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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JG-90
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate/large head that is light brown before it soon recedes. The beer is a deep mahogany that looks like a deep ruby red in the light. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Smells of dark caramel, toffee, a bit roasty. Also has mild but noticable citrus and pine notes as well.

Taste starts with caramel and toffee, then becomes roasty, ending with pine and citrus hops. Has a great lingering aftertaste that consists of caramel, pine, a little orange, and just a hint of roastiness. Has a heavy mouthfeel with average carbonation for an IPA

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color, with some purple in the light. A light tan head leaves plenty of lacing, and some spotty retention as I finish the glass.

Smell is all malt, toasted, and almost caramel, some piney aroma joins as the beer warms.

Taste is similar to the nose, only a bit less. It's supposed to be and IPA, but the focus here is on the red flavors, roasted malt, hops in the background.

A bit bubbly, and light. Easy to drink.

An overall good beer, but not an IPA, as much as a red.


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Photo of baconman91
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their limited release IPA HOP-OLOGY variety pack...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite tan head, color is a transparent ruby copper,

Smell - Carmel, fresh baked bread, sweet citrus, blood orange, ruby grapefruit, floral hops.

Taste - ripe citrus, sweet red grapefruit, toasted bread and toffee, lots of floral hops and some grapefruit pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, bright and crisp, medium carb cleanses with a touch of foam and some nice crisp edges, finishes just bitter with some dryness. Almost smooth, very drinkable.

Overall - A good, robust, crisp and hoppy red ale with just enough sweetness to balance. No alcohol presence at all. A hearty and robust red ipa with a nice hoppy punch in the end.

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Photo of Bubbalito
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour = Deep dark red. Soft fluffy tan head. 3 fingers, stayed around awhile.

Smell= Carmel comes out first, followed by the citrus. Some toffee sweetness as well. Totally different than what I was expecting.

Taste = toffee, lightly roasted malt. A slight but of fruity yeast. I would call this a scotch ale or a "wee heavy" if it weren't for the dry finish the hops provide. What a surprise this was. A good surprise to be sure.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of pburland23
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with a sticker on the back explaining the genesis of this brew into my 0.5L Becks stein.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark, coppery red with three huge fingers of dense off-white head. The head lingers for a long time and creates some spectacular lacing.

Smell: Strong citrusy grapefruit aroma punctuated by some piney, earthy hops.

Taste: Starts off with some dank, musty, earthy hops bitterness. There's some really nice caramel malts too which adds some nice balance to the taste. Taste is pretty good but I was hoping the hops presence would be bigger and bolder

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied Carbonation is pretty aggressive adds a certain prickly quality to each sip. Alcohol is cloaked very well and at 6.75%, it makes for a pleasant sipper.

Overall: I like that Sam Adams is branching out with some new, interesting styles. Tasman Red is a good, but not great beer. The hops are the star but they could be bigger. A little dry hopping could make this an amazing beer.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep amber and ruby red in the light into my snifter with about two fingers of head that has excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Caramel malts, toast, and earthy pine hops. Although malts somewhat dominate, they are pleasant and toffee like and don't totally overpower the citrus hops.

T - Deep malts, caramelized sugar, piny hops that linger on right through the finish. Hops come out a lot more in flavor than aroma, earth and resinous. Nice balance and flavor.

M - Smooth, creamy and well balanced.

O - This one surpassed my expectation for sure. Grab one and give it a shot if you get the chance.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An odd one... for one thing calling it an ipa is all wrong as it gives you all kind of crazy ideas about what this beer will taste like. Yes this beer is hopier then some ambers, but that doesn't take away from the other characteristics I find with reds such as the maltiness. There was a complexity to this beer I wasn't expecting given it being a 5 dollar bomber of sam adams.... but given what I'd seen with their latitude 48 and the intrigue in yet another indian pale ale painted another color ( I've seen brown and black but this was the first time I heard red) The smell was herbally. Taste was a complexity of different hops that appeared and went as they danced across the tongue.. I found the beer overall well constructed but not really anything in the ipa family, the closest experience to it I had prior was Magic Hat's Roxxey Role.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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