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:
1,158
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
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Photo of devinoconnor
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, amber color with an abundance of foamy head from the bottle poured into a pint glass. Smell is sweet, pine and hoppy on the nose.

Taste is robust and complex. Toffee up front, followed by hoppy citrus and a sweet, chocolate and malty finish. Big, bold brew that's very heavy. Filling as well.

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Photo of fields336
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz no best buy, SAPP glass

A: dark amber, red (obvious) with a 1 finger khaki head on it, leaves a nice lacing and head sticks around for a while

S: some citrus, dank, toasty malts, bread, sweet toffee, caramel

T: citrusy, grapefruit, earthy, bready, roast, toast, pine, caramel, toffee, slight metallic quality

M: medium-light bodied, a little thick for my taste carbonation is decent, a bit low perhaps

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Photo of Jparker37
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass

A - Giant dense rocky deep tan head leaves great lacing. Perfectly bright mahogany amber color.

S - Big bright floral citrus hop nose. A little bit of caramel malt comes across with a nice portion of toasted malts. Hops showcase in the nose. I like where this beer is going.

T - The toasted malt flavors blend very well with the piney/citrus hop flavors that highlight. There is much depth to these malts. It doesn't just scratch the surface of light vienna malts but has intense toastiness nearing some darker roasted characteristics. Finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness for cleansing.

M - Has nice moderate carbonation and a great medium to medium-full body. Dry on the palate.

O - It is so obvious to be a red ale of sorts, yet so obvious to be an IPA of sorts. I didn't know what this beer would end up like but calling it a Red IPA hits the nail on the head. Great toasted malt notes accompany excellent fresh hop smell and flavor.

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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 waldoiverson
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: Fairly dark red, copper tones, moderate lacing with extremely fine carbonation

S: a bit of a sourness, dark chocolate, slight pine overtone

T: malty with grape-like qualities, a bit of pine and citrus rind on the finish, slightly buttery

M: very rich, slightly tanic

O: This isn't a bad beer but it had an odd characteristic of needing to open up in the glass before becoming really tasty

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Photo of MrOH
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours clear, deep red bordering on light brown, with a single finger of light khaki head.

Pineapple and orange hop aromas with a nice toffee malt background.

Citrus, grape, and pineapple hop over dark fruit and toffee malt. Nice firm bitterness to bring it together. Stewed fruit lingers along with a slight piney bitterness.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A pretty good hoppy amber, but not as good as nugget nectar.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1. Poured into a nonic.
A- Pours a deep copper, almost mohagany, body with a foamy 2-finger head that sticks around and shows some nice lace.

S- Resiny hop aroma up front, piney, slightly citrusy, some caramel/toffee to it. Almost a slight aroma of old coffee.

T- Not too bad, but not too great either. More bitterness than any real hop flavor. There is some sticky pine flavor which fits nicely with the touch of maltiness. Flavor is quick to leave once you swallow, not too much lingering flavor.

MF- Moderately bodied, not overly carbonated.

O- Not a bad shot at this, but I'd like to see them refine it just a bit more. For the price though, couldn't pass up trying this one.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled as "Batch No. 1"
Poured into chimay chalice glass.

A: Deep translucent copper color with a fizzing 1 finger head that receded into frothy islands of light tan foam. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S: Good amount of citrus fruit aroma, grapefruit comes to mind. Floral and earthy aromas are also noticeable. The malt is sweet and strong of toffee and caramel, almost reminds me of juicy fruit gum.

T: Strong mix of citrus and pine hop flavors clashing together. The malt comes through briefly, showing signs of sweetness and a decent amount of body. But the grapefruit hop flavor dominates soon after, finishing bitter and dry.

M/O: Solid medium body, light-medium carbonation. Bit of a creamy mouthfeel. It's pretty drinkable, although I am enjoying the second half of the bottle as a sipper. My hat's off to Sam Adams on this beer, it is pretty good. Not the most in your face beer, but definitely plenty of bittering hop flavor mixed with a solid amount of malt body.

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Photo of Star80
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a tan frothy head. Quite a bit of lacing. Looks good.

S - Nose is weak. What I can detect are some citrus hops, some earthy hops and some toasty malts.

T - Taste is quite balanced between the rich malt and the clean bitter hops. Has a certain candyness to the bitter hops that actually makes it pretty drinkable.

M- Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth.

O - Overall a pretty decent brew although not enough nose or citrus hops to qualify as IPA in my book.

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Photo of Swim424
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into sweetwater pint glass.

A- very dark amber. very nice garnet when up to a light. nice thick fluffy head.

S-floral, a bit of caramel. definitely hops. some caramel maltiness

T-piney up front finishing with a nice hop kick. thick maltiness all the way through.

Mf- thick, medium bodied. decent carbonation.

O-pretty good. i would highly recommend trying this one at least once. one of the best sam adams I have tried.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint." Colour is a deep, rich brown. Large 2-finger head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of floral, citrus hops. Malts are a little too weak to be called "roasted" with "toffee" on the label. The hops are brilliant, though.

Taste: Overall, far more balanced than the smell. The malts bring back the hops a bit but I'm not finding anything too interesting. This tastes more like a good IPA than a red ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, silky and sticky, has fair amount of carbonation - just a small bite.

Overall: It's good but I'm unimpressed. Most red ales I've had have something to them that is missing. Perhaps some spicy yeast or a sort of spice. As stated earlier, this taste more like a solid IPA than a red ale.

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Photo of godlessape
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass. It shows a dense cloudy, deep dark ruby reddish body, topped with a gorgeous beige two finger pillow. Massive lacing ensues.
The aroma is all over the place with plum, fruit basket, assorted hard candy, rich molasses, and weed. There are some hop notes here on the far end, but rather subtle for this style.
The malt dominates and dominates proudly and you'll find your nose wasn't too far off as far as the mish mash of flavoring goes, with just the right amount of bitterness at the end to balance things somewhat.
The mouth feel is real smooth and carbonation is rather light.
Overall this is a zestful and extremely satisfying beer and I wish I brought home more than one.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at a quick grocery store stop. Let's see how it ranks up, shall we? The label looks intricate.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark robust amber brown. Leaves behind a enticing, frothy, white foam head that leaves a vigorous lacing that really draws you in for more. Really impressed for an American IPA.

Smell: Toasted malts and thick caramel really come to mind at first scent. Upon further inspection, I also detected a great hint of dark chocolate and possible molasses. However, a somewhat heavy aroma of alcohol was apparent. Not so bad, the rich aroma of toasted malts and the undertone of dark chocolate redeemed this beers potential, and it's definitely worth it.

Taste: First thing that I noticed was a nice texture of toffee flavor. Somewhat strong flavors of caramel and dark chocolate are visible along with maybe a slight hint of citrus and a minty, pine flavor. Not so bad at first and it actually brings the strong, dark flavor along with the somewhat sweet, citrus-y flavor in and actually sort of well balanced in the end. I enjoyed the mixture of both.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation along with a nice medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: At first sip, this beer brought something special to the plate. It was a nice mixture of a tasty session beer along with a refreshing taste. The dark, roasted malts along with the somewhat pine-like and slight fruity citrus provided something that was passable as well-balanced enough to be a contender for a memorable American styled IPA. This beer is definitely worth trying again and I would recommend to a friend for something a little different outside the normal range of American styled IPA's. Cheers!

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Photo of BennyL1
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 2/29/12. Batch #2.

Deep and rich amber color with a huge cream colored fluffy head with fantastic lacing.

Nice pine and earthy hop noted in the nose. A slight hint of some roasted malt backbone rounded out by some citrus aroma.

Hops and malt work very well together in this brew. Bitter pine notes but a nice and rich malt background that balances everything out very well. I can’t recall ever having a beer brewed with Topaz or Galaxy hops but I’m digging it so far.

Medium bodied with a creamy finish. Adequate carbonation throughout.

Love or hate them, Sam Adams will come out with the occasional gem, and this is one of them. Great beer for a great price, highly recommended if you’re a fan of IPAs or Ambers.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown but clear ruby red when held to the backlight. Medium tan head with good lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and earthy hops. Maybe a slight twinge of American or Australian hops?

Taste is the same with roasted caramel malt and burnt toast. Earthy hop with a very slight note of fruity hop. Light/moderate bitterness and some sweetness and moderate/full malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent red for the price but not one of my favorites. More of an Imperial red leaning toward the malty side.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown color pours to 2 fingers of foam that dissipates to a thick finger of head that lingers and clings all the way down the glass. Very nice.

S: Lots of sweet maltyness and dark fruits with a very light not of bready biscuit . Very enjoyable.

T: Alot of sweet maltyness up front leading into piney/citrus hops and then on to the citrus rind and bitters. After taste remains bitter.

M: Creamyness in the mouth, bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not very noticeable until the dryness on the palette at the end.

O: Not a bad beer. Typical Sam Adams with the heavy hops hit but not unenjoyable. Would try it again, on tap.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a SA glass, live review

Ap- dark copper/amber in color, definitely has the red characteristic too. Light tan colored frothy head that has really good retention. Excellent lacing.

Ar- caramel malt, slight roasted malt profile, a little hop kick on the end.

T- Wow, this is one complex beer and not really a whole lot like anything I have tasted before. It's a bit creamy, the malts are a bit sweet with a caramel flavor, but the roastiness comes through too. The best part of this beer comes from the Tasmanian Hops (which I have never had), they are unique, not as floral or citrusy, more mellow with a bit of spiciness. Nice hop oils on the finish.

M- Medium body, smooth, good carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable beer and I am really impressed with this one as I haven't come across many that taste like this and that are this complex.

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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 gestyr
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22Oz bottle into a schooner

A: Deep amber which shows as a garnet color when held to the light

S: Malty, slight roast and caramel aroma. Pine and citrus from the hops

T: Initially malty and slightly sweet followed by a very strong hops presence which lingers after you swallow. the hops taste like they smell.

M: Light bodied. This would be a good beer to drink on a hot day

O: I would drink this again. Good Job on this one.

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Dark copper. A finger and a half of reddish head. Head is pretty sticky.

S- Pretty much what would would expect from a red IPA. Very interesting, and very nice. Citrus hops (a good does of 'em) mixed seamlessly with strong red ale malt backbone.

T- Bitter pine hops take the place of the citrusy smell. Follows with bready malt notes, and bitter on the finish.

M- Slightly heavy of medium.

O- This is the 2nd of the two from this series that I've had (Griffin's Bow being the other) and both are pretty good, and at the price great deals.

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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 MONKandTUCK
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

American Red Ales remind me of experimental rock. I love the idea, will always have a weak spot in my heart for it, but at the end of the day I return to the standards. Likewise with beer, if it's popular, it probably isn't worth your time; but if it's too self-absorbed or naive it'll wear itself out soon.

This beer further endorses that opinion.

A - Great clarity and depth. Very red, notes of brown and amber playing against each other.

A - There's a lot of citrus... kinda like spiced oranges, grapefruit rind, candied ginger, some hay. Underneath it is an almost smokey roast note and some malt. The hops are like imitation Cascade.

T - Hops flavor is apparent, but subdued by a dense wall of malt. Some coffee, caramel and chewy pale malt. It's not simply sweet. That doesn't mean it's decadently complex, it simply means there's a lot going on so a dominating character can't assert itself. The bitter finish truncates the development of the malt flavors further. It does bill itself as an IPA, afterall.

M - Full, but finishing dry. The yeast adds no excitement, but presents the malts and hops well before finishing the taste conclusively.

O -There's a lot going on. As an IPA its outstripped by the more conventional offerings, which utilizes proven champions like Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo, Magnum and Summit.

This beer's almost hyperactive. I'd normally only a review an IPA when had on draught, but I succumbed to the allure of Sam Adams in a Bomber. And figured, right or wrong, I ought to give the world my impressions of this beer before they make their purchase.

It's solid, you won't be disappointed, but it's nothing remarkable in bottle, at least.

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Photo of rmcnealy
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Wild Onion Brewing traditional pint glass.

Poured a dark copper with a slightly off white head that came on strong and fleeted slowly leaving a small layer of foam and sticky lace around the glass. The smell is great, very citrusy with hints of hemp and hop. The taste is very robust with the grapefruit, citrus, pine and hop being very prevalant. The mouthfeel is slight maltiness followed up with a nice bitterness bite at the end. Great brew that has a bunch of different elements coming together in beer harmony. Try it, enjoy it!

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL

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Photo of maleman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into an SA glass. Dark, tea-colored. One finger head that receded into a tight cap with slippery lacing.
S - more malt than hops with some freshly mown hay in there somewhere. A touch of pepper, too.
T - a slight metallic tinge up front. more bread than most ipa's. The pepper is definitely there.
M - a medium body with average carbonation. aftertaste is a touch heavy.
O - a different taste than a normal ipa, not bad, just different. it doesn't scare me away from trying it again. RB!

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Photo of gratefuld
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish brown pour with a rich half in thick head. Looks like this might be a decent beer.

S: Nice hop aroma. Citrusy grapefruit. Very pleasant. Much hoppier than I had anticipated. Reminds me a little of a Ruination. Nice malt backbone as well after it has sat a little longer. All around I like it.

T: Decent amount of hops throughout. There is a taste in there I just can't quite place....coffee I think. Pretty well balanced taste, but not quite what I was expecting from the scent.

M: Highly carbonated and dry on the palate.

O: Not a bad beer by Samuel Adams. Generally I'm not a fan of their beers, but I thought I would give this one a try.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.
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