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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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2,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,251
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 26
Gots: 99 | 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 choyhosoi


4/5  rDev +15.3%

poured from a bottle into a glass

A-pours a nice red/brown color with a creamy white head that slowly lingered into nothing. There is some nice lacing here.

S-A nice fruity smell is prevelant also picking up a cherry like scent.

T/M/D-Hopps are pretty apparent in the first sip but one could get used to that. Not too much carbonation. This is a very drinkable brew. This brand has yet too dissappoint

04-06-2008 04:58:11 | More by choyhosoi
Photo of jadpsu


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured this beer into a beerclean glass and marveled at the appearance. Great translucent amber red with copious head and brussels lacing.

The aroma is one of maltiness. Toasty maults of toffee and caramel are the strongest. A tinge of hops hit late.

The same toffee and sweet caramel malts come through moderately in the taste. The mouthfeel is only a surprisingly moderate to thin. The beer does not have strong flavors but is quite flavorful, smooth and creamy.

04-04-2008 21:24:47 | More by jadpsu
Photo of Greggy


4/5  rDev +15.3%

Appearance- Pours a large, fluffy 2 finger head that very slowly recedes into some nice clinging lace and a fluffy cap. The color is a nice red/brown and I am pretty impressed to see just a slight amount of bottle sediment.

Smell- Huge malt and hops but with great balance. I pick up a bit of cherries, but not a whole lot else.

Taste- I initially taste some darker caramel malt, some smoke, dry/slightly hoppy finish. It's simple, but the smokiness is unique.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation that is lightly spritzy. Spot of the the style. The finish in the mouth is a little plain, however.

Drinkability- I'm not a huge irish red fan, but this one is unique from the others. I may revisit it again sometime or another.

04-04-2008 03:27:20 | More by Greggy
Photo of WaveRebel51


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

This is a nice beer. Has a nice, deep red appearance but I though the smell was sort of funky and mossy. Very smooth malt taste with a nice balance of hop bitterness. While no one thing really stands out, this is a solid, easy drinking beer and definitely one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams.

04-02-2008 05:07:27 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Caramel/rusty-amber color, good clarity, great head.

Spicy hop and dense malt in the nose. Light fruit.

Pretty beefy malt up front flows with some roast and plenty of toffee/caramel sweetness, fairly viscous. Lots of roasted/sugary malt. Spicy cool hops remind me of a winter spice beer. Backbone of toast and bread flavors. A little bitterness kicks in.

Not bad, not particularly outstanding. It was an enjoyable brew, but I don't have a desire to try it again.

04-02-2008 02:35:58 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

Amazing head and retention, 3 fingers thick head. Ruby brown in color and I can see my fingers through the glass.

Oh so enticing aroma. Toffee and caramel malts with some apple and fruity phenol underneath. Tofee sweetness comes out and tells me, drink this damn beer already.

This beer is sweet and somewhat phenoly, but nicely done. Caramel malts and tofee come out to start and are followed by a little bit of dry tannins and a slight astringency. This is followed by a dry bitterness. It's almost like there was a slight brewing flaw or something. This beer had the makings of a great beer on the nose, but falls a little short on the palate. It seemed like it had so much potential. AS the beer warms it has a sort of raisiny undertone.

Mouthfeel is full, crisp and refreshing.

Overall the tannins are a little out of whac and create a little bit of off flavors. I wonder what happened. I expected a little bit more after getting a whiff.

04-01-2008 23:52:55 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Vancer


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

Now this is one tasty ass red. It has a strong, dominating presence of a woody and leathery backbone to really make it interesting. Leave it up to Sammy to show BMC how to brew the good ones.

Part of the summer sample pack with the infamous Scotch ale, I will back for more as each one is a classic - the brown, black and honey porter with the standard lager.

This copper red ale with the sticky white head looked damn fine in the freebie
Sammy glass.

03-31-2008 23:23:00 | More by Vancer
Photo of RunawayJim

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours an amber-red color with a 2 finger white head that dies down to about a half finger and hangs around for a while and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells malty with a very slight hint of hops.

Tastes quite malty, I get some caramel malts in there. It's on the sweet side, but there's definitely some hops presence to balance it out. It's quite tastey.

It's light-medium bodied with a nice easy drinking mouthfeel. It goes down very well and is a very drinkable beer. This is a good "sit back and watch the game" beer. I'm glad I decided to try it.

03-29-2008 21:38:20 | More by RunawayJim
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Thumb thick head that disappeared in 3 minutes. The color was bright dark red.

S: Malty all over with some strawberry or peach poking through and some faint hops which indicates to me the fruit smells are the hops.

T: Bland in the front but fruity in the back and the aftertaste is malty and smokey kinda like toast.

M/D: Very drinkable since it is light in the mouth because of smell and after flavor I would buy again.

03-29-2008 17:45:23 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of donteatpoop


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

A beautiful ruby red with a nice adequate tan head that laced nicely and clung to the sides of the glass throughout.

Had a bready/malty scent to it that was somewhat appealing, but not anything extraordinary.

Nice flavor, the malts are very evident in the taste. It was also a bit bitter, but not so much so that it disrupts the quality of the beer.

Very rich and creamy in the mouth with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Went down smooth. Upon first swallow I wasn't sure how into the beer I was going to be, but half way through the glass I found it to be very satisfying.

I bought this in a six pack at a Giant Eagle, thankfully not in a variety pack like someone else had mentioned.

03-29-2008 07:19:53 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of garymuchow


4.18/5  rDev +20.5%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Many thanks to Boston Beer Co.
Nice rich malty aroma with a nice toasty character. Also contains a tea like quality, very similar to the one I've noted in Boston Lager - and this one bothers me less.
Big full head of a darker color (tan). Great amber color with distinctive red hue intermixed with orange and gold. Very clear. Lots of bubbles rising. Plenty of lacing and markings after the drinks.
Before the flavor I notice the rich and almost heavy mouth feel. Very satisfying. Then the almost intense malt flavors, with extremely briefly as sweetness, then as the previously noted toast, and then I guess noted in the feel. The middle to end is a mild hop bitterness, but as much hop flavor that mimics the tea aroma. In total is makes for a smooth, flavorful, rather rich drink. It goes down nicely and leaves a tasteful long lasting finish that leaves the desire for another.
Really nicely done. Now one of my Sam Adams favorites (along with the Cream Stout and Double Bock). Nicely done.

03-29-2008 02:36:41 | More by garymuchow
Photo of albern


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

Perhaps I'm just not that fond of Red Ales so therefore my rankings are slightly lower than average. The beer pours a very ruby amber with not much head, some lacing on the glass, but pretty much an uncarbonated, sticky feel on the glass. The smell is bready malts, some crisp hop aromas, and some unsweetened, dryish cherry hints. The smell is pretty typical of a red ale. There are lots of caramel malts, some balance between dry and sweet grain, some bread like flavors, but pretty much the dryish unsweetened cherry fruits are pronounced in the background. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are modest, and there is a dryish hoppiness in the finish. Not bad, but I'm just not a big red ale fan.

03-28-2008 23:06:35 | More by albern
Photo of xare


3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured as a ruby red with a white foamy head that laced somewhat well for an irish red ale. Overall, rather pleased with the appearance.

Malty aroma predominated here and the aroma was mixed with the scent of toasted bread. Rather interesting...

Taste was a mix of flavors, from caramel malts and a fruity middle to a hoppy finish. Rather strange to get this combination but it certainly was interesting.

Mouthfeel was creamy, frothy, and had a bitter, hoppy finish to it. Overall, above average, but that finish detracted from the experience in my opinion. Although if you like that, you should definitely disregard my caveat.

Drinkability was above average. I would always finish this beer and would order it / drink it, but it wouldn't be at the forefront of my mind. Overall, it's a solid brew but I wouldn't say it's something to seek out tirelessly. Definitely give it a try though, if you can get ahold of it.

Only bad thing is it's only available in a mixed pack at the moment.

03-27-2008 23:02:46 | More by xare
Photo of Damian


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Purchase before AUG 2008

Poured a crystal clear, ruby red with a foamy, off-white, one-and-a-half finger head that faded to a thick ring of clingy froth. Sporadic droplets of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was dominated by malt. Sweet and fruity. Biscuity, bready and almost cookie-ish at times.

The taste was malty yet balanced. Subtle caramel malt notes up front with a juicy, fruity, breadiness appearing in the center. Semi-sweet. The maltiness was rich and toasty. Overall, the beer seemed somewhat lager-ish, but with more fruity top notes. A touch of hops came through on the snappy and clean finish to balance things off.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and finely carbonated. Creamy, frothy, light and fluffy on the palate.

I found this beer to be flavorful yet quite sessionable. Furthermore, I could see it pairing well with a variety of dishes.

03-26-2008 23:37:06 | More by Damian
Photo of TYE


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

A - Pours a fairly dark and clear reddish brown that produces a 1.5 finger dense off-white to tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a covering producing some lace.
S - Malt and wine. Slightly alcoholic with a sweet grape smell like concord wine.
T - Sweet flavor of grapes is the majority backed by malt. The grape flavor overpowers a little, but is ok. A slight hop flavor is also present. Finishes a little grassy.
M - Pretty high carbonation, close to medium body, but feels a little too light. A slight hop bite, and finishes clean. Pretty crisp.
D - Overall pretty good. Not my favorite red, but drinkable. I wouldn't pass up another. Good session beer, if the grapey sweetness doesn't get tiring.

03-26-2008 02:05:12 | More by TYE
Photo of jaxon53


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

Served slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Anything from Sam Adams is worth a try in my opinion.

Appearance: Poured a deep amber red color, just bordering on ruby. Not a bit hazy. A semi hard pour yielded a good inch of thick, bubbly, off-white head. Decent retention here, some thick gobs of lace were left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Smells quite sweet. Loads of caramel and toffee. A big malt backbone that is balanced by a mild hop presence. A bit fruity, almost mixed dark berry like. Nose is quite rich and earthy.

Taste: A malt monster. Thick and sweet. A tiny touch of hops to balance out the sweetness. Hops are slightly bitter in the finish. A little more caramel in there, with a faint cherry Kool-Aid flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel: Has a crisp, clean, medium bodied mouthfeel. Plenty of fizzy carbonation is felt in the mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable and refreshing. Overall a pretty good red from Sam Adams.

03-26-2008 01:00:23 | More by jaxon53
Photo of MDekker


4/5  rDev +15.3%

A couple days after St. Patrick's Day...

A: Pours out a nice dark ruby red with moderate off-white head. No haze.

S: Very bready and malty, but nothing else that I could pick up.

T: Dry, like rye toast and a mild hop finish that lingers. I liked it.

M: Decently creamy and felt good.

D: Went down really well. I look forward to another bottle of it.

03-25-2008 13:47:42 | More by MDekker
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%

Bright translucent red body, topped by four fingers of fine light tan foam, pours level with smooth pour, or a rocky mountain top with a rough pour. Scattered lacing.

Big bready aroma. Candy sweetness too.

Rich malty sweet start to the taste. Earthy noble hops arrive to balance the sweetness before adding a little hop bite at the swallow. Good malt/hop balance through the aftertaste.

Good smooth mouthfeel. A bit bigger than your typical Irish Red ale.

Better than average drinkability for the style. Maybe others you can drink more, this you want to drink more.

A solid addition to the Sam Adams line, it served well for St. Patricks Day.

03-24-2008 21:16:03 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%

12oz bottle, best before July '08, served in a standard (old school) SA pint glass.

A - deep red/amber color with a good sized beige head that settled to a layer, leaving some spotty lacing.

S - sweet toffee malt aroma.

T - pretty spot on for the style, sweet caramel, toasted malt flavor balanced nicely with a gentle, not overly bitter, bite on the finish.

M - medium bodied brew with crisp carbonation feel.

D - easy drinking, enjoyable brew.

03-23-2008 03:02:05 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of adowney523


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Color is a deep amber. Abundant carbonation produces an off-white head that fades slowly.

Smells faintly of bubble gum with a soft touch of caramel-like malt scent and rye bread-like spiciness.

Malt in the front is rather sweet and gives hints sweet bread and bubble gum. Subtle resiny hop bitterness in the finish gives balance.

Abundant carbonation and a dry finish make this beer smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkable, but not something I would go out of my may to seek out.

03-23-2008 02:09:56 | More by adowney523
Photo of CNeilP09


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Interesting expression by the boston beer comp. first of all, i like the 5.5 abv.

off white frothy head, settles rather quickly. some glassy lacing. copper red brown in color. clean and clear too.

smells of sweet yellow fruits. a bit of coconut and caramel also on the nose.

rich and robust on the palate due to the caramel malts and pale malts. softened and grounded with east kent goldings. nice touch.

mouthfeel? feels like i'm drinking a beer.

good session beer. pick up a sixer and slam it down while watching the ncaa playoffs.

03-21-2008 20:51:07 | More by CNeilP09
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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
Photo of osi


4.6/5  rDev +32.6%

A - More brown than red. Mahogany with a red tint. Head was small and faded fast.

S - Great mix of malts and hops with fruit accents. Peaches and Pears?

T - Excellent combination of flavors that blend together with ease. Nothing stands out alone. Fruits and malts with a hop finish leaving a slightly bitter after taste.

M - Slightly carbonated with a medium body. Slick on the tongue and lingers for a second.

D - Great great beer. I would love to try this on tap somewhere. I love the brewmaster's packs from Sam Adams. There are always great beers included in the set and I believe they nailed the Irish Red. 100% Should give this a shot when you find it. I am pretty sure you will love it too.

03-20-2008 23:33:12 | More by osi
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +11%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Best Buy July 2008

Poured into a SA glass a semi-clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, and lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Joe.

03-20-2008 02:45:08 | More by Wasatch
Photo of babaracas


4.03/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a dark red-copper with big dense tan head and tons of creamy lacing. Smell: caramel malts, diacetyl, slight spicy hops. Taste: lots of sweet caramel malts upfront, floral and citric hops, sweet finish with hint of honey. Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with a sweet but drying finish. A tasty, extremely drinkable offering from SA.

03-20-2008 01:04:12 | More by babaracas
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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