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

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2,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 35
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

Pale and Caramel malts, and East Kent Goldings hops.
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Ratings: 2,377 | Reviews: 978
Reviews by IPAs4lyfe:
Photo of IPAs4lyfe
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark reddish amber color that is slightly hazy, nice sized off white head that dissapates somewhat quickly with some decent lacing.

S: Caramel malt, slight smell of earthy hops, not too much going on here.

T: Lots of malt up front, caramel with some honey, then the earthy hops come in creating a wonderful balance with a crisp, dry and somewhat spicy and tangy finish, very nice.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, goes down smooth.

D: Could be sessionable, smooth and pretty good drinkability. I really liked this one, would have been an A if the smell was a little more interesting but I guess that goes with the style. Recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A phenominal pour into a standars pint,a clear rich amber with a well formed 1 1/2 finger slight off white head that settled leaving a few broken bits of lace.Pleasant but milder aromas a touch of caramel/butter and a firm toastiness mainly,again light but pleasant flavors softly sweet and malty lingering caramel and fruit with a hint herbal zip in the finish all along the firm toasty grain presence is there.A real quaffer its mild but the flavors are nice a nice change of pace from in your face brews and incredibly drinkable,well done SA.

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a deep amber with a medium, pale head. I smell the amber malt, maybe some earthy hops? Tastes smooth with a little malt sweetness. 5.5% ABV was well hidden but absolutely felt. The hops are earthy, and clean up the malt nicely. Not cloying, very drinkable thanks to a dry finish. Kinda feel like this is just an American amber but with English hops, but what do I know. Its good, would like to try on tap. I'm liking the direction that Sammy is taking.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I poured this into a wide mouth glass, I noted the deep rich red color. The aroma was pleasant with a hint of hops, but there was nothing that stood out as particularly interesting. The first taste was nice...full of body but not overbearing; malty but balanced; smooth as it rolls over the tongue. The ale finished with a balance that was just as good, with just enough linger to remind you of the caramel and hops.

I very much enjoyed this ale! More than once I remarked that this is probably my new favorite red. It's the kind of drink that you can take in any time and enjoy it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Two of two for the next new beer that may make it into the Sam Adams lineup as part of their "Beer Lover's Choice" tasting competition, for which consumer voting starts this August. This one and the Dunkelweizen were selected from a group of four beers.

Minimal head, and it's lacking a bit in retention, though there is a ring of lace that does not waver even after a few hearty gulps. Slight haze in the deep amber brew--we thought this beer could have been a shade darker, with a tinge of red to it. Buttery, fruity, malty, faint caramel aroma--so we definitely know the yeast worked on this beer. Smooth with a medium body. Buttery on the palate, tending toward the sweet-malty side, with a quick draw of modest hop bitterness. The buttery character is hard to shake even with its toasty and caramel malt backbone. Finishes a little dry.

Mezza mezza, though with not that many Irish Reds in the market, it stacks up to be pretty good within its style. If it were up to us, we'd pick the Dunkelweizen over this one.

Photo of steelerguy
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clean dark amber. Big frothy head with little carbonation.

S - Estery, first think I smelled while pouring was bananas. Followed by a nice malty aroma, but slightly metallic.

T - More esters, tasted the banana and then a red licorice flavor with some sweetness from the caramel malts. Malty with some residual sweetness, but not cloying. Keep thinking I am tasting red vines in there. I like red vines, but in a beer is a little weird.

M - Creamy, viscous, smooth. Not much tingle of C02 or alcohol.

D - Good session beer. Not spectacular, but a lot of times spectacular becomes tiring when drinking more than more.

Photo of Outchillen
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a variety pack, reddish in color, white read, very mild body lighter than other reds, smooth, not much of an aftertaste, smell slightly sweet, not overly impressed, good for the style, very basic, nothing to crazy, would drink it again if in the mood for an IRA, but never really in the mood for an IRA

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasant beer, and a good session beer. A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark cherry color, with a medium tan head and a good amount of lacing. Sweet malty aroma, some caramel too. The taste was more caramel, but the fruitiness was there too. Drying hops finish. Will have it again.

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Its body is dark reddish copper in color and it has nice clarity. The head is average size, light tan in color and fades down to thin covering.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and toffee.

Taste/Mouth feel: The favor is much the same as the aroma with a malty character and light mild hops in the background. Its finish is smooth and clean with a medium body and a smooth creamy texture.

Notes: This is a very easy drinking beer with simple pleasing flavor.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber/reddish color with an immense tan head. Great retention as well as lacing. Smell is of sweet caramel malts, pineapple, earthy/spicy, citrusy. Taste is very spicy malty, earthy, fruity, bitter finish and an ever so quaint touch of peat. Medium body, well carbonated, dry finish. Pretty drinkable. This one turned out better than I had expected it to be.

Photo of mtyrrell
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice reddish amber color, tan head that recedes and doesnt leave much around the sides of the glass

S- Caramel malts, a hint of fruit, and some citrus hops

T- Nice citrus hop taste at first, earthy, slightly hoppy, and a slight fruit taste

M- Light to medium body, nice carbonation, great mouthfeel.

D-Could be a little bodler, but very good for the style. Will definatley buy again, one of Sam Adams better beers.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear copper body with a small beige head that strews some respectable lacing on the glass. Aroma is toasted caramel, red apple skins, and spicy hops. Light medium body is moderately carbonated. Taste mirrors the aroma, with toasted caramel malt and a bittering spicy hop profile. Some earthiness is also noted. Very nice example of the style and pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the side of the label (May 2014)

Pours ruby hued amber, supports a typical tan head, that lasts nicely, and leaves low ringed sheeting.

Sweet malts on the nose and then on the palate....some roasted notes and plenty of sweet caramel. British/mellow hops dry out the finish and provide the balance. Ehh, nothing special, but not terrible. Drinkable and serviceable every day/middle of the road kinda ale

Photo of tigg924
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber and clear, small head, which disappears quickly

Smell: malts light grain--I did not think this beer had a particularly strong smell

Taste: I got a slightly bitter first taste and a stronger bitter finish

Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: I could see this being a session beer for those that like Irish Reds, but I will not be searching for this. I like Sam Adams, but believe they have better offerings.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish color with an off-white head. A nice looking beer overall. The aroma is classic red ale with notes of toffee and caramel, as well as some grassy hops. The flavor is dominated by the toffee, caramel and biscuit malt notes. I also get some light cocoa and some grassy hops. The beer has a slight bit of bitterness to it, but it is fairly sweet tasting overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not usually a fan of Irish Red Ales, but this one is not bad at all. Definitely one of the best that I have tried.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from my Sam Adams mix pack, picked up in Upstate New York on a road trip.

Poured into a nonic. Red is indeed the order of the day here: nice copper ruby colour, with a half inch of head. Recedes into a fine ring.

Nose is sweet malt, toffee, cracker and caramel.

Not a bad red ale, starts off sweet but a bit of spiced hops and dryness gives the finish a different quality. Carbonation is about right, thin bodied.

A bit of a let-down. It's tasty, sure, but it doesn't really offer anything the big English/Irish canned pub ales already deliver. Still, it's tasty enough and does what it sets out to do.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber in color. Off White head that last only about a minute.

Smell: Hops with some citrus notes, maybe some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Lighter bodied and smooth, well balanced. Bitter hops and some sugars, not overwhelming.

Overall: Not a big fan of "Irish Reds", but this one was enjoyable, it was better than I expected.

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear but dark amber-red with white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, cherry, dark fruit and English hops.

Taste: Malty and somewhat sweet, with a major emphasis on caramel and cherry. Slight English hop counterbalance.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, body seems a little thin and watery.

Drinkability: Nice Irish Red Ale overall. It is not the most exciting style for me, but they did a better job than most.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Irish Red opens with a sweet, malty, sugary nose of medium strength, bearing nice notes of orange, berry, apricot, brown sugar, and cherry on the sweet side, but these are balanced by touches of toast crust and floury baguette. A thin rind of flower petal aromas circles everything. As a whole, the nose is nicely balanced and enticing, suffering only from a lack of potency and a tendency for the sugary aromas to fade quickly.

On the tongue, the beer opens sweet and sugary, the oranges, berries, apricots, cherries, and brown sugars translating almost directly from the nose. Wheat crusts and floury baguettes continue to balance the brew here, helped by a good citrusy grapefruit tang from a decent hop addition, which tingles the soft palate nicely. The sugars are far and away the dominant flavor, and exist in a nicely balanced and flavorful palate, offering several varieties of esters. In subsequent sips this sugary palate diminishes somewhat, replaced by more wheat bread and earthy plant stem notes. The aftertaste is a quickly-fading remnant of the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good fare, and while it is most certainly not a "big" beer with massive flavors and a knock-yer-socks-off hop blast, it's not intended to be. Instead, this is simple, good beer that excels at offering delicious flavors in readily-palatable quantities. Having said that, I did want for at least, say, a 10% increase in flavors, or at least enough that the sugars maintain their tastiness over several mouthfuls. Still, for decent beer at roughly $1 a bottle prices ($24.99 for a case at my store), this is a great option.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. BB FEB 2012 notched.

a rather vigorous pour gave me a pretty mice, slightly off white head. thick retention with some random big bubbles, some decent lacing as well. clear, deep amber, red color.

nothing really intriguing in the the smell. bready, buttery, maybe a little biscuit, and caramel. hints of leafy hops.

again, buttery bread, biscuit, caramel grain balanced by a leafy hop. sweet. its there and its gone, very bland finish.

light, close to medium in body. way too much, slightly fizzy carbonation.

a pretty boring beer, good for a newbie craft beer drinker, but just mehh, average.

Photo of MattyG85
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with a decent head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Slightly sweet caramel malt with a hint of hops.

Taste: Caramel sweetness up front with a light bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slightly creamy feel.

Overall: A nice tasty Red.

Photo of alexkeil
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from the Harvest mix pack

Appearance is deep red color with a tan fizzy head that dissipated quickly

The aroma is sweet malts, mostly caramel

Flavor is sweet with a dry finish. Mostly caramel comes through with spicy noble hop backing. The bitterness is pretty high and lends to the dry finish. Maybe hints of butter

The mouthfeel is dry and medium, with a higher carbonation

Overall a nice effort, no major flaws but not anything that will knock your socks off. Somewhat sessionable: maybe three or four pints

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy copper colored with a yellowy-beige head that rises up a half inch and settles quickly to a cap of tightly bubbled foam that lingers and leaves sheets of lace.

Aroma of biscuity malt, cinnamon, and a fine hop layer.

Flavors of biscuity malt, some sweetness, caramel and toffee, fine hop bitter in the finish, maybe even a bit spicy. Metalic caramel lingers.

Full and rich mouthfeel, even carbonation. Very satisfying feel. Decent beer, fairly drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red pour, good clarity, poor head, retention and lacing. Slight sweet malt note to it.

Taste is largely unadventurous, which means its definitely brewed to style. Breadiness, moss flavor. Can't detect hops, much like the majority of the SA profile. Easy enough to drink, but isn't going to knock your socks off. A suitable upgrade for your BMC swilling friends.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a nice amber red with a thick froathy slighty off white head. Great lacing. The scent is of light sugary malts. The taste is rather light as well. There's some carmel flavors that mellow nicely to a slightly bitter flavor at the end. Not much to this one. The moughtfeel is ok making this a rather drinkable beer I guess.

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