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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!


2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gbpackers92 (11) - - MAR 22, 2014
From bottle. Little or no aroma. Very smooth with very little taste. Not in the same league as real irish ales.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Clarkdvm (101) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle. Plain. Trouble calling an Irish red. More hoppy. Sad that I would prefer a Killian’s.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScipioA (266) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Looks great, a clear ruby red with a bit of orange tinge and a tan head. Crisp malty aromas, but pretty muted and not very interesting. The flavor is great, sweet and doughy with spicy hops to balance it out. Good mouthfeel too, thick and just the right amount of carbonation. Very tasty, one of the better brews out of Sam Adams.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Reddish amber with small creamy off-white head, light caramel aroma, caramel-roasted malt taste, low carbonation, thin body, medium finish. Nothing to boast about.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbuskirk (417) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 7, 2014
An Irish ale hits the spot on a cool, cloudy day like this one. Right at home in an English pub glass, Irish Red has a dark red hue that’s quite becoming. However, the head is disappointing. Not many off-white bubbles stick around for very long, but the aroma is still fairly impressive with a nice caramel scent. The malty body of this brew creates a taste that reveals caramel, cream, and grains. There’s a hint of toasty flavor, but not as much as I’d like. While good, the creamy sweetness gets dangerously close to being cloying as the beer warms. Overall, though, Irish Red is a fine example of an Irish ale. The beer has decent balance, good aroma, and above-average taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slubgob (182) - West Hartford, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Out of bottle. Malty red aroma with an alcoholic backing. In the mouth malt is disappointingly mild, and light hops take over quickly. Finishes quick with hop bitterness. It might be nostalgia soaking, but honestly,I’d take Killan’s over this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpongeRuiner (676) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours a deep red color. Not much flavor. Any red flavor really dissipates quickly. Would pass on this one.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (806) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Decent Samuel Adams seasonal. Pours a beautiful clear ruby red color with a thick tan head. Not too much smell, just a bit malty. Taste is similar, a bit malty with some hops in the finish. Tastes a little watery. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coyforce (580) - Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Cant say that sam adams makes a terrible beer, but this one is not one of their best. The flavor is an alcoholic ale but the aroma is light malty and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
From a taster on a business trip to Toledo, 2/25/2014, 12 fl oz, 5.8% a/v Pours a rich deep red with a nice tan head. Aromas of rich malt, caramel and stone fruit. Taste is deep stone fruit sweetness, caramel malt, and just enough hops to back it up. Well balanced, great taste. Not my favorite style but well executed.


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