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

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Ratings: 2,356
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 33
Gots: 168 | 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:
Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

Pale and Caramel malts, and East Kent Goldings hops.
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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.

Photo of Gamemako
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a mug. This is my second. Sitting right beside me and will be long gone by the time I finish this review.

Pours a very dark red-brown with a medium off-white head with mediocre staying power. Not much for lacing to be found. Pretty, unusual, but not amazing.

Smells of bready malts. And guess what?

Tastes of bready malts. Finishes dryly with a good, light hoppy bitterness. A slight swing of bready sweetness follows the bitter. Not too toasty, not too sweet, not too bitter. Some caramel notes here and there, mostly as a result of the sweet breadiness (like fresh-baked bread melting in your mouth). It's a pretty good balance and a rather tasty beer with very little to dislike.

Doesn't feel insubstantial in the mouth; reasonable carbonation. Quite smooth and drinkable. Worth the price paid and worth drinking again.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish copper color with a generous three-finger head that lingered for a while. The smell is mostly sweet malt. The taste starts off with a toasty maltiness little bit of hop bite that fades away to some sweet caramel taste. The mouthfeel is reasonably thick without an overbearing amount of carbonation. This is a tasty beer, and although it's a little rich I wouldn't be surprised if I could enjoy more than a couple in a night.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours from the bottle to immediately form a nice head which dissipates rather quickly, but continues to renew itself around the miniscus as the hefty carbonation continues to work its magic. The deep red color is unusual for an Irish-style ale, having an almost burgundy hue. The rich sweet malty aroma is quite lovely, and leads well into the sweet caramel maltiness on the palate. The texture is thick for an Irish red, and coats the tongue to deliver a nice finish of malt with subtle hop bitterness. Overall, a very nice specialty beer, but not as drinkable as the Boston Lager.

Photo of nickynick
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Irish Red poured a very nice dark amber with a nice tan head, and pretty good lacing. Smelled of sweat malt but wasn't very strong. Taste was malty sweet, crisp, refreshing, and a slight hop bite. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability was nice as well. Overall this was a nice beer, good for the style.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice looking beer, it has a light tan head about a finger thick and is very dense, and it completely covers a slightly hazy, red amber body with some medium carbonation. The head thins out and has some good lacing to it. It has a nice hop scent to it, a little floral sweetness and hint of brown sugar, it has a semi-crisp feel and taste on the tip of your tongue, and has a medium-to-light body, you can feel the carbonation in this beer; it is smooth and mildly sweet throughout, there is also a mild bitterness to it, and it has a faint dry finish to it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best by date of nov 2008

poured into shaped pint glass.

decent dark amber, gem-clear. nice head fades to wispy layer and ring. nice lacing.

nose starts with faintly grassy hop and earthiness, then just a hint of malt. slight esters and phenols in the back.

flavor is similar, with a moderate bitterness throughout. slight resins and grassy hop in the finish, which is where the malt hint peeks in. faint phenols and esters too. almost felt charitable and gave this a 4; it was ok, but pretty unremarkable.

feel is smooth, but ever so slightly thin. moderate carbonation.

drinkable and sessionable, but again, nothing that stands out for me

Photo of burnstar
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my Sam Adams glass a dark reddish brown with a large off-white head. Nice lacing on the surface and side. Aroma is dark caramel with some floral hops. Taste is very toasty with lots of caramel. Not much sweetness. Finishes dry. Plenty of herbal hops with a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Fairly drinkable but not something I'd be inclined to drink a lot of. I think this is probably a good example of the style, which admittedly I haven't had a lot of.

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

Appearance- Pours an clear, orange/red body that continually effervesces. The head starts out light tan, loose wand quickly settles down to a very thin cap.

Aroma- Malty, and very sweet with a touch of hops. Smells vaguely like a lightly fruited tea. Quite pleasant.

Taste-Not half bad. Nice, malty sweetness with just enough hops. Fairly dry finish, with a nice, subdued hop aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, nicely carbonated. The body is doen very well.

Drinkability- Quite nice.

Photo of berserker256
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red rich appearance with a thick dense head. I can't pick up very much smell on this beer. I detect a faint carmel apple scent. A little bit of a sweet scent. Maybe something's wrong with my nose. I can definitely taste way more than I can smell. It's a sweet carmel and roasted malt flavor. And the texture is great. It creamy like a milk stout. The best Irish Red style beer I've ever had.

Photo of hooligan
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours translucent, cloudy, reddish-honey color with a orange-tinted tan head of thick tight bubbles - they settle quickly to a clingy film on top of the brew and to the sides of the glass.

Smell is clean, whiffs of caramel apple, astringency, some faint rum raisin notes and bready yeast.

Big flavor upfront, strong astringent coppery/grassy hop assault upfront with a heavy earthy baked-apple malt character. The hop bitterness lingers long after you've downed your sip.

Was a bit thin and fizzy, I think I would have liked a bit more body.

Not my favorite style of beer, but even with a style I don't like, it seems quite a bit was accomplished in making a bold, strong beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought the Brewmaster's mixed 6 pack, so I had 2 of these.

Drank from a standard pint glass...it's definately red, fo sho. Creamy tan head that really sticks to the glass well.

Nutty nose with hints of honey and bread rolls, maybe some bananas in here too.

I taste brazil nuts and minerals...hops are present but slide in on the backside. Not a bad brew, fairly drinkable, but I dont think I would buy a whole sixer of these.

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