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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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1,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,073
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-07-2013 15:52:30 | More by TEAMHOLT
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-06-2013 03:35:06 | More by tzolandz
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-06-2013 02:12:29 | More by ssimpson89
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4.19/5  rDev +12%

Got my tasman also in the hopolgy for 12.99 in wisconsin. Enjoyed this brew on the eve of a red snowy day ahead.

Appearance of amber or dark ruby, tan head, fair lace.

Aroma of malty grapefruit, ha? Earthy, tabacco. Leathery.

Taste of toasted malts, Bready, earthy tabacco, yet a balance of citric hops, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth. Not too bold or overpowering.

Overall a good, flavorful red. Enjoyed indeed.

03-05-2013 20:43:07 | More by chilidog
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

03-05-2013 20:24:13 | More by cw13
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New York

4/5  rDev +7%

03-05-2013 02:18:06 | More by nzerbe
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-04-2013 18:40:09 | More by Jonbw
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-02-2013 22:09:34 | More by Cooper
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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-02-2013 16:24:49 | More by GFG
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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

03-02-2013 03:34:53 | More by Garypuffer
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev +7%

03-02-2013 01:07:12 | More by Eric908
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -7%

A: A medium dark copper with good clarity. There s good head stand of light tan foam. Good head retention.

S: Moderate citrus hops but nothing really exciting with a moderate caramel malt aroma.

T: The caramel malt flavor is just a little bit stronger than the citrus hop flavor. A moderate hops bitterness with a moderate malt sweetness giving a somewhat bitter balance. There is some lingering hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: With a name like Red IPA one would expect a fair amount of malt character but without enough hops bitterness and flavor I'm kind of disappointed in the overall balance. Maybe their looking to appeal to a broader audience like an IPA for those that don't like bitter beers. This bottle was from a case labeled best before June 2013 but the hops character s already muted.

03-02-2013 01:07:05 | More by MadScientist
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-28-2013 01:26:46 | More by ruckus232
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-24-2013 03:17:40 | More by rmargeson
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4/5  rDev +7%

02-23-2013 04:51:47 | More by Theniz
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3.46/5  rDev -7.5%

I got a bottle of Samuel Adam's Tasman Red IPA in their Hopology variety pack last week for $13.99 at Meijers. A hoppy Red Ale sounds pretty good tonight and I'm always down to try a new Samuel Adams beer, so lets see how it goes. 2013 release, no visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it's not that eye catching, just a picture of an old man. It poured a nice copper/red color that took on a nice bright ruby red color with a finger and half worth of light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, caramel, and biscuit like aromas. After that comes some fruits which are sweet and juicy and impart some nice dark fruit aromas that are a little grape like mixed in with some nice citrus hop aromas to make for a pretty nice fruit aspect to the aroma. This beer had a good aroma, the malt base was nice and the extra fruity aspect was nice and unique.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of malts that imparted some grainy, caramel, biscuit, and brown bread flavors. Up next comes the hops which impart an herbal and fruity flavor with no single fruit really sticking out. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness followed by a sweet and malty aftertaste. The taste was ok, but it seemed to be much more Red Ale than IPA and I wish more hoppy flavors and a little more bitterness came through.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish it was a little thinner and crisper.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer, but it wasn't a good example of a Red IPA, I thought it was just too light on the hops and if I didn't know it was labeled as a Red IPA I would have thought this was just another normal Red Ale. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but it was a little filling and the flavors couldn't hold my attention, I could drink another one, but I really don't have the urge to so one would be enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty nice, i liked the added fruity aroma and the appearance was good too. What I liked the least about this was the taste, it was much more Red Ale than IPA and more hops would help this beer be true to it's name. I wouldn't buy this beer on its own, it I wanted a good Red IPA, I would grab a Reds Rye from Founders, I can't say that I would recommend this beer, but give it a try if you really like Red Ales. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I don't think it really lived up to it's name, it wasn't bad, but it's not anything that I feel the need to drink again, Better luck next time Samuel Adams.

02-23-2013 04:46:37 | More by StoutHunter
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4.09/5  rDev +9.4%

A-amber reddish brown with a nice thin sticky cream colored head

S-nice caramel herbal hops with a nice vanilla tint similar to how I think SN Celebration is. It's a good scent. Good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of aged hops and a decent burnt biscuit flavor. It's subtle and crisp with out much else to it. Faint matching after-taste.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-for Samuel Adams, this is really impressive. I'm not finding any of that classic SA malt base familiar in their other beers. It's very smooth and crisp, something I could drink all the time.

02-22-2013 04:09:53 | More by AdamBear
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4/5  rDev +7%

02-22-2013 02:22:52 | More by darksunshaman
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North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-21-2013 21:09:58 | More by Cramerican
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-21-2013 13:04:19 | More by sgttibbs
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-21-2013 10:31:16 | More by cheefdaddy1
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2.15/5  rDev -42.5%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Well, as you may have guessed, it's very...red. A clear, deep dark ruby, with a two-finger beige head which dissolved pretty quickly into a thin film. Really impressive lacing, coating nearly all of the glass.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malts, ripe juicy fruit, and a hint of hop oils.

T - Beginning starts off with a nice blend of not-too-sweet caramel malts with some toffee notes, and light sort of generic fruitiness which is promptly RUINED by a strange metallic/mineral and vaguely pasty, wet-paper aftertaste. Seriously, this thing is like sucking on a penny dipped in paper mache paste. I cant believe this is what they meant for this to taste like.

M -Thin bodied to the point of being watery, with standard SA prickly carbonation. The two together being like seltzer water. Either needs a bigger body, or less carbonation...but who am I kidding? With the horrible taste, it wouldnt really help.

O - Just a really bad beer, and easily the worst of the SA "small batch" series. I cant tell you how much I hated this beer. I dont think I have ever slammed a beer this badly; damn near a drain pour really. Everything just clashes in a really poor way. Avoid at all costs.

02-21-2013 06:00:44 | More by TempeBeerMan
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-18-2013 21:34:53 | More by DIPAFAN
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

"Bold, lively and a bit rugged. This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes, creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hips are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as 12 oz. bottles in the Hopology 12 pack variety by Samuel Adams. Having previously tried this beer, I let this bottle age for a few months to see how the flavors develop.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Head quality is a creamy eggshell white with good retention power and thin, caked lacing. Body color is deep copper red, almost red-brown with mild haziness and sediment. Overall it's an impressive pour. 4.25

(Smell) A malt-led IPA by aroma, there's a fruity grape must aroma, husky caramel malt grains, boozy molasses and a spicy, herbal hop blend, mildly citric. There's a significant balance between malt and hop character in this beer, with malt aroma leading the way and resiny bitterness also in tow. Aroma is a bit sharp in places but also unique in its own merit. 3.5

(Taste) Complex grain alcohol roasted caramel, and a trailing spicy herbal bitterness. Hop presence is also a minimum, although some spicy hop aroma comes through in the finish. There's some medium yeast characters and fruity esters to be found, but it is largely muddied by the grain. Probably more along the line of a barley wine in terms of intensity and drinkability, but enjoyable enough. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick smoothness without much carbonation, which compliments the flavors well. Heavy body for an IPA, Medium/heavy body overall. Medium alcohol presence, accented by the herbal bitterness and hop character. The carbonation presence was enjoyable for this style. 3.75

(Overall) I did not enjoy this beer first time through but with repeat takes and some age the off flavors mellowed a bit and allowed for a bit of balance to be achieved. The herbal hop character is less common amongst the style but a pleasant change for the style and the husky grainy malt character is a good complimentary character. It may not be for everybody but it is a decent take on the style. I wouldn't get it again but I don't regret trying it a couple of times to see if it's for me. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Tasman Red Red IPA

02-18-2013 17:02:53 | More by Jadjunk
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-18-2013 14:45:02 | More by JoeD15
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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