llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark amber/red color with a slight head. Definite caramel flavor mixed with malts, but a good blend. Will drink again.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Irish Red
Date: February 23, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: sweet breadyand toasted malt aroma with light floral hops
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of bready character, light balancing floral hops, light bitter finish
Name: Irish Red
Date: February 01, 2012
Appearance: clear dark amber, whispy off white head
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, caramel sweetness, earthy, light breadyness
Flavor: rich sweet bready flavor, caramel sweetness balanced by a drying earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a thick creamy head that dissipates faster than I figured. A clear, brown/reddish color. Swet malt predominates the nose. Smooth, rich, silky mouthfeel, with the sweet malt still dominating but the hops are there. A nice ale, but like many of Samís offerings it falls just a bit short - literally. It doesnít linger, but still a darn nice ale.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish amber with a mostly receding tan head. Taste of caramel, bready, crackery malt, toffee, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, stingy carbonation.
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Bright clear refractive ruby-amber with a large fluffy-fizzy tan head (4-). Sweet fresh cereal grain aroma, a hint of cocoa and nice lightly acidic mild herbal hop bitterness. Taste is pretty simple - roast sweet grain and caramel, perhaps a touch of metal in the light earthy-bitterness in the finish. Slick, light body, nice carbonation, just enough dry bitterness to keep it from seeming too sweet - decent enough, easy to drink.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This was really terrible. Aroma was of harvested grain, with some ale fruitiness in the backround, and was slightly heinous. Poured ruby colored with a big head that laced well. Flavor is not pleasant at all, its a trainreck everything about it clashes. The malts, hops and yeasts, just donít form anything that is appealing. medium bodied. This stuff is garbage... Iíd rather drink swill.
Braudog (5597) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: This poured with a commandingly huge head of rocky foam, over an as-expected red, shiny beer. The aroma is nutty and caramel. This drinks with a rich caramel character, with an interesting sweet malty swirl at the end of each swallow. Right down the center of the style target, Iíd say. Quite drinkable. (#3341, 3/7/2008)
Codythegreat (149) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red with a nice, beige head. Has a great carmel malt taste although not very strong. Pretty good overall. I drank this out of a shaker.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A beautiful beer that doesnít quite live up. Pours a deep red with a thick tan head. Aroma is malty, flowery, and sweet. The flavor is fairly well balanced. Lots of carbonated sweet goodness up front is backed by a hoppy bitterness. There is a slight aftertaste. A good beer...a half decent Sam Adams is a lot better than some brewerís best.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Looks like I owe this one a re-rate. 12 ounce bottle from the Spring 2013 mixed pack, which I purchased 10 days into winter 2012. Just sayin. Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts and a mild bit of smoke. The taste is caramel malts, brown sugar, raisin and very faint tinny hops. Medium bodied. Solid beer. 7/4/7/4/14/3.6
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brownish red with thick, frothy head and good lacing. Nice malty brown sugar aroma. Taste is flat. If this tasted anything like it looks or smells, itíd be an awesome beer. As it is, itís thoroughly average. 7/4/5/3/9/2.8