Sam Adams Irish Red is one beer from Sam Adams that I’ve been putting off trying for a long time now. Not sure why, really as I’ve been pretty happy with most of their other beers. I think its just that I haven’t had too many ‘Irish Reds’ before, but the beers I did have were just eh.
So, with the Irish Red being part of the ‘American Originals’ beer variety pack, I really didn’t have an excuse to put it off any further. And so, here’s a quick beer review just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
The beer pours a nice reddish color as one might expect. Its nice and clear and creates a rocky, and slightly orange colored head. The look reminded me a lot of their Octoberfest (which I loved BTW).
While not incredible, giving this 5.8% ABV beer a swirl in my glass, I found that the foamy head left a decent amount of lacing too. Overall, a good looking beer!
The aroma was nice as well. To me, it was malty and sweet smelling with some mild bread and butter as well. Not much in the way of bitter hops here. According to their site, Irish Red is made with Two-row Harrington, Metcalf, Copeland pale malts, and Caramel 60 which accounts for the sweet aroma, reddish color and as we’ll see, flavors.
Much of what I noticed in the aroma was found in the flavors. I thought it had something of an earthy, roasty, malty character that was accented by that caramel sweetness mentioned above.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer and I’d say its probably the best Irish Red that I’ve tried, but I don’t know if i like it enough that I’d buy it again in an individual six pack. I’ll happily finish the other bottle in the variety pack, but that will probably be it. In that regard, I’ll give the Sam Adams Irish Red a 2.5 out of 5 stars.
What about you? Do you have a favorite Irish Red? While you’re here, why not check out other Irish Beers we’ve tried?