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RATINGS: 1000   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This rich and malty ale originated in Ireland in 1710. It has a deep red color and distinctive caramel flavor from its Pale and Caramel malts. The malt sweetness is balanced by the earthy notes of East Kent Goldings hops. Cheers!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2477) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruit yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt forward profile and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
12 ounce bottle, best before May 2014. One of my friends gave this to me last weekend so Iím drinking it now. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around a while. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toasted and bready malt, dark fruit, and toffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but thereís also some caramel noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think itís a decent brew, worth trying if youíve never had it before.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gopherfan99 (376) - CROATIA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle, pours reddish orange with an off white head, sweet taste of caramel and light bitterness, fairly average

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (3515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Another 12oz bottle from a mixed box bought in my honour íbecause you drink weird beersí: drank at a barbecue in Newport Beach along with itís mates on 14th March 2014. Malty and Irish, red in colour! No, there is more too it than that. I quiet liked it to be honest, a bit sweet maybe but nonetheless it seemed to sit OK with me. There is a red hue to the clear dark amber body, on top a thin white crown. Malty and semi-sweet nose, sweeter taste yet with a drying hop finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deepas (20) - - APR 25, 2014
Itís not one of my favorite Sam Adams beer. I can taste the bitterness/sourness, but itís fairly light.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1507) - Arkansas, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a very clear amber reddish with one finger of off white head that lingers. Aroma is malty and sweet with slight dark fruits and slight floral. Really nice. Slightly bitter. Malty. Toffee. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ZacM612 (98) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2014
Dark amber with thin off white head. Very faint aroma. Somewhat sweet, caramel malty flavor. Mellow, okay, just not great.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
bottle. Amber with small head. Mild caramel malt base with minimal hops. Smooth and pleasant. Undistinctive, but pretty nice for the style.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloshgator (406) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale is an ok session ale, but nothing real special. Very little malty caramel aroma coming off this dark red pour with a nice head. Taste is malty with a touch of sweetness, but pretty mild and no complexity. Finish is clean. Irish Red is like craft on training wheels or a gateway beer if you will.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hockeybeerguy (1704) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a clear yet deep amber/orange colored body with a foamy, cream-colored head, it had a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The smell was hops, sweet and roasty malts. The taste was sweet through crisp and clean malts and hops, hops only come out as the beer warms. The palate was about a medium, moderate amount of carbonation felt on the tongue, sessionable, no aftertaste, malty finish. Overall, this is good for the style and good for me.


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