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:
#43,565
Reviews:
1,014
Ratings:
2,556
pDev:
14.74%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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50
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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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber colored with a quarter inch of beige resting on top. I smell toasted malt and faint rooibos tea. The taste is showcases the toasted malt/rooibos tea flavor. The mouth is unobtrusive and quaffable.

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Photo of movieclockstar
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darrin_Smith
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of golf_sierra
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nolster
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timc32
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of jibrahim414
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brewnme
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: brown, deep red when against the light clear small foam that lingers some lacing
Aroma: sweet malty aroma
Taste: pleasant low-medium bitterness
Mouth feel: good carbonation, tart, long bitter sweet finish, very good carbonation
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
drank: February 23, 2017 9:26 PM

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

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rbrandt22
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear reddish color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel malt and fruit. The taste is just like the nose.

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Photo of ThePold
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a 12 varietal pack. Served in a Guinness glass. Not a lot of head and it dissipates fast with little lacing. But it tastes good! Pleasantly malty and not too thick like some, I'd say this is a good Irish Red from Sam Adam's and Jim Koch's team.

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Photo of csnyder83
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of Fitzy01
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CreedeSon
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1angrydwarf
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dont feel like over thinging this one. Here's the thing I like this beer but it is just ok. I have had it taste amazing some nights and barely drinkable others. I like the malt and hops character of this beer and that is what keeps me coming back despite some experiences I have had. Occasionally this beer has a metallic after taste for me like sucking on penny. I have checked the freshness date and have been mindfull of what I ate before hand. I have yet to figure out why this beer has such a split personallity with my palate.
The take away its an average irish ale at best that for me is always a gamble. I prefer Public House's Flynns Irish Red but it is seasonal and hard to find.

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,556 ratings