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

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Ratings: 2,346
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 jhammerly
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An amber bodied beer with a thick head that had a reddish hue to it. The aroma was faint and had a caramel note to it. The taste of caramel malt is the dominant character with a slightly toasted edge and a bit of honey. A touch of hop bitterness to nicely balance things out. The body is on the lighter side, but not thin. Though this is a style I don't usually rave about, I could go for more of these when in the mood.

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

With a best by date of May 2008 poured into the SA glass.

A - Color resembles the color of cherry wood furniture with a golden hue to it and on the whole the beer has a reflective sheen as well and is mildly opaque as hardly any light comes through. The head poured big and fluffy but after a few seconds it faded to nothing as only a thin layer of whiteness sits on the top level of the beer.

S - Big whiff of caramel malt and honey like sweetness is what first comes off of this one for me. There is also a light bitter hoppyness that seems to come off as well and is slightly noticeable.

T - The taste is initially a lot of sweetness on this one as I really pick up on a flavor that I would call honey. However as this beer sits in the mouth it really starts to have a nice bite to it that prevents it from becoming overpoweringly sweet. It becomes bitter in a good way and even seems to have a light orange peel taste to it as well. Overall, this is a very balanced beer and one that is nice and easy to drink.

Mf - Overall the beer has a nice body to it as you would expect it to have some heft behind it given that it is full of all of the heavier caramel malts. There is also a light carbonated beer that has just enough zip to it to keep it from sitting on the tongue.

D - overall, a tasty brew from Sam Adams that goes down easily and one could easily session. It does not really stand out in any particular way but it is good nevertheless. They need to keep this one around all year and sell it in 6 packs because if they did I would easily buy it to hand out whenever the family comes around.

Photo of wingman14
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours (into a sam adams perfect pint) a nice dark red with brown hints and a frothy off-white head. The smell is sweet with a strong dose of the caramel malt. The taste starts very malty and sweet finishing with a calmer malt flavor and a hint of hop at the end. The aftertaste is a nice malty flavor that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium/light with heavy carbonation. The flavors are really powerful here, not looking to balance this one but to punch its best qualities. This is a very easy beer to drink, a quality Irish Red, worth checking out.

Photo of hwwty4
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark amber red with a large hazy head with just a bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet toffee but the taste is burnt, caramelized sugar. Mouthfeel is medium body and lightly caramelized. Drinkability is low because the taste is overwhelmingly burnt. I know this is pretty fresh. I bought it when the sampler pack came out. I have one more in the sampler pack and if it's of the same taste I don't think I will ever be drinking it again.

Photo of stewart124
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with slight oranges hues. Off white head that is big at first but dwindles.

Sweet caramel notes are strong in the nose. Earthy tones with floral and fruity esters present.

Strong esters with a strong sense of sweetness from the caramel malts. Lingering fruity esters on the tongue with a slight noble hop bitterness.

Full body with good carbonation and feel. Lots of residual sweetness in this Irish red. Slight diacetyl but I think that goes with the style.

A nice Irish red in my opinion. But not something I could drink too many of. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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

Sam's Irish Red has a nice red-amber color and pours with a strong head that sticks around for about 2 minutes. From the bottle it will nicely fill a pint glass right to the brim. It smells more bitter and tart than it tastes. Its true flavor hits in after a couple seconds. A good Irish red ale. It is medium-light on the carbonation and goes down smooth. Another tasty beer by Sam.

Photo of wspscott
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (spring break)

A: Reddish orange color, light tan head with nice lace.
S: A muted nose, no hint of hops and a little sweetness.
T: Slightly bitter, a hint of bread with a little caramel.
M: Quite a bit of carbonation, very crisp but not watery.
D: Good example of an Irish Red, definitely worth trying especially if you like malty beers.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark orange/amber color that is quite red with lots of off-white head that has great sustain. Aroma is light and bready, a little toasty, and slight buttery toffee notes. On the palate, it starts thin, opens to a tangy, buttery malt feel finishing dry with a risidual bitterness. Overall, its a very easy-drinking ale, with just enough interest to keep me coming back. Irish Reds are a pretty tame malt oriented style that is great for the spring. The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation marked by a creamy, slightly buttery feel, very smooth.

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

Standard amber color with a slight ruby hugh in the bottom portion od the glass-a small head forms. Reasonable amount of lacing on sides of glass.

Smell is woody and cedar-like some malt kicking through and clearly these characteristics are very present in the palate. Quite true to style and drinkable. There is maybe a more liberal usage of hops than in many other craft ambers but I think this is a good thing and applaud SA for making a fairly hoppy one like this. Quite drinkable as well.

Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: great, sticky head. There is a nice foam cap the whole drink and it leaves great lacing...just purty!

S: there is a nice clean caramel toast aroma, not unlike a mild bock beer no off aromas at all.

T: The taste is very easy and almost light. id say it should be more a 3.7 taste but we cant do that, so i knocked it up. It seems like it should be a bit heavier which is why i decided to knock mouth feel instead. there is no real bitterness. but its pretty good and easy to drink

Photo of johnrobe
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light tan head disappears quickly, the brew is a clear reddish amber in the glass. Toasted grain dominates the nose and the hops seem somewhat floral, grassy...not in a bad way. This brew is very well balanced. Sweet but not cloying, toasted bready malts are offset nicely with floral hops. This brew first struck me as a tiny bit thin, but the more I drink it I think it's about perfect for a session brew.

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a very nice looking reddish-brown color. Head is off-white and about two fingers deep. Retention was good though lacing leaned toward the light side.

Smell: Caramel malts smell sweet and rich. Very light citrus notes are present. Hop character seems to lean toward the floral direction. Slightly yeasty.

Taste: Caramel malts are sweet. Hints of roasted malt and toasted nut blend well. Hops provide a slight bitter kick and really balance it out well. Slight biscuity taste toward the end. Nice, dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Very crisp. Carbonation is excellent. Very smooth and satisfying. Very, very drinkable. This is a very fine offering from Sam Adams. One I'll no doubt enjoy again.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second from the 12 pack sampler. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint/tumbler.

Appearance is a light red, light amber with no cloud or sediment. Off white, meringue like head that quickly recedes to a thin head leaving nice trails of lace.

Smell is fruity and slightly hoppy, not much of a malt nose. Citrus hops with a sweet aroma.

Taste is reasonably malty with a metallic, coppery twinge. Citrusey hops are light, but there.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin carbonation makes the beer bubbly on the tongue.

Drinkability is good, very light and easily sessionable.

Not bad, but I'm noticing the hop profile in the SA varieties are almost all identical, save for the other flavors contributing. Not bad, but A little variety to the hops would be nice.

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

It is close to St. Patrick's day so it's time to try the Irish Red.

Appearance- very carbonated and busy. Thick proteiny head of about an inch, dissipates quickly into a steady ring with a thin layer covering the top. But still holds the high carbonation.

Smell- a light earthy hop hint. Some floral notes. Definite carmel malt aroma. Very similar to an Oktoberfest, but still very carbonated.

Taste- First thing that hits is the steady caramel malt, with just a slight trace of hop character. It has a lovely nutty and floral after taste that sneaks up on you. Although it smells like an Oktoberfest, the taste does not resemble one. It's considerably mild, and is almost misrepresented by its thick head. Still a fine tasting brew from Sam Adams. I'd like to make the claim that the malt is very similar to the Boston Lager.

Overall it's a very nice drink for the pre-spring. A good transition from the dark winter brews now I'm just about ready for some bocks and then an abrupt change to light summer beers. Great for the Irish day, though I'll probably be switching to a tall Guinness. It might be an Irish Red, but it's an American beer and I'd rather drink the only Irish beer I'll drink on the only day that call for it.

Photo of ewright
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A moderate pour into a pint glass yields a finger of head that rapidly dissipates to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The beer is a beautiful ruddy amber color. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer disappears.

S: The aroma is very subdued. There are slight hints of malt and caramel, but nothing is readily apparent.

T: What the beer lacks in aroma, it makes up for in taste! Big malt notes up top, enough hop bite to balance the sweetness, but it does not detract from the malt. There's a nice balance in the malt as well. Darker malts are present, but not overpowering.

M: Somewhat creamy... the carbonation keeps this one a light, flavorful drink.

D: One of the best of the SA Brewmaster series. I would love to see this in 6 packs ... the only place I've seen this one is in the mixed 12 packs.

Photo of jbsteiny
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive red-brown with very nice cream-colored lacing and a head that sticks around. Would be a five for appearance but for some chill haze. Smells of rich malts (caramel, roasted, toasted a little rum?), earthy ale hops, and a little honey? Appetizing. Tastes again of full malt flavors and English ale hops (Kent Goldings according to the label). A hint of spice? Nice example of the style, in my opinion. Medium to full-bodied, but the hops dry it out nicely. Another solid offering from BBC! I might have to change my bad attitude about Sam Adams -- the Brewmaster's Collection this year has been surprisingly good!

Photo of budgood1
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a nice looking auburn type colour, with a thin rocky head and chunky lace. sweet aroma...along the lines of some of ripe fruit and brown sugar. very inviting. the flavour is richly malty, with thick toffee and caramel notes, with an underlying spiciness that is quite earthen and herbal in nature from the EKG hops. heartily sweet but finishes dry. almost perfect. a thick body and full, luscious mouthfeel really round out and complete this delightful ale. drinkability is great. this just tastes delicious. i really dig this beer.

i am amazingly impressed by this new beer from SA. it's a great take on the style and should be a staple in every beer drinkers diet at this time of year. definitely recommended!

Photo of Tilley4
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my favorite Sam Adams offerings...

Deliciously red with a huge foamy head making this an extremely attractive brew...

Malt dominant aroma.. Strong caramel notes and maybe even some toffee..

Extremely smooth and sweet malts dominate the palate. I detect an almost fruity note in the background.. Very delicious...

I had this side by side with a Great Lakes Conway Irish and this was the clear winner...

Cheers to SA for this wonderful brew!!

Photo of toolbrew
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer for the first time tonight at an Irish Potluck I attended. It poured a deep mahogany red color with a white head. Had a nice malty smell. You could taste the malt and there was a crisp hoppy finish. You could sense the hops the most on the back of your throat.

I could have a couple of these at a sitting. Not big on the red beers but this was good.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep rich hue of copper, perfectly unclouded, minimal head of off-white almost tan.

S - Smells sweet and roasted malts, little traces of bitter hops or citrus, has a smokey character.

T - Suprisingly a bit light on flavor than what I was exspecting, it has a nive balanced taste, and bit on the sweeter side maybe carmels and roasted malts and nuts, alomost no bitterness.

M - Lighter bodied, light carbonation, clean crisp finish.

D - Extremely drinkable can easily put down one after another.

Photo of andrewt960
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was delicious. I tend not to love all Sam Adams, but this was an exception. It poured a nice dark gold with a red hue to it. The head was nice, about a finger, but thinned quickly. Lacing was evident as there were some spots around the glass, just no distinctive rings. S: it was rather nice, it was a toasted, malty smell, and fuggle hops with a woody smell. It reminded me of the smell when walking into a brewery... the wart. I actually liked the smell. T:Tasted nice, velvety, carbonated with nice distinct red ale flavor. Very nice, wish I had more.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a deep red/copper color, forming a thick creamy 1 inch tan head. Medium spots of lace dot the glass. The aroma is dominated by strong sweet malts, with a hint of hops. Sweet and simple. The taste is smooth sweet malts, creating a creamy nutty light caramel flavor. Medium smooth mouthfeel. Full flavor and medium alcohol make for a highly drinkable ale. Overall, this is a great session ale. Definitely a new favorite from Sam Adams.

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

Very toasty and sweet smelling, caramel malt on the nose. Pours a nice head and doesn't go away that quickly, leaving nice lacing. Tastes toasty as well, with some nice peppery spices and bready malt. Nice English tasting hops on the back with a bit of soury unpleasantness in the aftertaste. This is one of Sam Adam's best beers, however, IMO. It rivals Conway's Irish Ale, which is my favorite Irish Ale. This may be slightly better. Very nice session beer.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep red (obviously) with a very large head. Good amount of lacing.

Smells is very sweet. I get some floral and banana aromas.

Taste is also very sweet. Tastes a little like caramel.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Might be a little too sweet to be a session beer, but solid nonetheless.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice reddish brown, with a good sized light tan head.

Aroma of caramel malt, and spicy EKG hops. Pretty fairly balanced. Tastes is again caramel, and hop spice. A bit of a syrupy flavor, maybe from roasted malt. Mildly bitter finish.

This beer has good body, I was a bit filled up after two of them. Syrupy consistency to it, seemingly thick. Can't say I've drained too many of this style before so I don't really know if it's normal.

Drinkable beer though, as one would expect form this brewery.

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