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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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A thin layer, less than a fingers worth, of fizzy off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a splotchy lace and thin collar... A couple carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a glowing vibrant reddish amber... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Rich malty nose... Caramel... Toasted malts... Fresh baked bread... Slightly nutty... A bit of fruitiness... Very faint euro hop presence...

T - Not as sweet as expected... There is a sweet caramel/toffee flavor, but it is balanced well with subtle but effective hoppiness from the East Kent Goldings... A bit of graininess... Slightly complex...

M - Medium bodied... Quite dense... A bit lush with a touch of creaminess... Nice carbonation...

D - An easy drinking sessionable offering from the Boston Beer company... There's nothing remarkable about it, but it goes down very easily... Could have several of these in a sitting and I would never shy away form drinking in the future...

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Photo of rtepiak
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a beer that would be served at a happy hour said one of my drinking buddies. This is a amber red pour with a head that fades somewhat quick. Nose of dextrose and grain. Palate of just about the same too. Mellow feel but no consistent quality besides a lingering protein and aged sugars. Sees a bit too gritty like a one dimensional malt forward lager.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber-red color with a finger of frothy tanish head. The head does not retain for long and leaves behind a tad of lacing.

S - Aroma has some roasted sweet carmel malts and just a touch of grassy hop mixed in. Overall, a bit to subtle.

T - Starts off with some sweet light roasted caramel malts and just a touch of grassy hop in the background. Starts a bit bland. Through the middle the malt comes through a bit stronger with a bit bread flavor. The finish has some bread flavor along side some toffee flavor which linger for a while.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels a bit watery and bland. It does feel a bit refreshing though.

D - Very drinkable, but mostly because there is not all that much going on. Pretty smooth but also not very exciting and a bit watery. Could have used some more intensity in a few areas.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer from the American Originals Pack

A-Clear dark amber. Not much head and it is gone instantly.

S-Bland, some Roasted and caramel malts

T-Also has the same roasted malts. Once again bland.

M-Light with no carbonation.

D-A very bland beer, one of Sam Adams worse offerings. I figured I'd get this and the White Ale out of the way first. There are better examples of the style and better offerings from Sam Adams. Don't waste your time with this one (unless your doing the whole Irish St. Patty's thing) or you desire to try all of Sam Adams once in your life..

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Photo of nimrod979
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber red with a one finger tan head that fades to a single ring of lace. Aroma is mostly sweet caramel malts. Flavor-wise, you get that same caramel malt with some mild earthy hops bitterness. Dry finish. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. It is a little better than Killian's, however.

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Photo of Outchillen
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a variety pack, reddish in color, white read, very mild body lighter than other reds, smooth, not much of an aftertaste, smell slightly sweet, not overly impressed, good for the style, very basic, nothing to crazy, would drink it again if in the mood for an IRA, but never really in the mood for an IRA

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Photo of NATOuk
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice bright red, clear with a decent head clearing quickly to a white ring around the glass.

Aromas of caramel malts, slight grassy notes of hops. Not a strong aroma overall.

A taste stronger than the smell led me to expect. Sweet caramels/toffee but a nice hop bite towards the end leaving a lingering bitterness at the back. Very smooth. Quite balanced although I was expecting slightly more in the hop finish.

Medium carbonation with a medium/medium-light body.

Very drinkable on its own or in quantity, not too rich in taste but not too weak either.

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Photo of G2Brew
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass at 45 degrees.

A -- Deep red brown with good clarity, and a nice full finger of off-white to light-brown head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves good lacing.

S - Caramel and grain up front, bready. Light, soft hops, and a fruity ester aroma. Not bad, but not very strong either.

T - A little disappointing, to me. I was expecting more from SA, and this didn't really give me anything over a Killian's IR. Modest sweet caramel and toffee flavors, light fruity notes, and a hoppy reminder in the finish.

M - Soft, but a little watery. Carbonation was OK, but not a lot here. Fairly refreshing, but not very exciting.

D - This is an OK beer, but not something I will go out of my way for. I'd probably pick it over a Killian's IR, but I won't be keeping it in my fridge.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Mahogany red body with a decent head on the pour that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Grainy aromas of caramel malts with a little hops.

T - Caramel and toffee sweetness with a slightly hoppy finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, either on its own or as a session.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a dark amber-brown color with little to no head. Smells malty and a little buttery. Palate is mostly caramel malts with some notes of raisan and toffee. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat drinkable but is pretty much an average brew.

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Photo of DrJay
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, deep copper with an inch of beige foam. Bready aroma, malty and caramel, faint grassiness. Same in the flavour, light bitterness that lingered in the finish, kind of a spicy and metallic end after a grassy middle. Slight alcohol character, lightish bodied with average carbonation. This one just didn't come together for me and felt a little harsh.

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

[Best served in an English Pint]

The pour was a clear dark deep mahogany with a small (less than 1 finger) off white frothy head that was mostly diminishing and did not have much lacing at all.

The aroma was heavy of a biscuit malt, a light floral hop, and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and some toffee.

It tasted malty sweet with a hint of toffee from the start and then had a slightly bitter hoppiness to it with a light sweet caramel finish. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow allowing for the malty bitter sweetness to settle nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was creamy in texture and just a shade under medium in body with a lively carbonation.

Overall this beer has a nice sweet maltiness with a touch of hops to it. Although it is a tasty and average brew, I have to say I did it enjoy it and would drink another.

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Photo of Erish
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by May, 2011.

A: clear medium red/orange-amber, an aggressive pour produced a nice three-finger head, it maintains a nice light tan cap and good lacing.

S: molasses-soaked whole-grain bread dough, light fruity esters, a bit of earthy funk, a hint of caramel.

T: all of the aromas come through in the taste, but there is a definite lack of depth to this beer, especially up front and in the finish, the hop presence is subdued and fruity/earthy.

M: light to medium-bodied, watery to faintly silky texture, moderate carbonation, but the finish is lacking.

D: while not bad, I believe BBC phoned this beer in. Still, BBC rarely misfires when it comes to the look of a beer.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this sixer after a long disappearence from BA. Hope to start fresh again!

Appearance: Chestnut brown, with a nice blackened haze floating upwards as soon as I pour it. Not too impressed considering this is a RED ale, but still somewhat impressive.

Smell: nice robust odor of caramal malts, but also a slight overtone of grain. Possibly just an oversight, but does has a sweet tint of roast to it.

Taste: Thick and dark roast taste at first, but also has a slight espresseo and vanilla flavor to it. Enjoyable overall and the aftertaste leaves somewhat creamy.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Medium-light body. Solid to say the least.

Drinkability: Average when it comes to Irish ales, which happen to be a favorite of mine for their bitterness and texture, but it wasn't bad atall. Definitely a brew I would try again espically with St. Patrick's day around the corner. Recommended if your a fan of the Irish ale genere, but if you've had smithwicks or Killian's, then this a beer for you. Cheers!

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Photo of u2carew
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles after a bit leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Clear, ruby body.
S) Bready. Toffee. Not too vibrant of an aroma.
T) Biscuity malt up front. Stays sweet throughout. Caramel. Toffee. A noble hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
D) A nice brew. I'd have another one.

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Photo of goldbot
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, dark amber color with thin, off-white head. Good head retention. Floral hops aroma with some caramel and bready malts. Caramel flavor predominates with some earthy and floral characteristics. A bit astringent and somewhat too acidic; medium bodied with a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright red, copper. slightly off-white fluffy head. moderate carbonation.

S: salt water taffy. faint, soft columbus-like hop aroma.

T: caramel. red lobster biscuits. or buttered popcorn. finishes nutty with a mild bitterness.

M: light/moderate carbonation on a light/moderate body. that was fun to type.

D: sweet and tasty. very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: redish brown with a 1 fingerhead

smell: malts, caramel

taste: malts, caramel, sweet

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinker due to smoothness, average irish red nothing exciting going on here.



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Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from SA's current mixed 12-pk. Best by May, according to the label.

Poured a reddish mahogany color, with an inch or so of beige foam. Moderate lacing.

Mildly sweet smelling, with caramel the dominant scent. There's some very mild, floral hops in the background.

Very malty tasting. There's a slightly roasted malt flavor paired with a mellow caramel taste. No hop flavor to speak of. Mildly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly coating yet dry mouthfeel.

Not terribly interesting, but not bad either. I could drink several of these if nothing more interesting was available, but I don't think it's worth seeking out.

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Photo of avaccani
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice ruby red. Loose 1 finger white head. Laced thoughout.

S - Bland. Really not getting a whole lot here. Possibly some caramel, faint hop. But not a whole lot eitherway.

T - Sweet upfront followed by a nice roasted bite. Finished dry. It wasn't the best Irish Red I ever had but it was good.

M - Lower cabonation but it worked for the style.

D - No complaints here. It goes down easy and I was looking forward to another.

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Photo of Shoegaze99
2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The thing about Samuel Adams mix packs is, you've got to take the bad with the good. This one is not one of the good ones.

Looks like a pretty standard red; deep copper with an active head that died almost immediately after pouring.

Nothing really stands out in the aroma, either. Again, this is a pretty standard red.

Tastes ... well, once again, like a standard red. A little on the bitter side. Touch of a metallic taste, too. It's actually a little *worse* than a lot of reds out there. By far one of the least enjoyable beers in the Sam Adams lineup.

Feels raw and abrasive on the mouth. Overactive carbonation, light body, unpleasant.

Not much to say about this beer because it's just not very good. Generally speaking I find the always consistent Boston Beer Co. to make some very drinkable, nicely tasty beers that are good for a session. Not this one. Reds aren't my style to begin with, and this is a particularly subpar example of the style.


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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 02.25.11 from a 12 oz brown bottle into an American shaker pint.

A : A nice ruby red. About a finger or so of cream colored head dissolving more and more each sip. Faint, although sticky lacing.

S: Faint malt, maybe biscuit...but nothing else.

T&M: Toasty malts and some very slight citrus. Medium-bodied. Its surprisingly clean and refreshing. Its almost a bit chewy.

D: Goes down very smooth - definitely good choice for a hearty dinner.

I would recommend the SA American mixed 12-pack for this brew and Revolutionary Rye alone.

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Photo of enfield249
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper red with a off white head. The foam really sticks around on this beer.

S - Not much coming off, maybe a little biscuit.

T - Surprising amount of hop flavor, a little bit of biscuit, malt, and just a tiny taste of peanuts?

M - Kinda full for a Irish red. A little bit of slickness.

D - Not bad at all. Nothing extra special, but a solid Irish red.

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Photo of Duxx
2.31/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very clear rust color but with almost no head. (This was the 3rd beer in this glass today so I know its not a dirty glass.)

S: Kind of funky almost "sulfury" like a poorly aged lager. No real hop or malt aroma. I really am at a loss to describe it but suffice to say I am not a fan of this aroma.

T: Nondescript, no malt, not hops, just dry.

M: Thin and watery but with a punch of carbonation.

D: Bought this as part of a mixed sixer looking for beers to use in my beer tasting class so I only have one bottle, good thing! Sam Adams are some of my favorite beers but not this one. One is enough!

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Photo of NickMunford
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with little head. No retention or lacing. Has light sweet aromas of roasted malt. The aroma carries through in the taste. With a hint of caramel. Lightly sweet roasted malt. Little to no hops presence. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with moderate carbonation. Another very drinkable beer from Boston Brewing Company. It's good, but boring. There's nothing that gives it a red ale flavor. No toastiness, or richness that makes me think of "ale". Easily drinkable, but not worth seeking out over other offerings.

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,559 ratings