Samuel Adams Ruby Mild | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Ruby MildSamuel Adams Ruby Mild

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 478
Photo of jmanero
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time I tried this beer is in Sam's harvest variety pack. This is an extremely good drinkable beer. It's perfect for someone who is into a lighter body beer, but wants a malt flavor. I'm not to into hoppy IPA's like everyone else, so I look for good solid beers without bitter qualities.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.78/5  rDev +38.6%
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!

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Photo of beyah
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of axellence
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lively ruby in color with a pretty white head.

Nice bread-like aroma.

Lots of good malt flavors here. Bread, biscuit and even waffle? Good stuff.

Hefty body.

A fine ale, though too strong to be a true session beer. My only issue with this brew is its strength: a mild should be more in the 3 percent range, according to the Oxford Companion to Beer, though some milds are as strong as this one.

Still, well worth your time.

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Photo of TheFunGuy
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 2013 fall pack. It pours a very nice reddish brown, and clear. Not ruby, but nice looking. An inch off white head that slowly fades over a few minutes.

The smell is malt and slight roast. The taste is malt, caramel, and nut. The nut is very light, and I can't pick up the hops other than a slight offset on the sweet of the caramel taste.

I am rating this highly, because it is a smoother, well balanced, very drinkable version of their red. I like their Irish red, and I would pay 25-50% per six more to have this available year round in place of that. Every facet is slightly better tasting and smoother than that already good beer.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Doughy and bready malt notes up front. Light earthy hop notes to provide a counterpoint. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper pour with a batter-like 2 finger off-white head. Head retention is excellent.

Flavor: More bready and doughy malt character. Light caramel sweetness. Mild earthy hop notes provide the bitterness. Balance is nearly even with a tip toward the malty side. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat noted.

Overall impression: A refreshing and flavorful malt-highlighted strong mild. Not sure why this hasn't garnered more BA love but I wish there were more examples of this style out there.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass

A: Red-brown with a beige head of about one-half inch that shrank down to the surface of the beer and stayed for a while, leaving a lot of lacing. Carbonation appears very heavy, with tons of bubbles at the bottom of the glass, many quickly floating to the surface.

S: Lots of malt with some caramel. Sweet, not hoppy at all.

T: Much like the nose, although here there is a very slight bitter hoppiness present at the finish.

M: Carbonation is in fact as heavy as it looks. Crisp and refreshing, the beer goes down smoothly.

O: Retains a lot of character despite being light and refreshing. Perfect for rewarding yourself after raking leaves or some other fall yardwork.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, with red hues and a small white cap, this brew is very drinkable. The aoma is earthy and malty. Great, full malt flavor, but balanced and very drinkable. It is the kind of beer that you could enjoy in quantity on tap. The mouthfeel is relatively full...satisfying. Nice brew.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber with good head, moderate lacing, and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Malts, caramel and a hint of fruit.

Taste: Malt, caramel, with a nice hint of dark fruits and nuts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rich, and crisp.

The Verdict: Very good. This new seasonal is like a richer and smoother version of SA’s signature lager. This may be my favorite from Boston Brewing.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer has nice fresh fruity scent.
Taste is crisp and citrusy with a hint of red grapefruit sweet/ tartness.
The feel in the mouth is a happy dance on the taste buds as the cool citrus liquid travels to make the tummycontent.
Sam Adams is very consistent with the quality and excellence their crafts people's creation.. Another Fall Delight!!!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby or mahogany hue gives off a rich and iridescent coloring. The head started relatively thick and pronounced but became thin and disappated quickly.

Thick in the nose it's like an Irish Red with roasted malt tones and kilned grains. Some sour caramel malt and toasted breadiness are present and the aromas are pronounced.

This is interestingly complex with some prune, date and raisin. Theres Caramel malts with an end of piney hops, the taste is sour and softly bitter.

There seems to be a fight in this beer between the crisp easiness and the taste as the carbonation makes it feel silky but washes away some of the flavor. I'm very impressed otherwise as its quite diverse and quite flavorful.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark copper with a one-finger off white head. Sadly, very little lacing. Head dissipated quickly.

S - Weak aroma of caramel malt and earthy, English hops. Hints of cherry and toffee. What aroma is detectable is nice, just wish there were more of it.

T - Taste matches the nose. Rich caramel malt flavor, with ale yeasts lending a slight cherry fruitiness. Hops are musty, earthy, with a hint of pepper spice. Slight popcorn butter taste in the finish. Quite tasty.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation. Spot on for the style.

O - I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the taste of this one. A weak look and aroma gave way to a surprisingly rich taste and a smooth mouth feel that more than made up for it. Would buy again. A worthy representation of the style.

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Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good lasting head. Leaves streaking and clumpy lace. Clear, dirty copper.

Quite mild in aroma. Caramel but dry smell. No notable hop to the nose.

The caramel tastes darker than the smell, almost treacle-like. Surprising hop bitterness. Decent body, low carbonation.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish caramel ruby red with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, bready, and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of caramel. Toasted malts upfront with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, grain, cracker, and tea. Also some hints of nuts and brown sugar. Mild hints of earthy hops. Fairly damp and earthy smelling. A pretty decent toasty malt driven aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, bready, and fairly sweet caramel malt driven taste that is fairly earthy. Bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toasted bread, sweet caramel, toffee, cracker, grains, nuts, and tea. Subtle brown sugar like sweetness. Some earthy hop bitterness comes through towards the finish. Nicely toasty and earthy. Decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent malt forward mild ale. Nice caramel malt taste.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a decent amount of head, fades at a moderate rate and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a slight toffee aroma, nothing too surprising but that fits a mild.

Taste starts out with the sweetness of the malt, toffee melds in nicely, carbonation is soft yet ample which lends a nice creaminess to this beer, very easy drinking, not much bittering hops in the aftertaste though, fairly crisp finish which is surprising.

For a mild, this is quite pleasant but those expecting something else probably will be underwhelmed.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with little stick.

Smell - A nice nose, throwing out notes of caramel, toasted malt, fruity esters and a touch of earth.

Taste - Lighter on the tongue than in the aroma, but nice balance nonetheless. Caramel, lightly toasted breadiness, mild, slightly sour fruity esters and a well placed spiced hop bite. Light, but doesn't lack for flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with lively carbonation. Hints of diacetyl. Goes down smooth.

Overall - I'm not too familiar with the English Dark Mild style, but I rather enjoyed this one. Easy drinker. Just enough complexity to keep my tongue interested. It wouldn't pain me to see this one in their future Autumn mix releases.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a nonic.

A: Pours a red-copper color with a short off white head that dissipates quickly leaving hardly any lacing.

S: Smells of yeast, barley, malts, wheat, spices, grains

T: Mellow flavor, tastes of wheat, yeast, barley, malts, grains, bit of hops too

M: Medium bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, fairly balanced

O: This is a pretty good beer, well balanced, flavorful, not too expensive, I could drink quite a few of these with out getting sick of them. I'd recommend.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt copper in color with a small head, some lace, an ok retention. Aroma is malty at the front with scents of molasses, brown bread, oatmeal cookie minus the raisins. Not hoppy. Pretty nice. Taste is crisp and clean with a little bit of light bitterness. Flavors match the aroma. This is pleasant to drink and certainly sessionable. A very appropriate fall seasonal beer. Texture is smooth with a hint of malty viscosity broken up by tingly fine carbonation. Light body that feels medium at times.

This beer is a great addition to their Fall seasonal 12 pack. I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby hued as advertised. Starts with a cherry pit aroma. Tastes a bit bittersweet with some caramel flavors mingling ith just a touch of coffee roastiness. Hard candy sweetness up front, then a touch of roasted malt bitterness and then it finishes sweet. Very drinkable despite the fact that is almost six percent alcohol.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber body with an inch of light beige suds. Heads steadily settles, leaving a thin ring and some flecks of lace here and there.

Smells like toasted bread with a slight fruitiness, maybe cherry.

Malty sweetness with a hint of bitterness at all. Perhaps a slightly sour finish, but mostly clean with an herbal "flatness."

Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery soft mouthfeel.

Similar is some ways to the Boston Lager, but richer. A nice beer. Balance, drinkable while remaining rather full-bodied.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles fairly quickly. Plenty of rising effervescence and small pockets of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. Light smattering of bubbles on the surface, and some spotty lacing.

S: Roasty malt, lightly accentuated with agave nectar, and molasses.

T: Roasted grain, peat, a slight hint of butterscotch, and some Italian spice.

M: Kind of light, but hearty. Bittersweet finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, foamy blanket, and some light lacing. Nose is a healthy combination of roasted grains and light sweet components. Roasty, peaty, with some spice and sweet hints. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with an inch of light beige suds. Heads steadily settles, leaving a thin ring and some flecks of lace here and there.

Smell: Ruby smells like toasted bread, with a little, light nuttiness, some dried herb, and a bit of fresh cherry.

Taste: Bready, toasty with some caramel sweetness and modest nutty accents. Fruitiness hinting of sweet cherry. Light English hop character, hints of herb, spice. Sufficiently bitter. Nutty, drying, yet still malty on the soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft, easy-going mouthfeel.

Overall: Reminiscent of their Irish Red Ale, at least for me.

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