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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
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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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by July 2011

A - Clear rusty red, spacious off white head quickly dissipates.

S - Caramel and toasty malts, but some weird sweet thing too..It's not really too bad, but it's bland and maybe a bit off.

T - Light roasty malts. Bready sweetness. Not bad, not too interesting.

M - Really smooth, a touch dry.

D - GOod for drinking, even though its not that good for tasting.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A=Pours a transparent light red color with minimal head and lacing.
S=light malt, a bit of sweetness. Subdued aroma overall.
T=Very sweet malt, a bit of molasses and booze
M=Very highly carbonated and sticky
D=decent but the sweetness brings it down

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.15/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark Amber with no head, barely something you'd consider lacing.

Smell: Clean barley, almost sweet. Smells a lot like Guinness.

Taste: Light tart, moderate levels of caramel/amber malt, liquorish, and a little bitterness. Needs more malt character.

Drinkability: Ends with this weird tartness and a lingering liquorish flavor I could do without. Meh. I hate to dish any craft brewery, but this brew... is lacking.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Attractive and classy amber with a massive tan head.

Intricate lace. Nice!

Aroma is malty and sweet, with hints of caramel, sugar, and maple.

Flavor is malty sweet, as well. Nothing fanciful or too complex.

Easy to drink, but not a standout from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby dark brown color with about a finger of head that goes away when you start drinking it.

S: Not good at all.. Just getting some kind of corn/pale malt smell that is not good

T: Dark malt flavor, like a dark fruit raisin taste with a little bittle of toffee

M: Little too carbonated for me, kind of bites the tongue. Leaves a dry taste in your mouth

D: Definitely could have plenty of these

Not something I would buy again

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

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Irish Red was amber in color with good clarity. It had a beige head with decent retention with a little lacing. The smell was sweet malt and a little toasty. The taste was a little sweet upfront with toasted malt and some balancing bitterness. The finish was dry and balanced. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and good carbonation. The drinkability was good as well. This is a nice and well made Irish Red Ale and worth a try.

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Photo of porcelli426
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A-Deep red color, about a 1 finger of head

S-Carmel, sweet malty smell. Little hoppy notes

T- M- Smooth with sweet and small amounts of bitter with a surprisingly dry finish

D- Pretty tasty but I don't know if I could drink more than a few

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light rusty red color with a good two finger head. Lacing moves fast back into place when swirled around the glass.

S- sweet malt notes with caramel undertones. A very pleasant smell. Doesn't offend in any way to me.

T- Has the classic bite of most Sam Adams brews. Caramel malt up front with a dry finish. Aftertaste has a slight bite but it lingers in a good way.

M- Nice medium body, not to watery not to thick. Glides across the tongue with ease.

D- I would say this one if very drinkable. Picture something like a Killians Irish red with more of a bite.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Faintly coppery robust amber with an off-white to light-tan head that sticks around a bit, but eventually settles to a skim and leaves pretty decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts with roasty edges and hints of lightly toasty grain. Faint grassy and herbal hops. Nice, but not every aromatic. It opens a tad upon warming, but not much.

T: Nicely complex, whish is great for a style that often comes off fairly one-dimensional. The backbone is the expected straight ahead, middle of the road crystal 40/60. Maybe some 80, some noticeable chocolate and perhaps a lesser amount of black patent or roasted barely ad just the barest dark hints. On the lighter end I am also picking up some toasty, nutty, and biscuit notes along with a soft grainy / light crystal sweetness. Hops balance nicely, almost firmly. Herbal and spicy with some grassy hints at the edges. Hop flavor and bitterness linger for a good while. Way at the end some super faint diacetyl pokes through along with near intimations of raisins. A really attractive range of flavors.

M: Medium body with slightly over average carbonation. Some residual sugars, but trending to drying in the finish.

D: Balanced and very well-rounded. Robust enough without being overly complex. A fine drinking and interesting example of a lesser made style that often comes off as cloyingly simplified.

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Photo of pburland23
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a Brewmasters Collection mixed six pack.

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a deep red with a barely noticeable, thin white head that receded to some slight lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty. Nothing to write home about it. Taste is buttery and sweet, very malty.

The carbonation seems inefficient and the mouthfeel on the whole is a little thin. Drinkability is pretty good though. You can definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. I've paired Sam Irish Red with corned beef and cabbage before and its a good pairing for an Irish dinner.

As others have said, there aren't a lot of Irish reds on the market and Sam's offering while not a world class beer is a pretty good representation of the style and a lot better option than many of the mass produced Irish beers on the market today.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July. Pours a rusty red color with almost no head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of bread, malts, and butter. Taste is buttery and bready, almost tastes like a Ritz cracker. A bit of a caramel twinge to it as well. Malty. Overall, it is an alright beer but definitely belongs in a mix 12 pack and not on it's own.

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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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