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

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 425
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 37.4%
Wants: 31
Gots: 77 | 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 jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
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 at Disney World, 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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know anything about this beer until I got to the brewery in Boston last summer. The brewery was giving samples of this along with a few others. Since it's only sold in Boston I'll need to make my way back there if I ever want to have this beer again. The color of the beer is a deep red color with a pretty decent looking head on it. The lacing was sporadic along the glass. The smell has a pleasent aroma of hops and malts. The taste also has a hoppy and malty flavor. The mouthfeel is drinkable and just about medium bodied. Overall it's a good brew and really worth checking out when in Boston.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Whiskey's on Boylston St.

Beer came with no head. It was filled to rim - i had to sip before i could attempt to smell.

Deep ruby brown - no head, no lacing.

Not much aroma popping off this brew. I let it warm up a bit and gave it a few swirls but nothing stood out.

well balanced with malt/hops, a grainy biscuit flavor that lingered on the palette - very nice.

medium body - on the lighter side- with good carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

I wish I didn't have restaurant distractions while trying this beer, but based on the taste it was great brew and was enjoyed with food but could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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 IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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 nniicckkww
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap somewhere in Massachusetts. Rusty head with excellent retention. Nice malty aroma with a hint of hop. Very smooth with a subtle hop bite that balances out perfectly with the beers malt. Some chocolate malt? A nice, smooth Irish red. Great for the style. I could drink this all afternoon!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/8/10 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains caramelized malts, some hops, some honey and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a hearty mal character and then sweet flavors of honey, caramel and some citrus. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the best beer in the style but it's decent enough to be worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of IHC
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is only available on tap in the boston area. Its not in every bar either so you have to look around for it. Its got a great color a deep brick red color (hence the name). Its got a nice malty sweetness to it with a mild hop finish. Its a great red ale and one of sam adams best beers in recent times.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of Cowboystout
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Purple Shamrock on Union stree in Boston

Easily the best thing about this beer is the color. It's a beautiful copper red - makes it very inviting. It's hoppier than most red beers that you'll drink. It has some fruity flavors although I can't place it.

It's good very good mouthfeel, the flavor stays with you.

While it's not the best red I've had or anything, it's a good beer to get you in the Boston frame of mind and a good offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -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 Gambrinus1184
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Erish
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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 david18
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local pub today, pours a dark red, tasted like a pretty standard Irish Red, pretty malty, yet smooth, not alot standing out to me as I drink this beer. Pretty nondescript, not sure how this is much different than their other red ales, I'd have to do a side by side comparison, sorry for lack of detail but a very standard run of the mill red ale, not bad, but not great either. A very average beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 2/19/10.

While in Boston for the Extreme Beer Fest I got to have multiple sample glasses of this on tap in the Sam Adams draft room after a tour. Tour guide informed us that this red ale is not sold outside the immediate Boston area.

It pours a clear amber red with a khaki/tan head more than a finger strong. Solid wall of lace clings to the glass with very good head retension. Floral hops and malty sweetness comprise the aroma. Taste is crisp and malty sweet with an alcohol taste filling out the body. Caramel notes are present and it has a warming finish. Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of tworollsbeatone
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I came across this while stuck in Boston during a snow storm, and I was immediately pleased to have found it.

I haven't had many reds to compare it to, but I know I liked this one. The flavor was good and well balanced, in line with what I have come to expect from Sam Adams.

It had a clean after taste and a definite drinkability. I didn't want anything else while I was in Boston.

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Photo of PincheWero
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer months ago, but i do remember that i couldn't get enough of it. Great taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability! If you ever find this one on tap i think it makes for a great session beer!!! While in Boston this is all I drank... when available of course.


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Photo of Jesstyr
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of tzieser
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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 OtherShoe2
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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