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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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1,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,103
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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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with a sticker on the back explaining the genesis of this brew into my 0.5L Becks stein.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark, coppery red with three huge fingers of dense off-white head. The head lingers for a long time and creates some spectacular lacing.

Smell: Strong citrusy grapefruit aroma punctuated by some piney, earthy hops.

Taste: Starts off with some dank, musty, earthy hops bitterness. There's some really nice caramel malts too which adds some nice balance to the taste. Taste is pretty good but I was hoping the hops presence would be bigger and bolder

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied Carbonation is pretty aggressive adds a certain prickly quality to each sip. Alcohol is cloaked very well and at 6.75%, it makes for a pleasant sipper.

Overall: I like that Sam Adams is branching out with some new, interesting styles. Tasman Red is a good, but not great beer. The hops are the star but they could be bigger. A little dry hopping could make this an amazing beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1
A- This beer pours a crystal clear though slightly dense auburn body with a strong carbonation pushing to the surface. There is a bubbly tan head of cream that leaves rings with each sip.

S- The pine and woody hops aroma is full with some toffee malt notes to follow and a dark bready crust aroma in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet caramel flavor has some darker toffee notes leads into a piny dry hop flavor that has some spicy and woody qualities. There is a slight pungent bitterness to the hops that linger after the finish. A cream note comes through with the malt as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture to the fizz in the finish. No alcohol heat was noticed.

O- The nice malt flavor and complexity supports a good depth of full hop flavor that makes this beer pretty tasty and is still sessionable for as big as it is.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, amber color with an abundance of foamy head from the bottle poured into a pint glass. Smell is sweet, pine and hoppy on the nose.

Taste is robust and complex. Toffee up front, followed by hoppy citrus and a sweet, chocolate and malty finish. Big, bold brew that's very heavy. Filling as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour = Deep dark red. Soft fluffy tan head. 3 fingers, stayed around awhile.

Smell= Carmel comes out first, followed by the citrus. Some toffee sweetness as well. Totally different than what I was expecting.

Taste = toffee, lightly roasted malt. A slight but of fruity yeast. I would call this a scotch ale or a "wee heavy" if it weren't for the dry finish the hops provide. What a surprise this was. A good surprise to be sure.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very thick frothy, very light tan head, very dark amber color, bunch of little carbonation bubbles, lots of nice lacing

S: Good blend of hops, including some grapefruit notes, some earthy and roasted blend of malts

T: Sweet up front, then bitter hops, some malts, very bitter and dry finish, aftertaste is a bit much for me

M: Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, some creaminess, good carbonation, nice hoppiness before the unpleasant aftertaste settles in

O: My brain has a hard time defining what beer style this is, I understand I may not be used to some of the ingredients, but the very dry and unpleasant aftertaste takes away from the nice hop finish right before it, I don't think I'll buy this batch (#2) again

Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #1
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Spiegelau tulip.

A: Very nice looking beer, with an extremely dark red body, verging on brown, and a rocky off-white head. Aggressive lacing.

S: Strong, earthy, spicy hops. A little bit of graininess.

T: Opens with a bitter bite of dark, earthy hops. Toffee, slight caramel, and molasses. A little bit wheaty. Pungent bitterness and a breath of alcohol remain after the taste, along with some flashes of dank, dank, peppery marijuana.

M: Medium-bodied.

O: Pretty intense tasting and relatively well-executed. Reminds me of a less alcoholic Arrogant Bastard. The dankness of the hops will be the point of divergence for most people. I like it.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this offering in a nonic pint. Here's to you smirking, bowler hat-wearing, Santa beard-sporting guy on the label.

Appearance- The ecru-colored foam does not mess around and quickly builds to three-fingers in width, leaving a cratery, creamy cap. Retention is good with tiny rows of sudsy sheet lace.

The body is a particularly stunning and deep amber with some brighter ruby highlights visible through the light.

Smell- The nose is soft, but I can pick up hints of pine resin and a little bit of tangy citrus, maybe grapefruit.

Taste- The pine and distinct bitterness hit the palate first. A nice start for an IPA. After the pine, a subtle dash of grapefruit and starfruit begins to enter the flavor profiles.

The finish is more of the pine resin and has a little bit of the Boston Lager, wheaty malt taste. I wish that malt could be replaced with more of the Galaxy hop flavors. They are way too light.

Mouth feel- The feel is just fine, a solid medium body and decently creamy. The finish is a little dry, but does not affect how long the finish lasts that much.

Overall- The places where this beer could have been better are the nose and on the palate, unfortunately, these are one and two on my list of importance to a beer overall.

The nose is entirely too soft for the Galaxy hop to show off what it is capable of, and the taste of this one showcases pine and Boston Lager malt more than anything.

Yes, the Tasmanian Galaxy hop is in this beer, but no, it is not nearly as prominent as it should be to impress too much. This Red IPA is good, but could have been so much more.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very clear and dark amber color (red as hell) with a one and a half finger head (beige). Head has good retention and nice streaks of lacing.

Smell is not quite as exciting as I had hoped; definitely some citrus hops going on but it could be more pronounced. Maybe they should dry hop next time?

Taste is very crisp and balanced- starts with a pretty homogenous malt and hop blend, giving way to an amber malty body and a nice hop finish. Pretty dry but not bone-dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- definitely a very drinkable beer. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Definitely not prickly. This is my third bottle of Tasman Red- I keep coming back cause I like it. If you're into red ales DEFINITEly give this one a go.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep reddish copper amber with a two finger fine light tan head and lots of lacing. Light aroma of herbal hops and sweet malt. Subtle sweet malt and hops, very mellow and low key at the start. Finishes with piney and pineapple hops. Medium bodied and creamy. Not very assertive, but pleasant and a nice well-integrated change from hoppy red ales.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color with a very large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character that is followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. There’s a mild caramel and citrus sweetness that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer worth drinking for a long time.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! This may be my last of the night which began today, if you catch my drift.

From the bottle: "Malts: Two Row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland Pale Malts, Special B, Caramel 60, Roasted Dehusked Malt"; "Hops: Topaz and Galaxy Hops from Tasmania"; "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 hops 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."; "At Samuel Adams we love experimenting. The series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations."; "Batch No. 1".

I heard of this during last year's GABF, but I was unable to make it out to Denver and so I sighed and let it go. Until now.

My pour gave me two fingers of light-tan head with very good retention. Color was a deep garnet/ruby red with NE-quality clarity where light actually penetrated. Nose was juicy with hints of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and orange peel accompanied by caramel and chocolate. Sheesh! I rarely mention this range and depth of scents and flavors, but this was ramping up to be damn good. Mouthfeel was dense and creamy and the citrus hops interacted with the roasted malts like they had grown up on the same playground and knew how to play together. The taste just danced on my battered tongue in a playful manner before running off for another game. In the meantime, I was getting smoke, caramel and licorice. The finish was full-on licorice (not anise, as the caramel continued to buffet the intense hops). Oh baby, this was the kind of thing that got me hooked on craft beer and especially hoppy craft beer in the first place. I may need to lay down ...

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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