Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-25-2011

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Ratings: 1,163 |  Reviews: 377
Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up earlier today at Shwas for $4.99...

Pours a clear, deep copper color with scattered, sporadic carbo. Head is billowy and tan, sitting at 1" on the liquid and leaving nice lacework behind. Nose has a lot of rindy, citrussy action, with little malt evident. Disappointed with the mouthfeel; it is smooth but rather on the thin side.

The flavor has a light touch of toffee sweetness, though it is fleeting. There is a healthy amount of pithy, rindy action, with some earthy, bittering grapefruit, which lingers on the palate. There is not too much in the way of depth or complexity here, though. It is decent, but not the best of the new Sammy line I've had lately. Prosit!

3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark sorghum. Substantial off white head. Reads red ipa. Certainly not pale.
Smell: malt with a distinct hop edge. Nothing remarkable, but it is pleasant.
Smell: again, a tasty mix of hops and malt,pretty well balanced. Not remarkable, but tasty.
Overall: I hate to repeat, but yes, a good beer though not a standout.

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Photo of Tom-Peters
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, very dark amber-hued body with an inch of lightly yellowed foam. Lasting layers of lace tracking my progress.

Smell: Toasted bread toasted enough to yield burnt edges, milk caramel (like a Sugar Daddy), citric, pithy citrus fruits, and a light but interminable element of spice.

Taste: A big start of malty breadiness with some darkened toast and plenty of chewy caramel candies. Fast florals, lemon, and a layer of heavy grapefruit with a persistent spiciness running its course. Moderate bitterness. Drying, pithy finish with some enduring bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Maybe a little chewiness present.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. BBC did a good job with this release.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 22 Oz bomber and poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - Pours a dark reddish and amber color. Huge 3 inch thick head at first that dissipates quickly yet maintains a quarter of an inch all the way down. Leaves big thick chunks of lacing throughout.

S - Sweet and malty comes to the forefront followed by faint citrus notes.

T - Big and rich flavors to start followed by the bitter elements. A nice balance.

O - This is a nice combination of an American Amber/Red with IPA elements. One 22 oz bomber is enough for one sit down as this beer is quite powerful and enjoyable over a long period of time. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes Ambers/Red or IPA's. This is an excellent entry into two different styles.

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Photo of mrskunk
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Independant
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a big chunky cream-colored head. Gobs of foam and lace.

Citric hops and burnt sugars dominate the nose. It works.

The toffee is off-putting at first, with bitter burnt sugar intermingled with citric and piney hops. The malt helps balance the beer, but this is a hoppy beer. I like the hops better than the malt. Good but not great.

Medium bodied. solid carbonation.

Overall, you like this more as you drink it. A sampler would not yield a good result. Strength of flavor is a plus. Different, but that's also the fun. Worth a try.

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Photo of CP20
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of pburland23
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with a sticker on the back explaining the genesis of this brew into my 0.5L Becks stein.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark, coppery red with three huge fingers of dense off-white head. The head lingers for a long time and creates some spectacular lacing.

Smell: Strong citrusy grapefruit aroma punctuated by some piney, earthy hops.

Taste: Starts off with some dank, musty, earthy hops bitterness. There's some really nice caramel malts too which adds some nice balance to the taste. Taste is pretty good but I was hoping the hops presence would be bigger and bolder

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied Carbonation is pretty aggressive adds a certain prickly quality to each sip. Alcohol is cloaked very well and at 6.75%, it makes for a pleasant sipper.

Overall: I like that Sam Adams is branching out with some new, interesting styles. Tasman Red is a good, but not great beer. The hops are the star but they could be bigger. A little dry hopping could make this an amazing beer.

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Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of surprenant1138
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1
A- This beer pours a crystal clear though slightly dense auburn body with a strong carbonation pushing to the surface. There is a bubbly tan head of cream that leaves rings with each sip.

S- The pine and woody hops aroma is full with some toffee malt notes to follow and a dark bready crust aroma in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet caramel flavor has some darker toffee notes leads into a piny dry hop flavor that has some spicy and woody qualities. There is a slight pungent bitterness to the hops that linger after the finish. A cream note comes through with the malt as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture to the fizz in the finish. No alcohol heat was noticed.

O- The nice malt flavor and complexity supports a good depth of full hop flavor that makes this beer pretty tasty and is still sessionable for as big as it is.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, amber color with an abundance of foamy head from the bottle poured into a pint glass. Smell is sweet, pine and hoppy on the nose.

Taste is robust and complex. Toffee up front, followed by hoppy citrus and a sweet, chocolate and malty finish. Big, bold brew that's very heavy. Filling as well.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Bubbalito
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour = Deep dark red. Soft fluffy tan head. 3 fingers, stayed around awhile.

Smell= Carmel comes out first, followed by the citrus. Some toffee sweetness as well. Totally different than what I was expecting.

Taste = toffee, lightly roasted malt. A slight but of fruity yeast. I would call this a scotch ale or a "wee heavy" if it weren't for the dry finish the hops provide. What a surprise this was. A good surprise to be sure.

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Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very thick frothy, very light tan head, very dark amber color, bunch of little carbonation bubbles, lots of nice lacing

S: Good blend of hops, including some grapefruit notes, some earthy and roasted blend of malts

T: Sweet up front, then bitter hops, some malts, very bitter and dry finish, aftertaste is a bit much for me

M: Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, some creaminess, good carbonation, nice hoppiness before the unpleasant aftertaste settles in

O: My brain has a hard time defining what beer style this is, I understand I may not be used to some of the ingredients, but the very dry and unpleasant aftertaste takes away from the nice hop finish right before it, I don't think I'll buy this batch (#2) again

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Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #1
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Spiegelau tulip.

A: Very nice looking beer, with an extremely dark red body, verging on brown, and a rocky off-white head. Aggressive lacing.

S: Strong, earthy, spicy hops. A little bit of graininess.

T: Opens with a bitter bite of dark, earthy hops. Toffee, slight caramel, and molasses. A little bit wheaty. Pungent bitterness and a breath of alcohol remain after the taste, along with some flashes of dank, dank, peppery marijuana.

M: Medium-bodied.

O: Pretty intense tasting and relatively well-executed. Reminds me of a less alcoholic Arrogant Bastard. The dankness of the hops will be the point of divergence for most people. I like it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this offering in a nonic pint. Here's to you smirking, bowler hat-wearing, Santa beard-sporting guy on the label.

Appearance- The ecru-colored foam does not mess around and quickly builds to three-fingers in width, leaving a cratery, creamy cap. Retention is good with tiny rows of sudsy sheet lace.

The body is a particularly stunning and deep amber with some brighter ruby highlights visible through the light.

Smell- The nose is soft, but I can pick up hints of pine resin and a little bit of tangy citrus, maybe grapefruit.

Taste- The pine and distinct bitterness hit the palate first. A nice start for an IPA. After the pine, a subtle dash of grapefruit and starfruit begins to enter the flavor profiles.

The finish is more of the pine resin and has a little bit of the Boston Lager, wheaty malt taste. I wish that malt could be replaced with more of the Galaxy hop flavors. They are way too light.

Mouth feel- The feel is just fine, a solid medium body and decently creamy. The finish is a little dry, but does not affect how long the finish lasts that much.

Overall- The places where this beer could have been better are the nose and on the palate, unfortunately, these are one and two on my list of importance to a beer overall.

The nose is entirely too soft for the Galaxy hop to show off what it is capable of, and the taste of this one showcases pine and Boston Lager malt more than anything.

Yes, the Tasmanian Galaxy hop is in this beer, but no, it is not nearly as prominent as it should be to impress too much. This Red IPA is good, but could have been so much more.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very clear and dark amber color (red as hell) with a one and a half finger head (beige). Head has good retention and nice streaks of lacing.

Smell is not quite as exciting as I had hoped; definitely some citrus hops going on but it could be more pronounced. Maybe they should dry hop next time?

Taste is very crisp and balanced- starts with a pretty homogenous malt and hop blend, giving way to an amber malty body and a nice hop finish. Pretty dry but not bone-dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- definitely a very drinkable beer. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Definitely not prickly. This is my third bottle of Tasman Red- I keep coming back cause I like it. If you're into red ales DEFINITEly give this one a go.

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Photo of Beerme09
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of AndyH
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 61% out of 100 with 1,163 ratings
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