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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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BA SCORE
84
good

1,062 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,062
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011)
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Ralphs66

New York

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-26-2011 23:19:10 | More by Ralphs66
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with hints of caramel. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:14:52 | More by jdhilt
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber poured into pint glass
A - dark amber/brown pour big head that stays for a while, and holds up the bottle cap the entire time
S - big hoppy citrusy notes
T - very bitter, some citrusy notes
M - kinda thin, but very drinkable
O - very good beer, I would definitely buy it if it were in sixpacks

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:31:37 | More by vicsju1991
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, dark, amber color with a tremendous rocky, off-white head that goes nowhere. Lots of lacing.

S - Citrus hops, bread, some caramel and toffee going on.

T - Citrus hops, doughy, and toffee/caramel up front and turns into grapefruit and pine in the finish. Nice and lasting hop bite. Nice citrusy burps...mmm

M - Decent body, not too carbonated, slightly astringent finish.

O - One of the best beers that SA has put out. Highly enjoyable and ridiculously quaffable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:12:59 | More by Doomcifer
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pwsoldier

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

11-25-2011 19:03:44 | More by pwsoldier
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick enough for a bottle cap to float on it? Well going on 2 minutes and the cap is just stuck suspended in place. This is the thickest head I've ever seen. I feel like I have to be forgetting something and I know I've done the bottle cap thing before, but I'm really not able to put to words how damn thick it is. Lacing is everywhere as expected.

Now Sam Adams does a damn good job describing this one so I'm not sure what more need to be said. The nose here isn't anything to get excited about. Pretty mild citrus hops and a nice somewhat neutralizing yet sweet malt.

The taste is much the same. Hops are turned up a bit giving it a very nice sharp hop bite, but nothing over the top given the red IPA name. The malt is very bready, but not sweet just thick and doughy. There are hints of toffee and of course a bit of caramel as well. Seems rather tame given the 6.75% but everything here is very well put together.

The head seems to drain a lot of the carbonation and doesn't leave this as carbonated as one might expect. Very good body for the style though, no real alcohol issues.

It's a shame that Sam Adams has turned to bombers for their beers and even more a shame they are putting a 6.75% red into such an expensive package. That said, very enjoyable stuff and if I saw it in 4 packs or on draft I'd certainly buy more. I look forward to what other new experiments Sam Adams brings us.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 17:33:40 | More by bobhits
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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

11-24-2011 06:00:18 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a large bottle at the Maple Grove Byerlys for $5. The nose is on the malty side with a thick, almost syrupy caramel aroma that's backed by piney grapefruit. The flavor is more hop forward, with the sweet malts sinking back and the juicy, but biting, hops stepping forward with a little more lemon rind joining the sharp pine and grapefruit. I'm seldom impressed by imperial/big red ales, but I'd recommend trying this one. It gets a great balance between the barley and hops that's tough to find.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:21:49 | More by tempest
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7%

11-23-2011 06:18:20 | More by Satchboogie
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

11-23-2011 03:28:27 | More by Lawnboy33
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasman Red IPA opens with a delicious, hoppy aroma, full of lemony, spicy, pine-soaked hop notes that differ only slightly from smelling a bowlful of straight hop pellets. The hop aromas are, in other words, intense, and actually bring a slight sting to the nose if inhaled long enough. A huge ladle full of brown sugar lies beneath, as well as a malt base that promises thick, syrupy grain reductions, blossoming with orange and apricot fruit esters, as well as toasted bread crust. The overall effect is heady and intoxicating, and while it may be slightly too strong on the hop notes, begs to be tasted.

On the tongue, the immediate flavors are hops, hops, hops, rushing across the tongue in a numbing blast of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, eucalyptus, anise, and lemon zest. The overall hop profile is huge--variously listed as somewhere between 50 and 80 IBUs (though I couldn't find an accurate quote from Sam Adams' website)--but feels much higher, the bitterness crunching into the tongue like pop rocks, and the flavors as close as the average beer drinker will get to simply eating a raw hop pellet. There are other, malt-based flavors in here, including brown sugars, orange liqueurs, and wheat crusts, but they're quite frankly lost in the hop onslaught. Missing almost completely because of this is any indication that this is a "red" ale; in fact, handed blind to a taster, this would simply come across as a meteor-strength IPA. The aftertaste is, surprise, more hops, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the nose on this brew spoke of a well-balanced (if slightly over-hopped) brew bursting with both hop and malt flavors, in the mouth the beer is almost exclusively hops, and many of the sugars are unfortunately lost, leaving the beer unbalanced. Luckily, the immediacy and deliciousness of the hops makes up for this quite a lot--hopheads will rejoice--but I wish that the "red" portion of the ale had been allowed its own presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 20:59:37 | More by jondeelee
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Pamola

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7%

11-22-2011 15:18:55 | More by Pamola
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can say that I was pleasantly surprised with this brew for sure... Picked up a bottle of each of the four new offerings from SA and its been one hit and one miss thus far. Let's see which side of the fence this falls on...

Looks terrific in the NB globe... Dark reddish with a foamy creamy head... Looks very inviting...

Big dose of pine tree hops roll off this thing... I'm a bit taken aback by how prevalent these are... Its as if I'd just plucked a branch off of my Christmas tree... The sweet aromas of those caramel malts surface and balance this beautiful beer out quite nicely... Each instance brings a different experience here... I'm digging the way this smells a lot...

A masterful blend of the spicy Christmas tree hops and the sweet smooth caramel malts here... Every sip is both full of flavor and complex in its balance... A warming sensation fills the cheeks as this bottle disappears... The long finish is bitter and piney and yet sweet and smooth...

This is,without a doubt, one of SA's best brews... If they made this a rotating or at the very least seasonal release, I would be thrilled... They nailed this one and im guessing it could be a go-to type of Red were it available to the masses...

Very good effort here...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 14:23:07 | More by Tilley4
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Thads324

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a snifter. A big willowy tan head with tight bubbles that look sticky as the ickiest icky. Deep brown until held up to the light, where there is a dark ruby appearance. Very nice. Head dissipates to a small blanket with super thick walls forming a ring on the glass.
aroma starts with some nice citrus hops. sweet smelling malts, caramel, a bit of spring cut grass and a tail end of pine.
starts with an immediate hop flavor that rolls quickly into a citrus hop flavor. sweet malts carry the flavor, with a bit of blackberry sweetness and caramel. Finishes with a bitterness blazed by grapefruit and pine hops. The bitterness isn't overbearing, just about right.
Good mouthfeel, and one of the fullest bodies I've had in a beer in a while. There is no part of this beer that is without some type of flavor, very well balanced too.
A very nice beer that truly is a winner. Great all around, drinkable yet higher than many other ipas. Flavor and balance with a great hop to boot, a fresh one of these is great for turning on those scared by hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:44:55 | More by Thads324
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dankster

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%

11-21-2011 17:23:30 | More by dankster
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Tasman Red (Red IPA)
Batch #1
22oz bottle, amongst the ingredients listed are Topaz and Galaxy hops from Tasmania.

Appearance: Pours a reddish/amber in color with a huge pillowy foam with excellent retention. Every sip is etched on the glass in rings of lace, stained in time like mineral deposits in a soil sample.

Smell: Bready malts, earthy, woodsy hops with hints of dried leaves.

Taste: A very flavorful blend of caramel, pine, green tea, bitters, mild citrus and fresh flowery/grassy/leafy hop profile. Mild nutty undertones prove this beer to have a solid balance and malt foundation. Hop bitterness and faint alcohol show up late.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied beer with a nice hop bite and drying finish.

Overall: The Boston Beer Company really delivers in this american red / IPA hyrbid. Flavors meld well together, and this would be a suitable pairing for a wide range of dishes, from spicy to savory.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:53:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

At the time of this review, this is the #20 top American Amber / Red Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. I was in the store the other day looking for another beer when I saw all these big beers from Sam Adams, I had never heard of them so I picked them all up. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer is dark red, clear, tan head, some lacing moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is pretty hoppy, mild roast perhaps? Mostly pine hops.

Beer is medium in body, chewy, mildly sweet, dry on the finish, roasty bitterness mixed wtih resiny hops. Tastes good, mouthfeel fine, overall this is an above average red, on the hoppy side of the spectrum, I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:06:32 | More by drabmuh
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-20-2011 23:25:38 | More by ejimhof
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Morey

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with two fingers of tan colored foam that has reduced to one finger after several minutes. Nice clarity shows nice cherry red hues when held to the light. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells is a bit more malt-heavy than I expected although I am picking up some mild spicy hop aromas as well.

Taste is smooth and malty up front. Some bitterness starts to show itself midway. I'm also getting a spicy flavor that reminds me of a rye beer. The earthy hop flavor lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied with a carbonation that is a bit on the low side.

A nice red overall, but I don't see what makes this a "Red Ipa"?

Morey's Bottom Line: A nice beer at $5.75 a bomber. But I've had Red Ales with bigger hop profiles than this so called "Red Ipa". Still good drinking never the less.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:46:27 | More by Morey
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rwilde

Ohio

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-20-2011 15:04:12 | More by rwilde
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-20-2011 15:01:36 | More by jenray
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tvazteca

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a delicious IPA. I brought this home from work cause I wanted a nice new IPA and i wasn't disappointed. So delicious. It poured a wonderful head that caked the glass with some silky smooth hops. Tasted so good. I'm pretty tired so this won;t be the most articulate review. It was just fucking delicious. A very good IPA from a brewery that I often take for granted cause they pump out a billion cases of Boston Lager every year. Sam still can make a great beer, and they did it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 05:46:10 | More by tvazteca
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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-19-2011 18:06:44 | More by brycevolk
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.

It's a nice-looking pour, I'll give Tasman Red that much. Ruddy, copper-brown tea color to the body while on top, a substantial tuft of sandy taupe foam sticks around for a while. Sticky lacing to boot. There's a bit too much competing in the aroma for me to give excellent marks, but what's there is still very much pleasing. Toasted toffee malts and honey biscuit lay down a solid foundation upon which mango- and pine-like hop notes are lain. Floral, fruity, and a tad sweet. Impressive so far...

The toffee sweetness continues into the flavor, and thankfully so, as it lends a nice touch of complexity to Sam Adam's normally (and I say this in the nicest way possible) one-dimensional malt portfolio. Backbone turns a bit spicy on the finish with a hint of grainy roast. The hops are working a bit of magic here, too, with succulent floral and tropical fruit flavors that turn into a smacking piny bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is right where it should be--crisp and creamy with carbonation and a medium body. I dare say, Tasman Red is one of Boston Beer Company's best releases. If they ever released this in 6-packs I'd be all over it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:06:13 | More by wagenvolks
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Arvo

Michigan

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-19-2011 04:31:19 | More by Arvo
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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