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RATINGS: 1033   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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3.1
wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours a bright ruby/amber color with a full off-white head. Aroma is maple syrup and spice. Taste is sweet roasted malt, caramel, licorice and mild hop bitterness. Not outstanding, but a decent representative of the style.

2.9
Haslinger (985) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
I was very underwhelmed by this offering from Sam Adams. I was hoping for more flavor than what I got. Wouldn’t buy again

3.5
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown, tawny color, tannish head. Nose of sweet light caramel, grass and some juniper. The flavor is balanced, chewy malts, generic bittering hops. OK Mouthfeel, good red. A bit lacking in punch but drinkable and a good body.

3.2
bigtaster (1037) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Pours deep red and golden brown. Thick off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and some yeast/bread. Distinct hop flavor that is light, moderate bread dough. Light bodied and well balanced.

3.5
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Very rich and malty....not bitter like other Irish ales tend to be. Decent aroma, with a solid palate....malty and crisp, with a nice balance between the hops and malt. Beer is a perfect fit for EKG hops. Very enjoyable and definitely one of the better brews from SA.

3.2
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Raisiny brown sugar nose. Reddish amber with medium cream colored head. Deep maple sweetness, with decent bitterness. Medium bodied, perhaps a little over carbonated. All around fairly pleasant beer.

3.2
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
A dark amber/red color with a slight head. Definite caramel flavor mixed with malts, but a good blend. Will drink again.

3.2
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Irish Red
Date: February 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
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
Mode: bottle
Source: sherlocks
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
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
Parrothead (297) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
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 Sam’s offerings it falls just a bit short - literally. It doesn’t linger, but still a darn nice ale.

3.6
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
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.


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