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: 2,555 |  Reviews: 1,013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Liquids
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick red color, with a foamy rocky head that holds, that has a slight muted amber hue to off white. Aroma is mostly noble hops, with that fresh and unmistakable Sam character to it. Taste is spot on red ale, sweet toasted and tea like up front, with full flavors, and a hop bite that is true to style, a bit typical of Jim/SA's love for some spicy noble hops in the mix, but maintaining the ever-masterful balance without trying to be all about hops, which would not only be easier to brew, but is a common way to go and is the problem I have with the average microbrew reds--they're just boring red hop water. This blows most all of them away. Medium mouthfeel on tougue, as per style, and a tad high on carbonation.

Overall a fantastic brew! I find only one or two of Jim/Sam's brews outright unpleasant, a lot of it as "solid" if not my pick, and then a few select to be absolutely outstanding to my palate. This is one of the outstanding in my book. I can't say it edges out Rock Art Red in flavor, but besides for being nearly as stunning (in it's own way) this is way cheaper, easier to get (at the moment), and it knocked me out by exceeded my expectations when I took a single, so I'm paying my dues and stocking it. Cheers to Sam!

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Photo of xare
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a ruby red with a white foamy head that laced somewhat well for an irish red ale. Overall, rather pleased with the appearance.

Malty aroma predominated here and the aroma was mixed with the scent of toasted bread. Rather interesting...

Taste was a mix of flavors, from caramel malts and a fruity middle to a hoppy finish. Rather strange to get this combination but it certainly was interesting.

Mouthfeel was creamy, frothy, and had a bitter, hoppy finish to it. Overall, above average, but that finish detracted from the experience in my opinion. Although if you like that, you should definitely disregard my caveat.

Drinkability was above average. I would always finish this beer and would order it / drink it, but it wouldn't be at the forefront of my mind. Overall, it's a solid brew but I wouldn't say it's something to seek out tirelessly. Definitely give it a try though, if you can get ahold of it.

Only bad thing is it's only available in a mixed pack at the moment.

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4.36/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a deep red with a fairly thick caramel colored head. Some moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Nothing overpowering here, but the smells of caramel and toffee tones are there.

T - This is one of the sweeter irish reds I've had, but the hops do provide some balance to the sweet malty caramel flavor.

M - The smooth, creamy body and mild carbonation provide for a very pleasant mouth feel. This might be this beer's greatest strength.

D - Although this might be too sweet for some, this could be a solid session beer. The malty flavors make this a good cold weather brew, but its so easy going down I could drink this any season of the year. A very solid brew from Sam Adams.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of earthboundagain
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark amber with a nice head

S - Very earthy tone, with some a touch of something fruity

T - The term liquid bread fits quite nice. Nice earthy flavor with a strong mineral note. Some caramel malt in there that gives you just enough sweetness. Finish was . . . Well what finish is more like it.

M - I will say it was smooth.

D - Ok you're at your local bar, and it's your buddy's birthday and you know you will be drinking all night long, this is a great choice. Not to powerful or flavorful, but better then say a macro.

This is not one of my favorites from Sam Adams but it is not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby dark brown color with about a finger of head that goes away when you start drinking it.

S: Not good at all.. Just getting some kind of corn/pale malt smell that is not good

T: Dark malt flavor, like a dark fruit raisin taste with a little bittle of toffee

M: Little too carbonated for me, kind of bites the tongue. Leaves a dry taste in your mouth

D: Definitely could have plenty of these

Not something I would buy again

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of RickSawyer
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cranberry muddy red. A soapy beach nut head builds about 2 fingers thick and dissipates to a nice one finger thick layer atop the beer. The head clings to the side of the glass, leaving sheets of large and small bubble footprints along the side. Smell is earthy, floral, cherry, and green apples. Taste is cranberry, black pepper, celery, whole wheat bread... the cranberry and peppry flavors are a bit overpowering. Mouthfeel is sticky with medium body, and quite carbonated. The let down for me is certainly the taste. I was very excited to drink this after smelling it, but the taste didn't pull through how I would have liked. May be good with herb crusted chicken or... thanksgiving dinner.

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3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

A. Reddish golden color with off white head that poured about a finger thick and slowly reduced to a cap.

S. Sweet malts and a little bit of hops and yeast in the background. I can also smell a crayola crayon type of smell.

T. Pretty good red ale taste. Slightly roasted malts and some bittering hops, not sure of the type, but very balanced with malt up front.

M. Light and smooth with some caramely and candy like quality.

D. I would definitely buy some more of these.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich, dark red color with about a half inch of white head.

S: Smells like strong caramel malt.

T: Very sweet caramel up front. Followed by some citrus hop bitterness.

M: Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: High.

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2.32/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Light amber appearance with little head. Very little aroma, slightly fruity. Very bitter. Starts out yeasty with a hit of fruit. Then it hits you with ash and bitterness. Sweet alcoholic backdrop. Not too much flavor unfortunately but you can definitely sense the toasted caramel note becoming more noticeable especially in the aftertaste. Moderately carbonated. Finishes with less ash but with more of a sweet alcohol taste.

Compared to other Sam Adams and Irish Red beers this is a let down for us.

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3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This BBC offering pours a clear medium brown liquid with a sudsy large head. Plenty of thick lacing. Pretty good amount of carbonation as well. Smell is muted and faint. What I do get is malty and sweet. Taste is better. A nice creamy malt front. Roasted nuttiness. Sweet but balanced. A hint of a bittering hop finish. A solid come back. Mouthfeel, despite the malt character, is somewhat refreshing. I found this to be an enjoyable brew, and one that I will look forward to during it's next release.

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3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark tawny color, more brown than I was expecting but with lighter caramel tones in the light. Creamy head sits firmly on top, doesn't look like it is going anywhere.

Smells of sweet malt - a rather richer malt aroma than I was expecting. Reminiscent of a Bock beer, firmly bready aroma with a spicy hint of sourdough.

First sip brings balanced malt sweetness and bitter hopping. Firm bitterness prevails, almost overtaking the malt. Mouthfeel is medium, not too heavy or too light. Washes away with a faint hop flavor and lingering bready taste.

Very well balanced, almost to the point that you could describe it as "average". It's as if nothing in particular stands out, especially if you are used to hoppier beers. This beer may make a mark on a lighter palate but on one that is used to hops it just makes an appearance and then is quickly forgotten.

Is a beer good only if it stands out in your memory? Or can a good beer be one that is just very drinkable and gets the job done? Nothing negative to say about this one, just a decent brew that delivers good malt flavor and solidly balanced hop bitterness.

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