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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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Well, it certainly is a beautiful shade of red. Crystal clear. Two-finger spun cotton like head. Good retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malt. Not getting much else.

T - Big toasted malts forward, but (plesantly) nowhere near as sweet as expected. Some toffee and nuttiness in the mid-palate. Ale yeasts bring the slightest hint of fruit in the form of watered-down cherry. Some English style hops bring a nice bitterness to the finish without really imparting much distinct character of their own. Very suprising at all I am getting here.

M - Medium bodied. Standard SA prickly carbonation. Why do almost all SA "production" beers seem to have the same carbonation level?

O - Not my favorite style, yet I really like this beer. More complex tasting than expected. A little "all over the place" (great look, boring smell, great taste, etc) and if they fixed a couple flaws, this could really be a champ. I'm sure there are better Irish Red's out there, but it's the best I have had so far, and blows Smithwick's out of the water.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red-brown with three-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, spice, cherries.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt and a hint of cranberry juice. Tart.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Pretty good beer, but the taste is just above average.

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

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a nice clear shade of amber with a frothy three finger offwhite head. The head fades after a little bit, but leaves some nice lacing. Looks great

S- slight aroma of grassy hops along with a little bit of wheat and almost a metallic smell as well.

T- some lingering sweetness in the beginning, which gives way to some breadiness and some very, very slight bitterness. No specific flavors really pop out, but it's pleasant tasting

M- medium bodied. Par for the course

O- not a bad beer, but almost seems like a starter version of craft beer...not as if an Irish red is a very complex style, but there isn't a lot going on

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a lovely brownish amber with a thick creamy head and medium retention and good lacing. The appearance is the best part of this beer. It has a wheaty boozy smell. The taste of this beer is kind of bland to me. It taste a little metallic in the after taste. It has a weak body but ok for the style of beer and decent carbonation. This beer is ok at best and I would not order it at a bar unless all they had was light American beers.

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