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 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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Photo of Samlover55
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bttl in BL glass
BB 7/2016
L- Copper with cap of foam, decent retention
S- sweet caramel malt bomb!
T- light sweet malt with obvious earthiness that goes down with slightest hop-bite
F- light bodied, creamy, light carbonation
O- Decent beer, definitely within definition of the style

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Photo of davidperez
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, it pours a perfectly clear amber with a dark red/brown hue. It forms a one-finger head, creamy and foamy with decent retention.

The bouquet is interesting, though not very assertive.
Caramel, slightly roasted malts, a floral note, slight butterscotch.

Nice flavor.
Upfront a high carbonation and a strong bitterness, earthy. There is a slight buttery note behind such bitterness. Afterwards the sweet notes appear, mild. Roasted malts, toffee, caramel, a herbaceous note which is refreshing.
Medium to light body, smooth.

I would have this beer again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dull red of a darker variety with brown running through it, good clarity, but the head formation was subpar and there wasn't much to retain or provide lace with. Aroma was a little bit of red/amber malts, sweetness, but nothing hop wise or peat going on.

Taste was a red ale through and through, not necessarily dry, almost no hop flavor, just some colored malt addition. Predictable caramel and toffee, unsweetened notes.

Absolutely the quintessential example of an average beer. Does nothing good nor bad.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This product of Sam Adams resulted from extensive customer feedback on brewing experiments and rightfully made it into the permanent portfolio.
Looks average, but malty in the nose and balanced on the tongue. A "malt hero" as described by Jim Koch, SA's founder.
Without much hops, this one can't be for everyone... but it made my session... and I'll have it again.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
This made the "1001" list and arguably deserves to be there.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear rust like amber brown color. One finger off white head with little retention and few small spots of lacing. Smell is sweet caramel and toffee malts with the slightest hint of floral hops. Taste is muddled and nothing special. Feel is light with a dry finish. Overall not a good beer. Would not drink again.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ever since my first college Killian's Irish Red (God rest its blessed soul) I've been a devotee to the Irish Red. Strangely opposite of the Belgian Strong Ale, it tends to have a single, pronounced flavor, rich with caramel and toffee, with a clean, crispness that keeps away the candied, saccharine flavors that can kill a good beer for me. So, it is with some eagerness that I attempt the Sam Adam's version, which begins with the characteristic rich, malty smell, drizzled with quality, but also bringing in a peppery quality I've been noticing across some of these fancier Sam Adams beers. The flavor dumbs things down a bit with a blunt grape fruit flavor and mouthfeel, adding a little maltiness for body, but letting me down. These overwhelming sugary notes are lager killers for me, and this one OD'd on sugar cubes.

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Photo of VTR
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of ravisingh
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours to about a half an beige inch head that is light in terms of its thickness and dissipates very quickly. It's about a 13-14 on the SRM chart. It is a very pretty reddish color and looks like very clear rusty water at first, but looks prettier the more u stare @ it.

S: A sweetish floral scent hits you first and it has some spiciness to it also like nutmeg in the background. There is also pine there also. The malt flavors are light but working here.

T: The flavor is toasty and mildly sweet with some rose like hints in the flavor also. It is a very nice flavor and is crisp and refreshing. A mid tininess in the background but not in a bad way. Very nice balance. The malt flavors are present but in this example of an Irish Red beer there are light hops notes in the background detectable, but light.

F: Medium-high body in terms of thickness. The finish is dry and there is a mild fizz to the carbonation. There is a slickness that is in the style guidelines, not much but a little.

O: Overall this is a nice Irish Red. It is smooth and flavors please with a nice medium scale on the thickness. Sweet, pretty and medium-thick, not bad @ all. Cheers.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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 ArchimedesSox
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Tom_O
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
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 bmeehan
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I think this was the first Irish Red I ever drank, and it's probably still better than Killian's, the same way stubbing your toe is better than stubbing your toe and breaking your toenail.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.06/5  rDev +14%
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 KLHBB
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time I reviewed this beer, it was 4's all around. Now, comparing it against other's it's not as strong, but that's okay. Easy drinkability, caramel, not too sweet. Possibly my favorite Samuel Adams.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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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