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

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2,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 34
Gots: 178 | 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 MrIncognito
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler.

A - Nice clear red with a slightly offwhite head that fades rapidly into just whispy lace on top. Descent lacing, not the best.

S - Moderately aromatic, need to put my nose in this one. Sweet syrupy smell with hops cutting it off into an oily hop smell.

T&M - Smooth and creamy but perhaps slightly overcarbonated. Moderate hop bitterness with rummy prunes in the background.

A pretty good irish red, but not my favorite. Beats Killians that's for sure.

Photo of AltBock
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with the typical Sam Adams label of Samuel Adams toasting a mug of beer and a best before month and year notched onto the side. Mine was notched best before October 2008. Around the top of the neck is a small label that gives a brief history of the Irish Red style and few of the flavor notes that come along with it.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Sam Adams was a murky crimson red with small tint of amber mixed in with it. Sitting on top of this beer was a nice little 3/4 of an inch head of off white colored foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small creamy film and spots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was light, but not faint with toasted malts, a hint of sweet caramel, and a small touch of juciy fruits at the end. As you can tell, there wasn't much going on in the aroma department, but at least it had some decent aromas contained in it.

The taste was lightly toasted with toasted caramel malts, a hint of sweer juicy fruits, and the faintest touch of bitter hops. It was just a plain and simple average tasting beer. It was nothing more than that.

This was a light bodied beer with medium carbonation and a, you guesed it, an average aftertaste of toasted malts and a tiny speck of juicy fruits.

It's nothing to write home about, but at least there was some flavor to this beer to keep you going. As for me, I've had enough of this beer already.

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

I've wanted to try this beer out every since it was released. I had a very hard time finding this Sam Adams style beer. I was able to locate a two 6pks of it at a local store. I was very excited about this beer.

Beer pours a deep read that looks great with a tan head that stays all the way through. leaves a nice lace behind as the beer is consumed.

Taste: The taste is strong with the malt flavor being the first thing you notice. I really like this beer.

Another strong Sam Adams

Photo of Squelch
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown. Not red. No head.

Smell: Biscuit malt. Lots of it. no hop aroma.

Taste: Biscuit again dominates. Slight hop bitterness. No noticable hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: undercarbed. thick. Heavy. Dull. Lifeless

Drinkability: No thanks. I will not be drinking this one again.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark red with a medium white head, good retention, mild lacing.

S: Surprisingly strong smell of straight up caramel malt, sugar cookies.

T: Caramel malt, moderate sweetness, earthy hops backing it up, red apple peel in there too, has an aftertaste of light cider, mild acidity. Good mix of flavours.

M: Nice soft mouthfeel, mild carbonation, chalky feeling at times which I wasn't thrilled about, but a minour flaw, mineral chracter.

D: Another solid beer from Sam Adams, after having a lot of mediocre brews lately, I'm beginning to realise just how good the BBC is. Quaffable, tasty ale right here.

Photo of srrn
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm either feeling generous or this is a really good beer. Pours a deep garnet color with i inch tan head that reduces to a ring and lacing with some islands. Smell is mostly malty and honey like with a hint of of earthy spice. Taste is the same with a bit more hops bitterness to offset the sweetness of the brew. I get some carmel apple in there too. A bit of oil to the mouthfeel.

I put off buying this because the few offerings of the style didn't impress me. This is really nice.

Photo of opwog
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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A- Very dark red with a huge pouring head
S- Sugary and dark fruit, maybe even prune
T- This was really odd and I am not sure what was intennded and what was an accident. Reminded me a malty iced black tea and I was getting tinges of aluminum.
M- The huge head made me nervouse about the mouthfeel, but it was acceptable, if not better than average. Nice malt body.
D- Despite the rather odd tastes that I was getting out of this, I would still say that it is beter than average drinkability.

Photo of beveritt
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is typical of Samuel Adams and has a buy by date of October 2008.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to a few islands, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is red/orange with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Slightly sweet caramel malt with hints of herbaceous hops.

Taste: Semi sweet malt upfront with a little bit of caramel. Followed by an unpleasant bitterness. Not like a typical hop bitterness, but an almost off flavor. Finishes with mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Not a huge fan. I just couldn't get over the alkaloid bitterness.

Photo of Overlord
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer's score is rather shocking to me.

Pours a dull red. Inch or two of white foam. Smells like ... what is that? Kind of a herbally, hoppy scent, maybe some yeast ... pretty weird.

Taste is just all over the place. A weird astringent minty/herbaliness, maybe some piney/earthy hops (just a bit), and a strange overly sweet caramel malt base. Just bizarre tasting.

Will avoid in the future.

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Its body is dark reddish copper in color and it has nice clarity. The head is average size, light tan in color and fades down to thin covering.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and toffee.

Taste/Mouth feel: The favor is much the same as the aroma with a malty character and light mild hops in the background. Its finish is smooth and clean with a medium body and a smooth creamy texture.

Notes: This is a very easy drinking beer with simple pleasing flavor.

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

Very pleasant beer, and a good session beer. A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark cherry color, with a medium tan head and a good amount of lacing. Sweet malty aroma, some caramel too. The taste was more caramel, but the fruitiness was there too. Drying hops finish. Will have it again.

Photo of RodBurg
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark red with a small cream head and minimal lacing.

Scents of caramel malt and a small amount of bitter chocolate. Barely audible is a smoky peat smell that reminds me of Scotch.

Heavy caramel malt and chocolate taste up front followed by an unpleasant metallic aftertaste that lingers. Medium body and carbonation.

Pretty typical for the style but the aftertaste kills it.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby-brown with a thick, creamy, one-finger caramel-colored head that fades slowly and leaves a thick layer of lace on the sides of the mug.

Smells mostly of sweet toffee and brown sugar. Not much else going on in the nose; certainly very little, if any, noticeable hop aroma.

Body is fairly full and smooth. Tastes of sweet caramel and toffee, with a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The malty sweetness can seem somewhat cloying at times, but mostly the flavor is very balanced. Finishes with a moderately dry bitterness that fades quickly enough and leaves one begging for more.

This is a very drinkable brew; as a session beer, this would definitely rank high on my list. A very balanced brew, and quite attractive as well.

Photo of pumarocks
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tracked this brew down as a single on the huge wall of beer at jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. I'll tell ya I was surprised I could not find this anywhere and it was St. Patrick season. I was impressed then but could not find it in a six pack until just recently at Kroger of all places. This beer is tricky. It is a lot like the infamous mullet hair style from the 80s. This beer is all business in the front and all party in the rear. The hops are heavily front-loaded. It is kinda hard to get used to. After the hops subside you get subtle maltiness and a refreshing finish that is heath-ledger-joker lipsmacking good. Well done Sam Adams.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MOShepp
2.61/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper with light tan frothy head with very little lacing.

Smells of toffee and berries.

Tastes of bubble gum, tea leaves, and some floral.

There's layered flavors that just don't seem to work well together. Somethings off with this one. I will not buy again.

Photo of tommy78
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The appearance is a nice dark red colour with lots of head.

S - The smell was somewhat sweet with some hop in it.

T - I thought the taste could have been better. It was good at first, but the follow through was on the weak side. It was light on the palate generally speaking.

M - A little too carbonated for my tastes. I wanted some more smoothness to the beer.

D - I would have it in a bar if offered, but I wouldn't seek it out. Decent offering in general.

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

I picked up a sixer of this during a resupply while camping over the past weekend in Copake NY. This was the first Samuel Adams brewmasters collection that I had not seen much less tried to date.

A: Poured into highballer glass to display the color of the Syracuse orangeman with brick red undertones. A sturdy two finger dark frothy tan head that makes you proud to gander at from close or afar. An abundance of lacing, thick 3/4 of a glass rings and impressive retention. Looks as if you could rest a penny on it.

A: This is only my second Irish Red beyond Smithwick's (ole Smitthy as my Irish relatives refer to it) so I'm not sure if there the style is supposed to be low key in the aroma category. As advertised on the side of the bottle, caramel and malt are in the mix but does not jump out at you by any stretch of the imagination. With time and temperature rising, you get a wee bit more but nothing noticable.

T: The mild theme follows the nose for the most part. Dont' expect a pugnent flavor or a blast of any ingredient, but rather a subtle amalgam of caramel, bitter spices and perhaps some mint wrapped in hops resting in the background.

M: Succulent creamy nature, easy going and forgettable in the good sense that you are cracking open another before you know it. Reminds me of when in Ireland visiting families, that I'm on to my 3rd Guiness before I realize it due to the smooth character. The chaps at Samuel Adams certainly are spot-on when it comes to replicated the ease with which this creation goes down the throat.

D: I highly recommend and one of the better ones coming out of Boston Beer Company.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. A nice dark red body with tons of fast moving carbonation bubbles in it. A nice, big tan head with good retention and great lacing.

Smells of some caramel malts.

Taste is very caramel heavy with some breadiness and a touch of hops. Decent beer. Crisp and smooth, very light bodied.

Fairly drinkable, not a bad offering by Sam Adams.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams Irish Red...

Appearance-deep red color, sticky lace around the sides of my pint glass, decent color.

Smell-wafts of sweet malt, some hops and alcohol as well but very malty.

Taste/Mouthfeel-thick and heavy, overly malty, lots of sweetness, hops don't really make it through. Feel is heavy with a lot of sweetness, it doesn't really all come together.

Drinkability-not my favorite beer, but enough like the style to be alright.

Overall-I'm a little let down by this offering from Sam Adams, I thought they would nail this style but it appears they missed the mark. Too malty, thick, and an off sweetness that isn't pleasent.

Photo of Shumista
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- Pours a deep dark red with a 2 finger head.
S- Sweet malts, maybe a little bit of hops in the aroma.
T- Sweet caramel malts, some nuttiness, a little bit of hop bitterness at the back.
M- Nothing too special here.
D- I don't think I would want more than one of these. It's pretty heavy and not in a particularly drinkable way.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark red colour with a decent sized head.

Smells very nutty, somewhat sweet, very nice.

Sweet upfront then turn nice and hoppy/nutty, a delicious beer, the best red ale iv'e had.

A syrupy mouthfeel, pretty thick like cough syrup but a nice drinkable beer?

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish orange with a small head and decent lace.
The following breakdown:

Aroma-malts,light hops

Taste- caramel malts,hops that kick just a bit.

Feel -medium carbonation,light body and earth tones as the bottles describes. There is only a tad bit of bitterness in the finish with a simple touch of grains.

Notes: Good for the style and a simple,well balanced beer.

Photo of ndekke39
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with an August 2008 best-by date, decanted into one of my Sam Adams pint glasses. Appearance is a nearly clear red/orange/gold with a small white head. Nice bit of froth that sticks around the glass.

Aroma is a soft maltiness, with a touch of hop bitterness. Slight grainy notes. Balanced, but nothing too strong.

Flavor is similar. Nice malty center that's offset with a pleasant hop bitterness. Bit of caramel in the center. Hoppy aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel - a step up from being watery without being too thick.

High marks for drinkability here! Great example of an Irish Red. Nothing mindblowing about it, but balanced and tasty.

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

Pours a reddish brown color. Head is very white, not much retention though. Lacing is slight.

Smell is malty, sweet malt aroma. I am picking up some yeasty dough smells too.

Taste is sweet malt, slight hops but enough to compliment. Earthy kind of flavors.

mouth feel is medium and smooth, moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable, taste is good a very smooth drinker.

Good brew just not big enough for my likings, appreciate the brew none the less.

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