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

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2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 30
Gots: 142 | 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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like dark tea with a thin, pillowy head. Decent retention with a nice sticky lace.

Flowers and caramel notes in the nose.

Mostly caramel malts with a splash of spice.

Almost a watered-down feeling, with a hit of sweetness and a bitter finish.

The style isn't my favorite, but this beer was more than tolerable.

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

A - Clear red with an inch of foam.

S - Tinny caramel and sweet maltiness. Roasty, dark fruit and sugars.

T - Typical irish red. Good balance of caramel and bitterness. Fairly dry.

M - Medium body with a moderate carbonation.

D - Not bad, decent flavours and nothing off.

Photo of SamN
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very deep mahogany red color, very very red. Pours a good 1 1/2 finger head, but fades to thin. Big bubble structure, tan white colors.

S- Whoa, and here come the malts! Very nice, breads, caramel, creamy oak and woods, cigars, maybe smoke, bourbon casks, coffee, cherries, black tea? Huge malt aromas, finally! Surprisingly complex and deep aromas, this is not what I was expecting at all!

T- A malty ale, so big time caramel tastes, bread and grains and backing up the whole sweet, bready thing is the balancing bitter finish. The flavor dances around, keeping me on my toes. Medium dry finish. This went the total other direction I was expecting, so kudos to that, Sam Adams.

Bottom line; a rich, malty treat. Impress your jaded Kilian drinking friends with this great tasting beer.

M- Good smoothness found in this. Surprisingly light body.

D- Very good. Very malty, leaves your mouth slightly starchy, but damn good smell and good, solid taste. A real winner from Sam Adams, my new St. Patty's Day beer, for sure.

Photo of Sam21
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a deep red with a healthy tan head that leaves some lace.

Smell - Caramel malt with a subtle earthy smell. Smells sweet and inviting.

Taste - The caramel malt from the nose is present up front with some delicious hop bitterness rounding it off. A great balance between malt and hop.

Mouth Feel - Medium body with a smooth finish.

Drinkability - This was my first Irish Red and is definitely a style I will try again. Loved the balanced taste and smooth finish. A very easy drinking beer that would go great with food.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Irish Red poured a dark amber color, wth a good size head. It had a slight carmel smell, that wasnt very strong. The taste was dry, yet sweet at the same time, and there was a pretty strong flavor, it was one of a kind. It was pretty easy to drink, and easy to drink multiples, overall I thought it was a very good beer, worth picking up.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured a nice dark amber/red with a small amount of white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet malts and caramel.

T - Sweet and malty. A nice malt profile that is generally sweet with some caramel and molasses.

M - A nice medium body, which is especially nice for a beer of this style. A nice mild carbonation.

D - A solid beer. Definitely exceeded my expectations.

Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish copper color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is slightly toasted malts, caramel and bread.

T- The taste like the aroma is bready with some toasted malts and caramel with a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I think Sam Adams did a great job replicating this style with the Irish Red. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a red-mahogany with a bubbly tan head. soon fades to a thin wispy blanket.

S: a rich caramel sweetness, burnt sugar, maple syrup, and a grainy, bready aroma

T: a roastedness and syrup sweetness blended with biscuit flavors and earthy hops upfront. fades to a roasted maltiness, brown sugar, and an earthy graininess.

M: a medium body that starts off crispy with a lively carbonation and finishes with a sharp dry note from the roasted malt and hops.

Overall, a flavorful and sessionable beer right on time for St. Patrick's Day. Nothing extraordinary but a good quality, full flavored brewski.

Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep ruby color with a thin, creamy head. Sweet, clean toasted caramel and light earthy/floral hop aroma. Simple caramel malt sweetness, very slightly roasted in the finish. Fruit and earthy hop bitterness, but definitely malt-focused. Medium-bodied and a little drying. Pretty solid, very "Sam Adams", but probably too boring to warrant a purchase.

Photo of drizzam
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my very good BA friend cdkrenz for another generous offering! You da man!

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. This particular bottle says it is best before March, 2010. The body of this beer is a clear ruby color when held up to a bright light, and is topped with a fluffy off-white head. Head retention is very good and it leaves a sensuous veil of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - A mild aroma of sweet caramel malt is all I can detect. Not much in the nose at all.

T & M - Mildly sweet and malty with virtually no hop presence. Usually this beer style has a tea flavor with some mild hopping. The hops seem to be missing in this case. Thin to medium bodied with a dry finish (the dry finish is also a relative point of this beer style).

D - I think if there was a bit more in the way of hops, that this beer would be a little more balanced and would rate WAY higher. As it is, this is a very easy beer to drink, and one that could be sessioned. Not bad...just needs a little work. I'm glad to have tried it and may stock some in my fridge in the Summer months.

Photo of simmons
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark reddish brown beer with thick brown head lasting about a minute leaving some lace behind. Very bright.

Aroma: sweet caramel malt with a burn malt tone to it. No hop aroma stands out.

Flavor: Mildly sweet malt with stong roasted/burnt flavor stands out. Mild bitterness but not much hops.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, balance is fairly good, medium body, pretty smooth drinking.

Overall: This is a good easy drinking beer with stong malt characteristic. I feel that the roasted notes is just a bit too much, not over powering just more than I would want. Id buy this again.

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a deep, burnt copper color with a firm white head. Nice looking brew. The aroma is dominated by a caramel, toffee-like smell. There's malt and a cooked-sugar smell, backed by a faint English hop scent. The taste is quite sweet. It's a little malty, but also quite sugary in the sensation. At times, this is over-the-top sweetness, without a firm bitterness for balance. It can be cloying. The beer is full bodied and quite tasty. I'm not sure that I could have a lot at once, but I did enjoy it.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful vibrant ruby under a latte head that laces very well and retains for as long as this drink is in the glass.

S: Sweet substantial malts paired with nicely mellow hops. Some baked oat bread notes as well.

T: Fine malty goodness rushes in initially with rounded hops close behind. This marriage lifts to a crescendo of sweet swirling taste with a final splash of lactose type sugar, and then subsides to the dryer aftertaste of biscuits and toasted malts.

M: Smooth and medium bodied, exactly what would be expected from how this beer looks and smells.

D: Famously drinkable, as this style is known for.

Overall: An excellent beer. I am amazed that a brewery that produces on such a large scale can craft such an ale. My hat is off to Samuel Adams. I feel like I must revisit this beer soon just to make sure I didn't have a fluke bottle that was better than the rest!

Photo of acelin
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a very interesting beer. Here is why:

The bottle is marked with a freshness date - thank goodness! Said drink by May 2010.

Pours a deep ruby red that is really gorgeous. A nice white head sits on top, but disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

Taste is of sweet malts - I detect even some dried raisin in this beer. Perhaps it is from the yeast used, not sure. No detectable hop flavor, only bitterness comes from a slight alcohol spiciness.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick for the style ( Boulevard's Irish Ale is much better) but drink ability is still very good.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a deep red with a rocky, tan, two finger head. Wasn't expecting that! Looks outstanding.
S: Kind of a let down here as I expected more of the carmel malt and hop blend. I get faints wafts of both, but nothing that wants to make me dive in.
T: Nicely done. A nice roasted, malted carmel comes through immediately which eventually blends with just a pinch of bitter hops. A nice union here as the malts are dominant, as they should be with this style of brew.
M: Very creamy and thick but just some mild carbonation. I love the way this engulfs the pallet but then finishes pretty clean.
D: Off the charts in my opinion. The taste and ABV scream session.
I was impressed with a macro pulling off a micro taste.

Photo of animalchin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a reddish dark caramel. Head is white that quickly goes away. There's a little top layer with a little more around edges. Carbonation is apparent.

S- Dark cherry and roasted malts. Pretty sweet smelling in general that is also a little paler at the same time.

T - Once again, I'm tasting a lot more fruits than anything else. Top heavy in malts. The tastes are conflicting quite a bit.

M & D - Sits pretty heavy in the mouth. All around a pretty solid brew from SA. I honestly can't compare to more micro-made Irish Red, but I think this is a good representation.

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

Pours a clear, coppery red. 1" head of light tan foam, good retention with some lace.
Smell is a nice even blend of roasted malt and hps with a hint of earth/peat.
Taste is malt, hops, caramel, a hint of resin mostly in aftertaste where the caramel disappears.
Medium body and effervescence. A solid beer though not a standout.

Photo of RJLarse
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the Brewmaster's Collection. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a reddish copper color and clear. Bubbly off-white head leaves a little lace on the glass.

Smell is a sweet aroma. It smells of caramel or brown sugar and dark fruits, like dates or raisins.

The taste is a sweet caramel flavor with a toasted bready flavor and little earthy peat presence. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste and a bourbon whiskey quality.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean. Perhaps a little watery.

A drinkable ale. Not sure I'd want to have a lot of it. I am not much on the style, but this one seems true to it as far as I can tell. It's a lot like a Killians. Personally I'd prefer a little more hop presence.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pulled this out of the fridge at my girlfriends parents house.

Pours a clear dark red with a mahogany tint to it. Small white head is produced on the pour, but both retention and lacing are lacking.

The nose is sweet, strong on the sweet malts with a tinge of lightly toasted malts, sweet caramel, some toffee and even some dark fruits.

The taste is again very sweet, but this time the toasted malts come out just a little more, giving it a nice balance. Mild hop characters in the finish.

Medium in body with an appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Overall, I wasn't expecting much from this, but it turns out I rather enjoyed it. I like this much more than Smithwicks for the record.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a rich amber hue with two fingers of ivory head which leave a very nice lace as they dissipate.

Smell is very crisp and dry with a clean, fresh aspect to it. Dry roasted malts with a light caramel sweetness are up front and accented nicely by a little floral hop aroma.

Tastes much like it smells. Caramelly and bready. quite balanced.

Rather nice mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth, it's a very soft-textured beer.

Not a bad beer, could drink a couple of these in a sitting. Nothing I'd probably buy again.

Photo of scarfacecrowe
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle to a goblet. The beer poured an excellent redish brown with rich thick head with lacing that held on for a while. Malty roasted grain aroma. Disappointed with the taste, it has a very pronounced metalic flavor with a bitter coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel was pleasantly robust, but the drinkability will get low points due to the beers bitterness. I am disapointed with this beer, I would pick a Killian's over the Sam Adams Iresh Red.

Photo of rustymoore
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice reddish amber with tall cream colored head and excellent lacing throughout.

S: Wheat and hop notes are immediately picked up also honey and barley.

T: Although Irish reds are generally not one of my favorites, this is probably the best tasting version I have ever had. Smooth once you get past the acidic initial mouthfeel and not too wheaty along with a sweet finish and nice flavorful aftertaste. There are not many Sam Adams beers that I don't like (Cranberry Lambic).

M: Worst part about this beer to me...very acidic to a point that I think it takes away from the flavor of the beer.

D: Definitely something you could enjoy several of in one sitting.

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

Appearance: Nice classic red ale color, crystal clear, minimum lacing and head.

Smell: toffee, sweet caramel

Taste: sweet malty backbone balances out a touch of roasted malts, along with a mild hop bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. a well done, balanced take on an irish red.

Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/14/09

This beer pours a crystal clear dark red mahogany body with a white head. Beautifully clear and dark at the same time.

Nose has a very strong bready malt, with loads of sweet bread and caramel. Some ripe cherry fruit smells as well.

Taste is medium bodied with a slick mildly syrupy mouth feel. A large carbonation with a strong caramel and sweet bread taste. There's a strong bitterness but it doesn't overshadow the malt. Nicely balanced hops give a nice earth and mild fruit balance. Ends with a malty finish.

Every Sam Adams seems to taste like SA Lager with one or two small changes and this beer is no exception from that rule. That being said.... this is a very good and extremely drinkable beer. A little bit sweet, and just a little overly malty, but again.. nice beer. Could drink it all day.

Photo of capps24
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first glance after pouring this one into a glass, it was extremely carbonated. Bubbles flowing freely. The carbonation seemed to subside as I drank the beer though.

The taste is very true to an Irish Red Ale, definately a 4.5 possibly even a 5! A great beer to celebrate St Pats day, even if you are not Irish. And if you are irish, drink it everyday. The only down point of this brew was the over carbonation, but I have had them not as carbonated.

Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.