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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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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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.

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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

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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.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of beagle75
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of peach-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and diffuse bubbles rise infrequently in the column.

S: Caramel is closely engaged here with cooked mixed fruit and leavened dessert bread.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined malt that tastes of caramel and fermented bread. Acidity is mild and slightly citric into the brief middle where malt becomes a bit deflated. Hop flavors emerge late in the profile, tasting earthy and slightly scorched with a moderate level of bitterness that comes across as overstated. A whiff of black tea lingers on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer proceeds through its display of sensory qualities in a fairly checklist-like fashion. It tastes convincingly authentic but all of the seams are left exposed, which does not lend it much in the way of endearing qualities. It ends up being forgettable, but not offensive, on the seasoned palate.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,552 ratings
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