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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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1,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | 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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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasman Red IPA pours a beautiful clear ruby color with a massive, rocky off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malt and orange citrus hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy and smooth with light carbonation. Reminds me of a cask ale. The flavor begins with caramel and pale malt. In the middle a touch of pepper is followed by citrus hops. It finishes moderately bitter and grassy. Once gone the caramel malt and orange citrus lingers on the palate.

This beer has a fantastic appearance and aroma. However, I found the flavor has a strange, almost vegetal finish. Overall though it's a descent.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:56:44 | More by WanderingFool
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A --- nice dark red and decent amount of foam

S --- little caramel and hops

T --- nice balance of hops, malts. Caramel. More hops than any other Sam Adams beer I have ever had.

M --- light-medium body, good amount of carbonation

O --- A very solid beer! One of the best I have tried from Sam Adam.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:32:38 | More by mikechance
Photo of morimech


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark red color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

The Tasmanian hops come through in the aroma. Earthy with citrus notes. Plenty of caramel malt as well.

Has more of an old world flavor with American bitterness. Quite earthy and woody and hardly any citrus. A lot of caramel malt attempts to balance without going overboard with the artificial flavor that some reds suffer from.

Solid body with respectable carbonation. Lively without being harsh or prickly.

Interesting hops bring the bitterness and flavor. Maybe Topaz and Galaxy hops will not go down as my favorites in a hoppy ale, but they create a unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 18:12:24 | More by morimech
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-18-2011 06:31:39 | More by LostTraveler
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter to keep the aroma throughout the bottle. My reward: this beer smells really good. You get a ton of pine from the top. It is almost reminiscint of the Double Simcoe from Weyerbacher (I thoroughly recommend that one).

It poured a deep, ruby red with three fingers of head. There were a lot of fluffy bubbles coming up to the top.

The taste doesn't quite match the smell. It tastes decent from the hoppiness, but I don't get a lot of "red" aspects to this beer. The mouthfeel takes a hit from a decent mouth of bitterness that never goes away.

Thanks to Boston Beer for trying something new, but I probably won't pick up this one again unless the recipe changes.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:39:26 | More by ummswimmin
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby/near brown into my new Belgium glass with a pretty serious light caramel head. Nice retention and great lacing

S - Mmmmm rich malty sweetness, grapefruit/orange/lemon hop smells as well as a piney presence. Biscuity as well.

T - Piney hops and caramel malt hit up front but quickly transcend into a strong citrusy bitter, nice bitter (slightly dry) aftertaste. Alcohol pretty much undetectable. Resinous

M - Medium bodied, very drinkable, bitter and refreshing. Fair carbonation

O - One of the best Sam Adams brews I've had. Nice and drinkable but fairly bold. Wish they made sixers of this

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:57:32 | More by MacQ32
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4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first of the 22oz. bomber series from Sam Adams that I have tried. Glad to have dropped in to see my guys at the marvelous Neil St. Piccadilly, who are always good for a chinwag and some good beer news and advice.

Two lush fingers of light tan froth top a dark ruby body. Loads of lacing and a nice head duration on the trusty ol' Duvel tulip leave me duly impressed with the appearance; really nice! Very citrusy aromas (grapefruit, orange, and some lemon) with pine, caramel and biscuit malt. But the hopped-up nose is tremendous and persistent, reminding me quite a bit of Bell's Two-Hearted in flavor and quality; excellent.

Very delicious, mostly sweet citrus taste, with the aforementioned fruit. The advertised Topaz and Galaxy hops provide a pronounced but smooth taste, greeting the palate with waves of citrus flavor and a bit of pine in the finish. Really terrific and, for much of the first half, very much an IPA. The finish in each mouthful and in the second half of the beer remind that this is also a Red, and its malty strength emerge to yield a delicate balance that does each justice. The caramel is accompanied by a nice, subtle toasted almond flavor. Simply delicious.

The mouthfeel does not provide the kind of resiny, hopped-up gritty texture that hop and IPA lovers like myself may desire. It could be these hops do not yield that, or perhaps the malt tamps down on such characteristics. Whatever the reason, Tasman Red is very much an IPA in smell and taste, much more a Red in texture and somewhat in taste, to me. This is not a complaint, however, for I find the balance to be well executed and remarkably accessible.

This is absolutely one of my very favorite offerings from Sam Adams, a flavorful beer that I will surely seek out again and again. It reminds me, in different ways, of two beers--ST's Big Red, for its beefy, hopped-up flavor, and also Founders Red's Rye, for while it lacks the robust malt flavor that RR brings, it does achieve a similar balance and remind one, in its texture, of both these outstanding beers. This was a superb way to kick off my introduction to the SA bomber series. Very well done, and recommended without question. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:36:21 | More by Gehrig
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep amber and ruby red in the light into my snifter with about two fingers of head that has excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Caramel malts, toast, and earthy pine hops. Although malts somewhat dominate, they are pleasant and toffee like and don't totally overpower the citrus hops.

T - Deep malts, caramelized sugar, piny hops that linger on right through the finish. Hops come out a lot more in flavor than aroma, earth and resinous. Nice balance and flavor.

M - Smooth, creamy and well balanced.

O - This one surpassed my expectation for sure. Grab one and give it a shot if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 17:39:25 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

12-16-2011 16:09:06 | More by Goldfoot
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish ruby red with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A solid mix of hops and malts. Ripe citrus grapefruit hops with some orange peel and mango fruit. A good amount of pine resin throughout. Big presence of bready caramel and toffee malts that are lightly toasted. Smells bold and balanced.

Taste: Bold and hoppy upfront. Lots of grapefruit and oranges mixed with a strong and spicy presence of pine resin throughout the taste. The bready malts come midway with good hints of caramel and toffee. Nice balance of strong hops and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy and creamy. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall: A very solid red IPA. Pretty bold with the hops and the malts add a nice sweetness to balance things out. Another solid brew in this new Sam Adams series.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 06:14:32 | More by MattyG85
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a medium hazy deep amber color with nice red hues, pours with a small amount of carbonation bubbles and two fingers of light mocha colored head that lingers beautifully and has large bubbles, leaves a pretty good amount of lacing on the glass
S: citrusy hops and cherry notes
T: deep dry hop notes in the beginning, nothing like the citrus notes seen in the scent, kind of odd, then moves into a bit of woody flavors that carry through to the end, leaves a fresh cut woody taste in the mouth like licking a fresh cut log, actually a pretty nice taste to have lingering on the palate
M: light carbonation, leaves the mouth just a little dry, really nothing that stands out
O: a pretty good one from Sam Adams, really kind of confused about the discontinuity between the scent notes on the taste notes, appears to be two types of hops, odd, taste was nice at the end, decent in the beginning

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 00:03:14 | More by BigPlay1824
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

12-14-2011 19:46:57 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

12-13-2011 18:37:58 | More by Sargully
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz strangely shaped Sam Adams bomber bottle. Batch #1. Poured into a red wine glass.

A: This one pours a really pretty deep reddish orange color. I got about a finger of off white head w/ tight little bubbles. There is a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. Great carbonation.

S: I got some pine and fruit notes right away, but also some bready malts. Definitely some grapefruit and mango and others from those Galaxy hops. The malt balance almost reminds me of a DIPA.

T: Ok, this wasn't as good as I had read or was expecting. But it's not bad. Nice bitter hop astringency. Bitterness right on the tip of the tongue. You get some sweet maltiness in the middle of the mouth. The pine and grapefruit that I smelled in the nose dance together nicely. Then a nice crisp finish, where you are left with a little fruitiness on the tongue.

M: I'd go medium bodied on this one. Nice hop mouth coating.

O: As far as Sam Adams beers go, this is pretty darn good. I am going with a solid B+ here. Really like the appearance the nose, but the overall flavor didn't match it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 15:58:57 | More by inlimbo77
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-11-2011 12:41:35 | More by fergster75
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New York

4/5  rDev +7%

12-11-2011 06:39:49 | More by virinow
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, batch 1, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red orange color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, light pine, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big pine, orange, caramel, spices, bread, toasted malt, and honey-like sweetness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, orange, pine, and spices on the finish that last. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding amber ale/IPA. So much great hoppy flavor and balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:09:20 | More by superspak
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 22 oz bomber

A- pours a clear but dark copper color with a slow to recede tan head and loads of sticky lacing.. looks great

S- malts first with caramel baked bread, bright citrus hops, toffee and some pine

Y- great taste pine and toffee/caramel malts fight it out first,but they both prevail for a supreme hoppy red

M- nice carbonation with hops and malt a classic red with hops

O- what a great pick-up, will buy again if you like hoppy red ale this is classic , well done SA

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:08:02 | More by gatornation
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +33.7%

12-10-2011 19:22:15 | More by mbenthall
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into pint glass. Batch No.1 on back label.

Thick, lasting head on top of deep red chestnut. Not cloudy. Laces all the way down.

Pine is first up on the nose with a crisp citrus tang in there.

Very balanced taste all the way through, typical of Boston Beer. Sticky toffee up front transitioning into floral and pine hops on the back end. Not a lot of heat like some similar Red IPA's and this is a good thing for this brew, as it lets the malt balance the hops without being treacly or too sticky.

I kept thinking about Gordon/G'Knight from OB while drinking this beer. Gordon is stickier and hotter with even more grapefruit.

Carbonation is light to moderate with smaller bubbles. Nothing prickly here.

Overall, I love it. Delicious hops (of which I'm an avid fan) but a great balance of malts makes it drain away far too quickly from start to finish. Very satisfying. Would love to see this in broader distribution.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 18:17:22 | More by guezarka
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-10-2011 16:40:11 | More by jak
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a crimson red brown with very thick white foam. Long lasting and clingy. Earthy pine smell with slight toffee malt too. Full on hop flavor wrapped around a toasty malt. Grapefruit too. Firm bitter holds.

Very tasty new offering from Sam adams.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 01:49:29 | More by KTCamm
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark shade of amber, almost a cherry shade, with a three finger, offwhite head. The head sticks around for awhile, and leaves some excellent lacing

S- strong, piney aroma. Awesome. Reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar

T- there's a nice piney hop flavor in this one, and it's not overly strong....just kind of there. Doesn't really taste outstanding, just....standard

M- it's a little thick, but not syrupy...good

O- very good amber. As I mentioned in the smell section, reminds me of a more muted Nugget Nectar....good work BBC

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 01:10:19 | More by bigfnjoe
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-09-2011 22:12:01 | More by nmann08
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish brown with a thick tan colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Pine, earthy and herbal hop aroma with a sweet, toasted caramel malt.

T: There are pine hops mixed with caramel and toasted malt and a slight nutty flavor. The finish is somewhat bitter but all the flavors drop out.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Only a little bit syrupy and sticky.

O: An above average beer, but I wouldn't put it at the top of the list. Nice hop presence, and an average amber ale. Some of the flavors pull a Houdini, but the hop sticks around with a nice citrus bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 19:25:52 | More by Kromes
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