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

Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red
BA SCORE
32.4%
Liked This Beer
3.46 w/ 2,545 ratings
Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,994
Reviews:
1,013
Ratings:
2,545
Liked:
825
Avg:
3.46/5
pDev:
14.74%
Alströms:
3
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
318
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,545 |  Reviews: 1,013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger off white head on a clear deep amber body, lots of bubbles.

S: lots of sweet caramel malts, some grains and minimal earthy hops.

T: toasted and caramel malts. simple and a little watery. no real hop character. some wood and nut notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple and standard irish red. not much to the body and not very memorable. still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a pretty good irish red, not as dry as the traditional ones, but a good spring mix brew no doubt. it pours a nice amber honey color with a solid white head with fine retention. the nose is a little sweeter than the style usually allows for, with a woody sort of malt vibe and a balancing hop component towards the end. the flavor follows suit, with a surprisingly delicate malt profile that makes this a real easy drinking beer. the caramel toffee English sort of sweetness comes out in the middle before the hops checks it in the finish. the hops are sort of pine like, foresty and more winter than spring in this beer. medium body and average carbonation, slightly sticky finish and a tad filling. a better than average irish red and a fine addition to the spring mix.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer, I just don't feel that it's as good as it could be. The color of this beer is a very nice red. The malts and hops are there on every sip. The head doesn't last very long. The Beer is very drinkable and worth trying anytime. I just feel that there are better Sam Adams brews out there.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually not one of my favorite styles but this is a pretty good beer I must say. Tried it when it came out last year and was pleasantly surprised. It pours a very nice red color and tastes very malty and has a caramel kick to it. Only was able to try 2 in the mixed pack but I'll have to pick up a sixer of it and try it our again.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy beige head that gradually faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has moderately strong flavors of caramel malts with some notes of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable, however if I was looking for something with a bit more of an interesting flavor I would try something else.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As I wait until this beer arrives in my area, I wonder if it will take on the classic toasted maltiness with a crisp hop counterpart, or become grainy, artificially caramel and metalic like many other American breweries deliver. Turns out to be the former. The beer opens with a bright ruby color with hints of darkness (brown) with a terrific slight-of-tan head formation / retention and adequate carbonation. Aromas of rich malt, lightly toasted malts, nuts, and an ester that reminds me of timid berries. A fresh (wet-hop) aroma gives a distinct pungent / earthy / herbal, and at times piney character that later transfers directly to flavor. Along with the hops, the malts deliver a steady, medium malty flavor that hinges of fresh bread, yeast, and toast. A well attenuated, crisp cracker-like flavor provides a nice pillow for the piney hops and light esters. Kinda like the ale version of an Oktoberfest, but with increased maltiness. Finishes clean and with a mild, pleasant pine flavor. A very nice beer worthy of the Sam Adams branding.

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2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a five finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Pours a clear dark copper. I wouldn't even call it amber. Strange for an Irish Red.

Sm: Malty but not overly so, with some amber hops and caramel. I don't get any "earthy notes" per the label. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Amber hops, a bland malt and barley foundation, and light caramel. It's built simply, and rather garbage for an alleged Irish Red (not that the style is even that popular in the auld country anyway). It lacks balance as well.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much on both counts. Doesn't suit the flavours at all, either.

Dr: Drinkable but lacking quality, especially for the style. It's priced right, but I won't be buying it again.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy tan head that sticks and laces like a charm

Smell: Buttery caramel with a hint of tobacco

Taste: Starts oout sweet, with plenty of toasty caramel flavors that add a stone fruit jelly dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors moderate, but there is an earthy hop element that sticks around to balance the sweet flavors; there is some butter in there too but it is kept in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice stab at a style which often disappoints

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a reddish brown hue with a bubbly, soapy, two-finger, tan head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted caramel malt and somewhat grassy.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and was lightly hopped.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Another fine seasonal brew from Sam Adams. It is very sessionable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep caramel color ale with a huge light brown color head with some good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong caramel malt with some nice touch of toffee. Taste is a mix between some deep rich and somewhat sweet caramel malt notes with some nice touch of toffee which were not expected but well enjoyed. Fuller body then expected with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Body is lot more creamy then expected and overall I enjoyed this beer a lot more then I had expected.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear crimson red with a slim head that recedes fast, leaving some webbed lacing behind.

Very subtle aroma, largely consisting of toasted, lightly caramelized malt. Fruity esters and toasted nuts come out as it warms, along with a slight sulfur note.

Tastes pretty good, similar to the aroma but bolder. Semi-sweet caramel malt backed by a mild roasty note. Plum-like fruitiness and toasted nuts pop up mid-palate. Slightly buttery in the finish with a mild hop bitterness that doesn't linger.

A pretty good beer overall, easy to drink and nicely balanced.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruit yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt forward profile and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 32.4% out of 100 with 2,545 ratings
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