Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Runabout Red AleRunabout Red Ale

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smcolw on 08-09-2009

Runabout Red Ale is a classic! Our Red Ale has a malty sweet taste that comes from 3 different types of caramel malt. It is a clean, well-balanced beer that started as seasonal ale that we only brewed from March until July. It was so popular with our regulars that we started brewing it year round in 2002. Our red ale is made with only two hop additions to the kettle as opposed to three in most of our other brews and the malt character shows this. Please enjoy our staff favorite!

37.4 IBU
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Reviews by angusdegraosta:
Photo of angusdegraosta
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Runabout Recd has good thick head (not so long lasting), and plenty of lacing. The very pleasant malt and fruit aroma is a little bit different than the dry herbal taste. A very sessionable flavor, though: hops are perfectly balanced, and there is enough malt to round it all out. A well-crafted, thoroughly American brew that I very much enjoyed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice find while walking around Portland,pours a nice deeper shade of red with a light but sticky head,aroma was malty and lightly toasted.Real good flavor to this red lightly sweet with a nice toasted malt flavor that lingers very well,not heavy just the right body feel and real easy to drink.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a thin off white head.

Smell: Malts, hops and some grassy notes too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter malts and mild hops.

Overall: Not bad for a red ale.

Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of malt: sugary, slightly fruity, perhaps even flowery.

The malt continues on the tongue, though here the sugars and fruits are dampened considerably from how they were presented on the nose. Primary malt flavors include caramels, dark brown sugars, perhaps a hint of vanilla, and at the end, a strong toasted grain taste lingers on the tongue, begging for another sip. What is surprising, given the initial scent, is the level of hops: while they're not present in IPA strength, they certainly give the ale a pleasant bitterness to offset the sugars, and pervade the palate with a lovely grapefruit-like taste.

The end result is a well-balanced and flavorful ale that contains a little something for everyone: pleasant sugary notes as well as light bitters. While none of the flavors are necessarily as distinct and strong as in, say, an IPA, a white Belgian, or a barleywine, there are shades of each in here, and the result is a very drinkable and accessible beer.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was interesting.

Smooth, hoppy with a bitter finish this ale pours into a glass a light amber color. With a nice head, this beer follows suite of a lot of American Amber of Red Ales.

I liked the hoppy finish, it reminded me of a Red IPA.

I would buy this again.

Photo of jmz62565
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great orange amber with a giant tan foamy head that leaves great lacing. An impressive looking brew. The smell is a strong mix of sweet roasted malt and nuts. The taste is chewy with nuts and full of roasted malt. A very good tasting beer. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing very well. This beer and brewery are one of Maines finest treasures. Cheers.

Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter amber, and fairly clear. Not a lot of retention or bubbles around. Decent ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some sweet malt aromas along with grain and husk wafts. As it warms, some citrus makes itself apparent.

Taste: Nice balance between darker malts, some chocolate, and lingering husk flavors, all amidst some decent fruitiness and balanced hops by the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, but a good crisp nature to the brew by the end. At first it may seem slightly watery, but then the carbonation does its work and rounds everything off.

Drinkability: A good and solid Red that I would go to again. Definitely a nice session before the summer, and probably one even better for the fall.

Photo of nkersten
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this one is a bright copper/red, almost the same exact color as the label. A small white head fades away quickly.
S- Malt forward with some mild hop aroma. Lots of sweet candy smell, almost like twizzlers.
T- Again a very malt forward beer, but with much more hop flavor then was in the smell. Hops are fruity with a decent bite. Again, the red rope licorice brings itself to the front of the flavor.
M- Low carbonation and a medium body. Finishes a little on the sweet side.
D- I really like red ales and this one does not disappoint. Nothing earth shattering, but a great example of the style. Definitely a good session beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical bottle to pint glass pour.

Pours copper amber with ring of white foam. Tofee malt smell. Caramel/toffee taste with light bittering. Your standard amber/red ale. Smooth mouthfeel.

Just run of the mill - nothing bad, nothing spectacular. Certainly sessionable at a low ABV.

Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the New England Brewfest on June 30, 2012. The pour was a darker amber tone with an off-white head, some lacing, and a ruby red hue if held to the light. On the nose I found a toasted malt character followed by a little fruit and a crisp, clean hop note. The body was light but somewhat acidic or astringent. That had an impact on the flavor I believe as it came in more moderately hopped than I might have expected and less sweet and malty.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

orange tinted amber with a large three finger high head of thick white foamy lace that towered over the top of the glass.

The first whiff that came across was clearly a floral pine like hoppiness that cut right through the underlying, malty base. There were definitely some hints in there of earthy notes, cereal like grains and a touch of bready like notes in the back. initial rush of hops that greeted you as soon as the first flavor hit your tongue, as this rolled past the sugary malted backbone started to come though. Hints of grain and bread along with some nice notes of orange and even a touch of tangerine started to come though.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a medium sized and medium bodied but short white colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, more caramelized malt, and a nice hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and caramelized malt, some toffee flavor and then a nice floral and piney hop finish.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a decent red ale, nice light beer, pretty drinkable.

Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a 14-ouncer on tap at Hadlock Field, home of your Portland Sea Dogs, in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber with a frothy off-white head that sticks around for a long time. Lacing is heavy. Looks good; happy to be drinking this on a frigid April day.

Aromas: Nose is kind of faint, but there's a note of maltiness and some caramel along with hop bitterness.

Taste: Very good red ale. Tastes include caramel, malt sweetness, toffee and some earthy backbone. Really good.

Mouthfeel: This has a good, sturdy body and an approachable flavor profile. Easy on the palate. Kind of surprised the IBU is so high; not super bitter.

Overall: I love a good red ale, and this is one. Really tasty set of flavors and enough complexity to keep you interested. I was bummed when it was finished, but with the low ABV, it wouldn't be too wild to have another.

Photo of gonzo000
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured an amber/orange color. Nice sweet smell. Some dry hopped honey taste. Good beer overall.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus fruit, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but subdued hops presence. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of berley31
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at brewpub. Poured with a nice, amber color... no head to speak of. Hazy composition. Quite malty aroma, with a burnt-coffee smell. Medium and slightly creamy body on the palate, with soft carbonation. Goes down very easy with a malty, caramel taste that stays with you for an average amount of time. An enjoyable amber that I'd easily have again.

Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light tan, two-finger head that lasts leaving some lace. Clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts sweet but the hops are quick to dominate. Finish is hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle from RSVP Liquors Portland, Me.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I'm first, I went to their website:
Original Gravity: 15 °P
Color: Deep Amber 25.4 SRM
IBU's: 37.4


Good start to the head--leaves a ring of lace after each sip. Some spottiness too. Cloudy. Color is dark amber with a touch of orange.

Lots of caramel and sugar candy aroma to the first pour. Some alcohol to the nose as well. Could be described as a weak barley wine.

True to the smell, except that there is less sweetness and the finish is quite hoppy. In fact, I would describe this beer as dry. Solid body with a lower level of carbonation. Great combination of smells and flavors to make it quite diverse. To me, one of the better beers in this category.

Photo of BeerEsquire
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I would describe this as a light effervescent summer red, something an amber lover can drink when the temps outside start increasing - malty sweetness, underwhelming mouth feel, good coloring/white foam head

Photo of Freshie
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish color with nice white lace.

Smell is fruity, with a bit of malt sweetness.

The taste is sweet. A bit of fruit. Orange? Candy? Hard to put a definite on it. Dry hops comes afterwards. Carbonation has a bit of zip to the flavour.

Aftertaste is a bit yeasty, but is pleasant. The carbonation lets this red ale not conform to the tanic nature of it's English and Irish brethren.

A nice session brew.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the Great Lost Bear:

In a pint glass:

A: deep yet clear amber colored body, slightly reddish brown with one finger off white head that lasted a good one minute; spotty, foamy lacing leaves rings

S: earthy with some light caramels and some brown sugar, but balanced with added light hops

T: didn't have much hops in the beginning but was definitely noted as the beer went down, malty caramel tasted all the way through

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It is very smooth and sessionable (nice low ABV) a sixer would be nice in the summer time. It has a watery yet sweet aftertaste and a dry finish.

O: this is a good beer to me and fairly good for its style.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Union Brew house. Appearance- Really nice reddish color with one finger creamy head. Very nice looking beer. Slight malt smeel, fresh and sweet. Taste is very smooth and malty. Nothing extreme in taste. Light hop finish, but no bite. Drinkable, not extraordinary, though.

Photo of mainlyale
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at a restaurant in Eastport on tap. Not much head, but had a nice red color and the smell was malty. Taste was mild sweet with no bitterness. There was no lingering aftertaste other than malt. A very drinkable beer. I recommended it to several people in our party and they all enjoyed it. I love red beers for some reason - this one is a keeper.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sebago in Portland. Pint glass.

Color is deep amber reddish brown. One finger off white head.  

Smell is nicely hoppy, earthy, some brown sugar.  

Good amount of hops on the taste. Malty mid palate, finishes refreshing bitterness.  

Good mouth feel decent carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Agree that it's pretty much an average red ale. Pretty hoppy, not like IPA level but still strong hop presence overall in nose and taste.

Photo of bjohnson
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darkish amber color with red hues. Excellent pillow like one finger head with pretty damn good retention. Caked on lacing.
S: Slight fruit hop notes with a sweet caramel background. Toasted grain notes also.
T/M: Fruity hop flavors combined with a sweet malty backbone. Pretty smooth and coating through the mouth. Slight carbonation zing towards the finish goes right into dry slightly bitter aftertaste. Balance is more fruity hop notes than malt flavors. Ringwood yeast is noticeable a bit into the aftertaste.
D: Drinkable session-like red with a pleasant palate.

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Runabout Red Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.