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Boston Red - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Red
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76
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-1998)
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Reviews by tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and light citrus hops

Taste: bread, honey, toasted malt and light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with slight bitterness, moderate-low carbonation

Overall: An average amber that is on the maltier side. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would look for again. Beer Works makes better and there are more enjoyable in the style.

tigg924, Mar 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of ddean
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Logan.

Hazy but a pleasant amber-red color. Light foam with decent retention.

Smell is subtle and almost completely malt, maybe a faint bit of hops at the end of the whiff.

I get some sweet caramel. Not a bad flavor, but nothing interesting about it at all....Malt is pretty one note and not enough hops for my taste. I prefer those hoppier, West Coast Reds.

Mouthfeel not so good because the flavor and feel of the beer is gone as soon as you swallow.

I will say, though I did not like this beer, it is not offensive in any way and it has a nice combination of lightness and body, making it something that goes down easy if you wanted multiple pints. It's just that I'm a big beer guy, and this one has nothing unusual about it. To give you a sense, the closest taste I can think of is Honey Brown meets a red ale.

ddean, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Clear medium red with a thin white head.

Smell: Small doses of toasted grains.

Taste: Thin malt flavours with a light toast flavour that dries into a salty bitterness. Light bodied.

Notes: No big maltiness (caramel) and it does not quite taste as you would expect. Overall, this is a good red beer and very drinkable.

BeerAdvocate, May 12, 1998
Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of heather625
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

heather625, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of DrewBest
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

DrewBest, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber reddish color. Nice head, but once again, nothing really jumped out at me from this offering. Maybe its me, but this was good beer, but nothing spectacular. It had the hops, but not the character. All in all though, it was quite drinkable.

bewareOFpenguin, May 19, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Ale: From cask. Pronounced hops aroma, with a very nice red/amber color, with a small dense head. Bold hops taste runs along the tongue, leaving rich warmth. As I told the proprietor, this was nice, but I thought Goose Island’s Red Felt was much more aggressive and memorable.

jackndan, Jun 17, 2002
Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -8.5%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 3, 2014.

The pour is a hazy medium amber with no red hints. A modest head that fades to nothing.

The aroma has a sweet roasted malt character and a semi-crisp hint of hops.

The body is light to medium and somewhat smooth.

The taste has nothing extraordinary to it. There are some sweet malts and a short bitter finish. It feels like a knock-off brand.

puboflyons, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Beerboybill
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried the "cask conditioned" version of this beer. It had a deep red color and average cabonation with good head retention. The nose was weak and I wasn't able to detect any hops aroma. The taste was malty and slighly sweet, with little hops bitterness. There was also a distinct oak flavor (the cask did it's job). The finish was very short.

Overall, this is a very drinkable, but not memorable, beer.

Beerboybill, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Alewife
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, rich creamy head, long lasting. Cloudy, medium brown color. Thin to medium bodied. There were tastes of citrus (grapefruit), woody, whiskey-like flavors mixed with grains. Very smooth malty finish.

Alewife, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of harripat
3/5  rDev -8.5%

harripat, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of chet4
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

chet4, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Arborescence
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Arborescence, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a very dark red amber body with just a little bit of an off white head and lace. The aroma is very sweet. The taste is malty and sweet for the most part with some toffee like tones but there is slight floral hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation suits it. It was a nice addition to the sampler I had.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of wedgie9
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Tasted from a bottle that was given to me as an extra in a trade. Pours deep clear amber with a frothy tan head that has real staying power. Nose is a fairly boring caramel and nutty malt with a hint of aromatic bitter hops. The flavors are a little more prevalent with caramel malt, some dough yeast, and just the right amount of hops flavor. The body is light with an oily texture, average carbonation, and a medium but sticky finish of caramel malt.

wedgie9, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Aexoonge
4/5  rDev +22%

Aexoonge, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of gonzo000
3/5  rDev -8.5%

gonzo000, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber, almost brown, with a one finger head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head is pretty foamy with some large bubbles in the middle. The off-white head dies down decently quickly and leaves light lacing behind. As I pour it I can get some of the huge grainy malty aroma. Besides the malts I get a some fruity notes and a bit of piney and earthy hops. The strength of the aroma quickly dies down for me and it is hard to pick up anything but malts after a while. The aroma is decent but it needs more strength and after a while a bit of a chemical/metallic scent comes into play. Wow I never knew what people meant by the "wet dog" flavor. About 3-4 sips in it reminded me very briefly of my old dog walking in during a rainy day. (the beer was too cold at this point) This taste occurs right after swallowing and makes me wish the flavor while the beer was in my mouth lasted longer. It quickly turned to a taste of homebrew malts in a wort. The initial taste is just straight up homebrew type malts and a small dose of earthy and piney hops. As the beer warmed up, a little bit more hops came into play and really helped the beer out. I also do get that chemical/metallic note in the taste a bit, probably what bumped this down a bit for me. Mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. The body is moderate and so is the carbonation. In MF terms, this one goes down pretty smoothly. It does feel a tiny bit too watery to me and a little bit more of a creamy feel would do this one good. Drinkability is on the fence. It is definitely a beer that could be sessioned. However, drinkable beers are also ones that taste good. This one did not taste bad but I would not prefer to buy it again any time soon. A decent red, I think you can tell who this one is aimed for right when you take a sip.

cbutova, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while, but there are better within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer. It's nice to see a brewpub with a decent Red Ale, one of my favorite styles when it's done right. And this is a nice interpretation of the style, so they get bonus points for being original. Appears almost brown actually, but when held up to the light the bright red shines through. Big head, and it sticks around for a long time, nice and creamy. Smell and taste are both slightly to the malty side, with hints of nuts and caramel, yet there's a perfect hop balance, nice and sprucy. I love the way a well balanced red ale can really make all the complexities of a beer stand out, but work together at the same time. Creamy, smooth, mouthfeel. This one is a winner.

twelvsies, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of abgba121
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a ruby color with very thin head and almost no lace

S: sweet and light, not very much here

T: sweet up front, then a strong bitter middle and smooth, crisp finsh

M: thin to medium body and good carbonation

O: good beer, a nice red ale, would have again

abgba121, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of msondel
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

msondel, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Even with an aggressive pour yields a minuscule head that fades quickly to just a light fizz. It's a super clear toasty reddish maple brown color.

N: Some sweet malts, a little sweet malty syrup, with some toasty malts, reddish darker malts, and a slight ale crispness. That, that's pretty much it.

T: Malty, not sure malty but there. A slightly sweet toasty malt flavor, some syrupy sweet malts, some reddish almost porter malts. Then with all that... is it... perhaps... maybe I can taste... almost there... it's... is it? Yes, a slight hint of earthy hops. Ha! Something other than boring malts. Wait, was that a dream I just had. I can't really tell, I'm not really sure if there are hops in it. Is that a hint of... water? Nope, lots of water. Anyways, boring red malts. End of story.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Dries a little, still leaves a little malty and sticky sweetness. Some spicy mouth feel, more like it would be a much higher abv beer on the tingly mouth finish, but its not. Some sticky sweetness and lingering syrupy malt flavors. Red malts linger. Wish I could add more. But nope. If they could package up the word bland and put it in the dictionary... er I mean beer dictionary, there would be a picture and scratch and taste sticker of this beer. Actually, for a scratch and taste sticker of this beer, take any sticker commercially available, scratch it and lick it. Taste anything? Exactly!

jlindros, Apr 17, 2010
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Boston Red from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.