GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2015 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. The head is a two finger off-white shade with a frothy look to it. It retains itself acceptably and leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma seems to hint at differing yet subtle directions: a twinge of caramel malt coexist next to both twinges of fruit esters and twinges of roast. Moreover, it seems to hint at being a crisp, clean brew simply from the aroma alone...which is kind of an indictment towards its mildness.
T: And it is a mild beer, not just in style, but in flavor as well. A very light toffee note comes through at first, before I notice some nondescript fruit esters. The mineral, hard water finish is appropriate and rounds this out well, but does little to help give it bold flavor. I expected something more complex, truth be told.
M: It’s medium in body with a semi-dry finish. Aside from a lumpiness smack-dab in the middle of the palate, it’s also a crisp (if not quite clean) beer that’s easy to drink.
O: It’s not that far off from their Irish Red in terms of the flavor profile, except in one facet...it’s quite drinkable - unlike the former, which is low on flavor AND hard to drink. This could use a few tweaks, but isn’t bad overall.
December 24th, 2013 - Not often I get to try Mild Ales, but the Samuel Adams seems to deliver a taste of it, though I leave it to experts to comment on its representativeness. The color of the brew is pleasant and probably decidedly English, with a deep walnut brown and red, and on top, a layer of foam, though looser and less mottled. The nose features sweet cherries and a slight tang, and on sniffs two and three, a little perfume of hops appears. I like that, giving it some botanical diversity, without getting too potent or confused. The flavor mirrors the aroma, with a full and frothy mouth feel. The cherry is by now a familiar part of the Ruby Mild, but some toasted almond enters the fray. My impression after a few sips, is that this is very much like an Irish Red Ale, but sweeter, tangier and brighter. It’s a curious style, and I much prefer the Irish Red’s deep, contemplative sugars, but this Ruby Mild is a nice departure from those for a one-off experience. dwyerpg (6217) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Another beer that I waited too long to rate so I barely remember, this was pretty nice, but you really have to start the day with milds, otherwise their flavor can be lost with all the more aggressive beers. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-30-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a little bit of a reddish hue. Upon pouring there is a small off white fizzy head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is biggest of a nutty and lightly roasted aroma. Other aromas of biscuit and crackers as well as some earthy and toffee smell are there as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and fruity taste with some flavors of cherry and apple. Other flavors of a bready nature are present upfront blending with the sweeter flavors to create a base taste for the brew. As the taste advances some light nuttiness comes to the tongue as well as some tartness and a bit of a cracker taste. At the end a little bit of earthiness comes to the tongue leaving an overall rather sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and suit well the sweet and malty flavors of the brew.
Overall – A rather malty and sweet brew that still maintains an easy drinking style. A rather enjoyable brew overall.
slowrunner77 (12144) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
"Mild is right. Nothing bad, but nothing at all stands out. Lawnmower beer for sure, but only in a mixer? I’d prefer an ALL DAY IPA or a handful of other more creative light abv beers to this. Lightly sweet and malty, copper color, has a hint of tart and a hint of bitter in the finish. A little more watery in the body than a 5.6% beer needs to be." Nekronos (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 25, 2014
Quite interesting. A little bit nutty and very thick in features. Not so strong and ejjoyable it was.
cafgen (209) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Nice creamy/tan head that disapears slowly. Light amber/ruby color with a nice aroma. Light caramel smell, bread and light hops. Definitely one Of my favorites sam adams beers.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle:   Biscuity and malty, bready, soft sweetness, a little mealy.   A bit bigger than your average Mild Ale.   Looks good, good body, but a little mealy.   If you like big mealy and biscuit beers, this one is for you. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Good lasting head. Leaves streaking and clumpy lace. Clear, dirty copper.
Quite mild in aroma. Caramel but dry smell. No notable hop to the nose.
The caramel tastes darker than the smell, almost treacle-like. Surprising hop bitterness. Decent body, low carbonation. GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Pours a beautiful ruby color, the malts and caramel flavor is nice. This is another example of Sam Adams making the "everyman" version of beers. FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A steady pour into my mug creates a 1/2-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan head. The beer is a nice brown color that shows a brilliantly clear browned amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a fruit laden smell to it backed by caramelized malt notes with a touch of roasted, nutty brown malt character to it.
The flavor is quite sweet, and along with this comes a chewy, full body for a beer of this strength; definitely a meal in a glass. There is a light bitterness, a hint of dark grain bite, and a prickly carbonation that helps to balance the sweet, caramelized malt character just a bit.
Not bad, perhaps a touch sweet at first, but I always like drinking an interpretation of a mild.