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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.41/5  rDev 0%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of chickenflea
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tastybeer
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
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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3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of beeragent
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - pours a deep amber, forming a thin white head. Minimal spots of lace.

S - light malt sweetness. Not much going on.

T - malt sweetness, a bit caramel and bready. No hop presence.

M - medium bodied, low carbonation, and very clean.

O - just a nice plain session ale. Nothing more, nothing less. I would actually like try this on cask!

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jmanero
5/5  rDev +46.6%
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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Samuel Adams Ruby Mild from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 478 ratings