Samuel Adams Irish Red brewed by the Boston Beer Company - Boston,
Samuel Adams Irish Red is brewed with two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and
Copeland pale malts, and Caramel 60 malt. The blend of pale malts provides
most of the body and backbone of the beer, while the generous portion of
Caramel 60 contributes to the deep red color and caramel sweetness that
defines the style. To balance all of that sweetness, we use earthy East Kent
Goldings and English Fuggles hops. Their subtle bitterness and aroma provide
a delicate complexity to the brew.
Beer Review by Beer
Appearance: Ruby colored brew with about a two finger light tan head. Retention
and lacing are great.
Smell: Sweet mild malt aromas with some grass and floral hops.
Taste: Smooth biscuity malts are the first thing I taste. Some caramel here and
there. The sweetness of the malt is tamed by some herbal hops and the balance in
here is pretty nice. The finish and aftertaste have a tea like flavor that I
love in an Irish red.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average to low carbonation. Drinkable as hell.
Overall: Great example of the style. Tasty and extremely sessionable. Highly
The Start of the Boston Beer
Company and Sam Adams
The Samuel Adams brand began with Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The original recipe
was developed in 1860 in St. Louis, Missouri by Louis Koch, who sold under the
name Louis Koch Lager until Prohibition, and again until the early 1950s.
In 1984, Jim Koch, the fifth-generation, first born son to follow in his
family’s brewing footsteps, brewed his first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager
in his kitchen, using the original family recipe for Louis Koch Lager. At the
time, Koch was working at Boston Consulting Group after receiving BA, MBA and JD
degrees from Harvard University. At Harvard, Koch met Harry Rubin and Lorenzo
Lamadrid. Both Rubin and Lamadrid were graduates of Harvard Business School. In
December 1984, Koch left his career at Boston Consulting Group and along with
Rubin and Lamadrid, founded Samuel Adams Beer. Shortly thereafter, they
optimized the recipe with the help of Joseph Owades, the man credited with the
invention of light beer in the 1970s. Koch, Rubin, and Lamadrid agreed on the
name Samuel Adams after the Boston patriot, who fought for American
independence, and who also had inherited a brewing tradition from his father.
In April 1985, the beer was re-introduced as Samuel Adams Boston Lager, at the
re-creation of the first battle of the American Revolution on Patriot's Day.
Three months later, it was voted “Best Beer in America” at the Great American
Beer Festival, in which 93 national and regional beers competed. The publicity
that followed helped the Boston Beer Company's sales grow to 63,000 barrels in
1989. The beer was first put on tap at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain.