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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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1,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
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 ...

woodychandler, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of electtodefer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

electtodefer, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Mappies
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Mappies, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mctizzz, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -33%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of wowbagger
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brilliant ruby pour with good head, makes the mouth water. Smells of faint spice and strong hop, some sweetness to the aroma.

The perfect setup to a perfect beer, but that's where things went wrong. Maybe I got a bad batch, because it tastes... flat and dry, really no flavor to speak of other than a touch (just a touch) of hops and a vaguely coppery taste.

I wouldn't say it's 'bad' per se, I finished the bottle but it was incredibly bland and disappointing. Normally I love this brewery and red ales in general. This one was, at least the one I got, mostly flavorless. It made me sad to drink.

wowbagger, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

campfirebrew, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle. Was interested in seeing what Tasmanian hops were like.

A: Poured a deep amber to mahogany in color, slightly opaque, with a fluffy white head.

S: Slightly spicy and earthy, hints of citrus, toffee and cinnamon.

T: Smooth, dry, and crisp. An IPA with a little extra in a darker roasted malt and hints of caramel and molasses.

M: Well balanced and satisfying

O: Good beer not a great beer. Hopiness is so ballanced with the malts that nothing really makes eat a stand out beer.

Giggy, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark copper color along with a nice 4-finger cream color head. Impressive retention/lacing.

S: Typical biscuity malt smell, but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of hop aroma. Maybe a slight hint of grapefruit, but that's it.

T: A bit of piny hops on the finish, but otherwise, it's dominated by toasted biscuity malt throughout. Doesn't have the overly burnt taste I dislike in many amber/brown ales, so bonus points for that.The flavor in general is subdued, making it pleasant drinking, but kinda unremarkable.

M: Worst part of the beer. Almost watery feel with a thin body and average carbonation. There is a bit of a piny finish on the back end.

O: In typical Sam Adams fashion, it's very easy to approach, but not quite memorable enough. I personally wouldn't buy it again (I tend not to like amber ales), but I wouldn't turn down a free glass by any stretch.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +7.2%

loupap, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dan3279, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

TexAggie011, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of bHiker76
3/5  rDev -19.6%

bHiker76, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a reddish copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, tropical fruits and burnt toast.

T - It tasted of tropical fruit with a slight spicy bitterness. Nice burnt toast maltiness. However, as it warmed the hops seemed to fade and it tasted a little musty.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Nice beer with a great aroma, but oddly tasted better upon first sip than it did at the end.

zeff80, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of FratFratFrat
1/5  rDev -73.2%

FratFratFrat, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of PrimScrewhead
3/5  rDev -19.6%

PrimScrewhead, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper the color of old pennies. Head is a light tan, rocky, and clumpy. Dwindles to a thin rocky cap. Some nice lacing clings to the side of the glass. Super clear with a great depth of color.

Smell: Biscuity malts. Some hints of caramel sweetness. Slightly earthy and grassy. Touches of citrus zest. Chewy malt base. Slight toasted grain. Pretty mellow.

Taste: Malty. Nice caramel and biscuit fusion. Hops run toward pine with some pithy aftertaste. A little grassy and faintly earthy. Nicely balanced. Toasted malts add a nice depth.

Mouthfeel: Malty and chewy. Nice heavy moderate body. Carbonation is on point. Drinks clean and smooth.

Overall: Much better than expected. Nicely balanced with a good amount of flavor from both hop and malt profiles. A very nice change of pace of SA and a worthwhile experiment.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard nonik pint glass, this is a very dark reddish-brown colored beer, with a small head but good lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, with citrusy, fragrant hops backed with a good sweet caramel and a trace of roast. The flavor follows the nose, and is very tasty. The malts are sweet and actually rather light, but balance well with solid hops, mostly citrus to taste. Bitterness is moderately high but doesn't dry things out too much. Yeast character provides a little fruitiness at the finish as well.

Easily the best beer of the recent 4 one-offs they've put out. After the disastrous barleywine, I wasn't inclined to try another, but I'm glad I did pick this. Very drinkable!

allengarvin, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark burgundy color is filled with a medium dense rise of effervesce. A two finger frothy light tan head sticks well for lace as well holds steady on the retention. A thick milky band encompasses the vessel for lace.

S: For aroma there is fresh pine, citrusy-woodsy tones and some herbal notes.Soft caramel toasted grains with a touch of spicy dried tropical fruit.

T: Hoppy, toasty citrus peels, dry toasted grains, pine and a good sense of spicy hops, dried tropical fruit provides for a good zing at times. Clean hopping, toasty bread malting with a nice warmth of dry hops, a bit grassy/herbal and some caramel sweetness sneaks out at knockout.

M: Malty mouthful, chewy, with a considerable amount of carbonation brings some life and fullness on the tongue. Dry pine and alcohol warm the inner cheeks.

O: Overall a respectably hopped red, almost on ipa terms, with a strong malty body. Especially like the usage of little know varieties Topaz and Galaxy which gives this a spicy, citrusy-tropical fruity hopping with a dry finish.

beerthulhu, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

TheBigBoy, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruity hops, some toffee and biscuit malt. Full, crisp body. Taste is mostly red grapefruit, some caramel and bready notes. Finish is long and bitter. A little bit different, easy drinkable IPA.

mikeg67, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, distributed between two pints.

Clear brick red color with a huge fluffy head that won't leave. First, a fist. Then, four fingers, then three. After 3 minutes, and topping off my glass, we're at a solid two. Looks like a birch beer float. Everything is sticking hard. Unreal.

A lot of malt in the aroma. Sourdough. Earthy hop leaf. I get some toffee that the back label suggests. Mild. Definitely a nice red ale smell. Not one for an IPA.

Ok, let me see here. We've got some very earthy notes, like sucking on a stone. A bit charred, not smoky. Metallic and alkaline bitterness. There's pine and some pit fruits. Some caramel, but I must add that this is very dry. This tastes scorched, not juicy. There's a raw asparagus astringency and the malts try to balance it out with a sweetness that's just not there. The bitter levels are accentuated by the roast. A little disappointing, but definitely drinkable--in a strange way.

This feels appropriate. Kind of slick, kind of spicy/prickly. Not as sloshy as I'd like, but feel is a plus.

I guess I just had higher expectations with what I had heard. I love trying new brews from Koch & Co. at Sam Adams. I would rather re-taste Third Voyage before buying this one again. If I ever saw it on tap (somehow), I'd order one up.

thecheapies, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad - better than the run of the mill Sam Adams product.

Pours a deep red with a big fluffy light tan head. The aroma is slight, a bit woody. The flavor is very malty, sweet and carmelly, with a slight spice on the finish and a deep hop bitterness. The effect is almost like a bitter chocolate on the finish.

Seanibus, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of gestyr
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22Oz bottle into a schooner

A: Deep amber which shows as a garnet color when held to the light

S: Malty, slight roast and caramel aroma. Pine and citrus from the hops

T: Initially malty and slightly sweet followed by a very strong hops presence which lingers after you swallow. the hops taste like they smell.

M: Light bodied. This would be a good beer to drink on a hot day

O: I would drink this again. Good Job on this one.

gestyr, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deeper dark brown than expected with some nice tan colored head, pillow like atop. Lacing is good.

S - Sharp dense pine which I hope doesn't transition so much in the taste with a sort of honey like bread malt.

T - Wow to me this beer is piratically undrinkable. Deep resinous pine very sharp and unforgiving with little honey gram cracker malt to balance. Reminded me of Penn Brewery "RyePA" with such a dry and bitter finish.

M - Light to medium but hard to look past this acidic level of hops.

Overall this beer I believe gave me heartburn the next day since it was so bitter. I can't believe how hoppy they made this considering most Samuel Adams beers are not. Definitely not balanced and worth such a high score.

DrDemento456, Jan 11, 2012
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.