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

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Zorro on 07-26-2013

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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 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 dacrza1
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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 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 WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Ruby Mild seems like a more maltier version of the Boston Ale. The beer pours a clear nice amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is mostly English style hops balanced with malt....maybe a slight rye smell. The taste is very well balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium on body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good session beer!

Photo of jmanero
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time I tried this beer is in Sam's harvest variety pack. This is an extremely good drinkable beer. It's perfect for someone who is into a lighter body beer, but wants a malt flavor. I'm not to into hoppy IPA's like everyone else, so I look for good solid beers without bitter qualities.

Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty dark amber color, almost bordering on ruby. The beer is crystal clear which enhances the dark amber color. The head is small and wispy; settles into a light ring.

The aroma is grainy with a tart like lemon note. Baked bread and pepper. Perhaps some minerals.

The taste is bready with some caramel notes. Some honey and toasted cereal. Very malty for sure. An earthy bitterness helps keep the sweetness in check. Its smooth unlike an amber ale which tends to have more sharp tea notes. Very much like liquid bread.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet but has a strong earthy bitterness. Smooth feel.

I enjoyed this beer over their Irish red or any other amber ale/lager style that SA has. It is still rather a boring style but a good change of pace beer for a hoppy or sweet/sour session.

Photo of marcobrau
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby hued as advertised. Starts with a cherry pit aroma. Tastes a bit bittersweet with some caramel flavors mingling ith just a touch of coffee roastiness. Hard candy sweetness up front, then a touch of roasted malt bitterness and then it finishes sweet. Very drinkable despite the fact that is almost six percent alcohol.

Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Obligatory new offering from the Sam Adams 2013 harvest mix pack. Bottle into glass.

Pours soft amber, light foam. Just dark enough to not be see through. Pale ale, nose. Quite english. Slight cherry fruit. Quite mild taste, fruity. Even keeled. Just a hint of an edge at the finish. Some funk but never out of check. New offering, but feels like ye olde beer. Fits in the mix pack for sure.

Photo of KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby or mahogany hue gives off a rich and iridescent coloring. The head started relatively thick and pronounced but became thin and disappated quickly.

Thick in the nose it's like an Irish Red with roasted malt tones and kilned grains. Some sour caramel malt and toasted breadiness are present and the aromas are pronounced.

This is interestingly complex with some prune, date and raisin. Theres Caramel malts with an end of piney hops, the taste is sour and softly bitter.

There seems to be a fight in this beer between the crisp easiness and the taste as the carbonation makes it feel silky but washes away some of the flavor. I'm very impressed otherwise as its quite diverse and quite flavorful.

Photo of u2carew
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger off white colored head. Great head retention. Tight, creamy. Clear copper-amber body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle caramel aroma.
T) Caramel. Tree fruit - hints of cherry, apple. Subtle floral notes. Some candy / sugary sweetness to the flavor profile.
M) Medium-light body. Cream. Fairly smooth.
O) A decent brew.

Photo of scaliasux
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium amber. Clear. Short, off-white head. Not persistent.

Smell - Light caramel malt. Nutty and toasty.

Taste - Sweet but fairrly light caramel malts. Mainly toast, nuts, toffee. A little fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Per category, this is a pretty unobjectionable beer. Flavor is pleasant and light enough to enjoy all day.

Photo of wedge
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, deep copper under a thick, frothy head. Smells bready with some caramel, molasses, nuts, and sweet dried fruits. Toasted malts, dark fruity esters, nuts, and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Fairly sweet and somewhat spiced tasting. Not too bad...a little sticky and fruity. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Just the one bottle is good enough for me.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into mason jar mug.

Medium-dark copper and a finger of off white head. Smells sweet and nutty. Taste follows with good caramel malt sweetness, toasted bread, and a light nuttiness. Light body and moderate carbonation. It's very easy drinking, but nothing really stands out.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before January 2014. Acquired as part of the Samuel Adams fall variety pack. One of their beers that I've never tried before. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours the typical chestnut / ruby red colored body with decent clarity and two fingers of creamy khaki / tan colored head. Head retention is a bit better than some of the others in the Samuel Adams autumn variety pack, but not by much.

S - Smell is decent, it has some of that some same crisp malt profile that is present in Samuel Adams Boston Lager. A bit of crushed black peppery spice. Hint of alcohol fumes. Some grains.

T - Taste is bland and boring. A bit of crispness, toasted caramel malt, and little else. Not enough flavor and not nearly enough flavor intensity. Basically a malt showcase.

M - Medium bodied with the usual medium-high carbonation that is to be expected from The Boston Beer Company. A dry finish with some stickiness.

Overall, an unimpressive, unmemorable beer. Probably the least interesting beer in the variety pack, but that's not to say that it isn't drinkable. Crisp and malty, I could see this pairing well with some autumnal barbeque. Otherwise, it's worth trying once and not again.

Samuel Adams Ruby Mild ---3/5.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a decent amount of head, fades at a moderate rate and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a slight toffee aroma, nothing too surprising but that fits a mild.

Taste starts out with the sweetness of the malt, toffee melds in nicely, carbonation is soft yet ample which lends a nice creaminess to this beer, very easy drinking, not much bittering hops in the aftertaste though, fairly crisp finish which is surprising.

For a mild, this is quite pleasant but those expecting something else probably will be underwhelmed.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby Mild is what it is called...mild indeed. Sam Adams only knows how to make them right.

I was very impressed with the color of beer, as advertised a red tinge mixed with a dark caramel color that has nice highlights. The smell is not overpowering of malt or hops, with a mouthfeel that is well...mild. I thought it would blow me away, but it was just good, plain good, which isn't bad. Anyway, I thought the mild taste of ale would be something appealing to me but it wasn't as much as I thought. It wasn't bad, mind you, it just didn't tingle my toes. Overall, it is an outstanding beer and one I have tried again and again.

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colored ale with a small tan colored head that doesn't last. Dark red color edging in to brown.

Smells malty with a some burnt sugar aroma, some caramel and a faint whiff of smoke. Fainter raisin and butter aromas.

Starts out malty ans semi-sweet. Flavors of burnt sugar and butter and some leather flavor from English style hops. Toffee and caramel flavors. Mild bitterness and some soda cracker malt.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad beer. Stronger in alcohol and malt that the traditional English version but still tasty.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a light reddish brown somewhat of a ruby color; with a good head.

Smell - sweet malty smell to it.

Taste - malt tastes is the most present, it is a perfect mix of sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel - good bodied beer

Overall - This is an everyday beer for me.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a thin head. Few sparse dots of foam clinging to my glass. Served in a SA perfect pint.

Earthy aromatics. Dry dirt and "brown" malt that I used once in a homebrew.Tastes breadcrust with mild caramel sweetness. Subtle and balance this beer plays well to Sams' strengths. At 5.6% why a mild ale and not an English brown ale I don't know.

Typical Sam: True to style, not bad, and not very good.

Photo of beyah
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Ruby color moderate head

Aroma - Malty Sweet, like visiting a bakery when cookies are baking.

Taste - Malty, Caramel, balanced with moderate hops.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation just right, not at all thin, silky smooth

Overall - Very well balanced, between malty sweet and English hops. A bit strong and sweet to be a British session ale. Overall quite good.

Photo of Mumps
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass

Appearance is a dark amber with an approximate one inch head, little retention or lacing.

Smell has a hint of brown sugar and molasses, with a very light malty smell at the end. Pleasant, but not memorable.

Taste is a good balance of malt and hop, nothing specific comes to mind though.

Mouthfeel is pleasing, nice body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer reminds me of the good old standby of Boston Lager. Well balanced, easy to drink and would be good all year. I will certainly buy again, and would recommend to some friends.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A dark ruby amber body sits under a cream colored head that recedes to an even film, as light foamy lines of lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is not a huge player, but it has sweet malty notes with almost a spiciness about it. A faint caramel sweetness comes through as well.

The taste is equally malty and sweet, very smooth too. Just a slight tang in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter in body, making this go down very easily.

Overall, this is an unassuming beer, and it's one that I probably could drink for a while. Nothing that jumps out, but that's quite okay.

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