Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
375
Ratings:
1,159
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
23.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 375 | Ratings: 1,159
Photo of CommonSense
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I hate to say it, but Sam Adams really just doesn't know how to brew an IPA.

This is one of the better ones I've had from them and it's still not great.

79/100

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

redish hue. you can taste the malts and the hops and a bit of citris. wasnt quite sure how it was going to go down. it didnt go down too smooth but it didnt go down bad either

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious malty backbone. The Tasmanian hops are subdued slightly by the malts, but still add a very nice citrus bitterness to the brew.
Overall, a really good beer that does not fit my profile for a typical IPA, and it looks great too.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from the Hopology box
Glass: SA perfect pint
Pour: Reveals a burnt red body with a thick and rocky, orange latte colored head.
Smell: Reveals a malty backbone, wet bread and toffee, pine sap and fresh grapefruit peel.
Taste: Mmmm. Tasmanian hops, juicy grapefruit, hint of roasted malts. Balanced.
Feel: Balanced carbonation. Clean and dry finish.
Overall: A beer that deliciously showcases SA's ability to brew many different styles successfully, including IPA's. I wish I could find six packs of this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Red and dark orange colors approaching light brown. Aroma of c hops and red malts.

Taste was bitter, but enough regular 2 row to absorb some heat and bitterness. Toffee malt flavors start to become the primary thing you get in every sip. Nothing unique about the hop profile or contributions.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a dark brown with amber highlights. There is a half finger khaki head with no retention, but niced webbed lacing. Smell is typical sam adams caramel malt with a hint of dark fruit. Taste is the same with a hint of alcohol. Feel is medium with little carbonation. Overall pass. The hoppy red in the sam fall pack was awesome, but this beer is not enjoyable at all.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a nice little sweetness here, which is very uncommon for an IPA. It does take a bit of the impact away from the hops, but it helps make it unique and all-around pleasant.

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Photo of Bauhaus2929
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a real gem of the San Adam's family I love this brew I wish Samuel Adam's would make it permanently this is the crown jewel of all Samuel Adams beers. If you have not tried this do it while you can I think it is only available in a variety pack but my god this beer is up there with jai Ali and straight to ale milk stout. Thank you all sincerely, William "the joker" glasscock

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find, odd because this is part of a sampler pack and all the others offerings had dates.....

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark, ruby color with one-finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, flowery with a roasted toffee note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet roasted toffee, bread, then a grapefruit citrus note and some pine.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: this is a good beer for the style, I just have not learned to appreciate the taste of roasted malt so this is one I would not seek out again, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this style.

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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 Ike_Potter
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red almost opaque color with reddish tan foam that held well. Not much on the smell in the way of hops but still good. Great flavor not overly hoppy but still there. Foam held on the glass extremely well

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On 4/16/15 opened a bottle from late-2012. Aged incredibly well. Latent hop character remained. Yeast profile came through quite strong. Tones of malty fruit and pine all in one. Crisp and clear look. Glides right back with ease. Definitely feels higher than a 6.75%abv though.

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Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Gorgeous dark amber color, creamy tan head. A little on the sweet side, but generous in the malt department, hints of nuts and dried fruit, pleasantly hopped and generally moreish overall.

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Photo of PrinceGeorge
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish/amber in color with a nice white head excellent retention.

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. Malt foundation, Hop bitterness nice blend.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied beer with good bite and drying finish.

Overall: This American red / IPA hybrid works well, reminds me of a Stone AB Jnr. One for my list of favorites need some more…

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Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with almost two fingers of off-white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves nice lacing behind. The nose is mildly hoppy, but more malty and bready to be truthful. This offering has a good healthy body with a solid caramel malt flavor. The finish is semi-dry.

This is more of a traditional red and less the red/IPA hybrid that is popular with craft brewers as of late.

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Photo of jimdkc
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice appearance, Mahogany-red color with a decent tan head.

I want a big hop nose in an IPA... this does not have it! I smell more caramel than hops.

Taste is, again, mostly caramel. Some hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor. Typical of many SA offerings: they brag about the hops in their beer, then deliver muddy, muted hop flavor! Unusual slightly sour note.

Okay mouthfeel.

Wouldn't go out of my way for one of these! I'm seriously surprised by all the good reviews this is getting!

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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 naughtypanda66
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Reddish color with a nice head on it.

S: Smelled stale and somewhat sour with a bit of sweet caramel.

T: Comparable to sweaty gym socks. I think this is severely out of date, but the bottle is not dated.

M: Mostly flat with a severely sour punch.

O: Very disappointing. I believe it is way out of date, but the bottle is not dated so I have no way to tell. Will not be trying again.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic bouquet full of oranges, lemon zest, marzipan, and cherries. Pours a dark ruby red that darkens to a brown around the edges. Flavor does not quite live up to the impressive nose but is still quite tasty with citrus flavors and carmelized sugar being at the forefront, followed by an earthy but subdued hop bitterness. Some nuttiness in the malt but none of the fruit flavors translate. Finishes clean and fairly neutral. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected with an ample carbonation level. More of a hoppy amber than an IPA; very balanced and drinkable but doesn't come near my personal favorite example of the style, Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, ruby colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, hazy

S: heavy on caramel malt, sweet alcohols, not good

T: sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar

M: medium with high carbonation

O: To be fair, this tastes like it is way out of date. Unfortunately I don't see any date on the bottle.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark red-brown, like bottled syrup. Dense thick body color. When held to light a faint, slightly perceptible color brightening occurs reminiscent of pomegranate juice and red wine. Off-white head. Very thick, like marshmallow cream. Head life is great. Sticky, clingy webbed lacing decorates the glass. The solid depth of the body looks nice, though I wish there was more bright highlighting and glossy edging. Still, a memorable looking beer.

S-Smells like vats of caramel and molasses. Powerful. Honey glazed malts. Raisins. Dates. Prunes. Figs. Brown sugar. Overall smells like fruit cake. Great smells. The highlight of the brew.

T-Taste follows the nose: Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. Mellow grapefruit comes to play as well. The sip starts sweet and then morphs into a bitter blast reminiscent of limes that lasts into the aftertaste. The gentle grapefruit streams and courses throughout the entire sip from start to finish. Hops pop up and pound on the tongue in an interesting choppy rhythm, not in a consistent smooth one. Nice bold tastes, with enough sweetness to cure a sweet tooth. Tastes Imperial, call it a "Red DIPA".

M-A low medium body, medium-low. Quasi-creamy. A welcome watery touch to the chew makes said brew fluid and chuggable. Very robust feels. Super sweets, ultra bitters. A light hop bite tingles the tongue. Astringency enters a tad when warmed. Also when warmed, sours & bitters crank up. This is good at first. Then it becomes, "okay, this is getting old". The bitter aftertaste lasts too much. The sweets should wash it out but don't. So maybe drink somewhat fast, the beer will sour too much as well. Non-nursing beer.

O-Tasman Red IPA is one of the better small batch beers Samuel Adams offers. Packs enough smells, tastes and feels. Looks solid. Bomber worthy purchase. One won't fret if it's discontinued, but this is a style of IPA that needs to be done more. Might be too pungent for some in smell and taste. Drink fast I repeat again. The beer will become sickeningly sour and brazenly bitter. But while it's cold, it is refreshing and bold. Worth another buy.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Tasman Red IPA pours a reddish color with a nice large lacing head. There is a strong roasted malty aroma with an earthy toffee aroma. The taste has a mellow slightly roasted malty backbone, with strong earthly toffee flavors. While the flavors are present, its not that enjoyable and not very drinkable. Overall a toffee crazed not hoppy red IPA, that really isn't worth trying.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at the local grocery store for $6.99. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

A- Pours a nice orange/ruby red color with a considerable amount of frothy tan head. Solid retention and a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S- At first I caught the hop aroma. It was nice, but not overpowering. Next came a balance of malt aroma. It was somewhat roasted and nutty as well.

T- Taste was a surprisingly even balance of hop bite and malty flavors. Aftertaste was almost a bit nutty. This beer really did taste like a hybrid between a red ale and an IPA. I wish there would have been a bit more of a bitter hop flavor. The beer finishes with a bit more of a malty bread backbone.

M- Medium bodied with a pretty low amount of carbonation. Was hoping it would finish a bit smoother, but still a pretty drinkable brew.

O- A solid beer, but it seems a little bit too much in between styles for me. I enjoyed it, but for the price I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense, bubbly foam caps a burnt umber pour with orangey edges. Broad lacing coats heavily with patches and bubbles that hang on tight.
Caramel and butterscotch are heavy in the nose and pervade the flavor profile, as well. Dates and dried stone fruits are sandwiched in roasted malt topped with peppery chili-spice. There's enough grass and citrus note to emphasize the hop influence that shows more in the finish. Orange and molasses add complexity.
Moderate to full body, creamy, but lively with carbonation. Drinkable and malt-chewy in nice balance, with a pleasant mouth-warming feel despite being a bit watery in light of the ABV.
Overall, a fine creation from a high production shop.

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Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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