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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Photo of shamus
1.93/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

We tried this at the Boston Beerworks and were extremely disappointed. It tasted sour, like really bad homebrew. The yeast may have been contaminated or they may have used sugar adjunct instead of pure malt. In anycase it was very flat and undrinkable. And for me to say that we left it mostly undrunken on the table should tell you how awful it really was.

I'm going to guess that we just had an off batch but I really couldn't recommend this less.

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Photo of Rekrule
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of Truh
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Imbibed this on 5/1/2004 prior to the Kaiju Big Battel at the Fenway location. Served in a 10oz. short glass. This was actually called the Red Reserve, and was told that it was their usual Red with the addition of some dry hopping. Look was light oak and hazy with a filmy, thin head. An immediate strong, flowery bouquet with straw and some watermelon notes to taste. As it warmed, I noticed some red wine aspects. Far too carbonated overall - has the feel of a soft drink.

Not too sure what they were trying to do with this, as it was, on the whole, unimpressive. Despite the dry hopping, there were few hop notes throughout. I would not order this again, and will not recommend it.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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 chet4
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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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Photo of jlindros
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Even with an aggressive pour yields a minuscule head that fades quickly to just a light fizz. It's a super clear toasty reddish maple brown color.

N: Some sweet malts, a little sweet malty syrup, with some toasty malts, reddish darker malts, and a slight ale crispness. That, that's pretty much it.

T: Malty, not sure malty but there. A slightly sweet toasty malt flavor, some syrupy sweet malts, some reddish almost porter malts. Then with all that... is it... perhaps... maybe I can taste... almost there... it's... is it? Yes, a slight hint of earthy hops. Ha! Something other than boring malts. Wait, was that a dream I just had. I can't really tell, I'm not really sure if there are hops in it. Is that a hint of... water? Nope, lots of water. Anyways, boring red malts. End of story.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Dries a little, still leaves a little malty and sticky sweetness. Some spicy mouth feel, more like it would be a much higher abv beer on the tingly mouth finish, but its not. Some sticky sweetness and lingering syrupy malt flavors. Red malts linger. Wish I could add more. But nope. If they could package up the word bland and put it in the dictionary... er I mean beer dictionary, there would be a picture and scratch and taste sticker of this beer. Actually, for a scratch and taste sticker of this beer, take any sticker commercially available, scratch it and lick it. Taste anything? Exactly!

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Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of buzzarooski
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Me and Sully Saw it....Tried it....Whateva....NOT bad....but NOT WICKED Pissah Either....Honestly NOTHING about it makes me want to run out to "The Packy" and get more. Simply put....Yaz & Nomah might have Hit a Homah or two in Boston....But this Beer DIDN"T! Swing and a Miss!

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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 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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Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a glass of reddish brown brew -- a good amber color, but not really ruby. Some fairly decent lacing, with a less than substantial head.

Milder aroma than expected. Toasted malt and some charred husk.

A bit on the mild side. Some decent hop bitterness, but not really hop distinctive. Bitter, but without flavor in that bitterness. Some toasted malt and some mild caramel, and some bready, maybe even biscuity flavors. A little boiled grain gives it a mashed, lightly sour aftertaste in the finish. Not horrible, but eh.

Fair body and decent carbonation. Nothing wrong here.

Overall, just ok. Not really blown away by this, and this one could have been a substitute for almost any other brew. It went down fairly easy, but that was mainly because it was not all that substantial. Not a palate clearing beer at all. This was the primary glass with the food and it did not hold up/stand up to the challenge at all. Just ok.

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Photo of mschofield
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red with orange fringe, head laces well.
Lightly roasted malt and a slightly fruity nose.
Rich malty taste, a litte fruit, slightly sour grape as it warmed.
Bitter aftertaste. Medium feel, quite malty for the style.

I think I may have gotten a bad one, it shouldn't have been so sour.
That brought the scores down, I'll have to retry it in the future.

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