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

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Reviews: 975
Hads: 2,395
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 36
Gots: 220 | FT: 0
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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 vickersspitfire
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally having a Sam Adams beer in one of the new glasses, woo hoo!

Appearance - pours a reddish brown, a moderately good cap of cream-colored foam. It slowly recedes, leaving a mostly solid layer of lace on the glass.

Aroma - light, crackery grain. A very neutral sniff.

Taste - the caramel malts deliver a robust and roasty grain flavor. The sweetness is fully checked by the hops at mid-palate. From there, a smooth bitterness and low level abv warmth are key. Even finish, warm, dry and roasty with a bitter edge. Even more abv warming as it warms up, amazing feat for 5.5%.

Mouthfeel - solid body, nice smoothness. Carbonation is peppy so the beer doesn't come across too heavy. Well done.

Drinkability - already an ideal style for sessioning, this beer is an all-season winner. (788 characters)

Photo of malty
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's notched for July '08, so I'm guessing this baby is very fresh.

Pours a brilliantly clear orange & ruby color with a fluffy 2 1/2" light khaki head. Almost no uprising carbonation, except for a tiny bubble here and there. It rests still, with its glowing ruby hue and thick creamy head - very gorgeous indeed. Huge globular even rings of lace all the way down.

Toasted caramel malts linger over the creamy, thick head. After a few swirls of my .3L HB Pils glass, I detect some earthy hops in the nose. Some table fruits are apparent; apples, some dark figs, raisins - but kinda in the background as the soft & sweet malts are commanding the nostrils.

Snappy fresh sweet toasted malts ride the first wave. There's a friendly sweet swath of light toffee and a very gentle hit of molasses. The hops really add a nice bitter dimension to the malt foundation, with their herbally, earthy green tones. A chalky dryness is imparted by these welcomed green conical gifts of goodness.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Even though the liquid didn't look to have much carbonation after the poor, the ultra fine carbonation is at a perfect level for quaffing this ale in great amounts. The medium body carries these deep, sweet and somewhat dry flavors along nicely. A touch of spice along with the chalky dry long flavorful finish makes for a truly great rendition of this style.

Drinkability is awesome. To me, this is a perfect combo. of a delicious amber and a dry pale ale. In a way, it reminds me of an O'Dells 90 Schilling w/o the nuttiness. I could have a few tall schooners of this and be satisfied. I bet this would pair well with a bunch of different foods too!

I'm really not much into this style, but SA did brilliant work on this and made it their own. Not over sweet. Nice hop addition to really give the malts a perfect counter balance. It looks, tastes and feels great. I'll be bringing this to my towns St. Patty's Day fest this year for sure. All I can say is 'Wow'! (1,976 characters)

Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Beautiful amber red color. Nice head, a bit quick to fade but leaves a good amount of lace on the glass

S: Very good aroma, sweet and malty.

T: Very malty taste, very nice note of caramel. Well rounded with hop notes with a subtle earthy character.

M: Lightly carbonated, medium mouthfeel. Finishes clean and smooth.

D: Very good drinkability. Easy to have a few.

Highly recommended brew from Samuel Adams here. I'm impressed, and will soon get more. (522 characters)

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass. Paired with a McDouble from McDonalds. Poured a deep amber with a thin, pale head. I smell the amber malt, maybe some earthy hops? I dunno. Tastes smooth and with a little malt sweetness. The hops are earthy, and clean up the malt nicely. Not cloying, very drinkable thanks to a dry finish. Kinda feel like this is just an American amber but with English hops, but what do I know. Its good, would like to try on tap. (443 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my Sam Adams Glass (the genetically engineered one). It was a very clear amber/red color with a robust tan colored head. There might even be some light lacing with this brew. The aroma is strong of caramel. There are some roasted nut fragrances noticeable as well - very inviting. The beer is initially big with malt but not overpowering. It ends bitter, roasted and a touch dry. The mouthfeel is full and the carbonation is quite noticeable. I think this is an excellent session brew from Sam Adams (but it seems hard to get in my area of the country - only available in sampler packs). (611 characters)

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a Brewmasters Collection pack. What an unexpectedly awesome treat this one was.

A: Deep, clear amber. Beautiful with a thin, persistent foam head.

S: Nothing too special, caramel, a little malty funk, hops.

T: Nice tingle on the lips followed by a deliciously refreshing and cool caramel with malt. Finishes neat and wet. I want more.

Drinkability: I'm wishing the six pack was full of these. Too bad there were only two.

Value: I picked up this "collection" for $7.00. I got two of these bad boys in there. This was a steal.

Final word: Makes a red headed step child out of Killian's. Sorry George. (624 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Irish Red has a medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, rust-red appearance, and medium lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of medium-roasted barley malt and brown bread crust. Taste is of sweet, roasted barley malt, bread crust, and some mild hop bitterness at the middle through the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and slick, and Samuel Adams Irish Red finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

RJT (487 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Many thanks to Boston Beer Co.
Nice rich malty aroma with a nice toasty character. Also contains a tea like quality, very similar to the one I've noted in Boston Lager - and this one bothers me less.
Big full head of a darker color (tan). Great amber color with distinctive red hue intermixed with orange and gold. Very clear. Lots of bubbles rising. Plenty of lacing and markings after the drinks.
Before the flavor I notice the rich and almost heavy mouth feel. Very satisfying. Then the almost intense malt flavors, with extremely briefly as sweetness, then as the previously noted toast, and then I guess noted in the feel. The middle to end is a mild hop bitterness, but as much hop flavor that mimics the tea aroma. In total is makes for a smooth, flavorful, rather rich drink. It goes down nicely and leaves a tasteful long lasting finish that leaves the desire for another.
Really nicely done. Now one of my Sam Adams favorites (along with the Cream Stout and Double Bock). Nicely done. (1,026 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lots of carbonation. So much that it sounds like you're pouring a soda. The head is a medium tan color standing about an inch tall. The body is a deep amber-purple color. This is a very good-looking Red.

S - Robust scent of a Belgian. It has a nice malty aroma and best of all it makes me thirsty.

T - Solid Red flavor with a nice hint of plum. It has a very flavorful hop taste that's not at all overwhelmingly bitter. Very nice!

M - A bit coarse on the top of my mouth but nice and wet which offers a refreshing feel.

~ This is another very impressive brew from the folks at Sam Adams. I'm certainly going to have this beer again, and I look forward to it. Anyone liking a good Irish Red will without a doubt be pleased with this brew. (746 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker pint.

A - Very appealing on the eyes. A nice deep red color a shade or two darker than copper. About two fingers of off white head forms. Shrinks a tad but stays nicely at about one finger thick.

S - Lots of fruity smell. Some sweet sugary malts. A nice aroma for an Irish red.

T - Very nice. This is what an Irish Red should be. Initially a very nice caramel sweetness. Frutiness comes into the fold shortly thereafter. The bottle describes an "earthy" balance from Goldings, and it definitely shows through here. A very nice. Sweet but extremely well balanced red ale.

M - Medium body with some easy going carbonation.

D - This is a hell of a drinkable brew. Nice flavors going on make you want more. ABV is on the higher side of the average for an Irish Red. But not so high that you can't have quite a few of these. Definitely going to move into my rotation of session beers when I'm not looking to satisfy my hop craving, but am not in the mood for a dark beer. (1,006 characters)

Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Orangy-red with very thick foamy head and ample stick lacing

S: Light aromas of caramel and pale malts with only a touch of hops contributing

T: Laced with sweet malts dominated by caramel, toffee, and maple flavors. Again, low level hops presence, but enough is there to counter the delicious, sweet maltiness.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy with a clean finish, medium carbonation and body, and a sweet, light aftertaste.

D: A real surprise that they haven't made this a more frequent offering as it would crush most reds out there. Smooth, creamy, and malty sweet without excessive heft -- the mouthfeel alone would make it a really nice session beer. (717 characters)

Photo of OverToad
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try this beer out every since it was released. I had a very hard time finding this Sam Adams style beer. I was able to locate a two 6pks of it at a local store. I was very excited about this beer.

Beer pours a deep read that looks great with a tan head that stays all the way through. leaves a nice lace behind as the beer is consumed.

Taste: The taste is strong with the malt flavor being the first thing you notice. I really like this beer.

Another strong Sam Adams (485 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light khaki head that looks very creamy. Bubbles start off really tiny and get a little bigger towards the surface forming that creamy head. The body is a light orangy red.

Smell was very strong coming out of the bottle but was not that strong in the glass. I get a hint of roasted chocolate malts and maybe some cherries. It smells more malty than hoppy.

Oh, wow is that smooth! Not overly carbonated but when swished around a little, it bites the tongue. Doesn't leave the mouth dry at all.

Very malty at first but a slight spice with the hops coming in. It's really tasty. The rich malts are the main attraction here. The hops come in at the very end. Doesn't have a boozy taste at all. It claims to have some caramel malts in it, I do believe that's what makes this beer have its sweetness.

Drink Ability is through the roof! I can probably have about six of these and be upset I only got a six pack of it. Although, it's very robust, it's still light enough to keep wanting to drink more. (1,001 characters)

Photo of hokies1999
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell malty sweet from the generous amount of malt used in this brew. The hops were there in the smell but nowhere near as strong as Sam's signature Boston Lager. They might have been overpowered by the malt. The appearance was amber red with great clarity. The head, when poured into a Sam Adams custom glass was a 1/4" and then reduced to just a sliver over the beer. The beer tasted malty sweet with a hop finish.

This is an easy drinking beer that pleases. It won't knock you socks off with intense flavors but provides a relaxing smooth experience. This style isn't very bold to begin with by Sam's Irish Red is good when you need to "reset" from hop intense or malt intense brews and just let your taste buds relax for the evening. (743 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely. A deep burgundy woodstain in color with a small amount of khaki colored head retention.

The smell is rich and on the marzeny-sweet side.

The flavor is malty and has a bittersweet taste in the middle. Finishes clean.

Similar to most sam adams beers, the mouthfeel (and appearance) are of high quality. The clean finish also creates a high level of drinkability for this beer.

This is one of the better Irish/Red Ales that ive had in a long time. (463 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by July notched on label:

Pours reddish/orangish copper with a thick foamy off-white head that thins and lasts, leaving plenty of stickage on the glass.

The smell is of caramel maltiness with fruity/citric and apricot-like fruitiness. A nice spicy hop backing to the maltiness.

The taste is of caramel and grainy sweetness with lemony, cedary, earthy backing. Nice work with the East Kent Golding hops to support the caramel maltiness. Bitterness weaves in and out with a sweetish finish. A touch of alcohol comes through. Pretty complex for the style.

Creamy texture in a near-full body.

A nice, unique interpretation of the style. Good job bringing a hop kick to an otherwise malty drink. Sure beats a run-of-the-mill Irish Red Ale! (745 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

well, another solid beer from Sam Adams, I have a lot of respect for what this brewery has done for craft beer, true, many of their offerings are not exceptional, however, their presence in the otherwise destitute Kroger store that I am all but forced to patronize is a very welcome thing.

this beer is a lovely deep amber with a substantial head. aroma is bread, malt, tinge of citrus hops, just what I would want from an "Irish Red"

taste is the same as the aroma, very nice

overall, a delicious if not exceptional beer. as I said above without this my choices would have been far worse. Thanks again Sam Adams. (617 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber body with an off-white head.

S- Caramel malts and some fruity malt aromas as well (seems like apple).

T- Sweet malts up front, a nice mix of caramel and fruity malt. Just a touch of hops on the finish.

M- Just under a medium body with good carbonation.

D- Is pretty spot-on to this style of beer. A really easy-drinker for me. (339 characters)

Photo of danielplainview
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Was not expecting much from Sam. This beer delivers and then some. Great style with brilliant coloring to this beer. Head leaves a little to be desired though.
smell rich and malty.
Taste like a nectar from the gods. sweet grain flavor

mouthfeel: Feels like another.

I drink a few of these every chance I get. (311 characters)

Photo of Gish
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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! (464 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very deep mahogany red color, very very red. Pours a good 1 1/2 finger head, but fades to thin. Big bubble structure, tan white colors.

S- Whoa, and here come the malts! Very nice, breads, caramel, creamy oak and woods, cigars, maybe smoke, bourbon casks, coffee, cherries, black tea? Huge malt aromas, finally! Surprisingly complex and deep aromas, this is not what I was expecting at all!

T- A malty ale, so big time caramel tastes, bread and grains and backing up the whole sweet, bready thing is the balancing bitter finish. The flavor dances around, keeping me on my toes. Medium dry finish. This went the total other direction I was expecting, so kudos to that, Sam Adams.

Bottom line; a rich, malty treat. Impress your jaded Kilian drinking friends with this great tasting beer.

M- Good smoothness found in this. Surprisingly light body.

D- Very good. Very malty, leaves your mouth slightly starchy, but damn good smell and good, solid taste. A real winner from Sam Adams, my new St. Patty's Day beer, for sure. (1,026 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into the signature sam adams glass. It's as red as any beer I've ever had - really a beautiful color - with good amounts of head and decent lacing left behind.

Aroma can be detected from several feet away, both sweetness and a fair amount of hoppiness for an irish red ale.

Taste is impressive both in that their is ample sweetness as dictated by the style but more hoppy (as most american versions are) to bring a nice sense of balance to the equation. That sam adams yeast is recognizeable.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, as I know it, being medium bodied and medium-light carbonation.

Very enjoyable as a session beer and one of my favorite sam seasonals. (696 characters)

Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.