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

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: fitzy84 on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of gtermi
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this on draft at a number of bars in boston and had never seen it before. I wasn't even sure what type of beer it was. Irish Red makes sense. This was ok. As with all of Sam Adams' beers it was very solid and good. But, as with many of their beers, not altogether outstanding. Good amber/red color, nice carbonation, very drinkable. This is one of those beers that's always the most interesting choice among a small selection of marcros

Photo of argock
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Doyles: This one pours a crystal clear coppery color. There is a decent off-white head that left lots of lacing. Nice nose. Caramel malts, a subdued sweetness. Some spicy, earthy hops and a touch of pine. The taste is good. Very clean, well balanced, malty. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Nice.

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmlund
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The body on brick red is what the name suggests: a very, deep dark red that is almost marroon, bordering on brown. A slight off-white head leaves one or two spots of lacing.

There is not a ton of any kind of aroma on this one, but what is there is a toffee like malt aroma.

The taste is more flavorful. Pretty much all big malts though. Lots of toffee and caramel with just a touch of hops that is barely noticeable.

This is a medium bodied, medium carbonated beer, which is fine. However, I would like it to better a little drier than it is, especially in the finish.

Fairly drinkable beer, pretty average overall.

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coppery red, "brick red," if you will. Small white head that dissolves into a steady skim.

Smells of light floral hops and rich, toasty malt. Tastes that way too: black forest cake toasty malt with a wet, fall fruit balance and noble hop back.

A great beer without being flashy. One of my favorites by SA. Very similar to their Irish Red.

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

I had this one at Jacob Wirths. It was served in a SA pint which I always like to see. The beer is a rusty dark red with chill haze and a sticky beige head.

It has a nice aroma of lightly roasted malt.

It is malt forward with a hint of sweetness. There are grains, red apple and something a bit earthy. Hint of pear and a touch of hop bittering mid glass.

Mouth is medium with a touch of slickness.

Very similar to an Irish red and easy to pair with a good chowder.

Photo of matjack85
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tried this beer on tap at Cheers on my last trip to Boston on the advice of my server. She said it was only available in Boston and only for a limited time, so I ordered one.

The beer poured a beautifully clear dark brick red color from which it takes its name. Despite just a rim for a head, the beer left some decent lacing.

Unless my nose was off, I couldn't smell much of anything. Just a faint caramel malt aroma, and you really have to sniff hard to get that.

Flavor wise, the pale malts and caramel really come through, but the biggest surprise was how bitter this beer was. I'm not sure what hops were used, but there has to be a boatload of them in here. They don't just balance the beer - they overwhelm it. In this case I think it was too much of a good thing. I would have preferred less hops and more malt for this style beer, but that's me. If you're a hop hound you may fall in love with this one. For me, it was just OK, but give them credit for coming up with something absolutely unique.

The beer leans towards full bodied but with crisp carbonation so it doesn't feel so heavy.

While not one of my favorites, I would still recommend trying it once just because I haven't tasted anything else quite like it.

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a deep red pint with a decent cream colored foamy head. Some decent lacing. Very very nice appearance.

Smell is a tough one -- BBQ restaurant smells interfere. Got some good herbal aroma, as well as some toasted malt and some boiled grain scents. Just ok.

Decent brew. Nice maltiness on the palate balanced with some firm bitterness and a bit of a dry husk edge. Some fruit, some hops, but nothing overpowering. Decent.

Decent body and good carbonation.

Overall, I could do better. Easy to drink, but kinda lacking any real punch to make me want an encore. Worth a try, but just that.

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bella Luna/Milky Way 6/3
This beer pours a deep crystal clear red. When served, not much of a head, more like a slight film that was offwhite. Nice wispy lacing left along the glass. Nose is somewhat muted with most notably caramel malts present. Taste makes up for lack of scent. Very sweet, this beer is loaded with amber, caramel, and toffee malts, there was a touch of breadiness in the middle, and finished out for more sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium body, nice carbonation, crisp going down with a slightly sticky finish. I'm generally not a fan of Sam Adams brewery, but I've found a brew that is highly enjoyable and very drinkable!

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Samuel Adams Brick Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.