Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,163 Ratings
Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,163
Reviews:
377
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.49%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
89
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jparker37
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass

A - Giant dense rocky deep tan head leaves great lacing. Perfectly bright mahogany amber color.

S - Big bright floral citrus hop nose. A little bit of caramel malt comes across with a nice portion of toasted malts. Hops showcase in the nose. I like where this beer is going.

T - The toasted malt flavors blend very well with the piney/citrus hop flavors that highlight. There is much depth to these malts. It doesn't just scratch the surface of light vienna malts but has intense toastiness nearing some darker roasted characteristics. Finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness for cleansing.

M - Has nice moderate carbonation and a great medium to medium-full body. Dry on the palate.

O - It is so obvious to be a red ale of sorts, yet so obvious to be an IPA of sorts. I didn't know what this beer would end up like but calling it a Red IPA hits the nail on the head. Great toasted malt notes accompany excellent fresh hop smell and flavor.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a nice looking reddish mahogany brew. It holds a creamy two finger head of big tannish bubbles. This shows great retention, producing sticky patterned lacing as it eventually recedes. No sediment or haze is noted, and carbonation appears active. The aroma is bright, with earthy, herbal hops, with a sweeter toasty pale malts for the mix. There are other grain inclusions, with metallics, chalk, barley, and cooked caramel. There is an additional sweetness of bubblegum, but this is not in the form of esters, but rather in a juicy, fruity air. Booze and apricot come with warmth. Synthetic plastic, as in a pencil’s eraser, becomes noticeable by the end of the tasting, as well. Our first impression is that this was more bitter and metallic than the nose suggested. As we sip, there is a flash of sweet and sour maltiness and chalk, which is soon washed away by bittering hops and metals. The peak of the swallow shows bittering aromatic hops of earthy and herbs, as in nose. This mixes with a sweeter caramel malt and some coppery metallics. The finish is smoother, of juicy citric and fruity hops, cleaning the palate of the partially bittering malt bill from the start. There are notes of booze and some final plastic phenols to cut some more of that sweetness and hopping puckering. The aftertaste breathes of more of the same, with sweaty caramel malts, more copper, general sourness, alcohols, and bitter earthy hops. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to borderline high. There is great slurp, froth, and cream to each sip. The feel is soft and crisp, but the mouth is left with a palpable metallic film. The palate is left particularly bone dry and astringent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. The color was beautiful and the head was resilient. The latter lent a huge strength to the feel as well, making for a pleasantly creamy beer. The nose was nice and hoppy, but there were some curious soft phenolic licks that didn’t seem to fit very well. The flavor, too, was generally tasty, but we felt that the melts could have been curbed, and that the hops and malts could have been better balanced with a nicer sweetness to the ever present bitterness throughout. As an added bonus, we really love the label art on this one.

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Photo of Star80
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a tan frothy head. Quite a bit of lacing. Looks good.

S - Nose is weak. What I can detect are some citrus hops, some earthy hops and some toasty malts.

T - Taste is quite balanced between the rich malt and the clean bitter hops. Has a certain candyness to the bitter hops that actually makes it pretty drinkable.

M- Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth.

O - Overall a pretty decent brew although not enough nose or citrus hops to qualify as IPA in my book.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 4/28/12

A - dark amber; quarter of an inch of soft white head; good retention

S - piny, spicy, floral hop aroma

T - faint caramel malt, spicy, bitter, faint citrus, very floral

M - medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation

This is a decent beer though the malt character is a bit lacking for this style. The hop character is rather solid and definitely fits to the IPA tag that SA put on it. It's worth a try in any case.

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

A - Pours a deep copper/amber color. Puffy 1 finger head. Good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Pretty malty, some dark fruit, caramel. A bit of earthiness beneath.

T - Lot of nuttyness in the taste. Begins a bit sweet, tinge of fruit, before fading into a little bit of dry nuts and just a bit of a hop kick.

M - Full mouthfeel, a bit sticky, but smooth.

Overall - It was decent. Not outstanding. Beer seemed a bit muddled.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished copper colored with a thick and foamy inch high head that lingers very long. Inviting aroma of citrus hops, a bit grainy, some pine.

Biscuity maltiness and understated caramel underlies sharp citrusy hops, firm bitterness, lots of pine and orange rind. Notes of dried leaves, some rough edges. A brash bitterness lingers.

Full mouthfeel, a bit tannic, some alcohol warming, tingly. Overall a decent beer, but a bit harsh finish.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of LittleDon
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just when I had BBC pegged as the prototypical macro-craft brewer (good but pedestrian), I had this. A beautiful presentation, particularly for a bottled beer. Clouds of sticky foam, the color of aged white lace curtains, clung to the side of my glass atop a clear and deep red body. Neither the aroma nor the hoppyness faded any during the four or five months it sat in my beer fridge. Pineapple, citrus, with a strong caramel backbone, there's a touch of acidity and alcohol middle to finish. Plenty of bitterness all the way through. The mouthfeel was superb, its best characteristic, as soft as imaginable without the aid of nitrogen. A beer that has given me new respect for the guys at Sam Adams.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 2/29/12. Batch #2.

Deep and rich amber color with a huge cream colored fluffy head with fantastic lacing.

Nice pine and earthy hop noted in the nose. A slight hint of some roasted malt backbone rounded out by some citrus aroma.

Hops and malt work very well together in this brew. Bitter pine notes but a nice and rich malt background that balances everything out very well. I can’t recall ever having a beer brewed with Topaz or Galaxy hops but I’m digging it so far.

Medium bodied with a creamy finish. Adequate carbonation throughout.

Love or hate them, Sam Adams will come out with the occasional gem, and this is one of them. Great beer for a great price, highly recommended if you’re a fan of IPAs or Ambers.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PDXHops
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Several shades beyond the advertised "red IPA" on the label, it's a handsome beverage topped by a fat light tan head with impressive staying power. Plentiful lacing as well; we're off to a good start here.

Batch # 1 on the label. No idea what that means, but perhaps it's got a little age on it. There aren't really any notions an IPA, red or otherwise. It's a solid American amber, no doubt, though. Richly sweet nose, kinda like a cross between a Sugar Daddy and a Bit o' Honey with toasted background notes. The flavor starts the same up front, but an earthy bite soon asserts itself. Again, not sure of the freshness here, but the multilayered malt profile is pretty tasty. Not much going on in the finish,though.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of prototypic
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasman Red IPA pours a copper color. It’s clear. Backlighting reveals some really nice crimson highlights. Definitely looks red from where I’m sitting. A lighter tan head tops it off. It’s large, standing over two fingers tall. It’s extremely slow to recede, leaving a very thick, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. This is a damn good lookin’ beer! It really is!

The nose is above average for the style. That might even be a little generous. It has a very strong sweet caramel scent that kicks it off. Not the best thing for any sort of IPA, if you ask me. Smells like a bit of toasted malt, as well. A bit of hops are noted. They smell mostly citric and slightly piney. Grapefruit and orange scents are noted. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. I’m not getting any. Not bad. Not great either.

The flavor is likewise above average. The malt base features a lot of caramel flavor. It’s overly sweet (for me). There is a bit of a toasted malt flavor. Not a big fan of that in IPAs. The hops have a stronger presence here. They feature some nice citric grapefruit and orange flavors. There are some piney and grassy notes, as well. Unfortunately, it’s not all that bitter. The malt base provides a bit too much balance from my taste. Ahhh well. That’s not uncommon in BBC’s IPAs (of late). Alcohol is masked well. Finishes sweet and malty with some nice citric hop notes.

Tasman Red has a medium body. It’s definitely nice and smooth. Carbonation feels light and soft. It goes down rather easily. I just wish I liked the flavor more.

Tasman Red IPA isn’t a bad beer, but it’s another in a growing line of mediocre IPAs from Boston Beer Company. Frankly, the malt base is just too much. More hop presence, flavor, and bitterness are needed. It’s not bad. If you’re into maltier IPAs…well…this might be for you.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me a few days ago.

Appearance- dark red color, thick head, nice retention, nice lacing

Smell- malt, citrus

Taste- very malty, some citrus

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good but I don't usually drink red ales.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, clear liquid. A slight amount of carbonation, but a huge fluffy cream-colored head that looms large throughout the whole drink.
Smell is dominated by good citrus and pine hops. Good grapefruit aroma.
Taste starts with strong malty tastes. Good caramel and roast malts. Malt tastes move into nice hops at the end. Very earthy notes of pine and less grapefruit than the smell.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness. Smooth and crisp. Very refreshing.
Drinkability is great on this brew. A lot of nice taste and good balance makes this a really drinkable beer. Something for everyone on this. Tasman Red IPA is a great selection that you should seek out. Good for any season. If this is a sign of things to come with Sam Adams 22oz'ers, I am excited!

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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