Boston Red | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-1998

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 27
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of puboflyons
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 3, 2014.

The pour is a hazy medium amber with no red hints. A modest head that fades to nothing.

The aroma has a sweet roasted malt character and a semi-crisp hint of hops.

The body is light to medium and somewhat smooth.

The taste has nothing extraordinary to it. There are some sweet malts and a short bitter finish. It feels like a knock-off brand.

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Photo of ddean
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Logan.

Hazy but a pleasant amber-red color. Light foam with decent retention.

Smell is subtle and almost completely malt, maybe a faint bit of hops at the end of the whiff.

I get some sweet caramel. Not a bad flavor, but nothing interesting about it at all....Malt is pretty one note and not enough hops for my taste. I prefer those hoppier, West Coast Reds.

Mouthfeel not so good because the flavor and feel of the beer is gone as soon as you swallow.

I will say, though I did not like this beer, it is not offensive in any way and it has a nice combination of lightness and body, making it something that goes down easy if you wanted multiple pints. It's just that I'm a big beer guy, and this one has nothing unusual about it. To give you a sense, the closest taste I can think of is Honey Brown meets a red ale.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Clear medium red with a thin white head.

Smell: Small doses of toasted grains.

Taste: Thin malt flavours with a light toast flavour that dries into a salty bitterness. Light bodied.

Notes: No big maltiness (caramel) and it does not quite taste as you would expect. Overall, this is a good red beer and very drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of tigg924
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and light citrus hops

Taste: bread, honey, toasted malt and light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with slight bitterness, moderate-low carbonation

Overall: An average amber that is on the maltier side. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would look for again. Beer Works makes better and there are more enjoyable in the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber reddish color. Nice head, but once again, nothing really jumped out at me from this offering. Maybe its me, but this was good beer, but nothing spectacular. It had the hops, but not the character. All in all though, it was quite drinkable.

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Photo of jackndan
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Ale: From cask. Pronounced hops aroma, with a very nice red/amber color, with a small dense head. Bold hops taste runs along the tongue, leaving rich warmth. As I told the proprietor, this was nice, but I thought Goose Island’s Red Felt was much more aggressive and memorable.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Beerboybill
2.57/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried the "cask conditioned" version of this beer. It had a deep red color and average cabonation with good head retention. The nose was weak and I wasn't able to detect any hops aroma. The taste was malty and slighly sweet, with little hops bitterness. There was also a distinct oak flavor (the cask did it's job). The finish was very short.

Overall, this is a very drinkable, but not memorable, beer.

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Photo of thetimhortonsman
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alewife
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, rich creamy head, long lasting. Cloudy, medium brown color. Thin to medium bodied. There were tastes of citrus (grapefruit), woody, whiskey-like flavors mixed with grains. Very smooth malty finish.

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Photo of harripat
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a very dark red amber body with just a little bit of an off white head and lace. The aroma is very sweet. The taste is malty and sweet for the most part with some toffee like tones but there is slight floral hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation suits it. It was a nice addition to the sampler I had.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Tasted from a bottle that was given to me as an extra in a trade. Pours deep clear amber with a frothy tan head that has real staying power. Nose is a fairly boring caramel and nutty malt with a hint of aromatic bitter hops. The flavors are a little more prevalent with caramel malt, some dough yeast, and just the right amount of hops flavor. The body is light with an oily texture, average carbonation, and a medium but sticky finish of caramel malt.

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Photo of Aexoonge
4/5  rDev +21.2%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber, almost brown, with a one finger head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head is pretty foamy with some large bubbles in the middle. The off-white head dies down decently quickly and leaves light lacing behind. As I pour it I can get some of the huge grainy malty aroma. Besides the malts I get a some fruity notes and a bit of piney and earthy hops. The strength of the aroma quickly dies down for me and it is hard to pick up anything but malts after a while. The aroma is decent but it needs more strength and after a while a bit of a chemical/metallic scent comes into play. Wow I never knew what people meant by the "wet dog" flavor. About 3-4 sips in it reminded me very briefly of my old dog walking in during a rainy day. (the beer was too cold at this point) This taste occurs right after swallowing and makes me wish the flavor while the beer was in my mouth lasted longer. It quickly turned to a taste of homebrew malts in a wort. The initial taste is just straight up homebrew type malts and a small dose of earthy and piney hops. As the beer warmed up, a little bit more hops came into play and really helped the beer out. I also do get that chemical/metallic note in the taste a bit, probably what bumped this down a bit for me. Mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. The body is moderate and so is the carbonation. In MF terms, this one goes down pretty smoothly. It does feel a tiny bit too watery to me and a little bit more of a creamy feel would do this one good. Drinkability is on the fence. It is definitely a beer that could be sessioned. However, drinkable beers are also ones that taste good. This one did not taste bad but I would not prefer to buy it again any time soon. A decent red, I think you can tell who this one is aimed for right when you take a sip.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while, but there are better within the style.

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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer. It's nice to see a brewpub with a decent Red Ale, one of my favorite styles when it's done right. And this is a nice interpretation of the style, so they get bonus points for being original. Appears almost brown actually, but when held up to the light the bright red shines through. Big head, and it sticks around for a long time, nice and creamy. Smell and taste are both slightly to the malty side, with hints of nuts and caramel, yet there's a perfect hop balance, nice and sprucy. I love the way a well balanced red ale can really make all the complexities of a beer stand out, but work together at the same time. Creamy, smooth, mouthfeel. This one is a winner.

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Boston Red from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 73 ratings