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Samuel Adams Irish Red - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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79
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2,199 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 24
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pale and Caramel malts, and East Kent Goldings hops.

(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007)
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Atlas1

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to fathom that I'm drinking an Irish Red ale on Cinco de Mayo, but there you go. Honestly, it's probably a lot better than most Mexican beers I can get here in San Antonio. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Poured into a DFH barrel pint, the Sam Adams Irish Red delivers a nice shade of dark mahogany with a smallish one-finger head of foam on top. Held up to the light, the glass reveals hues of cranberry and burnt orange as well. The nose here is bold and assertive. Rich with caramel malty notes and playful fruity esters, the aroma is both sweet and savory at the same time. Very nice indeed. The taste is also rich and more complex than I would have assumed. Malty caramel up front, it shifts gears soon thereafter, providing a tart and fruity taste in the back of the mouth. Imagine if flan came in fruit flavors, and you might have this sensation. The finish is slight metallic, but the overall creamy mouthfeel more than makes up for it.

Another fine outing by the crew at Sam Adams. I would happily return to this beer again. Red ales typically are not my favorite style, but if more were like this it would surely grow on me. Would pair nicely with a chocolate-raspberry tart. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:08:57 | More by Atlas1
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Once I poured the beer into my chilly pint glass the appearance of the brew completely blew me away. As I leaned in to take a whiff I enjoyed the nutty, sweet smell. Quite enjoyable. Outstanding, even before I had really gotten down to business. The taste is a bit disappointing after all that, I find that this has a more alcoholic taste than other sam adams brews. On top of this I feel almost cheated, after a great smell and appearance I feel as if the taste is missing an element. Sweet, then almost borderline bitter watery alcoholic taste is how I can put it.
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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.