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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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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

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Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $18.99 for the Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 2013 on the bottle

Poured a dark red mahogany color with 2-3 three fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Good thick foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention as well.

Smelled an interesting mix of citrus and pine hops - grapefruit, tangerine - with some buttery toffee malts as well. Reminds me a bit of caramel corn.

Taste was still that butter awkward taste. Most certainly reminded me of buttery, toffee, caramel-flavored popcorn. Those grapefruit and pine hops aren’t as pronounced, but are still there. Nice warming feeling, though.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

I just don’t dig butter beers. Not a big fan of this one, despite my rating not being too bad.

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Photo of Huffs
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, developed a light tan head, with a creamy look that laced well. Color was amber to red with a sweet, caramel, herbal aroma. Taste was malty with a strong caramel character and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the aftertaste was pronounced with caramel on the front and bitter hop on the back. Good Stuff

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up several of the Boston Beer Company’s (aka Samuel Adams) “Tasman Red” 22 oz bottles recently and the time was right to give one a test drive. This is one of a number of their limited edition brews or what they call “small batch creations.” The label had 6.75% ABV and even had a batch number on the back.

The beer poured an amber / orange color with over three fingers of whitish brown head which dissipated fairly rapidly with nice lacing.

The malty aroma comes through clearly with some bread and piney scents. Some citrus came through way in the background.

Oddly the citrus taste hit first and then malt, bread, and some resinous notes at the end.

The mouth feel was light to medium body with smooth up front flavors and slightly bitter on the finish with light carbonation.

Overall this is a solid representation of the American IPA style that I might buy again, but it is well behind what top brewers like Stone, Deschutes, Lagunitas, etc. are putting out for this style.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown-amber color in snifter. Off-white head.

Malty nose with hints of caramel and mild grapefruit citrus.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Muted grapefruit hoppiness develops but dissappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was just o.k.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and thick sticky lacing.

The smell featured sweet earthy caramel and a full herbal hop.

The taste consisted if complex notes of toasted malt, nuts and burnt caramel and an earthy herbalness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a tasty and complex red ale.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 2.99. "Batch 2" but I can't read/ decipher the bottling code. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours ruddy chestnut red with a dense two fingers cream tinted head. Huge sheets of lace.

Smells of big dank earthy hops. I keep coming back to enjoy it.

Muted flavors of pine, grapefruit rind, pepper and dry sourbread. There is some good stuff going on but there seems to be a layer of something "off" that hangs over the other flavors like a wet blanket.

Sticky medium feel with soft mild carbonation. Long dry bitter earthy hop finish.

Between the great appearance and aromas, Tasman Red has such potential. Based on the price I'm pretty sure that "Batch 2 "wasn't bottled very recently but even accounting for age, the flavors are softer than I'd prefer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This comes from the Hopology mix pack. Ordinarily I would not review a hop-forward beer that I'd accidentally sat on for this long, but the label encourages either fresh consumption or aging. I'd guess this bottle is about five months old by now, maybe a little older.

A: Clear ruby red with a one-inch bone white head. Retention is decent, but the head eventually succumbs to the forces of gravity and settles into a thin, wispy film. Thin rings of lacing remain in its wake.

S: Hops are very earthy and a touch piney with a sweet, fleshy, fruity taste that's hard to pin down. Slight peppery tobacco. Toast, buttered biscuit, and some underlying caramel and toffee. Maybe a touch of cocoa powder at its core.

T: Toasty malts and some light buttery tastes on the attack soon get swept away in a tide of hops. Pine resin and grapefruit are the predominate hop flavors, though there is a prevailing earthiness and hints of leaves and peppery tobacco as well. Bitterness is mild. Malt base of toast, light cocoa, and bread crust. Finishes with bread crust, a subtle chocolate undercurrent, and a faint piney, citrusy hop bitterness.

M: The sturdy malt backbone gives the mouthfeel some real substance. Firm, smooth, and well rounded. Light scrubbing carbonation adds a little something extra to the texture. Nice.

O: This beer is a bit confusing on the palate. It feels like it's pulling in two opposite directions. Didn't really do it for me. Probably would have been better if it were fresher.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is faintly cloudy and topped off with a nice thick off white head roughly a finger and a half thick, and I do have thick fingers, or so the girls tell me(when I hold their hands you dirty minded beer drinker)The head does stick around for quite a while and it forms a beautiful thick lacing around the glass. Small schools of bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer, just racing out and into your nose bringing in smells of lemon, grapefruit, wheat grass and some mild spices. And boy can you smell the hops in the background in this one. It has a medium body and leans more toward the thicker side of things. The hops are only present as it hits the back of your throat; the bitterness is present in the aftertaste. It’s mildly tart on the side of your tongue and you can taste some mild grapefruit flavors as you swisssh it around. Not a bad beer overall, if I can find it again, I’ll definitely buy it!

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

The beer poured a nice dark amber color body with a nice 1"tan foamy head. The smell is very nice and inviting of hops. The taste has a nice bitter/citrus hop flavor right up front. I get a little bit of malt on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is great, a little hop after taste though but not to bad. Overall this is a really good IPA.

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

A- Reddish amber slightly opaque body with a large thick tan head. The lacing left behind is so thick!

A- Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Light citrus and piney hop notes.

T- Sweet toffee flavors with a wonderful bitter flavor throughout, slight hop aromas peak through the strong malt body, but not intensely. Just a slight roastiness, but no malt bitterness.

M- Medium body and incredibly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Of the special batches this is my favorite and most drinkable thus far. If you like something between an amber and a red ipa this would be a good beer for you.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Big bubbly head. Hazy reddish brown color. Mid level carbonation.

S: Malty...

T: Big malty note but it about stops there. It's carries nicely but it doesn't really bring a lot to the table. It's got that malt. A bit of hops. But a bit lacking in complexity. Corriander.

M: Carbonation is a bit agressive. Good flavor development.

Wait this is an IPA? I would have never guessed if I didn't reread the description. Hugely malty with a bit of hops. Overall not bad but not great. I would say this is good for a more newb to IPAs.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An impressive pour, with a massive head perched on top of the clear burnt orange liquid; great retention and lacing action

Smell: Rich caramel aromatics, with an incredible range of sweetness; some fruit, as well, but not much in the way of hops

Taste: Massive waves of caramel flavors, up front, with just a hint of butterscotch; in the middle, some hops add bitterness in a somewhat piney fashion; ultimately, after the swallow, the caramel flavors return to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a rather creamy character; moderate carbonation

Overall: It appears that this beer started out being listed as an Amber and them was transformed into an IPA (which is what it says on the bottle); as an Amber it is reasonably impressive but it is hard to make the case for a beer this malty to be anything other than a laggard in the IPA category

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Photo of cvm4
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky red clay with a light tan head. Very dark for an IPA. Lacing looks like a road map on the side of the glass.

S - It seems pretty 1-dimensional with only caramel malts shining through.

T - Bready and slightly herbal with orange peel peaking through. There's a light hop bite on the finish.

M - Lighter body & carbonation.

O - The most highly malty non hop bite IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky ruby brown color. Full, creamy, thick, smooth off-white head. Good retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Lots of toffee along with some juicy grapefruit providing a candy sweetness. Some earthy and herbal hops with notes of dried tobacco. Nice mix of sweet and herbal/earthiness.

T - More herbal than the nose with the sweetness underlying those earthly tones. Herbal tea hops, dried tobacco leaf, and earthy flavors are strong to start before giving way to toffee sweetness. Touches of ruby grapefruit (not particularly sweet though). Some caramel as well. Finishes with a nice balance of herbal and slightly sweet.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Sticky and slightly drying on the finish.

D - Really tasty with a great mix of flavors that compliment each other wonderfully. Not a thirst-quenching IPA but a satisfying sipper.

Notes: Not a traditional American IPA. Drinks more like a a great herbal Red Ale that is a great sipper. Wonderful herbal notes with earthy tones. Nice grapefruit hop kick and plenty of toffee flavor from the malt. Everything works very well together and make an interesting and enjoyable beer (although not a typical IPA). Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of godlessape
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass. It shows a dense cloudy, deep dark ruby reddish body, topped with a gorgeous beige two finger pillow. Massive lacing ensues.
The aroma is all over the place with plum, fruit basket, assorted hard candy, rich molasses, and weed. There are some hop notes here on the far end, but rather subtle for this style.
The malt dominates and dominates proudly and you'll find your nose wasn't too far off as far as the mish mash of flavoring goes, with just the right amount of bitterness at the end to balance things somewhat.
The mouth feel is real smooth and carbonation is rather light.
Overall this is a zestful and extremely satisfying beer and I wish I brought home more than one.

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Photo of RickS95
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a crazy beer, just from the looks. The second you pop the cap, you smell grapefruit and get that IPA feel. Then is pours a reddish brown and you're confused. Regardless, it's extremely dark for an IPA. Almost cloudy underneath, the top looks nothing like the style. Missing is the funky head...it's just not there. The bubbles are tiny and fleeting.

All I can say is weird. Initial burst of citrus is killed by an almost roasty coffee smell. My nose is bewildered and I can't say it works for me.

The taste is just like the smell, citrus early then roasted malts late. The taste buds appreciate the concoction more than the olfactories. Hop flavor mostly in the finish.

I guess you could call it complex. A lot of stuff going on and while it's strange, it's an ok feel. Acidity eary, then some smokiness before the bittering hops take over. Doesn't have the resiny piney oily feel, but this beer is just full of surprises.

It's an ok beer. Very unusual. The smell is not pleasant but everything else is ok about it. Nothing I'll ever drink a lot of, but glad I had just one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A reddish late pumpkin kind of color, good clarity given the darkness, nice tight offwhite bubbles for a near 1" head. Sam Adams rarely makes a beer look anything less than a four, and this beer is no exception.

Smell, well, for everything Sam Adams does so well in terms of appearance, I've never really seen them able to get dry hopping and aroma down too well. Once again, this beer is no exception. You get the irish/red/peat type of malt aroma going, but that isn't what should lead the way aroma wise for an ipa of just about any variety in 2012.

Taste, that usual caramel, toffee (moreso) and irish red flavor malt going on, high hop bitterness, low to average hop mouthfeel. Whatever the specific malts used to make reds/Irish, they are the most dominant thing about this beer, for better and worse. I can't discern anything about Tasmanian hops from drinking this beer.

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Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear ruby chestnut ale, a yellow tan head with good lacing but small curtains.

Nettless, eggnog, closet and rubber.

Some bread crust start, then the herbal, nettles, notes, bitter orange peel, and some finishing burnt rubber.

Medium low carbonation, a fresh texture, medium body and slightly coarse dryness.

Well, the hops were a bit hard on my brain, associating to rubber too much.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep red coloured brew with over a finger head of foam and has some good lacing.

It smells pretty malty...lots of caramel malt, kind of on the earthy side. Small notes of pine peak out occasionally.

The taste goes with the smell; hardly any hop bitterness with loads of caramel and earthy malt. Faint bitterness that is pine like way in the background. I reckon this isn't the freshest but the code printed on the bottle is a bit difficult to decipher.

The mouthfeel is fine and it's easy to drink but I would have liked to have actually tasted the Tasmanian hops mentioned on the label.

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Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy deep amber/brick red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and biscuit malts along with a serious piney hop aroma. It has a solid bitter scent that seems muddled in all the malt complexity. The taste is decent as well. It has a big beer feel with loads of malt complexity and a equally big piney hop character. Again, it seems muddled and overly complex. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid beer, but nothing I'll buy again in the future.

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Photo of maleman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into an SA glass. Dark, tea-colored. One finger head that receded into a tight cap with slippery lacing.
S - more malt than hops with some freshly mown hay in there somewhere. A touch of pepper, too.
T - a slight metallic tinge up front. more bread than most ipa's. The pepper is definitely there.
M - a medium body with average carbonation. aftertaste is a touch heavy.
O - a different taste than a normal ipa, not bad, just different. it doesn't scare me away from trying it again. RB!

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

Batch No. 2 served in a Stone Brewing Co. glass.

A: Poured a very dark red color, with a good amount of chill haze and an amazingly dense off-white head that stayed a cloud heap for quite some times.

S: Very earthy in character, with a shrill "Pixie Stick dust" quality with some grapefruit imbedded. Very understated, yet nice.

T: Tasted like an Irish Red with a bit more hop presence. I've used Galaxy before in my own brewing, so I picked that out very easily. Yummy.

M: Lots of lacing and the drinkability was pretty spectacular. The bitterness was just right and was about what I would expect from a Sam Adams brew in terms of hop presence.

O: This was really nice, and for only a few bucks!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says "First Batch", which means this isn't fresh, so I'll keep that in mind.
Pours a dark and hazy red with a decent, half inch head. Lacing is minimal but there.

Plum, fart and toffee start the smell. Some citrus shows up, but not much.

The taste is a bit better. Toffee and citrus lead it off, orange and grapefruit, bread and earthy hops follow. There is a slightly sour note on the aftertaste. The body is a little light for the style, but smooth.

Well... I might have liked it more if it was fresh.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber/bronzed color with a thick firm and sticky lightly tanned foam that has good retention and good lacing left behind on the glass.

S: A pleasant balance of malt and hops. The malt nose has toast, pine, and scorched toffee notes. The hop aroma comes through with a citruisy grapefruit and fresh grass profile.

T: Malty rich flavors of burnt toffee or brittle weave in toasty elements of bread, walnut, and deeper flavors that almost resemble coffee. Low on sweetness, only the dry character of malt exists along with a roasty grain counterpart. Dry malt flavors are further encouraged by the deep resiny flavor and bitterness of hops to capture a taste of white grapefruit pulp, orange, fresh cut grasses, and pine.

M: Creamy to start, the creamy malt textures fall away and allow the dry mouth feel to pick up on the bitterness from hops that eventually lead to an extended finish of grassy hops and malty-dry character.

O: It is hard to pin this down to a style. It has similar qualities to an Amber but with more IPA type hops. Though the hops are definitely present, the malt character is what shines through. It is a good mix of styles that I would drink again.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Darker copper color with a beige head that was thick. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine, Hopsmaybe some roasted malts, an almost coffee like smell as well?

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth Medium bodied. Taste of pine notes with a sweeter toffee or coffee taste mixed in. Bitter hops at the end that give it spicy kick of almost a pepper taste.

Overll: Not a bad brew, one of the better IPAs to come out of that summer IPA varity pack Sam Adams put out.

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