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

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BA SCORE
84
good

361 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fitzy84 on 03-03-2009)
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

spelletier, Mar 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

chefduff2, Feb 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Ted, Apr 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It was aaite. I'm usually pretty quick to shut down a Jim Kosh beer, but this one was aaite. I had it at the Bell In Hand, supposedly the nations oldest tavern in Boston. We also had some Sam Boston Lagers around too, and came to the agreement that it was like they took the Boston Lager recipe and switched out yeasts and fermented it at 68 degrees. This isn't to say we didnt like it. The grain bill was solid, nice hop aroma and flavor, it looked pretty in its glass, it just didn't do much else for me that any other American style ale would do. Like I said though, I'd give it a solid aaite and probably order another if given the chance.

corylew, Sep 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

scxcrunner, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

tsmiller7, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

boku56, Nov 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

AlMarzo, Dec 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Ryanm1
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Ryanm1, Jan 11, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On tap at Sunset Grill, Boston. This beer pours a dark brownish red with a white head. The aroma is of indistinct sweet malt. The flavor is sweet initially with lots of sweet malt. This is just a bland, malty mess of a beer, nothing special. Meh.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of oline73
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at the Cheers set bar in Boston. Served in a dimpled Cheers mug.

Appearance: I'll admit this is a nice looking beer. Pours a reddish dark amber with a finger of thick off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild smell overall. I'm picking up some bready malt along with a slight sweetness.

Taste: Mild malt and slightly bitter from the hops. There is also a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The malt profile is nice. This is an alright beer, but not particularly interesting.

oline73, Feb 06, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at The Barking Crab (Boston, MA).

A: Deep garnet with 1-2 finger beige head with decent retention and a few spicules of lace.

S: Not a great aroma at with burnt caramel and an overly medicinal, buttery smell. Hops are not detectable at all.

T: Malty with burnt toffee and buttery tones with an abrupt herbal, woody hops finish which doesn't do this beer any favors.

M: Big body for the style with low carbonation to give it a nice creamy smoothness. Aftertaste is very nutty and woody.

D: Not SA's best effort by a long shot. Very malty but too much toasted flavor with an strange abrupt hops finish that adds up to a poorly cohesive brew.

argock, Nov 10, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Brick Red pours, as expected, a clear, deep red. It's topped by an off-white head that fades to a film leaving nice lace. The aroma is fairly light overall with notes of caramel, toffee and a hint of fruitiness.

Biscuity and toasty malts upfront quickly move into a strong caramel sweetness in the center. Towards the finish a graininess appears along with a mild bitterness. Boston Brick Red is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a mild stickiness.

I know Irish Reds are supposed to be malty, but this one just seems a bit too malty to me. Perhaps it's the one-note dominance of the malt flavors. It's a decent beer, but most likely not one that I'll have again, especially if there are better options on tap.

EPICAC, Jul 08, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is dark red in color and clear, has light to moderate carbonation with a slight head. There is a slight plum and Carmel aroma and the taste is of alcohol and plum. This is an ok session beer and I was happy to find it on tap, though I do wish it was a bit more remarkable.

jnfs, Sep 04, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the tasting room in the Boston Brewery.

Poured a deep amber-reddish color with a dense head. The aroma almost killed this beer for me, very medicinal, almost like cough syrup. Luckilly, the flavor makes up for it, with bready and toasted malt flavors dominating (I didn't detect any camramel malt sweetness like some other reviewers), with a hint of roasted barley flavor. Ends with a firm (but not obtrusive)hop finish.

Pretty authentic take on an Irish Red, unfortunately the horrible aroma brings the drinkability down in my book

ghebb, Aug 16, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer when we went on the tour at the BBC in Boston. The beer was a nice golden yellow color with a very thick head. The smell was pretty average. Got a bit of malt and tiny bit of hops. The taste was pretty average. To me it was like a watered down version of the Boston Lager. The Mouthfeel was nice. I got a good amount of crispness. Overall this beer is perfect for what it is meant for (local bars and restaurants). It isnt the best beer in the world, but I love the meaning of this beer.

gtermi, Oct 18, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brick red, bordering on slightly brown. Virtually no head or lacing on it though.
S- Light caramel malts, a bit of sweetness, almost a honey character on the nose as well.
T- A bit of toasted grain at first, but then gets tremendously sweet, caramel and just a bit of earthy/woody notes in the finish.
M- Fuller body than most, much less carbonation than most in style.
O- Not all that impressive of a beer. Drinkable, but it's a bit of a disappointment considering how much I like most Sam Adams beers.

jsprain1, Jun 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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Samuel Adams Brick Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.