Samuel Adams Ruby Mild
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Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #109
Ranked #47,862
3.41 | pDev: 10.85%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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GarrettB from Colorado

2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

December 24th, 2013 - Not often I get to try Mild Ales, but the Samuel Adams seems to deliver a taste of it, though I leave it to experts to comment on its representativeness. The color of the brew is pleasant and probably decidedly English, with a deep walnut brown and red, and on top, a layer of foam, though looser and less mottled. The nose features sweet cherries and a slight tang, and on sniffs two and three, a little perfume of hops appears. I like that, giving it some botanical diversity, without getting too potent or confused. The flavor mirrors the aroma, with a full and frothy mouth feel. The cherry is by now a familiar part of the Ruby Mild, but some toasted almond enters the fray. My impression after a few sips, is that this is very much like an Irish Red Ale, but sweeter, tangier and brighter. It's a curious style, and I much prefer the Irish Red's deep, contemplative sugars, but this Ruby Mild is a nice departure from those for a one-off experience.

Oct 29, 2015
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SierraFlight from Virginia

2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight from the bottle at a friend’s party. Couldn’t assess appearance. Minimal insight into aroma. Toasted bread, caramel, late earthy flavor. Also, some fruit undertones. Active carbonation, medium-light body, creamy texture. I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Not overly interesting, but a fair sessionable brew.

Feb 15, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Mild ales rose to popularity in the 1800s as the refreshing brew of choice for English railway laborers. This modern mild, a smooth, sweet, malty brew with a hint of ruby color, is still a satisfying choice for the end of a long day. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an English Dark Mild Ale. A one-off beer brewed for the fall 2013 Variety sampler. Available in 12 oz. bottles and limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a tan white head of a frothy crisp consistency over a caramel amber with very high clarity and minimal haze. Carbonation is plentiful and relaxed. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Moderately sweet with nutty malts, some lightly toasted caramel, a pinch of dry graininess and little to no perceived hop aroma or presence. Aroma is very clean and decidedly light on the nose for it's focus on malt content. Fairly well balanced, although much of the bitterness that rounds out the sweetness is earthy and grainy character. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) Big notes of toffee up front, finishing with a touch of roasted malt and a prolonged moist but light caramel candy sweetness. The little balance needed comes from a mild dry earthy grain. There isn't much else that defines the aroma, although the lightness of this beer makes the malt content very accessible and highly drinkable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, slick, mildly chewy. Carbonation generates a very low fluffiness for a very soft, smooth and subtle mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style and light/medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter, although the lightness of the body keeps it in check. Alcohol presence is very light and there are no off flavors to speak of. 3.75

(Overall) A great sessionable ale with a surprisingly pleasant malt presentation, feels perfect for the season. One of the most satisfying new beers I've had from Samuel Adams in quite some time. 3.75

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May 29, 2014
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blackcompg from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a finger of light golden eggshell head, body is a light reddish amber, leaving some sporadic webbed lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Light toffee, light fruit like plum, light baked bread.

Taste - Much like the nose, flavors of light plums, light carmels and a nice breadiness, finishes with some light breadcrusts and a hint of slightly sour cherries, and some light minerals.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, carb is medium and smooth, with some light edges around the sides of the tongue. An easy smooth drinker.

Overall - Pretty nice flavors for a mild ale, more like a red amber actually, I enjoy this beer. A pretty good reason to check out the sampler it comes in.

Apr 27, 2014
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chefhatt from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer and it has a reddish color body with a small tan head to it. The smell is a little sweet and has a malt aroma also. The taste has a little sweetness and malty notes and just a bit of hops on the end of the tongue. Mouthful is smooth and overall a good beer. I could see my self drinking this with some fish and chips in a pub.

Feb 23, 2014
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paladinjoe from Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be the most underrated beer in the entire Sam Adams library, and I'm not shy about how much I LOVE Sam Adams! There's just something about this beer, how perfectly red it is, how it's not bitter, not boring, not too sweet, and has an overall after taste that is very hard to describe from a novice reviewer, but veteran beer drinker. I really hope Sam Adams brings this back, and doesn't discard it like they do with so many other good beers, like Mighty Oak Ale.

If they sold 12 packs of this beer, I would have it regularly in stock!

Jan 05, 2014
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Ruby Mild was included in a mix pack. Served in my SA perfect pint glass, the beer is amber with nice clarity. It has an off-white head and clingy head.

It has mild grains and red apple on the nose.

Taste is slightly sweet and grainy. A bit of hops add a nice midlevel bite. It is balanced and easy to pair with non-spicy food.

The mouth is slightly thick and clingy.

Dec 16, 2013
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby Mild is what it is called...mild indeed. Sam Adams only knows how to make them right.

I was very impressed with the color of beer, as advertised a red tinge mixed with a dark caramel color that has nice highlights. The smell is not overpowering of malt or hops, with a mouthfeel that is well...mild. I thought it would blow me away, but it was just good, plain good, which isn't bad. Anyway, I thought the mild taste of ale would be something appealing to me but it wasn't as much as I thought. It wasn't bad, mind you, it just didn't tingle my toes. Overall, it is an outstanding beer and one I have tried again and again.

Nov 23, 2013
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium amber. Clear. Short, off-white head. Not persistent.

Smell - Light caramel malt. Nutty and toasty.

Taste - Sweet but fairrly light caramel malts. Mainly toast, nuts, toffee. A little fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Per category, this is a pretty unobjectionable beer. Flavor is pleasant and light enough to enjoy all day.

Nov 19, 2013
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Tone from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, slight pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, a decent mild, with good blend, and appearance.

Nov 16, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a DFH ribbed glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, bronze color with a sticky off-white head that clung to the glass.

S: Much more potent than I was expecting. Sour dough bread and Sam Adams signature profile in spades. Nice.

T: Goes down pretty smoothly and with a nice bitter slap of the palate at the end. Nothing earth shattering, but still a nice, semi-sweet, low-bodied mild.

M: Ridiculous lacing left on the glass, very smooth, and nothing drying at all. The carbonation bill was nice.

O: This one doesn't get high marks on here, but then again, very few examples in this style class seemed to have made an impression on anyone. Good stuff.

Nov 14, 2013
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the Fall Sampler Pack that I've never had before. At first, It thought this would be a Red Ale but after reading the description of what an English Mild Ale should be on here and later giving this a go, it turned out that this was a textbook example of what one should be. "Mild" would be the right word for this beer as it went down so easily that I had to restrain myself a bit while drinking this!

The pour to this was a bright hazelnut hue with a bit of head and hardly any lacing to be seen. This thinness was repeated in the mouthfeel and there wasn't a terribly strong aroma to this either. Hints of brown sugar, dark fruit, and grain dominate here with a pretty smooth mouthfeel and a hint of cream to go on top of it. A bit of candied sugar and light apple were in the aftertaste but that faded, along with the somewhat grainy texture of this. Not much lingered in terms of taste or texture, which was the hallmark of a beer this light.

I gave away the other one of these that came in the pack but had I kept it, I could have easily downed it in my sitting. The alcohol was only detectable at the end and of course, that faded quickly as well. There wasn't much to take from this but on its own, it was a good beer to have an a Fall day such as this. Between the darker fruit up front and the lighter finish to this, there's just enough to hold anyone's attention in this beer. Just don't expect anything more than "mild" from this.

Nov 07, 2013
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Captain_Komamura from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a light reddish brown somewhat of a ruby color; with a good head.

Smell - sweet malty smell to it.

Taste - malt tastes is the most present, it is a perfect mix of sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel - good bodied beer

Overall - This is an everyday beer for me.

Nov 05, 2013
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Kooz from New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not quite ruby red, but slightly red. Looks pretty appetizing.

Has a slightly sweet nose, almost a slight candy apple or cranberry scent. Very nice.

Nice flavor; starts and finishes with a sweetness, and tastes bitter in between. It's different and good.

Foams up nicely and is a bit creamy. Certainly better than average, but not up to the standards of BBC.

This is a pretty tasty offering. I think there are better Sams out there, but it's good. I think I'd have this again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

Nov 04, 2013
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper amber with a tad off white decent head that has decent retention.
Aroma: Bready, yeasty malts.
Taste: Toasted malts with a tinge of sweet caramel.
Overall pretty mundane for a Sam Adams brew.
Nothing offensive, or to complain about but just mild in so many ways.

Nov 02, 2013
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: September 21, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint glass... OCCASION: first a strong PSU win...APPEARANCE: beautiful chestnut-red body with a creamy white head; laces sporadically and slickly... AROMA: sweet,, slightly toasted oat malts with sot hops--the citrus is secondary to the doughy malts--ESB in its scent...PALATE: medium-bodied, rewardingly smooth and just substantial enough to have a presence...TASTE: malty, mild and unobtrusively sweet... OVERALL: a rather straight-laced, straight-forward, functionally sessionable beer--not one I'd seek out or miss, but one I would enjoy over a variety of mouth-rinsing macros...

Oct 26, 2013
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beyah from Maine

4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Ruby color moderate head

Aroma - Malty Sweet, like visiting a bakery when cookies are baking.

Taste - Malty, Caramel, balanced with moderate hops.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation just right, not at all thin, silky smooth

Overall - Very well balanced, between malty sweet and English hops. A bit strong and sweet to be a British session ale. Overall quite good.

Oct 26, 2013
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axellence from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sugar cookies, figs/dates, bubble gum/juicy fruit, sweet bread / pastries

Taste: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate

Finish: Bready, Balanced, drinkable, refreshing

Mouthfeel: Light and airy

Overall: This beverage lures you in with a fruity appeal, and it reveals its dark flavor when its too late. Despite the role reversal, the drink slips past the tongue quite easily without any offense.

Oct 25, 2013
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KajII from North Carolina

2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a medium copper brown with a ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that slowly diminished, down to a medium thick creamy film which lasted throughout and had excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted bread malt and an earthy doughy yeast with a note of caramel and a light fruity ester (plums and raisons).

The taste was very malty with a decent caramel sweetness from the start, progressing with a slight bitterness, a touch of fruit and a very mild alcohol presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a lightly sweet bitter malty taste fading slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just past light in body and rather creamy in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a smooth malty brew that possessed a mild bitterness and a light fruity taste, which allowed for a decent drinkability. Although this brew is not really anything special, it is still a somewhat tasty and enjoyable brew...

Oct 23, 2013
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

Pours a ruby-brown color with almost no foam. Aroma is mild with a hint of malt sweetness

Flavor is mild and sweet. nice caramel malt sweetness with little bitterness. Not a lot of complexity, but nice crystal malt flavor.

This is a decent beer, with a nice sweet flavor to it. would prefer a little more complexity. A good gateway beer to someone who prefers a macro-style lager. Nothing harsh or off-putting here at all. At the same time, nothing to get excited about either.

Oct 19, 2013
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in an imperial pint glass
Enjoy before month notched: Jan

A 5.6% ABV "mild" ale? I know some people who might have a problem with this. In any case, the beer poured a slightly hazed, ruby mahogany color and was topped by a tight, creamy, four-finger mass of light tan foam. The head slowly faded to a lasting film. A thick blanket of patchy lacing coated the entire glass. Gorgeous.

The aroma was rather subtle. Toasty, biscuity malts were most apparent. Somewhat steely. There was a strong, dry and powdery yeast presence as well. As the beer warmed, a bit of caramel-like sweetness came out.

The flavor profile was perhaps a bit more interesting than the nose. A stiff, crystal malt backbone anchored the beer. Slightly biscuity. Moderately sweet. Some generic fruity notes came through as well. Touch of nuttiness. The crisp, dry, surprisingly bitter finish contained a noticeable amount of punchy, noble hops.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Soft and supple with a very subtle effervescence. Spot-on for the style.

Like most English mild ales, this Sam Adams release was highly drinkable but rather forgettable. If you dig the style, perhaps you should give it a try.

Oct 18, 2013
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bgillespie from New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown copper color. One and a half finger creamy head, quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

Smell: Kind of bland, do not really get a hint of anything. It doesn't smell bad, but nothing stands out.

Taste: A little stronger than the scent. Malty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated and finished dry.

Overall: Just an average beer in my opinion. Nothing stands out, but no obvious flaws. I would drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one.

Oct 17, 2013
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finishing up that fall pack.

Pour is a transparent brownish color with orange highlights, an off-white head has no problem sticking around and leaving bits of lace. Scent is malty all the way as expected but kinda weak in strength. A mix of nutty, molasses and toast comes to mind with perhaps some raisin there as well.

Taste follows suit and opens up a bit. Good dose of caramel, buttery malts, molasses, grains, some chocolate. Tiny bit of raisin still noticeable, virtually no hop presence. Flavors similar to a brown ale. Mouthfeel is full and malty all the way, smooth with lowish carbonation.

Not bad, kinda bland and on the sweeter side, decent malty flavors.

Oct 16, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, light brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of toasted malt, caramel and floral notes. Sweet and malty with a very subtle bitterness.

Oct 14, 2013
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'd drink this at a party, but I would not buy it for my own craft. Bought as part of a variety 12.

A: Pours a dark walnut color, more walnut than ruby. The beer is crystal clear, the head is ample, but coarse, and it settles into a light ring and cap with reasonable lacing.

S: The aroma is old-fashioned, take me out to the ball game, Ballentine beer. It's grainy with lemon notes, but more like lemon pledge. Sorry I wrote that, because it sticks in the mind like bread dough; it's a pushed flavor. A bit of baking bread and pepper. Better as it warms, but gets more doughy.

T: Bready, malty, with caramel notes. A bit nutty, but too sweet. A minerally bitterness tries but fails to keep the sweetness in check. Also too bready, and too sweet in the finish. Again a bit of pepper late. Better as it warms, a bit more pepper & spice.

M: Highly carbonated. Too much for me, and too cloying on the finish. Too sweet, a bit tea like, but like sweetened ice tea. (I don't take sugar in my tea or coffee).

D: Overall - a nice mass produced beer? A nice English red ale, but not it's for me. I can pass. Let it warm is my advice.

Oct 12, 2013
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