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: 1,165 |  Reviews: 377
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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Photo of bilyboy65
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review of this beer begins here...

First lets take a journey to the center of the looking glass. this is where we'll see the life of this beautiful beer. It's long life off white head that marks it's territory like a dog in heat. Beautiful amber color that easily marks this beer as a red ale coming forth.

Next the journey will take us to the outskirts of the nose hairs. This is where you'll want to remain if you don't want to get lost in this beers complexity. It has grapefruit and piney notes. Also a hint of sweet roasted malts to give it a sweetness that is very pleasant.

Afterwards the big drop into the belly of the beast. The flavor of this beer is instantly noticed of the floral hops. This starts to give way to the bittersweetness of the grapefruit notes. This sense of grapefruit really rounds out the beer nicely. Which sits gently on your palate begging to be tasted and enjoyed. Then flows smoothly away as you prepare for the next sip.

Overall it's a delicious beer. However I think to be calling it a Red on this site is either missing the mark on the beers sake or this websites. Enjoy this beer expecting an IPA and not a more malty red or amber.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber red. Off white head that is thick and long lasting with great lacing.

S - Smells a bit too much like sulfur for me. Also get a fair amount of American C hop aroma even though they use Tasmanian. A small malt aroma toward the back of the sniffer.

T - Sweet and caramel up front, bitter and hop flavor towards the middle and end. Seems very balanced and very drinkable. Hops aren't overpowering with American tastes even though that's how it smells.

M - Medium bodied, no alcohol burn or carbonation bite. A bit harsh going down is the only drawback.

O - A very drinkable beer. I think it's very well balanced and very tasty. I wish the color was a bit less deep, the smell a bit less American C, and the mouth feel a bit smoother. Overall not bad though.

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

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Portsmouth, batch #1. Pours a dark copper crystal-clear body with a good inch of khaki-colored head. Smells like citrus (lemon particularly) with chocolate and nut notes in the background. Lemon-like hops hit the palate initially but quickly give way to dark chocolate and toast with espresso breaking through toward the finish. Medium in body and carbonation. Robust but balanced. A solid red.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark reddish brown with a finger of fomay white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit citrus fruits and some slight sweetness. The malts balance things even here in the nose and it is impressing even with just a slight sniff of this beer.

The taste is sweet with some nice malt character. The hops come out to give off some slight pine and citrus flavor. Some nice grapefruit and tangerine are able to be detected and lend to a really nice flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium but really smooth. It feels like it is even lighter with such a sweet flavor and balanced body. This is one of the better beers to come out of the Sam Adams Brewery.

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

Pours a finger of beige head. Good retention and tons of lace. Color is a copper amber.

Aroma: A nice fruity hop profile. A lot of orange citrus. Some pineapple and grapefruit. Floral with caramel and bready malts.

Taste: A lot of the same flavors in the nose, but more sticky and juicy. A lot of malts show here, however.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and creamy, not too bitter. Smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a decent offering from Sam Adams. Enjoyable and a reasonably priced bomber. I'd have it again.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter the beer is brilliantly clear, deep amber with a garnet hue. The head is thick and clingy, lasts nicely and leaves gobs of lacing. A good looking brew. The aroma is a blend of medium-high floral and citrus hops and caramel, subtly raisin malts. The flavor is rather hoppy, dominated by pine and hop bitterness is high--not harsh, but somehow unrefined, tinny? The caramel, slightly raisin malt briefly makes an appearance before the hop bitterness and then again after the swallow. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium, the carbonation and hop bitterness lend to a rather dry finish. Overall a beautiful beer but that is the highlight, I don't know if I'm losing my mind, but it seems all hoppy Sam beers as of the last year or two have this slightly tinny hop bitterness that I find detracting.

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Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served unto a flute.

Appearance: Pours aclear dark amber, head is at minimum 2 fingers length extremely thick! I keep sipping and it doesn't settle but I am not complaining.

Smell: What can I say smells great!, pure hops, roasted pine. It is like you're inhaling malt.

Taste: Pretty hoppy beer, not the hopiiest but definitely full of taste. Comes off slightly bitter but slightly citrusy. I can feel the grapefruit in the beer.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, but comes offf little bubbly beware or be in love depends how you take it.

Overall: I didn't think Sam Adams could make a grade A IPA but here it is. Looks Great and definitely tastes it. It tastes the way IPA's should taste....the smooth bitterness and smoothness to go along with it. Hope you all enjoy!

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Photo of growlerfills
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Keyes88
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Samuel Adams calls this a "red IPA" - listed here as an American Amber - I'd peg it more appropriately in the newly evolving imperial amber category. Maltier than an IPA, with a distinctive caramel malt character. Assertive hopping shows up in the middle and holds its ground through the finish. Slightly sweet toward the end, with some drying at the last instant.

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Photo of Wally1912
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of phishinNYC
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beergoot
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red color; thick, long lasting head with great lacing down the glass; lots of fine carbonation bubbles

Smell: Resin and pine hop smells, very pronounced.

Taste: Strong malt flavors, biscuity; moderate alcohol warmth; pronounced bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and smooth; fine carbonation

Overall: Wow! This is a heady brew. Definitely along the lines of an IPA, not an amber or red ale as currently labeled by BA. As it is called a red IPA by Boston Brewing, I give it top marks for its bold and distinctive characteristics.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Dark ruby black body. Fluffy medium tan-yellow head with good retention and big patchy stick.

Smell - Corny musk. Bright grass hop. Some sweetness.

Taste - Burnt. Hoppy. Grassy. Some underlying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Solvent. Thick, chewy, buttery.

Overall Drinkability - One and done. Mildly interesting, but not a sessioner by any means.

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Photo of AJD1201
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. So dark you could call it brown.

Smells malty and a bit hoppy but not that much. Caramel, wood, tea and pine are the strongest scents. Fairly strong rye aroma.

Starts out dry and bitter with a sweeter buttery aftertaste. Malty flavor with some pine flavor, but toffee is the strongest flavor here. Tastes like toned down arrogant bastard.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a pretty standard Red Ale. It;s OK but nothing I need to drink twice.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large three finger head, nice lacing one top of a clear near exactly amber body. Caramel malts with a wet sock hop like aroma. This is a very different red IPA. Very musty, herbal and bitter hop flavoring. The malt takes a back seat to this hop character. It gets. Stated as u drink it but it seems very boozy for a 6.75 % beer. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not a very drinkable beer. It gets better as u drink it but still difficult to finish off.

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Photo of budgood1
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 22 ounce bottle a beautiful garnet colour, with crimson and ruby hued edges. large frothy tan head sticks and stays. chunky lace abounds and coats the entire drinking vessel. strong citrusy aroma from the hop bill...grapefruit and lemon peel dominate. some malt peeks through, but the hopping overwhelms. the taste profile has the pithy hops front and center, strangely giving off both citric notes and a good deal of raw spiciness. it really is a one-two punch. a raw, husky maltiness gives this red IPA a unique grittiness. some caramel and toffee are present, but only add an underlying twist that seems balanced. enough back end bitterness to satisfy the hop head. interesting. well built body; the mouthfeel is a bit rough around the edges, but i'm assuming thats what the brewer was going for...raw and edgy the whole way through. drinkability is just ok. 22 oz. is enough to satisfy my curiousity.

overall this unique concoction has the goods to deliver to beer drinkers a unique and somewhat tasty twist on the IPA style. IMO it has a tough time standing out on its own, but would be a fine compliment to some hot wings or spicy nachos.

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Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark mahogany brown color with a decent light tan head and full coverage on the lacing. The aroma brings a skunky herbal hop over grassy malt. The flavor jumps in with more herbal hops over minty malt with some grass and lemon, even slight hints of milk chocolate. This is a medium bodied brew with very subtle but sufficient carbonation. I get toffee and some medicinal pine. A slightly chalky feel that is easy drinking. Very nice effort.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,165 ratings