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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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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

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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Photo of morimech
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark red color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

The Tasmanian hops come through in the aroma. Earthy with citrus notes. Plenty of caramel malt as well.

Has more of an old world flavor with American bitterness. Quite earthy and woody and hardly any citrus. A lot of caramel malt attempts to balance without going overboard with the artificial flavor that some reds suffer from.

Solid body with respectable carbonation. Lively without being harsh or prickly.

Interesting hops bring the bitterness and flavor. Maybe Topaz and Galaxy hops will not go down as my favorites in a hoppy ale, but they create a unique flavor.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep reddish copper amber with a two finger fine light tan head and lots of lacing. Light aroma of herbal hops and sweet malt. Subtle sweet malt and hops, very mellow and low key at the start. Finishes with piney and pineapple hops. Medium bodied and creamy. Not very assertive, but pleasant and a nice well-integrated change from hoppy red ales.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and thick sticky lacing.

The smell featured sweet earthy caramel and a full herbal hop.

The taste consisted if complex notes of toasted malt, nuts and burnt caramel and an earthy herbalness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a tasty and complex red ale.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lets go with bronze on this one, not copper...even though the bottle says "red". This one made me do a double take, because it was called a red ....it's just a different one for sure.

The main up front character is the roasted malt, followed by the high hop addition, not very sweet, no caramel, biscuit vanilla undertones.

The usual high standard beer you would expect from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash flute on 4/27/12

The color if this beer is amazing. Deep crimson, copper and rust with highlights of tobacco burst brown at the stem. The head is a creamy in color and texture; it starts off slow and swoops to three fingers in no time. The head is slow to dissipate. Good retention and drippy rings of lace.

The aroma is modest on the hops; there are herbal, earthy, piney and floral notes. Toasted bread and grain notes make up a decent portion of the nose. Hints of caramel. Perhaps some rye and cocoa powder.

One sip finds the hops are deceptively mild in the aroma. Indeed, hops are the primary characteristic here, bitter and biting. Green, prickly pine all the way. Some citric crackle back up the pine. Toasted bread in a plump way. The smoothness of the malt is an interesting offset to agitation of the hops, so much so that is informs the feel of the beer. Resin stickiness clings to an otherwise languid, medium bodied beer. Hop residuals linger long on the finish.

Tasman Red goes down way to easy for me to have only one bottle. It may well be my new favorite Sam Adams. An easy recommendation.

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Photo of Morey
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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 JayQue
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice Red Ale. Received from Woodchopper in a trade. Pours a good looking reddish/amber color with a nice size light tan/off-white head. Thick bands of lacing...a good looking beer. Mild aroma of grassy hops..not that pronounced.

Taste is much more complex than the aroma. Bready and caramel malts blend very well with a subdued yet persistent grassy and piney hoppiness. Drinkability is very good. Not that sweet for a red ale. This is a smooth, crisp beer. I am finishing up the bomber by myself. I could make an evening out of this with another bomber.

This is a good Red Ale. One of the best Sam Adams beers I have had.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty crimson with a half inch of persistent tan foam that left rings of lace.

Smell is light pine hop and caramel malt.

Taste is bitter and refreshing mostly a pine resin quality but with underlying citric elements and roasted malts that work well together. Earthy elements appear along with sweetness from the malt, balanced nicely by the ibu's making a mildly pith-bitter, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is plush and the body holds together well.

Quite easily the best I've had from Sam Adams and a good one in its own right.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very rich deep clear amber color with a thick head the color of coffee-stained teeth.

Aromas of herbal and piney hops with a significant juicy sweet malty note. At times the malt aspect gets out in front of the hops.

The flavor does much the same - trades off with sweet malts taking the fore, then falling back as resinous, herbal, piney hops step up front and center.

A little past medium body with malt/hop stickiness, and finishes on hop bitterness.

All in all this is a solid and decent red IPA. I'm not sure what other reviewers were so uncertain about, although I'll agree that this could use some more hop flavor and aroma - not a lot more though - this is pretty good for Sam Adams, although it reminds me of a beer I like more and costs less.

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Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Total Wine in late March for $4.49.

Beer poured a deep amber with a strong off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is toasted caramel malts and hints of citrus hops.

Taste starts with a nice caramel malt base. However citrus and pine hops blend in nicely and then dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very tasty beer that i would definitely do again!

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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 rab53
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep mahogany. Big fluffy white head. Mild bitter hop aroma. Tastes like a moderately malty IPA/over-hopped amber ale. Smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink. Not a great IPA, but a nice intro to the style. Solid amber, and the only beer I'll revisit from the new Sam Adams 22oz line.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Darker copper color with a beige head that was thick. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine, Hopsmaybe some roasted malts, an almost coffee like smell as well?

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth Medium bodied. Taste of pine notes with a sweeter toffee or coffee taste mixed in. Bitter hops at the end that give it spicy kick of almost a pepper taste.

Overll: Not a bad brew, one of the better IPAs to come out of that summer IPA varity pack Sam Adams put out.

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Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a hand glass.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly. Settles to a thick foamy blanket with some persistent residue around the glass. Lots of thick, dry, beer ring lacing.

S: Rye bread, with a little molasses and dark chocolate.

T: Pungent malty base with a little licorice, chicory, a little coffee, pecan, and slight hints of dark chocolate.

M: Hearty, full body. Lightly pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really solid. Dark hue, thick foamy persistent head, and plenty of dry beer ring lacing. Nose is pungent bready tone with some sweet components. Pretty complex, but well-balance flavor profile including a hearty starchy base, with bitter, sweet, and nutty components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1

Poured into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-amber coloring with a good, healthy, chunky, inch and a half of big bubbled, biege head. Decent little flury of cascading and carbonation on the pour. Aromas are tart and tangy citrus, with a heavy dose of resiny and green hops. Smells delicious. Great cling along the glass while you drink, the beer also has good head retention throughout. Flavors are hop forward, with dry characteristics and a resiny linger, with a good highlight of bitter and tart grapefruit, and a light malt background, with toasted caramel and toffee tones. The aftertaste is all hops, with a bitter-dry and strong character, and a slight malt sweetness to help balance. The finish is richly bitter, and the hops give a strong drying feel to it. Very interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A bit lighter, more red than cocacola. Clear/filtered. Medium sandy colored head. Some lacing not a ton.

S: Hop forward, citrus, mango, lemons come to mind. Different than appearance.

T: Red grapefruit, and pine off the bat, a bit of caramel, toffee, brown bread and hint of lightly roasted coffee in the malt backbone. Still very hop based, finishes with a citrus pineapple, with some bitterness. As it warms, malt flavors rear there head more.

M: A bit thin in body. Carbonation medium to high, definitely session-able. ABV level isnt surprising nor overly present.

O: Nice take on what the style should be, there's a legit malt backbone, but this is more hopforward. Not as hoppy as Lagunitas IMP Red, but that's fine by me. Well balanced, awesome sipper/quaffer.

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Photo of JG-90
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate/large head that is light brown before it soon recedes. The beer is a deep mahogany that looks like a deep ruby red in the light. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Smells of dark caramel, toffee, a bit roasty. Also has mild but noticable citrus and pine notes as well.

Taste starts with caramel and toffee, then becomes roasty, ending with pine and citrus hops. Has a great lingering aftertaste that consists of caramel, pine, a little orange, and just a hint of roastiness. Has a heavy mouthfeel with average carbonation for an IPA

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Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this while at The Andersons, though I imagine it will be showing up all over (I hope at least). When the label approvals for this series went through earlier this year I was more excited for trying Sam Adams than I have been in a long while.

The beer comes in an elegantly unique bomber with one of the best Sam Adams labels to date. Listed as Batch No. 1. Not sure if that means batch 1 of Red IPA or batch 1 of the limited series.

Poured into a Duvel tulip (though this would be a perfect beer for the over-sized Perfect Pint glasses that are floating around out there).

Pooled in the glass the beer is a deep purple color (and very nearly brown porter territory). However, held in the light the Tasman most certainly is red. Well, at least a dark glowing shade of garnet. The head is aged linen white and tall. Retention is minor but lace is thick and plentiful.

The aroma is swath with the elegant floral bouquet of the galaxy hops. Underpinnings of pine and citrus are found digging deeper into the tulip. Caramel malts provide a nice counterpoint without ever getting sweet.

More bitter and hop forward than I first guessed, Tasman Red is a formidable beer. And perhaps appropriately so, I found that the malt flavor is nowhere near what the color would suggest. I was hoping for a better marriage of malt and bitterness. That said, pine resin is checked somewhat by dry fruity maltiness. As the beer warms, the pine hop flavor is also accompanied by some twiggy spiciness.

Strong carbonation with a dry finish. Quite bitter with fairly obvious alcohol notes.

Overall an impressive beer and at a great price. I have more hope for the others in this series now.

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Photo of bonkers
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep amber pour, 2" white head, decent lacing. The aroma is pine with very light hay notes. The flavor is mostly bitter pine, some earthy notes, lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky, medium body, good carbonation. A good hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with reddish highlights and a solid 2 finger tan head that lingers, leaving moderate lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma begins with slightly sweet, bready malt, followed by very dank hops, pine, resin, and a hint of grapefruit, ending with caramel. Heavy toast surfaces as it warms.

Flavor has a strong underlying citrus presence throughout, which is complemented by a backbone of toasted breadcrust and brown sugar, leading into a fairly bitter, slightly peppery finish. There's a hint of mint adding complexity.

Body is moderate, with moderate to high carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency at the finish.

Overall, a fairly hoppy offering that is bolder than most Sam Adams brews I've tried. Complexity is decent, but nothing exceptional. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-The beer's color is a pretty crimson. Sandy head is uneven and bubbly. Leaves patchy strings of lace. The beer is transparent and the bubbles are but a slow rising few.

S-Oh wow. This is a very hoppy aroma. I get a hempy, almost green onion hop aroma. Very earthy! Light sweetness on the back end. The hops are very unique. This beer reminds me a bit of a considerably less intense Founders' Devil Dancer. This aroma is still pretty sturdy none the less.

T-The tangy herbal hops are quite prevalent. More attention is stressed to the malt in the taste. Cinnamon and caramel mostly. Hops are quite unique I must say. I do enjoy the flavor, but it does take some adjusting.

M- Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Pretty bitter. Resinous. Good feel.

O/D-Better than I was expecting, and much more unique too. The hop profile is definitely original. So is the overall flavor. At $4.39 for a decent sized bottle, I find this to be a good value. Usually don't expect much of a surprise from anything Sam Adams, but this one caught me off guard (in a good way).

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Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very deep crimson. As with all Sam Adams beers crystal clear, and a thick rich tan head.

S: Very hoppy at first whiff. Resiny Pine and evergreen, there is a touch of an earthy smell as well. There is a nice dark bread aroma in the finish.

T: Good maltiness, and an assertive hop presence. The earthiness, and pine resin flavors transfer over from the smell. There is a nice toasted flavor, and the finish is all oily bitterness.

M: Medium with fairly high carbonation. The finish is certainly oily.

O: Overall it is a really good drinking beer. Perhaps a touch too much emphasis on the bitterness for me, but I still enjoy it.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz bomber bottle to Belgian Independence Day stemmed tulip—why not? Bottling date of October 13, 2011 in Julian code printed on the neck of the bottle (“C28610750”)

Appearance (4.0): The body is a deep, deep blood red, but clear—garnet is probably the best word. Head is slightly off-white, starts with an aggressive three or four fingers before settling to a one-finger mound sitting on top of half a finger of relatively course bubbles. Good lacing on the sides, all around and thick but patchy. Digging the redness of this bastard.

Smell (4.0): Red grapefruit all the way, with a slightly dank note underneath—but serious grapefruit action going on here, my favorite part of the “citrus” spectrum. A nice, understated but rich caramel / brown sugar sweetness to the malt—relatively simple, but the grapefruity hops and brown sugar richness is the right combo for me.

Taste (4.0): Awesome, awesome piney-grassy hop profile with a bitter citrus undertone, like a lemon character, with a strong bitter—not sweet—grapefruit note. Like it a lot. Malt profile is somewhat one-note, but it anchors the hops well enough. Not as sweet as I would’ve guessed from the nose, but that’s okay. Sweetens a little as it warms, with kind of a sweet, dark bready character. Also slightly tangy—I could see the “toffee” description on the label. Yeast has a distinctly Sam Adams character—I know that doesn’t say much exactly, but you can pick it out. Very drinkable, a nice showcase of some out-of-the-way hop varieties.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Surprisingly creamy, medium body with little carbonated bite—more of a thick, velvety character to the carb. Slightly oily with a moderately dry finish, it’s not a standout but it’s good enough and invites more sips.

Overall (4.0): This is definitely a good beer. It’s not spectacular, but it’s got a great hop bite that does taste a bit off-center (especially compared to most American IPAs), but other than that it’s straightforward and doesn’t pull too many punches—just pulls it off well.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear, dark mahogany-red color with two fingers of beige head. Nice amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel, orange and piney hops, fresh earth, and molasses.

The aroma translated well to the taste. Caramel malts and biscuit upfront, followed by citrus and pine. Sweet molasses and a light bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and slick with a moderate carbonation.

A nice take on the the Red IPA combination.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Nonic

A - An amber colored brew with a nice red hue to it. There's a slight haze to it, and it produced a 2-finger head that didn't hold very long. I got a spot or two left on my glass, but no lacing.

S - Apricot, cherry, date, flowers, grapefruit rind, brown sugar, biscuit and pine.

T - I pick up caramel upfront, quickly following is lemon citrus and pine like hop oils. Biscuit like malts come in mid to finish. It finishes with bready, biscuit, brown sugar like malt flavors, low-moderate bitterness for an IPA, floral notes, and a touch of dryness.

M - Creamy, thick and full bodied with lite crispness.

O - This beer is verging on the sweet side, which I don't like, but it does offer a balanced flavor profile that's pretty tasty to me. I could definitely drink a couple of these in one sitting before retiring to something else, and I also think this beer could easily be a Red Ale instead of an IPA. It's just not that bitter, and it really does taste, look, and smell more like a Red.

Overall I like this beer, and I can see myself buying it again. Cheers!

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,163 ratings
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