pkbites (700) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer is confused. It pours a beautiful off-red with a rich and creamy malt head.
Excellent nose of fresh bakery and caramel.
But thatís where it ends. The flavor skips around. Itís not complex and not simple. This is one of the most hard to describe tastes Iíve come across. It doesnít really taste like a true irish red, but I canít tell what itís trying to do. I donít think it does either. Itís not terrible, but itís not all that good either. Iím rather disapointed in it, and probably wonít try it again.
HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep copper color with full head. Although this is not a bad beer, I was generally underwhelmed (and a bit confused) by the flavor. I thought the balance of malts and hops were off. It was like this brew couldnít make up its mind about what it was all about. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but I wonít be rushing out to buy more.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good brew from SA. Rich and malty, easy to drink. Crisp. Goes down like water, but has a very solid flavor/palate. Enjoyable.
Odyn (266) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Most definitely not one of my favorites. I was expecting more from them. I did not care for the combination of malts in the body, nor the hoppiness on the finish. Overall very disappointing.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 been waiting for yhis beer since my visit to the brewery in july of 07 the color of this beer is light brown with reddish hue you can taste the carmelized malts and has a clean hop finish. very smooth like all sams brews.nice job from a great crafter of beer ,from a great city with a history rich in brewing. ROCK ON
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok, Sam Adams night with the release of hops for the craft brews. Copper color with a touch of red when held to the light through the thicker area of the glass. Taller taupe head, fairly lasting. Smells like an amber. Light toasted malt, light caramel, light licorice, hints of fruit and perfume. Damn of forum, I suddenly am thinking of stomach acid with the first sip. Acidic caramel flavors. Touch of hazelnut and walnut pith. Dry lightly rancid nut finish. I see some earth and malt, but I canít find this one being a session brew.
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 itís 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 (4878) - 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.