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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Photo of Botulizard
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass

A: Red-brown with a beige head of about one-half inch that shrank down to the surface of the beer and stayed for a while, leaving a lot of lacing. Carbonation appears very heavy, with tons of bubbles at the bottom of the glass, many quickly floating to the surface.

S: Lots of malt with some caramel. Sweet, not hoppy at all.

T: Much like the nose, although here there is a very slight bitter hoppiness present at the finish.

M: Carbonation is in fact as heavy as it looks. Crisp and refreshing, the beer goes down smoothly.

O: Retains a lot of character despite being light and refreshing. Perfect for rewarding yourself after raking leaves or some other fall yardwork.

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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 scratch69
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear reddish-brown color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Faint aroma of malt and hops.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt with some notes of wood and cherry and a hint of earthy hoppiness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I'm am not familiar with this style this beer was somewhat enjoyable and easy to drink.

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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 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 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 lwillitz
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 4+ fingers of light tan suds over a transparent body of reddish amber, moderate visible carbonation, patchy lace

S - malty and earthy; nothing really stands out

T - roasted malt with a touch of caramel sweetness; notes of cherry, vanilla, and wood; earthy and peppery hops

M - smooth medium body, moderate amount of prickly carbonation

O - It's a decent mild. Nothing too fancy, but would go well with various foods and situations.

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Photo of Fergyx825
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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 TempeBeerMan
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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 rangerred
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
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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Photo of Scotchboy
3.52/5  rDev +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 stella77artois
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +8.7%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Hergestridge
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
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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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 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 chickenflea
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of tastybeer
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Shaw
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
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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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 beeragent
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of jmanero
5/5  rDev +44.9%
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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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Samuel Adams Ruby Mild from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.45 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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