Samuel Adams Irish Red | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,902
Reviews:
1,013
Ratings:
2,553
pDev:
14.74%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
325
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,553 |  Reviews: 1,013
Photo of golf4collet
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a deep reddish amber, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel, slight fruitiness, and breadiness. It's simple but pleasant enough.

This isn't all that bed. It's got some nice toastiness and breadiness, a kiss of hops, and a very faint fruitiness. This isn't the most barnburning or complex style, but this is a decent version of it.

This is crisp and pretty clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is nothing to go bonkers over, but it's solid enough.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color with a vanilla head, no head retention or lacing, looks thin.

A: Toasted malts, slight nuttiness, toffee, ripe banana, pretty straightforward.

T: Like the nose, subtle notes of toasted malts, banana, nuttiness, low bitterness, finish is dry with toasted, raw almond flavor lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish.

O: Reminds me of a watered down brown ale with banana notes, this is a beer that I will definitely not reach for again, not a drain pour but definitely not to my liking.

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Photo of HermitDan
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigedal60
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vetbidder
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark reddish clear color. Caramel malt scent. Sweet caramel malt flavor with some bittering hops. To me, some of the malt clashes with the hops to create a somewhat metallic finish. Not really my favorite flavor profile. Pretty well carbonated and smooth otherwise.

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

Photo of beaulabauve
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of CobraDC23
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mchegash
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark brown-red, but clear. A good amount of light tan head. 4.

S: Strong toasty malts, banana. 4

T: Very similar to the smell. Roasted malts with some banana. Taste is quite metallic though. 3.75

F: Medium-full bodied. Smooth, good amount of carbonation. 4

O: Taste is a bit metallic. Not a bad beer, but nothing stands out either. 3.5

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajreds11
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Techichi
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of almarazcvn65
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle freshness notched for June 2017 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Clear, red brown coloration with a one finger tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Malt forward with a moderate intensity.

Taste: Malts, light toasted grain. No noticeable hops so the flavor just fades into a watery finish.

Feel: Thinner side of medium with moderate carbonation give this beer a smooth but not creamy feel. Finishes slightly dry on the tongue.

Overall: An OK beer. It's not bad, just doesn't do anything to stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer as part of a variety pack put out by Sam Adams. Since it's the St. Patrick's time of year I thought this would be the perfect beer to try out.

This beer pours a ruby red color that has a combination of amber and copper hues and is clear with very light carbonation. The head is taupe in color and frothy in appearance, dissipating slowly to a rocky layer with a neck. 3.75/5 The aroma is of moderate intensity and leans heavily toward sweet as opposed to sharp. Notes of grain, white bread, sweet caramel, and toasted wheat bread all come out quite nicely and lend a very noticeable sweetness. There is really no hop profile to speak of here although there is a bit of fruitiness in the way of raisins/dates that comes through. 3.75/5 The flavor is of equal intensity as the aroma with more of a lean towards bitter instead of sweet, although not by much. The grain and sweet caramel of the aroma shows up in the flavor as well, but the hops come out to play much more strongly with a very earthy presence, along with a bit of spice shining through. The malt leads the flavor profile off but the hops kick in quite quickly. The finish is of moderate length and intensity with the bitterness once again coming through more strongly than the sweetness of the malt. 3.25/5 This is a light-medium bodied beer that features light to moderate carbonation and a slick but astringent sensation on the tongue along with a bit of prickliness in places. There is really no drying and it comes across as a bit watery at times. 3.5/5 This is an ok Irish Red that is quite light, even for the style. It is a beer that can be paired with food or imbibed without. More than anything I was a bit bored with this beer. I'm not sure why, it just doesn't do it for me. Maybe because of the watery quality that comes through? 3.5/5

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

Pours a clear dark amber/pale reddish brown producing 3 fingers of tan, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves nice spidery webs & rings of lace. Aroma is toast & caramel malts, ale yeast, fresh & dried white fruits with an earthy, floral hop profile. Taste is toast, caramel malt sweetness, roasted nuts & a heady fruitiness backed by an earthy, floral note in the finish. Aftertaste is a toasted/roasted, lasting, bitter, earthy maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, slightly juciy it finishes grainy, not clean.

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Photo of The_Unwritten_One
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,553 ratings