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

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2,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,345
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 32
Gots: 152 | 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 BMoney575
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of chesterspot
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into sams own glass

A-Pours a deep amber slight head on it with pretty good laceing throughout
S-Light not overpowering sweetness and malt scent
T-Malty flavor very full and rich also had a hint of carmel
M-smooth not overly carbonated
D-I liked this beer quite a bit over alot of reds that i have had, its light and very easy to drink.

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Uber glass.

Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of foamy light caramel colored head. Retains into a thin layer across the top that yields some fairly large lacing. The aroma is a little light with some notes of roasty malts, sweetness, and a touch of citric fruits.

The taste is a mix of mellow breadiness and sweet caramel malts with some tart citric tones and a moderate amount of earthy hop bitterness running through the middle. The mouthfeel is intially medium but then thins out a little towards the finish.

This was one of the better SA offerings I've had lately, packing a pleasant flavor profile and at only 5%, quite the nice sessionalbility as well.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep clear ruby firery red beer with a tan head that dissipates, leaving a wall of lace.

Smells of caramel sweetness and tons of it! The smell has me wanting to taste.

Taste is dominated by the malt, but in a good way. The hops are there, but they simply hide in the background while the caramel malt stands in the forefront delivering a ton of flavor. The flavor of East Kent Goldings do come in later to provide the earthiness that brings it all together. An almost tea-like bitterness from the hops hits the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is great. Good coating of the tongue allows the flavors to sit and stay a while. Carbonation seems on the lighter side, but probably helps the beer to shine. I know little about what this style is supposed to be, but this beer shouldn't be anything else than what it is: tasty.

I wish I could get this in sixers rather than the brewmaster's mix pack.

Photo of crayphish
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This BBC offering pours a clear medium brown liquid with a sudsy large head. Plenty of thick lacing. Pretty good amount of carbonation as well. Smell is muted and faint. What I do get is malty and sweet. Taste is better. A nice creamy malt front. Roasted nuttiness. Sweet but balanced. A hint of a bittering hop finish. A solid come back. Mouthfeel, despite the malt character, is somewhat refreshing. I found this to be an enjoyable brew, and one that I will look forward to during it's next release.

Photo of FleeVT
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle with no date into a nonic.

A: A hazey coppery orange ale with a tan white head that pours about 2 fingers thick and settles down to a half finger.

S: Lots of malts balanced with a caramel sweetness. There is something else in the nose that I can't place, almost like overripe (almost rotting) fruit.

T/M: A well balanced brew that starts off with caramel malts, hints of pear, then a moderate dose of alcohol. The the follow through brings hops and more of the caramel malts along with a tangy sourness that may be part of the earthy tone they are going for. A nice light bodied ale with average carbonation.

D: A good offering and I will definitely return. My only complaint is with a brief funk I picked up in the nose.

Photo of Foxman
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very clear coppery amber with centered flashes of genuine red. A finger of light tan head sustains as expected before it slips to a thin layer of surface froth. Lacing is thin but plentiful.

The aroma is distinctly roasty and notably sweet with a pushy yet vague fruit component. The hops are thin and grassy and the yeast has a slightly off tang to it.

Upon tasting, the malt is at once fruity sweet and earthy with roasted nuts. There's also a distant but present smokiness. The hops douse the burgeoning candy sweetness with a more focused floral hope presentation. The yeast comes through with some residual malt, yielding a doughy, biscuit piece. The finish is quite crisp and clean, with a lingering bitterness that is nicely apt. The flavor profile is perhaps a stretch stylistically, but no matter, it's enjoyable.

Light bodied, it flows thinner than I'd hope, flying across the palate and leaving little behind in the end, but it does impress a bit while it's there.

This is one of the stronger Sam Adams offerings I've come across, Longshot winners notwithstanding. It's crisp and clean with a tinge of sass and earth. It's pretty much the definition of a session beer, and it all comes together to wind up tasty and drinkable. It's become one of my wife's favorites, so I won't mind at all having it around.

Photo of Spidey13
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Irish Red pours an amber/red iced tea color with a light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind while drinking. It puts off a very nice sweet, roasty aroma with a hint of grassy hops in the background. However, the taste really didn't impress me. Not a whole lot going on up front and mainly some astringent bitterness in the back and into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good and medium with a high amount of carbonation. Though not horrible, I was a little disappointed in this beer.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into apint glass.

A = Murkey red amber, with a tan head that dissipates quickly, medium lacing on glass.

S = Light smell of grains, sourness of yeast, pretty subdued. Pretty average for an Irish red.

T = Taste is maybe a little stronger than the smell. Light grinas, sour yeast as iun the smell but also some white pepper and a little butter in the finish.

M = Light to medium-light body, too strong carbonation, only slight mouthcoating.

D = This is not an unpleasant beer, but it really doesn't strike me as any better than average in terms of whether I want to search it out and drink it again.

Photo of dacrza1
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright red/brown hue with a thin white cloud of a head--soft appearance overall... malty roastedness with a hint of hops--pleasant but not characteristic... medium-bodied palate, fizzy and back-mouthed...thin straight to the throat... the malt/hops balance is easy on the tastebuds, but leaves little on the way--a bit of toasted sweetness, perhaps... not distinguishable (not necessarily a diss) in its characteristics--a peaceful brew, probably pairing well with pizza or pub fare--an average approximation of the style... hate to evoke the wallet in a review, but too much like McSorlley's to be twice the price....

Photo of ericj551
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Irish Red pours a deep red/ amber with two fingers of white head that fades. The aroma is dark crystal malt and earthy, almost dirty hops. The crystal dominates the flavor with lots of dark fruit. The beer is very malty without being overly sweet. The malt is balanced by a crisp bitterness and loads of earthy slightly floral hops. The finish is dry and smooth but the beer's heaviness detracts from its drinkability.

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

This is good. It immediately reminds me of the Thomas Hooker Irish Red Ale. The Sam Adams, however, is drier yet very rich in flavor. There's a dry caramel and toffee flavor similar to the Boston Lager, but it's complimented by spicy and smokey flavors like you'd expect out of a Scotch ale. It may be a little off for the style, btu it's still darned tasty. This is very much an American interpretation of the style. The flavors are big and the yeast doesn't do much, but this is a must-try if you dig red ales.

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mildly chill hazed red ale with a thick tan head.

Sweet and malty with a slight banana aroma. Little bit of caramel and some fruity English ale yeast aroma. Little bit of bubble gum aroma, wonder if some Hefeweizen yeast got mixed in?

Creamy and a little sweet and fruity at the start with a solid amount of bitterness. Bubblegum flavor and faint Circus peanut candy flavor and a little woody. Malt is fairly strong.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is OK, but I liked the Hooker Irish Red I had last night a lot better.

Photo of williamherbert
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiny and glassy red color. Chunky oatmeal-like head. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles. Some icy lace.

Heavy bitter German-style malt. Has some bitter sweetness; a certain liqueur pungence. Hints of a winter ale aroma.

Surprising bitter hop flavor which works with the malt. Decent hint of dry yeast. Hops add a taste that improves on the smell. Bitter upon bitter, but with a cherry sweet end. Sweeter as it warms.

Feels thick and a little chewy. Tiny burn on the way down. It's a bit of a choker but nicely balanced. Above average.

Photo of BigRedN
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass the beer is a orangey brown. My pour produced a nice 1 inch white head that slowly faded to a thick cover on the liquid that leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Malty, somewhat sweet. Light caramel and bready aromas.

Taste: In line with the smell. Caramelly malts that come off a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I had two as part of a mixed 12 pack. An ok beer, but I do not find myself wanting anymore than the two that I have had tonight.

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orangeish red color...

S-Very inviting..toasted caramel...toasted almonds and pistachio's...some mild dark fruits too....very impressive

T-Toasted notes stand out...caramel...also the pistachio is very evident...some earthy hop notes...and the dark fruits are there too...all blends nicely into a unique and tasty beer.

M-Medium bodied...firm carbonation....

D-Easy drinking but a beer with some depth and character. Quality brew...and fortunately it lacks the "butterscotch" notes I am finding more and more in the SA beers in my neck of the woods.

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my SA Sensory Pint glass. Purchase before August 2008 notched on the label. Poured a murky reddish-amber color. Three-quarter inch off-white head dissipated into a thin inconsistent skim of foam. Some watery lacing present during the tasting, but weak adherence. Scent of malt predominates with perhaps a hint of caramel sweetness. Taste similar to nose. Not too much complexity here. Very mellow mouthfeel and somewhat of a smooth buttery sensation; however, the mild carbonation helps keep it a little lively. Nice sessionable brew. Solid representation of the style and easy to quaff

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear red amber hue with a light tan thick and frothy one finger head. The head settles to a thick cap leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sweet brown sugar along with some banana bread like aromas. Almost has a hefe weizen style aroma, with a little more bitterness in the background from the hops.

Creamy hops with some caramel and burnt sugar mixed in. The hoppiness is very mild, giving a leaf-like flavor (tea). Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is some lingering grain with a tiny bit of clove.

This is a very complex and extremely drinkable Irish Red Ale. It may not be ultra-authentic, but it's a solid beer from Sam Adams. They did a good job with this one. Recommended.

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a nice two-fingered off-white head that settles to a thin cap. A moderate amount of lacing left on the glass.

The malt and not much else is detected in the aroma. It is a pleasant slightly sweet caramel smell.

I would describe the flavor as a mellow malty beer with maybe a hint of smokiness deeply hidden behind the mild malt flavor.

Has a creamy mouthfeel but the body seems to be a bit on the thin side.

This beer is nothing extraordinary but like all SA beers it does a good job of representing the syle.

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

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

Photo of jadpsu
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Greggy
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WaveRebel51
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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