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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of bwood06
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of gandres
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of ThePold
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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 .

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle BBJun 2017:
Pours a nice brownish ruby red with a decent finger of head. Sustaining off white bubbles are medium at the edge, thin on the surface, but lacing is ok.

Nose malty, lightly toasty, but with a fruity edge. It's not a direct fruit note, but a little impression of pitted fruit or cherry (hesitant to say it feeling the color is affecting me, but that's what it seems like).

Taste has that toast and jam opening, but then turns a little towards a fruited tea; the feel gives the impression of one that has been sitting in ice for a while. The beer is never sweet, but it never gets bitter, either. The flavor doesn't change much, but does creep towards a tad more bitter ending.

An inoffensive but underwhelming beer. Seems to fit the guidelines given here, but seems more to just meet them rather than showing a bit of flair.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the mixed 12 pack from Country 3 corners.
Deep amber color decent sized off white head that persists. Rich caramel maltiness bready pilsener floral earthy hops round this out nicely. Pretty decent red ale.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty carmel color with a decent head. The smell leaves a lot to be desired but the taste is surprisingly good with a slight hop taste in the swallow. Not a bad red beer at all.

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Photo of q33jeff
2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75


Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: brown red, small off white head.
AROMA: faint ash, grass.
TASTE: ash, that seltzerish aftertaste,
FEEL: good lasting carbonation. Thin body.


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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not only back to eradicating the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but I am laser-focused on beers from the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) for the time being.

From the bottle: "Deep russet in color, our Irish Red is full of hearty, roasty character inspired by the red ales of Ireland. Brewed to suit the cool rainy days (or any time in a pub), we use roasted caramel malts for a rich smooth malt backbone and balance them with earthy English hops for a comforting & satisfying brew. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

I Pop!ped the cap and really let go with a pretty good pour into the awaiting glass. The result was a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity & deep amber highlights. Absolutely beautiful! Nose was very malty, a combination of earthiness and caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was mainly caramel, but its sweetness was tempered by an earthy presence that was also undoubtedly borne of malts. I was pleasantly surprised by it since I was expecting a bit of a malt bomb, which I do not like. Finish was semi-sweet, leaving an earthiness that reminded me of the smell of decomposing Fall leaves. I found it to be a pleasant taste.

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Photo of matcris
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, red/amber with a two finger foamy, khaki head that lingers and the beer leaves a nice bit of lacing down the glass. The aroma is earthy, lots of caramel, and sort of a buttery note. A little of a spicy quality as well. Same goes for the flavor, very earthy and buttery. Feel is medium full, a little sticky/syrupy. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of the hop varieties in this beer, with that earthy quality. Carbonation is average, maybe a little lacking. I can't get past that butter-like flavor in this.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a bright, dark, almost ruby, red with a moderate tan lacing. The smell is sharp and kind of hoppy. The taste is malty with a hint of caramel and is well balanced with a light but distinctive hop character. There are also subtle fruity and earthy flavors. The finish is really nice and crisp. This is a very solid red ale. There’s nothing ground breaking here, but Irish reds rarely are. It’s just a nice, very drinkable, beer that I think would make a good session beer for those that don’t like things too light (though technically over 5% alcohol) and is another fitting choice for the Spring Variety Pack.

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