Samuel Adams Irish Red - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.3/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Very nice copper color with effervescent head, calming down to a pillowy froth, which settled down to a half-finger layer with significant lacing. Perhaps darker than other reds I've sampled, though the light in the room could have been a little more muted than I would have otherwise have liked.
Smell: Revealing very little in the nose. Some malt, smallish amount of hop aroma, slight hints of ash, perhaps imparted by the roasted malts they used to achieve the color.
Taste: This beer came out of a dying fridge, so it was warmer than you'd get it at most bars, which should bring out the malt, but sadly, malt is muted, hops are muted, leaving a slight metallic tang. The beer is certainly more malty than hoppy, and not unpleasant. Decent session beer, and would pair with dishes containing subtle flavors and aromas, as it won't be overpowering the food.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhat more viscous than I expected with the malt being so subdued. Nice creamy feel in the mouth, and swishing only thickens it. I wonder what this beer would be like on Nitrogen.
Overall: Apart from the Triple Bock, Utopias, and Imperial Series, Sam Adams aims to not offend. It's a nice change from the "bigger is better" style that permeates the West Coast, (and which I LOVE), but I don't know that it's bombastic enough to stand out in a lineup. If I had 6 or 7 decent beers in a night, I would be afraid that the Irish Red would fade into the background. Like all of Sam Adams' beers, it is certainly a safe bet, and with Sam Adams being distributed everywhere, it's almost certain you'll be able to find it.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2011 02:48:20 | More by AleEvangelist
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3.11/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Samuel Adam's Irish Red 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)
12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.
pours a deep amber/copper color. two fingers of thin head that stay around for a little while. giving way to decent lacing.
i smell some caramel, malted hops, a small note of fruitiness was detected.
the taste is that of the smell. a slightly bitter sweet malty start. followed by a slight hop, sweet finish.
mouth feel is medium bodied. good carbonation. that coppery feel is present and clings to your mouth.
overall not bad. however i have had better Irish red ales. Conway's Irish Ale to name just one. i wasn't a big fan of this brew, so i don't think i will be getting anymore of this anytime soon.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 04:30:41 | More by Ohiolager
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,121 ratings.