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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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Ratings: 1,163 |  Reviews: 377
Photo of KingStephenR
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Sam Adams bomber poured into a large globe glass. Pours a clear deep ruby brown with an inch of porous off white foam. Solid lace with moderate retention.

Aroma is dry and a bit charred with hints of roast and some caramel malts. The IPA moniker seems undeserved as the hop profile is present and accounted for though a bit earthy but not too strong. At the same time the dry nature of the beer keeps the malt profile rather simple.

Flavor is dry and chalky as the nose might suggest. Not bad but lacking the malt depth of your typical Red Ale as well as the hop love of an IPA of any race, creed or color. Bit of hop spice encourages the feel a bit.

Overall a bit of an outlier. Not something I would buy again in a large format bottle but would agree to in a mixed 12er. Nothing special to offer really.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch #1.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Three fingers of tan, frothy/creamy head. Retention is good with lots of lacing left behind.

4.0 S: The label said to expect grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes. Earthy I get plenty of, but not much pine and grapefruit. There's a case for floral, however. In any case, the real focus is the malts. Caramel overload with some toffee. Toastiness abounds. Rich, sweet neutral maltiness to tie it together.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but it seems confused. It's like it wants to be a malt bomb, but the hops get in the way. Low end of moderate bitterness. Earthy and flowery hop taste foremost with a touch of pine underneath. Caramel and toffee are back, but with less thrust. Toastiness is still at it though. Reasonably clean and not sweet, but not dry either.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as I'd like, but decent here.

3.5 D: It's no Nugget Nectar, but it isn't bad. I think this is the last of this series for me to vanquish, but SA is always coming out with new stuff so who knows. Worth a try, but not a re-buy.

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

Another typically solid offering from BBC. Apperance is great with a nice auburn color and good amounts of slightly off white lace. Smell was sweet and malty off the top with with some nuttiness hanging in the background. Flavor was a nice supprise with a typical red ale sweetness up front but backed up nicely with good piney hops in the finish which added a nice dry balance to the sweetness. Mouthfeel was not too thick, no too thin and carbonation level was nice. This is a very tasty brew and one I'd like to enjoy again.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of nrs207
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap served in a pint glass.

A - Dark amber color with a finger to 1.5 of fluffy off white head. Clear and leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

S - Smells somewhat citrusy, but also some earthy/floral hops. Get a little sweet maltiness in there. Above average, but not fantastic.

T - Get some definite classic malt for the style. More prominent, however, are some citrus and earthy hops, and a little spiciness. The reason I gave it a 2.5 is because of the horrible aftertaste. Tastes incredibly metallic, and with the color I couldn't help thinking of blood. Horrible thought when you're drinking a beer.

M - Good level of carbonation. Goes down smooth, but the horrible aftertaste kills the drinkability for me.

O - It's a good beer that goes horribly wrong a few seconds after you take a drink. I have no idea if something was wrong with the keg or the tap lines, but I had 2 other beers that tasted fine to me. I hope this wasn't how it always is, but the reviewer right below me seems to have had the same problem. Won't be drinking this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick and foamy light khaki colored head. A bit darker than I expected, deep ruby color. Pretty good lacing as well.

Bright hop aroma, more herbal than citrus to me. I also detect a strange... metallic undertone maybe? Meh.

Tastes more citrusy than herbal, opposite of what I smelled. I'm getting a slight metallicy aftertaste as well. Bottle is fresh, maybe it's just me... Some roasted malt flavors come through underneath.

Feels coarse and bubbly.

I wish the metallic flavor I'm getting wasn't here, it's distracting. I will probably get this again to see if it's either my lack of sleep playing tricks on me, or this bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is hoppy and - hoppy. Not strong, but hoppy with a little evergreen, definitely an IPA. It pours a clear, dark mahogany/coppery brown with a fairly thick and persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Hoppy flavor has evergreen, caramel and woody notes plus a hint of miso. Smooth texture has about average body and average fizziness. Overall, though not notable, still worthy of at least a try.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – nice dark red color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy, khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – earthy hoppiness, but with an even more grounded type of quality, possibly from the malts. Tasmanian hops don’t seem to cast too much of a different aroma, but it does seem to be a blending of the smells of Cascade and maybe Saaz.

Taste – the taste of the hops is felt first, and then the bitter kick from them is next. The bitter, pine needle-like taste is very interesting. The malts are hard to pick out, but they’re likely balancing out the taste quite a bit.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not seeming to lean more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. Doesn’t seem to be very complex, but the taste itself is still very interesting.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stylish "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a big, blossoming head of off-white foam.
Aroma-fruity hops
Taste-Grapefruit, caramel, toasted malt, faintly spicy. Interesting hop flavor. Flavorfull, intersting IPA.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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

Pours a dark brown-red with a creamy root beer head. Excellent head retention. Just a nice looking beer in my standard pint glass. Delightful grapefruit and butterscotch (not diacetyl) nose. Grapefruit and caramel malt flavors. A surprisingly interesting and complex beer. This is one of the two above average beers from Boston Brewing I've had.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-03-02 in Columbia, PA at Bully's.

A - Dark, clear ruby-mahogany with a short, tan head and excellent lacing.

S - Light roasted malt and spice. Not very aromatic.

T - Different. Straw, toffee, medium roasted grain with a bit of wheat, touch of pine and citrus. A decent hop bite. Finish has a sour and spicy rye flavor and moderate lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial yet crisp.

O - Nothing wrong with this but nothing extraordinary. Definitely wasn't worth the $6.00 for a 12 oz pour.

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