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 WakeandBake
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear bright amber color with a medium off-white head that lasted a white.leaving spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and herbal hops. Flavor is spicy,earthy hops with a dark toasty caramel malt backbone, very strait forward but good,clean mouthfeel,not sticky or watery, a hint of hops in the finish,very sessionable and a pretty darn good brew.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It pours into a pint glass with an average sized tan head. This beer is reddish-brown colored. It smells malty, but that's about all I can pick up since it's so overwhelming. No hops here. This beer tastes better than the smell, but not by much. It's malty up front followed by a dry, slightly bitter finish. Definitely drink this beer cold, as it gets worse as ti warms. However, the mouthfeel is decent, as the carbonation nice. The beer is a bit watery though. It's a low ABV, but the beer isn't that drinkable due to the overpowering sweetness. Definitely not the best Sam Adams out there.

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Photo of DannyS
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Clear dark red amber with a thin head. Small collar of foam remains with good lacing.

S - A bit sour and funky on the nose. Also slightly metallic. There's some hops and malt there, but the aroma overall is a bit off.

T - A bit of toasty malt and floral hops, with a minor malt sweetness and well balanced bitterness. finishes clean with a faint black tea aftertaste

M - A bit watery and fizzy, but overall good feel on the tongue.

D - Excellent drinkability, the only sticking point being the slight bitterness on the finish. Otherwise a good one for sessioning if you can tolerate a 5.5% ABV.

Overall - Definitely not disappointed by this one. I would consider a repeat purchase if I'm looking for am easy drinking red, but unfortunately, I only see this one in the mixed 6-packs.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, they can't all be winners.

I picked up mix-n-match at Dahl's and threw a few reds in he mix. One was SA Irish Red. It's a pretty dark amber with a zesty aroma. The taste is a let-down. The malty aspect seems a bit sour, off-tasting. The aftertaste seems watered-down. I ended up dumping the last bit of the bottle. I'm not doing this one again.

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Photo of AlexCuse
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with a fairly creamy head. Not much of a smell here, but that is par for the course with reds. Taste is balanced, with hints of caramel. The alchohol is well hidden, I had this pegged for 4.2-4.5 percent. Like most reds ales, this makes a great session beer.

This is certainly no Murphys (my favorite red ale), but as usual Sam Adams offers a solid interpretation that will rarely disappoint.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass. Paired with a McDouble from McDonalds. Poured a deep amber with a thin, pale head. I smell the amber malt, maybe some earthy hops? I dunno. Tastes smooth and with a little malt sweetness. The hops are earthy, and clean up the malt nicely. Not cloying, very drinkable thanks to a dry finish. Kinda feel like this is just an American amber but with English hops, but what do I know. Its good, would like to try on tap.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity and caramel.Taste is malty,fruity and a hint of caramel.Very light and goes down easy.This is just another good beer from the people at the Boston Beer Company.I would recommend and purchase again!!

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Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber body with an off-white head.

S- Caramel malts and some fruity malt aromas as well (seems like apple).

T- Sweet malts up front, a nice mix of caramel and fruity malt. Just a touch of hops on the finish.

M- Just under a medium body with good carbonation.

D- Is pretty spot-on to this style of beer. A really easy-drinker for me.

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

A good beer from koch, brilliant red color, round and deep taste, floral and crushed hops smell.

I try this with a mexican enchiladas, and is the best thing that i do, the light chile flavor and the rounded irish red beer combined is the mos beautiful thing in south the border.

95% recommended.

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

Pours a dark reddish amber with a moderate head that fades to a ring. Smells slightly buttery and malty and grainy with some slight cherry and peach to the malt. Tastes pretty typical for the style with firm malt, a touch of butter and fruit, and lightly hopped. A bit tight and prickly in the mouth, but also fairly robust for the style. Not bad.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a deep red color almost drown with a thin half finger head that lasts throughout the drink with spotty lacing
S= smells very sweet and malty which is expected. There's almost a wheat smell to it?
T= refreshing and smooth. Great malt, kinda toffee caramely taste. I think I'm picking up a small amount of hops as well.
M= a little thick and covering but a very smooth clean finish.
D= very high. Not a bad beer for the usual lackluster sam adams samplers. I prolly won't seek it out again unless its on sale. Pretty good everyday beer.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a deep amber color, with a red hue. It had a one finger head. No carbonation was present.

It had a sweet malt scent.

It tasted malty and slightly sweet. There was a mild hop presence. It finished a little dry. It was lite-to-medium bodied.

It is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is April 2009.

The pour is a ruddy brown with a finger's worth of off-white head. The head is gone quickly, and lacing is below average.

The nose is toffee with some earthy and floral notes and a bit of butter. The taste has the same flavours, with the flowers and butter at first and the toffee lingering in the aftertaste. A mild bitterness is present throughout the sip.

The mouthfeel is a little thin in body but smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good; I could have a few.

This is a nice example of the style that I wouldn't refuse if offered one, and I probably will give it a try every few months.

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Photo of hokies1999
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell malty sweet from the generous amount of malt used in this brew. The hops were there in the smell but nowhere near as strong as Sam's signature Boston Lager. They might have been overpowered by the malt. The appearance was amber red with great clarity. The head, when poured into a Sam Adams custom glass was a 1/4" and then reduced to just a sliver over the beer. The beer tasted malty sweet with a hop finish.

This is an easy drinking beer that pleases. It won't knock you socks off with intense flavors but provides a relaxing smooth experience. This style isn't very bold to begin with by Sam's Irish Red is good when you need to "reset" from hop intense or malt intense brews and just let your taste buds relax for the evening.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Irish Red
Style: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 5.50 %
Reviewed 4/7/09 from a brewmasters 6 pack
bottle>dimpled mug

A 4.0 - Rich toasted caramel in color. Decent 2 finger, tan, foamy head.
Head reduced nicely to a cappuccino froth collar.
S 4.5 - Rich malty aroma, smells like a good brew day! This is the standout note on this brew!
Very solid malty aroma with hints of nuts.
T 3.5 - Mild, mellow and balanced on taste. Taste follows the aroma notes, but the taste is much more mellow than the aromas.
MF 3.0 - A bit thinner in body that I expected, higher carbonation than I expected. The mouthfeel is not bad, it's just less than I anticipated.
D 3.5 - It's definitely drinkable for an amber, and a solid rep for the style in my opinion. It's a bit thin in body and taste, but the aroma and appearance are very nice. Respectable brew as most Sam Adams usually are, but it's not one of their greatest hits on my chart. Good fo' shore, just not "great".
The aroma is outstanding!!!

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Photo of rodney45
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells fantastic, look... if you're going to get this beer, or are planning on picking it up... just take a moment, after purchase of course, and smell the s**t out of this beer. It has floral notes on top of malt that isnt overpowered by the Golding hops... Aside from that, the beer is pretty average. Tastes more like a porter than an Irish red. Nice depth though, and I like how they approached this beer. Too much of this beer's flavor comes from the overpowering amount of darker malts used in this beer. However, it tastes too similar to their honey porter to be much in the way of an Irish Red ale. Its heavy, but drinkable, and it is like velvet going down, but where is my carbonation? This is an ale, not a porter, can someone please let them know that! It is part of the brewmaster collection, and rightfully so... but I really wanted an Irish Red when I bought this beer.

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

A: Pours a reddish color with brown hints throughtout. Provides a slight white/off-white head, 1 finger. Some minimal lacing.

S: Mostly caramel, some vanilla, toffee with some minimal hops. Nothing really overwhelming.

T: Mostly get some caramel flavor with just a slight undertone of hops on the back end. Gives it just a slight, ever so slight bitterness.

M: A light to medium body, just a tad thin, leaves a little hop bitterness on the palate.

D: I do not have a lot of exposure to Irish Red Ales, so I am not sure how it compares, but I would try it again.

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

A - Pours a very dark amber with a nice head

S - Very earthy tone, with some a touch of something fruity

T - The term liquid bread fits quite nice. Nice earthy flavor with a strong mineral note. Some caramel malt in there that gives you just enough sweetness. Finish was . . . Well what finish is more like it.

M - I will say it was smooth.

D - Ok you're at your local bar, and it's your buddy's birthday and you know you will be drinking all night long, this is a great choice. Not to powerful or flavorful, but better then say a macro.

This is not one of my favorites from Sam Adams but it is not bad.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wish I could get excited about this, but I can't.

Pours deep brownish red with a big fluffy head that collapses quite quickly.

The aroma is malty, but strangely astringent. Not particularly inviting.

The flavor at first is a huge wallop of caramel, completely unexpected for the style. It settles down a bit as the carbonation blows off, but the beer retains a rich, carmelly and buttery character, almost like a dark butterscotch - ok, perhaps in the right place, but in this beer it merely tastes like they boiled it too long.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but has a nice fizz of carbonation.

Not offensive, but just not what I am looking for in an Irish Red.

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

A - Pours a very clean dark amber. Big frothy head with little carbonation.

S - Estery, first think I smelled while pouring was bananas. Followed by a nice malty aroma, but slightly metallic.

T - More esters, tasted the banana and then a red licorice flavor with some sweetness from the caramel malts. Malty with some residual sweetness, but not cloying. Keep thinking I am tasting red vines in there. I like red vines, but in a beer is a little weird.

M - Creamy, viscous, smooth. Not much tingle of C02 or alcohol.

D - Good session beer. Not spectacular, but a lot of times spectacular becomes tiring when drinking more than more.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured in to a Sam Adam's Lager glass.

Pours an amber/red color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Has a lot of carbonation in it. Leaves thin lacing down the glass.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, toasted and a bit buttery. The smell of floral hops sneaks in with grapefruit undertones.

Taste is similar to the smell. Caramel malts, toasted, sweet. This drink ends up being well balanced between the malts and hops. Finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel smooth, but carbonated. A little bit bitter and somewhat dry on the back end.

So far this is the best Irish Red that I've ever tried. Very enjoyable, and pretty well balanced.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to having this because it was some important day for the Irish yesterday. I never had a beer in this style before and seeing the ratings for the top brews in this style. I didn't expect a whole lot. Sure, this would have been fine to have if it were on tap anywhere around here, but it's not a beer that I'm likely to have again.

Pretty nice pour to this - a very deep reddish-mahongay hue and deep head that didn't last all that long. There's no lacing to this and the taste is also pretty thin. Malty, with lots of caramel-like notes, but there isn't any sweetness here. Maybe a bit of coffee deep down but the beer itself has a pretty sudsy consistency to this and is a typical Boston Beer brew. Nothing groundbreaking, but good for an easy night out (or in, in my case).

Even though it's over 5.50% ABV, this wouldn't make a bad session beer. There's just a bit of grapefruit-like acidity to this that makes it a bit harder to down than it should be but other than that, this was relativly unmemorable. Call me a beer snob, maybe I'm past the days where a Sam Adams beer stood out for me...

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this for my st pats dinner at home with my guinness stew. Overall pretty good.

appearance: dark red brown and looed fuller than I thought it would be, creamy head

smell: rish caramel

taste: light carmel and a much heavier malty flavor than I expected from SA, low hops

mouthfeel: good carbonation and delicious

drinkability: very easy and smooth for a red ale

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What else should I have had with my Sheppard's Pie tonight? This seemed like the perfect cheer. Not a bad beer actually. Pleasantly surprised.

I nice thick 2+ finger creamy head that showed some decent retention but eventually faded into the bright reddish amber brew. Excellent clarity with some visible carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was mineral like (earthy?) light sweet caramel and of course some toasted malt.

Flavor was quite nice. Authentic in that it had the mineral flavor of most English/Irish Ales. A lightly sweet caramel flavor, but definitely not sweet. Some light bready tones near the end, but not too much. Finished a bit flat, but again, I think that's like most of the style.

Fairly smooth brew with very light carbonation.

Easily drinkable. A session brew if need be.

Pretty much on for the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Gorgeous crystal clear, deep red color. Large off-white head that leaves drippy lace and thin swirl retention.

Smells of toasty, nutty malt with mild hop spice.

Sweet, rich, toasty and nutty malt balanced by a hoppy and grapefruit rind bitter that is bouyed by lively carbonation. Medium body with somewhat drying aftertaste.

Overall one of the best things to come out of Sam Adams since the seasonals in my oh so very humble opinion.

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