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

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Samuel Adams Irish RedSamuel Adams Irish Red
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
Ratings:
2,534
Reviews:
1,010
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
306
For Trade:
1
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Photo of FBarber
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CreedeSon
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1angrydwarf
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of emwild12
2.47/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of C1051
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Frothy,off white almost light khaki colored head,that stands just under 1 finger tall.Leaves a sticky lacing on the side of the glass.Light red / dark copper colored body,with medium clarity.Medium carbonation that moves at a fast pace.

On the nose I get a few different malt notes including: Earthy,sweet,and caramel.Not getting a whole lot of hops,with the exception of trace elements of pine.

The palate follows the nose with sweet,earthy,and caramel malts.Very very small presence of pine on the back end,but almost indiscernible.It has a nice sweet taste,without going overboard on sweetness.Pretty well balanced in my opinion.

Medium body,with a slightly sticky mouth feel.Moderate oxidation on the tongue,with a smooth finish.

This is another pretty solid beer by Sam Adams.I think you probably have to be a fan of the style to enjoy it,but fortunately I am a fan.Good beer by Sam Adams.I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Irish Red is not what I expected from its description of rich and malty on the bottle. Compared to my favorites, the Maple and Caramel Bock from a Sam Adams variety pack....this beer was NOT as rich and malty. It was not bad though and went down easily. Blows away Killian's for sure.

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Photo of corywalston
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jvnsks
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NovaKane
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Part of a 24-pack Sam's Club $26.49
Reddish Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Caramel, malt taste. Kind of a muted taste. Not bold like I had expected.
Overall just ok. Not good enough that I would seek it out or buy a 6-pack of it, but good enough that I'll drink it without any complaints.

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Photo of jeffyboy65
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkn09
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jliscin
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMike
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of evostudios12
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManWithNoName
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date May 2017.

APPEARANCE; pours a clear, dark amber color with less than one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, lighter carbonation, moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, sweet caramel and buttery.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread then sweet caramel and a buttery taste, a malty mess with very little hop presence.

PALATE: a little watery and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is the most unbalanced, malt forward beer I have ever had, it's not a style I appreciate, I had this as part of a sampler pack, not terrible but I would not seek this out again.

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Photo of Adam1993
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.71/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Irish Red brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 5.80% This Irish Red Ale pours out a light brown color with a decent off white head. Really digging the copper color of this brew. There is also some nice lacing to this brew, it stick to the side of the glass well. The smell of Irish Red is rich with roasted grians and malts. The is also a nice mild sweetness to the smell of this brew. The look and smell are really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on the roasted grians and malts at first, then a slight sweetness, then bitterness of hops at the end. The slight sweetness is a nice touch, kinda put everything together. There is a lot going on in this brew, this Irish Red has a real nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it is real hard to pick up on the 5.80% ABV in this brew. This brew just goes down that smooth. The mouth feel of Irish Red is Bold, Clean, Smooth ,and Refreshing. Irish Red is a nice medium bodied brew, it not to heavy but not to light. Overall I'm giving Irish Red a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a real nice job with this brew. If you are looking for a good drinking Irish red look this brew up .

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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,534 ratings.
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