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

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Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red

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2,226 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,226
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 89 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

05-11-2012 23:00:41 | More by FaustOrFamine
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3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into mug

A - red-tinted amber under a massive frothy cream-colored head; lots of carbonation initially, then it calms down

S - weak caramel malt

T - sweet fruity malt, caramel, spicy hops move in and stick around for a balanced finish

M - smoothy and creamy, almost a buttery feel, medium/full body, medium carbonation

O - not bad

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 16:57:22 | More by lwillitz
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a transparent, deep amber/red tone while yielding a small, whispy off-white head; minimal rention and lacing.

aroma is pretty underwhelming. vague maltiness to accompany some light hops and maybe a touch of spice in the background. maybe. mediocre at best. not sure i can even give it that. taste, fortunately, is an improvement. caramel malts are more evident, as well as some breadiness and a slight touch of hop bitterness. fairly tasty in its own right; won't knock your socks off but i think it holds its own on the flavor front.

medium-bodied with medium carbonation. pretty style-standard. i wouldn't mind another (that said, nor would i necessarily seek one out). falls into the vast 'moderately enjoyable' abyss.

original review on: 09-09-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:03:15 | More by BostonHops
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-09-2012 02:54:34 | More by bumchilly25
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-08-2012 03:48:39 | More by ycortez
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-05-2012 22:44:00 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice malt fest in my glass. Nice red hued amber ale with a faint red tint in the terracotta head. Smell is sweet and malty with the traditional Irish fruit esters. Notes of banana and pear with a touch of grape and sweet alcohol. Taste is malty with the aforementioned flavors from the nose. Yeast is a signature here and this one leaves a nice mark on the ale. good fruitiness with a clean character. Finish is dry and also clean with a touch of malted grains. Feel is well carbonated with a crisp edge. Weight is medium. A nice Irish red overall

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 07:29:34 | More by scootny
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-02-2012 21:20:19 | More by Beerman1221
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.5%

05-02-2012 20:41:23 | More by olympicgatorade
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-28-2012 01:24:08 | More by rmw313
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3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So far this is now officially my least favorite Samuel Adams brew. I typically like the work they do but this one is lacking when compared to their other brews.

The beer pours a perfect amber color for an Irish Red with a nice tan head this is creamy and settles slowly with a nice bit of lacing down the glass.

The nose is rather subtle and dominated by the malt with a sweet floral mix that has hops undertones of pine.

The taste is a tad bit off balance with a slightly bitter aftertaste that falls in the acceptable range. The majority of the flavor is dominated by malt sweetness that is decently balanced with the hops and notes of vanilla and butter giving way to the previously mentioned bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a tad bit watery for my tastes and the carbonation is surprisingly lacking for something from Samuel Adams.

While I would rate this one as “drinkable” I would not recommend buying it as there are hundreds of others that are far more enjoyable. Also you can buy every other single brew Samuel Adams makes and it will be better than this one. I just don’t see myself buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:39:02 | More by AtrumAnimus
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

04-27-2012 01:42:01 | More by olbubba
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-26-2012 21:41:37 | More by srap357
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-26-2012 13:25:17 | More by daniel27
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a reddish amber hue supporting a dissipating head leaving a thin film and spotty lace. Smell is light on the nose of light sweet malt, honey, tea and light hops. Taste again having the light sweet malt while sucking on a bitter tea bag having a dry finish. Mouthfeel is lightly medium with good carbonation. Not a bad brew, just one I personally wouldn't go after again.

Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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