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

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Samuel Adams Ruby MildSamuel Adams Ruby Mild

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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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Added by Zorro on 07-26-2013

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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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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 Slatetank
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a pub glass.

The color is dark ruby as the name suggests with great clarity and thin pale cap with very fine bead and spotty lace clings. The smell is mild no pun intended, but malty with a semi-fruity yeast aroma which has a light vinous/cherry aspect and mild toasted malt odor. The feel is okay with a bit more carbonation than is necessary with mild sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The taste of this beer is good with more yeast flavor and malt than expected with a slight toasted and fruity combination of malt and yeast with very low bittterness as expected and gentle alcohol in the taste which adds to the subtle spice and fruitiness which has a mild currant taste with light herbal hop in the finish. Overall this is decent but there are much better examples of the style, this is just okay compared to the originators'

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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 WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Ruby Mild seems like a more maltier version of the Boston Ale. The beer pours a clear nice amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is mostly English style hops balanced with malt....maybe a slight rye smell. The taste is very well balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium on body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good session beer!

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a white foam topping.
Aroma of caramelized malt, brown sugar, and tea like hops. Some bread and toasted edges as well. In the taste, toasted malt, brown sugar, toffee, with a small earthy, nicely bitter hop. A bit grainy, caramelized malt becoming more predominant as it warms. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation that retains decently. Overall, this is a mellow beer that is easy to drink. Not the best mild.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colored ale with a small tan colored head that doesn't last. Dark red color edging in to brown.

Smells malty with a some burnt sugar aroma, some caramel and a faint whiff of smoke. Fainter raisin and butter aromas.

Starts out malty ans semi-sweet. Flavors of burnt sugar and butter and some leather flavor from English style hops. Toffee and caramel flavors. Mild bitterness and some soda cracker malt.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad beer. Stronger in alcohol and malt that the traditional English version but still tasty.

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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 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 Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a little bit of a reddish hue. Upon pouring there is a small off white fizzy head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a nutty and lightly roasted aroma. Other aromas of biscuit and crackers as well as some earthy and toffee smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and fruity taste with some flavors of cherry and apple. Other flavors of a bready nature are present upfront blending with the sweeter flavors to create a base taste for the brew. As the taste advances some light nuttiness comes to the tongue as well as some tartness and a bit of a cracker taste. At the end a little bit of earthiness comes to the tongue leaving an overall rather sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and suit well the sweet and malty flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather malty and sweet brew that still maintains an easy drinking style. A rather enjoyable brew overall.

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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 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 KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Obligatory new offering from the Sam Adams 2013 harvest mix pack. Bottle into glass.

Pours soft amber, light foam. Just dark enough to not be see through. Pale ale, nose. Quite english. Slight cherry fruit. Quite mild taste, fruity. Even keeled. Just a hint of an edge at the finish. Some funk but never out of check. New offering, but feels like ye olde beer. Fits in the mix pack for sure.

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Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty dark amber color, almost bordering on ruby. The beer is crystal clear which enhances the dark amber color. The head is small and wispy; settles into a light ring.

The aroma is grainy with a tart like lemon note. Baked bread and pepper. Perhaps some minerals.

The taste is bready with some caramel notes. Some honey and toasted cereal. Very malty for sure. An earthy bitterness helps keep the sweetness in check. Its smooth unlike an amber ale which tends to have more sharp tea notes. Very much like liquid bread.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet but has a strong earthy bitterness. Smooth feel.

I enjoyed this beer over their Irish red or any other amber ale/lager style that SA has. It is still rather a boring style but a good change of pace beer for a hoppy or sweet/sour session.

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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 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 BEERMILER12
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that lasts for a decently long time before fading to a thin cap

S: Pretty much all malts. A light graininess in there as well as quite a bit of husk. Faint fruitiness in the back

T: Again, pretty much all malt. Lightly sweet with some nice grain and fruit notes underneath. Finishes with more of the sweetness and a hint of vegetal husk

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the heavy side for a mild

O: Even though this is a bit heavy for the style, it's still enjoyable and (as expected) easy to drink. Definitely for the malt-lovers out there, as there is almost no hop presence. If I wanted a real mild with 3-4% abv, this would be a bit of a reach. Otherwise, it's a solid beer

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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 yemenmocha
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice change of pace from Sam Adams with this Mild. Pours a gorgeous dark amber/red with off-white head - very enticing to look at this ale. Nose is on the lighter side with some toasty/biscuit notes and a caramel quality. On the palate I'm getting a nice malty to biscuit sweetness with some balancing hops, very easy drinking & thirst quenching, and very subdued alcohol for such a high % for a mild. Looking forward to cheese pairings with this one.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ruby Mild pours out a reddish-bronze color with exceptional clarity, in which, one can see ascending carbonation streams in the form of rushing black dots. The head, that promptly fell to a thin insulation cap, dons a pale beige color. Ruby Mild doesn't lace very well, so no bonus points this round, Sam.

Malty and a little sweet, too. The grains are roughly English, but the aroma isn't the 'end-all, be-all'. Hoping for a little more in the flavor than what's echoed here. Nothing offensive, mind you, just snatches of toffee and orange-y hop. Mostly malty and cereal with a toasty bent. Barely defines itself as an ale.

Now there's a gentle softness beneath the sea of malty sweet and earthy bitter. Really rounded out in a fantastic way. British hops give it enough flair to spell the toasty bitterness that notches in at a low, but much-needed, level. Feels sessionable and tastes crisp with hearty grains in the forefront. A kiss of red apple and ladled toffee syrup with all of the dryness that earthy hops can muster. Orange note is at a very muted level, but discernible. Dextrinous and a little chewy, despite the body alleviating heft for drinkability. Good sturdy carbonation vibe with teeth-trapping bubbles.

While it seemed originally out-of-place in this year's fall sampler pack, I can see how this beer can be easily enjoyed by many during this months of hearth and change. After second thought, I can now hope to see this included in their seasonal cases in years to come. All in all, not a bad beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a thin head. Few sparse dots of foam clinging to my glass. Served in a SA perfect pint.

Earthy aromatics. Dry dirt and "brown" malt that I used once in a homebrew.Tastes breadcrust with mild caramel sweetness. Subtle and balance this beer plays well to Sams' strengths. At 5.6% why a mild ale and not an English brown ale I don't know.

Typical Sam: True to style, not bad, and not very good.

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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 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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