Samuel Adams Brick Red
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Style:
Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #30
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,731
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 14.48%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
505
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Samuel Adams Brick RedSamuel Adams Brick Red
Notes: A traditional European style ale handcrafted by the Samuel Adams brewers. Only available on-tap in select locations in and around Boston. See http://www.samueladams.com for a list of participating locations.
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An easy pour created a fat finger of light beige creamy foam with long retention, a cap fades to a thin ring with no lacing.
Clear dark orange-amber color with reddish highlights.

Beady/yeasty malt and toast greet the nose with a hint of caramel malt plus a faint roasted malt character. Hops are very faint, blended in with the roasted malt. A faint, boozy, apple brandy smell is noticed at a deep inhale.

Semi-sweet with average bitterness at first, herbal hops stand out. Caramel and roasted malt lead over the bread and toast. The apple brandy smell is now cider-like, moved along by the soft carbonation. A mild astringent tang builds during the long finish as bitterness rises to above average. That tang and a warming alcohol bite linger with the hops.

Medium-light body with above average C02, soft and smooth (minus the tang), session-able and reasonably priced.
On target to style guidelines, ranked respectively high for an IRA (30th). I'm going high on this one, very enjoyable.

Jun 19, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A supremely delicious tasting beer. Wonderful on draft as you can see the amber coloring beautifully. The beer also drinks smoothly, with a crisp finishing taste with every sip. I am not necessarily an Irish Red Ale drinker, but this beer has become one of my all time favorites. It is a great mix of being sweet and strong, but not too sweet. Drinks like a really good beer. Happy to see that the once Boston bar draft exclusive is being canned and distributed around the Boston area. Great work to the folks at JP!

Apr 28, 2020
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can poured into glass
Look - nice red amber color, medium foam head and decent lacing.
Smell - Very basic beer aroma. Can tell that it is a malty beer but not much else. It actually reminds me a little bit of the cherry wheat aroma, obviously with less cherry.
Taste - Sweet and smooth. Medium-bodied but sticks in the stomach. To me, this beer would work better in the Fall when the weather gets crisp. Carbonation is medium. A little surprised at how little flavor it has, although red ales tend to be this way. Slight iron aftertaste. Hops are not really detectable.

Overall, not great. It needs more character via hops or yeast. It's a very drinkable beer but there are lots of beers like this in terms of red ales. Would enjoy this on Sunday watching football but it's not a light beer so would fill up fast. Grade is a B-

Apr 14, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 6 oz can with best by date of June 2020. Sampled Marcxh 7, 2020.

It is a nice looking beer but most of the Sam Adams line is nice looking. Amber, good clarity, and a light tan head.

The aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, molasses and floral. But it is not unique although it is enticing.

Smooth, medium body.

Sweetness prospers in the taste. A mild floral back drop. Pretty basic but easy drinking.

Mar 07, 2020
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Kradz from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a big fan of Sam Adams' seasonal beers (especially the colder weather ones, though the Summer is also very, very good). I went on vacation to Boston back in 2011 and fell in love with the city (keep this in mind considering it was 8 years ago and I already loved the city itself). I made sure to go to the Same Adams Brewery and wasn't disappointed in the least. My favorite beer I was served on the tour was the Boston only Brick Red. This beer knocked my socks off. My usual go to alcoholic beverage is Guinness on tap and Yuengling from the bottle/can and occasionally from the tap. Sam Adams Brick Red easily became one of my favorite beers after I tried it at the brewery. Following the tour my family an I went to a BBQ place that you could take a trolley to straight from the brewery. Besides having possibly the best short rib ever, I also had Brick Red outside the confines of the brewery. It did not let me know. The beer was easy to drink and very flavorful. After several pints of Brick Red I can confidently say it is one of my favorite beers out there. My friend is getting married in Boston in July so I'll be making a stop and seeing if the beer is as good as I remember it.

Jun 10, 2019
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: draft into a pint glass at Warren Tavern in Boston, red with a small white head that dissipates leaving little head, clear

S: light caramel malt, bread

T: malt forward with peppery hop finish

M: light to medium

O: old world style amber ale

Apr 01, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Crystal clear reddish-brown. Half a finger of fizzy white head that almost immediately dissipates.

Smell: Sweet, almost like candy. Nutty.

Taste: Sweet and nutty with a very limited bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker and fuller than average, with a high level of carbonation.

Overall: Mild, but very quaffable.

Feb 08, 2019
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davedog_7 from Georgia

4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this while in Boston last year, just remembered it while browsing some Irish Reds on BA.

Such a fantastic Irish Red. It's not going to be quite as bold flavored as some would like. However, it lives at the corner of taste and drinkability.

I very much enjoy their "regular" Irish Red, but I would not be upset if they swapped that out and made this one their national Irish Red, since you cannot get the Boston Brick Red anywhere else, or it's extremely limited.

I really could drink this every day.

Apr 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a rugged semi-dark burnt orange almost mahogany to red color with a finger's worth of quickly dieing head that didn't leave any lace.
The aroma had some clean nutty to caramel malts up front flowing into some earthy to grassy hops - somewhat bitter, yet mild.
The flavor presented a solid sweetness, nice and clean like a good Irish red ale should be. Mild aftertaste of the nuts and caramel.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt nice. Finish was brisk with the nuts and caramel.
Overall, for the most part, it's pretty solid and I can tell it was well brewed. But I wouldn't mind a higher level of earthiness and some herbal qualities poking out to make this a superior Irish red ale.

Sep 24, 2017
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Shellynix from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a long time Sam Adams fan I was skeptical of them branching out this fat, but it did not disappoint. It has a red velvet taste to it with the same bitter Boston lager bite.

Mar 05, 2016
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color with not much head. Smells like sweet Carmel and slightly toasted malts. Taste very similar to the smell but has a fruitiness to it possibly some type of Apple.medium light body with medium carbs. Overall it's just an ok beer

Aug 18, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours a clear, dark copper. Aroma is very malty. Completely malty actually. I was unsure of the style or couldn't remember it. Smells of caramel, bread and soft roast. Flavor is the same.bread crust and toffee. Devoid of hoppiness, even as a subsidiary flavor. Has some fullness to the feel at a relatively low ABV.

May 25, 2015
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Totalpackage411 from California

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer, highly drinkable and you can keep throwing them down smoothly. Surprisingly light for a red beer, taste close to regular Sam Adams but better.

May 21, 2015
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BigBry from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Union Oyster House in Boston.
Deep red color, short tight head. Good retention and spotty lace.
The smell has a good balance of hops and malts.
The taste also is nicely balanced, actually had a bit more hoppy finish than I was expecting.
The mouthfeel is quite creamy smooth, vey drinkable, medium body.
Another good beer, pretty good example for the style, a nice surprise.
apparently only available in Boston, part of Sam Adams charity program.

Mar 05, 2015
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Jared_Alexander from Massachusetts

2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I believe this is only available in Massachusetts, but if you are in the great city of Boston, you would be better served by trying another craft beer that you can't get in your home state/country.

Feb 02, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

I had this one at Jacob Wirths. It was served in a SA pint which I always like to see. The beer is a rusty dark red with chill haze and a sticky beige head.

It has a nice aroma of lightly roasted malt.

It is malt forward with a hint of sweetness. There are grains, red apple and something a bit earthy. Hint of pear and a touch of hop bittering mid glass.

Mouth is medium with a touch of slickness.

Very similar to an Irish red and easy to pair with a good chowder.

Aug 20, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes on Oct 15th 2012
On tap

A - Clear dark orange with two fingers of thick white head with thick lacing.
S - Sweet caramels, light roasted malt, earthy notes.
T - Smooth caramel, a little toasted quality, grainy, a light earthy and herbal hop tone.
M - Smooth and actually kinda refreshing, not overly sweet.
O - Actually a decent red ale, not too sweet, moderately balanced.

Dec 25, 2013
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GaryLuderitz from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful Irish red ale. It reminds me of McSorleys Red which I had years ago in New York City. It's creamy and rich and has only the slightest after taste of bitterness. It has a soft texture. I think any experienced beer palate will enjoy this beer. Personally I loved it.

Nov 13, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Clear red ale pour with a full tan head. Toasted caramel, slight nuts and general malt nose. Taste follows, sweeter than expected though, get some white bread near the finish too. Feel is highly carbonation, light yet full, and generally lacks definition. Missing that wow factor

Oct 04, 2013
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Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As far as I still know you can only get this in Boston. I had this on my trip to Boston in '11. Can't remember the bar name but it was right by the Oyster House.

Second Favorite Sam Adams beer next to Noble Pils. If you can only get this on tap around Boston, I suggest getting it and you won't regret it.

Oct 04, 2013
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Boto from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Doyles: This one pours a crystal clear coppery color. There is a decent off-white head that left lots of lacing. Nice nose. Caramel malts, a subdued sweetness. Some spicy, earthy hops and a touch of pine. The taste is good. Very clean, well balanced, malty. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Nice.

Jun 11, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Anthem Kitchen & Bar in Boston, MA

A: Pours a clear darker reddish amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall thin light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and toasted malts along with some faint notes of grassy and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just a slight hint of sweetness. Very light flavors of grassy and earthy hops contribute just a hint of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This was an OK beer but kind of what I have come to expect from Sam Adams - nothing too risky, fairly safe recipes that would appeal to gateway craft beer drinkers. I'm glad that I happened to find this on tap while visiting Boston for the weekend because otherwise I would not have had the opportunity to try it.

May 06, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good beer... and I can't have it any time I'd like, because I don't live in or around Boston. Brick Red to me tasted quite a decent bit like Boston Lager, with slightly less bitterness.

Brick Red has what you'd expect -- a red color. I honestly can't quite remember the smell exactly, but I do remember that at the time, I had no complaints about Brick Red. The taste of this beer is the best part... like I said, somewhat similar to Boston Lager, but more palatable for me with almost no bitterness to speak of.

This and 26.2 (Both Boston exclusives, unfortunately...) are both two of the better Samuel Adams varieties. I can understand and appreciate why they're only available in Boston, but I still wish they'd bottle it and ship it!

Jul 11, 2012
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Pours a deep amber almost red with a decent sized tan head that shows great retention. Smells of malty caramel and toffee with just enough earthy floral hops to make it a Sam Adams beer. The taste is a little sweet and a bit malty with a great Irish Red caramel feel to it. Spicy earthy hops provide some balance to the sweetness. Medium body with a moderate to spirited level of carbonation and a sweet malty mouthfeel. This is a nice Irish Red with a bit of a kick in the hops. I liked it a bit.

Jul 03, 2012
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RyanGoodman from Bolivia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Clear, reddish-brown. Light, little bubbles. Smelled not too much of cherries, and salt water. Taste is not off-putting, but not outstanding either. Light and easy across the palate. Seems well designed for style.

It was a treat to have a "rare" SA beer while in it's home town.

Jun 17, 2012
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 505 ratings