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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: 2,548 |  Reviews: 1,013
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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%

Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jmoses11
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%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of bump8628
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright copper-colored. Caramel is the driving flavor with some raw grain underneath. Hops are mellow with just a whisper of earthiness. It's a little watery and empty on the finish. Not much to get excited about, in fact, it's barely a step up from Killian's.

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of flexabull
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a very thin white head, no real lacing though.

Aromas are creamy, bready, and tea like.

Taste is dry, bready, with some caramel sweetness and a bit of grainy character. Finish is crisp, with light mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with decent body.

Overall, a drinkable, but a pretty simple tasting beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,548 ratings
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