Samuel Adams Irish Red
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Irish Red Ale
Ranked #206
Ranked #44,871
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.
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Reviews: 1,016 | Ratings: 2,565
Reviews by stickynotes:
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2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of SA's fall mix pack.

Pours an appetizing red caramel with a sticky off white head. Smell is sweet malt-some caramel, fruitiness-maybe banana, not a rich aroma. Taste is sweet malt, not bitter, caramel sweetness continues, weak aftertaste hanging around of the same. Mouthfeel is medium, pleasant. This is another so-so sam adam's offering, nothing really stands out and the cohesion of the parts is far from better than their sum. Too sweet. I won't buy this again, there's nothing to come back to in this beer for me.

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Photo of christopherw
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best I've had

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled tonight on 7/17/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.

Pours a pretty dark russet amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of caramel and nuts. The taste was mostly of malt with a slight hoppy bitter finish that lingered a bit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was OK but nothing special in my book.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Best by date of 05.2014.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 02.08.14.

A: Deep red. Very see through.

S: Caramel. Very malty is it should be.

T: Follows the nose but with a touch of slight bitterness.

M: Crisp. Very bubbly.

O: This was a caramel bomb. The bitterness was barely noticeable, and nicely balanced the malt. This was interesting to try against the ambers that I've had. It was a simple beer, but good.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Overall I found that the appearance of this brew is red amberish and had a wonderful color for a Irish type ale.

Smell: to my nose it had a nice smell of roasted malts with a mixed smell of a toasted nuts.

Taste: Had a slight malty flavored with a small hoppy flavor which didn't overpower the flavor of the brew I also had a slight toasted nut flavor at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was smooth and and medium bodied. carbonation was ok However I would prefer a tad more carbonation with this brew.

Overall: Overall I found this brew to be a awesome staple to add to your beer list if you haven't tried it. Also I do like this brew and do keep it in my pantry during the spring and summer when it is in supply locally. I recommend this brew to anyone who prefers an irish style ale and want an easy slight into this type of beer and I find it will not overpower your tastes

*note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of Tom_O
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A very drinkable beer that I'll have a couple times a year. Nothing special, but better than a few other irish reds out there. A decent Sam year-round.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I liked this Red Ale, looks good, intense ruby red, smells great with caramel notes and malt, and tastes balanced and refreshing, nice beer. Bitterness is slow but still refreshing.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Full bodied Irish with caramel notes.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Liked this beer better than Killians. Very drinkable, not filling. Will buy again

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Photo of stlfatguy
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.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
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.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It's Red. Poured into a Sam Adams pint, it poured with about a finger of head which quickly fades. Like I said, it's red, but with a copper tone to it.

Smell: I first smell strawberries. It has a very sweet sugary scent. a touch of caramel.

Taste: A very forward caramel flavor, with a hint of fruitiness, strawberry's, cherry's. Very refreshing!

Feel: Very easy to drink, light bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall: I'm very satisfied with this brew. It's really much better than the ratings suggest, in my opinion.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Once I poured the beer into my chilly pint glass the appearance of the brew completely blew me away. As I leaned in to take a whiff I enjoyed the nutty, sweet smell. Quite enjoyable. Outstanding, even before I had really gotten down to business. The taste is a bit disappointing after all that, I find that this has a more alcoholic taste than other sam adams brews. On top of this I feel almost cheated, after a great smell and appearance I feel as if the taste is missing an element. Sweet, then almost borderline bitter watery alcoholic taste is how I can put it.
Yes I would drink it again, yes there are better beers, yes there are far worse beers.

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Photo of IrishTank
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good beer for Samuel Adams

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Deep reddish brown with small head

S: I get some malty sweetness, a little fruity, cherryness

T: Rich malty sweetness gives way to a fruity, cherry flavor in the middle of the taste, light sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium, good carbonation

O: A decent beer but that weird cherry flavor in the middle throws it off a little for me.

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Photo of tainohawk
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

samuel adams irish red is cool.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a beige head that lasts and laces. Color is the reddest red hue I have ever seen in a beer. Crystal clear. Aroma is toasty, caramel, sweet malt and spicy, earthy hops. Flavor is more of the same with a toffee-like finish. Overall a very good Red.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the mixed Holiday pack & poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is ruddy amber with a semi-sticky beige head. The beer has a slight chill haze.

Nose of malts, caramel and something a touch plum like.

The taste leads with grains, lots of grain. It is a bit sweet with just a hint of smoke. Caramel and red apple at mid-glass. Earthy, almost sour finish.

I would like to see a bit less carbonation and maybe a little more heft.

Not a bad beer, I’ll take this over the old Cranberry offering any day!

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear red amber hue with a light tan thick and frothy one finger head. The head settles to a thick cap leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sweet brown sugar along with some banana bread like aromas. Almost has a hefe weizen style aroma, with a little more bitterness in the background from the hops.

Creamy hops with some caramel and burnt sugar mixed in. The hoppiness is very mild, giving a leaf-like flavor (tea). Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is some lingering grain with a tiny bit of clove.

This is a very complex and extremely drinkable Irish Red Ale. It may not be ultra-authentic, but it's a solid beer from Sam Adams. They did a good job with this one. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber and ends with minimal head. Smells buttery, caramel. The palate says: malty sweetness well balanced with a light dose of hops. This is closer to Smithwick's in Ireland than Smithwick's own imported version. Nothing amazing about this beer, but it does the trick.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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