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

Poured from bottle into glass

Appearance is a dark amber with an approximate one inch head, little retention or lacing.

Smell has a hint of brown sugar and molasses, with a very light malty smell at the end. Pleasant, but not memorable.

Taste is a good balance of malt and hop, nothing specific comes to mind though.

Mouthfeel is pleasing, nice body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer reminds me of the good old standby of Boston Lager. Well balanced, easy to drink and would be good all year. I will certainly buy again, and would recommend to some friends.

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

12 oz bottle poured into mason jar mug.

Medium-dark copper and a finger of off white head. Smells sweet and nutty. Taste follows with good caramel malt sweetness, toasted bread, and a light nuttiness. Light body and moderate carbonation. It's very easy drinking, but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of Kendo
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, amber in color with a small (half-finger) khaki-colored head. Leaves the occasional splotch of lace on the glass.

S: Some nuttiness, some caramel malt - but not terribly strong in the nose.

T: There's some nuttiness up front, along with a touch of caramel malt and toasted bread, but then a fruity taste that reminds me of cherry soda for some reason (it may be the active carbonation helps with this impression). Finishes with a metallic taste that doesn't quite reach into "bitter" territory, leaving this with an unbalanced final impression as that metallic flavor fights the sweeter malt for dominance, with the overall result being somewhat awkward.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; over-carbonated with an active, fizzy carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not a good version of a mild, IMHO.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 u2carew
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger off white colored head. Great head retention. Tight, creamy. Clear copper-amber body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle caramel aroma.
T) Caramel. Tree fruit - hints of cherry, apple. Subtle floral notes. Some candy / sugary sweetness to the flavor profile.
M) Medium-light body. Cream. Fairly smooth.
O) A decent brew.

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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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Samuel Adams Ruby Mild from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.45 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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