Samuel Adams Irish Red - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.36/5 rDev -3.2%
Enjoy before 7/2013.
Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grain, and some caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but I think the smell is better on this one.
04-11-2013 02:11:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.18/5 rDev -8.4%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours an amber caramel color with an off white head. Nose brings some toasted bread and a bit of caramel. Taste is pretty much limited to lightly-toasted white bread and light hints of caramel. Feel is a light to medium body. Not typically a super-flavorful style, but this one is a bit lacking even in comparison.
10-16-2010 19:12:19 | More by Thorpe429
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy beige head that gradually faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has moderately strong flavors of caramel malts with some notes of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable, however if I was looking for something with a bit more of an interesting flavor I would try something else.
05-13-2011 23:37:12 | More by metter98
3.7/5 rDev +6.6%
Bright bonfire orange with a modest infusion of fire engine red. What an outstanding hue for an Irish red ale. The wonderful looking crown makes the appearance score an easy call. The foam is pale caramel in color and has a rich, mousse-like texture. Loads of lace are like icing on the proverbial cake. One of Sam's best so far.
In my opinion, beer of this style has a difficult time standing out when it comes to aroma. SAIR is no different. It's fairly low on power and features a light caramel maltiness along with a whiff of earthy hops. If it opens up with warming, the score will be increased accordingly. Note: it does, just not enough.
This is pretty good beer that isn't the standout I was hoping for. On a good note, it hits every one of its style marks in the smack dab center. Anyone who wants to know what IRAs taste like would do well to start here... especially since Sam Adams beer should be widely available throughout the land.
On a 'not so good, but not bad either' note, the flavor profile isn't very broad or very deep. Perhaps I'm expecting too much of a humble Irish red, who knows? Semi-sweet caramel malt combines with a pleasant tea leaf-like flavor and bitterness, resulting in a balanced beer that is impressively drinkable. It must be since the bottle is almost gone already.
The mouthfeel is right on the money. It has just enough expansive creaminess to let me know that the boys from Boston are on their game once again. In spite of their recent problem with their bottle vendor, quality control is never a problem with this brewery.
Samuel Adams Irish Red is a prototypical Irish red ale that is very, very close to being good beer. Hell, it is good beer, but I can't quite pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score. I will definitely be coming back to this one in the future.
07-06-2008 12:44:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy tan head that sticks and laces like a charm
Smell: Buttery caramel with a hint of tobacco
Taste: Starts oout sweet, with plenty of toasty caramel flavors that add a stone fruit jelly dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors moderate, but there is an earthy hop element that sticks around to balance the sweet flavors; there is some butter in there too but it is kept in check
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Very nice stab at a style which often disappoints
03-21-2008 02:24:10 | More by brentk56
2.8/5 rDev -19.3%
reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.
nice medium brown color with hints of red on the sides that give way to a nice and well rounded off white head that seems to serve the purpose quite well. aroma is one sided with tons of bready malts and grains and lacking a hoppy balance and this would be a theme throughout the glass. lots of caramel, hints of earthy notes, breads, but the feel was a bit thin to me and it lacked that touch of hops to bring balance to it.
overall it was not a bad beer by any means, but just seemed to be lacking overall for my taste.
01-14-2011 02:56:03 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
As I wait until this beer arrives in my area, I wonder if it will take on the classic toasted maltiness with a crisp hop counterpart, or become grainy, artificially caramel and metalic like many other American breweries deliver. Turns out to be the former. The beer opens with a bright ruby color with hints of darkness (brown) with a terrific slight-of-tan head formation / retention and adequate carbonation. Aromas of rich malt, lightly toasted malts, nuts, and an ester that reminds me of timid berries. A fresh (wet-hop) aroma gives a distinct pungent / earthy / herbal, and at times piney character that later transfers directly to flavor. Along with the hops, the malts deliver a steady, medium malty flavor that hinges of fresh bread, yeast, and toast. A well attenuated, crisp cracker-like flavor provides a nice pillow for the piney hops and light esters. Kinda like the ale version of an Oktoberfest, but with increased maltiness. Finishes clean and with a mild, pleasant pine flavor. A very nice beer worthy of the Sam Adams branding.
02-17-2008 04:23:20 | More by BEERchitect
3.83/5 rDev +10.4%
Bottle: Poured a deep caramel color ale with a huge light brown color head with some good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong caramel malt with some nice touch of toffee. Taste is a mix between some deep rich and somewhat sweet caramel malt notes with some nice touch of toffee which were not expected but well enjoyed. Fuller body then expected with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Body is lot more creamy then expected and overall I enjoyed this beer a lot more then I had expected.
08-20-2008 17:47:40 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +16.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-colored body with a tall, frothy, lasting off-white head.
Smell: Simple, pleasing aroma of caramel, toast, spice, and cherries.
Taste: Bready caramel maltiness with a medium sweetness. Pinch of light brown sugar. Cherry fruitiness. Bit of spice. Light, clean English hop bitterness. Toasted malts in the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A solid Irish Red.
02-23-2008 02:29:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
A: 1.5 finger off white head on a clear deep amber body, lots of bubbles.
S: lots of sweet caramel malts, some grains and minimal earthy hops.
T: toasted and caramel malts. simple and a little watery. no real hop character. some wood and nut notes.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: simple and standard irish red. not much to the body and not very memorable. still fairly drinkable.
06-22-2012 00:43:04 | More by kylehay2004
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
I like this beer, I just don't feel that it's as good as it could be. The color of this beer is a very nice red. The malts and hops are there on every sip. The head doesn't last very long. The Beer is very drinkable and worth trying anytime. I just feel that there are better Sam Adams brews out there.
04-01-2011 01:00:55 | More by Knapp85
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.
03-01-2008 00:05:15 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.
I find it odd that it's taken me this long to try this beer. Oh well. It pours a clear russet-garnet topped by a half-finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, orange peel, light black pepper, and light toasted rye bread. The taste amps things up a good deal, leaving me with notes of peppery toffee, toasted rye bread (plenty o' crust), and clove-y orange zest. I gotta say, I enjoy this stuff. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a nice, malty Irish red, something I could see drinking over and over if presented with the proper situation.
04-08-2011 02:40:52 | More by TMoney2591
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
A - Poured out a reddish brown hue with a bubbly, soapy, two-finger, tan head. It left some lacing.
S - It smelled of roasted caramel malt and somewhat grassy.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and was lightly hopped.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - Another fine seasonal brew from Sam Adams. It is very sessionable.
02-17-2008 01:49:15 | More by zeff80
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
Clear crimson red with a slim head that recedes fast, leaving some webbed lacing behind.
Very subtle aroma, largely consisting of toasted, lightly caramelized malt. Fruity esters and toasted nuts come out as it warms, along with a slight sulfur note.
Tastes pretty good, similar to the aroma but bolder. Semi-sweet caramel malt backed by a mild roasty note. Plum-like fruitiness and toasted nuts pop up mid-palate. Slightly buttery in the finish with a mild hop bitterness that doesn't linger.
A pretty good beer overall, easy to drink and nicely balanced.
03-21-2011 07:21:46 | More by largadeer
3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
The first words I saw written about this beer compared it to Killian's Red and Killarney's Red Lager. I forget where that was, probably at a liquor store in New Jersey, but it's unimportant. It's obvious that that's what this beer is about. (...oh, they forgot Smithwick's).
That said, it's a bit darker in color than Killian's or Killarney's but probably right on for Smithwick's. It has a creamy yellowed tan head that indicates we're talking about an all-malt beer (some of the previously mentioned brands utilize adjunct). It has average retention and lacing. The nose is malty, expressing clean, medium-level caramel. Delicate, spicy and floral hops balance it. In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy. The Samuel Adam's yeast character is present in the flavor. Otherwise it's just very basic and clean: straightforward caramel malts and lightly spicy/gently grassy/moderately floral hops backed by a firm bitterness. Very nice. Very drinkable. Superb balance. For the price I couldn't see passing this up for Smithwick's, and it's much better than Killarney's. Very enjoyable! A nice addition to the Samuel Adams line-up.
07-03-2008 02:18:26 | More by NeroFiddled
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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