Samuel Adams Irish Red - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.08/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
General - This beer was from a bottle with a best buy date of July 2013. I poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This came in a variety pack called the "Spring Thaw" from Sam Adams. This beer has a new label on it than the image above.
Appearance - BJCP color around 28 to 30 with a heavy red tint to it. Head was a light khaki color and was extensive upon the pour. It diminished rather quickly when drinking. There were no legs on this beer at all. All head diminished very quickly.
Smell - A slight caramel scent although very faint. There isn't a lot of scent to this beer actually. A touch of earthy smell, again it's extremely subtle. To get any significant scent I had to actually hold one hand over the beer while warming it with my other hand.
Taste - Not a lot of flavor to this beer actually, there is a slight caramel sweetness to this but not that pronounced. I'm actually disappointed in this because I've had several Irish Red style (BJCP 9D) beers that are extremely flavorful. There is a touch of butter/toasty flavor to this either from the malts used or a touch of diacetyl. I am guessing it is a hint of diacetyl because of the slick mouthfeel (see below). This seems like a watered down version of a good beer. There is a bitter bite on the finish that is to be expected but again, it seems like it is missing that vast majority of what it should have!
Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side of how an Irish Red should be. There is a slight slickness to this indicating a touch of diacetyl. Not really what this beer should be.
Overall - "Eh" is about all I can say about this beer. It's not a bad beer by any means but it is not a traditional Irish Red that I would expect. It almost seems like a watered down version. I'll drink the other 3 Irish Reds that came in this variety pack after having a couple of more flavorful beers. This was pretty disappointing for sure.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2013 02:28:20 | More by BeerEngineer
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