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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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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 1

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown body and gives a thick foamy off-white head that leaves slightly thick lacing that evenutally spider webs and thins out after about a minute. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen.

S: combination of caramel and malts with a slight presence of fig, slight hops try to stand up here and there

T: sweet malty presence surrounded with the fig, caramel and some slight hops try to stand up again but remain mostly subdued

M: medium with a smooth creamy feel that comes out really easy on the tongue, sessionable

O: I really like this. Since I'm a fan of browns and reds, I see some similarities from them fused into this brew. The IPA qualities that come out show the complexity of this brew. No doubt I would get this again.

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Photo of cmq103
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass, which was part of the Sam Adams IPA Hop-ology 12-pack.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Raisin flesh is the best way to describe it. A semi-aggressive pour got me a 1/4" clear beige head, which reduced quickly to a thin ring. Spotty lacing at best.

Smell: Brown sugar, sweet caramel and figs, with a light malty hop presence similar to a brown ale. A hint of booziness with several swirls of the glass.

Taste: The sweet maltiness dominates, with some caramel and doughiness. As in the nose, I sense brown sugar and figs. The maltiness tames any hop bite, which is mild at best.

Mouthfeel: A moderate beer with decent carbonation. This is one sweet beer on the tongue, but creamy at the same time. For a 6.75% ABV, it goes down pretty easy.

Overall: I was honestly expecting more citrus pine hops for this Red IPA. What I got was a malty, sweet brown ale with some hops added. Not bad, but nothing I would go run out and buy in a 6-pack. The Sam Adams IPA sample pack is great idea. I like the variety...

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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, "Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors."

A - Deep ruby copper in color and completely clear, Tasman Red is gorgeous-looking! Sheets of clinging lace cake the glass as the thick pile of rocky light-khaki head falls.

S - Hearty earth aromas burst from Tasman Red with force. Amber malt provides nutty, caramelly-sweet malt with toffee traces and a dry Vienna finish. Plenty of hops balance out with mild citrus tones, leaning towards the rich earthy notes of dirt, mulch, and mowed lawn.

T - While there are plenty of hops in Tasman Red, they take a back seat to the malt profile that streams fourth. Sticky sweet caramel and dry toast envelope the earthy hops but combine and balance very well together.

M - Despite the boldness of the beer on all accounts, Tasman Red is very smooth across the palate. Dry finishing with a balancing bitterness, it goes down very nicely.

O - The hops are tame for an American IPA, but Tasman Red pulls through with great balance and drinkability. Deep malt complexity and sweetness is complimented by the earthiness the hops exhibit. A pleasure to drink.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great uniform head, wonderfuly formed at three fingers nice and even with a faint caramel light tan color. Body is a solid amber red, dark and chestnut red brown with a glowing brown ruby character. Great looking brew here.

Smells a lot like toffee, not much of a hop angle, toast sweet toffee malts, English sensing sensibility it seems. Reminding me of an English strong ale.. Interesting, not sure where this is going.

Like a true IPA the hops hit. Thick body with a nice malt backbone. Hop character comes out a little subdued but rounds out nicely with the malt sweetness. Finishes with a good earthy and pine bent too. Not getting so much a citrus angle but who cares!

Overall real nice solid job here, and a good hopy red, very entertaining, digging that. Very nice brew!

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Photo of minneapolitanjim
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Whimpers
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with reddish highlights and a solid 2 finger tan head that lingers, leaving moderate lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma begins with slightly sweet, bready malt, followed by very dank hops, pine, resin, and a hint of grapefruit, ending with caramel. Heavy toast surfaces as it warms.

Flavor has a strong underlying citrus presence throughout, which is complemented by a backbone of toasted breadcrust and brown sugar, leading into a fairly bitter, slightly peppery finish. There's a hint of mint adding complexity.

Body is moderate, with moderate to high carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency at the finish.

Overall, a fairly hoppy offering that is bolder than most Sam Adams brews I've tried. Complexity is decent, but nothing exceptional. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a clear, very dark (for an IPA) amber body with small tan fizzy head the disappeared quickly. Persistent lacing.

Smell: Toasted grain with caramel and tomato paste (weird, I know). Like pink grapefruit with sugar on top. A touch of earthy spiciness.

Taste: A big start of malty breadiness, that RAPIDLY turns to grapefruit. Aftertaste is like a pleasant mixture of bitterness with caramel. Like those caramel apples dipped when the caramel is too hot, leaving only a thin film of caramel over the bitter skin of the apple. Heavy bitterness on the metallic finish with some enduring bitterness. Overall, the effect is like a massively hopped scotch ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Texture is smooth.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. A very interesting combination. Reminds me a little of Lagunitas Censored Ale (which I very much like as well.)

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Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jsh5771
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ruby red, copper color and transparent. Huge head (ivory color) with exceptional retention and soapy lacing.

Aroma is malty with smoked undertones. Spicy, pine-like hops in the mix too.

Dense malt backbone with plenty of toasted wheat and oak character. Sweet toffee to balance the roasted notes. Sharp hop bitterness mid-drink to finish with pine and soap tones. Exceptional balance and complexity.

Sturdy medium body, descent carbonation. A little grainy in the texture. Dry in the end.

Really good IPA and different than any other example I have tried. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JustinQ
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the hopology pack.

A: Pours a clear ruby color with a very nice two finger foamy off-white head on top. Nice retention and very pretty rings of lacing all around the glass.

S: Mostly caramel with some light spice and some pine. Not really that hoppy.

T: Some more caramel and bready/biscuity malt. There is some faint citrus fruit and spice. Slightly herbal, more so as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Overall, pretty lacking. Not very hoppy, more like a malty amber/red ale, but as an American IPA, it just didn't cut it for me.

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Photo of 59rockabilly
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of nkp765
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

12 ounce from the hoppy box set, no freshness indication offered to the customer/consumer.

Pours dark brown/auburn, medium tan head, leaving nice looking, whispy lace.

Faint maly nose with a hint of ginger snaps.

Full flavor IPA with ample malting, spicing from the hops and complexity above and beyond your typical IPA.

Grapefruit highlights and cookie dought malt sweetness.

Not really my favorite flavor profile for an IPA. But this would likely do well on a cold winters night with some hearty fare.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Nonic

A - An amber colored brew with a nice red hue to it. There's a slight haze to it, and it produced a 2-finger head that didn't hold very long. I got a spot or two left on my glass, but no lacing.

S - Apricot, cherry, date, flowers, grapefruit rind, brown sugar, biscuit and pine.

T - I pick up caramel upfront, quickly following is lemon citrus and pine like hop oils. Biscuit like malts come in mid to finish. It finishes with bready, biscuit, brown sugar like malt flavors, low-moderate bitterness for an IPA, floral notes, and a touch of dryness.

M - Creamy, thick and full bodied with lite crispness.

O - This beer is verging on the sweet side, which I don't like, but it does offer a balanced flavor profile that's pretty tasty to me. I could definitely drink a couple of these in one sitting before retiring to something else, and I also think this beer could easily be a Red Ale instead of an IPA. It's just not that bitter, and it really does taste, look, and smell more like a Red.

Overall I like this beer, and I can see myself buying it again. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

glass: nonic

Clear, dark ruby-colored body with a 1-finger creamy eggshell-colored head. Nice chocolate/vanilla aroma can be smelled from a foot away. Digging in reveals lots of cherry, plumb, caramel and a mild herbal hop note.

Taste is a bit underwhelming but smooth, inviting and very drinkable. It's got a mellow malt base of caramel, cherry, chocolate and subtle notes of coffee. Hops are subdued but give a decent herbal quality. A nice session-able beer that i could definitely see myself ordering on-tap.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a brownish-cherry red color. It's clear but dark, with a foamy tan head. The smell is sharp and pungent, like a wet, soil-covered mushroom. It does have a hop scent, herbal. The taste is malty, sweeter than expected. It's full in body and had a long-lasting hop finish.

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Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

12 pack bottles from Frugal's

A - pours a dark cherry red with orange highlights. Frothy two finger head. Good retention.

S - biscuit, slight sourness, grapefruit, hops, salt like seasoning?

T - slightly peppery to go with the salt. There is a malt presence that gives it some heft and bread taste, bitter finish.

M - seems about right. Tends to the thin side.

O - had trouble getting past the saltiness. Probably great with a steak, and is worth a try, but be prepared. It'll leave you thirsty for another beer. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of canders0927
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of guillemiro
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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