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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a deep mahogany brown with some reddish tones. A frothy head retains well with some bubbly film and rings of lacing.

Bready malt in the nose with hints of caramel and citrus hops.

Slight hop bitterness up front with citrusy tones. Bready malt base with some toasted grain. Caramel sweetness with a drop of honey. Finishes with a bittersweet mix.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, very sticky and chewy. Pretty drinkable, but a forgettable flavor profile and an easy loser when compared to other hopped up ambers.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red color with a 1 finger head that sticks around for a decent time

S: Smells like malt with light caramel notes

T: Pretty malty and bready, with a small bitter aftertaste

M: Fairly light with medium-high carbonation

D: Like most SA beers, this is pretty drinkable and tastes pretty good. Nothing too special about this one though

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

A - This beer pours a coppery red color. It has a thin off-white head, that dissipates quickly. The head left little lacing behind as it fell. It also has a nice clarity to it.

S - The smell is a bit faint here, but I am getting some toasted malt and caramel sweetness. There are also notes of hops, light fruits, and ... butter?

T - This tastes of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, and earthy hops. The finish is pretty clean. This is a pretty good beer, but overall the taste is pretty average.

M - It has a medium-light body and high carbonation. It has a bit of a smooth and creamy feel to it.

D - Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. It is pretty good, but it seems pretty average. I would try again, but I'd like to see what other red ales are out there.

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Photo of mpcrump
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy reddish color with an off-whit almost almond looking head. Fairly small head that lingers for quite a while.

S: Interesting mixture of caramel, tofee, and hops. Smells sweet somehow.

T: Caramel, toffee, and biscuits. A small amount of bitterness.

M: Right down the middle. Not light, not heavy. A little bit of sweetness.

D: Good enough. I'm ok with Irish Reds. Not a huge fan but they are ok in my book. This seems to be a decent Irish Red. I would drink again.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Creamy head, dissipates quickly. Mildly bitter aroma, cant quite place it. Very malty taste, again slightly bitter, with some sweetness of the caramel variety. Detecting a hint of fruit, faint raisin. The mouthfeel is thick, yet crisp, the carbonation is perfect. The only thing holding this beer back is the aroma, which (at least this bottle) was slightly pungent or off. Worth a try, but it may need more consumptuary investigation. Yep, created a word there.... Consumptuary... It means to consume a beverage, primarily beer, for a purpose related to sharing information regarding said beverage with other consumers

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

nice medium brown color with hints of red on the sides that give way to a nice and well rounded off white head that seems to serve the purpose quite well. aroma is one sided with tons of bready malts and grains and lacking a hoppy balance and this would be a theme throughout the glass. lots of caramel, hints of earthy notes, breads, but the feel was a bit thin to me and it lacked that touch of hops to bring balance to it.

overall it was not a bad beer by any means, but just seemed to be lacking overall for my taste.

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Photo of rpardon7
2.16/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle a crimson red with a decent off white head that lingered for some time. Smell was dominated by sweet malt a bit of roast to it but mostly caramel malt. Taste pretty much the same very one sided caramel malt with hardly a trace of hops to be found. Too sweet with no balance. Mouthfeel was decent, the beer had some smooth creaminess to it. Drinkability is there if you like the beer but I for one will not purchase another one of these. Sam adams has some decent brews but this isn't one of them

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Photo of bnes09
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-amber in color. Pours a thin head which really doesn't stick around that long. Forms some lacing but it just slides down the glass.

Nice aroma. Nutty. Spicy. Caramel malt and mild hop bite.

Flavor goes along with the smell. It has a nice smooth caramel sweetness that sets the tone. Malt is balanced with a mild herbal hop flavor. Cashew and walnut flavors. Fairly complex, tasty and well balanced.

Medium-bodied brew and a bit chewy. Well carbonated. Semi-course texture.

Overall, this is pretty descent stuff. It can go up against the modern day Smithwick's for sure.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby red with medium white head that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lace.

S- Sweet caramels, rich toffee, and hints of fruit, tea, biscuits, nutty notes, and earthy hints.

T- Follows the nose, caramels and toffee. Malt forward with a touch of earthy hops. Sweet and nutty.

M- Medium balanced with slight creamy feel

D- Very easy to drink.

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Photo of tburus
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A ruby orange transparent liquid with slow rising carbonation and a one finger, off-white head.

Smell: Picking up sour malt and yeast as well as some smell that I can't really describe as anything but "off." It's not really bad, it's just different. It's not skunkiness though; I'm pretty sure it's intentional.

Taste: Sour and bitter malt flavors with a medium amount of carbonation. The taste is pretty much right on what I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel: A little sour malt left over but mostly the yeastiness is what I taste now. Like most Sam Adams, it's a good aftertaste that makes it easy to take that next drink, but not much in the way of exciting feel.

Drinkability: This is an average beer in a not so common style, so it is an acceptable choice. I like it, but I am waiting to get my hands on other offerings in the same style such as Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale and Three Floyd's Brian Boru. Worth a try in the meantime.

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Photo of shand
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep red with about a finger and a half worth of head. Lacing and retention are both slightly below average. Aroma focuses mostly on caramel malts, but there's some slight fruit and hop aspects here too. The taste is very good! Although there's a main caramel malt, a masterful blend of slightly bitter fruits and hops really helps temper the malt bomb, making this a perfectly drinkable malty brew. Nothing outstanding, but just a nice balanced, malty brew.

The mouthfeel is just about right, it's highly carbonated and on the lighter side of medium bodied. It's also very drinkable. A solid beer from Sam Adams. It won't offend or amaze, but is an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a white head and ok lacing the color is redish brown with maltt aromas, this beer is overal pretty average and has a good balance f flavors of both malt and hops, I wouldn't say this is sam adams best beer but it sure isn't the worst u will have and is worth trying at least once

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with label notched Jan 2011 for brewery fresh taste - consumed on 12/11/10

Sam Adams Irish Red poured a "dirty" red color with a nice mountainous 2-finger long lasting tan head that left nice thick lacing - a nice looking ale. The nose is of caramel and light fruit. Taste is malty [not heavy though] with flavors of caramel, light hops and tea like. Mouth feel is crisp, medium carbonation and body with a slightly hoppy dry finish.

If you are a fan of Irish Red Ales - try this one as I don't think you will be disappointed, it's an easy drinker too.

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Photo of philbertk
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Irish Red--Brewmaster's Collection--Harvest Collection--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 15 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Thick pour. Lacy off white rocky head. Clear dark enticing amber red color. Sweet malty toasted mild floral hop front. Malty biscuity cloying creamy mellow sweet caramel toffee mild fruit body. Malty tasty smooth mild hop end. Easy to drink. Well made. Not sure how to evaluate fidelity to the style. Sampled 12/26/2010. Harvest Mix Pack purchased @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle for $13.99 on 8/31/2010.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish color with an off-white head. A nice looking beer overall. The aroma is classic red ale with notes of toffee and caramel, as well as some grassy hops. The flavor is dominated by the toffee, caramel and biscuit malt notes. I also get some light cocoa and some grassy hops. The beer has a slight bit of bitterness to it, but it is fairly sweet tasting overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not usually a fan of Irish Red Ales, but this one is not bad at all. Definitely one of the best that I have tried.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red brown some head and lacing.

Caramel and toffee notes nutcracking and leaping on the stage.

Toasty caramel notes leaping onto your taste buds.

This is a hit for me. Sam Adams got this one right, if I see it in a six pack id buy one.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a dark red body with a small tan head that has decent retention and good lacing. The smell is of caramel, some malts, butterscotch, and some hops. The taste is a sweet caramel and ice tea like flavor with a hint of butterscotch and ends with some bitterness at the tip of the tongue. It has a very sticky mouthfeel that sticks to the lips in this light to medium bodied brew that has some carbonation to it. This is a very drinkable beer that I would have given it a 5.0 in drinkability if not for the harsh stickiness of it.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a ping glass. Best by March 2011.

Pours reddish amber with one finger of sticky foam. Aroma is caramel sweetness, plum, candied fruit. Smells very nice.

Taste doesn't back up the smell. It is sweet, most likely crystal malts, but there is a lingering aftertaste that is not pleasant. Kind of a harsh, astringent bitterness. No real hop flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, which takes away from the drinkability a bit.

All in all, a decent malty beer.

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Photo of JDFish
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into a pint glass. Dark and cloudy, like turbid ice-t in color. Decent almond head and some lacing. Nothing outstanding in the smell category, mostly of malts and light nuts and citrus. Mouthfeel was pretty full, lots of carbonation. Not a real crisp sensation, little chalky. Its a very tastey and drinkable brew. Its worth a shot.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark red color with an off white foamy head. Light carbonation and some lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, fruit and touch of hops. Firm, reach, slightly oily body. Flavor is juicy, sweet caramel malt, fruit perfectly balanced by earthy hops. Finish becomes dry and earthy. I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of patreely12
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice ruby red. about a finger or so of cream colored head dissolving more and more each sip. faint, yet sticky lacing.

S - faint malt but nothing else really.

T/M - toasty malts. also some very slight citrus. medium to light bodied. this beer is surprisingly clean and refreshing. better than killian's.

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

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

This brew has a very intense and strong aroma. That will be the first thing you notice when you pop the cap n one of these. VEry average Irish red, a bit disappointing for Boston Beer CO. If you must drink a red, you cant go wrong with Killians. Now if youre at a party and someone gives you one of these for free, you'll enhoy it.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before January 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark caramel brown with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger off-white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Malt dominates with a nice nutty aroma and a hint of buttered bread.

Taste: Bready malt flavor throughout. In addition to the malt, there are hint of nuts, butter and caramel in the background. I detect just a hint of bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is very lightly earthy and doesn't linger long.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Not a session beer by definition, but you could knock back several without any trouble.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. Another decent offering from Sam Adams. It's worth a try.

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Photo of lykonluck
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very good beer overall with and enjoyable flavor. has malty floavor with perfect amount of caramel. i would reccomend it to everyone. has more caramel flavor then killians irish red and other irsih reds. goes great with thanksgiving dinner. thank you sam adams

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Photo of JimLetson
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12-oz. bottle from the fall sampler poured into my tulip.

Appearance - the beer is a coppery red. The khaki-coloured head is thin and recedes quickly. I like the colour and I really like how clear it is.

Smell - there really isn't much of a smell at all. There is some malt, a very faint caramel aroma, and naught else.

Taste - the very first impression I get is Cherry Coke. After that initial shock wears off, there is caramel malt, and it ends with a small amount of bitterness. It doesn't dry my mouth out, but it leaves a funny taste on the front of my tongue and (though I know it's not where taste actually is) the roof of my mouth. It isn't butterscotch, but it is candy, kind of like the caramel inside a Rolo, but not actually caramel. If anyone can tell me what it is, BM me.

Mouthfeel - I don't particularly care for it. I think it's the strange caramel-ish thing going on in the aftertaste. I feel like I need to brush my teeth.

Drinkability - might rate higher if not for the weird feeling after a few sips. I feel like I need to brush my teeth, and this makes me neither willing nor able to drink more than one.

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