Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA
BA SCORE
61%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 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
Ranking:
#23,522
Reviews:
377
Ratings:
1,163
Liked:
709
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
13.67%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
90
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,163 |  Reviews: 377
Photo of kylehay2004
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large three finger head, nice lacing one top of a clear near exactly amber body. Caramel malts with a wet sock hop like aroma. This is a very different red IPA. Very musty, herbal and bitter hop flavoring. The malt takes a back seat to this hop character. It gets. Stated as u drink it but it seems very boozy for a 6.75 % beer. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not a very drinkable beer. It gets better as u drink it but still difficult to finish off.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

best beer ive had from sam in a long time. this one pours a rich coppery red color, dense and sturdy looking, with a darker than khaki head with phenomenal retention, a real looker here. the nose is bright citrusy hops, minerals, and red malt that isn't sweet at all. smells more like an ipa than a red, if such a distinction can be made in a red ipa. the hops aren't nearly as central in the flavor, not to say that it isn't hopped well, but some of the sexy citrus notes fade back into balance with the rugged red malt. its a real old world feeling beer, something unique and intriguing, historical in some way, special. its bitter in the end, and the red malt sans sugar is a nice change of pace from the syrupy reds these days. rather dry finish caught me off guard. fantastic mouthfeel with really dancing carbonation and a fuller body. this is a mans mans ipa in my book, its really hearty and yet also very drinkable, its not boring or generic at all, and it gives me a real sense of satisfaction consuming it. my only regret was that I had ot share my bottle around a little bit and I didn't get to drink the whole bomber. I will absolutely buy this again, I wish sam would 6pack stuff like this, its really good.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a pretty nice looking thick creamy head on top and deep red in color. The retention and lacing were both very good here. The smell of the beer was very floral and hoppy. Lots of bright aromas fill the nose on the beer. The taste of the beer wasn't had exciting as the smell was. The taste was still bitter though which was still pretty good. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good body to it and I thought that the carbonation was at a good level too. Overall this brew was pretty good and probably worth looking into.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the IPA-hopology mixed 12 pack. Pours a ruby red color, not much head or carbonation. Nice caramel aroma. Taste is medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Plenty of hops with a great caramel backbone, blended together perfectly with great balance. Nice clean finish, makes for a great hoppy red ale. Solid beer well worth trying out.

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

When the citrusy intensity of IPAs finds itself into the normally well balanced Amber Ale, and gripping set of flavors come to life.

First, pouring with a deep amber, bronze, and garnet color and carrying brilliant clarity, this Amber builds a firm and sticky lightly tanned foam that clings persistently to the glass for ample lacing structures on the sides of the glass. A very good looking ale!

Toast and pine notes shape the early aromas while background scents of lightly scorched toffee, roasted nuts, and bark-like woods help to build the foundation for the malty nose. Not to be outdone, citursy grapefruit, fresh grasses, and spruce rise to command the aroma profile at times.

Malty rich flavors of burnt toffee or brittle weave in toasty elements of bread crust, walnut, dark woods, and deeper flavors that almost resemble char and coffee. Low on sweetness, only the dry character of malt exists along with a roasty grain counterpart. Dry malt flavors are further encouraged by the deep resiny flavor and bitterness of American-like hops to capture a zesty and spice taste of white grapefruit pulp, orange pith, fresh cut grasses, and pine.

Creamy and dry to start, the creamy malt textures fall away and allow the dry toast mouthfeel to pick up on the dry and sticky bitterness from hops that eventually lead to an extended finish of grassy hops and malty-dry character.

The major reason that this beer stands out is that it exceeds the perscription for Amber Ales. It's too robust in flavor intensity and alcohol. It's way too hoppy and captures way too much citrusy character. I guess it takes a poorly made Amber to make a fantastic IPA! A great marriage of both worlds.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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 brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An impressive pour, with a massive head perched on top of the clear burnt orange liquid; great retention and lacing action

Smell: Rich caramel aromatics, with an incredible range of sweetness; some fruit, as well, but not much in the way of hops

Taste: Massive waves of caramel flavors, up front, with just a hint of butterscotch; in the middle, some hops add bitterness in a somewhat piney fashion; ultimately, after the swallow, the caramel flavors return to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a rather creamy character; moderate carbonation

Overall: It appears that this beer started out being listed as an Amber and them was transformed into an IPA (which is what it says on the bottle); as an Amber it is reasonably impressive but it is hard to make the case for a beer this malty to be anything other than a laggard in the IPA category

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of fluffy, off white head. There is good head retention and some nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops with some mild pine notes. There is a hint of sweet caramel malt and a spice that reminds me of rye.

Taste: Follows from the smell, but not as strong as I would have thought. Bitter citrus peel hops with some spice as well. The beer doesn't have a full enough taste for my liking. I would have liked the malt to show up more. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I was expecting more from the smell. Still a solid offering.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a reddish copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, tropical fruits and burnt toast.

T - It tasted of tropical fruit with a slight spicy bitterness. Nice burnt toast maltiness. However, as it warmed the hops seemed to fade and it tasted a little musty.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Nice beer with a great aroma, but oddly tasted better upon first sip than it did at the end.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and fruity ester with light bitter notes and nice overall floral undertones is very nice. Taste is a nice mix between some caramelized malt notes which are not overly sweet with superb floral and fruity notes from the hops with light bitter notes coming through at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Love the hops in this one which are kind of new to me and provide nice floral notes.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, batch 1, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red orange color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, light pine, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big pine, orange, caramel, spices, bread, toasted malt, and honey-like sweetness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, orange, pine, and spices on the finish that last. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding amber ale/IPA. So much great hoppy flavor and balance.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of beige head. Good retention and tons of lace. Color is a copper amber.

Aroma: A nice fruity hop profile. A lot of orange citrus. Some pineapple and grapefruit. Floral with caramel and bready malts.

Taste: A lot of the same flavors in the nose, but more sticky and juicy. A lot of malts show here, however.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and creamy, not too bitter. Smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a decent offering from Sam Adams. Enjoyable and a reasonably priced bomber. I'd have it again.

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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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Pours a big creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, over semi clear molasses brown copper ruby colored beer.

Nose has nice hops, light citrus, spicy and earthy, and even a bit floral, a decent amount of bittering hops it would seem. The earthy hops bring a slight herbal and spicy hop kick. then under that is a semi sweet aromatic malt like aroma with hint of caramel.

Taste starts with some juicy malts actually, a bit of sweetness, smooth malts with a hint of caramel. A nice reddish malt flavor, with hint of toasted malts. Then hops come through, not as bitter as I thought from the nose, at first, as some spicy and earthy hops kick in. A bit of citrus and even hint of pine. The spicy hops gets fairly bitter as it marches towards the finish. A bit more caramel comes through as well, with a dry finish. The hops gets spicy and a bit more earthy. Fairly bitter lingering hop finish, just a bit sticky on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, the nose brings nice hops and the taste starts with a nice malt kick, bit of caramel, nice chewy and spicy hops, bit earthy nice bitterness, long bitter and dry finish but drinkable. I hope this becomes a regular for them.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 61% out of 100 with 1,163 ratings
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