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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red
2,556 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,556 |  Reviews: 1,014
Photo of jneiswender
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a twelve ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Nice thick off white head and a reddish body. Smell of fruit stone, candy and a very faint floral aroma.

Taste is decidedly sweet. Some hop bitterness at the end and kind of a sugary finish. Carbonation is kind of high. However, it is a smooth beer nonetheless.

This is an okay beer. Better than many commercial versions of the beer. I do think this a a good beer but nothing that is going to get me back consistently for it.

 486 characters

Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TobinMitnick
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Caramel, honey, just a bit toasty. Some hop flavor accompanied by the alcohol. Some esters in the form of sweet red apples.

Appearance: Amber. Very clear. Pours a medium light brown head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Taste: Much darker and more complex than expected. Rich darker malts, lots of caramel followed by apples. Some brown malt. Buttered toast. Just a bit of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Mild to moderate carbonation. Medium-light body. Somewhat slick, not overly drying.

Overall: Nice all-around ale. Pleasant malt sweetness with a nice bit of roastiness, just a tiny bit of hop flavor added in. Not 100% to style but I like it.

 648 characters

Photo of magoover
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of jk3
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of cousineddy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hardigree2831
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of agaloco9
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Imsothirsty
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of likeemdark
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of polkaishot
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jekane04
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by: April 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fluffy head; Clear, red amber color with visible carbonation; Not too much lacing left around the glass

S - Faint smell overall that is dominated by lots of caramel and some sugary malts; Hints of earthy hops and sweet fruits come through as well

T - Very similar to the nose with plenty of caramel and a presence of sweet fruits; Decent sweetness here as well; Grassy and earthy hops are definitely more in the background

M - Medium bodied; Good amount of carbonation

O - This is a solid offering from Sam Adams. It's very easy to drink and has a pleasant, sweet caramel-forward flavor, though it was probably a bit too much for me. As a result, the grassy/earthy hops weren't very easy to discern. That said, I would have this beer again and am looking forward to trying the other offerings in the Brewers Choice variety pack.

 901 characters

Photo of sauger86
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BeerNut78
5/5  rDev +44.5%

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

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours burnt orange leaning towards copper in color. It is topped with one finger of tan head.

S - The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with some toasted bread notes.

T - The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma. I get toffee and caramel malt. I can perceive some hops that escaped me on the nose.

M - Medium

O - It's a decent beer. I love Conways Irish Ale, and this just doesn't stack up.

 435 characters

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep reddish amber color that is very clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of light and fluffy head that is very light mocha and lingers very nicely, leaves a ton of lacing
S: nice sweet scent, pretty much what i had expected for the style
T: begins very sweet then moves into a bit of maltiness, leaves a pretty distinct malty note on the palate
M: aggressive carbonation tingle, pretty thin, leaves the mouth slightly dry and sticky feeling
O: a pretty run of the mill Irish red, carbonation was too aggressive, taste was decent enough, not bad, id buy a sixer on a boring night

 652 characters

Photo of psuKinger
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a nice translucent shade of red with slightly off-white head, moderate in size, sitting on top, that dissipated quickly.

Carbonation is readily apparent.

S: Malty sweet, with a strong caramel presence.

T: Taste follows the nose. A lightly hopped beer that emphasizes it's caramel malt backbone. There is maybe a touch of pine and citrus on the back end, but it is very light and very faint. This is predominantly caramel malt, but done in a really great manner. I'm not normally into "barley sweet" beers like Red's/scotch ales/ect, but this beer works.

M: Medium bodied, with probably a bit more heft than you'd expect from 5.8% ABV, with good carbonation.

D/O: The strong caramel presence and the dry finish just make this beer "work". I enjoyed it, and would repeat it. A strong offering from The Boston Beer Company.

 873 characters

Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,556 ratings