bitter with fairly obvious alcohol notes.

Overall an impressive beer and at a great price. I have more hope for the others in this series now. (1,680 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark red ale out of a bomber and into a pint glass. Huge frothy off white head forms and retains very well. Great looking creamy texture. Lace everywhere from a head that never fully disappears. Textbook.

S- Hoppy at first.. Crisp citrus hops and some pine as well, comes off clean. Somewhat herbal and overall quite fruity. Caramel sweet malt with warmth.

T- Well balanced flavor consisting of a hoppy beer rounded out by rich, sweet malt. Hops are again nice with citrus (orange, lemon zest), pine and a bit floral. This beer also has a fruity almost strawberry jam flavor. Malts are toasty, caramel and rich, toffee and just a tad bit of roast.

MF- Lower carbonation than I was expecting right out of the gate. This makes the beer seem richer and sweeter to me. Slightly bitter finish. I just wish it was more crisp and carbonated, it would go down much better.

Interesting blend of hops, malt and fruit flavors. It has both IPA and amber ale characteristics. Probably one of the richest, complex and flavorful Sam Adams beers I have had with fresh hop flavors. More should be made in this type of series. Mouthfeel was the only slight flaw. (1,151 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a huge bubbly beige head that shows great retention and mounds of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is a great mix of earthy, pine and citrus hops. Slight hints of grapefruit, onion, garlic, and light caramel. Taste starts off with a nice hit of bready maltiness before the onslaught of hops takes over and obliterates any traces of barley. Pine and citrus mixed with bits of green onion and garlic. The flavor reminds me a lot of latitude 48 with a bit more intense hop presence. Thinnish body, moderate level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I felt the body to be a bit thin and I would have liked a bit more malt presence. (711 characters)

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.