1029. Samuel Adams Boston Brick Red

1029. Samuel Adams Boston Brick Red

Our lab went out for beers with another lab on our floor in mid-June. After encountering a line at The Muddy Charles we headed to Characters, the bar at the Kendall Square Marriott. I decided to try Brick Red, the new beer from Boston Beer Company that's available only in Boston.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Boston Beer Company
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Tap
Style: Irish Red Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 3.0 | Taste: 3.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Drinkability: 3.5

Overall: 3.3

Sam Adams Brick Red pours, as expected, a clear, deep red. It's topped by an off-white head that fades to a film leaving nice lace. The aroma is fairly light overall with notes of caramel, toffee and a hint of fruitiness.

Biscuity and toasty malts upfront quickly move into a strong caramel sweetness in the center. Towards the finish a graininess appears along with a mild bitterness. Boston Brick Red is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a mild stickiness.

I know Irish Reds are supposed to be malty, but this one just seems a bit too malty to me. Perhaps it's the one-note dominance of the malt flavors. It's a decent beer, but most likely not one that I'll have again, especially if there are better options on tap.