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: 2,558 |  Reviews: 1,015
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.

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Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Beerme09
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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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, golden red.

smell - Caramel sweetness. Mild earthiness. A hint of apple.

Taste - A light caramel upfront gives way to a pleasant, drinkable soft hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - light-to-medium body, and a fitting amount of carbonation. Silky going down, but still has a decent enough bite. The best part of the beer.

Overall - Not a superb beer, but certainly something I could see myself drinking for an evening every now and again if it were on sale.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.52/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crimson red with an off-white to white head that laces pretty well and succumbs to a thin but relentless layer of head. The nose smells strongly of cherry and nutty malt sweetness; almost identical to an amaretto. Taste falls into the same description as the nose. Mouthfeel is bright and has a polished carbonation. Overall, this beer is dead on to the style and is as easily quaffed as it is dissected and relished. I'm thinking this and Guinness make for a nice staple of cases for my St. Patty's get togethers.

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Photo of seanote
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of HopNelius
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a bottle and into a pint glass.
Appearance-Dark red with a two finger head on top that remains with some nice lacing.
Smell-notes of bread and malt.
Taste-tastes of bread, very pleasant maltiness, not much of a finish though, slight amount of hops, likely British.
Mouthfeel-pleasant, no taste of alcohol.
Overall-I did not buy this beer, my father in law left it in my fridge and I thought I would try it, plus their bottles are good for homebrew. This beer was slightly better than what I would expect. However given the choice between this and a Smithwicks, i will choose Smithwick's every time.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - A brownish red color which upon pouring forms an off white/tan head. The head is thick with tiny bubbles, but fades fast leaving a nice film on the brew.

Smell - The smell is relatively subdued. Malt is the most I pick up with a bit of caramel and toffee mixed in.

Taste - Malty up front with some biscuity flavor. Some sweetness of toffee and caramel come into the mix with an ever so faint hint of nuttiness with a bit of hoppy bitterness coming in toward the end.

Mouthfeel - A good level of carbonation with a fairly moderate body. It is very fitting for the style and makes it an easy drink.

Overall - A slightly better then average brew, but when given the choice of others (like the others in this Sam Adams brewer's choice collection) would choose others (like original Sam or whitewater IPA).

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of gtermi
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper red with a thin white head that leaves lace on the glass as it fades.

S: A very strong presence of malt. I honestly don't know how else to explain it, it's pretty boring to me.

T: Just like the smell, there is an abundance of malt in the taste. The beer lingers nicely and leaves a pleasant caramel wheat type taste.

M: For the most part, this beer is pretty smooth. There is a nice bit of crispness on the back of the mouth and tongue.

O: This is just an average beer. There isn't anything special that jumps out, but it's also not offensive.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -63.9%

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