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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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles fairly quickly. Plenty of rising effervescence and small pockets of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. Light smattering of bubbles on the surface, and some spotty lacing.

S: Roasty malt, lightly accentuated with agave nectar, and molasses.

T: Roasted grain, peat, a slight hint of butterscotch, and some Italian spice.

M: Kind of light, but hearty. Bittersweet finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, foamy blanket, and some light lacing. Nose is a healthy combination of roasted grains and light sweet components. Roasty, peaty, with some spice and sweet hints. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of DeFaz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a medium head. Nice lacing for a "mild ale".

Smell: Sweet malt and some roasted malt. Also some bread and caramel.

Taste: Starts off with sweet but not oversweet malt, bread, and caramel, and then takes a dive 2/3 the way through the taste with hops coming in, leaving the beer with a bitter flavor that lingers in the mouth. Not too bold, but I suppose there's a reason they call it "mild".

Mouthfeel: Thin, but again, I'm sure that's part of the "mild". Carbonation could get bumped up a bit.

Overall: It's not too exciting. I can see how mild ales can have a place, but at 5.6% ABV this doesn't work too well. It comes as part of the twelve pack of October beers, and I don't think most people are going to be as eager to try this one. There are better session beers out there, and Sam Adams I know can do better.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Bookseeb
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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 TheFunGuy
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 2013 fall pack. It pours a very nice reddish brown, and clear. Not ruby, but nice looking. An inch off white head that slowly fades over a few minutes.

The smell is malt and slight roast. The taste is malt, caramel, and nut. The nut is very light, and I can't pick up the hops other than a slight offset on the sweet of the caramel taste.

I am rating this highly, because it is a smoother, well balanced, very drinkable version of their red. I like their Irish red, and I would pay 25-50% per six more to have this available year round in place of that. Every facet is slightly better tasting and smoother than that already good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of RWLawman
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Deep red, with non-existent head, and scattered lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malts and red cherries. A hint of bread.

T - Tastes just like an Irish Red, along the lines of Killian's. Enjoyable, but nothing earth shattering.

M - Moderate mouthfeel. Not quite watery, not quite thick. If this were watery, it would've been dumped down the drain. I think the mouthfeel and sweet malts saved this one from being wasted. Definitely the weakest link in this seasonal pack.

O - Not bad, not great. Sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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