Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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 bigfnjoe
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark shade of amber, almost a cherry shade, with a three finger, offwhite head. The head sticks around for awhile, and leaves some excellent lacing

S- strong, piney aroma. Awesome. Reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar

T- there's a nice piney hop flavor in this one, and it's not overly strong....just kind of there. Doesn't really taste outstanding, just....standard

M- it's a little thick, but not syrupy...good

O- very good amber. As I mentioned in the smell section, reminds me of a more muted Nugget Nectar....good work BBC

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Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished copper colored with a thick and foamy inch high head that lingers very long. Inviting aroma of citrus hops, a bit grainy, some pine.

Biscuity maltiness and understated caramel underlies sharp citrusy hops, firm bitterness, lots of pine and orange rind. Notes of dried leaves, some rough edges. A brash bitterness lingers.

Full mouthfeel, a bit tannic, some alcohol warming, tingly. Overall a decent beer, but a bit harsh finish.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GFD400
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ralerwen
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jaasen64
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-tology mixed 12. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark cherry amber with a slight layer of beige colored head. About average carbonation, bubbles fairly slow rising.

S- Hops, some malts, slight floral notes, and a tiny bit of bready yeast in the background.

T- Hops, lightly spiced in the background, barley. A little bit spicey, bitter, and lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, very drinkable.

O- Another decent IPA offering from Sam Adams. This beer made a great IPA addition to the Sam Adams 12. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but easily drinkable and decent tasting. Decent IPA, recommend trying it if you can find it for cheap.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a nice looking reddish mahogany brew. It holds a creamy two finger head of big tannish bubbles. This shows great retention, producing sticky patterned lacing as it eventually recedes. No sediment or haze is noted, and carbonation appears active. The aroma is bright, with earthy, herbal hops, with a sweeter toasty pale malts for the mix. There are other grain inclusions, with metallics, chalk, barley, and cooked caramel. There is an additional sweetness of bubblegum, but this is not in the form of esters, but rather in a juicy, fruity air. Booze and apricot come with warmth. Synthetic plastic, as in a pencil’s eraser, becomes noticeable by the end of the tasting, as well. Our first impression is that this was more bitter and metallic than the nose suggested. As we sip, there is a flash of sweet and sour maltiness and chalk, which is soon washed away by bittering hops and metals. The peak of the swallow shows bittering aromatic hops of earthy and herbs, as in nose. This mixes with a sweeter caramel malt and some coppery metallics. The finish is smoother, of juicy citric and fruity hops, cleaning the palate of the partially bittering malt bill from the start. There are notes of booze and some final plastic phenols to cut some more of that sweetness and hopping puckering. The aftertaste breathes of more of the same, with sweaty caramel malts, more copper, general sourness, alcohols, and bitter earthy hops. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to borderline high. There is great slurp, froth, and cream to each sip. The feel is soft and crisp, but the mouth is left with a palpable metallic film. The palate is left particularly bone dry and astringent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. The color was beautiful and the head was resilient. The latter lent a huge strength to the feel as well, making for a pleasantly creamy beer. The nose was nice and hoppy, but there were some curious soft phenolic licks that didn’t seem to fit very well. The flavor, too, was generally tasty, but we felt that the melts could have been curbed, and that the hops and malts could have been better balanced with a nicer sweetness to the ever present bitterness throughout. As an added bonus, we really love the label art on this one.

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

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz strangely shaped Sam Adams bomber bottle. Batch #1. Poured into a red wine glass.

A: This one pours a really pretty deep reddish orange color. I got about a finger of off white head w/ tight little bubbles. There is a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. Great carbonation.

S: I got some pine and fruit notes right away, but also some bready malts. Definitely some grapefruit and mango and others from those Galaxy hops. The malt balance almost reminds me of a DIPA.

T: Ok, this wasn't as good as I had read or was expecting. But it's not bad. Nice bitter hop astringency. Bitterness right on the tip of the tongue. You get some sweet maltiness in the middle of the mouth. The pine and grapefruit that I smelled in the nose dance together nicely. Then a nice crisp finish, where you are left with a little fruitiness on the tongue.

M: I'd go medium bodied on this one. Nice hop mouth coating.

O: As far as Sam Adams beers go, this is pretty darn good. I am going with a solid B+ here. Really like the appearance the nose, but the overall flavor didn't match it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an oversized pilsner glass at oneguyonecup's.

A: Deep, burnished red color with ample carbonation to build a frothy, two-finger head of sticky, toffee-colored foam. Leaves a bit of chunky lace behind.

S: Sweet, herbal and spicy with hints of grassy, pine-needle laden hops and grapefruit rind complexity. Galaxy hops all the way.

T: A nice dose of sweet roasted caramel and toffee-like malts hit first and prime the palate for the hop wave that rolls through next. Bitter, spicy, piney and citrus hop resins coat the palate before washing down with a slick, sugary dose of malts. Fairly balanced and darn drinkable.

M: Medium-full bodied with a smooth malt backbone to go with the dominant Galaxy hop profile.

O: An otherwise less forgettable Red Ale, my friend likened Tasman Red to DFH 90 Minute. The more I sipped, the more I could see it, but it never realizes the match fully. Tasman is a fine enough hopped out amber ale to join the league of Ithaca Cascazilla and North Coast Red Seal.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Giggy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle. Was interested in seeing what Tasmanian hops were like.

A: Poured a deep amber to mahogany in color, slightly opaque, with a fluffy white head.

S: Slightly spicy and earthy, hints of citrus, toffee and cinnamon.

T: Smooth, dry, and crisp. An IPA with a little extra in a darker roasted malt and hints of caramel and molasses.

M: Well balanced and satisfying

O: Good beer not a great beer. Hopiness is so ballanced with the malts that nothing really makes eat a stand out beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep yet translucent garnet color with four fingers of foamy light tan colored head... despite a gentle pour into the tulip I had to wait a few minutes for the head to settle back before finishing the rest of the initial pour. So. Very. Foamy. I'm given a "Bavarian mustache" in between sips. Retention is absolutely monstrous as are the curtains of lacing left on the inside of the glass. Appearance would be a perfect 5.0 if only the head was slightly -less- foamy so that I wouldn't have to look as though I was drinking a glass full of dyed bubble bathwater. In fact I think that in all of my beer tasting days this is the first time I have ever felt a need to have the head *reduced*.
Texturally, this is a great smooth sipping beer, not too thick and not too thin, does nothing particularly wrong in this regard. Smells slightly more herbal than flowery in terms of hop aroma, although the light malt aroma is so subdued that it is nearly impossible to pick up on until the glass warms up for a while. Flavor is a dash of sadly somewhat murky and muddled amber malts... followed by a nicely complex flavorful melody of herbal, dank, earthy hopping. Also contains a gentle dash of simcoe-ish garlic/onion complexity. The flavor of this would have been stellar if only the same amount of quality and attention given the hopping was also given to making sure that the malts had a stronger toffee emphasis across the palate.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from mixed 12 pack, no date

Pours a dark amber color with a a thick two finger header, fades at a slow rate leaving a ton of lacing on it's way down.

Smell has a strong caramel malt backbone with a bit of toffee, decent hop aroma with mostly grapefruit notes.

Taste is well balanced between the roasted caramel malt and the hop character, not overly bitter with mostly citrus elements coming from the hops, mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Bold, lively and a bit rugged. This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes, creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hips are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as 12 oz. bottles in the Hopology 12 pack variety by Samuel Adams. Having previously tried this beer, I let this bottle age for a few months to see how the flavors develop.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Head quality is a creamy eggshell white with good retention power and thin, caked lacing. Body color is deep copper red, almost red-brown with mild haziness and sediment. Overall it's an impressive pour. 4.25

(Smell) A malt-led IPA by aroma, there's a fruity grape must aroma, husky caramel malt grains, boozy molasses and a spicy, herbal hop blend, mildly citric. There's a significant balance between malt and hop character in this beer, with malt aroma leading the way and resiny bitterness also in tow. Aroma is a bit sharp in places but also unique in its own merit. 3.5

(Taste) Complex grain alcohol roasted caramel, and a trailing spicy herbal bitterness. Hop presence is also a minimum, although some spicy hop aroma comes through in the finish. There's some medium yeast characters and fruity esters to be found, but it is largely muddied by the grain. Probably more along the line of a barley wine in terms of intensity and drinkability, but enjoyable enough. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick smoothness without much carbonation, which compliments the flavors well. Heavy body for an IPA, Medium/heavy body overall. Medium alcohol presence, accented by the herbal bitterness and hop character. The carbonation presence was enjoyable for this style. 3.75

(Overall) I did not enjoy this beer first time through but with repeat takes and some age the off flavors mellowed a bit and allowed for a bit of balance to be achieved. The herbal hop character is less common amongst the style but a pleasant change for the style and the husky grainy malt character is a good complimentary character. It may not be for everybody but it is a decent take on the style. I wouldn't get it again but I don't regret trying it a couple of times to see if it's for me. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Tasman Red Red IPA

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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 mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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