Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA
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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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3.79
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13.46%
 
 
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Photo of AleWatcher
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle served into tulip pint.

Deep plum red body with a beige head rising a mighty 2.5 fingers but settling down with decent speed. Surprisingly thick rings of lacing are left behind-- this might be one of the better looking Sam Adams beers I've ever seen.

Smells of bready malt with hints of toffee.... and a floral hop profile that almost, but not quite, provides notes of citrus and pine.

Little chalky feel left behind after sips....

Not really hoppy enough to be an IPA... but call this a red ale, and watch people give it higher reviews.
Overall-- not bad on first sip, but as I sit and get to know it, this beer causes a strange feeling of tasting bile that lingers in the chalkiness.
I know its fashionable to take a swing at SA, but I really wanted to like this one. Sadly it wasnt to be.

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Photo of chilidog
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got my tasman also in the hopolgy for 12.99 in wisconsin. Enjoyed this brew on the eve of a red snowy day ahead.

Appearance of amber or dark ruby, tan head, fair lace.

Aroma of malty grapefruit, ha? Earthy, tabacco. Leathery.

Taste of toasted malts, Bready, earthy tabacco, yet a balance of citric hops, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth. Not too bold or overpowering.

Overall a good, flavorful red. Enjoyed indeed.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium dark copper with good clarity. There s good head stand of light tan foam. Good head retention.

S: Moderate citrus hops but nothing really exciting with a moderate caramel malt aroma.

T: The caramel malt flavor is just a little bit stronger than the citrus hop flavor. A moderate hops bitterness with a moderate malt sweetness giving a somewhat bitter balance. There is some lingering hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: With a name like Red IPA one would expect a fair amount of malt character but without enough hops bitterness and flavor I'm kind of disappointed in the overall balance. Maybe their looking to appeal to a broader audience like an IPA for those that don't like bitter beers. This bottle was from a case labeled best before June 2013 but the hops character s already muted.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got a bottle of Samuel Adam's Tasman Red IPA in their Hopology variety pack last week for $13.99 at Meijers. A hoppy Red Ale sounds pretty good tonight and I'm always down to try a new Samuel Adams beer, so lets see how it goes. 2013 release, no visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it's not that eye catching, just a picture of an old man. It poured a nice copper/red color that took on a nice bright ruby red color with a finger and half worth of light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, caramel, and biscuit like aromas. After that comes some fruits which are sweet and juicy and impart some nice dark fruit aromas that are a little grape like mixed in with some nice citrus hop aromas to make for a pretty nice fruit aspect to the aroma. This beer had a good aroma, the malt base was nice and the extra fruity aspect was nice and unique.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of malts that imparted some grainy, caramel, biscuit, and brown bread flavors. Up next comes the hops which impart an herbal and fruity flavor with no single fruit really sticking out. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness followed by a sweet and malty aftertaste. The taste was ok, but it seemed to be much more Red Ale than IPA and I wish more hoppy flavors and a little more bitterness came through.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish it was a little thinner and crisper.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer, but it wasn't a good example of a Red IPA, I thought it was just too light on the hops and if I didn't know it was labeled as a Red IPA I would have thought this was just another normal Red Ale. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but it was a little filling and the flavors couldn't hold my attention, I could drink another one, but I really don't have the urge to so one would be enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty nice, i liked the added fruity aroma and the appearance was good too. What I liked the least about this was the taste, it was much more Red Ale than IPA and more hops would help this beer be true to it's name. I wouldn't buy this beer on its own, it I wanted a good Red IPA, I would grab a Reds Rye from Founders, I can't say that I would recommend this beer, but give it a try if you really like Red Ales. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I don't think it really lived up to it's name, it wasn't bad, but it's not anything that I feel the need to drink again, Better luck next time Samuel Adams.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-amber reddish brown with a nice thin sticky cream colored head

S-nice caramel herbal hops with a nice vanilla tint similar to how I think SN Celebration is. It's a good scent. Good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of aged hops and a decent burnt biscuit flavor. It's subtle and crisp with out much else to it. Faint matching after-taste.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-for Samuel Adams, this is really impressive. I'm not finding any of that classic SA malt base familiar in their other beers. It's very smooth and crisp, something I could drink all the time.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.24/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Well, as you may have guessed, it's very...red. A clear, deep dark ruby, with a two-finger beige head which dissolved pretty quickly into a thin film. Really impressive lacing, coating nearly all of the glass.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malts, ripe juicy fruit, and a hint of hop oils.

T - Beginning starts off with a nice blend of not-too-sweet caramel malts with some toffee notes, and light sort of generic fruitiness which is promptly RUINED by a strange metallic/mineral and vaguely pasty, wet-paper aftertaste. Seriously, this thing is like sucking on a penny dipped in paper mache paste. I cant believe this is what they meant for this to taste like.

M -Thin bodied to the point of being watery, with standard SA prickly carbonation. The two together being like seltzer water. Either needs a bigger body, or less carbonation...but who am I kidding? With the horrible taste, it wouldnt really help.

O - Just a really bad beer, and easily the worst of the SA "small batch" series. I cant tell you how much I hated this beer. I dont think I have ever slammed a beer this badly; damn near a drain pour really. Everything just clashes in a really poor way. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"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 hips 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." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as 12 oz. bottles in the Hopology 12 pack variety by Samuel Adams. Having previously tried this beer, I let this bottle age for a few months to see how the flavors develop.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Head quality is a creamy eggshell white with good retention power and thin, caked lacing. Body color is deep copper red, almost red-brown with mild haziness and sediment. Overall it's an impressive pour. 4.25

(Smell) A malt-led IPA by aroma, there's a fruity grape must aroma, husky caramel malt grains, boozy molasses and a spicy, herbal hop blend, mildly citric. There's a significant balance between malt and hop character in this beer, with malt aroma leading the way and resiny bitterness also in tow. Aroma is a bit sharp in places but also unique in its own merit. 3.5

(Taste) Complex grain alcohol roasted caramel, and a trailing spicy herbal bitterness. Hop presence is also a minimum, although some spicy hop aroma comes through in the finish. There's some medium yeast characters and fruity esters to be found, but it is largely muddied by the grain. Probably more along the line of a barley wine in terms of intensity and drinkability, but enjoyable enough. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick smoothness without much carbonation, which compliments the flavors well. Heavy body for an IPA, Medium/heavy body overall. Medium alcohol presence, accented by the herbal bitterness and hop character. The carbonation presence was enjoyable for this style. 3.75

(Overall) I did not enjoy this beer first time through but with repeat takes and some age the off flavors mellowed a bit and allowed for a bit of balance to be achieved. The herbal hop character is less common amongst the style but a pleasant change for the style and the husky grainy malt character is a good complimentary character. It may not be for everybody but it is a decent take on the style. I wouldn't get it again but I don't regret trying it a couple of times to see if it's for me. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Tasman Red Red IPA
3.45/5.00

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a reddish pecan stained amber with a yellow/beige head that leaves circle webbed lacing behind.

S - Sweet citrus and pine jumps right out, dense caramel and toffee malts, slightly toasted.

T - Big and bright grapefruit create a bitter/sweet but dry start. The malt is not as present as the nose describes. Nice toasted caramel and barley flavors with a sweet character there but it's light as the hops seem to dry it out quite a bit. A dash of pine mixes in with the grapefruit bitterness and carries through to the dry finish.

M - Thick and full feel, medium carbonation.

This blurs the line of an amber and ipa but either way this is a tasty brew. Nice play of hops and malts. Dry citrus hops combat big toasted malt flavors creating a clean finish.

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Photo of Beantownron
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was Really Excited about this beer. and was sadly disappointed. I got no hop aroma or taste. it was however very malty. got some toffee and caramel notes and taste. bready and earthy notes. but no hops. must have got an old batch...love sam adams, but feel let down by this one.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $18.99 for the Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 2013 on the bottle

Poured a dark red mahogany color with 2-3 three fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Good thick foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention as well.

Smelled an interesting mix of citrus and pine hops - grapefruit, tangerine - with some buttery toffee malts as well. Reminds me a bit of caramel corn.

Taste was still that butter awkward taste. Most certainly reminded me of buttery, toffee, caramel-flavored popcorn. Those grapefruit and pine hops aren’t as pronounced, but are still there. Nice warming feeling, though.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

I just don’t dig butter beers. Not a big fan of this one, despite my rating not being too bad.

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Photo of Huffs
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, developed a light tan head, with a creamy look that laced well. Color was amber to red with a sweet, caramel, herbal aroma. Taste was malty with a strong caramel character and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the aftertaste was pronounced with caramel on the front and bitter hop on the back. Good Stuff

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up several of the Boston Beer Company’s (aka Samuel Adams) “Tasman Red” 22 oz bottles recently and the time was right to give one a test drive. This is one of a number of their limited edition brews or what they call “small batch creations.” The label had 6.75% ABV and even had a batch number on the back.

The beer poured an amber / orange color with over three fingers of whitish brown head which dissipated fairly rapidly with nice lacing.

The malty aroma comes through clearly with some bread and piney scents. Some citrus came through way in the background.

Oddly the citrus taste hit first and then malt, bread, and some resinous notes at the end.

The mouth feel was light to medium body with smooth up front flavors and slightly bitter on the finish with light carbonation.

Overall this is a solid representation of the American IPA style that I might buy again, but it is well behind what top brewers like Stone, Deschutes, Lagunitas, etc. are putting out for this style.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown-amber color in snifter. Off-white head.

Malty nose with hints of caramel and mild grapefruit citrus.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Muted grapefruit hoppiness develops but dissappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was just o.k.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and thick sticky lacing.

The smell featured sweet earthy caramel and a full herbal hop.

The taste consisted if complex notes of toasted malt, nuts and burnt caramel and an earthy herbalness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a tasty and complex red ale.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 2.99. "Batch 2" but I can't read/ decipher the bottling code. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours ruddy chestnut red with a dense two fingers cream tinted head. Huge sheets of lace.

Smells of big dank earthy hops. I keep coming back to enjoy it.

Muted flavors of pine, grapefruit rind, pepper and dry sourbread. There is some good stuff going on but there seems to be a layer of something "off" that hangs over the other flavors like a wet blanket.

Sticky medium feel with soft mild carbonation. Long dry bitter earthy hop finish.

Between the great appearance and aromas, Tasman Red has such potential. Based on the price I'm pretty sure that "Batch 2 "wasn't bottled very recently but even accounting for age, the flavors are softer than I'd prefer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This comes from the Hopology mix pack. Ordinarily I would not review a hop-forward beer that I'd accidentally sat on for this long, but the label encourages either fresh consumption or aging. I'd guess this bottle is about five months old by now, maybe a little older.

A: Clear ruby red with a one-inch bone white head. Retention is decent, but the head eventually succumbs to the forces of gravity and settles into a thin, wispy film. Thin rings of lacing remain in its wake.

S: Hops are very earthy and a touch piney with a sweet, fleshy, fruity taste that's hard to pin down. Slight peppery tobacco. Toast, buttered biscuit, and some underlying caramel and toffee. Maybe a touch of cocoa powder at its core.

T: Toasty malts and some light buttery tastes on the attack soon get swept away in a tide of hops. Pine resin and grapefruit are the predominate hop flavors, though there is a prevailing earthiness and hints of leaves and peppery tobacco as well. Bitterness is mild. Malt base of toast, light cocoa, and bread crust. Finishes with bread crust, a subtle chocolate undercurrent, and a faint piney, citrusy hop bitterness.

M: The sturdy malt backbone gives the mouthfeel some real substance. Firm, smooth, and well rounded. Light scrubbing carbonation adds a little something extra to the texture. Nice.

O: This beer is a bit confusing on the palate. It feels like it's pulling in two opposite directions. Didn't really do it for me. Probably would have been better if it were fresher.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is faintly cloudy and topped off with a nice thick off white head roughly a finger and a half thick, and I do have thick fingers, or so the girls tell me(when I hold their hands you dirty minded beer drinker)The head does stick around for quite a while and it forms a beautiful thick lacing around the glass. Small schools of bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer, just racing out and into your nose bringing in smells of lemon, grapefruit, wheat grass and some mild spices. And boy can you smell the hops in the background in this one. It has a medium body and leans more toward the thicker side of things. The hops are only present as it hits the back of your throat; the bitterness is present in the aftertaste. It’s mildly tart on the side of your tongue and you can taste some mild grapefruit flavors as you swisssh it around. Not a bad beer overall, if I can find it again, I’ll definitely buy it!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice dark amber color body with a nice 1"tan foamy head. The smell is very nice and inviting of hops. The taste has a nice bitter/citrus hop flavor right up front. I get a little bit of malt on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is great, a little hop after taste though but not to bad. Overall this is a really good IPA.

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Photo of gpogo
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Reddish amber slightly opaque body with a large thick tan head. The lacing left behind is so thick!

A- Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Light citrus and piney hop notes.

T- Sweet toffee flavors with a wonderful bitter flavor throughout, slight hop aromas peak through the strong malt body, but not intensely. Just a slight roastiness, but no malt bitterness.

M- Medium body and incredibly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Of the special batches this is my favorite and most drinkable thus far. If you like something between an amber and a red ipa this would be a good beer for you.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Big bubbly head. Hazy reddish brown color. Mid level carbonation.

S: Malty...

T: Big malty note but it about stops there. It's carries nicely but it doesn't really bring a lot to the table. It's got that malt. A bit of hops. But a bit lacking in complexity. Corriander.

M: Carbonation is a bit agressive. Good flavor development.

Wait this is an IPA? I would have never guessed if I didn't reread the description. Hugely malty with a bit of hops. Overall not bad but not great. I would say this is good for a more newb to IPAs.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An impressive pour, with a massive head perched on top of the clear burnt orange liquid; great retention and lacing action

Smell: Rich caramel aromatics, with an incredible range of sweetness; some fruit, as well, but not much in the way of hops

Taste: Massive waves of caramel flavors, up front, with just a hint of butterscotch; in the middle, some hops add bitterness in a somewhat piney fashion; ultimately, after the swallow, the caramel flavors return to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a rather creamy character; moderate carbonation

Overall: It appears that this beer started out being listed as an Amber and them was transformed into an IPA (which is what it says on the bottle); as an Amber it is reasonably impressive but it is hard to make the case for a beer this malty to be anything other than a laggard in the IPA category

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Photo of cvm4
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky red clay with a light tan head. Very dark for an IPA. Lacing looks like a road map on the side of the glass.

S - It seems pretty 1-dimensional with only caramel malts shining through.

T - Bready and slightly herbal with orange peel peaking through. There's a light hop bite on the finish.

M - Lighter body & carbonation.

O - The most highly malty non hop bite IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky ruby brown color. Full, creamy, thick, smooth off-white head. Good retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Lots of toffee along with some juicy grapefruit providing a candy sweetness. Some earthy and herbal hops with notes of dried tobacco. Nice mix of sweet and herbal/earthiness.

T - More herbal than the nose with the sweetness underlying those earthly tones. Herbal tea hops, dried tobacco leaf, and earthy flavors are strong to start before giving way to toffee sweetness. Touches of ruby grapefruit (not particularly sweet though). Some caramel as well. Finishes with a nice balance of herbal and slightly sweet.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Sticky and slightly drying on the finish.

D - Really tasty with a great mix of flavors that compliment each other wonderfully. Not a thirst-quenching IPA but a satisfying sipper.

Notes: Not a traditional American IPA. Drinks more like a a great herbal Red Ale that is a great sipper. Wonderful herbal notes with earthy tones. Nice grapefruit hop kick and plenty of toffee flavor from the malt. Everything works very well together and make an interesting and enjoyable beer (although not a typical IPA). Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of godlessape
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass. It shows a dense cloudy, deep dark ruby reddish body, topped with a gorgeous beige two finger pillow. Massive lacing ensues.
The aroma is all over the place with plum, fruit basket, assorted hard candy, rich molasses, and weed. There are some hop notes here on the far end, but rather subtle for this style.
The malt dominates and dominates proudly and you'll find your nose wasn't too far off as far as the mish mash of flavoring goes, with just the right amount of bitterness at the end to balance things somewhat.
The mouth feel is real smooth and carbonation is rather light.
Overall this is a zestful and extremely satisfying beer and I wish I brought home more than one.

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Photo of RickS95
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a crazy beer, just from the looks. The second you pop the cap, you smell grapefruit and get that IPA feel. Then is pours a reddish brown and you're confused. Regardless, it's extremely dark for an IPA. Almost cloudy underneath, the top looks nothing like the style. Missing is the funky head...it's just not there. The bubbles are tiny and fleeting.

All I can say is weird. Initial burst of citrus is killed by an almost roasty coffee smell. My nose is bewildered and I can't say it works for me.

The taste is just like the smell, citrus early then roasted malts late. The taste buds appreciate the concoction more than the olfactories. Hop flavor mostly in the finish.

I guess you could call it complex. A lot of stuff going on and while it's strange, it's an ok feel. Acidity eary, then some smokiness before the bittering hops take over. Doesn't have the resiny piney oily feel, but this beer is just full of surprises.

It's an ok beer. Very unusual. The smell is not pleasant but everything else is ok about it. Nothing I'll ever drink a lot of, but glad I had just one.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.
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