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Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Keyes88
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams calls this a "red IPA" - listed here as an American Amber - I'd peg it more appropriately in the newly evolving imperial amber category. Maltier than an IPA, with a distinctive caramel malt character. Assertive hopping shows up in the middle and holds its ground through the finish. Slightly sweet toward the end, with some drying at the last instant.

Photo of Wally1912
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of phishinNYC
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beergoot
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red color; thick, long lasting head with great lacing down the glass; lots of fine carbonation bubbles

Smell: Resin and pine hop smells, very pronounced.

Taste: Strong malt flavors, biscuity; moderate alcohol warmth; pronounced bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and smooth; fine carbonation

Overall: Wow! This is a heady brew. Definitely along the lines of an IPA, not an amber or red ale as currently labeled by BA. As it is called a red IPA by Boston Brewing, I give it top marks for its bold and distinctive characteristics.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Dark ruby black body. Fluffy medium tan-yellow head with good retention and big patchy stick.

Smell - Corny musk. Bright grass hop. Some sweetness.

Taste - Burnt. Hoppy. Grassy. Some underlying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Solvent. Thick, chewy, buttery.

Overall Drinkability - One and done. Mildly interesting, but not a sessioner by any means.

Photo of AJD1201
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. So dark you could call it brown.

Smells malty and a bit hoppy but not that much. Caramel, wood, tea and pine are the strongest scents. Fairly strong rye aroma.

Starts out dry and bitter with a sweeter buttery aftertaste. Malty flavor with some pine flavor, but toffee is the strongest flavor here. Tastes like toned down arrogant bastard.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a pretty standard Red Ale. It;s OK but nothing I need to drink twice.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large three finger head, nice lacing one top of a clear near exactly amber body. Caramel malts with a wet sock hop like aroma. This is a very different red IPA. Very musty, herbal and bitter hop flavoring. The malt takes a back seat to this hop character. It gets. Stated as u drink it but it seems very boozy for a 6.75 % beer. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not a very drinkable beer. It gets better as u drink it but still difficult to finish off.

Photo of budgood1
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 22 ounce bottle a beautiful garnet colour, with crimson and ruby hued edges. large frothy tan head sticks and stays. chunky lace abounds and coats the entire drinking vessel. strong citrusy aroma from the hop bill...grapefruit and lemon peel dominate. some malt peeks through, but the hopping overwhelms. the taste profile has the pithy hops front and center, strangely giving off both citric notes and a good deal of raw spiciness. it really is a one-two punch. a raw, husky maltiness gives this red IPA a unique grittiness. some caramel and toffee are present, but only add an underlying twist that seems balanced. enough back end bitterness to satisfy the hop head. interesting. well built body; the mouthfeel is a bit rough around the edges, but i'm assuming thats what the brewer was going for...raw and edgy the whole way through. drinkability is just ok. 22 oz. is enough to satisfy my curiousity.

overall this unique concoction has the goods to deliver to beer drinkers a unique and somewhat tasty twist on the IPA style. IMO it has a tough time standing out on its own, but would be a fine compliment to some hot wings or spicy nachos.

Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark mahogany brown color with a decent light tan head and full coverage on the lacing. The aroma brings a skunky herbal hop over grassy malt. The flavor jumps in with more herbal hops over minty malt with some grass and lemon, even slight hints of milk chocolate. This is a medium bodied brew with very subtle but sufficient carbonation. I get toffee and some medicinal pine. A slightly chalky feel that is easy drinking. Very nice effort.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour - thick tan head over a deep, rich ruby body. Carbonation comes up slowly. TONS of lacing.

Aromas are pretty fresh. Light citrus hop bite, and lots of toffee sweetness as it warmed.

Flavors were a bit of a turn-off at first... too one dimentional on the hops. But as I got deeper, it became a really nice, and fairly well balanced Amber Ale. Sweet grapefruit and floral hops. Lots of white pepper as it warmed. Light smoke in the finish. Could use a bit more sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich for the style, and finishes with a nice sharpness from the carbonation and hefty hops.

This is a solid Amber Ale, and should be tried by anyone who's into the style. Well done, Sam Adams!

Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint." Colour is a deep, rich brown. Large 2-finger head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of floral, citrus hops. Malts are a little too weak to be called "roasted" with "toffee" on the label. The hops are brilliant, though.

Taste: Overall, far more balanced than the smell. The malts bring back the hops a bit but I'm not finding anything too interesting. This tastes more like a good IPA than a red ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, silky and sticky, has fair amount of carbonation - just a small bite.

Overall: It's good but I'm unimpressed. Most red ales I've had have something to them that is missing. Perhaps some spicy yeast or a sort of spice. As stated earlier, this taste more like a solid IPA than a red ale.

Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is ruby red with a big off-white, fluffy head. It dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

Aggressive nose - dried orange peel, grapefruit, carmel malts, and dark soil. Full, silky mouthfeel on the entry. Hop flavors roll in, similar to english varietal hops, a bit spicy. Full bittering mid-mouth on.

Flavors of orange marmalde, cocoa powder and an earthiness.

Complex, well rounded. Aggressive. The flavor profile is my least favorite aspect of this beer - the mouthfeel is great - looks excellent -flavor is sound - just not overly pleasing to my palate. An aggressive or imperial ESB to me. Nice work - interesting, unique and full flavored.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of LostTraveler
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +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.

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.