Samuel Adams Brick Red
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #29
Ranked #23,441
3.74 | pDev: 14.44%
Friday at 01:40 AM
Mar 03, 2009
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 for a list of participating locations.
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Rated: 4.12 by JohnhatesIPAs from New Hampshire

Friday at 01:40 AM
Rated: 4 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by AlltheBacon from Massachusetts

Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 3.41 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Juy_Fieri

4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
It's red and it's good. Comes across as sweet but not too much. Definitely an upgrade over the more standard Sam Adams beers, it tasted nearly as good as from the tap. 4 pack of them gets you pretty drunk. Definitely worth a try.
May 18, 2021
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Reviewed by xpatuk from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Finally, the locally famous Samuel Adam’s Brick Red (named after the Red Brick Freedom Trail in Boston) is now available in cans. The Covid era has closed many bars in Boston and this once bar exclusive ale has been canned. A pleasant change from an IPA heavy New England market. Hints of caramel are present. Smooth drinking, low carbonation, creates a nostalgic feel of drinking the same in a local bar. If you can find it, try it.
Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 4 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio

Feb 17, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by hockeypuck from Maine

Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sam Adams still brews great beer! Love the deep red/almost brown color this pours with a huge foamy head. Taste is very caramel, kind of sweet. Really nice beer for this red ale style, definitely worth a shot if you get a chance.
Oct 29, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by cbb77 from Massachusetts

Sep 12, 2020
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a chill-hazed mahogany color with a massive, creamy khaki colored head. The retention is real, as is the cobweb crown of lacing it leaves as it stubbornly settles into a thick mattress pad of foam. Bee-utiful.

The aroma brings strong notes of toast and caramel malts, followed by a touch of dark fruits, roasted nuts and hops.

The flavor has a bit more fruit than expected, with subtle notes of black cherries and fig. The middle is all malt; caramel and bread. Finishes with the absolute foggiest idea of earthy hops.

The feel is surprisingly medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little slick but otherwise smooth.

Overall, this is a great red ale. It's full of malty flavor and drinkability. A bit on the sweeter side but overall it's well done.
Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jul 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Amendm from Florida

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Rated: 3.74 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Jun 14, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by Rainintheface from Florida

May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +25.4%
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
Rated: 3.67 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont

Mar 25, 2020
Rated: 5 by MeatballExpress from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Rated: 3.75 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by JuiceMan818 from California

Oct 01, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Jun 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Kradz from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +33.7%
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
Rated: 4.25 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Ivan-Beertacora from Tennessee

May 27, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by gr0g from New Jersey

May 05, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Apr 08, 2019
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Reviewed by M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Samuel Adams Brick Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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