Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,163 Ratings
Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,163
Reviews:
376
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.49%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
88
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,163 |  Reviews: 376
Photo of davemathews68
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kb2250
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Birdmarg741
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of EGolfer4
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Urk1127
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour - thick tan head over a deep, rich ruby body. Carbonation comes up slowly. TONS of lacing.

Aromas are pretty fresh. Light citrus hop bite, and lots of toffee sweetness as it warmed.

Flavors were a bit of a turn-off at first... too one dimentional on the hops. But as I got deeper, it became a really nice, and fairly well balanced Amber Ale. Sweet grapefruit and floral hops. Lots of white pepper as it warmed. Light smoke in the finish. Could use a bit more sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich for the style, and finishes with a nice sharpness from the carbonation and hefty hops.

This is a solid Amber Ale, and should be tried by anyone who's into the style. Well done, Sam Adams!

 705 characters

Photo of GbVDave
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep rusty ruby red with a gorgeous looking layer of light orange foam on top that retained for ages and left plenty of puffy lace ropes behind.

S: Pineapple and tangerine with toasty malt, carmel, grassy hops, and a touch of pine.

T: See above but with way more emphasis on the malt side of this. Sadly, the tropical and citrus qualities of the smell are lurking too far in the background here. The maltiness IS nice, however. Just more hops for balance, please.

M: Slick and a little oily with just the right amount of spiciness for balance. Slightly ashy in the finish.

O: A really nice effort. Easy to drink and pretty to look at...just need more hops.

 721 characters

Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruity hops, some toffee and biscuit malt. Full, crisp body. Taste is mostly red grapefruit, some caramel and bready notes. Finish is long and bitter. A little bit different, easy drinkable IPA.

 304 characters

Photo of BigBarley
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear ruby with an off-white/ khaki head.

Aroma is that of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple mostly) with some sweet, biscuit malt backing it up.

Flavorwise there's a little tropical sweetness followed by a blend of dank bitterness and that same malt holding down the balance. Very sweet but still with a strange butter flavor that wraps around that dank hoppy goodness and accents it well.

Medium body with decent carbonation, kinda sticky in the mouth, lingering flavors. I enjoy this beer quite a bit, but have had a Red IPA or 2 that outdoes it. Unique but not mindblowing.

 587 characters

Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yields close to two fingers of tan foam, dense yet dimples quickly and then dissipates before holding a nice coating across the surface, still mostly smaller bubbles, the lacing has very good stick and forms broad strokes across the glass sides. The liquid has a rusty red to brown hue, more yellow-orange at the bottom and rims, bright and clear, the bubbles are very widely dispersed and move slowly. Big malty nose of caramel, toffee and butterscotch as well as honey and pine sap moving onto dates, figs and dried apricots, there’s some roast under it all but hard to find a strong hops presence. Full-bodied with a softer, creamy texture even as the carbonation brings a pleasing prickle to it. More bread and scone like notes here, minerally and earthy but no ignoring the caramel, toffee, cocoa and molasses. Has enough leafiness here to create added IPA feel. Still, malts rule the roost and the only real bite is a dry residue long after you swallow. Interesting and flavorful, however, I get kind of fatigued by sipping it.

 1,035 characters

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Deep reddish brown, nice small head, moderate internal carbonation

S: Strong citrus and hops, some spice notes, traces of alcohol are present, pretty fragrant

T: Very intense and almost biting hop flavor, mild tropical fruit hints throughout, some pepper notes, but quite fleeting

M: Smooth, but intensity of flavor certainly adds to drinking difficulty, while delicious, certainly not something to rapidly consume

O: A nice and hoppy, very strong red, but at only 6.75% abv, I'm pleased it comes in a double-size, take your time with this one

 573 characters

Photo of derkfromwi
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very thick frothy, very light tan head, very dark amber color, bunch of little carbonation bubbles, lots of nice lacing

S: Good blend of hops, including some grapefruit notes, some earthy and roasted blend of malts

T: Sweet up front, then bitter hops, some malts, very bitter and dry finish, aftertaste is a bit much for me

M: Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, some creaminess, good carbonation, nice hoppiness before the unpleasant aftertaste settles in

O: My brain has a hard time defining what beer style this is, I understand I may not be used to some of the ingredients, but the very dry and unpleasant aftertaste takes away from the nice hop finish right before it, I don't think I'll buy this batch (#2) again

 720 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams' Tasman Red Red IPA. 6.75 % ABV, all Tasmanian Galaxy and Topaz hops. And Gabby Hayes in a derby on the label.

Let's get into it.
Clear, deep burgundy coloring, creamy, tanned head, starts big,lasts long but lays low.

Tropical fruit aromatics, melon, pineapple, some berry, much malt sweetness. Low bitterness. Nice enough.

Tasting it: Mmm, nice and hoppy. Fruit flavor and malt sweetness return, with a lingering, while low, bitterness. Medium body, mellow mouthfeel. Caramel-y malt flavorful, a little roasty, with a toasted edge.

An interesting mix of malts in this: 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe and and Copeland Pale malts, Special B, Caramel 60, raised dehusked malt.

Much maltier than most IPAs. And less hoppy than most, too. I'd say this doesn't really belong to any style, properly, but it's not as if I care about that. However, it doesn't really deliver what I'm looking for, either.

Nothing too wrong with it, just nothing too right, either.

 973 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber pour with a small head of white on top of the glass that settled down nicely into a light coating of lacing all around the edges of the glass. aroma is sweet with nice light bready malts, hints of caramel and a touch of light earthy hops. crisp and clean, the hops are a bit more prevelant in the taste as a nice touch of pine bites the tongue with a smooth, sweet finish that is slightly dry

 398 characters

Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint." Colour is a deep, rich brown. Large 2-finger head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of floral, citrus hops. Malts are a little too weak to be called "roasted" with "toffee" on the label. The hops are brilliant, though.

Taste: Overall, far more balanced than the smell. The malts bring back the hops a bit but I'm not finding anything too interesting. This tastes more like a good IPA than a red ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, silky and sticky, has fair amount of carbonation - just a small bite.

Overall: It's good but I'm unimpressed. Most red ales I've had have something to them that is missing. Perhaps some spicy yeast or a sort of spice. As stated earlier, this taste more like a solid IPA than a red ale.

 780 characters

Photo of Johncnh
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive large, thick head that settles slowly. The broth is ruby red in color where plenty of light shines through. Clear. Good ring lace.

Good hop bite to the nose. There's an unusual earthy smell I wasn't expecting. I categorize this as "funky".

The flavor matches the smell. The malt comes across as dry, earthy and almost astringent. Good hop presence in the swallow. The aftertaste is long lasting and very well balanced. The body and carbonation are predictable for the style.

 488 characters

Photo of LtCracker20
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1. Poured into a nonic.
A- Pours a deep copper, almost mohagany, body with a foamy 2-finger head that sticks around and shows some nice lace.

S- Resiny hop aroma up front, piney, slightly citrusy, some caramel/toffee to it. Almost a slight aroma of old coffee.

T- Not too bad, but not too great either. More bitterness than any real hop flavor. There is some sticky pine flavor which fits nicely with the touch of maltiness. Flavor is quick to leave once you swallow, not too much lingering flavor.

MF- Moderately bodied, not overly carbonated.

O- Not a bad shot at this, but I'd like to see them refine it just a bit more. For the price though, couldn't pass up trying this one.

 690 characters

Photo of coldriver
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a deep amber with a massive tightly bubbled head (one of the best I've ever seen!). Very nice citrusy aromas - lemon, grapefruit, and oranges. Taste is bitter hops with a bit of a smooth fruit juice flavor that doesn't really add to the overall effect. Finish is somewhat harsh with a quite bitter aftertaste. Was impressed when I first popped this open with the head and smell but the more I drank the less I liked it.

 438 characters

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown color pours to 2 fingers of foam that dissipates to a thick finger of head that lingers and clings all the way down the glass. Very nice.

S: Lots of sweet maltyness and dark fruits with a very light not of bready biscuit . Very enjoyable.

T: Alot of sweet maltyness up front leading into piney/citrus hops and then on to the citrus rind and bitters. After taste remains bitter.

M: Creamyness in the mouth, bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not very noticeable until the dryness on the palette at the end.

O: Not a bad beer. Typical Sam Adams with the heavy hops hit but not unenjoyable. Would try it again, on tap.

 628 characters

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,163 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe