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Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA
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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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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat low actually, just the idea of it turns me off.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice cream, pretty good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark amber. Somewhat translucent; certainly not opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Roasted malts, skunky oily pine hops, and rotten grapefruit. Toffee. Moderate in strength. It turns me away, actually. I'm not excited to try this. No yeast or alcohol is evident based on the aroma.

T: Indistinct piney and citrusy hops. The citrus element is actually rather incredible; I find these hops incredibly fresh and balanced. Very impressive, if niche. No real grapefruit except on the finish, to its benefit. No toffee comes through, contrary to the promise of the aroma. It's a clean pretty well balanced IPA, but still suffers from simplicity. That said, I am impressed with the hop character and would like to try other brews that use the strain. The clean malts are unobtrusive, aiding the body and rounding out the flavour profile without compromising the careful balance. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Just thick enough. Adequately carbonated. Moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours pretty well.

Dr: A solid offering from Sam Adams. Certainly one of the better offerings in the IPA variety box I acquired this as part of. A nicely drinkable IPA with an interesting choice of hop strain. I like it and I'd certainly try it on-draught, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety needed to elevate it to something truly worthwhile. IPA fans will like it, but it's far from exemplary. Well priced in any case. I'm glad I tried it.

Low B-

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good, but I think just slightly off - Poured at a good temperature with a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head and lots of lace. Color is a nice, clear, amber red with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is hop, resin, malt, funk. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, some carbonic tang and bitterness in front with the sweetness becoming more pronounced in the finish. Body is full yet oddly soft even though carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a little boozy at the very end. Serious IPA.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. From the Sam Adams Hoppology 12 pack. This is definitely not a typical IPA, which is a good thing when you want to try unique styles.

This beer has a darker taste that most IPAs (though not quite like a black ale). To me, it reminds me of a hopped up amber ale. It definitely has a sweet caramel taste, but also a bitter and complex hop character. This beer and the overall 12 pack are definitely worth a try, though you get some of the less exciting common beers with it too.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of raznug
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This red IPA pours a nice clear ruby color and is topped with 1” of head that takes its sweet time to dissipate.
Smell: This beer smells just like I would expect grapefruit and pine aromas along with a sticky smell that makes me think the flavor will last on the palate.
Taste: The taste goes along well with the smell being grapefruit and citrus and slight pine notes. The flavor doesn’t stick around like I was expecting but it does linger just enough.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that isn’t too heavy for an IPA but the flavor does stick around just a little bit.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown color pours to 2 fingers of foam that dissipates to a thick finger of head that lingers and clings all the way down the glass. Very nice.

S: Lots of sweet maltyness and dark fruits with a very light not of bready biscuit . Very enjoyable.

T: Alot of sweet maltyness up front leading into piney/citrus hops and then on to the citrus rind and bitters. After taste remains bitter.

M: Creamyness in the mouth, bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not very noticeable until the dryness on the palette at the end.

O: Not a bad beer. Typical Sam Adams with the heavy hops hit but not unenjoyable. Would try it again, on tap.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of abgba121
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark, hazy ruby color. Lots of off white head and strong lace.

S: pine hoppiness, sweet molasses and yeast overtones

T: big red ale, strong hops throughout, nice light bitter finish

M: medium body, light carbonation

O: a delicious red Ipa, a must buy

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Photo of woosterbill
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, fresh from the Jamaica Plains brewery courtesy of my buddy who works there. Thanks JM!

A: Clear, deep russet body under two fingers of rich, creamy tan head. Terrific retention, tons of lace. Awesome.

S: Sweet caramel malt is dominant, with some leafy, fruity hops in the background. Nice, but a bit rough.

T: Even sweeter than the nose, with caramel and butterscotch blowing everything else away entirely. Powerful bittersweet finish with some hoppy undertones. Herbal aftertaste. Pleasant, but the hops are wasted.

M: Creamy, frothy; too carbonated, but pleasant enough.

O: This was drinkable, even enjoyable, but didn't deliver as much southern hemisphere hoppiness as I was hoping for.


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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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

The beer is transparent and amber hued with approximately a half inch of head. The aroma is malty, with some caramel and fruit tones. Decent flavor - nothing exciting. Malt forward with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Well balanced. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, decent.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Soma, San Francisco.

Pours a very deep amber colour, probably overshooting red by a few degrees. Head is full, solid and fine, a lovely creamy yellow-white hue. Lacing is exceptional. Oh, the colour is so close—it's a shame because otherwise this is a damn fine looking beer.

Nose is sharp and spicy, with excruciatingly direct hop characters which mingle with an underlying bitter roast character to give a piquancy like Sichuan pepper. Hooee! Love those Aussie hops. It's a sharpness that still hints at fruity, giving that peppery sting. Great stuff!

Taste is a bit of a let down, to be honest. It's still robust enough, with a good hop flavour on the front of the palate, and insinuations of pepper flowing through to the back. But there's an extremely noticeable lack of bitterness to it, and I feel like this beer craves it more than most. The roundness from the extra and deeper coloured malts seems to take over just too much on the back, and the hops are so damn good that you want them to stake their claim, to assert dominance over the whole palate. It's as though the whole basis of this beer is its hops, but they let you down at the crucial moment.

Feel is also a touch flat. Surprisingly, I feel as though it could use a little more carbonation—although an additional bite of bitterness would probably help in this regard as well.

Argh! This beer could have been phenomenal! And it *is* extremely good. But I'm just saddened by what could have been.

(Also, great use of Topaz, something of a unique hop—best usage I've seen since Bright's Harvest Lager).

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear dark reddish brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, brown sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel/brown sugar. There is also a some grapefruit and pineapple and something from the dark fruit category. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I've had the lagunitas red and nugget nectar recently, and those beers beat this one by far. But it's still a decent effort from SA. I'd like to try it fresh on tap.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,163 ratings
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