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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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1,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 65 | 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 Njstoutlover23
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of LittleDon
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just when I had BBC pegged as the prototypical macro-craft brewer (good but pedestrian), I had this. A beautiful presentation, particularly for a bottled beer. Clouds of sticky foam, the color of aged white lace curtains, clung to the side of my glass atop a clear and deep red body. Neither the aroma nor the hoppyness faded any during the four or five months it sat in my beer fridge. Pineapple, citrus, with a strong caramel backbone, there's a touch of acidity and alcohol middle to finish. Plenty of bitterness all the way through. The mouthfeel was superb, its best characteristic, as soft as imaginable without the aid of nitrogen. A beer that has given me new respect for the guys at Sam Adams.

Photo of BennyL1
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 2/29/12. Batch #2.

Deep and rich amber color with a huge cream colored fluffy head with fantastic lacing.

Nice pine and earthy hop noted in the nose. A slight hint of some roasted malt backbone rounded out by some citrus aroma.

Hops and malt work very well together in this brew. Bitter pine notes but a nice and rich malt background that balances everything out very well. I can’t recall ever having a beer brewed with Topaz or Galaxy hops but I’m digging it so far.

Medium bodied with a creamy finish. Adequate carbonation throughout.

Love or hate them, Sam Adams will come out with the occasional gem, and this is one of them. Great beer for a great price, highly recommended if you’re a fan of IPAs or Ambers.

Photo of srap357
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of PDXHops
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Several shades beyond the advertised "red IPA" on the label, it's a handsome beverage topped by a fat light tan head with impressive staying power. Plentiful lacing as well; we're off to a good start here.

Batch # 1 on the label. No idea what that means, but perhaps it's got a little age on it. There aren't really any notions an IPA, red or otherwise. It's a solid American amber, no doubt, though. Richly sweet nose, kinda like a cross between a Sugar Daddy and a Bit o' Honey with toasted background notes. The flavor starts the same up front, but an earthy bite soon asserts itself. Again, not sure of the freshness here, but the multilayered malt profile is pretty tasty. Not much going on in the finish,though.

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pentasyllabic
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of johnsilk
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DannyDan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of prototypic
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasman Red IPA pours a copper color. It’s clear. Backlighting reveals some really nice crimson highlights. Definitely looks red from where I’m sitting. A lighter tan head tops it off. It’s large, standing over two fingers tall. It’s extremely slow to recede, leaving a very thick, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. This is a damn good lookin’ beer! It really is!

The nose is above average for the style. That might even be a little generous. It has a very strong sweet caramel scent that kicks it off. Not the best thing for any sort of IPA, if you ask me. Smells like a bit of toasted malt, as well. A bit of hops are noted. They smell mostly citric and slightly piney. Grapefruit and orange scents are noted. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. I’m not getting any. Not bad. Not great either.

The flavor is likewise above average. The malt base features a lot of caramel flavor. It’s overly sweet (for me). There is a bit of a toasted malt flavor. Not a big fan of that in IPAs. The hops have a stronger presence here. They feature some nice citric grapefruit and orange flavors. There are some piney and grassy notes, as well. Unfortunately, it’s not all that bitter. The malt base provides a bit too much balance from my taste. Ahhh well. That’s not uncommon in BBC’s IPAs (of late). Alcohol is masked well. Finishes sweet and malty with some nice citric hop notes.

Tasman Red has a medium body. It’s definitely nice and smooth. Carbonation feels light and soft. It goes down rather easily. I just wish I liked the flavor more.

Tasman Red IPA isn’t a bad beer, but it’s another in a growing line of mediocre IPAs from Boston Beer Company. Frankly, the malt base is just too much. More hop presence, flavor, and bitterness are needed. It’s not bad. If you’re into maltier IPAs…well…this might be for you.

Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me a few days ago.

Appearance- dark red color, thick head, nice retention, nice lacing

Smell- malt, citrus

Taste- very malty, some citrus

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good but I don't usually drink red ales.

Photo of BDIMike
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, clear liquid. A slight amount of carbonation, but a huge fluffy cream-colored head that looms large throughout the whole drink.
Smell is dominated by good citrus and pine hops. Good grapefruit aroma.
Taste starts with strong malty tastes. Good caramel and roast malts. Malt tastes move into nice hops at the end. Very earthy notes of pine and less grapefruit than the smell.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness. Smooth and crisp. Very refreshing.
Drinkability is great on this brew. A lot of nice taste and good balance makes this a really drinkable beer. Something for everyone on this. Tasman Red IPA is a great selection that you should seek out. Good for any season. If this is a sign of things to come with Sam Adams 22oz'ers, I am excited!

Photo of FreshZ
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear, dark mahogany-red color with two fingers of beige head. Nice amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel, orange and piney hops, fresh earth, and molasses.

The aroma translated well to the taste. Caramel malts and biscuit upfront, followed by citrus and pine. Sweet molasses and a light bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and slick with a moderate carbonation.

A nice take on the the Red IPA combination.

Photo of tpauer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tln13
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of marct
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of david131
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear blood red with a thick and creamy light brown head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Pine, grapefruit, caramel and some flowers. A bit simple, but nothing seems out of place.

T- Pine, citrus, caramel, and honey. Sweet and slightly bitter. A bit uninteresting and simple, but well executed.

M- Bitterness and a bit of bite from the carbonation up front followed by some lingering sweetness.

O- A decent and well-made beer but overall I found it to be a bit uninspired.

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of densely packed slightly creamy light khaki colored head... The color is a deep dark bronze with a slight yet distinctive red hue... Translucent... A good bit of moderate paced carbonation rises within under closer examination... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A unique nose... Lots of piney hop notes... A heavy mix of caramel and toffee... A faint whiff of citrus hoppiness as well... Bubblegum... Some dark fruit notes... A minor herbal presence... If I didn't know better, I would expect this to be an American Strong Ale or an American Barleywine and not an American Amber Ale...

T - Orange zest... Light floral notes... Loaded with piney hops... Heavy on the bready malts... Caramel... Toffee... A very nice mix of brown sugar and hops rise on the finish and precede to linger for quite a while...

M - Medium bodied... A bit lush... A bit creamy... A bit sticky... Lightly carbonation... A tad on the harsh side overall, but still rather enjoyable...

D - This is a very interesting brew from Samuel Adams... Lots of good things going on in all facets... Challenges both the style guidelines and the senses... Bonus points for its low price point and wide availability...

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Capmech1
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an oversized pilsner glass at oneguyonecup's.

A: Deep, burnished red color with ample carbonation to build a frothy, two-finger head of sticky, toffee-colored foam. Leaves a bit of chunky lace behind.

S: Sweet, herbal and spicy with hints of grassy, pine-needle laden hops and grapefruit rind complexity. Galaxy hops all the way.

T: A nice dose of sweet roasted caramel and toffee-like malts hit first and prime the palate for the hop wave that rolls through next. Bitter, spicy, piney and citrus hop resins coat the palate before washing down with a slick, sugary dose of malts. Fairly balanced and darn drinkable.

M: Medium-full bodied with a smooth malt backbone to go with the dominant Galaxy hop profile.

O: An otherwise less forgettable Red Ale, my friend likened Tasman Red to DFH 90 Minute. The more I sipped, the more I could see it, but it never realizes the match fully. Tasman is a fine enough hopped out amber ale to join the league of Ithaca Cascazilla and North Coast Red Seal.

Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.