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

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Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear amberish/orange with a finger of foamy, cream-colored head. Decent amount of lacing on the glass as beer was consumed.

S: Hops, sweet malts, slight hint of roasty malts

T: Clean and crisp. Hop taste makes itself known right away, however, the bitterness is quite subdued. Sweetness from the malts follows closely afterwards and lingers in the mouth for a bit. Pleasant, but bland - nothing really stands out.

M: Crisp with a medium mouthfeel. Moderate amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

A pleasant brew overall, but again, nothing really stands out - In my opinion, this seems to be a common trait with a lot of Sam Adams beers. Good to try once, but not something I will probably buy again.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Full, amber-red body with a creamy cap of off-white head.

S: Rich toast and buttery notes. Caramel and slight earthy hops are present as well.

T: Clean, roasty-sweet profile. Hops provide some tangy bitterness and it finishes fruity and buttery.

D: Really easy drinking stuff and nice amount of complexity for a (sometimes) boring style. I could really go for another after this one.

Overall: Sam's got a knack for balance and this is just the beer where that skill pays off. Good representation of the style, it hits all the caramel and bitter notes without abandoning the roast hint that makes and Irish red what it is. Solid brew here.

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3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. BB FEB 2012 notched.

a rather vigorous pour gave me a pretty mice, slightly off white head. thick retention with some random big bubbles, some decent lacing as well. clear, deep amber, red color.

nothing really intriguing in the the smell. bready, buttery, maybe a little biscuit, and caramel. hints of leafy hops.

again, buttery bread, biscuit, caramel grain balanced by a leafy hop. sweet. its there and its gone, very bland finish.

light, close to medium in body. way too much, slightly fizzy carbonation.

a pretty boring beer, good for a newbie craft beer drinker, but just mehh, average.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App- The offering has a copper-red body that is crystal clear. There is a little bit of carbonation in the beer. There are two fingers of orangey-tan head. It's very fluffy and has retained a good amount of its head with a small lip of lace.

Smell- The malt is sweet and toffee like. There is also a little bit of earthy hop. It is really heavy on that sweet and biscuity malt.

Taste- No surprise the malts are heavy on the tongue too. The sweet caramel malt changes into the earthy hop flavor, almost peaty. The finish brings back that buttery malt.

Mouth feel- The mouth feel is decent. It is medium bodied and goes down easy.

Overall- The style doesn't offer much to begin with, and I'm not sure the extremely sweet caramel malt was the best choice to mix with this earthy hop flavor. It becomes distracting.

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,546 ratings
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