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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 allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard nonik pint glass, this is a very dark reddish-brown colored beer, with a small head but good lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, with citrusy, fragrant hops backed with a good sweet caramel and a trace of roast. The flavor follows the nose, and is very tasty. The malts are sweet and actually rather light, but balance well with solid hops, mostly citrus to taste. Bitterness is moderately high but doesn't dry things out too much. Yeast character provides a little fruitiness at the finish as well.

Easily the best beer of the recent 4 one-offs they've put out. After the disastrous barleywine, I wasn't inclined to try another, but I'm glad I did pick this. Very drinkable!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark burgundy color is filled with a medium dense rise of effervesce. A two finger frothy light tan head sticks well for lace as well holds steady on the retention. A thick milky band encompasses the vessel for lace.

S: For aroma there is fresh pine, citrusy-woodsy tones and some herbal notes.Soft caramel toasted grains with a touch of spicy dried tropical fruit.

T: Hoppy, toasty citrus peels, dry toasted grains, pine and a good sense of spicy hops, dried tropical fruit provides for a good zing at times. Clean hopping, toasty bread malting with a nice warmth of dry hops, a bit grassy/herbal and some caramel sweetness sneaks out at knockout.

M: Malty mouthful, chewy, with a considerable amount of carbonation brings some life and fullness on the tongue. Dry pine and alcohol warm the inner cheeks.

O: Overall a respectably hopped red, almost on ipa terms, with a strong malty body. Especially like the usage of little know varieties Topaz and Galaxy which gives this a spicy, citrusy-tropical fruity hopping with a dry finish.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruity hops, some toffee and biscuit malt. Full, crisp body. Taste is mostly red grapefruit, some caramel and bready notes. Finish is long and bitter. A little bit different, easy drinkable IPA.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, distributed between two pints.

Clear brick red color with a huge fluffy head that won't leave. First, a fist. Then, four fingers, then three. After 3 minutes, and topping off my glass, we're at a solid two. Looks like a birch beer float. Everything is sticking hard. Unreal.

A lot of malt in the aroma. Sourdough. Earthy hop leaf. I get some toffee that the back label suggests. Mild. Definitely a nice red ale smell. Not one for an IPA.

Ok, let me see here. We've got some very earthy notes, like sucking on a stone. A bit charred, not smoky. Metallic and alkaline bitterness. There's pine and some pit fruits. Some caramel, but I must add that this is very dry. This tastes scorched, not juicy. There's a raw asparagus astringency and the malts try to balance it out with a sweetness that's just not there. The bitter levels are accentuated by the roast. A little disappointing, but definitely drinkable--in a strange way.

This feels appropriate. Kind of slick, kind of spicy/prickly. Not as sloshy as I'd like, but feel is a plus.

I guess I just had higher expectations with what I had heard. I love trying new brews from Koch & Co. at Sam Adams. I would rather re-taste Third Voyage before buying this one again. If I ever saw it on tap (somehow), I'd order one up.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad - better than the run of the mill Sam Adams product.

Pours a deep red with a big fluffy light tan head. The aroma is slight, a bit woody. The flavor is very malty, sweet and carmelly, with a slight spice on the finish and a deep hop bitterness. The effect is almost like a bitter chocolate on the finish.

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Photo of gestyr
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22Oz bottle into a schooner

A: Deep amber which shows as a garnet color when held to the light

S: Malty, slight roast and caramel aroma. Pine and citrus from the hops

T: Initially malty and slightly sweet followed by a very strong hops presence which lingers after you swallow. the hops taste like they smell.

M: Light bodied. This would be a good beer to drink on a hot day

O: I would drink this again. Good Job on this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deeper dark brown than expected with some nice tan colored head, pillow like atop. Lacing is good.

S - Sharp dense pine which I hope doesn't transition so much in the taste with a sort of honey like bread malt.

T - Wow to me this beer is piratically undrinkable. Deep resinous pine very sharp and unforgiving with little honey gram cracker malt to balance. Reminded me of Penn Brewery "RyePA" with such a dry and bitter finish.

M - Light to medium but hard to look past this acidic level of hops.

Overall this beer I believe gave me heartburn the next day since it was so bitter. I can't believe how hoppy they made this considering most Samuel Adams beers are not. Definitely not balanced and worth such a high score.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby mahogany color in the Duvel tulip is quite attractive. Aroma of resiny hops and flowers. Is it Cascades with a Baby Ruth candy bar? A woody flavor and a nose like cedar cigar boxes. A musty smell adds to the mystery. Biscuity flavor. Shades off into the earthy hop flavors. Vegetal with mushrooms. Bitter like artichokes but with a sweetness as well. Long fragrant nose. Malty and rich with flavors.

Not overly bitter. A fairly thin body. Can't help compare it with the very tasty 547 Haight St. imperial red from Pizza Port.

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Photo of BucsNBucks
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jlenik
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive large, thick head that settles slowly. The broth is ruby red in color where plenty of light shines through. Clear. Good ring lace.

Good hop bite to the nose. There's an unusual earthy smell I wasn't expecting. I categorize this as "funky".

The flavor matches the smell. The malt comes across as dry, earthy and almost astringent. Good hop presence in the swallow. The aftertaste is long lasting and very well balanced. The body and carbonation are predictable for the style.

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Photo of riored4v
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a pint. Nice ruby/amber colored body. Clear. Rocky, off white head with some good amounts of lacing.

Aroma was really grainy. Some citrus hops along with a caramel, malty sweetness. Aroma really reminded me alot of unfermented wort. Some mild roast and chocolate aroma.

Taste was very similar. Tasted very much like unfermented wort. Sweet maltiness with a earthy, piney bitterness. Mild citrus. Hints of roast and chocolate. Alot of grainy, bready notes.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish. No signs of ABV.

Overall it was pretty drinkable but really awkward for an IPA. The wort characterists were a bit off-putting.

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Photo of gratefuld
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish brown pour with a rich half in thick head. Looks like this might be a decent beer.

S: Nice hop aroma. Citrusy grapefruit. Very pleasant. Much hoppier than I had anticipated. Reminds me a little of a Ruination. Nice malt backbone as well after it has sat a little longer. All around I like it.

T: Decent amount of hops throughout. There is a taste in there I just can't quite place....coffee I think. Pretty well balanced taste, but not quite what I was expecting from the scent.

M: Highly carbonated and dry on the palate.

O: Not a bad beer by Samuel Adams. Generally I'm not a fan of their beers, but I thought I would give this one a try.

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Photo of coldriver
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a deep amber with a massive tightly bubbled head (one of the best I've ever seen!). Very nice citrusy aromas - lemon, grapefruit, and oranges. Taste is bitter hops with a bit of a smooth fruit juice flavor that doesn't really add to the overall effect. Finish is somewhat harsh with a quite bitter aftertaste. Was impressed when I first popped this open with the head and smell but the more I drank the less I liked it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice Red Ale. Received from Woodchopper in a trade. Pours a good looking reddish/amber color with a nice size light tan/off-white head. Thick bands of lacing...a good looking beer. Mild aroma of grassy hops..not that pronounced.

Taste is much more complex than the aroma. Bready and caramel malts blend very well with a subdued yet persistent grassy and piney hoppiness. Drinkability is very good. Not that sweet for a red ale. This is a smooth, crisp beer. I am finishing up the bomber by myself. I could make an evening out of this with another bomber.

This is a good Red Ale. One of the best Sam Adams beers I have had.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a big foamy off-white/light tan head. Excellent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Caramel and some grains; nothing too sweet.

Taste: Solid malty flavor with caramel and grain - not very bready, however. Mild hoppy spice & bitterness comes out in the finish and aftertaste. There's a roasted flavor that comes out after a while too, particularly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly smooth, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, pretty easy to drink.

A nice, hoppier red ale. Nothing outstanding, but quite nice and flavorful.

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Photo of zimm421
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Appears a nice dark amber color, almost more on the brown side. Has a good tan head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is sweet underneath, but is up front with the pine and citrus notes. The nose also has a good strength to it, not held back at all. The taste isn't near as sweet as expected, and quickly becomes bitter with pine, citrus and some spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation levels. Overall, doesn't blow me away, but not bad either. Not very complex and pretty straight forward, but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark reddish brown color that has good clarity. There is almost three fingers of thick fluffy off-white head resting on-top. The head has awesome retention, and it leaves behind a thick sheet of sticky lace on the edges of the glass.

S - The nose has some sweet maltiness and some fruit notes right off the bat. There is a solid piney hop presence. I am also getting some aromas of caramel, citrus, and some bread-like notes.

T - The flavor pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some bready malt and some juicy fruit flavors. There is a nice hop presence that seems to slip between the forefront and the background of the flavor, even though it mostly dominates. There are some other flavors such as caramel, lemony citrus, and toffee. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness, bready malts, and citrus behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness to it. There is good amount of hop bitterness to it. Some dryness is in the finish as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor, and I could easily drink a few throughout an evening. Overall, I think this is a really nice hoppy red ale. All the flavors really work well together and it goes down easy. I recommend checking this one out. I would buy it again.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

batch 1, bomber split with my gf
tulip glass.

a - pours ruby red with a thick, two finger head. retention is good, after calming i get a thin ring and an island. lots of chunky lacing.

s - toasty, grassy, slight funk, faint citrus.

t - carmelly, biscuity malt. piney hop character that lingers. pretty one dimensional really.

m - medium with medium carbonation. finer co2 profile.

o - decent, but lacking in depth. a few bottle shops have told me that this one flys off the shelves. i have a really hard time believing that statement. probably won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep red with two fingers of dense off-white head. Head was great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Big citrus aroma, along with some caramel, some floral aromas and a bit of bread.

T - Hops are not as prevalent in the taste as in the aroma. Big bread and caramel malt, with subtle hop bitterness that becomes more pronounced through the finish.

M - Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish and some lingering bitterness.

O - Pretty good IPA, but the aroma promises more than the taste delivers. Noit worth the equivalent of a $15 six pack, but I would have this again if the price point were lower.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear deep red color with a 1/4" head of small tan bubbles on top after a pretty aggressive pour. There were lots of bubbles rising, and the head was about the same size a minute or so after the pour. There is some pretty heavy lacing left on the glass after drinking, so overall this is a pretty attractive beer.

Aroma: The aroma was pretty clean with hops being the predominant aspect, but there is plenty of supporting malt in there too with some caramel notes being the most noticeable. The hops are green and plentiful and are mixing pretty well with the malt overall.

Taste: The flavor is a bit bolder than I anticipated and actually has a mild acidic and almost roasty component which is a little odd. Overall the hops are leading the show with lots of flavor to go with the aroma initially, but they are pretty strong in the overall balance of the finish as well, so the hops carry you the whole way through the profile. The finish has some sweetness and a few toasty notes from the malt, but the hops are in charge of the balance overall. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, and the carbonation is actually helping to dry the finish out a bit. As the beer warms up some, there is a subtle perfume coming out that I guess is hop derived.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. The flavor was a bit of a shocker to me and I am getting used to it after about half the bottle, but it is a bit acidic. This won't stop me from drinking all of the beer, but I don't know if I will need to come back to this one. If you are a hop-head, I would give this one a shot as it is a pretty decent beer overall, it just isn't really MY "cup of tea".

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Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and grapefruit and honey malt, with a little floral hops.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and bitter floral and waxy hops, with some sweet honey malt. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice IPA, but not very red aside from the color. The scent and taste were good not great. The body was solid and it was easy to drink. Enjoyable but nothing special.

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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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