Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

very good
1,163 Ratings
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
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep reddish copper amber with a two finger fine light tan head and lots of lacing. Light aroma of herbal hops and sweet malt. Subtle sweet malt and hops, very mellow and low key at the start. Finishes with piney and pineapple hops. Medium bodied and creamy. Not very assertive, but pleasant and a nice well-integrated change from hoppy red ales.

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Photo of dwduncan2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color with a very large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character that is followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. There’s a mild caramel and citrus sweetness that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer worth drinking for a long time.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! This may be my last of the night which began today, if you catch my drift.

From the bottle: "Malts: Two Row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland Pale Malts, Special B, Caramel 60, Roasted Dehusked Malt"; "Hops: Topaz and Galaxy Hops from Tasmania"; "Bold, Lively, And A Bit Rugged"; "This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish."; "At Samuel Adams we love experimenting. The series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations."; "Batch No. 1".

I heard of this during last year's GABF, but I was unable to make it out to Denver and so I sighed and let it go. Until now.

My pour gave me two fingers of light-tan head with very good retention. Color was a deep garnet/ruby red with NE-quality clarity where light actually penetrated. Nose was juicy with hints of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and orange peel accompanied by caramel and chocolate. Sheesh! I rarely mention this range and depth of scents and flavors, but this was ramping up to be damn good. Mouthfeel was dense and creamy and the citrus hops interacted with the roasted malts like they had grown up on the same playground and knew how to play together. The taste just danced on my battered tongue in a playful manner before running off for another game. In the meantime, I was getting smoke, caramel and licorice. The finish was full-on licorice (not anise, as the caramel continued to buffet the intense hops). Oh baby, this was the kind of thing that got me hooked on craft beer and especially hoppy craft beer in the first place. I may need to lay down ...

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of wowbagger
2.12/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brilliant ruby pour with good head, makes the mouth water. Smells of faint spice and strong hop, some sweetness to the aroma.

The perfect setup to a perfect beer, but that's where things went wrong. Maybe I got a bad batch, because it tastes... flat and dry, really no flavor to speak of other than a touch (just a touch) of hops and a vaguely coppery taste.

I wouldn't say it's 'bad' per se, I finished the bottle but it was incredibly bland and disappointing. Normally I love this brewery and red ales in general. This one was, at least the one I got, mostly flavorless. It made me sad to drink.

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Giggy
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle. Was interested in seeing what Tasmanian hops were like.

A: Poured a deep amber to mahogany in color, slightly opaque, with a fluffy white head.

S: Slightly spicy and earthy, hints of citrus, toffee and cinnamon.

T: Smooth, dry, and crisp. An IPA with a little extra in a darker roasted malt and hints of caramel and molasses.

M: Well balanced and satisfying

O: Good beer not a great beer. Hopiness is so ballanced with the malts that nothing really makes eat a stand out beer.

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3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark copper color along with a nice 4-finger cream color head. Impressive retention/lacing.

S: Typical biscuity malt smell, but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of hop aroma. Maybe a slight hint of grapefruit, but that's it.

T: A bit of piny hops on the finish, but otherwise, it's dominated by toasted biscuity malt throughout. Doesn't have the overly burnt taste I dislike in many amber/brown ales, so bonus points for that.The flavor in general is subdued, making it pleasant drinking, but kinda unremarkable.

M: Worst part of the beer. Almost watery feel with a thin body and average carbonation. There is a bit of a piny finish on the back end.

O: In typical Sam Adams fashion, it's very easy to approach, but not quite memorable enough. I personally wouldn't buy it again (I tend not to like amber ales), but I wouldn't turn down a free glass by any stretch.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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%

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a reddish copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, tropical fruits and burnt toast.

T - It tasted of tropical fruit with a slight spicy bitterness. Nice burnt toast maltiness. However, as it warmed the hops seemed to fade and it tasted a little musty.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Nice beer with a great aroma, but oddly tasted better upon first sip than it did at the end.

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper the color of old pennies. Head is a light tan, rocky, and clumpy. Dwindles to a thin rocky cap. Some nice lacing clings to the side of the glass. Super clear with a great depth of color.

Smell: Biscuity malts. Some hints of caramel sweetness. Slightly earthy and grassy. Touches of citrus zest. Chewy malt base. Slight toasted grain. Pretty mellow.

Taste: Malty. Nice caramel and biscuit fusion. Hops run toward pine with some pithy aftertaste. A little grassy and faintly earthy. Nicely balanced. Toasted malts add a nice depth.

Mouthfeel: Malty and chewy. Nice heavy moderate body. Carbonation is on point. Drinks clean and smooth.

Overall: Much better than expected. Nicely balanced with a good amount of flavor from both hop and malt profiles. A very nice change of pace of SA and a worthwhile experiment.

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