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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
83
good

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,081
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 Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich burgundy red with a thick, foamy head into my glass. Lots of lacing left around the rim.

Piney, citrus characteristics show up in the nose, followed by a mellow dose of malt. Not as strong as I hoped in the nose.

Piney hops compliment sweet malt that has an edge of cocoa towards the back of the throat. Very interesting choice of malt(s) for an IPA.

Lingering hop flavors and the excellent malt bill leave a decent mouthfeel. Nutty in a manner as well. Perhaps a slight reminder of Newcastle Brown.

Review may seem all over the place but I still think that this is an excellent beer. They probably could have made it a slightly hoppier brown ale as well but I like it.

Brad007, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This appears as clear orange/amber with a half inch of head.

S: Citrus hops with some pine, and not much malt smells.

T: Citrus/Pine hops with a solid malt backbone, but the hops fade fast.

O: Good beer but the Third Voyage is better. I like Sam Adams new series, and I think they are making some solid progress

seanwhite, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billed as a red IPA. It pours like a red, with an exceptionally volumunious head, but it smells like a really, really good IPA. Wow. I didn't think BBC had it in em to actually go nuts with a hop profile like this, to resist the temptation to weight down a more contemporary American style with their east coast yeast. Kudos.

But--ahh, the flavor don't live up to the aroma. The hops are still large, east coast, and wonderfully varied. But the middle is dominated by an intense, syrupy malt, and then the end is this bizarrely european tasting, not-very-pleasantly chewy yeast.

After taken a few more sips, I become accustom to it. A few more, I start to kind of like it. But this is how all of SA's newer beers work--the ones that are modeled after popular midwestern and west coast styles. They look and smell like those styles, but then they got this weird Sam Adamsiness to them. Here, it works pretty good, even if it doesn't live up to what it probalby could have ben. Not great, but good.

mynie, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

mscott1975, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Billed as a Red IPA, Tasman Red is a dark maroon to almost an opaque brown in the glass. Held high against the light, the shimmering ruby highlights show up. Pouring out of the bottle, it's a muddy copper. Thick, creamy and rocky head the bubbles high and persists. Nice malt nose, but the hops shine through very clearly like an IPA. Looking at the beer, you expect a bit different, so fun and surprising. More malt in the taste, but the citrus hop bite doesn't back down a bit. I like this beer, but it feels a bit muddled and not pulled together. Clean and well brewed, just not a new favorite. Definitely worth a try but don't think I'll get another bottle. if I happen to run across it on tap, I would like to try it. Pushed, it might mellow a bit and blend better.

FightingEntropy, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of rangerred
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a clear dark amber with a fairly substantial tan head. Good lacing.

Smells is of piny hops with a tiny bit of caramel from the malt. Slightly earthy as well.

The taste starts off with the piney hop flavors quite pronounced but that drops off rather quickly. Malt then takes center stage with some lightly roasted caramel. Assertive hop bitterness takes hold for the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. I would've liked the hop flavor to be as strong as the aroma but it's a minor complaint. A good job by Sam Adams.

rangerred, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber red color with a one fingered thick and creamy head, the foam sticks around for quite awhile!

S - Very nice aroma with an abundance of pink citrus hops filling the nose, especially for a beer this color where one would expect more roasted malt in the aroma. Also smells a little earthy and even resinous at moments, and at the very least, spicy.

T - Once again, a surprising amount of hop character, the color plays tricks on your mind since I normally equate more malt presence with this color of beer. Light roasted malt sweetness up front but disappears almost as fast as its detected and replaced with an extremely healthy dose of citrus and pine bitterness that bring it home and then lingers for awhile. As unusual as it sounds, there's a slight bit of apple in the finish.

M - Solid medium body in the beginning but finishes with a "lighter side of medium" feel on the tongue.

O - I enjoyed this beer because it's not another "me too" type of brew, but rather more exploratory as I can't really name too many "Red IPA's" off the top of my head. It's not a red ale and it's not an IPA, just an interesting combination of the two and interesting enough to keep my attention through the entire glass. This one is worth checking out and to the folks at Sam Adams, I hope you decide to keep this in the rotation, if anything, at least an annual release.

jzeilinger, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the nose, especially considering this is an red ale.

T: Like with the aroma, the taste was dominated by hops, more so than with others of the style. Also had a nice amount of roasted malt and caramel to make for a well rounded, robust flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of Sam Adams' more focused and drinkable beers. A very good effort.

avalon07, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of IPAnoah
4/5  rDev +7.2%

IPAnoah, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It's defiantly red in color, but looks brown until it's held to a light. Topped with a nice light mocha colored head which kinda reminds me of whipped cream. Nice lacing, good looking beer.

S: On the nose, I get a light sweetness, maybe like a fruit bowl, followed by a nice grassiness that rounds it out. Grass becomes more prevalent as the beer opens up.

T: The hops actually shine though on this beer nicely as a freshly mowed lawn. A light caramel body supports the bitterness, which isn't overpowering, but enough to give it a little bit of a bite.

M: Medium bodied with a little bit of a heavy hand on the carbonation make this beer a treat to drink. The carbonation and the hops play well off of each other.

D: This beer drinks nicely for what it is.

tlazaroff, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +7.2%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep transparent amber color with a big frothy white head. Not as red as I thought it would be. Smell is kind of strange. Some hops come through but its very very very earthy smelling but not in a great way. Big full creamy body but taste is as bizarre as the nose and again not in a good way. There's a weird barnyard like taste. Dirty dark malts and weakly flavor hops adds to a mishmash of strange flavors you don't want in your mouth. On the positive side it finishes clean and dry.

Well so far this and the barleywine have been pretty bad, both have been unique but that's not always a good thing. The chocolate chili bock however was fantastic (unfortunately I don't have a second bottle to give it a proper review) I hope the double ipa doesn't dissapoint like these 2

jtierney89, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure who brought this, but thanks. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A thin white foam settles to a thick collar, patchy wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Transparent garnet red body.

S - The hop flavor is very strange - these Tasman hops remind me a lot of herbal European varieties, and the Galaxy hops don't really make themselves known. In any case, there's a weird vomit flavor, and it clashes with the bread and light toffee sweetness provided by the malts.

T - Again, the herbal bitterness clashes horribly with the sweet red ale malt backdrop. There's some generic yeasty beer and a hint of vomit here as well.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, pleasant texture, and no alcohol presence at all. No problems here.

D - I preferred Half Acre's Chairman, and that beer was merely OK. This flavor combination just doesn't work for me - perhaps the Tasman hops would work better in a pilsner of some sort.

MasterSki, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper shaded red body with a creamy and dense light-tan colored head on top. Lots of juicy citrus character on the nose with some pine resins notes as well. Good bit of malty sweet aromas too.

Deliciously hop forward beer with a healthy dose of citrusy hop character and a good deal of bitterness to go with it. Strong malt backbone is mildly sweet and helps balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes smoothly. Overall, an impressive offering from SA but it doesn't quite match up with some of best hoppy reds/ambers.

Kinsman, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, over semi clear molasses brown copper ruby colored beer.

Nose has nice hops, light citrus, spicy and earthy, and even a bit floral, a decent amount of bittering hops it would seem. The earthy hops bring a slight herbal and spicy hop kick. then under that is a semi sweet aromatic malt like aroma with hint of caramel.

Taste starts with some juicy malts actually, a bit of sweetness, smooth malts with a hint of caramel. A nice reddish malt flavor, with hint of toasted malts. Then hops come through, not as bitter as I thought from the nose, at first, as some spicy and earthy hops kick in. A bit of citrus and even hint of pine. The spicy hops gets fairly bitter as it marches towards the finish. A bit more caramel comes through as well, with a dry finish. The hops gets spicy and a bit more earthy. Fairly bitter lingering hop finish, just a bit sticky on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, the nose brings nice hops and the taste starts with a nice malt kick, bit of caramel, nice chewy and spicy hops, bit earthy nice bitterness, long bitter and dry finish but drinkable. I hope this becomes a regular for them.

jlindros, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Kranders
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red/golden in appearance, not as red as was expecting. Very mild earthy hops coming through in the aroma, pretty hard to detect. Very sweet right off the bat, with just a hint of hop bitterness that lasts but doesn't increase. I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this beer, but this wasn't it. Not bad by any means, but not something I'd search out for again.

Kranders, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: Cola colored with red hues below a full finger of latte foam and spotty lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Tea, citrus, resin, Spice (cumin?) over an english style malt bill.
T: Sweet and malty with some spice (nearly rye spicy) not much hop character in the flavor (similar to the Dub IPA, third voyage IIRC). Pretty simple.
M: heavy and light carb with a thick slick finish. Spot on.
O: Not bad, wouldn't be my first choice for a red, or even my top five. Needs more balance between the amount of hops offered in the olfactory which doesn't carry into the tastebuds.

harrymel, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany reddish color with a huge fluffy merangue-like foam head that lasts a long time and some thick lace paints the glass. Really darker than I anticipated for a red ale.

Aromas begin quit resinous and hoppy with pine, floral and earthy hops dominating the show. As it warms you get lesser and fruity sweetness and some light caramelized malty sweetness.

The tastes begin big caramel flavors immediately accompanied by soft grapefruit and pine hop flavors. There is a nice big dose of earthiness, ripe plums and red apples. The floral hops and darker malt falvors continue to emerge asit warms.

The mouthfeel medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here, bitterness is nice but not overwhelming by any means.

Overall nicely this was a nice showing for this new Sam Adams small batch offerings. This is the third one I have had and so far they are 2 for 3 which is pretty good. Nothing revolutionary, but just a well made, reasonably priced flavorful red IPA. Def worth a go and maybe a revisit down the road.

claspada, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
5/5  rDev +34%

Ralphs66, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of vicsju1991
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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

vicsju1991, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Doomcifer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +7.2%

pwsoldier, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

bobhits, Nov 24, 2011
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.