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Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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375 Reviews
Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

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

A: Clear reddish brown with a thick tan colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Pine, earthy and herbal hop aroma with a sweet, toasted caramel malt.

T: There are pine hops mixed with caramel and toasted malt and a slight nutty flavor. The finish is somewhat bitter but all the flavors drop out.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Only a little bit syrupy and sticky.

O: An above average beer, but I wouldn't put it at the top of the list. Nice hop presence, and an average amber ale. Some of the flavors pull a Houdini, but the hop sticks around with a nice citrus bitterness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 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 hdofu
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 WastingFreetime
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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 bonkers
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep amber pour, 2" white head, decent lacing. The aroma is pine with very light hay notes. The flavor is mostly bitter pine, some earthy notes, lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky, medium body, good carbonation. A good hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very rich deep clear amber color with a thick head the color of coffee-stained teeth.

Aromas of herbal and piney hops with a significant juicy sweet malty note. At times the malt aspect gets out in front of the hops.

The flavor does much the same - trades off with sweet malts taking the fore, then falling back as resinous, herbal, piney hops step up front and center.

A little past medium body with malt/hop stickiness, and finishes on hop bitterness.

All in all this is a solid and decent red IPA. I'm not sure what other reviewers were so uncertain about, although I'll agree that this could use some more hop flavor and aroma - not a lot more though - this is pretty good for Sam Adams, although it reminds me of a beer I like more and costs less.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label a Red IPA. Poured into my oversized Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep brown with just a hint of red hue. Big sticky tan head.

Very unique aroma. Loads of both citrus hops and caramel malts fight to get your attention.

A brief citrus taste at the beginning which is quickly overwhelmed by sweet caramel malts. Finishes with a earthy bitterness and some bread and toffee notes.

Pretty slick, but not cloying mouthfeel. Lowish carbonation levels.

Not sure what this one is trying to be, but it's good nonetheless. Not nearly hoppy enough to call itself an IPA, but a good smooth flavor.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bough a single 22oz bottle from Binny's Beverage Depot in Plainfield, IL for $4.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a reddish amber color with a ton of carbonation that leaves a thick fluffy white head throughout your entire drinking experience. Has a bitter hops scent. Taste is quite malty and bitter from hops. Has a great texture, body, and finish that makes this a slow sipping beer. I'm really glad I got the choice to try this.

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

From notes.

Another fanboy who picked this up when Chris Steltz recommended it. Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Even with 'Red' in the title this thing pours darker than I was expecting; beautiful blood red hues in this dark body, which is actually quite clear and transparent. Topped with a huge khaki colored head with tiny bubbles and fantastic lacing.

S: Pretty hoppy but slightly subdued...bitter and astringent. Touches of pine, lemon, with a definitive dry, buiscuity malt presence.

T: Toffee-like malt notes mix with over-ripened mango, pineapple, and papaya...a touch spicy, with a decent amount of astringency.

MF: Pretty nice fuller mouthfeel, soft and fluffy in a way (either the malt bill or bottle-conditioning) with lower-to-medium carbonation.

O: The look was easily the best part of this beer but the balance and nice mix of juicy hops makes this a good beer to track down, and the fresher the better.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the brewery release party. Served in a sample glass cool.

Pours dark red with a tan head. Bold hop front smell. Grapefruit very assertive. Think you are drinking a red ale and get an assertive IPA. Nice. Just be aware of those who expect a red ale full of malt and you will get a hop surprise. More IPA than red ale. Buyer beware but I would still have this beer again.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After seeing a review on beergeeknation I decided I need to try this beer. 5$ Bomber poured into tulip.

A- Crazy dark red, barely see through. Big dense light tan head with some big bubbles, a very good looking beer.
S- One hoppy sun of a gun. Lots of citrus and skunky hops. Some sweet malts. It smells like a big double IPA and its amazing.
T- Tthis is made by Sam Adams? Because it smells like Sierra Nevada and Stone had a kid and gave him steroids. Tons of big west cost hop notes, a sweet Malt backbone, balanced as they come. Its fantastic.
M- This beer has a full mouth feel, not watered down as I kinda expect it would be because it says Sam Adams. Perfect carbonation. Some mouth numbing feeling and bitter dry aftertaste.
O- This beer is phenomenal and for the price and current availability, Its a no brainier.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split 3 ways, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass (visiting family and that's the only glass they had).

A: Very dark, almost black at the widest part of the glass. Ruby-to-chestnut at the skinniest part. One-finger of foam, beige in color.

S: Fresh hops. Very slight, wheaty sweetness. Maybe a little astringent, but only faint.

T: Lots of floral notes from the hops, but definitely not as bitter as I had expected. A pleasant citrus flavor comes through as well.

M: Crisp, made me pucker a very tiny bit due to the citrus.

O: Light and pretty refreshing. I was expecting just another hop bomb with the direction a lot of brewers have been moving lately, but was pleasantly surprised.

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

From notes on 11/14/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Very deep, red/copper color with a very slight haze; Two inch tan, billowy, clumpy head that leaves great sticky lacing all down the glass; Nice head retention as well

S - Not too strong of an aroma, but nearly balanced; Notes of caramel, toffee, and overall sweet malts; Citrusy hops are present as well, though not quite as strong as the malts

T - Very roasty, earthy, toffee-like; Slight bitterness present throughout the taste; Citrus hops are more in the background, although they step forward a bit as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied; Good carbonation; Slightly dry, bitter finish that leaves a light oily coat on the tongue

O - I haven't had a beer quite like this one before where qualities are taken from both an amber ale and IPA. The malts are more showcased than the hops, but this is still a solid, nicely balanced beer. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this and would recommend as long as you aren't expecting over-the-top hops.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear deep amber, two finger tan-ish head

S-It has the citrusy hoppy goodness of an IPA combined with the roasty nuttiness of a Red Ale.

T-Bitter with some roastyness. However the flavors do not really mesh well together.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated.

O-At the end of the day the flavors do not go well together, the hops do not work well with the malts of a Red Ale.

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

A- There is a red to the beer as its being poured, looks more brown once it is in the glass. Real good frothy tan head, hangs around for a while.
S- Sweet piney hops , but there isn't enough.
T- Starts with a good amount of pine hop flavor but has a strange dull taste a few seconds after sipping. The pine flavor hangs around on the tongue.
M0-Overall not a bad beer. I'm certainly not sorry to have tried it but don't see my self going for this one again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, this beer was a beautiful deep red color. It had a thick, sticky tan head. Pretty beer.

Nice aroma too. Strong citrus aroma, some brown sugar. Sweet, but not too sweet. A little bit of piney hops.

Good tast, but it didn't quite live up to the aroma. Garpefruit, piney/herbal hops. Definitely more on the cirtic side. Some toffee.

Smooth, nicely balanced.


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Photo of fmccormi
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz bomber bottle to Belgian Independence Day stemmed tulip—why not? Bottling date of October 13, 2011 in Julian code printed on the neck of the bottle (“C28610750”)

Appearance (4.0): The body is a deep, deep blood red, but clear—garnet is probably the best word. Head is slightly off-white, starts with an aggressive three or four fingers before settling to a one-finger mound sitting on top of half a finger of relatively course bubbles. Good lacing on the sides, all around and thick but patchy. Digging the redness of this bastard.

Smell (4.0): Red grapefruit all the way, with a slightly dank note underneath—but serious grapefruit action going on here, my favorite part of the “citrus” spectrum. A nice, understated but rich caramel / brown sugar sweetness to the malt—relatively simple, but the grapefruity hops and brown sugar richness is the right combo for me.

Taste (4.0): Awesome, awesome piney-grassy hop profile with a bitter citrus undertone, like a lemon character, with a strong bitter—not sweet—grapefruit note. Like it a lot. Malt profile is somewhat one-note, but it anchors the hops well enough. Not as sweet as I would’ve guessed from the nose, but that’s okay. Sweetens a little as it warms, with kind of a sweet, dark bready character. Also slightly tangy—I could see the “toffee” description on the label. Yeast has a distinctly Sam Adams character—I know that doesn’t say much exactly, but you can pick it out. Very drinkable, a nice showcase of some out-of-the-way hop varieties.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Surprisingly creamy, medium body with little carbonated bite—more of a thick, velvety character to the carb. Slightly oily with a moderately dry finish, it’s not a standout but it’s good enough and invites more sips.

Overall (4.0): This is definitely a good beer. It’s not spectacular, but it’s got a great hop bite that does taste a bit off-center (especially compared to most American IPAs), but other than that it’s straightforward and doesn’t pull too many punches—just pulls it off well.

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Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich burgundy red with a thick, foamy head into my glass. Lots of lacing left around the rim.

Piney, citrus characteristics show up in the nose, followed by a mellow dose of malt. Not as strong as I hoped in the nose.

Piney hops compliment sweet malt that has an edge of cocoa towards the back of the throat. Very interesting choice of malt(s) for an IPA.

Lingering hop flavors and the excellent malt bill leave a decent mouthfeel. Nutty in a manner as well. Perhaps a slight reminder of Newcastle Brown.

Review may seem all over the place but I still think that this is an excellent beer. They probably could have made it a slightly hoppier brown ale as well but I like it.

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Photo of seanwhite
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This appears as clear orange/amber with a half inch of head.

S: Citrus hops with some pine, and not much malt smells.

T: Citrus/Pine hops with a solid malt backbone, but the hops fade fast.

O: Good beer but the Third Voyage is better. I like Sam Adams new series, and I think they are making some solid progress

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billed as a red IPA. It pours like a red, with an exceptionally volumunious head, but it smells like a really, really good IPA. Wow. I didn't think BBC had it in em to actually go nuts with a hop profile like this, to resist the temptation to weight down a more contemporary American style with their east coast yeast. Kudos.

But--ahh, the flavor don't live up to the aroma. The hops are still large, east coast, and wonderfully varied. But the middle is dominated by an intense, syrupy malt, and then the end is this bizarrely european tasting, not-very-pleasantly chewy yeast.

After taken a few more sips, I become accustom to it. A few more, I start to kind of like it. But this is how all of SA's newer beers work--the ones that are modeled after popular midwestern and west coast styles. They look and smell like those styles, but then they got this weird Sam Adamsiness to them. Here, it works pretty good, even if it doesn't live up to what it probalby could have ben. Not great, but good.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Billed as a Red IPA, Tasman Red is a dark maroon to almost an opaque brown in the glass. Held high against the light, the shimmering ruby highlights show up. Pouring out of the bottle, it's a muddy copper. Thick, creamy and rocky head the bubbles high and persists. Nice malt nose, but the hops shine through very clearly like an IPA. Looking at the beer, you expect a bit different, so fun and surprising. More malt in the taste, but the citrus hop bite doesn't back down a bit. I like this beer, but it feels a bit muddled and not pulled together. Clean and well brewed, just not a new favorite. Definitely worth a try but don't think I'll get another bottle. if I happen to run across it on tap, I would like to try it. Pushed, it might mellow a bit and blend better.

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

22oz bomber.

Pours a clear dark amber with a fairly substantial tan head. Good lacing.

Smells is of piny hops with a tiny bit of caramel from the malt. Slightly earthy as well.

The taste starts off with the piney hop flavors quite pronounced but that drops off rather quickly. Malt then takes center stage with some lightly roasted caramel. Assertive hop bitterness takes hold for the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. I would've liked the hop flavor to be as strong as the aroma but it's a minor complaint. A good job by Sam Adams.

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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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