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

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Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale and Caramel malts, and East Kent Goldings hops.

Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

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Ratings: 2,558 |  Reviews: 1,015
Photo of Lolli1315
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber brown color that is easily seen through. Minimum lacing.

S- An amber malty smell, very sweet with notes of caramel resonating. An almost bready grain smell that is a little hidden. Smell reminds me somewhat of a a marzen.

T- Very sweet malty amber malty flavor dominates the beer with a caramel undertone. Very little hop flavor in the taste with a grain aftertaste following. Seems that this beer is a little unbalanced with the malt.

M- a Lack of carbonation concerning, but this a average mouthfeel. Does not annoy me, just does not seem to impress.

D- Taking me a little while to get through this beer, and not because it is a nice beer to let sit. Wouldn't want more than one of these.

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Photo of lic217
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Brewfocker80
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bargemouse
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with an orange hue. Very little head but a foam cap does persist for a while.

The aroma is malty, buttery toffee and a little bit yeasty.

Smooth, medium bodied and almost creamy. The flavor profile leans more toward light roasted malt with a slightly sweet toast, buttery caramel and a bit of bitter hop flavor toward the end. A very drinkable beer but it doesn't really stand out in a crowd.

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Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber with a small off white head, maybe half a finger with poor retention. Lacing reaches for the sides of the glass but doesn't really stick.

Dull caramel malt with some dry toast. Oddly fruity like dried cherries and tobacco with some buttery and mild rubber off tones.

Solid malt backbone caramel, toasty and bready, mild sweetness sets a nice tone for the spicy, earthy hops. A bit of cedar and roast add some much needed complexity. Bitterness is mild and sticks with some residual tartness from the roasted malt.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Smooth and even a little drying. Drinkablility is high.

Not familiar with the style at all but it feels like an amber with some odd buttery roasted malt and mild spice hops. Drinkable, wouldn't turn one down but I'm not going out of my way for this.

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Photo of eberkman
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep golden red with a hefty, creamy two-finger head that stuck around for the duration leaving a thick sheen of lacing behind. The nose was pretty much biscuity, bready malts. The taste had a surprising citrusy, fruity sensation on the intake, moving to a cookielike buttery diacetyl presence, finishing with the mildest hoppy twinge and a long, lingering yeasty, bready flavor in the mouth. Mouthfeel was thinnner and weaker than I would have liked. Drinkability is decent -- a somewhat interesting beer that I wouldn't turn down but probably wouldn't select if it was sold on its own in a 6-pack either.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Creamy head, dissipates quickly. Mildly bitter aroma, cant quite place it. Very malty taste, again slightly bitter, with some sweetness of the caramel variety. Detecting a hint of fruit, faint raisin. The mouthfeel is thick, yet crisp, the carbonation is perfect. The only thing holding this beer back is the aroma, which (at least this bottle) was slightly pungent or off. Worth a try, but it may need more consumptuary investigation. Yep, created a word there.... Consumptuary... It means to consume a beverage, primarily beer, for a purpose related to sharing information regarding said beverage with other consumers

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Photo of corby112
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden copper color with dark ruby edges and a one finger yellowish beige head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy sweet malt aroma with hints of rye, caramel and toffee as well as faint spicy hops.

Medium bodied with a crisp, spicy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweet malts into a slightly dry finish. The hop character up front is spicy and only slightly bitter providing a nice dryness that compliments the sweeter notes. Lots of sweet malt with hints of rye, caramel, toffee, nut and biscuit. Really well balanced and quite quaffable.

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Photo of Prospero
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red color with a small dense tan colored head that settled into a light cap. The aroma faint and is of light caramel malt, slightly buttery. The taste is of sweet caramel malt, some honey, and a dry bitter tea like hop. The brew has a moderate body, with semi-soft carbonation, astringent, finishes with a lemony bitterness. A decent Irish Red, though it is a bit hard to review since I am not a real fan of the style. Seems to be true to the style.

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Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep ruby color with a thin, creamy head. Sweet, clean toasted caramel and light earthy/floral hop aroma. Simple caramel malt sweetness, very slightly roasted in the finish. Fruit and earthy hop bitterness, but definitely malt-focused. Medium-bodied and a little drying. Pretty solid, very "Sam Adams", but probably too boring to warrant a purchase.

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Photo of Tuey13
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass... has a deep amber/red color and a 2/4 finger tan head that leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing on the glass.
The smell is sweet and malty... i detect some spices as well on the nose with maybe a bit of roasted malts on the back end.
The taste follows the nose... sweet and caramel, very malty but with a hop bitterness on the tongue.... kind of a dry finish.
This is a very well balanced red... one that you could easily session but that has enough flavor to be satisfying.

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Photo of animal69
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a new Sam Adams, found in the brewmasters collection 12 pk. ; pours a hazy reddish-brown color w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving some lacing in my pint glass ; not much smell, some caramelish notes detected ; a crisp, almost astringent taste w/ some caramel and darker fruit undertones, a faint floral hop and diacetyl in there but not really noticeable ; a very dry, light bodied beer, good co2, just a bit too dry for me, the more i drank, the thirstier i got ; not bad at all for the style...

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 02.25.11 from a 12 oz brown bottle into an American shaker pint.

A : A nice ruby red. About a finger or so of cream colored head dissolving more and more each sip. Faint, although sticky lacing.

S: Faint malt, maybe biscuit...but nothing else.

T&M: Toasty malts and some very slight citrus. Medium-bodied. Its surprisingly clean and refreshing. Its almost a bit chewy.

D: Goes down very smooth - definitely good choice for a hearty dinner.

I would recommend the SA American mixed 12-pack for this brew and Revolutionary Rye alone.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy before 7/2013.

Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grain, and some caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but I think the smell is better on this one.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up as part of the american originals mixed twelve pack. drank from a snifter. not many choices for glassware where i was at.

A- this one pours out a translucent rich looking ruby red colored body under a thin layer of eggshell colored head. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the nose seems pretty quick and to the point here. nothing fancy. toasted bread-like malts and some caramel which adds sweetness. earthy hops finish this off.

T- the taste starts out with more of the bready and caramel malts that i could smell, giving it a moderately sweet backbone. after that i pick up some slight fruitiness. a little bit of cherries and maybe a touch of plum. earthy and spicy hops finish come in towards the end.

M- the body is a solid medium with average carbonation.

D- not my favorite beer from samuel adams. not a really exciting beer at all. id drink it in a pinch, but its not something ill actively be seeking out.

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Photo of Akerris
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice mahogany hue. Thick foamy head.

S- Almost like oatmeal bread. A bit of spicy hops.

T- Roasty caramel malt upfront and center. Lingering English hop flavor.

M- Thick, almost like drinking a porter. Lots of carbonation.

D- This beer is very flavorful for the style. This is definitely a cold-weather beer, and while not my favorite I can see some broad market appeal for those who wish to upgrade their midmarch brew. Not bad overall.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Crystal clear reddish copper, minimal head even after a rather aggressive pour. Nice lacing though.

S- Sweet malts, pleasant. Maybe I'm crazy, but it seems like I'm picking up some banana in there.

T- Smooth, with some sweetness from the malts. A little roasted bitterness in the finish, no banana :) Again, pleasant, but nothing special.

M- Nice medium body, carbonation seems just right.

O- I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't seek it out. Not too familiar with the style, but I look forward to trying some other examples.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - A brownish red color which upon pouring forms an off white/tan head. The head is thick with tiny bubbles, but fades fast leaving a nice film on the brew.

Smell - The smell is relatively subdued. Malt is the most I pick up with a bit of caramel and toffee mixed in.

Taste - Malty up front with some biscuity flavor. Some sweetness of toffee and caramel come into the mix with an ever so faint hint of nuttiness with a bit of hoppy bitterness coming in toward the end.

Mouthfeel - A good level of carbonation with a fairly moderate body. It is very fitting for the style and makes it an easy drink.

Overall - A slightly better then average brew, but when given the choice of others (like the others in this Sam Adams brewer's choice collection) would choose others (like original Sam or whitewater IPA).

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice dark amber color with some copper hues on the edges. Pretty translucent. There is a nice off-white head that is pretty dense but recedes quick.

The aroma starts off with some nice sweet caramel malts. Some mild sweetness is present. Very mild almost nonexistent grassy notes from the hops.

Flavor starts off with the sweet malt notes. But then fortunately, different form the nose, there is some grassy herbal notes to it. Then the grassy refreshing notes get subedud again by some nice sweet bready malt notes. There is some slight roast but the sweetness carries through. Pretty straight forward brew. Easy to drink.

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Photo of jman892
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice dark copper with a sticky tan head. Very good lacing

S - Sweet aroma of dark fruits, some caramel maltiness

T - Sweetness upfront, just a touch of bitterness creeps in on the back end. It is not complex at all, but not unpleasant either. Hard to really identify any specific flavors.

M - Somewhat on the watery side. Dry finish from the slight hop touch

O - Got two of these in a variety pack and will happily finish those. Nothing really stands out in this one, either good or bad.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston - with a thought to Sam Adams' recent hop giveaway. Consumed in Feb 08 with a July 08 best before date. Pours a rich copper with lots of carbonation. Aroma is all malt with a bit of spice. The taste follows similarly, with a bit of rounded fruitiness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of puftdank
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VTR
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Glass. I picked up alcohol in the nose. Further inspection revealed slight malts, with some caramel and toffee. I picked up some slight caramel from the malt backbone. The alcohol was present but was not too overpowering. I picked up some hints of cherry in the taste but did not linger enough to make it interesting. Hops were present but fit nicely with the beer and malts. The beer left a weird aftertaste which was not too pleasant. Overall this is one of the better Sam Adams Offerings I have had. While I enjoyed this I am glad I got it in a mixed six pack.

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