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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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Ratings: 1,163 |  Reviews: 377
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 WMEugene
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the hop-ology pack.

A - Pours a very dark reddish amber color with a huge head and great lacing.

S - Light citrus hops with a really malty smell. A little sweet in the nose. A little piney resin as well I think.

T - Interesting, a little bit of a hoppy malt bomb. You can definitely pick up the hops, citrus dominant, and the malt provides a smooth sweet caramel backing. This is really interesting...and tasty!

M - Smooth, fairly drinkable. Nice carbonation and a nice finish.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by the Tasman Red. It's definitely an enjoyable twist on your basic IPA and has a great hop/malt balance that provides a tasty treat. I'm all for making this IPA pack a year-rounder.

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Mumps
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

I bought a bomber of Tasman Red IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

True its name in pours a garnet/mahogany red color. Clear, with a two tone head, off-white in the middle, but closer to beige with some yellow hues near the side of the glass.

Smell is a pine and candy scent. Like caramel and Christmas tree.

Taste is a big bold caramel malt flavor up front, a hint of dark roasted grains, with a mild pine flavor on the finish. Not fruity at all. The flavors are very candy-like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Overall a nice brew. I'm having this on a bright sunny warm late spring day, but it would be great in the winter as well.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: dark red, 2-finger head, decent carb
S: sweet, standard IPA aroma; one expects a sweeter smell, given the red color, but I think that's a bit deceptive
T: rich, complex IPA flavor; more of the grassy-herb flavors than the piney-floral ones; malt is rich, and comes through the bitterness nicely
M: a bit viscous, mealy

This is a thinker's IPA

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Photo of safiske
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dtivp
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with half of a finger light tan head that fades slowly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus, hops and light toasted malt.

Taste has a very slight bitter start of hops then the malt and citrus takes over with hints of pine and even a slight caramel sweetness as it comes to room temperature.

Mouth Feel was medium body and carbonation, crisp and slightly dry.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, a touch more hops to balance the malt would be nice, however, a refreshing ale.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle reads: "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors."
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours to a three-finger, rich, foamy, dark beige head that is robust and long-lasting and left a good lacing. The beer is red and almost cherry red in the light, although very little light passes through.

S: The aroma is orange peel with just a hint of malty caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body and plenty of carbonation.

T: An earthy hops bitterness with just a bit of underlying sweetness for balance. It finishes with some organge citrus and a corrander and peppery-like spiciness.

O: The spicy finish is an unusual twist on a red. It is also very carbonated. A solid brew that is a little different from other reds.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 2 finger head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Color is dark amber brown.

S. Malt forward smell, with some hops. Smells more like a red ale than an IPA, although I don't really know what a red IPA is.

T. Taste is caramel malt, with some hop bitterness. Decent tasting beer. Not a whole lot of flavor going on. Smooth drinking.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a little sweetness.

O. Not a bad beer. Pretty straight forward and easy drinking.

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Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the IPA variety 12 pack. No date on bottle.

Deep, rich, ruby-amber body. Thick finger of dirty khaki head. Good lacing. Nose is a solid mix of caramel roll malts, fruit, spice, and hops (tea, marmalade, citrus, and pine resin). Nice.

Lots of toasted, singed caramel malt up front. Gets breadier, with some caramel-y fruit notes. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness moves in. Reminds me of some rye beers I've had recently. Moderate bitterness in the finish, with plenty of lingering caramel malt. Nicely balanced. Medium-bodied, with a slightly creamy feel.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very intresting style of IPA. The color is very impressive and beautiful and the body shares the clean crisp look that seem's to be a trademark of many of Samuel Adam's beer. Visibly well carbonated with a resiliant small fizzing head of foam that persists after the iniial effects of the pour wear off. This beer has a very enjoyable sweet aroma of tradmark citrusy smelling hops and a light bit of tofee malt. The taste is very bold and deliciously bitter with a very well balancing tofee malt body. The initial flavor of the hops really assults the palate suprisingly well. On the the other hand, the boldness of the flavors somewhat takes away from the actual flavors themselves, leaving youre tastebuds to overwhelmed to really be able to notice the full extent of the delicious complexity of this beer. A good IPA but not somthing I would ever drink a 6 pack of. Interesting, but forgettable.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Sam Adams "IPA Hop-ology" 12 pk dated best by Sept. 2012; bought and stored cold.

First: this is an IPA, not a red ale except by color.

A: Pours a lovely and clear, deep red-brown. The skimpy bone head has very good retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Exceptionally good looking ale!

S: The nose is dominated by earthy/herbal hops and the associated citrus notes, but there is some aroma from the toasted malts. Hints of pepper, baked bread, pine, grapefruit, and fresh grasses. 3.75

T: More hop forward and less sweet than many IPAs, the hop character here is both appealing and interesting. An initial sense of familiarity quickly passed as the complex flavor of citrusy+herbal+spicy+grassy hops played on the tongue. Moderate bitterness nicely in proportion to the other hop flavors. Has an extended and dry finish of hops with some malt base. 4.25

M: A bit dry all the way through, but particularly at the finish. Medium body and carbonation; lightly crisp. 4.25

O: an outstanding beer that makes an excellent choice if you find yourself drinking mostly IPAs and want some variety. I'll look for this again and start looking for other beers with Tasmanian hops.

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Photo of LES
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BTFU
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Fattsmagee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JKerfman
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jimmah120
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. Trying out the Sam Adams IPA sampler.

Pours a great looking ruby/mahogany with a silky 2cm head. Nice lacing. Smell is roasty malt notes with generous helpings of tangy/grassy hops. Taste is earthy and bitter at first, followed by roasted hazelnut malt. Sweet yet bitter finish.

Reminds me somewhat of Surly Furious, although not nearly as hoppy. Nice change of pace for an IPA lover.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Burnished, but still glowing, red with nice light tan head and some lacing rings. Great color.

Smell: Sweet caramel & toffee, along with citrus, pine, chocolate and spice.

Taste: Very malty core that is somewhat sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and light chocolate. The hops are noticeable but not over the top - very citrusy and slightly spicy & earthy. The finish is somewhat bitter with a definite pine-like character.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth with a nice dry finish.

Overall: I really like big hoppy Red Ales, and while this isn't as big or great as something like Great Lakes Nosferatu, it is still delicious and well done. Even better, it doesn't taste like a standard Sam Adams beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#2 pours copper with 2+ fingers of rocky tan head. Mind blowing lacing & good head retention

S: Bready with piney & grassy notes

T: Piney, citrusy, with woody hop notes, caramel & herbal hop notes as well. Grainy notes, mix with caramel sweetness, dryness & King's Hawaiian Bread richness as this warms. Finishes with bready sweetness, herbal & woody hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, some stickyness & dryness too. I love the balance here!

A very nice American Amber, one Sammy should consider making an annual offering. Easily one of my top brews from Sam Adams

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber ale with a nice hop presence and big malty backbone. The hops are very citrusy, a nice, slightly tropical grapefruit with an earthy finish, and the malt gives great balance with a sweet toffee character and a slightly biscuity nose. A great, easy drinking ale, nice stuff

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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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