Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

very good
1,163 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Ratings: 1,163 |  Reviews: 377
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jonaspb
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kb2250
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is ruby red with a big off-white, fluffy head. It dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

Aggressive nose - dried orange peel, grapefruit, carmel malts, and dark soil. Full, silky mouthfeel on the entry. Hop flavors roll in, similar to english varietal hops, a bit spicy. Full bittering mid-mouth on.

Flavors of orange marmalde, cocoa powder and an earthiness.

Complex, well rounded. Aggressive. The flavor profile is my least favorite aspect of this beer - the mouthfeel is great - looks excellent -flavor is sound - just not overly pleasing to my palate. An aggressive or imperial ESB to me. Nice work - interesting, unique and full flavored.

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Photo of Mdodge8837
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep copper/amber color. Puffy 1 finger head. Good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Pretty malty, some dark fruit, caramel. A bit of earthiness beneath.

T - Lot of nuttyness in the taste. Begins a bit sweet, tinge of fruit, before fading into a little bit of dry nuts and just a bit of a hop kick.

M - Full mouthfeel, a bit sticky, but smooth.

Overall - It was decent. Not outstanding. Beer seemed a bit muddled.

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Photo of DannyDan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lwillitz
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A few seconds after I opened the bottle, foam began to run out--highly carbonated, I guess.

A - large medium tan layer of thick foam over a murky body of copper/brown; head sticks around, lacing the glass beautifully

S - pine, citrus, earthy notes, caramel sweetenss

T - lots of pine and grapefruit up front, caramel sweetness moves in for a nice contrast, earthy and spicy hop notes answer back, finish is bitter and citrusy with a hint of residual malt sweetness

M - thick, creamy full body; high carbonation

O - Beautiful in appearance, intriguing in scent, delightfully complex in taste, pleasantly thick in feel, high in carbonation (which works well in this case). Tasman Red is a nice IPA and certainly worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ujsplace
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber colored amber that is nearly brown. Boasts a chunky, sticky, one-finger thick off-white head that has lots of thick tufts of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice little islands floating around too.

Smells piney, citrus, oily, earthy and toffee

Earthy, oily, grapefruit hops up front. Giving way to burnt toffee malt and a pronounced oily dry hop finish. Mmm good.

Medium, crisp, refreshing and smooth. Well carbonated.

This was another selection in a mixed hop pack my wife picked up which is more often than not - always a surprise, but she's got good beer sense so I'm happy. I have to say, the brews in this collection are really nice. I wish I could remember the name of the case, but The Boston Beer Company has done it again. Another crowd pleaser. Good stuff. A nice summertime - or anytime for that matter brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Rudy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of pcsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of xseanprimex
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of myteam24
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plfahey
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep reddish copper brown with high clarity. Frothy khaki-beige head of moderate size rests atop the beer with moderately high retention and some great lacing.

Aroma-Very interesting hop profile, with tropical fruits leading the way-mango and papaya come to mind. Following close behind are tangerine, orange rind, and a perfumy orange cream aroma. Background notes of resin with some caramel, toast, and raisin malt in the background. There's a buttery toffee note that reminds me of a touch of diacetyl, but it's not unpleasant.

Flavor-Caramel, raisin, and toast open, with a slight butter toffee softness. Tangerine, mango, and bitter orange rinds show through in the midpalate, and then more butter toffee/caramel on the backend. Soft bitterness is consistant through the finish, with a light roast and slight resiny character showing through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation which is soft and imparts an almost creamy feeling to the beer. Smooth bitterness rests on the palate in a pleasant way.

Wow, what an interesting beer from Sam Adams-I admire this most recent series that they're doing, in that they're making a few beers that are a bit further out there than their traditional offerings. The use of Tasmanian hops (Topaz and Galaxy) gives it a very interesting and somewhat exotic profile in both the nose and the palate, and the combo with the caramel and roasted malts create an interesting brew indeed. Skillfully brewed and well-balanced, despite several disparate elements. Bravo.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of riored4v
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a pint. Nice ruby/amber colored body. Clear. Rocky, off white head with some good amounts of lacing.

Aroma was really grainy. Some citrus hops along with a caramel, malty sweetness. Aroma really reminded me alot of unfermented wort. Some mild roast and chocolate aroma.

Taste was very similar. Tasted very much like unfermented wort. Sweet maltiness with a earthy, piney bitterness. Mild citrus. Hints of roast and chocolate. Alot of grainy, bready notes.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish. No signs of ABV.

Overall it was pretty drinkable but really awkward for an IPA. The wort characterists were a bit off-putting.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,163 ratings.
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