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

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Reviews: 976
Hads: 2,403
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 37
Gots: 230 | 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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Photo of GarrettB
2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ever since my first college Killian's Irish Red (God rest its blessed soul) I've been a devotee to the Irish Red. Strangely opposite of the Belgian Strong Ale, it tends to have a single, pronounced flavor, rich with caramel and toffee, with a clean, crispness that keeps away the candied, saccharine flavors that can kill a good beer for me. So, it is with some eagerness that I attempt the Sam Adam's version, which begins with the characteristic rich, malty smell, drizzled with quality, but also bringing in a peppery quality I've been noticing across some of these fancier Sam Adams beers. The flavor dumbs things down a bit with a blunt grape fruit flavor and mouthfeel, adding a little maltiness for body, but letting me down. These overwhelming sugary notes are lager killers for me, and this one OD'd on sugar cubes.

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Photo of VTR
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Glass. I picked up alcohol in the nose. Further inspection revealed slight malts, with some caramel and toffee. I picked up some slight caramel from the malt backbone. The alcohol was present but was not too overpowering. I picked up some hints of cherry in the taste but did not linger enough to make it interesting. Hops were present but fit nicely with the beer and malts. The beer left a weird aftertaste which was not too pleasant. Overall this is one of the better Sam Adams Offerings I have had. While I enjoyed this I am glad I got it in a mixed six pack.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours to about a half an beige inch head that is light in terms of its thickness and dissipates very quickly. It's about a 13-14 on the SRM chart. It is a very pretty reddish color and looks like very clear rusty water at first, but looks prettier the more u stare @ it.

S: A sweetish floral scent hits you first and it has some spiciness to it also like nutmeg in the background. There is also pine there also. The malt flavors are light but working here.

T: The flavor is toasty and mildly sweet with some rose like hints in the flavor also. It is a very nice flavor and is crisp and refreshing. A mid tininess in the background but not in a bad way. Very nice balance. The malt flavors are present but in this example of an Irish Red beer there are light hops notes in the background detectable, but light.

F: Medium-high body in terms of thickness. The finish is dry and there is a mild fizz to the carbonation. There is a slickness that is in the style guidelines, not much but a little.

O: Overall this is a nice Irish Red. It is smooth and flavors please with a nice medium scale on the thickness. Sweet, pretty and medium-thick, not bad @ all. Cheers.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I liked this Red Ale, looks good, intense ruby red, smells great with caramel notes and malt, and tastes balanced and refreshing, nice beer. Bitterness is slow but still refreshing.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Deep reddish brown with small head

S: I get some malty sweetness, a little fruity, cherryness

T: Rich malty sweetness gives way to a fruity, cherry flavor in the middle of the taste, light sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium, good carbonation

O: A decent beer but that weird cherry flavor in the middle throws it off a little for me.

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Photo of Tom_O
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A very drinkable beer that I'll have a couple times a year. Nothing special, but better than a few other irish reds out there. A decent Sam year-round.

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Photo of bmeehan
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I think this was the first Irish Red I ever drank, and it's probably still better than Killian's, the same way stubbing your toe is better than stubbing your toe and breaking your toenail.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It's Red. Poured into a Sam Adams pint, it poured with about a finger of head which quickly fades. Like I said, it's red, but with a copper tone to it.

Smell: I first smell strawberries. It has a very sweet sugary scent. a touch of caramel.

Taste: A very forward caramel flavor, with a hint of fruitiness, strawberry's, cherry's. Very refreshing!

Feel: Very easy to drink, light bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall: I'm very satisfied with this brew. It's really much better than the ratings suggest, in my opinion.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Best by date of 05.2014.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 02.08.14.

A: Deep red. Very see through.

S: Caramel. Very malty is it should be.

T: Follows the nose but with a touch of slight bitterness.

M: Crisp. Very bubbly.

O: This was a caramel bomb. The bitterness was barely noticeable, and nicely balanced the malt. This was interesting to try against the ambers that I've had. It was a simple beer, but good.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours to a beige head that lasts and laces. Color is a maroonish red hue. Aroma is toasty, caramel, sweet malt and spicy, earthy hops. Flavor is more of the same with a toffee-like finish. Overall a very good Red.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled tonight on 7/17/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.

Pours a pretty dark russet amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of caramel and nuts. The taste was mostly of malt with a slight hoppy bitter finish that lingered a bit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was OK but nothing special in my book.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.
Yes I would drink it again, yes there are better beers, yes there are far worse beers.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Overall I found that the appearance of this brew is red amberish and had a wonderful color for a Irish type ale.

Smell: to my nose it had a nice smell of roasted malts with a mixed smell of a toasted nuts.

Taste: Had a slight malty flavored with a small hoppy flavor which didn't overpower the flavor of the brew I also had a slight toasted nut flavor at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was smooth and and medium bodied. carbonation was ok However I would prefer a tad more carbonation with this brew.

Overall: Overall I found this brew to be a awesome staple to add to your beer list if you haven't tried it. Also I do like this brew and do keep it in my pantry during the spring and summer when it is in supply locally. I recommend this brew to anyone who prefers an irish style ale and want an easy slight into this type of beer and I find it will not overpower your tastes

*note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of Cconsalvo
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it's just me, but I think this beer is delicious....beautiful copper color, great aroma, and awesome, slightly malty taste. Not too heavy, very drinkable in warm or cold weather. Excellent with hearty foods like stews and potato dishes (go figure)!

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Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep red hue with a big, dense head, good retention, and great lacing

S: Slightly burnt and toasted malts; some caramel and toffee and lots of brown sugar; it starts off fairly subdued but aromas do develop as it warms

T: Toasted malts, subtle herbal hops; caramel and toast--lots of bready qualities with a very subtle banana flavor lingering underneath

F: Medium mouth feel; even a touch chewy

O: An okay beer--easy to drink and pleasant enough; not my favorite of the 12 pack but decent enough

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruit yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt forward profile and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very clean, very clear the red complexion of this ale was filled with tons of quickly ascending bubbles that filled a thin head.

The nose has some light aromas but they are way too light. Malty caramel with a tinge of sweet dried fruits the aroma is twangy sweet.

The flavor holds a nutty malt, caramelized roasted pecan, light sweet Melba toast, sour raisin and toast.

The feel is average not remarkable but appropriately measured.

Despite the complexity I find it strangely awry as my expectation is stronger roasts and toasted malt. The flavors are more twangy and raisin and that simply seems wrong.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a one-inch white head that sticks around for several minutes. Lacing moderate to heavy.

Aroma: Pretty good bouquet out of this one. Caramel, toffee, breadiness, grassiness, piny hops, and malt are all present.

Taste: Follows the nose, and it's really good. Complex arrangement of flavors paired with terrific drinkability. I had this with a bowl of chili and it was great; I imagine it would pair well with most meals. Also works for all seasons.

Mouthfeel: Slightly light of body, but not in an unappealing way.

Overall: One of the better Irish reds I've had. Perfect beer for a cool Spring day. Would have another.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. This is the eleventh beer I've tried from Sam. This is a pretty mild red from those that've tried. Not as smoky As I'm accustomed to, a little flat. Lacking the lingering flavor that you get out of many like beers. It did however have a great appearance, beautiful ruby red. Too bad the flavor didn't measure up.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a "Spring Brews" assortment.

A - Very rich copper color with a thick head that gives in to good lacing.

S - Fruity hops with some malt.

T - Malty start with a good hop finish.

M - Tangy with good carbonation level.

O - A nice "red" beer. I drank it at "garage" temperature (58F) and it was just about right. Too cold and I think you'd miss the taste.

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Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Deep reddish copper color with a cream colored head. A wisp remains on top, very light lacing.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, buttered bread, malts.

Taste: Sweet malts and lots of caramel. The finish is buttery.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

Overall: This is a very easy drinking beer. Very sessionable based on taste.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was by far the best brew with roasted malts I have had in quiet some time, if not ever. I was very impressed by it's crystal clear red color with thick head and lacing all the way down the glass. The beer is silky and smooth going down and the roasted malts-taste mixes well with the overall flavor of the beer. The one disappointing part of the beer was its smell - not as good as I would have like, but easily overlooked with the rest of what this beer has to offer.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a dark reddish-brown color, with a light tan head.

Smell - A caramel malt, a bit of roasted malts as well.

Taste - Its a sweet caramel malt, with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Ok body, with the carbonation going well with the bitterness.

Overall - Its a pretty good representation of the Irish red ales.

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.