Samuel Adams Irish Red
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #209
Ranked #47,539
3.49 | pDev: 14.61%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red
Notes: Pale and Caramel malts, and East Kent Goldings hops.
Reviews: 1,018 | Ratings: 2,568 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Most Sam Adams bottles have a specific look, The bartender and a pint I would be remiss if I did not rate it a 4 per the norm for SA beers. The smell was pungent and overbearing as an almost Moldy wheat, you know, that smell of old gym socks and fermented corn. I could only stomach so much, this immediately told me to pour this into a beerstine and let it breathe. Not sure if that was the best idea when I finally placed this Horrible beer in my mouth it was bitter, repulsive and disgusting. I must say I usually do not like Reds but this one, in particular, was a bitter, gym sock, construction of gross. In the end, I dumped it out and grabbed a more appealing bottle from the multi-pack. My advice accidentally drop this on the floor and get something you like, MOVE PAST IT> and try something else. This is a miss for me.

EDIT: I did not get hints of Carmel ~ I might of had an expired batch. I will try again.

Mar 08, 2020
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DonBowman from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No need to re-describe what others have noted. Gravity is moderate, certainly not watery. Tastes of caramel and a hint of toffee and bread. Clearly a malty beer. Finish has been described as dry. My taste buds cannot confirm. I taste a smooth malty finish leaving me wanting for more.

May 01, 2018
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davedog_7 from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Malty, slightly sweet, but balanced with a slightly hoppy finish. Not an amazing example of an Irish Red, but a great option for being somewhat readily available.

Mar 22, 2018
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown amber color is very clear. Off white head and lacing don't last. Smell is sweet bread. Taste is Initially very malty, some maple syrup, then a little dry bite.

Jun 16, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with a half finger of head. The nose is bready with a touch of caramel. The flavor is rich with sweet toasty caramel malt dominant. The finish is slightly dry. The body is hearty for the style.

Jun 12, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a beautiful ruby/amber color, two fingers of khaki colored head, patchy lacing.
Aroma - Minerals, black tea, pear, nougat.
Taste - Earthy up front, sweet malt, biscuit, caramel. Hops are mild and earthy, not very bitter. Finish has lingering sweetness with an earthy tea note. Mildly tannic aftertaste.
Feel - Light to medium bodied. Smooth, creamy carbonation, slightly dry.

Overall - One of my favorites for the style. The balance and notes of tea keep me coming back for more.

May 18, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bell's Oberon Pint glass. Enjoy by June marking.

L: Clear amber, thin head with minimal retention, keeps a ring however.

S: Caramel and toffee malts, buttery.

T: Follows the nose with a herbal like hop note.

F: Medium body, higher carbonation levels, dry finish.

O: Meh. Easy drinker.

May 01, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a deep reddish amber, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel, slight fruitiness, and breadiness. It's simple but pleasant enough.

This isn't all that bed. It's got some nice toastiness and breadiness, a kiss of hops, and a very faint fruitiness. This isn't the most barnburning or complex style, but this is a decent version of it.

This is crisp and pretty clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is nothing to go bonkers over, but it's solid enough.

Apr 18, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color with a vanilla head, no head retention or lacing, looks thin.

A: Toasted malts, slight nuttiness, toffee, ripe banana, pretty straightforward.

T: Like the nose, subtle notes of toasted malts, banana, nuttiness, low bitterness, finish is dry with toasted, raw almond flavor lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish.

O: Reminds me of a watered down brown ale with banana notes, this is a beer that I will definitely not reach for again, not a drain pour but definitely not to my liking.

Apr 17, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark reddish clear color. Caramel malt scent. Sweet caramel malt flavor with some bittering hops. To me, some of the malt clashes with the hops to create a somewhat metallic finish. Not really my favorite flavor profile. Pretty well carbonated and smooth otherwise.

Apr 16, 2017
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michiganmatt from California

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark brown-red, but clear. A good amount of light tan head. 4.

S: Strong toasty malts, banana. 4

T: Very similar to the smell. Roasted malts with some banana. Taste is quite metallic though. 3.75

F: Medium-full bodied. Smooth, good amount of carbonation. 4

O: Taste is a bit metallic. Not a bad beer, but nothing stands out either. 3.5

Apr 08, 2017
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GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle freshness notched for June 2017 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Clear, red brown coloration with a one finger tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Malt forward with a moderate intensity.

Taste: Malts, light toasted grain. No noticeable hops so the flavor just fades into a watery finish.

Feel: Thinner side of medium with moderate carbonation give this beer a smooth but not creamy feel. Finishes slightly dry on the tongue.

Overall: An OK beer. It's not bad, just doesn't do anything to stand out from the crowd.

Mar 18, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer as part of a variety pack put out by Sam Adams. Since it's the St. Patrick's time of year I thought this would be the perfect beer to try out.

This beer pours a ruby red color that has a combination of amber and copper hues and is clear with very light carbonation. The head is taupe in color and frothy in appearance, dissipating slowly to a rocky layer with a neck. 3.75/5 The aroma is of moderate intensity and leans heavily toward sweet as opposed to sharp. Notes of grain, white bread, sweet caramel, and toasted wheat bread all come out quite nicely and lend a very noticeable sweetness. There is really no hop profile to speak of here although there is a bit of fruitiness in the way of raisins/dates that comes through. 3.75/5 The flavor is of equal intensity as the aroma with more of a lean towards bitter instead of sweet, although not by much. The grain and sweet caramel of the aroma shows up in the flavor as well, but the hops come out to play much more strongly with a very earthy presence, along with a bit of spice shining through. The malt leads the flavor profile off but the hops kick in quite quickly. The finish is of moderate length and intensity with the bitterness once again coming through more strongly than the sweetness of the malt. 3.25/5 This is a light-medium bodied beer that features light to moderate carbonation and a slick but astringent sensation on the tongue along with a bit of prickliness in places. There is really no drying and it comes across as a bit watery at times. 3.5/5 This is an ok Irish Red that is quite light, even for the style. It is a beer that can be paired with food or imbibed without. More than anything I was a bit bored with this beer. I'm not sure why, it just doesn't do it for me. Maybe because of the watery quality that comes through? 3.5/5

Mar 15, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber/pale reddish brown producing 3 fingers of tan, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves nice spidery webs & rings of lace. Aroma is toast & caramel malts, ale yeast, fresh & dried white fruits with an earthy, floral hop profile. Taste is toast, caramel malt sweetness, roasted nuts & a heady fruitiness backed by an earthy, floral note in the finish. Aftertaste is a toasted/roasted, lasting, bitter, earthy maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, slightly juciy it finishes grainy, not clean.

Mar 14, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber colored with a quarter inch of beige resting on top. I smell toasted malt and faint rooibos tea. The taste is showcases the toasted malt/rooibos tea flavor. The mouth is unobtrusive and quaffable.

Mar 12, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: brown, deep red when against the light clear small foam that lingers some lacing
Aroma: sweet malty aroma
Taste: pleasant low-medium bitterness
Mouth feel: good carbonation, tart, long bitter sweet finish, very good carbonation
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
drank: February 23, 2017 9:26 PM

Feb 24, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear reddish color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel malt and fruit. The taste is just like the nose.

Feb 20, 2017
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ThePold from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a 12 varietal pack. Served in a Guinness glass. Not a lot of head and it dissipates fast with little lacing. But it tastes good! Pleasantly malty and not too thick like some, I'd say this is a good Irish Red from Sam Adam's and Jim Koch's team.

Feb 18, 2017
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1angrydwarf from Kansas

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dont feel like over thinging this one. Here's the thing I like this beer but it is just ok. I have had it taste amazing some nights and barely drinkable others. I like the malt and hops character of this beer and that is what keeps me coming back despite some experiences I have had. Occasionally this beer has a metallic after taste for me like sucking on penny. I have checked the freshness date and have been mindfull of what I ate before hand. I have yet to figure out why this beer has such a split personallity with my palate.
The take away its an average irish ale at best that for me is always a gamble. I prefer Public House's Flynns Irish Red but it is seasonal and hard to find.

Feb 08, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Frothy,off white almost light khaki colored head,that stands just under 1 finger tall.Leaves a sticky lacing on the side of the glass.Light red / dark copper colored body,with medium clarity.Medium carbonation that moves at a fast pace.

On the nose I get a few different malt notes including: Earthy,sweet,and caramel.Not getting a whole lot of hops,with the exception of trace elements of pine.

The palate follows the nose with sweet,earthy,and caramel malts.Very very small presence of pine on the back end,but almost indiscernible.It has a nice sweet taste,without going overboard on sweetness.Pretty well balanced in my opinion.

Medium body,with a slightly sticky mouth feel.Moderate oxidation on the tongue,with a smooth finish.

This is another pretty solid beer by Sam Adams.I think you probably have to be a fan of the style to enjoy it,but fortunately I am a fan.Good beer by Sam Adams.I will definitely drink this one again.

Feb 05, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Irish Red is not what I expected from its description of rich and malty on the bottle. Compared to my favorites, the Maple and Caramel Bock from a Sam Adams variety pack....this beer was NOT as rich and malty. It was not bad though and went down easily. Blows away Killian's for sure.

Feb 05, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 24-pack Sam's Club $26.49
Reddish Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Caramel, malt taste. Kind of a muted taste. Not bold like I had expected.
Overall just ok. Not good enough that I would seek it out or buy a 6-pack of it, but good enough that I'll drink it without any complaints.

Feb 02, 2017
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date May 2017.

APPEARANCE; pours a clear, dark amber color with less than one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, lighter carbonation, moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, sweet caramel and buttery.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread then sweet caramel and a buttery taste, a malty mess with very little hop presence.

PALATE: a little watery and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is the most unbalanced, malt forward beer I have ever had, it's not a style I appreciate, I had this as part of a sampler pack, not terrible but I would not seek this out again.

Jan 16, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Irish Red brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 5.80% This Irish Red Ale pours out a light brown color with a decent off white head. Really digging the copper color of this brew. There is also some nice lacing to this brew, it stick to the side of the glass well. The smell of Irish Red is rich with roasted grians and malts. The is also a nice mild sweetness to the smell of this brew. The look and smell are really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on the roasted grians and malts at first, then a slight sweetness, then bitterness of hops at the end. The slight sweetness is a nice touch, kinda put everything together. There is a lot going on in this brew, this Irish Red has a real nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it is real hard to pick up on the 5.80% ABV in this brew. This brew just goes down that smooth. The mouth feel of Irish Red is Bold, Clean, Smooth ,and Refreshing. Irish Red is a nice medium bodied brew, it not to heavy but not to light. Overall I'm giving Irish Red a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a real nice job with this brew. If you are looking for a good drinking Irish red look this brew up .

Jan 15, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Irish Red | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is one finger thick and off-white, with lateral lacing, and a clear deep garnet/oaken body.

I smell full-bodied malts, a tea-like note, and delicate hops.

Tastes like a clear, refreshing mix of the semi-sweet malts. The hops do a tremendous job at leveling out the brew from making it too sweet.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Samuel Adams Irish Red | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) with a 4.25.

Jan 11, 2017
Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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