Samuel Adams Irish Red - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by AleEvangelist:
3.3/5 rDev -4.9%
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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3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Sampled tonight on 7/17/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.
Pours a pretty dark russet amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of caramel and nuts. The taste was mostly of malt with a slight hoppy bitter finish that lingered a bit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was OK but nothing special in my book.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 02:19:18 | More by BeerWithMike
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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