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Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. So dark you could call it brown.

Smells malty and a bit hoppy but not that much. Caramel, wood, tea and pine are the strongest scents. Fairly strong rye aroma.

Starts out dry and bitter with a sweeter buttery aftertaste. Malty flavor with some pine flavor, but toffee is the strongest flavor here. Tastes like toned down arrogant bastard.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a pretty standard Red Ale. It;s OK but nothing I need to drink twice.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $18.99 for the Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 2013 on the bottle

Poured a dark red mahogany color with 2-3 three fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Good thick foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention as well.

Smelled an interesting mix of citrus and pine hops - grapefruit, tangerine - with some buttery toffee malts as well. Reminds me a bit of caramel corn.

Taste was still that butter awkward taste. Most certainly reminded me of buttery, toffee, caramel-flavored popcorn. Those grapefruit and pine hops aren’t as pronounced, but are still there. Nice warming feeling, though.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

I just don’t dig butter beers. Not a big fan of this one, despite my rating not being too bad.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber ruby red color nice thick tan head with some staying power... creates a nice lace in the glass very appealing. Smell is slightly hoppy and some malts as well could be promising. Slight hop flavor and malty backbone... not really ipa hoppy but still pleasant. goes down easy but probably wouldn't want more then one of these on a hot day does leave a little hoppy stickiness in the mouth afterwards... Id probably get this one again if I'm looking for a decently priced ipa pretty good effort from SA.

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Photo of therica
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting mix of standouts that just don't seem to come together, for me.

A= red-amber, modest white head fading quickly to some rimming.

S= mostly candy and sweet malts.

T= reminds me of a toffee-coated hops nugget. The reverse correlation would be something like a jalapeno-coated banana. Nice individual parts that just do not come together, for me, regardless of temperature.

M= slightly biting and very astringent.

O= an interesting attempt that falls short of a cohesive final product.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Dark ruby black body. Fluffy medium tan-yellow head with good retention and big patchy stick.

Smell - Corny musk. Bright grass hop. Some sweetness.

Taste - Burnt. Hoppy. Grassy. Some underlying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Solvent. Thick, chewy, buttery.

Overall Drinkability - One and done. Mildly interesting, but not a sessioner by any means.

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Photo of MrOH
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours clear, deep red bordering on light brown, with a single finger of light khaki head.

Pineapple and orange hop aromas with a nice toffee malt background.

Citrus, grape, and pineapple hop over dark fruit and toffee malt. Nice firm bitterness to bring it together. Stewed fruit lingers along with a slight piney bitterness.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A pretty good hoppy amber, but not as good as nugget nectar.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is hoppy and - hoppy. Not strong, but hoppy with a little evergreen, definitely an IPA. It pours a clear, dark mahogany/coppery brown with a fairly thick and persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Hoppy flavor has evergreen, caramel and woody notes plus a hint of miso. Smooth texture has about average body and average fizziness. Overall, though not notable, still worthy of at least a try.

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Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear ruby chestnut ale, a yellow tan head with good lacing but small curtains.

Nettless, eggnog, closet and rubber.

Some bread crust start, then the herbal, nettles, notes, bitter orange peel, and some finishing burnt rubber.

Medium low carbonation, a fresh texture, medium body and slightly coarse dryness.

Well, the hops were a bit hard on my brain, associating to rubber too much.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up several of the Boston Beer Company’s (aka Samuel Adams) “Tasman Red” 22 oz bottles recently and the time was right to give one a test drive. This is one of a number of their limited edition brews or what they call “small batch creations.” The label had 6.75% ABV and even had a batch number on the back.

The beer poured an amber / orange color with over three fingers of whitish brown head which dissipated fairly rapidly with nice lacing.

The malty aroma comes through clearly with some bread and piney scents. Some citrus came through way in the background.

Oddly the citrus taste hit first and then malt, bread, and some resinous notes at the end.

The mouth feel was light to medium body with smooth up front flavors and slightly bitter on the finish with light carbonation.

Overall this is a solid representation of the American IPA style that I might buy again, but it is well behind what top brewers like Stone, Deschutes, Lagunitas, etc. are putting out for this style.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 2.99. "Batch 2" but I can't read/ decipher the bottling code. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours ruddy chestnut red with a dense two fingers cream tinted head. Huge sheets of lace.

Smells of big dank earthy hops. I keep coming back to enjoy it.

Muted flavors of pine, grapefruit rind, pepper and dry sourbread. There is some good stuff going on but there seems to be a layer of something "off" that hangs over the other flavors like a wet blanket.

Sticky medium feel with soft mild carbonation. Long dry bitter earthy hop finish.

Between the great appearance and aromas, Tasman Red has such potential. Based on the price I'm pretty sure that "Batch 2 "wasn't bottled very recently but even accounting for age, the flavors are softer than I'd prefer.

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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 divineaudio
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

batch 1, bomber split with my gf
tulip glass.

a - pours ruby red with a thick, two finger head. retention is good, after calming i get a thin ring and an island. lots of chunky lacing.

s - toasty, grassy, slight funk, faint citrus.

t - carmelly, biscuity malt. piney hop character that lingers. pretty one dimensional really.

m - medium with medium carbonation. finer co2 profile.

o - decent, but lacking in depth. a few bottle shops have told me that this one flys off the shelves. i have a really hard time believing that statement. probably won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jul 2014 at 40 degrees into goblet
Aroma slight hops
Head small (2 cm), light brown, rocky; oddly, the head is mostly lasting.
Lacing virtually none
Body dark ruby, clear
Flavor ? Maybe, but it’s hard to find. The Tasmanian hops apparently don’t survive the bottling process well. This beer is slightly bitter, but lacks any distinct hop character – no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl; no pine, citrus, tropical fruit, flower, etc. hop flavors or aromas are found.
Palate light, watery, carbonation soft.

While this is an attractive beer with OK mouthfeel, it is so lacking in flavor that it is hard to describe adequately. I first had this beer in 2012 when it was a limited release in bombers. It still is just an OK beer – nothing good enough to buy again and nothing bad enough to turn down if someone offers you one.

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Photo of cvm4
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky red clay with a light tan head. Very dark for an IPA. Lacing looks like a road map on the side of the glass.

S - It seems pretty 1-dimensional with only caramel malts shining through.

T - Bready and slightly herbal with orange peel peaking through. There's a light hop bite on the finish.

M - Lighter body & carbonation.

O - The most highly malty non hop bite IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark tobacco brown with red tint. 1/2 finger head the receeds quickly. Not much to the nose, faint malt. Tastes of caramel. Feels a little watered down on back of sips. Wouldn't go out of my way for this, if your looking for a darker beer with light finish, you've found one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deeper dark brown than expected with some nice tan colored head, pillow like atop. Lacing is good.

S - Sharp dense pine which I hope doesn't transition so much in the taste with a sort of honey like bread malt.

T - Wow to me this beer is piratically undrinkable. Deep resinous pine very sharp and unforgiving with little honey gram cracker malt to balance. Reminded me of Penn Brewery "RyePA" with such a dry and bitter finish.

M - Light to medium but hard to look past this acidic level of hops.

Overall this beer I believe gave me heartburn the next day since it was so bitter. I can't believe how hoppy they made this considering most Samuel Adams beers are not. Definitely not balanced and worth such a high score.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alan McCormick for passing this one along.

This pours almost opaque copper with a nice frothy khaki head that leaves good lace on the way down. On the nose there is biscuit and some caramel with pine lurking further down. In the mouth the biscuit and bread dominates, with any bitterness, mainly in the form of pine, taking over only after the malts die away. The body is exceptionally smooth and there is a long finish where what bitterness there is shines through.

Overall, this is a somewhat interesting beer, but not one I'll be seeking out. There isn't enough bitterness here for me to see this having IPA anywhere on the label. That said it is utterly devoid of the Sam Adams house note, which always a plus and a surprise.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat low actually, just the idea of it turns me off.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice cream, pretty good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark amber. Somewhat translucent; certainly not opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Roasted malts, skunky oily pine hops, and rotten grapefruit. Toffee. Moderate in strength. It turns me away, actually. I'm not excited to try this. No yeast or alcohol is evident based on the aroma.

T: Indistinct piney and citrusy hops. The citrus element is actually rather incredible; I find these hops incredibly fresh and balanced. Very impressive, if niche. No real grapefruit except on the finish, to its benefit. No toffee comes through, contrary to the promise of the aroma. It's a clean pretty well balanced IPA, but still suffers from simplicity. That said, I am impressed with the hop character and would like to try other brews that use the strain. The clean malts are unobtrusive, aiding the body and rounding out the flavour profile without compromising the careful balance. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Just thick enough. Adequately carbonated. Moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours pretty well.

Dr: A solid offering from Sam Adams. Certainly one of the better offerings in the IPA variety box I acquired this as part of. A nicely drinkable IPA with an interesting choice of hop strain. I like it and I'd certainly try it on-draught, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety needed to elevate it to something truly worthwhile. IPA fans will like it, but it's far from exemplary. Well priced in any case. I'm glad I tried it.

Low B-

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark copper color along with a nice 4-finger cream color head. Impressive retention/lacing.

S: Typical biscuity malt smell, but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of hop aroma. Maybe a slight hint of grapefruit, but that's it.

T: A bit of piny hops on the finish, but otherwise, it's dominated by toasted biscuity malt throughout. Doesn't have the overly burnt taste I dislike in many amber/brown ales, so bonus points for that.The flavor in general is subdued, making it pleasant drinking, but kinda unremarkable.

M: Worst part of the beer. Almost watery feel with a thin body and average carbonation. There is a bit of a piny finish on the back end.

O: In typical Sam Adams fashion, it's very easy to approach, but not quite memorable enough. I personally wouldn't buy it again (I tend not to like amber ales), but I wouldn't turn down a free glass by any stretch.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Hey, wasn't the dude on the label in a documentary about a crazy West Virginian family...? Regardless, the beer behind him pours a clear dark rust topped by a finger of dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises grass, light pine needle, ruby red grapefruit rind, and a bit of toasted toffee. The taste focuses on the toffee to be begin with, then moves on to a thin layer of grapefruit, then goes head-first into a vat of minty pine resin. This last piece leads to a generally bitter flavor, which erases everything (including itself, somehow) from the tongue rather quickly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, an okay brew at best, with flavors that don't really stand up very well.

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Photo of nukem5
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice reddish brown color with a slight head that disappears rapidly.slight lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is of roasty malts with a faint smokey quality about it.

T: Flavors are of smoked malts and bitter herbs of all the beers in this case this is the least appealing to me.Also some anise and burnt caramels. An overpowering amount of grapefruity hops.

M: Mouthfeel is ok medium bodied and a nice carbonation level.

O: Overall don't think I will be craving one of these soon was Ok but thats all.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The clear, auburn colored, body was topped off by a one finger thick head. The aroma was very similar to a Barleywine, with a nutty caramel malt smell mixed in with earthy hops. The taste was much more insipid than I was expecting, as the sourdough bread like malt flavors felt watered down, and herbal hops were barely there before being washed away in a club soda like aftertaste. This is one of the stronger offerings from the IPA 12 pack in terms of ABV, but drinks the least interesting.

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Photo of Fadefury
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a red/brown color with a very nice 1/2 inch head

S: Roasted citrusy notes

T: The smoked malts and the hops blend very well together. The earthy/pine notes are the most obvious

M: Medium body with high carbonation, but it works well

O: I enjoyed drinking this with some spicy wings, but couldn't see it doing much for me just by itself.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a dark red color, like someone splashed some cranberry juice into an Amber Ale. It's body is pretty clear, like most all Sam Adams beers are. Over 1.25 fingers of farm egg colored head.

There's some juicy grapefruit hops here. Not a complex hop aroma, but a reasonably effective one. The amber malts provide a strong (and spicy) backbone. It's a very average, by-the-book IPA aroma.

The taste is similarly by-the-book, but quite solid. The hops taste like pretty generic hops. Yeah yeah, I know, Tasmanian-grown hops. But they just taste like Cascades to me. The malt has some cinnamon character to it, a touch of potpourri. Tasty stuff, but nothing that is particularly impressive at this stage in the craft beer game.

I was pleasantly surprised by Tasman Red. Of all the limited SA beers I drank tonight, this was the one I was least excited about trying. And it ended up being the most solid beer of the whole bunch. It's trying to be the same kind of beer that Green Flash Hop Head Red is, only Sam Adams has made that beer better.

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Photo of seanwhite
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
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

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