radio_nowhere (701) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
My 60th style rating! 12oz bottle from spring collection into pint glass. Clear deep dark red color with light tan head. Aroma of caramel malt and that’s it really. Taste is caramel malt sweetness, nicely balanced with minimal hop bitterness, and some roast notes. Medium body and carbonation, creamy, dry and clean finish. Kind of one dimensional for me personally but that’s probably the style. Won’t turn down one but won’t seek either.
BOSSbrewer (1321) - Arkansas, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ZacM612 (41) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber with thin off white head. Very faint aroma. Somewhat sweet, caramel malty flavor. Mellow, okay, just not great.
rumproasts (2596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Amber with small head. Mild caramel malt base with minimal hops. Smooth and pleasant. Undistinctive, but pretty nice for the style.
sloshgator (353) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
hockeybeerguy (917) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
gbpackers92 (11) - - MAR 22, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From bottle. Little or no aroma. Very smooth with very little taste. Not in the same league as real irish ales.
Clarkdvm (59) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Plain. Trouble calling an Irish red. More hoppy. Sad that I would prefer a Killian’s.
ScipioA (213) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
trapped (604) - TURKEY - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jbuskirk (305) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.