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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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Added by Zorro on 07-26-2013

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Ratings: 478 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Evoforen
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Fergyx825
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
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 FliryVorru
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dcollinsOX
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Bubbalito
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Crimsonfloods
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of rangerred
2.66/5  rDev -22%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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

12oz bottle - Lowball Rocks Glass.

A: Roby gold body with a good amount of off-white head and lots of carbonation visible.

S: 'Mild' aromas of malt, bread and yeast esters, hints of spice (nutmeg or pepper); faint, minimal hop presence.

T: Bready notes, suggestions of mild sweetness bordering on caramel & toffee, slight yeasty fruitiness, toasted grains, and again a ghostly spice component.

MF: Thinner, light-to-medium body, creamy smooth and 'mild', again.

O: A decent enough brew, light and mild in the aroma and palate, still an easy drinker. Not a style thats right up my alley, but nothing objectionable.

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Photo of emwild12
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stella77artois
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A - Pours a red-amber, looks a lot like a Red Ale. A good amount of carbonation rise. 2-finger head which was "loose", in that there were lot's of large bubbles. Head dissipated pretty quickly. Not a bad looking beer.

S - Malt and a touch of general fruitiness up front. Ferment and just a touch of yeast, perhaps. Not much going on.

T - The taste itself is pretty good, actually. But being a "Mild Ale", the taste isn't very strong. The malt and yeast is noticeable up front, with the malts being on the sweet side. Apricot also comes to mind, just a bit. Not a bad tasting beer, I just wish the flavor was stronger.

O - Always looking to try new Sam Adams brews, so I was happy to see a new beer in the Harvest Sampler. Overall it isn't bad. Has a good flavor, the flavor is just a little watery. Reminds me of a weaker SA Irish Red. Certainly won't mind drinking the other Ruby Mild I have, but I probably won't buy it on it's own.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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 DonDonLongJohn
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Trent
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint.

Appearance: A deep amber colored body with heavy bubbles creating a white head coming off just under a finger's length.

Smell: light hops coming a notch creamy.

Taste: much more complex than the smell, mild hops like the name says with a touch of caramel. Very light bitterness which makes it easy for most people to like.

Mouth: Smooth, definitely has a medium to heavy carbonation.

Overall: good beer and a nice addition to have. Is it the best thing Sam Adams ever made; probably not but you should grab just to have it. Grab a glass and enjoy...Salud!

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Hergestridge
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of mkdzimiera
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of wedge
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Samuel Adams Ruby Mild from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 478 ratings
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