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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

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Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of gatornation
4.03/5  rDev +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

Photo of mbenthall
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of guezarka
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Kromes
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

When the citrusy intensity of IPAs finds itself into the normally well balanced Amber Ale, and gripping set of flavors come to life.

First, pouring with a deep amber, bronze, and garnet color and carrying brilliant clarity, this Amber builds a firm and sticky lightly tanned foam that clings persistently to the glass for ample lacing structures on the sides of the glass. A very good looking ale!

Toast and pine notes shape the early aromas while background scents of lightly scorched toffee, roasted nuts, and bark-like woods help to build the foundation for the malty nose. Not to be outdone, citursy grapefruit, fresh grasses, and spruce rise to command the aroma profile at times.

Malty rich flavors of burnt toffee or brittle weave in toasty elements of bread crust, walnut, dark woods, and deeper flavors that almost resemble char and coffee. Low on sweetness, only the dry character of malt exists along with a roasty grain counterpart. Dry malt flavors are further encouraged by the deep resiny flavor and bitterness of American-like hops to capture a zesty and spice taste of white grapefruit pulp, orange pith, fresh cut grasses, and pine.

Creamy and dry to start, the creamy malt textures fall away and allow the dry toast mouthfeel to pick up on the dry and sticky bitterness from hops that eventually lead to an extended finish of grassy hops and malty-dry character.

The major reason that this beer stands out is that it exceeds the perscription for Amber Ales. It's too robust in flavor intensity and alcohol. It's way too hoppy and captures way too much citrusy character. I guess it takes a poorly made Amber to make a fantastic IPA! A great marriage of both worlds.

Photo of kuhndog
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a SA glass, live review

Ap- dark copper/amber in color, definitely has the red characteristic too. Light tan colored frothy head that has really good retention. Excellent lacing.

Ar- caramel malt, slight roasted malt profile, a little hop kick on the end.

T- Wow, this is one complex beer and not really a whole lot like anything I have tasted before. It's a bit creamy, the malts are a bit sweet with a caramel flavor, but the roastiness comes through too. The best part of this beer comes from the Tasmanian Hops (which I have never had), they are unique, not as floral or citrusy, more mellow with a bit of spiciness. Nice hop oils on the finish.

M- Medium body, smooth, good carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable beer and I am really impressed with this one as I haven't come across many that taste like this and that are this complex.

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

An odd one... for one thing calling it an ipa is all wrong as it gives you all kind of crazy ideas about what this beer will taste like. Yes this beer is hopier then some ambers, but that doesn't take away from the other characteristics I find with reds such as the maltiness. There was a complexity to this beer I wasn't expecting given it being a 5 dollar bomber of sam adams.... but given what I'd seen with their latitude 48 and the intrigue in yet another indian pale ale painted another color ( I've seen brown and black but this was the first time I heard red) The smell was herbally. Taste was a complexity of different hops that appeared and went as they danced across the tongue.. I found the beer overall well constructed but not really anything in the ipa family, the closest experience to it I had prior was Magic Hat's Roxxey Role.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep yet translucent garnet color with four fingers of foamy light tan colored head... despite a gentle pour into the tulip I had to wait a few minutes for the head to settle back before finishing the rest of the initial pour. So. Very. Foamy. I'm given a "Bavarian mustache" in between sips. Retention is absolutely monstrous as are the curtains of lacing left on the inside of the glass. Appearance would be a perfect 5.0 if only the head was slightly -less- foamy so that I wouldn't have to look as though I was drinking a glass full of dyed bubble bathwater. In fact I think that in all of my beer tasting days this is the first time I have ever felt a need to have the head *reduced*.
Texturally, this is a great smooth sipping beer, not too thick and not too thin, does nothing particularly wrong in this regard. Smells slightly more herbal than flowery in terms of hop aroma, although the light malt aroma is so subdued that it is nearly impossible to pick up on until the glass warms up for a while. Flavor is a dash of sadly somewhat murky and muddled amber malts... followed by a nicely complex flavorful melody of herbal, dank, earthy hopping. Also contains a gentle dash of simcoe-ish garlic/onion complexity. The flavor of this would have been stellar if only the same amount of quality and attention given the hopping was also given to making sure that the malts had a stronger toffee emphasis across the palate.

Photo of bonkers
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep amber pour, 2" white head, decent lacing. The aroma is pine with very light hay notes. The flavor is mostly bitter pine, some earthy notes, lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky, medium body, good carbonation. A good hoppy amber ale.

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

A very rich deep clear amber color with a thick head the color of coffee-stained teeth.

Aromas of herbal and piney hops with a significant juicy sweet malty note. At times the malt aspect gets out in front of the hops.

The flavor does much the same - trades off with sweet malts taking the fore, then falling back as resinous, herbal, piney hops step up front and center.

A little past medium body with malt/hop stickiness, and finishes on hop bitterness.

All in all this is a solid and decent red IPA. I'm not sure what other reviewers were so uncertain about, although I'll agree that this could use some more hop flavor and aroma - not a lot more though - this is pretty good for Sam Adams, although it reminds me of a beer I like more and costs less.

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a pretty nice looking thick creamy head on top and deep red in color. The retention and lacing were both very good here. The smell of the beer was very floral and hoppy. Lots of bright aromas fill the nose on the beer. The taste of the beer wasn't had exciting as the smell was. The taste was still bitter though which was still pretty good. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good body to it and I thought that the carbonation was at a good level too. Overall this brew was pretty good and probably worth looking into.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label a Red IPA. Poured into my oversized Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep brown with just a hint of red hue. Big sticky tan head.

Very unique aroma. Loads of both citrus hops and caramel malts fight to get your attention.

A brief citrus taste at the beginning which is quickly overwhelmed by sweet caramel malts. Finishes with a earthy bitterness and some bread and toffee notes.

Pretty slick, but not cloying mouthfeel. Lowish carbonation levels.

Not sure what this one is trying to be, but it's good nonetheless. Not nearly hoppy enough to call itself an IPA, but a good smooth flavor.

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