Samuel Adams Irish Red - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.2/5 rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
There are several “boring” and “generic” beers in our fridge right now. This is one of them. It’s the Samuel Adams Irish Red. Sam Adams, produced and brewed by the Boston Beer Company, is a good starting point for folks wanting to get into craft beer. But it’s nothing to write home about. That doesn’t mean they don’t have some beers worth writing home about… they do. But this isn’t one of them.
In the Glass: The beer produces an impressive white head. For a beer that is not only affordable, but to be considered a typical “Sam Adams beer”, I am impressed by this. I also got a whiff from the bottle while I was pouring. The beer did overflow when I opened it, but that might just be because of the transport from Indiana to the Valley of the Sun.
Nose: Like I said, I could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. If the nose is doing anything, it is giving me some subtle sweet notes. That’s about it. We are drinking this right out of the fridge, and I worry that it would only get worse as it warms up. This isn’t a typical craft beer that you need to take time to appreciate. (I really hope this doesn’t sound like I am destroying Sam Adams here.)
Flavor: You know, for the price… this beer is actually pretty great. It has a VERY sweet start and finishes strong. The sweetness is quick to disappear, but I am stoked to experience the sweetness that I didn’t expect. This is just a lot sweeter than I expected. I wonder what other Irish reds out there compete with this one…
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. There aren’t a lot of bubbles, and it quickly floats across the top of the tongue. When I swish it around a little bit, the carbonation explodes on the palate. But even then it’s not unbearable.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is nice. It’s also sweet, but it doesn’t last very long. For a beer that is only $6.99 for 6, I would happily introduce this to someone that says, “What does a barleywine taste like?” It has that smoothness you get from a barleywine, but doesn’t provide the same levels of complexity a good barleywine would deliver.
I have to admit, I was’t very excited when we picked this bottle tonight. But I am glad we did. I have never been let down by Sam Adams, and this one (from their traditional portfolio of beers that includes the Sam Adams Boston Lager) I am quite happy with the end result. Granted, this isn’t a beer I would typically order. It’s the style, more than anything. But I will keep this in mind the next time I tailgate for insert sporting event here. Bottoms up, people!
Samuel Adams Irish Red – The bottle says: “This rich and malty ale originated in Ireland in 1710. I has a deep red color and distinctive caramel flavor from its pale and caramel malts. The malt sweetness is balanced by the earthy notes of the East Kent Golding hops. Cheers!”
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2012 03:40:23 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.11/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Samuel Adam's Irish Red 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)
12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.
pours a deep amber/copper color. two fingers of thin head that stay around for a little while. giving way to decent lacing.
i smell some caramel, malted hops, a small note of fruitiness was detected.
the taste is that of the smell. a slightly bitter sweet malty start. followed by a slight hop, sweet finish.
mouth feel is medium bodied. good carbonation. that coppery feel is present and clings to your mouth.
overall not bad. however i have had better Irish red ales. Conway's Irish Ale to name just one. i wasn't a big fan of this brew, so i don't think i will be getting anymore of this anytime soon.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 04:30:41 | More by Ohiolager
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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