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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Murrhey
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by July 2013.

A- Two and a half finger cream colored head. Leaves thin translucent lacing down the side. Retention is relatively weak, about 45 seconds in and it is down to about a quarter-inch. Gorgeous red with very high clarity. Not looking too bad.

S- Warm malts, some straw and English, muted hops. All in all a quiet aroma, but not a tremendously appealing one.

T- Slightly toasted caramel malts, sour English hops and a stoic earthy yeast character. Interesting. Not great though.

M- Acidic and medium bodied. Wet finish.

O- Not Sam's best, but not a beer I would be above choosing again.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a deep amber with and reddish hue. Medium light tannish head and lots of bubbles

S - Big caramel smell. I really didn't detect much else.

T - Just a little spicy with lots of caramel flavor and maltiness. I detected little to no hops flavors

M - Very silky and smooth feeling.

O - Nice beer but nothing special. I'd drink it again but probably wont make an effort to look for it. It did go down easy.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Irish Red has a medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, rust-red appearance, and medium lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of medium-roasted barley malt and brown bread crust. Taste is of sweet, roasted barley malt, bread crust, and some mild hop bitterness at the middle through the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and slick, and Samuel Adams Irish Red finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer.


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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. The head is a one finger light cream shade with an excellent creamy texture. Retention isn't great, but the lacing left on the glass is good.

S: The only thing I really notice aroma-wise are sweet caramel malts and earthy hops. Maybe a touch of diacetyl comes through, I'm not really sure. Whatever it is, it's not very impressive.

T: Just like I said in the aroma, it's caramel malts and some earthy hops to finish it. There's a faint touch of fruity esters and some hazelnut in the midtaste, but this is very simple otherwise. This does a good job of dictating exactly what the aroma suggested - by being quite mediocre.

M: This comes off rather sweet and syrupy; given its clean texture, it feels rather strange on the palate. If any beer needs a drier finish, this is it. Not particularly drinkable for that reason.

O: Can't say I'm a huge fan of this one. It's hard to really place what I don't like about this, but it ultimately doesn't come together nearly as much as it should.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Samuel Adams Irish Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,545 ratings.
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