Hoppy Red
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #508
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,190
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 12.64%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
389
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Hoppy RedHoppy Red
Notes: Amber, smooth, and resinous, this ale was inspired by our exploration of Australian hops. We discovered that their rugged, spicy and piney character brightened a back-bone of roasted caramel malts, creating a beer with surprising depth and smoothness.
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fedt from Arizona

3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Hoppy Red, 5.7%
12oz bottle poured into glass, tasted in 2016

L: Deep amber in color, pretty thick head with good retention after several minutes
S: Strong piney hops immediately. Some citrus and a sweet smell behind. More citrus notes than your typical Sam Adams beers.
T: Taste starts a little flat, then builds. Malt heavy, then pine, grapefruit, caramel, honey, citrus rind, and juicy pine.
F: Little lighter than I expected, and maybe this would benefit from being higher ABV.
O: I do like red ales that are well-hopped instead of being all malt. This was overall a nice surprise from Sam Adams.

Jan 05, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small off white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops, inviting. Tastes of grassy hops with some caramel and citrus notes. Beer is light bodied and drinkable, a tad heavily carbonated. Overall, an above average beer.

Mar 11, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a foamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma is caramel and hops with a hint of fruit. Taste starts off caramel then finishes with the hops and fruit.

May 28, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a white head. Aroma was of citrus and herbal hops, caramel and toast. Slight bitterness to taste. Not great.

Feb 20, 2017
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper, clean and packed with a big head of off-white suds. Short but heavy wall of lace.

Aroma: Piney, with tropical Aussie hops coming through well, which to me is very, very nice.

Taste: Plenty of malts here over-reaching the delicious Aussie hops. Seems nicely bitter with a resinous finish, but I still feel the malts here overshadow the hops, that aren’t allowed to shine as well as they should.

Dec 25, 2016
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

1.84/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

It is as hoppy as an IPA so if you're not a fan...............the swallow is actually smooth but the flavor is very strong with a bitter aftertaste. Nice cloudy color with a nice head but would NEVER recommend to anyone!

Dec 17, 2016
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Sam Adams The Perfect Pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has fluffy white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured with very good retention indeed. The head only started to dissipate after a few sips, and there is good lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness along with a bit of peppery spice and earthy, piney hop presence. Has a slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt presence that immediately gives way to a bit of peppery and herbal spice along with a nice piney hop bitterness. The bitterness is fairly sharp here, yet not overpowering at all. Has a crisp, yet frothy and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, fairly dry finish. Easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be. A solid effort here.

Eric

Nov 29, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Back to the Bottle Backlog in full force, it seems. No regrets and plenty of Samuel Adams beers to keep me busy for the foreseeable future.

From the bottle: "Amber, smooth, and resinous, this ale was inspired by our exploration of Australian hops. We discovered that their rugged, spicy and piney character brightened a back-bone of roasted caramel malts, creating a beer with surprising depth and smoothness. [undersigned] Jim Koch".

I had pizza for supper and now I am ready to settle in for some beer. I am picking up with their hoppier version of the style, although I have the maltier version cooling now. I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a moderate pour, creating a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was mostly piney with some light citrusiness and caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an interesting mélange of everything from pine to grapefruit to orange to grass to caramel to bread. I am not sure how I feel about this. As a self-avowed hophead, I like my hops coming head-on, rather than being relegated to a passenger-type role. Still, it was better than a fully malty Red Ale, which is what many early microbrewers made. Finish was semi-dry, passable for the style, but given the beer's name, I was expecting more.

Nov 27, 2016
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L -- Clear amber with a decent off-white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing
S -- Lilac, peach, plum, pine. Slight acidic off-smell
T -- Bitter hops dominate, with notes of pine, earth, and toasted lemon peel
F -- Bold upfront with a somewhat watery finish
O -- Much more hoppy than I prefer in the style. This tasted more like a run-of-the-mill IPA than an amber ale, which I generally seek out for their malt-forward profiles.

Nov 20, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Mike, thanks bro.
amber red color with brilliant clarity, Caramel and bready maltiness with a fair amount of citrus and pine to counter. Pretty good, but not earth shattering.

Nov 20, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tea, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of rye, hint of yeast, and spicy hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tea, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of rye, hint of yeast, and spicy hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

Nov 18, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Hoppy Red in their fall variety pack. I'm in the mood for something hoppy today and I'm interested to see what they can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label label looks ok, it's got a pretty simple design and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a nice amber color that took on more of a red hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rind, spicy hop and green hop aromas with the green hops sticking out the most and there's some dank hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart some typical red ale like aromas with some caramel malt, bready, bread crust and grainy aromas with a little more dank hops showing up towards the end. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's a little to heavy on the green hops for me.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little more lighter and a little more balanced this time and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects with the green hops still sticking out the most, but more citrus rind hops come through this time too along with a little floral hops. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which is followed by the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the nice toasted malts seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a citrus rind and green hop aftertaste. This is pretty nice tasting beer, the hops work well with the red ale base.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer. \

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all of the aspects that I look for in the style and while i didn't think the hop profile was the most interesting it still had that nice balance that I was hoping it would have. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them without getting bored of it. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, it's right where I would want it to be. What I like the least about this beer is the green hops, I wish they showed up more in the background to let more of those fruity hops come through. I might buy this beer on it's own and I would turn one down and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a balanced hoppy red ale. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with a little more work on the hop profile and this could be a very nice beer. It's not my favorite Samuel Adams beer, but it is a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Hoppy Red Ale, keep up the hard work.

Nov 16, 2016
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, caramel malt and red fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Overall it is nice brew.

Nov 14, 2016
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Climber32 from New York

4.95/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The red ale I have been waiting for. Amazing body and taste, not too dark and light enough to enjoy. This is a beer to pack while hiking to enjoy at the summit. The flavor profile reminds me of a refreshing walk through a pine forest. This beer is highly recommended to those that want a refreshing beer after a long hike.

Nov 13, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy mahogany-crimson body with a dense, nearly solid, sandy-colored head that leaves spots of lace. The nose contains robust notes of orange peel with a small amount of other tropical fruits and a warm but sharp malt body. The flavor is more straightforward, clashing the orange, grapefruit, and spicy hop bitterness with toasty caramel malts, the bitterness prevailing and leaving a drying bitterness on the finish. The body is assertively carbonated, with a bit of a sticky note and light-medium body.
Points for an assertive and approriately slanted (bitter v. sweet) experience, but it's a bit straightforward. Good to eat with greasy food; it'll cut through and provide decent flavor, but it isn't one with great nuance that you'll regret not mulling over.

Nov 09, 2016
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mattroc000 from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good, fruity, smooth amber ale, it has a bitter, woody, hops-forward flavour. As someone who dislikes pale ales, this is a treat as it has the bitterness of a pale ale without the bile-esque, overly-spiced overtones. There is enough of a malt flavour to hold it together, but it takes a backseat to the hops as you only taste the malt on the finish. The smell is almost exactly as the taste with the exception of even more hops and pine smells.

Nov 09, 2016
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GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz.bottle freshness notched for December poured into a pint glass.

Look: Medium brown with a 1.5 finger head of thick foam with good retention.

Smell: Piney hops! It starts to evoke thoughts of walking through a Christmas tree forest.

Taste: Hop forward with a slight hop bitterness on the swallow but well balanced overall.

Feel: Medium texture and slightly dry.

Overall: A very good beer.

Nov 01, 2016
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1angrydwarf from Kansas

2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Reddish brown and inviting
S: Grassy hops are dominating with just a little malty goodness discernible
T: The grassy then piney hop flavor dominates. I get the faintest flash of malts. The malts come out more as it warms.
F: Astringency from the hops with a medium to light mouth feel.
O: Not what I want from a red. If you love hops go for it. If you want malty nutty goodness... pick another. I do lean toward malty less hopped beers. No surprise it isn't my favorite but YMMV.

Oct 31, 2016
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Samlover55 from New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz glass into Nonic Pint
BB Jan. 2017
L- pours a clear brownish-red, with slowly receding off-white head, lacing as well
S- fresh pine scent, along tropical and citrus notes. more malty as it warms
T- first sip was all tropical piney goodness, however as it warms there is a definite caramel malt presence along with a more spicy hop character and slight bitter finish
F- medium bodied, light carbo
O- this beer did a complete about-face starting off as a top-tier IPA and as it warmed finished off as a malty red ale, definitely interesting though

Oct 27, 2016
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ABabbidge from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle.

L: Deep red hue with some yellow amber around the edges. 2 or 3 finger foamy head.

S: Pine and citrus hops. Some roasted or caramel malt as well.

T: Similar to the nose. Pine and earthy, spicy hops. Decent caramel malt presence as well.

F: Finishes a little bitter and dry.

O: It seemed a little off at first but it grew on me as I went along. Maybe it was just because I haven't had this style before. Not a bad brew.

Oct 23, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Red pours a dark copper color with a small lacing head. Earthy aroma, with some hints of hops. Taste is very balanced, lots of earth, and a bit of bitterness. Good body and feel. Overall, its solid, but a bit boring.

Oct 23, 2016
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: From the bottle

Had this one from the bottle, so I can't speak to what the beer truly looks like. The smell is more or less traditionally beery, with a pinch of hops. The flavor definitely follows the nose, with some assertive hop flavors for a Sam Adams beer. The malt base is a bit sweet though- too caramelly, even for a red ale.

Oct 20, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Hoppy Red has a thick, beige head, a clear, rust red, bubbly appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of an odd, citrus, hop-oil fruitiness, with, perhaps, some tannic red ale notes, in the background. Taste is the same- citrus-type hop resin, fairly strong bitterness, with a tea-like, bread crust undertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Samuel Adams Hoppy Red finishes mostly dry and easy going.

RJT

Oct 18, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Three fingers of froth stick around for a while, mildly hazed deep reddish copper hue. Deep resin hop nose with suggestions of pine and citrus rind, some caramel from the malt in there as well. Lots of hop flavor ... earthy, piney, resin, grass, herbal, pithy, and melon rind. Sturdy malt backbone holds this beer together quite well. Love me some Hoppy Red Ales, job well done.

Oct 16, 2016
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lwcreasy from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep rust color. Medium density light tan head, approximately one finger and a half. Visible carbonation through the clear liquid. O.k head retention. Solid lacing, a few curtains of clingy bubbles. More splotchy the further we go down. Overall, a very nice beer to look at.

The backbone of the aroma is a sharp, resiny hop presence with biscuit and bready malts. Hoppy red, indeed. The jury's still out with regards to exactly what I want/expect out of the aroma of an Amber, and it's somewhat hard to judge for quality when there is such a disparity between malty/caramel-featuring Reds and hoppy, pungent ones. But this one is solid, nonetheless. Peppery aromas come in for support later. Everything is cleanly featured, no real ester presence or intense ale quality.

Taste is even better than the nose. That pungent, resinous hop is featured, and made even stickier by the slight rich-sweetness of the malt. Malt base is more biscuity in flavor, but never too dry. Tickly, medium-intensity bitterness on the finish detaches you from the apparent stickiness of the rest. Palate becomes near-jammy if you let it warm for a while.

Medium body with a slight creaminess. Tickly on the finish, almost chalky on the aftertaste. Beer going down is quite different to how the beer feels swishing in the mouth. Interesting. I like it.

Oct 11, 2016
Hoppy Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 389 ratings