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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Photo of hdf561
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up in a make your own 6 pack

The smell was kinda skunky did not appeal to me.

The taste was mild as advertised but nothing really jumped out at me just tasted like a plain old craft beer.

The aftertaste was not very good, kinda sour, made me want to brush my teeth.

Overall not a horrible beer but much better beers for less money out there. But if amber beers are your thing then give this one a try.

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Photo of rangerred
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium brown with a one finger light tan head. Actually decent head retention and lacing.

Aroma has hints of dark fruit along with some wood. It is on the light side but still pleasant. Some English yeast thing going on in there too.

The big let down on this beer is the flavor. I know the style is a mild but the flavor doesn't have to be this mild. It is practically non-existant. Some roasted malt along with yeasty fruit and some cherry. Almost no bitterness and a very watery mouthfeel.

Overall, not a great job by Sam Adams. So much potential with this beer but they missed it. Oh well.

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Photo of Fergyx825
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: A very dark brown with head at first on pour, and then residual head on the edges and over the surface of the beer. Based on English Dark Mild ales, this is right in line w/ what this beer should look like.

Smell: A low but toasted malty smell. I don't smell very much alcohol either. I do really like this smell, but i should smell more malt.

Taste: I don't taste too much malt, or low hops. A high alcohol taste is definitely noticeable which is concurrent w/ the beer style. Not much body to this beer.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, and not much bubbly head goes against what this beer is supposed to be. I can't stand highly carbonated beer, and the fact that this style is not supposed to be highly carbonated, just brings it down.

Overall: I think Sam Adams somewhat understands this beer style, but they can't finish. Taste wise there is no full bodied flavor, and the mouthfeel just ruins the beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream-colored head with low retention atop a ruby-colored body. Some sticky lacing fringes the top.

S- Ruby malts, mild aroma with some caramel. Maybe a bit too mild for my liking.

T- Warm, mild malts. Creamy. Not a lot happening here for me.

M- Creamy and smooth.

O- This beer isn't bad, but it's just middle of the pack. Nothing really crazy going on here. Meh.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has that ruby color to it supporting a thin head leaving nill lace. Smell is mild with the caramel malt and light hop. Taste is slightly harsh, not real balanced leaving a salinic bitter in the end. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. Probably one I won't try again.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, clear, copper/red in color

Smell: grain and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, grain, toasted malt, and slight woodsy hops

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, high carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: I have liked a lot of Sam Adams seasonal specialty beers, but I find this one to be ok, or just short of it. It hits a bunch of what the style should be like. Not bad enough to turn away, but not overly memorable either.

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Photo of KajII
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
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...

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Photo of dacrza1
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
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...

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Harvest Collection variety pack.

Pours ruby in color as advertised and clear, with a small head that diminishes to just a film on top of the beer. Some muted toffee and bready malts in the aroma with a touch of coffee. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. A bit of a chalky finish with a slight twang to it.

Overall, not a great brew and one of my least favorites out of the variety pack. Much better Sam Adams beers out there.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love it when you see an American brewery come out with a mild and it weighs in at over 5%... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear rusty bronze topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light walnut, and a twinge of lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more biscuit (now buttery for your Southern pleasure) and a twang of vague sweetness for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish that epitomizes how the flavors completely fall off of a cliff near the end. Overall, this was a pretty disappointing brew. It's weak, it's overcarbed, it's slightly muddled, and it's in no way "mild". Let's just say: I'm not impressed.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Amber / copper color with decent head and mild carbonation. Slight malty and caramel aroma. Crisp malty taste and you can really taste the alcohol. Sort of lack luster. No real depth or an element that makes it memorable. The flavors it has aren't bad, they're just not enough.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a clear, medium amber color with a slight beige head. The aroma is mild with malts and oak. The texture is a little thinner than I expected and the taste isn’t very bold either. This is very light in taste and texture that leaves you wanting more from the flavor. Not in any way bad, it just could use some more work before you see this as a year round 6pack as right now it is only available in a sampler 12pk.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before January 2014. Acquired as part of the Samuel Adams fall variety pack. One of their beers that I've never tried before. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours the typical chestnut / ruby red colored body with decent clarity and two fingers of creamy khaki / tan colored head. Head retention is a bit better than some of the others in the Samuel Adams autumn variety pack, but not by much.

S - Smell is decent, it has some of that some same crisp malt profile that is present in Samuel Adams Boston Lager. A bit of crushed black peppery spice. Hint of alcohol fumes. Some grains.

T - Taste is bland and boring. A bit of crispness, toasted caramel malt, and little else. Not enough flavor and not nearly enough flavor intensity. Basically a malt showcase.

M - Medium bodied with the usual medium-high carbonation that is to be expected from The Boston Beer Company. A dry finish with some stickiness.

Overall, an unimpressive, unmemorable beer. Probably the least interesting beer in the variety pack, but that's not to say that it isn't drinkable. Crisp and malty, I could see this pairing well with some autumnal barbeque. Otherwise, it's worth trying once and not again.

Samuel Adams Ruby Mild ---3/5.

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Photo of mnrider
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours semi-clear amber. Large light beige head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles.
Great head retention with decent lacing.

S: Toasted malts. Bready. Dark fruits. A little spicy.

T/M: Sweet toasted malts. Fruits. Very faint hop presence, if any. Light spices. Light
carbonation feel. Smooth small bodied. Clean aftertaste.

O: Pretty good representation of an English Mild. Although the alcohol is a little
higher then normal. Could also use a little more taste, but still a nice session ale.
Easy to drink.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. The head is a two finger off-white shade with a frothy look to it. It retains itself acceptably and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma seems to hint at differing yet subtle directions: a twinge of caramel malt coexist next to both twinges of fruit esters and twinges of roast. Moreover, it seems to hint at being a crisp, clean brew simply from the aroma alone...which is kind of an indictment towards its mildness.

T: And it is a mild beer, not just in style, but in flavor as well. A very light toffee note comes through at first, before I notice some nondescript fruit esters. The mineral, hard water finish is appropriate and rounds this out well, but does little to help give it bold flavor. I expected something more complex, truth be told.

M: It's medium in body with a semi-dry finish. Aside from a lumpiness smack-dab in the middle of the palate, it's also a crisp (if not quite clean) beer that's easy to drink.

O: It's not that far off from their Irish Red in terms of the flavor profile, except in one's quite drinkable - unlike the former, which is low on flavor AND hard to drink. This could use a few tweaks, but isn't bad overall.

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Photo of wedge
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, deep copper under a thick, frothy head. Smells bready with some caramel, molasses, nuts, and sweet dried fruits. Toasted malts, dark fruity esters, nuts, and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Fairly sweet and somewhat spiced tasting. Not too bad...a little sticky and fruity. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Just the one bottle is good enough for me.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A dark ruby amber body sits under a cream colored head that recedes to an even film, as light foamy lines of lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is not a huge player, but it has sweet malty notes with almost a spiciness about it. A faint caramel sweetness comes through as well.

The taste is equally malty and sweet, very smooth too. Just a slight tang in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter in body, making this go down very easily.

Overall, this is an unassuming beer, and it's one that I probably could drink for a while. Nothing that jumps out, but that's quite okay.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz.

Pours a reddish caramel brown, clear, with an inch of fine off-white head that retains pretty well.

Smells of buttered biscuit malts and a little brown sugar.

Biscuit malt flavor, some mild nutty bitterness and a bit of corn sweetness.

Medium to light body with fuzzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty average but inoffensive ale, mild and sessionable, nothing special but nothing really to complain about. Pretty much right down the middle, some bonus points for a nice appearance and body.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear and reddish in color with a monstrous, long lasting off-white/slightly reddish head that stuck to the glass quite a bit.

Aroma was malty, mainly grainy and caramel malts. Flavor followed in spades. Quite singularly malty without much hops or other notable flavors.

Not real complex, simple and pretty easy to drink, light with a slick finish.

It's interesting in the mixed 12 packs for fall, but I wouldn't buy a sixer of it.

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Photo of Jekyll
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok my fave time of year is when fall seasonals start coming. Looks like Sam adams is kick starting it this year with their fall mixer which was purchased July 24 in my neck of woods. First up is ruby mild. Never had a mild so can't judge off of style. Good solid beer. No head retention. Solid malt backbone with little to no hops. Reminds me of bells amber without the subtle hops. Maybe that us how the style is intended. Good overall beer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought the Sam Adams fall sampler from Central Market.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Clear copper. Small head.

S - Sweet and malty.

T - Balanced-to-malt.

M - Some carbonation. Light and easy to drink.

Summary - Not bad. I haven't tried much of this style, so I can't speak to accuracy. Would try again.

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