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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

2,282 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 2,282
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 28
Gots: 108 | 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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Reviews by MadCat:
Photo of MadCat
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Reddish brown, decent head that dissipates fast, leaving good lacing

Smell: Sweet caramely malts, and subtle hints of hops.

Taste: More sweet caramely malts, subtle hops, some bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall: Easy session beer, but seems just average to me. I think Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale ruined this beer for me. I have no problem drinking more, but I would gladly go for anything else in my fridge. I remember getting this when it was first available, and not being too impressed with it, and that was when the only Irish Red I could compare it to was Smithwicks. I would pick most Sam Adams brews over this. Looks like something I won't get again unless it is in another mixed 12 pack.

MadCat, Mar 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

oberon, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

ExtraStout, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +15.3%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

SIRIUS2, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

steelerguy, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

markallmon, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Outchillen
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%

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

Outchillen, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of WuAnquo1
3/5  rDev -13.5%

WuAnquo1, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of 40451
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

generallee, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

TimoP, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

Doomcifer, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of orm56
4/5  rDev +15.3%

orm56, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mtyrrell
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

mtyrrell, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

merlin48, May 10, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev +2%

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

Billolick, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Justinn13
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Justinn13, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

tigg924, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Mora2000, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +15.3%

donunrue, Feb 20, 2012
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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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