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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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3.79
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23.48%
 
 
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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber red color with a one fingered thick and creamy head, the foam sticks around for quite awhile!

S - Very nice aroma with an abundance of pink citrus hops filling the nose, especially for a beer this color where one would expect more roasted malt in the aroma. Also smells a little earthy and even resinous at moments, and at the very least, spicy.

T - Once again, a surprising amount of hop character, the color plays tricks on your mind since I normally equate more malt presence with this color of beer. Light roasted malt sweetness up front but disappears almost as fast as its detected and replaced with an extremely healthy dose of citrus and pine bitterness that bring it home and then lingers for awhile. As unusual as it sounds, there's a slight bit of apple in the finish.

M - Solid medium body in the beginning but finishes with a "lighter side of medium" feel on the tongue.

O - I enjoyed this beer because it's not another "me too" type of brew, but rather more exploratory as I can't really name too many "Red IPA's" off the top of my head. It's not a red ale and it's not an IPA, just an interesting combination of the two and interesting enough to keep my attention through the entire glass. This one is worth checking out and to the folks at Sam Adams, I hope you decide to keep this in the rotation, if anything, at least an annual release.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the nose, especially considering this is an red ale.

T: Like with the aroma, the taste was dominated by hops, more so than with others of the style. Also had a nice amount of roasted malt and caramel to make for a well rounded, robust flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of Sam Adams' more focused and drinkable beers. A very good effort.

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

A: It's defiantly red in color, but looks brown until it's held to a light. Topped with a nice light mocha colored head which kinda reminds me of whipped cream. Nice lacing, good looking beer.

S: On the nose, I get a light sweetness, maybe like a fruit bowl, followed by a nice grassiness that rounds it out. Grass becomes more prevalent as the beer opens up.

T: The hops actually shine though on this beer nicely as a freshly mowed lawn. A light caramel body supports the bitterness, which isn't overpowering, but enough to give it a little bit of a bite.

M: Medium bodied with a little bit of a heavy hand on the carbonation make this beer a treat to drink. The carbonation and the hops play well off of each other.

D: This beer drinks nicely for what it is.

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Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -73.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep transparent amber color with a big frothy white head. Not as red as I thought it would be. Smell is kind of strange. Some hops come through but its very very very earthy smelling but not in a great way. Big full creamy body but taste is as bizarre as the nose and again not in a good way. There's a weird barnyard like taste. Dirty dark malts and weakly flavor hops adds to a mishmash of strange flavors you don't want in your mouth. On the positive side it finishes clean and dry.

Well so far this and the barleywine have been pretty bad, both have been unique but that's not always a good thing. The chocolate chili bock however was fantastic (unfortunately I don't have a second bottle to give it a proper review) I hope the double ipa doesn't dissapoint like these 2

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Photo of MasterSki
2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure who brought this, but thanks. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A thin white foam settles to a thick collar, patchy wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Transparent garnet red body.

S - The hop flavor is very strange - these Tasman hops remind me a lot of herbal European varieties, and the Galaxy hops don't really make themselves known. In any case, there's a weird vomit flavor, and it clashes with the bread and light toffee sweetness provided by the malts.

T - Again, the herbal bitterness clashes horribly with the sweet red ale malt backdrop. There's some generic yeasty beer and a hint of vomit here as well.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, pleasant texture, and no alcohol presence at all. No problems here.

D - I preferred Half Acre's Chairman, and that beer was merely OK. This flavor combination just doesn't work for me - perhaps the Tasman hops would work better in a pilsner of some sort.

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

Dark copper shaded red body with a creamy and dense light-tan colored head on top. Lots of juicy citrus character on the nose with some pine resins notes as well. Good bit of malty sweet aromas too.

Deliciously hop forward beer with a healthy dose of citrusy hop character and a good deal of bitterness to go with it. Strong malt backbone is mildly sweet and helps balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes smoothly. Overall, an impressive offering from SA but it doesn't quite match up with some of best hoppy reds/ambers.

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

Pours a big creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, over semi clear molasses brown copper ruby colored beer.

Nose has nice hops, light citrus, spicy and earthy, and even a bit floral, a decent amount of bittering hops it would seem. The earthy hops bring a slight herbal and spicy hop kick. then under that is a semi sweet aromatic malt like aroma with hint of caramel.

Taste starts with some juicy malts actually, a bit of sweetness, smooth malts with a hint of caramel. A nice reddish malt flavor, with hint of toasted malts. Then hops come through, not as bitter as I thought from the nose, at first, as some spicy and earthy hops kick in. A bit of citrus and even hint of pine. The spicy hops gets fairly bitter as it marches towards the finish. A bit more caramel comes through as well, with a dry finish. The hops gets spicy and a bit more earthy. Fairly bitter lingering hop finish, just a bit sticky on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, the nose brings nice hops and the taste starts with a nice malt kick, bit of caramel, nice chewy and spicy hops, bit earthy nice bitterness, long bitter and dry finish but drinkable. I hope this becomes a regular for them.

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Photo of Kranders
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red/golden in appearance, not as red as was expecting. Very mild earthy hops coming through in the aroma, pretty hard to detect. Very sweet right off the bat, with just a hint of hop bitterness that lasts but doesn't increase. I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this beer, but this wasn't it. Not bad by any means, but not something I'd search out for again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: Cola colored with red hues below a full finger of latte foam and spotty lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Tea, citrus, resin, Spice (cumin?) over an english style malt bill.
T: Sweet and malty with some spice (nearly rye spicy) not much hop character in the flavor (similar to the Dub IPA, third voyage IIRC). Pretty simple.
M: heavy and light carb with a thick slick finish. Spot on.
O: Not bad, wouldn't be my first choice for a red, or even my top five. Needs more balance between the amount of hops offered in the olfactory which doesn't carry into the tastebuds.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany reddish color with a huge fluffy merangue-like foam head that lasts a long time and some thick lace paints the glass. Really darker than I anticipated for a red ale.

Aromas begin quit resinous and hoppy with pine, floral and earthy hops dominating the show. As it warms you get lesser and fruity sweetness and some light caramelized malty sweetness.

The tastes begin big caramel flavors immediately accompanied by soft grapefruit and pine hop flavors. There is a nice big dose of earthiness, ripe plums and red apples. The floral hops and darker malt falvors continue to emerge asit warms.

The mouthfeel medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here, bitterness is nice but not overwhelming by any means.

Overall nicely this was a nice showing for this new Sam Adams small batch offerings. This is the third one I have had and so far they are 2 for 3 which is pretty good. Nothing revolutionary, but just a well made, reasonably priced flavorful red IPA. Def worth a go and maybe a revisit down the road.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with hints of caramel. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber poured into pint glass
A - dark amber/brown pour big head that stays for a while, and holds up the bottle cap the entire time
S - big hoppy citrusy notes
T - very bitter, some citrusy notes
M - kinda thin, but very drinkable
O - very good beer, I would definitely buy it if it were in sixpacks

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, dark, amber color with a tremendous rocky, off-white head that goes nowhere. Lots of lacing.

S - Citrus hops, bread, some caramel and toffee going on.

T - Citrus hops, doughy, and toffee/caramel up front and turns into grapefruit and pine in the finish. Nice and lasting hop bite. Nice citrusy burps...mmm

M - Decent body, not too carbonated, slightly astringent finish.

O - One of the best beers that SA has put out. Highly enjoyable and ridiculously quaffable. Cheers!

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Photo of bobhits
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick enough for a bottle cap to float on it? Well going on 2 minutes and the cap is just stuck suspended in place. This is the thickest head I've ever seen. I feel like I have to be forgetting something and I know I've done the bottle cap thing before, but I'm really not able to put to words how damn thick it is. Lacing is everywhere as expected.

Now Sam Adams does a damn good job describing this one so I'm not sure what more need to be said. The nose here isn't anything to get excited about. Pretty mild citrus hops and a nice somewhat neutralizing yet sweet malt.

The taste is much the same. Hops are turned up a bit giving it a very nice sharp hop bite, but nothing over the top given the red IPA name. The malt is very bready, but not sweet just thick and doughy. There are hints of toffee and of course a bit of caramel as well. Seems rather tame given the 6.75% but everything here is very well put together.

The head seems to drain a lot of the carbonation and doesn't leave this as carbonated as one might expect. Very good body for the style though, no real alcohol issues.

It's a shame that Sam Adams has turned to bombers for their beers and even more a shame they are putting a 6.75% red into such an expensive package. That said, very enjoyable stuff and if I saw it in 4 packs or on draft I'd certainly buy more. I look forward to what other new experiments Sam Adams brings us.

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

Grabbed a large bottle at the Maple Grove Byerlys for $5. The nose is on the malty side with a thick, almost syrupy caramel aroma that's backed by piney grapefruit. The flavor is more hop forward, with the sweet malts sinking back and the juicy, but biting, hops stepping forward with a little more lemon rind joining the sharp pine and grapefruit. I'm seldom impressed by imperial/big red ales, but I'd recommend trying this one. It gets a great balance between the barley and hops that's tough to find.

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

Tasman Red IPA opens with a delicious, hoppy aroma, full of lemony, spicy, pine-soaked hop notes that differ only slightly from smelling a bowlful of straight hop pellets. The hop aromas are, in other words, intense, and actually bring a slight sting to the nose if inhaled long enough. A huge ladle full of brown sugar lies beneath, as well as a malt base that promises thick, syrupy grain reductions, blossoming with orange and apricot fruit esters, as well as toasted bread crust. The overall effect is heady and intoxicating, and while it may be slightly too strong on the hop notes, begs to be tasted.

On the tongue, the immediate flavors are hops, hops, hops, rushing across the tongue in a numbing blast of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, eucalyptus, anise, and lemon zest. The overall hop profile is huge--variously listed as somewhere between 50 and 80 IBUs (though I couldn't find an accurate quote from Sam Adams' website)--but feels much higher, the bitterness crunching into the tongue like pop rocks, and the flavors as close as the average beer drinker will get to simply eating a raw hop pellet. There are other, malt-based flavors in here, including brown sugars, orange liqueurs, and wheat crusts, but they're quite frankly lost in the hop onslaught. Missing almost completely because of this is any indication that this is a "red" ale; in fact, handed blind to a taster, this would simply come across as a meteor-strength IPA. The aftertaste is, surprise, more hops, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the nose on this brew spoke of a well-balanced (if slightly over-hopped) brew bursting with both hop and malt flavors, in the mouth the beer is almost exclusively hops, and many of the sugars are unfortunately lost, leaving the beer unbalanced. Luckily, the immediacy and deliciousness of the hops makes up for this quite a lot--hopheads will rejoice--but I wish that the "red" portion of the ale had been allowed its own presence.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can say that I was pleasantly surprised with this brew for sure... Picked up a bottle of each of the four new offerings from SA and its been one hit and one miss thus far. Let's see which side of the fence this falls on...

Looks terrific in the NB globe... Dark reddish with a foamy creamy head... Looks very inviting...

Big dose of pine tree hops roll off this thing... I'm a bit taken aback by how prevalent these are... Its as if I'd just plucked a branch off of my Christmas tree... The sweet aromas of those caramel malts surface and balance this beautiful beer out quite nicely... Each instance brings a different experience here... I'm digging the way this smells a lot...

A masterful blend of the spicy Christmas tree hops and the sweet smooth caramel malts here... Every sip is both full of flavor and complex in its balance... A warming sensation fills the cheeks as this bottle disappears... The long finish is bitter and piney and yet sweet and smooth...

This is,without a doubt, one of SA's best brews... If they made this a rotating or at the very least seasonal release, I would be thrilled... They nailed this one and im guessing it could be a go-to type of Red were it available to the masses...

Very good effort here...

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Photo of Thads324
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a snifter. A big willowy tan head with tight bubbles that look sticky as the ickiest icky. Deep brown until held up to the light, where there is a dark ruby appearance. Very nice. Head dissipates to a small blanket with super thick walls forming a ring on the glass.
aroma starts with some nice citrus hops. sweet smelling malts, caramel, a bit of spring cut grass and a tail end of pine.
starts with an immediate hop flavor that rolls quickly into a citrus hop flavor. sweet malts carry the flavor, with a bit of blackberry sweetness and caramel. Finishes with a bitterness blazed by grapefruit and pine hops. The bitterness isn't overbearing, just about right.
Good mouthfeel, and one of the fullest bodies I've had in a beer in a while. There is no part of this beer that is without some type of flavor, very well balanced too.
A very nice beer that truly is a winner. Great all around, drinkable yet higher than many other ipas. Flavor and balance with a great hop to boot, a fresh one of these is great for turning on those scared by hops.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Tasman Red (Red IPA)
Batch #1
22oz bottle, amongst the ingredients listed are Topaz and Galaxy hops from Tasmania.

Appearance: Pours a reddish/amber in color with a huge pillowy foam with excellent retention. Every sip is etched on the glass in rings of lace, stained in time like mineral deposits in a soil sample.

Smell: Bready malts, earthy, woodsy hops with hints of dried leaves.

Taste: A very flavorful blend of caramel, pine, green tea, bitters, mild citrus and fresh flowery/grassy/leafy hop profile. Mild nutty undertones prove this beer to have a solid balance and malt foundation. Hop bitterness and faint alcohol show up late.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied beer with a nice hop bite and drying finish.

Overall: The Boston Beer Company really delivers in this american red / IPA hyrbid. Flavors meld well together, and this would be a suitable pairing for a wide range of dishes, from spicy to savory.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #20 top American Amber / Red Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. I was in the store the other day looking for another beer when I saw all these big beers from Sam Adams, I had never heard of them so I picked them all up. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer is dark red, clear, tan head, some lacing moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is pretty hoppy, mild roast perhaps? Mostly pine hops.

Beer is medium in body, chewy, mildly sweet, dry on the finish, roasty bitterness mixed wtih resiny hops. Tastes good, mouthfeel fine, overall this is an above average red, on the hoppy side of the spectrum, I'd have it again.

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

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with two fingers of tan colored foam that has reduced to one finger after several minutes. Nice clarity shows nice cherry red hues when held to the light. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells is a bit more malt-heavy than I expected although I am picking up some mild spicy hop aromas as well.

Taste is smooth and malty up front. Some bitterness starts to show itself midway. I'm also getting a spicy flavor that reminds me of a rye beer. The earthy hop flavor lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied with a carbonation that is a bit on the low side.

A nice red overall, but I don't see what makes this a "Red Ipa"?

Morey's Bottom Line: A nice beer at $5.75 a bomber. But I've had Red Ales with bigger hop profiles than this so called "Red Ipa". Still good drinking never the less.

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Photo of tvazteca
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a delicious IPA. I brought this home from work cause I wanted a nice new IPA and i wasn't disappointed. So delicious. It poured a wonderful head that caked the glass with some silky smooth hops. Tasted so good. I'm pretty tired so this won;t be the most articulate review. It was just fucking delicious. A very good IPA from a brewery that I often take for granted cause they pump out a billion cases of Boston Lager every year. Sam still can make a great beer, and they did it again.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.

It's a nice-looking pour, I'll give Tasman Red that much. Ruddy, copper-brown tea color to the body while on top, a substantial tuft of sandy taupe foam sticks around for a while. Sticky lacing to boot. There's a bit too much competing in the aroma for me to give excellent marks, but what's there is still very much pleasing. Toasted toffee malts and honey biscuit lay down a solid foundation upon which mango- and pine-like hop notes are lain. Floral, fruity, and a tad sweet. Impressive so far...

The toffee sweetness continues into the flavor, and thankfully so, as it lends a nice touch of complexity to Sam Adam's normally (and I say this in the nicest way possible) one-dimensional malt portfolio. Backbone turns a bit spicy on the finish with a hint of grainy roast. The hops are working a bit of magic here, too, with succulent floral and tropical fruit flavors that turn into a smacking piny bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is right where it should be--crisp and creamy with carbonation and a medium body. I dare say, Tasman Red is one of Boston Beer Company's best releases. If they ever released this in 6-packs I'd be all over it.

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

Thee best SA offering I have had,I aboslutly loved this beer.Poured into an impy nonic a deep rich amber with one finger clingy off white head that took its time settling into a creamy mass,broken globs of lace left behind.Citric hops and nutty malt in the nose,a little roast and brown sugar-like sweetness in there as well.Great complexity of hops and malt on the palate,earthy,citric,leafy hops over top of caramel,nutty,and lightly roasted malt,mild brown sugar-like sweetness.This IRA has everything going for it,I loved it.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,159 ratings.
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