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Samuel Adams Ruby Mild - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Ruby MildSamuel Adams Ruby Mild

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BA SCORE
78
okay

460 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-26-2013)
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Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a medium head. Nice lacing for a "mild ale".

Smell: Sweet malt and some roasted malt. Also some bread and caramel.

Taste: Starts off with sweet but not oversweet malt, bread, and caramel, and then takes a dive 2/3 the way through the taste with hops coming in, leaving the beer with a bitter flavor that lingers in the mouth. Not too bold, but I suppose there's a reason they call it "mild".

Mouthfeel: Thin, but again, I'm sure that's part of the "mild". Carbonation could get bumped up a bit.

Overall: It's not too exciting. I can see how mild ales can have a place, but at 5.6% ABV this doesn't work too well. It comes as part of the twelve pack of October beers, and I don't think most people are going to be as eager to try this one. There are better session beers out there, and Sam Adams I know can do better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of markallmon
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, clear, copper/red in color

Smell: grain and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, grain, toasted malt, and slight woodsy hops

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, high carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: I have liked a lot of Sam Adams seasonal specialty beers, but I find this one to be ok, or just short of it. It hits a bunch of what the style should be like. Not bad enough to turn away, but not overly memorable either.

Photo of TheFunGuy
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 2013 fall pack. It pours a very nice reddish brown, and clear. Not ruby, but nice looking. An inch off white head that slowly fades over a few minutes.

The smell is malt and slight roast. The taste is malt, caramel, and nut. The nut is very light, and I can't pick up the hops other than a slight offset on the sweet of the caramel taste.

I am rating this highly, because it is a smoother, well balanced, very drinkable version of their red. I like their Irish red, and I would pay 25-50% per six more to have this available year round in place of that. Every facet is slightly better tasting and smoother than that already good beer.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MattyG85
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish caramel ruby red with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, bready, and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of caramel. Toasted malts upfront with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, grain, cracker, and tea. Also some hints of nuts and brown sugar. Mild hints of earthy hops. Fairly damp and earthy smelling. A pretty decent toasty malt driven aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, bready, and fairly sweet caramel malt driven taste that is fairly earthy. Bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toasted bread, sweet caramel, toffee, cracker, grains, nuts, and tea. Subtle brown sugar like sweetness. Some earthy hop bitterness comes through towards the finish. Nicely toasty and earthy. Decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent malt forward mild ale. Nice caramel malt taste.

Photo of Culture
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dmk91
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Oelschlager
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of alotofcoffee
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dacrza1
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: September 21, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint glass... OCCASION: first a strong PSU win...APPEARANCE: beautiful chestnut-red body with a creamy white head; laces sporadically and slickly... AROMA: sweet,, slightly toasted oat malts with sot hops--the citrus is secondary to the doughy malts--ESB in its scent...PALATE: medium-bodied, rewardingly smooth and just substantial enough to have a presence...TASTE: malty, mild and unobtrusively sweet... OVERALL: a rather straight-laced, straight-forward, functionally sessionable beer--not one I'd seek out or miss, but one I would enjoy over a variety of mouth-rinsing macros...

Photo of tastybeer
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt copper in color with a small head, some lace, an ok retention. Aroma is malty at the front with scents of molasses, brown bread, oatmeal cookie minus the raisins. Not hoppy. Pretty nice. Taste is crisp and clean with a little bit of light bitterness. Flavors match the aroma. This is pleasant to drink and certainly sessionable. A very appropriate fall seasonal beer. Texture is smooth with a hint of malty viscosity broken up by tingly fine carbonation. Light body that feels medium at times.

This beer is a great addition to their Fall seasonal 12 pack. I'm enjoying it.

Photo of Spartan13
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with little stick.

Smell - A nice nose, throwing out notes of caramel, toasted malt, fruity esters and a touch of earth.

Taste - Lighter on the tongue than in the aroma, but nice balance nonetheless. Caramel, lightly toasted breadiness, mild, slightly sour fruity esters and a well placed spiced hop bite. Light, but doesn't lack for flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with lively carbonation. Hints of diacetyl. Goes down smooth.

Overall - I'm not too familiar with the English Dark Mild style, but I rather enjoyed this one. Easy drinker. Just enough complexity to keep my tongue interested. It wouldn't pain me to see this one in their future Autumn mix releases.

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Samuel Adams Ruby Mild from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.