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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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very good

366 Reviews

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 1,118
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 23
Gots: 66 | 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 claspada
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of bobhits
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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...

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Photo of Thads324
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Morey
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tvazteca
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

American Red Ales remind me of experimental rock. I love the idea, will always have a weak spot in my heart for it, but at the end of the day I return to the standards. Likewise with beer, if it's popular, it probably isn't worth your time; but if it's too self-absorbed or naive it'll wear itself out soon.

This beer further endorses that opinion.

A - Great clarity and depth. Very red, notes of brown and amber playing against each other.

A - There's a lot of citrus... kinda like spiced oranges, grapefruit rind, candied ginger, some hay. Underneath it is an almost smokey roast note and some malt. The hops are like imitation Cascade.

T - Hops flavor is apparent, but subdued by a dense wall of malt. Some coffee, caramel and chewy pale malt. It's not simply sweet. That doesn't mean it's decadently complex, it simply means there's a lot going on so a dominating character can't assert itself. The bitter finish truncates the development of the malt flavors further. It does bill itself as an IPA, afterall.

M - Full, but finishing dry. The yeast adds no excitement, but presents the malts and hops well before finishing the taste conclusively.

O -There's a lot going on. As an IPA its outstripped by the more conventional offerings, which utilizes proven champions like Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo, Magnum and Summit.

This beer's almost hyperactive. I'd normally only a review an IPA when had on draught, but I succumbed to the allure of Sam Adams in a Bomber. And figured, right or wrong, I ought to give the world my impressions of this beer before they make their purchase.

It's solid, you won't be disappointed, but it's nothing remarkable in bottle, at least.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thee best SA offering I have had,I aboslutly loved this beer.Poured into an impy nonic a deep rich amber with one finger clingy off white head that took its time settling into a creamy mass,broken globs of lace left behind.Citric hops and nutty malt in the nose,a little roast and brown sugar-like sweetness in there as well.Great complexity of hops and malt on the palate,earthy,citric,leafy hops over top of caramel,nutty,and lightly roasted malt,mild brown sugar-like sweetness.This IRA has everything going for it,I loved it.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sexy reddish brown color with generous head. Beautiful appearance. Nose is assertive with fresh hoppy citrus, pine, and hint of holiday spice aromas. Palate offers a clean taste, good balance of piney citrusy hops and candied malt, with an oily quality across the palate. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Spectacular beer, but I just wish it was gentler on the wallet.

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Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark copper in color. Forms a very large tannish colored head that is fairly stable and leaves lots of lacing on the way down. Smell is of caramel malts, orangy citrus, and some light pine notes. Aroma is not as strong as expected. Flavor is complex, but all over the place and I found it disjointed. Lots of caramel malt with a strong, chalky bitterness, some lighter citrus notes, a little bit of orange, roasted malts and even a little coffee. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Overall a good, drinkable beer, but one seemingly without a idea of what exactly it wants to be.

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Photo of fsvan
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Dark copper. A finger and a half of reddish head. Head is pretty sticky.

S- Pretty much what would would expect from a red IPA. Very interesting, and very nice. Citrus hops (a good does of 'em) mixed seamlessly with strong red ale malt backbone.

T- Bitter pine hops take the place of the citrusy smell. Follows with bready malt notes, and bitter on the finish.

M- Slightly heavy of medium.

O- This is the 2nd of the two from this series that I've had (Griffin's Bow being the other) and both are pretty good, and at the price great deals.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.5oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber red with a huge light tan head that fades to a small layering and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly pine and grapfruit hops along with a big malty backbone. The malt almost overpowers the hops as it warms.

T: The taste is slightly less impessive than the smell. It starts with a decent hop bitterness and moves to caramel and biscuit malt flavors on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied...slightly crisp and dry on the finish.

O: While this was decent it's no Nugget Nectar. I wanted to like this one but it fell a bit short of the mark.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Batch #1 is the only freshness indication. Surely fresh as it is a new release.

A= Pours a deep dark red color. Mahogony I would say. Among the darkest a red can get and completely transparent after holding it to light. The head is a nice big thick off white color that holds nice lacing on the glass.

S= Smells like fresh beautiful hops. An enchanting brightness to it with a good citrus character as well as a beautiful caramelly sweetness to hold it up.

T= The taste is wonderful. A great bright citrus character to it. Resinous grapefruit to it that comes through so beautifully. Really a nice tasting beer. The malt plays a critical role with the upholding of the sweetness.

M= The mouth is a little light. That's really the only subpar character of this beer.

T= Other than the light body this is an out of the park beer for Sam Adams. Really out of the ordinary and really well done. Worth trying over and over again which is top notch for Sam Adams.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Deep ruby color with a thick, light tan head. The head stuck around for quite awhile and left a decent lacing.

S: Smells like earthy hops and caramel malt. There's a bit of sweet fruit coming off of it, too.

T: Interesting hop profile. It's not fruity, but it's a bit more earthy. There's a bit of a caramel that lasts until the end and it's joined by a bitterness. Interesting and pretty complex.

M: Kind of a medium, yet full mouthfeel.

O: Complex and different. Haven't had an IPA like that before. Another winner from BBC.

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Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is reddish-amber with a 1+ finger khaki-colored foamy head. When backlit the body is more ruby-red. Head leaves behind real good lace.

S: Some bready malt, some sweet, caramel malt and some earthy hops. As it warms the caramel malt stands out a little more - at first it was mostly earthiness.

T: Follows the nose, for the most part: caramel malt foundation, with a touch of spice mid-sip - makes me think of rye, actually - then finishes with an earthy, resiny, piney hop bitterness. Slightly peppery aftertaste, with a touch of heat down the gulley.

M: At times I think it's a tad bit light for what they're trying to do here, but that might just be my preference for more of a Nugget Nectar-type thicker body. Decently creamy, call it medium in heft, though on the slightly lighter side of medium-bodied.

O: Good stuff. Bomber was reasonably priced (in the $5-$6 range).

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of fluffy, off white head. There is good head retention and some nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops with some mild pine notes. There is a hint of sweet caramel malt and a spice that reminds me of rye.

Taste: Follows from the smell, but not as strong as I would have thought. Bitter citrus peel hops with some spice as well. The beer doesn't have a full enough taste for my liking. I would have liked the malt to show up more. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I was expecting more from the smell. Still a solid offering.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a imperial Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: Absolutely stunning deep mahogany with a chunky head that simply won't go away. Lacing coats the glass from sip to sip.

S: Grass, pine, grapefruit,perfectly accompanied by deep caramel strawberry candy like sweet notes. Roasted, and some chocolate tones add to the sweet malt complexity.

T:The pine and grapefruit hops actually seem to jump out first, but are quickly met by a deep malt character that is much more assertive than what I picked up in the aroma. Very complex all the way through, as the hop flavors and malt sweetness seem to accentuate each other all the way into the finish, without either one ever taking over. Caramel sweetness, a bit of roasted toffee, and oak, all make for a nice complex malt sweetness. That being said, this is definitely an IPA, as a nice zing of the hops just raises their voice enough in the end to remind you what this beer was brewed to be. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but this balanced brew warms the belly with a bit of a kick from the relatively high ABV.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit slick, medium bodied. Not overly carbonated, which is good, as it lets the sweet malt flavors stay nice and smooth.

D&Notes: Did the BBC and Full Sail (two of the best breweries on the planet) team up to brew the best red IPA ever? Perhaps so, as this beer has elements of an excellent Amber Red Ale (which I consider Full Sail to set the standard for) as well as all the elements of a good IPA. An IPA just cannot get more balanced than this. That being said, if you are a true hop head, you will probably not like all the complex malt flavors getting in the way. Hey, to each as own....thumbs up from me for this big, balanced beer.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.