Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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

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Photo of rmcnealy
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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 vandemonian
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Tasman Red IPA is a fantastic amber that is super soppy and a little darker and fruitier than the usual.

A: Red colour and a 1 cm cream-coloured head that lasts well. 4.5

S: Strongly hoppy. Grassy. Delicious. 4.5

T: Fruity, grassy hops over a woody malty base. Same darker fruit flavours toward the end and some bitterness. Very nice. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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 MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" beige head. Body in masstone looks like burnt umber brown but when held to the light reveals a ruby wine color. Smells like a standard hoppy IPA. Taste is also pretty standard IPA with a little malt and some fruity aftertaste to the hops. Certainly a decent beer but not dramatically different to me from other IPAs.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark ruby red to blood red color, from a 650 mL bottle, with ABV on the label. Visually this beer is almost close to stunning.
Massive two finger foamy frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some really nice lace. For some reason there is uneven distribution of the head, with a lot of it ending up at one end of the surface. Good head retention though.
Aroma is predominantly hoppy, with lots of pine in the nose and some citrus. There is also a definite presence of malts, caramel and toffee aroma's coming through intermittently between the pine aroma.
Taste is more on the malty side with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. Oily and chewy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty ale and easy to drink. A very good effort from Sam Adams, and is sold at a very reasonable price.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass.
Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this beer at Julio's after hearing good reviews about it.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a deep, rich ruby/brown hue with a big, fluffy two finger reddish hued head that faded to leave nice sticky side lacing and dense clouding/halo.

S - Wow, so this is Tasmanian hops? Interesting. Very earthy on the nose with some light subtle malts and hops. Very unique and interesting. The hops are earthy, grassy, light citrus and pine. Smells almost like dirt but in a good way.

T - Taste is pretty good here. Nice slightly sweet malts and earthy hops. Good bitter finish of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Again there is that super earthy flavor and nice bitter hops.

M - Fair carbonation here, little crisp, very dry on the finish with good hop bitterness.

O - Wow, incredibly surprised by this beer. The Tasmanian hops are really unique/interesting in this beer. Some intense earthyness that you just dont see in beer. Would definately buy this in six packs.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-The beer's color is a pretty crimson. Sandy head is uneven and bubbly. Leaves patchy strings of lace. The beer is transparent and the bubbles are but a slow rising few.

S-Oh wow. This is a very hoppy aroma. I get a hempy, almost green onion hop aroma. Very earthy! Light sweetness on the back end. The hops are very unique. This beer reminds me a bit of a considerably less intense Founders' Devil Dancer. This aroma is still pretty sturdy none the less.

T-The tangy herbal hops are quite prevalent. More attention is stressed to the malt in the taste. Cinnamon and caramel mostly. Hops are quite unique I must say. I do enjoy the flavor, but it does take some adjusting.

M- Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Pretty bitter. Resinous. Good feel.

O/D-Better than I was expecting, and much more unique too. The hop profile is definitely original. So is the overall flavor. At $4.39 for a decent sized bottle, I find this to be a good value. Usually don't expect much of a surprise from anything Sam Adams, but this one caught me off guard (in a good way).

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Photo of Stunner97
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- red to copper in color with thick tan head, very low carbonation
Smell- mostly very piney and citrus hoppy notes
Taste- malty upfront but mostly firm bitter hops at the end, balance is relatively good, nice balanced flavor with the hops being the main component
Mouthfeel- very smooth and balanced light carbonation
Drink ability / overall- very nice beer in terms balance and sessioning , certainly hoppier beer then most but maintains nice balance, a good effort by Sam Adams

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a gorgeous bright red, with a two inch tanish red sticky head, lots of lacing. Smell is piney hops, carmel, pineapple, and a little bready. Taste is that, some malty carmel in the start and a smack of grapefruit in the finish. Body is really excellent not huge, but on the big side for the abv. Nice carbonation.I really enjoyed this beer. Well done BBC.

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Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this while at The Andersons, though I imagine it will be showing up all over (I hope at least). When the label approvals for this series went through earlier this year I was more excited for trying Sam Adams than I have been in a long while.

The beer comes in an elegantly unique bomber with one of the best Sam Adams labels to date. Listed as Batch No. 1. Not sure if that means batch 1 of Red IPA or batch 1 of the limited series.

Poured into a Duvel tulip (though this would be a perfect beer for the over-sized Perfect Pint glasses that are floating around out there).

Pooled in the glass the beer is a deep purple color (and very nearly brown porter territory). However, held in the light the Tasman most certainly is red. Well, at least a dark glowing shade of garnet. The head is aged linen white and tall. Retention is minor but lace is thick and plentiful.

The aroma is swath with the elegant floral bouquet of the galaxy hops. Underpinnings of pine and citrus are found digging deeper into the tulip. Caramel malts provide a nice counterpoint without ever getting sweet.

More bitter and hop forward than I first guessed, Tasman Red is a formidable beer. And perhaps appropriately so, I found that the malt flavor is nowhere near what the color would suggest. I was hoping for a better marriage of malt and bitterness. That said, pine resin is checked somewhat by dry fruity maltiness. As the beer warms, the pine hop flavor is also accompanied by some twiggy spiciness.

Strong carbonation with a dry finish. Quite bitter with fairly obvious alcohol notes.

Overall an impressive beer and at a great price. I have more hope for the others in this series now.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark red ale out of a bomber and into a pint glass. Huge frothy off white head forms and retains very well. Great looking creamy texture. Lace everywhere from a head that never fully disappears. Textbook.

S- Hoppy at first.. Crisp citrus hops and some pine as well, comes off clean. Somewhat herbal and overall quite fruity. Caramel sweet malt with warmth.

T- Well balanced flavor consisting of a hoppy beer rounded out by rich, sweet malt. Hops are again nice with citrus (orange, lemon zest), pine and a bit floral. This beer also has a fruity almost strawberry jam flavor. Malts are toasty, caramel and rich, toffee and just a tad bit of roast.

MF- Lower carbonation than I was expecting right out of the gate. This makes the beer seem richer and sweeter to me. Slightly bitter finish. I just wish it was more crisp and carbonated, it would go down much better.

Interesting blend of hops, malt and fruit flavors. It has both IPA and amber ale characteristics. Probably one of the richest, complex and flavorful Sam Adams beers I have had with fresh hop flavors. More should be made in this type of series. Mouthfeel was the only slight flaw.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a huge bubbly beige head that shows great retention and mounds of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is a great mix of earthy, pine and citrus hops. Slight hints of grapefruit, onion, garlic, and light caramel. Taste starts off with a nice hit of bready maltiness before the onslaught of hops takes over and obliterates any traces of barley. Pine and citrus mixed with bits of green onion and garlic. The flavor reminds me a lot of latitude 48 with a bit more intense hop presence. Thinnish body, moderate level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I felt the body to be a bit thin and I would have liked a bit more malt presence.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very overlapping huge head when poured with a very dark malty red appearance. It has an amazing smell of some West Coast IPA's that I'ved smelled in the past. Definitely getting smells of earthy, pine, wood, herbal and grapefruit smells. I also get a sweet roasted smell that is reminiscent of caramel and oak. Its tastier than the Latitude 48 but that still is a really good beer as well.

The taste is spicy, resinous hops with a sweet malt somewhat similar to their malt backbone for their Latitude 48 but with some oak woody flavors and then ending with a grapefruit, pine, herbal and citrusy hop bitter tasting finish. I like this better than their Latitude 48 actually the malts come together more for a nicer oak, wood, caramel bready finish and the hops shine through it with all the flavors I mentioned above as well as some mintyness from the hops.

I'm very impressed with this beer from them it definitely stands up to other stronger IPA's that I've had and it seems like Samuel Adams has been really really kicking it up a notch these days with their quality and selection of their beers.

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Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color, almost ruby like. The beer has a huge pillowy beige head that slowly settles leaving a wall of webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lovely grapefruit and pine hop scent. This goes along with a bready caramel malt. Very nice.

The taste is of the grapefruit hops. Not as strong as in the aroma. The grapefruit transitions into a piney/resiny hop towards the end. A bit minty. There is a smooth caramel malt flavor that brings along some roast and light wood notes.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Some sweetness on the palate but leans more hoppy bitter and some roasted bitter. Some dry asprin in the finish.

An enjoyable hoppy amber. I'd prefer more grapefruit and less pine in the flavor but this is still a good hop profile.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruby red..very clear. Huge 3 fingers of off-white head with lots of texture and staying power. Leaves a super thick film and lots of lacing.

S: Great hops smell. Has almost a peach like smell to it along with citrus, a hint of pine and sweet malts.

T: This is tasty. More pine in the taste than in the smell, especially once the beer warms. Citrus is still here though. Sweet, bready malts provide some balance, but this is most certainly an IPA.

M: Full, creamy mouthfeel with a bitter and dry finish.

O: Tasman Red is a good beer that I could drink a lot of. At under $5 a bomber, it's a great value as well. I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, sans freshness date, leisurely dumped into a tulip after one of the strangest days of my life.

Crimson liquid with a frothy whipped up tempest atop. Lacing is ample.

Smells of fresh herbal hops, citrus rind, and cinnamon bread.

Big biscuity maltiness up front segues to cinnamon and some spicy hops. Moderate bitter smack finishes the deal.

Medium bodied and a tad oily.

Overall it's a solid effort but there's too much of a monstrous malt presence to keep this from being a personal favorite in the style.

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

22oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

L - clear dark amber color with a off-white head that left some lacing behind.

S - Tasmanian hops, floral earthiness and citrus rind.

T - a hint of sweet malt upfront followed by bitterness with enough malt in the background keeping the beer well balanced.

F - medium bodied with a tart, crisp feel.

O - a nice beer from BBC/SA.

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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

This is a great looking beer, it's a nice, deep ruby red with ample head and lacing. The aroma is a solid balance between sweet malts and hops. The taste is a solid hoppy red, there's nice interplay between the sweetened caramel malts and bright, citrusy galaxy malts that really works well. The mouthfeel is great, it's got a nice prickly carbonation that mellows to a nice smoothness a bit after the sip. The drinkability is good. Overall, I liked this brew. It won't wow you, but it won't let you down either.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark ruby color with over an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is piney and citrusy hops. Some sweet caramel malts as well.. taste is piney, bitter hops up front with some caramel malts. Floral and piney at the end. Slightly oily and resinous. Nice blend of malt and hops, but I was hoping for a bit more hops on this one. Overall, im digging it and would have it again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit confused by this one before I even pour it. Red IPA? okay. I've had hoppy red ales (Nugget Nectar, Zoe, etc.) and IPAs that are red/amber in color (Celebration Ale, Yakima Glory, etc.). and where was this brewed? it says it was brewed in Boston, MA, Cincinnati, Ohio, or Breinigsville PA, but yet its a small batch/limited beer. So, probably not too limited if they are brewing it in three different places. And where is the bottle date?? Wasn't Sam Adams one the the first to employ "freshness dating?" And then there is this: "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors" On an IPA? really?

I hope all the answers will come as I pour it into my glass.

Pours a deep mahogany/red with a large tan head that laces well and recedes slowly.

lots of pine and grapefruit hit first on the aroma followed by a rush of toasty malts and a bit of earthy/herbal hops as well, though the more I sniff, the less I get. The roasted malts come through more and more as it warms.

flavor starts of with leafy earthy hops with a touch of grapefruit bitterness. toffee caramel toasted malts take over before it finishes bitter and a touch grainy.

its almost medium bodied with a generous carbonation and a dry yet bitter finish.

I don't see what aging this beer will do to help. Its good, and way out there for what I would expect Sam Adams to put out, but they, again, play it safe and put out a good, but not exceptional product. I'd take Maine Beer Company's Zoe over this 8 days a week. However, I would drink this again when the aforementioned product is unavailable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the COOP last week some time... Poured into my Delerium goblet tonight.. 1" sandy tan head... the brew is clear deeep amber... pretty... decent lacing, but little retention.

Nose shows a big mashup of hoppy aromas... tropical fruits and citrus... pine... and earthy hops combine with minor caramel notes... nothing to complain about.

Flavor has all the same components .. pretty dry throughout.. pithy citrus mid palate through the finish.. the malts really help add good complexity... makes me think of a light American BW.. very balanced and nicely done.

This is a well done beer... perhaps not worth the pricetag, but still pretty good. Will I buy it again, probably if it is on shelves for more than a week or two.

All 4's with no real bitches.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a ruby red color with a nice 2 fingers worth of tan head that leaves great lacing

S: A very nice balance of malts and hops. Malts are mostly on the pale and caramel side, while the hops are mostly citrusy

T: Same as the smell for the most part, with most of the flavor coming from the malts and the hops doing a nice bittering job towards the back end. Again, hops are mostly citrus, with grapefruit and orange rinds

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A little leathery and oily from the hops as well

O: I honestly don't know whether to call this a red ale or an IPA, but a hoppy red ale works just fine. Any way you cut it though, this is an excellent beer from SA that certainly delivers. Hopefully they keep these one-offs coming

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

Batch #1
This beer poured a nice, clear red brown mahogany, with a creamy white head building about one finger high. good retention and good lacing.
the smell is of flowery hops and grapefruit.
Tasting the beer the fruit character dominates up front with grapefruit and citrus. In the middle more bitter hops balance this beer nicely. The end is a mellow balanced IPA character.
I really like this beer and I am surprised of the quality. It shows that Sam Adams is a great brewery.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz to a pub glass

Deep mahogony colour. Thick creamy head which lingers through the pour.

Lovely scent of malty grapfruit hops. Citrus scent is not as evident as I expected.

Nice flavour of hops but overpowering. Sweet caramel covers the bite a bit. Striking flavour. Smooth hops?

Nice carbonation. Feels delightful. Almost perfect!
Qute surprized to find such a quality taste from Samuel. Not a huge SA fan. Most likely will revisit this brew...sooner rather than later.

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Photo of rab53
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep mahogany. Big fluffy white head. Mild bitter hop aroma. Tastes like a moderately malty IPA/over-hopped amber ale. Smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink. Not a great IPA, but a nice intro to the style. Solid amber, and the only beer I'll revisit from the new Sam Adams 22oz line.

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