jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, short blurb on the neck label, notched freshness date (JUL 2008) along the left side of the label, sampled in a pint glass.
L: Crystal clear reddish hued copper with a frothy beige head that slowly settled into a sudsy skim. Surprising amount of ringed lace clings to the glass, this is an impressive looking Irish Red Ale.
S: Toasted caramel with a light roasted nuttiness, soft white grape fruitiness, tea leaves, traces of wood and herbal stemmy hops, this pretty much has everything I like to smell in a well brewed red ale. Further whiffs reveal touches of caramelized sugar.
F&T: Enough carbonation to give a mildly firm creaminess to the light body. If this was an Imperial Red Ale, I would have liked a little more heft and rounded feel in the mouth, but it’s not one, so I think the mouthfeel is just fine. The pleasant and refreshing taste makes this quite quaffable. Caramel toffee along with some caramelized sugariness, finishing with a tasty pale malt nuttiness. In the middle a slightly sour fruitiness emerges to balance out the sweet malt flavors. Properly restrained, softly bitter hops, tea-like at first, then adding a drying earthiness to the finale. A briefly lingering toasted maltiness in the aftertaste.
Delightfully crafted Irish Red Ale, I would like to try this fresh from the tap sometime soon, highly enjoyable.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Deep coppery amber color with a thick, frothy head. Smooth and creamy, with a warming sweet finish. Very soft mouthfeel. A very nice addition to the Sam Adams family.
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Commercial description nails it. The best Irish Red I have enjoyed to date. Pours deep red/ruby with small, but lasting, off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, English hops. Taste is creamy caramel perfectly in sync wuth the heavenly EKG hops. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and oh-so-easy to drink.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber color with a creamy tan head with some lacing. Aroma of caramel and dark fruits. Flavor is sweet, but smooth and balanced. A very solid offering from Sam Adams.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours red with a fizzy pinkish head. Smells of sweet malt, some caramel. Tastes sweet and watery with some hints of spiciness.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear red into the english pint glass with an inch head. A very sweet malty aroma with hints of nuts and barley. An enjoyable malty flavor with caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. A decent irish ale.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. dark copper with thick head. hops, nutty and slightly funky aroma. smotth toffee and caramel balanced with hops.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another solid brew from Sam Adams. Creamy and malty with a little hops in it, it goes down fine. However, you absolutely cannot switch from this to an IPA or vice versa, as it will make the other beer taste horrible.
samadams2442 (3) - livonia, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very pleased with this beer, will become part of my regular selections of beer.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
reddish brown appearance. mild head. malty nose. flavor is of crystal malt, very much caramal and malt. no overriding hop component but some balance. decent version of the style