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

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2,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 30
Gots: 116 | 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 far333
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy copper colored with a yellowy-beige head that rises up a half inch and settles quickly to a cap of tightly bubbled foam that lingers and leaves sheets of lace.

Aroma of biscuity malt, cinnamon, and a fine hop layer.

Flavors of biscuity malt, some sweetness, caramel and toffee, fine hop bitter in the finish, maybe even a bit spicy. Metalic caramel lingers.

Full and rich mouthfeel, even carbonation. Very satisfying feel. Decent beer, fairly drinkable.

far333, May 29, 2008
Photo of Gish
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a nice amber color with an average head.

S - Earthy with overtones of citrus.

T - The sweetness of the malts comes to the forefront but the hops keep it balanced nicely.

M - Smooth with a good balance of carbonation.

D - This would make a great session beer.

It's definitely good to try a new one from SA. I have unfortunately not had many others of the style but this certainly made a good impression on me!

Gish, May 27, 2008
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a nice clear red brew off the pour, with a two and a half finger head. Looked quite nice, and it was definitely red, not a reddish-brown or reddish-amber that is often seen.

Aroma was mostly fragrant, floral hops. It seemed a little out of balance - I was expecting more malt to come through. It was not unpleasant, however.

Taste was of slightly sweet caramel malts, with a bitter hop aftertaste. It came forward slowly after the swallow, but it remained for a while.

Mouthfeel was good, a little astringent but otherwise full-bodied for the style.

Not too bad for drinkability. I could see myself sessioning this one once or twice.

connecticutpoet, May 27, 2008
Photo of ghostmech007
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful deep maroon. Thick foamy beige head that lasts for the whole drink. Lots o' stick on the glass.

Tons of caramel in the nose. A spice hop backed up with a sweet maltiness that I can even smell.

Big taste of caramel! Grain sweetness with a citrus backing. Not very bitter because the sweetness is very overpowering. A slight bit of alcohol comes through as well. Very complex taste for an Irish Red. Very creamy and a full body goes well with the style.

Very interesting take. It's more hoppy than most red's but I prefer that! One thing though is that it isn't a session beer. It's taken me an hour just to get through two. So it isn't something you want to get for a St. Patties party or something like that.

ghostmech007, May 24, 2008
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.

righlander, May 22, 2008
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!

KeefD, May 21, 2008
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.

rye726, May 20, 2008
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.

BeerCon5, May 19, 2008
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!!

Bitterbill, May 17, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
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.

auxiliary, May 15, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
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.

soupyman10, May 14, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
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.

saintwarrick, May 14, 2008
Photo of coasterfreak75
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.

coasterfreak75, May 14, 2008
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.

biggmike, May 13, 2008
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.

youngleo, May 12, 2008
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...

Natural510, May 12, 2008
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.

TAMU99, May 12, 2008
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.

merlin48, May 10, 2008
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.

RobH, May 10, 2008
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.

SMark, May 08, 2008
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, May 07, 2008
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.

Bighuge, May 06, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
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.

BamaBeerBuff, May 02, 2008
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.

AmishT, May 02, 2008
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.

shroompod, May 01, 2008
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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