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

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Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red

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2,219 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,219
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of righlander


4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice almost ruby red from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass. 2 finger head..not a lot of lacing. smells about how i thought it would. bit of malt smell some faint hops. maybe a metallic smell in there too. taste is really good! kind of a malty decently bodied ale. with a bit of sweetness to the malt, but in no way really sweet. almost a cherry taste in there. mouthfeel is nice. sits real nice on the tongue. drinkability is good. easy to drink. you know i hate a lot of sam adams beers, and i don't know a lot about irish red ales... but i really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 03:53:16 | More by righlander
Photo of KeefD


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a fan of "Irish Red" lagers, but this one is pretty good. Poured a dark amber/red color, with good head and decent lacing. Smells and tastes malty and with a slight bitter hoppiness at the end. Very smooth and easy to drink but not overly exciting. One of Sam Adams' more mediocre brews from their brewmaster collection. Better than Killians at least!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 20:32:22 | More by KeefD
Photo of rye726


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color that has a mediocre tan head. Th nose has some caramel and sweet fruit followed by a small amount of hops. The taste is mostly malts but has some bitter hop flavors. A light to medium body has average carbonation. A good brew to wash down a burger.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:57:51 | More by rye726
Photo of BeerCon5


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cloudy amber color with over an inch of off-white fluffy head, as well as some sticky lacing.

S: The scent is mostly of roasty, caramel malt.

T: Very obvious sweet, caramel taste, with a slight bitter finish.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation.

D: Pretty easy drinker. A little too sweet for me but overall not a bad beer. I had this on a brewery tour a little over a year ago when they were still "tweaking" it and enjoyed it more then when it was much less sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 14:47:56 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Bitterbill


4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$8.10 a sixer.

Pours a clear deep amber with a good 2 finger head of foam. Plenty of lacing and very good head retention.

Nice roasted and caramel malt greet my smellbuds along with a pretty substantial bitter hoppiness.

The taste is very nice. Caramel malt gives it a big sweetness kick but there's an ample amount of roasted and toasted malt there as well and..it has a good hop bitterness that helps cut through the sweetness too. Tasty Red Ale here.

Bodywise, it starts off close to medium but it thins out a bit just before the swallow and it finishes with a mix of bread and a slight hop bitterness. I really like this one and I find it very easy to drink. Well done BBC! Btw, the best by date notch is November 08! Super fresh!!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 18:57:09 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Orange copper color, very large head that simmered down. Nice lace too.

smell - Toasted caramel and dark fruits.

taste - Toasted caramel, some hops present. Very tastey.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, very tastey. Wish I had some more, lots of flavor in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:58:23 | More by auxiliary
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks surprisingly perfect. Excellent lacing from a two finger off-white head and a pretty deep amber color. Looks pretty perfect. Nose is toffee malt, deep and mildly spicy dried fruit. No real hop presence. Flavor is fairly similar, although there's a slight graininess in there along with the toffee malt. Slight hint of bitter coffee in the fruit. Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation that works well with the spiciness. Overall, this is quite a tasty beer, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:10:59 | More by soupyman10
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brick red brew with an OK head. Aroma is burnt toast and cracker, light caramel and a lot of malt there as well. Malty semi-sweet taste, like honey-wheat bread, but a nice underlying bitterness keeps this from being too sweet and cloying.

Really smooth and a very sessionable brew, which BBC really seems to excel at.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 07:23:20 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour was a medium to deep red with a nice two finger white to beige head that quickly dissapated and left little or no lacing on the glass.

The smell was heavy in malt sweetness with a hint of caramel and hop spice in the rear of the nose. Also hidden apricots and citrus as the beer warmed.

The drink starts with a kick of malt then more malt almost to a sticky level with a slight hop bitter in the middle and a clean finish with a slight hop bitter.

A quite good red ale, quite refreshing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:59:28 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of biggmike


3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attracted red color with decent head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma is spicy with hints of caramel sweetness. The flavor is also of caramel and roasted maltiness that is balanced by the hops. The mouthfeel is pleasant. I thought this was a pretty good effort and also highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 07:31:30 | More by biggmike
Photo of youngleo


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice head. Head disapated quicker than other S.A. beers that I have had. Lacing was above normal. Ale was reddish brown. Smelled a little on the sweet side. Also a hint of alcohol and malt. Tasted slightly bitter and sweet at the same time. Perhaps the stronger alcohol content. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right. I would be carefull making these an all nighter. The higher alcohol content was evident. I dont think this ale was as good as some of S.A. products. But it was by no means a bad product.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 19:04:05 | More by youngleo
Photo of Natural510


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light-amber from 12oz bottle with very thick head presence. Some dissipates, but enough lasts to add character to the brew.
Malty nose, with hints of toffee & cinnamon.
Sweet malts with caramel & apple qualities come off here, along with cookie spices such as cinnamon. Given all that, it is not syrupy-sweet but instead rather smooth & well-balanced.
Very foamy, but not very carbonated in the mouth sense. That is acceptable, as too much carbonation would affect the flavor palate.
All in all, a very smooth & refreshing Irish red, one of the best I've had. Now if only they could make more of this quality on the Isle itself...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 10:49:02 | More by Natural510
Photo of TAMU99


3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam has trouble brewing a bad beer (except that cherry lambic...ugh). This one is very good as well. Red-tinted amber with a lacy head. Smells of honey, spring and moss. Hearty hoppy bite well balanced by sweet malt. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish and little aftertaste. Very drinkable. I'm not a red fan, but this one is very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 02:16:27 | More by TAMU99
Photo of merlin48


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 12:51:34 | More by merlin48
Photo of RobH


4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams glass on May 9th with a "purchase-by" month of August notched on the label.

I had tasted this beer back when they were taking consumer votes between this beer and a dunkel. At the time I voted for the dunkel.

Must say this is a very drinkable beer. Not the most inviting smell to my nose, but it definitely tastes better on that palate than just through the olfactory.

It's a somewhat chilly (60-something degrees), rainly spring day here in Wash. D.C. and this beer seems to go perfectly with this weather and temperature.

I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:32:35 | More by RobH
Photo of SMark


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an imperial pint glass at 46° with a beige, carbonated head of approximately 3 fingers. There was a nice lacing effect as the head slowly dissipated. The bottle had a brewery-fresh taste purchase before month notched on the label. The beer was reddish amber and slightly hazy.

A little bit of the malt aroma was detected during the pour and seemed to be predominant there after. It was an aroma I enjoyed.

Taste was malty with a bit of bitter. The malt was pretty straight forward, balanced and pleasant.

The mouth feel was dominated by the malt with a bit of hop bitterness hanging on to the cheeks later and malt climbing over the roof of the mouth and into the olfactory senses.

This beer thinned out a little over time but I could still sit down and have two or three in a session without complaint.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 00:23:26 | More by SMark
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a three finger creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some sweet and toasted malts with a touch of diacytl.

The taste consisted of an upfront soft caramel malt, some burnt sugar and diacytl.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style and creamy.

Overall a flavorful and complex ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:15:57 | More by plaid75
Photo of Bighuge


4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scarlet red body. Thin and slightly bubbly beige head leaves some pretty decent lace along the way. Pretty strong aroma of toasted malts and spicy hops. Flavor brings more of the same. Really decent effort at an Irish Red. Sweet caramel with some light toasted bread notes and a sweet lingering flavor. Hops add just a touch of dryness. Easy going feel on the palate and quite drinkable. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:52:55 | More by Bighuge
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

July 2008 notched as the freshness date. This is the companion beer from the sampler pack I bought with the guy whose review is below mine.

A: Very, very deep amber red color with a decent-sized light tan/cream colored head that settles quickly. Good rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Toasted and caramel malts. Some herbal, citrus hops in the background. Nice, strong aroma.

T&M: It has an initial caramel malt sweetness blended with light toasted malt. Oily mild hops make their entrance mid-way through and bitter it just enough to balance the malt sweetness. Finish is mildly dry with both hints of toasted malt and hop bitterness. It's got a very intriguing flavor--it's balanced, but not so much as to make it boring, there's still a lot going on. It's got a slightly oily mouthfeel with a body that's on the slightly heavy side of medium. Enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. For all its malty flavors, a slightly heavier body would benefit this beer greatly.

D: Definitely sessionable--it's got a medium body and an intriguing flavor that keeps me interested. I wish I could find it in six-packs here, this one was only in a sampler 6 pack with 2 Honey Porters and 2 Black Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 04:40:32 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of AmishT


4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint class; beer settled into a deep amber/red color with about a 2 finger, off-white head. Fresh-taste date present on label.

S - Sweet malts and flowery hops with a hint of caramel.

T - Initial flavor is that of the sweet malts, and then the bitter hops make their presence known in a big way during the after-taste

M - Good carbonation, smooth, and light-bodied

D - Good drinkabilty. Irish red would make for a pretty good session beer if only the ABV was a tad bit lower

The thing that really stood out to me about this beer, besides the red color, was the earthy, hoppy aftertaste. I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 00:12:59 | More by AmishT
Photo of shroompod


4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red , small head , a little lacing.

Not getting anything from the nose. could be allergies.

Light hop snap up front , some grainy roasted caramel coming through.

Mouthfeel is light , somewhat drying. Good carbonation.

Overall a nice easy drinking possible session beer I wouldn't turn down.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 02:06:41 | More by shroompod
Photo of Blakaeris


3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep coppery red. Head is off white, but crisp by contrast to the body. Thick and sticky with very nice lacing. Really looks great.

Aroma is of toasted malt, nutty, with slight herbal hops.

Taste is nicely toasted malt, nutty and smokey. Sweet light fruit appears in the middle, but is in turn overwhelmed by a woody, herbal bitterness. Crisp finish is spicy with lingering alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and slick. I would prefer a heavier feel.

Flavor is smooth and enjoyable. There are certainly more aggressive scotch ales out there. This one has a milder flavor profile that makes a nice easy drinking session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 19:55:23 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of nmyers


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber color with very clear, but not transparent, a nice white head that sticks around.

S- Nice roasted malt notes with a slight sweetness to it.

T- Much like the smell roasted malts and a slight sweetness, but a little bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium bodies and it even coats your tongue a little, I like the bitterness on the finish.

D- It goes down very easy and I would have no problem drinking a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 00:24:21 | More by nmyers
Photo of BMoney575


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-27-08
Best before 9-08

Pours a hazy red color, with an off-white head that lasts forever as a thin layer. Thick lacing hangs on the sides of the glass.

Smell is subtle malt, with a sweet fruity edge.

Taste is sweet malt at first, followed by a slightly fruity, peaty hop bite. Bitter, but not super flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good, thick, but the carbonation seems a bit fizzy.

Drinkability is good, it's just not my style.

Overall, a solid beer, good for something different.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 19:51:00 | More by BMoney575
Photo of chesterspot


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep amber with about a .75" head that disipated over 5 min without much lacing. It smells slightly sweet and malty. It has a strong malt taste with slight earthen tones that I would associate with a bock. Very faint earthy taste though with some molassas or caramel. The mouth feel is smooth and crisp. I had this out of our refridgerator and not the beer cellar but still has good taste regardless of temp. It was very drinkable and would go with some roast and potatoes very well. I've had it with meat loaf and it was great. That's what I love about Irish Reds is that they go very well with beef. Very drinkable and I would not mind having a few during a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 20:55:06 | More by chesterspot
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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