This week I took another look at one of my favorite styles of beer: the Irish Red from Sam Adams.
First off, if you drink this beer out of anything other than a glass, you’re doing it wrong. Artists should try to recreate this shade of red in their paintings. If this beer was a girl, I would take her out to a nice dinner and not even look at other the girls at the restaurant. First sip is sweet and malty. Like stouts, Irish Reds do not have a lot of hops. This is probably because Ireland used to be a terrible place (Thank you England) and the Irish did not need any more bitterness in their lives.
When you take your first sip, you feel how light and crisp it tastes in your mouth. You don’t even really taste Sam Irish Red, you experience it. I can’t take less than three gulps at a time whenever I go for a drink because it feels less substantial than it should. That isn’t to say this is a beer that will roll over and play dead, it is 5.8% ABV which is only 0.2% less boozy than your standard India Pale Ale. The head is small and adds some pleasant fragrance when you bring up your glass to your face. I strongly recommend this beer. It is available in 6 packs and unavailable in my refrigerator because that sixer I purchased earlier is gone.
Keeping with my Irish theme, I picked up a pack of Brooklyn Brewery’s Dry Irish Stout. This is a special beer because it is brewed using traditional methods and doesn’t use additives to enhance the head. With stout’s it’s all about the head, so this is an important distinction.When people think of stout’s, they think Guinness and imagine drinking one and being super full for the rest of the night. That is a misconception because Brooklyn’s Stout, like most other stouts, was conceived as a session beer. You should be able to drink several session beers at a time. In fact, the Dry Irish Stout is the lightest beer that Brooklyn makes and is only 4.7% ABV which is very manageable. Stouts are great day-drinking beers.
If I poured a Dry Irish Stout into my glass with the lights off, I wouldn’t be able to see it. It is dark and full-flavored. You take a sip and want to start chugging it. And that’s not a bad thing, you’ve got five more left. But I think you should take your time and enjoy the roasted malts. The process the brewers use to get that dark color is similar to dark-roasted coffee beans and you get a nice coffee and chocolate blend of flavors in every sip. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I like stouts. You should like stouts too. That’s not peer pressure, it’s just a suggestion. I liked this beer so much I drank the whole thing in one sitting. And that’s impressive because I usually have to pee a lot.
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