Tasman Red IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
11-29-2011 06:07:29 | More by tlazaroff
1/5 rDev -73.3%
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
11-29-2011 03:56:22 | More by jtierney89
2.68/5 rDev -28.3%
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.
11-28-2011 17:33:22 | More by MasterSki
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-28-2011 00:33:37 | More by Kinsman
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-27-2011 22:41:02 | More by jlindros
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
11-27-2011 21:30:36 | More by Kranders
2.98/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
11-27-2011 08:25:04 | More by harrymel
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
11-26-2011 23:47:09 | More by claspada
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
11-26-2011 23:14:52 | More by jdhilt
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
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
11-26-2011 02:31:37 | More by vicsju1991
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
11-26-2011 02:12:59 | More by Doomcifer
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
11-24-2011 17:33:40 | More by bobhits
4.15/5 rDev +11%
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.
11-23-2011 23:21:49 | More by tempest
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-22-2011 20:59:37 | More by jondeelee
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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...
11-22-2011 14:23:07 | More by Tilley4
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
11-22-2011 03:44:55 | More by Thads324
Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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