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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours to a beige head that lasts and laces. Color is a maroonish red hue. Aroma is toasty, caramel, sweet malt and spicy, earthy hops. Flavor is more of the same with a toffee-like finish. Overall a very good Red.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled tonight on 7/17/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.

Pours a pretty dark russet amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of caramel and nuts. The taste was mostly of malt with a slight hoppy bitter finish that lingered a bit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was OK but nothing special in my book.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Once I poured the beer into my chilly pint glass the appearance of the brew completely blew me away. As I leaned in to take a whiff I enjoyed the nutty, sweet smell. Quite enjoyable. Outstanding, even before I had really gotten down to business. The taste is a bit disappointing after all that, I find that this has a more alcoholic taste than other sam adams brews. On top of this I feel almost cheated, after a great smell and appearance I feel as if the taste is missing an element. Sweet, then almost borderline bitter watery alcoholic taste is how I can put it.
Yes I would drink it again, yes there are better beers, yes there are far worse beers.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Overall I found that the appearance of this brew is red amberish and had a wonderful color for a Irish type ale.

Smell: to my nose it had a nice smell of roasted malts with a mixed smell of a toasted nuts.

Taste: Had a slight malty flavored with a small hoppy flavor which didn't overpower the flavor of the brew I also had a slight toasted nut flavor at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was smooth and and medium bodied. carbonation was ok However I would prefer a tad more carbonation with this brew.

Overall: Overall I found this brew to be a awesome staple to add to your beer list if you haven't tried it. Also I do like this brew and do keep it in my pantry during the spring and summer when it is in supply locally. I recommend this brew to anyone who prefers an irish style ale and want an easy slight into this type of beer and I find it will not overpower your tastes

*note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of Cconsalvo
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it's just me, but I think this beer is delicious....beautiful copper color, great aroma, and awesome, slightly malty taste. Not too heavy, very drinkable in warm or cold weather. Excellent with hearty foods like stews and potato dishes (go figure)!

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Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep red hue with a big, dense head, good retention, and great lacing

S: Slightly burnt and toasted malts; some caramel and toffee and lots of brown sugar; it starts off fairly subdued but aromas do develop as it warms

T: Toasted malts, subtle herbal hops; caramel and toast--lots of bready qualities with a very subtle banana flavor lingering underneath

F: Medium mouth feel; even a touch chewy

O: An okay beer--easy to drink and pleasant enough; not my favorite of the 12 pack but decent enough

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruit yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt forward profile and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adam's Irish Red 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a deep amber/copper color. two fingers of thin head that stay around for a little while. giving way to decent lacing.

i smell some caramel, malted hops, a small note of fruitiness was detected.

the taste is that of the smell. a slightly bitter sweet malty start. followed by a slight hop, sweet finish.

mouth feel is medium bodied. good carbonation. that coppery feel is present and clings to your mouth.

overall not bad. however i have had better Irish red ales. Conway's Irish Ale to name just one. i wasn't a big fan of this brew, so i don't think i will be getting anymore of this anytime soon.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very clean, very clear the red complexion of this ale was filled with tons of quickly ascending bubbles that filled a thin head.

The nose has some light aromas but they are way too light. Malty caramel with a tinge of sweet dried fruits the aroma is twangy sweet.

The flavor holds a nutty malt, caramelized roasted pecan, light sweet Melba toast, sour raisin and toast.

The feel is average not remarkable but appropriately measured.

Despite the complexity I find it strangely awry as my expectation is stronger roasts and toasted malt. The flavors are more twangy and raisin and that simply seems wrong.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a one-inch white head that sticks around for several minutes. Lacing moderate to heavy.

Aroma: Pretty good bouquet out of this one. Caramel, toffee, breadiness, grassiness, piny hops, and malt are all present.

Taste: Follows the nose, and it's really good. Complex arrangement of flavors paired with terrific drinkability. I had this with a bowl of chili and it was great; I imagine it would pair well with most meals. Also works for all seasons.

Mouthfeel: Slightly light of body, but not in an unappealing way.

Overall: One of the better Irish reds I've had. Perfect beer for a cool Spring day. Would have another.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. This is the eleventh beer I've tried from Sam. This is a pretty mild red from those that've tried. Not as smoky As I'm accustomed to, a little flat. Lacking the lingering flavor that you get out of many like beers. It did however have a great appearance, beautiful ruby red. Too bad the flavor didn't measure up.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a "Spring Brews" assortment.

A - Very rich copper color with a thick head that gives in to good lacing.

S - Fruity hops with some malt.

T - Malty start with a good hop finish.

M - Tangy with good carbonation level.

O - A nice "red" beer. I drank it at "garage" temperature (58F) and it was just about right. Too cold and I think you'd miss the taste.

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Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the side of the label (May 2014)

Pours ruby hued amber, supports a typical tan head, that lasts nicely, and leaves low ringed sheeting.

Sweet malts on the nose and then on the palate....some roasted notes and plenty of sweet caramel. British/mellow hops dry out the finish and provide the balance. Ehh, nothing special, but not terrible. Drinkable and serviceable every day/middle of the road kinda ale

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Deep reddish copper color with a cream colored head. A wisp remains on top, very light lacing.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, buttered bread, malts.

Taste: Sweet malts and lots of caramel. The finish is buttery.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

Overall: This is a very easy drinking beer. Very sessionable based on taste.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was by far the best brew with roasted malts I have had in quiet some time, if not ever. I was very impressed by it's crystal clear red color with thick head and lacing all the way down the glass. The beer is silky and smooth going down and the roasted malts-taste mixes well with the overall flavor of the beer. The one disappointing part of the beer was its smell - not as good as I would have like, but easily overlooked with the rest of what this beer has to offer.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a dark reddish-brown color, with a light tan head.

Smell - A caramel malt, a bit of roasted malts as well.

Taste - Its a sweet caramel malt, with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Ok body, with the carbonation going well with the bitterness.

Overall - Its a pretty good representation of the Irish red ales.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber red with a good head and lacing and a lot of carbonation. One thing Samuel Adams does very well is make a great looking beer.

Smell: Faint caramel and toasty malts.

Taste: Caramel and toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a hint of bitterness at the end.

The Verdict: It’s ok. Entirely drinkable and mostly underwhelming. If only their beers tasted as good as they looked.

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Photo of Weston19
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark mahogany color with a thin lacing that stays throughout the entire time. The beer is completely clear and look great in a glass.

S: You get a big hit of malts and caramel along with some earthy/breadiness to it. It's mostly malts but there are other smells underneath it.

T: The beer definitely has a nice hop taste to it when it hits mid palate and then you get the sweetness from the malt that lingers throughout. You also get some roasted notes similar to what you would get from a porter or stout and it has a similar aftertaste as well. Not bad but a little on the watery side.

M: Light with a semi dry, bitter finish.

O: I didn't mind having this beer but it wasn't anything great. It felt like I was drinking a weaker version of a porter. It's a good beer to have even if on the watery side and would just rate this as an average beer.

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Photo of ale1
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

poured into malt glass, pours a gppd head afterwards does the the bubble show and hoping for some good barley malts in the taste it's really just bland and resembles other high production glorp like killians red , save your shillings not all that great

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark reddish-mahogany color with a finger off-white head that dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that covered almost the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty, like crusty bread and butter. There’s some nuttiness there too, followed by a slight roastiness.

Taste: Very malty, with a roastiness finish. Very nutty too. Like toasted bread that’s been buttered. Excellent flavor. Finally there’s a very subtle hops flavor to balance everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. Good carbonation to tickle the taste buds.

Overall: Damn, this beer tastes great! Definitely my favorite of Samuel Adams’ regular line up of beers. I really enjoyed this beer and will certainly look for more. I would love to try it on tap!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours dark amber in color with a ruby hue, one finger creamy white head that lasts well after the pour, leaving some nice lace

S- sweet grainy malt with some herbal-tea-like hop bitterness, light metallic notes

T- sweet and malty up front, transitions to a slightly bitter grey-tea hop bitterness. Toasted finish that is dry and slightly herbal

M- medium body and carbonation, heavy-foam mouthfeel with a crisp finish

O- easy drinking irish red, well balanced and true to the style

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Deep russet in color, our Irish Red is full of hearty, roasty character inspired by the red ales of Ireland. Brewed to suit the cool rainy days (or any time in a pub), we use roasted caramel malts for a rich smooth malt backbone and balance them with earthy English hops for a comforting & satisfying brew. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an Irish Red Ale.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a caramel cream head over a red-amber ale with high clarity and ambitious carbonation. Some light lacing streaks the sides as the head recedes but has no staying power. Retention is above average. The appearance is enjoyable overall. 3.75

(Smell) Big emphasis on mildly toasted caramel grain and biscuit malt and mild yeast characters bring a bready character to the malt body. The smell is creamy and thick and potency holds at a medium strength. There are few extra surprises beyond what is immediately perceived in the aroma, which holds true to the style, but besides bold flavors, it's not incredibly unique. 3.5

(Taste) The most dominant taste in the red is that of a chewy medium roasted caramel, a grain heavy flavor, rugged in taste with some bitterness and husk. A light earthy hop taste contributes to the mild bitterness of this beer. The balance is almost on; the bitter notes shine a little more brightly as the graininess of the caramel adds to the complexity of the bitter characters of this brew. Balance is slightly dry- the lack of an overly sweet flavor profile balances the beer well. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Toasted chewy malt texture with a creamy carbonation presence. Slightly sticky, arid dry finish with a mild but pleasant bitterness. Alcohol is concealed well in this brew, masked by the grainy malt bill. Body is medium. It's a nice carbonation level for the style, and most of the textures are spot on. 4

(Overall) This is an enjoyable beer for me, as the balance is nice, the bitterness is ideal and the malt bill is flavorful and diverse with rough edges. The sweetness isn't overdone as the beer doesn't drink like a sweet caramel bomb. Amongst Samuel Adams' immense lineup of beers, this one does a good job at standing on its own. Approachable flavors and a mild ABV would make this a nice session beer. It's highly drinkable. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Irish Red

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Photo of artdob
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

For starters, I seem to have a mental block woth red ales - not sure why, but I can't quite cozy up to the style. With that preface, since this was included in the latest summer sampler package, it would be unworthy of the beer journey to avoid a sampling, so here goes.

Junior-ish head, dissipates quickly. Color is ruby reddish brown. The nose has mild sweet tones, some maltiness - not getting anything with a specific note otherwise.

On the palate - initial sweetness that is very quickly counter balanced with a mixture of bitterness, roastiness, and even a somewhat sour tone - all at the same time. So here I am again, in a land of red that just doesn't do it for me. Suspect it isn't all that bad, if this is what one likes, just no for my taste.

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Photo of Dodt
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

been a while since i reviewed anything from sam adams. with a nice ruby color and thick head(seems to be the standard when it comes to beers from sam adams). malty and not to sweet with a bit of hop bite at the end. for me i enjoy getting my feet wet with new style through sam adams they are usually very solid beers that are good examples of the style.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Reddish amber; big, beige frothy head, long lasting; excellent lacing

Aroma: Malty; sweet; slightly bready

Taste: Juicy, malty and zippy on start; hop bites pretty quickly and through the mid; hoppy on finish with semi-sweet, nutty finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,463 ratings.
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