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Samuel Adams Brick Red | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by fitzy84 on 03-03-2009

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 441
Reviews by rsgcwhite:
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3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at McGann's in Boston.

Appearance is deep cherry red with no head to speak of; the color (beautiful in a beer) is alike to the deep red masonry constructs that lend its name. Huzzah!

Aroma is very light, some caramelized malts and whiffs vaguely reminiscent of fruit.

The taste has a well balanced between a strong (but not overpowering) malt flavor and a moderate hop finish. Some fruity flavors - for me, I mainly detect a subtle cherry flavor which complements the beer well. Frequently in beers, too much of this flavor yields a 'cough syrup' type of flavor, but not so in Brick Red. Caramelized malts and a slight citrus accent further complemented this beer.

Two enjoyable pints later, I appreciated the subtle complexities of this beer more than I had on previous occasions. There was something off of about the grainy hoppiness in the beer I couldn't place; but it's a highly drinkable, suitably unique Boston Beer Co. offering.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jcorn
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to get this occasionally at restaurants since I live in Boston. Can't get in bottles or cans, only on tap in/around Boston. Very solid beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopping at the America exhibit in Epcot for a beer. This was on tap. The server said it was only offered on tap, and only in Boston and Disney. Good beer.
Ruby red color, thick tan head, a good deal of lace. Very pretty.
Sweet, malty, caramel aroma.
Very much caramel malt taste, a hint of cherry.
The malt makes it to be on the heavier side, but it was a very nice beer.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Ale House

Appearance: clear, red-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, small citrus hops in the back

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and body, nice balance between sweet and bitter

Drinkability: A hoppier Boston lager...A very good beer that I could sip all day. One of Sam Adams better offerings and one of the better I have had in the style.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As far as I still know you can only get this in Boston. I had this on my trip to Boston in '11. Can't remember the bar name but it was right by the Oyster House.

Second Favorite Sam Adams beer next to Noble Pils. If you can only get this on tap around Boston, I suggest getting it and you won't regret it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryanm1
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really stands out about this Irish red Ale. Note that almost everyone that reviewed it reviewed it as a "on tap" because I don't think they bottle it. I was in Boston around Labor Day 2011 and I had the pleasure of going to FJ Doyles in Boston, which is the bar that Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) provides free trolley service to after the tours.

The beer was a red color and the taste was fitting of a red ale. Descent amount of head on it but nothing stood out other than the fact you can't buy it in bottle form and it's rare to see anywhere. Not bad with some Chowder. On par with Killians Irish Red.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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