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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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very good

366 Reviews

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 1,118
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 23
Gots: 66 | 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 cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very overlapping huge head when poured with a very dark malty red appearance. It has an amazing smell of some West Coast IPA's that I'ved smelled in the past. Definitely getting smells of earthy, pine, wood, herbal and grapefruit smells. I also get a sweet roasted smell that is reminiscent of caramel and oak. Its tastier than the Latitude 48 but that still is a really good beer as well.

The taste is spicy, resinous hops with a sweet malt somewhat similar to their malt backbone for their Latitude 48 but with some oak woody flavors and then ending with a grapefruit, pine, herbal and citrusy hop bitter tasting finish. I like this better than their Latitude 48 actually the malts come together more for a nicer oak, wood, caramel bready finish and the hops shine through it with all the flavors I mentioned above as well as some mintyness from the hops.

I'm very impressed with this beer from them it definitely stands up to other stronger IPA's that I've had and it seems like Samuel Adams has been really really kicking it up a notch these days with their quality and selection of their beers.

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Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color, almost ruby like. The beer has a huge pillowy beige head that slowly settles leaving a wall of webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lovely grapefruit and pine hop scent. This goes along with a bready caramel malt. Very nice.

The taste is of the grapefruit hops. Not as strong as in the aroma. The grapefruit transitions into a piney/resiny hop towards the end. A bit minty. There is a smooth caramel malt flavor that brings along some roast and light wood notes.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Some sweetness on the palate but leans more hoppy bitter and some roasted bitter. Some dry asprin in the finish.

An enjoyable hoppy amber. I'd prefer more grapefruit and less pine in the flavor but this is still a good hop profile.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruby red..very clear. Huge 3 fingers of off-white head with lots of texture and staying power. Leaves a super thick film and lots of lacing.

S: Great hops smell. Has almost a peach like smell to it along with citrus, a hint of pine and sweet malts.

T: This is tasty. More pine in the taste than in the smell, especially once the beer warms. Citrus is still here though. Sweet, bready malts provide some balance, but this is most certainly an IPA.

M: Full, creamy mouthfeel with a bitter and dry finish.

O: Tasman Red is a good beer that I could drink a lot of. At under $5 a bomber, it's a great value as well. I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, sans freshness date, leisurely dumped into a tulip after one of the strangest days of my life.

Crimson liquid with a frothy whipped up tempest atop. Lacing is ample.

Smells of fresh herbal hops, citrus rind, and cinnamon bread.

Big biscuity maltiness up front segues to cinnamon and some spicy hops. Moderate bitter smack finishes the deal.

Medium bodied and a tad oily.

Overall it's a solid effort but there's too much of a monstrous malt presence to keep this from being a personal favorite in the style.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

L - clear dark amber color with a off-white head that left some lacing behind.

S - Tasmanian hops, floral earthiness and citrus rind.

T - a hint of sweet malt upfront followed by bitterness with enough malt in the background keeping the beer well balanced.

F - medium bodied with a tart, crisp feel.

O - a nice beer from BBC/SA.

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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

This is a great looking beer, it's a nice, deep ruby red with ample head and lacing. The aroma is a solid balance between sweet malts and hops. The taste is a solid hoppy red, there's nice interplay between the sweetened caramel malts and bright, citrusy galaxy malts that really works well. The mouthfeel is great, it's got a nice prickly carbonation that mellows to a nice smoothness a bit after the sip. The drinkability is good. Overall, I liked this brew. It won't wow you, but it won't let you down either.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark ruby color with over an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is piney and citrusy hops. Some sweet caramel malts as well.. taste is piney, bitter hops up front with some caramel malts. Floral and piney at the end. Slightly oily and resinous. Nice blend of malt and hops, but I was hoping for a bit more hops on this one. Overall, im digging it and would have it again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit confused by this one before I even pour it. Red IPA? okay. I've had hoppy red ales (Nugget Nectar, Zoe, etc.) and IPAs that are red/amber in color (Celebration Ale, Yakima Glory, etc.). and where was this brewed? it says it was brewed in Boston, MA, Cincinnati, Ohio, or Breinigsville PA, but yet its a small batch/limited beer. So, probably not too limited if they are brewing it in three different places. And where is the bottle date?? Wasn't Sam Adams one the the first to employ "freshness dating?" And then there is this: "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors" On an IPA? really?

I hope all the answers will come as I pour it into my glass.

Pours a deep mahogany/red with a large tan head that laces well and recedes slowly.

lots of pine and grapefruit hit first on the aroma followed by a rush of toasty malts and a bit of earthy/herbal hops as well, though the more I sniff, the less I get. The roasted malts come through more and more as it warms.

flavor starts of with leafy earthy hops with a touch of grapefruit bitterness. toffee caramel toasted malts take over before it finishes bitter and a touch grainy.

its almost medium bodied with a generous carbonation and a dry yet bitter finish.

I don't see what aging this beer will do to help. Its good, and way out there for what I would expect Sam Adams to put out, but they, again, play it safe and put out a good, but not exceptional product. I'd take Maine Beer Company's Zoe over this 8 days a week. However, I would drink this again when the aforementioned product is unavailable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the COOP last week some time... Poured into my Delerium goblet tonight.. 1" sandy tan head... the brew is clear deeep amber... pretty... decent lacing, but little retention.

Nose shows a big mashup of hoppy aromas... tropical fruits and citrus... pine... and earthy hops combine with minor caramel notes... nothing to complain about.

Flavor has all the same components .. pretty dry throughout.. pithy citrus mid palate through the finish.. the malts really help add good complexity... makes me think of a light American BW.. very balanced and nicely done.

This is a well done beer... perhaps not worth the pricetag, but still pretty good. Will I buy it again, probably if it is on shelves for more than a week or two.

All 4's with no real bitches.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a ruby red color with a nice 2 fingers worth of tan head that leaves great lacing

S: A very nice balance of malts and hops. Malts are mostly on the pale and caramel side, while the hops are mostly citrusy

T: Same as the smell for the most part, with most of the flavor coming from the malts and the hops doing a nice bittering job towards the back end. Again, hops are mostly citrus, with grapefruit and orange rinds

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A little leathery and oily from the hops as well

O: I honestly don't know whether to call this a red ale or an IPA, but a hoppy red ale works just fine. Any way you cut it though, this is an excellent beer from SA that certainly delivers. Hopefully they keep these one-offs coming

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1
This beer poured a nice, clear red brown mahogany, with a creamy white head building about one finger high. good retention and good lacing.
the smell is of flowery hops and grapefruit.
Tasting the beer the fruit character dominates up front with grapefruit and citrus. In the middle more bitter hops balance this beer nicely. The end is a mellow balanced IPA character.
I really like this beer and I am surprised of the quality. It shows that Sam Adams is a great brewery.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz to a pub glass

Deep mahogony colour. Thick creamy head which lingers through the pour.

Lovely scent of malty grapfruit hops. Citrus scent is not as evident as I expected.

Nice flavour of hops but overpowering. Sweet caramel covers the bite a bit. Striking flavour. Smooth hops?

Nice carbonation. Feels delightful. Almost perfect!
Qute surprized to find such a quality taste from Samuel. Not a huge SA fan. Most likely will revisit this brew...sooner rather than later.

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Photo of rab53
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep mahogany. Big fluffy white head. Mild bitter hop aroma. Tastes like a moderately malty IPA/over-hopped amber ale. Smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink. Not a great IPA, but a nice intro to the style. Solid amber, and the only beer I'll revisit from the new Sam Adams 22oz line.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled as "Batch No. 1"
Poured into chimay chalice glass.

A: Deep translucent copper color with a fizzing 1 finger head that receded into frothy islands of light tan foam. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S: Good amount of citrus fruit aroma, grapefruit comes to mind. Floral and earthy aromas are also noticeable. The malt is sweet and strong of toffee and caramel, almost reminds me of juicy fruit gum.

T: Strong mix of citrus and pine hop flavors clashing together. The malt comes through briefly, showing signs of sweetness and a decent amount of body. But the grapefruit hop flavor dominates soon after, finishing bitter and dry.

M/O: Solid medium body, light-medium carbonation. Bit of a creamy mouthfeel. It's pretty drinkable, although I am enjoying the second half of the bottle as a sipper. My hat's off to Sam Adams on this beer, it is pretty good. Not the most in your face beer, but definitely plenty of bittering hop flavor mixed with a solid amount of malt body.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.