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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish-brown body. Head starts out big but fades to nothing.

S: Tea-like sweetness.

T: Nice balance between caramel maltiness and crisp hoppy bitterness. Also some buttery diacetyl.

M: Light to medium.

D: Pretty nice. Would drink again.

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

Has a nice dark red/amber color with a good head with a bit of residual lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and alcohol.
Tastes like a bit of a strong alcohol tinge but has a smooth finish with a nice taste of sweets almost like fruit.
A large amount of carbonation.

I would buy again.

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Photo of jimj21
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of Samuel Adams Fall Harvest twelve pack. Best by February 2010 marked on side of bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very clear brick red color. A few streams of bubbles rising in the glass. Pour produces about two fingers of cream-colored head.

Plenty of sweet, malty aroma. Not much in the way of hop aroma. Caramel and toasty malt comes through as well.

Taste follows the nose. On the malty side. Hops add a little spiciness. Sweet caramel and toasty malt shine. There's a little fruitiness on the finish. Not too complex, but it is what it's supposed to be.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy. Medium bodied. Carbonation is on the lower end, but it's good for the style. Dry on the finish.

Very good for an Irish Red Ale. Much better than Smithwick's. Not too complex or anything so it's easily drinkable. A little dry.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with two fingers of ivory head which leave a very nice lace as they dissipate.

Smell: very light aroma of caramel malt and just a hint of toastiness. Not bad in character, but it is almost indiscernible.

Taste: nice malt character. Flavor starts off malty and with a hint of berry flavor, which morphs into a more traditional caramel taste. Bitterness is present but there's not much in the way of hop flavor. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Not perfect, but far from bad.

Drinkability: quite good. I would gladly drink a few of these.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took more than 6 months since the last time I tried my friend Sam Adams, and then again I meet him, with the Irish style red.

A: At first glance, has a bright reddish color, very good foamy head with two fingers thick;

S: Hops with strawberries and cherries;

T: Caramel, strawberry gelatin, and earth hops;

M: Sweet with a medium bitterness, producing a woody and dry touch;

D: Very well balanced.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and malty, some hints of caramel. Taste is good, caramel and malts, fairly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. Purchase Before FEB 2010 notched on the label.

A - The tall pour is quiet and produces an amber-red beer with a nice two-finger head. It's a creamy ivory color with moderate retention and spots of lacing on the glass.

S - The nose is very crisp and dry with a clean, fresh aspect to it. Dry roasted malts with a light caramel sweetness are up front and accented nicely by a little floral hop aroma.

T - Dry roasted malts with a mineral thing getting in the way a bit. Crisp and clean with a roasty finish and a long hop flavor. Floral and clean with a bitter end.

M - Creamy and smooth, it's a very soft-textured beer. Ith as ample carbonation but the end is nice and smooth, not sharp and tingly. Medium-bodied with a very dry finish and some bitterness to it but not overpowering.

D - That mineral thing going on in the flavor is a bit off-putting to me. A great red otherwise, the feel is very nice. After one, I'm done though. All combined it's a bit dry to keep drinking consistently. Still good and well-crafted though.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice amber/red color with a thick head that disappates down to a slight head and a good bit of lacing. Almost looks orange when held up to the light.
S- Smells malty, bready, hint of fruit, and very caramelly and butterscotchy.
T- Tastes much like it smells. Caramelly and bready. quite balanced.
m- on the light end of medium bodied. carbonation is ok. there's just not the presence i was hoping for.
D- Drinkable. For those who enjoy SA beers and malty beers, this is a good beer. Satisfying, though maybe not outstanding.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber brown color that is easily seen through. Minimum lacing.

S- An amber malty smell, very sweet with notes of caramel resonating. An almost bready grain smell that is a little hidden. Smell reminds me somewhat of a a marzen.

T- Very sweet malty amber malty flavor dominates the beer with a caramel undertone. Very little hop flavor in the taste with a grain aftertaste following. Seems that this beer is a little unbalanced with the malt.

M- a Lack of carbonation concerning, but this a average mouthfeel. Does not annoy me, just does not seem to impress.

D- Taking me a little while to get through this beer, and not because it is a nice beer to let sit. Wouldn't want more than one of these.

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Medium amber-colored body with a dishsoapy head that slinks lower each second, leaving huge foam gams. Sinks down to the body and doesn't leave a lot on the side of the glass.

Smell: A bit of nice caramel and amber sweetness, mixed malty fruit notes, and some citrus rind hop bitterness, though it's more orange than grapefruit.

Taste: Initial hop and citrus punch, with some earthiness and graininess coming through. Finishes slightly hoppy with some good pungent citrus and malty fruit esters, but it still seems a little too toned down by the end to go higher for me.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied with good levels of carbonation, and though some would maybe say this is a bit watery, I think it goes beyond that just to make it a little softer on the palate, or at least that's what it's positively doing for me.

Drinkability: I'd drink this again, especially since it's year round. Like most Irish Reds, as far as I'm concerned, this is certainly above average, but it doesn't take a lot of risks. That said, it probably wasn't trying or didn't need to.

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Photo of jp32
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely. A deep burgundy woodstain in color with a small amount of khaki colored head retention.

The smell is rich and on the marzeny-sweet side.

The flavor is malty and has a bittersweet taste in the middle. Finishes clean.

Similar to most sam adams beers, the mouthfeel (and appearance) are of high quality. The clean finish also creates a high level of drinkability for this beer.

This is one of the better Irish/Red Ales that ive had in a long time.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Awesome appearance. Robust dark red/amber with a medium cream colored head. Excellent lacing typical of the brewer.

Sweet malty caramel/butterscotch aroma. Hint of alcohol. hops aren't apparent in the nose.

Flavor is as malty as it gets. Very sweet with caramel, and a little earthiness from the hops, but they don't do much in the way of balance.

Feel is smooth and creamy. Full bodied.

Tasty and enjoyable if you're looking for malt, but I think the sweetness hurts the drinkability a bit. Probably could only do 2 of these before the sweetness gets to me.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA glass. Bottle had freshness dating.

A - poured a creamy, tan-colored two-finger head that disippated into a tight cap. even lacing. had a deep, red hue.

S - nothing overbearing in the least, expected more. some hops/bread is about all i get.

T - slightly phenolic/metallic, nutty first impression. kinda like the smell, i was hoping for more. a bit of floral notes as the beer warms.

M - light-bodied, above average carbonation. not much finish, or aftertaste.

D - overall, not the SA offering. i'd rate it well below even Killian's. would not invest in a six of this particular brew.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a fairly dark amber/red with a thin creamy pink head which dissipated pretty quick. Smelled a bit like apple juice and spicy pear, with a mild floral hop aroma backed by some caramel malt scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of mild spice, and caramel malt. A bit of floral hop taste and grassiness in this. Felt pretty light bodied and finished kinda dry with a bit of hop linger.

Drinkability:Not a bad beer, could drink a couple of these in a sitting. Nothing I'd probably buy again.

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Photo of mnrider
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Pint glass

A: Pours a deep beautiful red with a one finger creamy tan head. Leaves very nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Very malty. Caramel and bread aroma.

T/M: This brew is smooth with light caramel malts. Taste also reminds me of bread. Could use a little more hops and carbonation. Not very bitter but is a little dry on the back end.

D: This is a good beer, but not great. A little too filling for me to have more than two or three. As it leans more malty than hopy. But still pretty well balanced.


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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA glass. Good intial head, disapates and blankets the brew for most of the way down. Great laceing, but I think the glass has alot to do with it. Good looking beer a glowing deep red color.

Not a whole lot going on the smell department. Pick up some caramell and malts.

Tastes good. Let it warm for a minute. Very smooth and creamy. Pick up some caramell notes and some spice bitterness.

The flavor really builds in this brew. Mediumish body and very smooth.

Nicely balanced very drinkable. Solid beer!!

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Photo of jhammel01
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red (go figure!) that has a fast dissipating off white head. Looks pretty appealing as it laces down the glass. Looks good!

Not much going on in the smell department. A few notes of caramel and malt.

It tastes strongly of caramel malt, and finishes with a bit more caramel and toffee. Very slight notes of bread throughout. Not to bad, but there is a metallic taste that is strong in this beer anod the others Ive had from SA lately. Its strange..

The beer is medium bodied and has a decent amount of carbonation.

A good beer. I've enjoyed this one and will enjoy the second one in my fridge.

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Photo of dfillius
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of tight off-white head with good retention. Liquid is burgundy with some toffee brown. Good looking beer.
S: Sweet caramel and toffee, some fruity estery alcohol.
T: Swee and bready, strong bitterness that I usually associate with Amer. Amber/Red. What does it come from? The malt? East Kent Goldings hops?
M: A little off roasty bite (related to the flavor note similar to ambers/reds) detracts. Oily, a little prickly carbonation at first, smooth later.
D: Fairly good. I would maybe have another, but wouldn't buy a sixer again for just myself. Maybe if it was for a party, but then only as a last resort.

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Photo of Winter
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Irish Red pours a reddish copper in color with a thick creamy, light khaki head. The nose is not strong, but offers up a bready malt and caramel aroma. Hints of toffee and brown sugar are also in there. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. The taste has a sweet malt flavor to it. Hop bitterness combined with the malt gives it an almost sourdough quality to it. The finish is dry with a touch of alcohol.

Not bad for an Irish Red. Enjoyable enough, yet nothing really makes this stand out either.

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Photo of Tee76
4.57/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A reddish brown cooper color with a sizeable tan head.Looked very nice

S: Sweet smelling beer with a hint of caramel and malts.

T: The taste blew me away,it's got a warm taste to it which makes it best suited for fall and winter in my opinion.Very smooth and creamy but with a small amount of "spicy" bitterness.

M: Good mouth feel, nothing negative to say here.

D: Very drinkable. For an Irish Red this one ranks up there as one of the best in my opinion. Easy to drink and goes down nicely.

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

pours a clear dark copper with a very small beige head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, malt, a touch of caramel, and some spice.

taste is of caramel, malt, spice, pepper, a touch of cocoa, and hops in the back, end is a little dry.

overall a nice irsh ale.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear, dark amber, with a big creamy head that finally settles at around 1 finger, light tan in color, a little bit of chunky looking lace

S: Some sweet caramel malts and some slight hops to balance this, nothing over powering, just nice

T: Caramel malt starts it off with a nice hop balance coming in slow, takes a minute to really feel the hops, but the more you drink the better they get, kind of floral but also spicy hop flavor, some breadiness in the finish, also has a small alcohol presence as other irish ales do

M: Medium body, feels a little thin at first, but the flavor that builds helps to improve it, pretty smooth

D: Pretty good drinkability, nicely balanced, not too out there with its flavors but good all around, this has a little something for everyone to enjoy

Notes: As I said, not a real adventurous beer, but a nicely crafted variety of flavors that could appeal to craft and non-craft drinkers, hop heads and malt lovers. No one will be wowed, but its a nice fall baseball evening beer.

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Photo of Thur123
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep red color, duh. The head is light tan and frothy, but small, less than one finger. The smell is a medium malt character that's on the toasty side. A bit of bitterness as well.

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It tastes good. The malt goes from toasty to bitter on the end, and after that it's kind of grassy and sweet. Tasty and full bodied and balanced, a great Irish Red.

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Photo of cvfish
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a deep reddish orange color that produced a nice, fluffy white head that good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were some caramelized malts and earthy hops

T - The flavor of this beer was bolder than I was led to believe, sweet, bready malts, caramel, a slight black tea flavor, and some earthy hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was great, I was really not expecting this to be good after listening to the post after this beer won the Longshot competition, but I really liked this one

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Photo of nickspagnolo
4.48/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: It is a copper/red colored beer whose foam is tan. The foam is tall and short lived; in some cases it completely disappeared.

S: Sweet deliciousness.

T: The taste of this beer is amazing! I believe the caramel malt flavor is what makes this beer so delicious. It is a sweet beer however the sweetness is not overbearing; you will still think you're drinkin' a beer.

M: Smooth and Refreshing.

D: These don't last too long in my house and therefore received a perfect score in the drinkability category.

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