Samuel Adams Irish Red

Irish reds tend to have a muted taste. I'm sure most of you are familiar with Killian's Irish Red. It's one of the most drinkable beers produced by the behemoth Coors, and it benefits from having very little taste, but what taste there is is certainly not unpleasant.
This then is produced by Sam Adams in the heart of West Ireland (Boston). The pour is just as you might expect - it's got a light head of big bubbles that disappears rather quickly. It does leave a nice film and ring of bubbles, and that always pleases me. the bubbles are atop a very copper-colored beverage. The aroma is quite malty with a touch of hops, which is also exactly what you might expect. 


The taste is actually quite a bit stronger than I anticipated. It's a bit grassy or something right in the middle, and that is not entirely brilliant. On the whole, this isn't bad. But, isn't that the hallmark of the style - bland enough to not offend with enough taste to not be Budweiser? Whoa. I don't want to go around comparing reasonably good beers to Bud. That would throw off my whole rating system. She's a good beer, but nothing spectacular to go out of your way for.

3.0/5

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