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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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2,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,198
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 24
Gots: 78 | 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.

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Photo of buschbeer


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

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours burnt orange leaning towards copper in color. It is topped with one finger of tan head.

S - The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with some toasted bread notes.

T - The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma. I get toffee and caramel malt. I can perceive some hops that escaped me on the nose.

M - Medium

O - It's a decent beer. I love Conways Irish Ale, and this just doesn't stack up.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:55:54 | More by buschbeer
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy beige head that gradually faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has moderately strong flavors of caramel malts with some notes of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable, however if I was looking for something with a bit more of an interesting flavor I would try something else.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:37:12 | More by metter98
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Pours a dark red color, pretty hazy, decent head that fades fast, not much lacing.

Mostly a caramel and malt aroma. Not too much going on.

Taste is immediately malty and hoppy at the same time, not really separated into stages. A bit buttery, solid carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 23:01:35 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Cresant


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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams shaped glass. Best before: 10/08. The body was golden amber/red. It was clear of sediment and bright. About two inches of light tan head formed and a nice cap of foam remain. Minimal lacing.

Smell was lightly spicy. Earthy. Almost an anise/licorice aroma.

Taste was also spicy. Rye-like flavor. Sweet maltiness. Light balancing bitterness. A solid offering from SA.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with snappy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 14:04:42 | More by Cresant
Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Clear garnet in color, with a large and dense cream-colored head, which retains very well. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. There was little carbonation to note.

Aroma: Sweet bread notes, pronounced malt, with little in the way of hops, and a distinct note of honey and caramel throughout.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt, which is quickly subsumed by a wave of tea-like herbal hops. These continue throughout the taste. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, with hints of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, albeit not particularly memorable. Seems to be spot on for this unassuming style.

Presntation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 20:36:54 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bigfnjoe


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

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a nice clear shade of amber with a frothy three finger offwhite head. The head fades after a little bit, but leaves some nice lacing. Looks great

S- slight aroma of grassy hops along with a little bit of wheat and almost a metallic smell as well.

T- some lingering sweetness in the beginning, which gives way to some breadiness and some very, very slight bitterness. No specific flavors really pop out, but it's pleasant tasting

M- medium bodied. Par for the course

O- not a bad beer, but almost seems like a starter version of craft beer...not as if an Irish red is a very complex style, but there isn't a lot going on

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 20:45:19 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of xare


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

Poured as a ruby red with a white foamy head that laced somewhat well for an irish red ale. Overall, rather pleased with the appearance.

Malty aroma predominated here and the aroma was mixed with the scent of toasted bread. Rather interesting...

Taste was a mix of flavors, from caramel malts and a fruity middle to a hoppy finish. Rather strange to get this combination but it certainly was interesting.

Mouthfeel was creamy, frothy, and had a bitter, hoppy finish to it. Overall, above average, but that finish detracted from the experience in my opinion. Although if you like that, you should definitely disregard my caveat.

Drinkability was above average. I would always finish this beer and would order it / drink it, but it wouldn't be at the forefront of my mind. Overall, it's a solid brew but I wouldn't say it's something to seek out tirelessly. Definitely give it a try though, if you can get ahold of it.

Only bad thing is it's only available in a mixed pack at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 23:02:46 | More by xare
Photo of BostonHops


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
Photo of AgentZero


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

A - Deep, mostly red with some amber color. About a finger and a half of carbon dixiode bubble head on the top that dissipated rather quickly leaving the sides of the glass mostly clean.

S - Some dark fruits and mild hops. Malty, caramely smell.

T - Definatly get the malts and fruits on this one. A little bit of hops balance it out at the end.

M - Medium carbonation, a little empty, could have used more body or more taste, left me wanting for a little more.

D - Easy enough to get down, solid, but not great beer. Would definately drink it if it's around.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 16:30:55 | More by AgentZero
Photo of mpcrump


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy reddish color with an off-whit almost almond looking head. Fairly small head that lingers for quite a while.

S: Interesting mixture of caramel, tofee, and hops. Smells sweet somehow.

T: Caramel, toffee, and biscuits. A small amount of bitterness.

M: Right down the middle. Not light, not heavy. A little bit of sweetness.

D: Good enough. I'm ok with Irish Reds. Not a huge fan but they are ok in my book. This seems to be a decent Irish Red. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 05:50:43 | More by mpcrump
Photo of acelin


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

I thought this was a very interesting beer. Here is why:

The bottle is marked with a freshness date - thank goodness! Said drink by May 2010.

Pours a deep ruby red that is really gorgeous. A nice white head sits on top, but disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

Taste is of sweet malts - I detect even some dried raisin in this beer. Perhaps it is from the yeast used, not sure. No detectable hop flavor, only bitterness comes from a slight alcohol spiciness.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick for the style ( Boulevard's Irish Ale is much better) but drink ability is still very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 04:15:37 | More by acelin
Photo of NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

A nice bright red, clear with a decent head clearing quickly to a white ring around the glass.

Aromas of caramel malts, slight grassy notes of hops. Not a strong aroma overall.

A taste stronger than the smell led me to expect. Sweet caramels/toffee but a nice hop bite towards the end leaving a lingering bitterness at the back. Very smooth. Quite balanced although I was expecting slightly more in the hop finish.

Medium carbonation with a medium/medium-light body.

Very drinkable on its own or in quantity, not too rich in taste but not too weak either.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 21:55:28 | More by NATOuk
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

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

P:  A clear dark ruby red brewed tea appearance with a frothy crown of taupe colored  head that stays around for a bit. 

S:  Toasted sweet caramel malt, grains, timid pine oil, earthy notes maybe slight aged wood.  

T/M:  Earthy hops with an almost dirty flavor, hints of metal, and rich toasted caramel. Soft carbonation and medium body that finishes dry. The finish lingers with toasted hazelnuts and dried hay. 

O:  Not bad but pretty average. I was really excited to try this but it fell a little short. Nothing really wrong but nothing over the top either. It's a great beer to have around if you just want to toss back a few. 

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 19:26:27 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Redrover


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

From the mixed Holiday pack & poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is ruddy amber with a semi-sticky beige head. The beer has a slight chill haze.

Nose of malts, caramel and something a touch plum like.

The taste leads with grains, lots of grain. It is a bit sweet with just a hint of smoke. Caramel and red apple at mid-glass. Earthy, almost sour finish.

I would like to see a bit less carbonation and maybe a little more heft.

Not a bad beer, I’ll take this over the old Cranberry offering any day!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 01:22:51 | More by Redrover
Photo of mvanaskie13


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

Poured into standard pint glass: nice amber/brown color with a tan head at first that dissipates to a ring.

Smell is caramel malt sweetness, no bitterness detected.

Taste is big caramely malt sweetness with some notes of toffee and hints at hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is just right for this malty of a beer, nice lingering flavors but not cloying.

Overall a solid red ale, not overly malty and pretty clean flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:25:04 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of matty


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

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity and caramel.Taste is malty,fruity and a hint of caramel.Very light and goes down easy.This is just another good beer from the people at the Boston Beer Company.I would recommend and purchase again!!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 06:19:55 | More by matty
Photo of NEhophead


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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Purchase before 05.2008.

Moderately hazy oak with auburn highlights. Very creamy, off-white head with stable retention that leaves a ring of condensed lacing with a moment. Walls of ringed and condensed lacing.

Toasted, biscuity malt with a faint hint of diacetyl. Floral hops, light citrus; a distinct noble hop spice amidst a layer of mustiness.

Orange and light apple acidity prior to a bready, toasted maltiness. Semi-sweet caramel creaminess. Big floral hop presence in the middle with notes of spice. Slightly phenolic and grainy in the finish.

Medium in body; somewhat smooth, but gritty due to the spicy hops and grainy flavor.

A decent Red, but nothing too memorable. The distinct spiciness distinguishes this from other Amber Ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 21:23:31 | More by NEhophead
Photo of TheMarkE


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

Appearance: Amber red with a good head and lacing and a lot of carbonation. One thing Samuel Adams does very well is make a great looking beer.

Smell: Faint caramel and toasty malts.

Taste: Caramel and toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a hint of bitterness at the end.

The Verdict: It’s ok. Entirely drinkable and mostly underwhelming. If only their beers tasted as good as they looked.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:22:17 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

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

Appearance: dark reddish brown beer with thick brown head lasting about a minute leaving some lace behind. Very bright.

Aroma: sweet caramel malt with a burn malt tone to it. No hop aroma stands out.

Flavor: Mildly sweet malt with stong roasted/burnt flavor stands out. Mild bitterness but not much hops.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, balance is fairly good, medium body, pretty smooth drinking.

Overall: This is a good easy drinking beer with stong malt characteristic. I feel that the roasted notes is just a bit too much, not over powering just more than I would want. Id buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:16:05 | More by simmons
Photo of Bfarr


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

Clear very red amber, thin tan frothy head, good retention and nice lacing. Lightly floral tea and lager aroma. Big bite upfront with tea/floral, caramel, and earthiness. Moderately sweet and balanced. Sharp, smooth and lightly dry feel.

Like most SA beers, it’s easy drinking because it’s not too bold and smooth and evenly balanced. It’s certainly better warmer and this really does have an above average taste. Overall, I enjoyed this better than most out of the mixed case.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:54:05 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Onslow


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

Pours a light brown - red colour .. pours with a medium head, ...has a very interesting and pleasing taste, some caramel and toffee mixed with some nice irish craick (irish for good fun) ... is a good brew that i bet would craick it up on tap... the sole survivor of the six pack break at spec's...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:20:27 | More by Onslow
Photo of theo871


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

12 oz. bottle poured into perfect pint.

Pours a deep orange-red with a quickly dissipating head that leaves behind little to no lacing.

Smells faintly of malt, picking up on some toastiness.

Tastes sweet up front, which moves to a bitterness on the back end. Aftertaste is a little sour.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, creamy. Dryness on the finish.

Drinkability is good, nothing too exciting, but there's enough here to keep me interested for a bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:45:25 | More by theo871
Photo of earthboundagain


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

A - Pours a very dark amber with a nice head

S - Very earthy tone, with some a touch of something fruity

T - The term liquid bread fits quite nice. Nice earthy flavor with a strong mineral note. Some caramel malt in there that gives you just enough sweetness. Finish was . . . Well what finish is more like it.

M - I will say it was smooth.

D - Ok you're at your local bar, and it's your buddy's birthday and you know you will be drinking all night long, this is a great choice. Not to powerful or flavorful, but better then say a macro.

This is not one of my favorites from Sam Adams but it is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 18:26:02 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Pours a copper/amber with a small head, goes down quickly. There's a little foam that layers it all the way down

Aroma: Bready, malts, caramel

Taste: Its mostly the sweet caramel malts that come through on this one. Nothing in terms of a hop profile (not that one was really expected)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry

Drinkability: Its fine..tastes good and all. It isn't really my style though, so I wouldn't really go on about it.

For an Irish Red though, it does the job nicely. If you're into these ales, go for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:35:50 | More by kshankar
Photo of Beerislife652854


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

Sam Adams Irish Red is an outstanding brew.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass produces a crystal clear ruby red color when held up to the light. Nice prominent head lasts through the entire drink and laces the inside of the glass thoroughly.

S - Hints of caramel, malt, strong hops and hints of cherry.

T - A perfect balance of bitter hops and sweet barley.

M - Carbonation level is near perfect. Very balanced, goes down smooth.

D - I could drink this beer all weekend long.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 19:12:52 | More by Beerislife652854
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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