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

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 439
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 33
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at the Atlantic Beer Garden in South Boston, Mass.

A: Poured a bright, ruby, amber red color with a thin cap of creamy white foam which faded quickly but left a decent web of lace on my glass. Clarity is good and carbonation sparse.

S: Smells of toffee, weak tea and some herbal hop notes. There's a floral and fruity ale essence, but it presents as a bit more earthy and roasted.

T: Flavor is a medium sweet blend of roasted caramel malt, some earthy malt husk and light fruity ale flavors. There's some roasted nut quality as well, and the hops are of an herbal, drying variety. Flavor is not very strong or even that tasty, but pretty balanced at least.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a clean, smooth malt body and some drying hops to balance out the residual malt sugars.

D: A so-so Irish red ale that gets more props as a Boston-native tap-only selection. The flavors and ABV are sessionable, but it's sort of a tough pair and not entirely interesting enough flavor-wise to keep going back to. Glad I tried it, so should you, and I might be inclined to get it again if nothing outshines it on the tap line. It's worth a try.

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Photo of Omnium
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes on Oct 15th 2012
On tap

A - Clear dark orange with two fingers of thick white head with thick lacing.
S - Sweet caramels, light roasted malt, earthy notes.
T - Smooth caramel, a little toasted quality, grainy, a light earthy and herbal hop tone.
M - Smooth and actually kinda refreshing, not overly sweet.
O - Actually a decent red ale, not too sweet, moderately balanced.

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

On-Tap into pint glass.

Clear mahogany color wit a one finger tan head that settles to a thin cap. Light caramelized sugar with a strong toastiness. More toasty grain and caramel with a little dark fruit, which is slightly bitter, maybe the hops.

This was a very enjoyable Irish Red, not sure how close to the style it was but nevertheless very malty and smooth.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a deep red with an amber tint. Has some slight white foamy head, some nice lacing as well.

The smell is light, a mix of caramel and some roasted malts.

The taste is of roasted malt, somewhat like a good porter. Some strong caramel and brown sugar flavor. Is a bit creamy as well

This beer has a great feel to it, with a nice refreshing. crsip taste. It goes down easy and is pretty darn smooth.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color with not much head. Smells like sweet Carmel and slightly toasted malts. Taste very similar to the smell but has a fruitiness to it possibly some type of Apple.medium light body with medium carbs. Overall it's just an ok beer

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at the Green Dragon last weekend in Boston. After I asked the bartender what it was, he told me that Sam Adams decided to do a one-off for the brick bars on the street, or something like that. I know it's a one-off at least, so I had to try it.

Appearance: A copper-ruby combination, with an off-white head that sticks around the edges and that's it. Little retention.

Smell: Mild citrus hops and fruit esters. A bit of caramel. Balanced, but not a lot to be descerned.

Taste: A bit of caramel, earthiness, and fruit esters are going on mostly. Mild citrus on the back-end with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: An above-average and drinkable red, but nothing more.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good beer... and I can't have it any time I'd like, because I don't live in or around Boston. Brick Red to me tasted quite a decent bit like Boston Lager, with slightly less bitterness.

Brick Red has what you'd expect -- a red color. I honestly can't quite remember the smell exactly, but I do remember that at the time, I had no complaints about Brick Red. The taste of this beer is the best part... like I said, somewhat similar to Boston Lager, but more palatable for me with almost no bitterness to speak of.

This and 26.2 (Both Boston exclusives, unfortunately...) are both two of the better Samuel Adams varieties. I can understand and appreciate why they're only available in Boston, but I still wish they'd bottle it and ship it!

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Photo of lovindahops
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very caramel red with no foam at all. Very basic in terms of body and color

S- very sweet with caramel and sugar flavor

T- brick red is malty and sweet. A good amount of flavor in terms of the malty experience

M- a little light but still good on the sugary flavor

O- what else can be said, I am in Boston and you have to embrace this type of beer experience

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Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Pour House on Boylston. Seeing this beer, only available in the Boston area, was more than enough to convince me to try it.

Two fat, luscious fingers of white froth top a clear, deep red body that leaves dense rings of white lace on the pint glass. Great presentation and appearance! Good aromas, with plenty of caramel and chocolate malt. Nice taste, subtly complex with chocolate, berry, and a distinct hoppy taste; really good.

Brick Red is a winner upon the mouthfeel--surprisingly hoppy and gritty; lots of texture and complexity. I am not sure what hops were used in this, but some of the "C's" come to mind, given the taste and texture--perhaps Chinook, Centennial, or Columbus. Regardless, very delicious and hoppy; better than I expected. Easy to down and easy to enjoy. Brick Red is a very good red, more hopped than one might expect and, as Sam Adams would likely produce, thoroughly delicious.

Certainly recommended.

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Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled earlier today at Epcot in Disney World. Light mahogany red in color with a short off-white head that reduced to a light cap. Plenty of sticky lacings. Malty caramel aroma with a very slight hint of floral hops. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Big malty caramel flavor up front, dark cherry and grape fruit flavors through the middle, and light floral hop finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of drseamus
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We were kicked out of the setup for the ACBF so we had to go get a beer. Given how awesome the Bros and Candice were, I'll forgive them.

A: Super clear red with a light tan head. Fairly unremarkable.

S: Malty aroma with no hint of hops.

T: Standard Irish red but with increased sweetness. Malty right up front with limited balancing bitterness.

M: Kind of thick and syrupy for the style, but not in a bad way.

D: Not bad but pretty standard.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always found "Irish Red" ales and lagers to be a bit bland but Sam Adam's does it again, I really liked this. Had a nice malty smell and drank very smooth and had kind of a sweet aftertaste, very tasty . Brick Red is the perfect description of the color because it was a deep, dark amber/red color. I really hope this gets marketed and is in stores, it'd be one I'd pick up on occasion that's for sure. It went really well with the buffalo wings I had.

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Photo of tzieser
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had on tap at flann o'briens. pours a brick red color with very thin lacing. cold tap, so that could be why. fairly faint smell, a little malty. again, this could be because of the temperature. nice toasted malt flavor, though a bit thin. not a lot of hops.

a pretty standard irish red. nothing to write home about, but worth a try.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For my bachelor party, my pals took me both to Doyle's and the Sam Adams tour. At both places, the Brick Red (which they said was released Thursday, Feb 26th) was being served. The tour guide described the drink as being similar to the already aptly named Sam Adams Irish Red Ale. From memory, this drink was much darker than the Sam Adams Irish Red Ale (hence the "brick" name). A frothy head with some decent lacing was also noticed in both the sample cup and glass I had at Doyles. Aromas of malty spice were noticeable. A sharp malt sweetness was enjoyable prevalent in the drink. Other flavors included hints of hops, toffee and bread wrapped in the roasty crispness of the carbonation. Overall, if you are in the greater Boston area, you should try this up while it lasts.

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Photo of brureview
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass on tap at Joe's American Bar & Grill Dedham, MA.

Nice amber color, with a small head smelling of lemon and wheat; accompanied by a pungent tanginess.

At first, the finish seemed off-balance- too heavy for the initial smell and pungency.

After the beer warmed up- the finish was a smoother tangy lemon-wheat.

It's a good restaurant beer. I would be interested in trying it in a bottle for comparison.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Clear, reddish-brown. Light, little bubbles. Smelled not too much of cherries, and salt water. Taste is not off-putting, but not outstanding either. Light and easy across the palate. Seems well designed for style.

It was a treat to have a "rare" SA beer while in it's home town.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken during lunch before the Saturday session of EBF 2012.

A - Clear reddish amber color with a thin off-white head and some lacing on the glass. A nice, clean looking beer.

S - Very malty, little bit of caramel and other amber-ish malts. Very faint notes of hops.

T - Malts, caramel, taste exactly as expected for the Irish Red style. A very good example of the style.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation, creamy with a bit of crispness in the finish. Very, very drinkable.

O - Boston Brick Red is a nice and solid example of the style. In particular, it is very drinkable and a great accompaniment to a meal (I had this one with pizza). It is rare and I definitely would like to see more of this one.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Warren Tavern in Charlestown. A deep red color with a two-finger off-white head. the head doesn't stock around too long but it does maintain a nice foam cap.

Some sweetish caramel malt. Not much else in the nose but what's there is tasty.

Great medium body that pairs perfectly with the caramel and hints of chocolate. Some bitter hops towards the end and a semi-dry finish. Overall it is very good. One of the best I've had for the style.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap today after Sox game. Nice Brick red color, goes with name. Little head but very good lacing all the way thru. Has a Malty/toffee aroma. Good malt bitterness. Nice example of an Irish red. Certainly very drinkable. Nice malty mouthfeel without being to chewy.
Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer, highly drinkable and you can keep throwing them down smoothly. Surprisingly light for a red beer, taste close to regular Sam Adams but better.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very nice creamy, dense cap that recedes rather quickly with a bit lacing, too. Has a nice clear amber color with no noticeable carbonation.

S-Some wet leather, malt, and a bit of Earthiness,

T-Caramel with some light hops and leather with some very nice malt throughout.

M-Slick with no fizz; creamy, too. Medium weight to it, if that makes sense.

O-A more than decent effort worthy of your attention.

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Photo of Erish
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this at the Sam Adams brewery tour.

A: brick red color, good clarity, two-finger head with adequate head retention.

S: malt sweetness, smoky note, caramel, some floral hops.

T: very well balanced, plenty of caramel malt and a little smokiness up front, the floral hops mingle with the sweetness in the middle, and the finish is gently bitter with some lingering sweetness.

M: middle-weight, medium coronation.

D: a very pleasant English style red ale. I could spend an evening drinking these.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Milky Way in Jamaica Plain.

This pours a dark amber with very little head. Initially I get a bit of caramel, and a malty sweetness to the aroma. The first thing I notice in the taste is that this beer is quite tart, but balanced with caramel, and a toasted hops finish. This beer has a nice medium body, that goes down quite smooth.

Sam Adams has an interesting take on the irish red - and a pretty good one at that.

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