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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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very good

1,014 Ratings

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Ratings: 1014
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%

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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Photo of vickersspitfire


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:14:04 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of WoodBrew


4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:33:47 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of gpogo


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:44:07 | More by gpogo
Photo of Jamesthebrit


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:33:32 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 20:02:46 | More by brentk56
Photo of cvm4


3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 23:20:38 | More by cvm4
Photo of FreshHawk


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:07:55 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of godlessape


4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:46:18 | More by godlessape
Photo of RickS95


3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 04:41:12 | More by RickS95
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 19:18:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of rarbring


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 18:40:18 | More by rarbring
Photo of Bitterbill


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:11:29 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:16:23 | More by WesWes
Photo of maleman


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 23:27:18 | More by maleman
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 20:30:00 | More by Chaney
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:26:00 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of MouthfulOfchris


3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:02:12 | More by MouthfulOfchris
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 14:21:40 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of jjboesen


4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew, part of yet another of Boston Beers' many series of beer, is named "Tasman Red" because of the Tasmanian hops - Topaz and Galaxy - that support this craft beer.

First of all, open initial pour, it simply bursts from the bottle in a slobbering vanilla froth; this results in a spongy, gluey, head that slowly sinks into the anxious glass. The body is translucent, copper in color, dotted with a few sluggish carbonation bubbles. Otherwise, it is still within. There exists a thick rimlace that is retained throughout the quaff.

Interesting nose contains whiffs of dates, butter and toffee; the palate receives an oily plastering of pine that subsides into a dry, lingering bitterness. Have some water handy as the mouthfeel loses plenty of moisture.

An interesting quaff that allows one's palate the chance to visit far off Tasmania, the home of the whirling creature that seems to have a taste for Bugs Bunny. "It's wabbit season."

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:02:22 | More by jjboesen
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful, deep burgundy black cherry body, with a stellar yellowed paper foam cap. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Soft and semisweet with honey, hazelnut, candied orange, and candied ginger.

T - Relatively dry profile. Caramel malt, touch of almond, and a firm alpha oil bitterness. The profile closes quickly, leaving an aftertaste of fruity malt and lingering bitters.

M - Dry, quick finish. Nice, bright carbonation and acidity. Medium body.

O - Nice malt character. I would have liked to have seen a little more from the hops, which lent a significant amount of bitterness but not much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 22:38:25 | More by vfgccp
Photo of jwc215


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a foamy tan head that lasts, leaving plenty of lacing.

The smell is of caramel, slightly nutty, with herbal and citric spiciness.

The upfront sweetness of caramel (and honey?) is quickly taken over by hop bitterness - herbal, citric, sightly piney. Sweetness comes back to balance the bitterness (which becomes slightly aspirin-like). Finishes dry and refreshing with a long, pleasant aftertaste.

It is pretty smooth, slightly oily with a firm medium body.

This is a nicely/generously hopped red with hops imported from Tasmania. Certainly worth the buy!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 17:08:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of schoolboy


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't an American ipa. It's a red ale. As an American ipa, it is wrong in a whole lot of ways - taste, smell, color.

This is a unique quality brew. Lots of hops for the style (whatever it is) and a nice robust maltiness (nothing like an American ipa).

This is something I don't need to have again, but it isn't something you should avoid.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 21:53:27 | More by schoolboy
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty pleasing and tasty take on a Red IPA

Presentation: Custom 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams rebranding series, with a soft crimson background and an illustration of a bearded character with a hat. Back label notes main style, intent, ingredients, and characteristics. Shows illegible printed date/batch number, the packing box recommended best by Sep 2012. Notes 6.5%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber-brown pour with a rich, towering, creamy head, great retention and surface memory with good touches of lacing. Another good looker from this SA IPA series...

S - Hoppy caramel on the nose, burnt hint of sweetness..

T - …and it works rather nicely in the palate crushed roasted sugar punctuated by a nice layer of hops with resinous and citric notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a bit coarse, nice lingering dash of bitter caramel in the finish...

O - Very nice red IPA, this drinks very well.

Notes: Direct and maybe a bit coarse but in a rather pleasing way. Well worth the try. Glad to see SA doing some regular hoppy offerings of note.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:09:22 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of falloutsnow


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
Date: None visible
Glass: US pint

Pours a 2cm head, very light tan in color, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above average, settling within a few minutes to a thick ring around the glass. Some modest lacing is left along the sides of the glass. Body is a deep red-brown color, with quite active carbonation.

Aroma is of modest grapefruit, cedar mulch, and deep toffee-like malts. I'm assuming the mulch-like component is from the Tasmanian hops, though not completely sure on this. An above average aroma for an AIPA, if not particularly compelling.

An interesting taste, fairly heavy and forward with its malts, definite toffee or caramel-like influences with a subtle roasted quality. The hops are present primarily as some mild grapefruit, citrus, and slight vegetable matter. Not particularly astounding in any aspect, but certainly above average in terms of flavor and interest.

Body is of medium to medium-heavy weight, with medium-high levels of carbonation. The beer is definitely malt-forward and malt-heavy along the IPA spectrum, so if this is what appeals to you, then the heavier, fairly carbonated mouthfeel should be appealing.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:57:28 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Fadefury


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a red/brown color with a very nice 1/2 inch head

S: Roasted citrusy notes

T: The smoked malts and the hops blend very well together. The earthy/pine notes are the most obvious

M: Medium body with high carbonation, but it works well

O: I enjoyed drinking this with some spicy wings, but couldn't see it doing much for me just by itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:30:56 | More by Fadefury
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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