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Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Runabout Red AleRunabout Red Ale

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: smcolw on 08-09-2009)
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Reviews by erosier:
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

erosier, Jul 14, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +18%

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.

oberon, Oct 18, 2003
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

beerhunter13, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

TTripp725, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of jondeelee
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

StevenBilodeau, Jul 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

briandaube, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

jmz62565, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

asabreed, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of skloeff
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

skloeff, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of nkersten
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

nkersten, Dec 15, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Sammy, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Damian74Shensky, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ChrisL24481, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

PaBeerLover, Jul 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

KTCamm, May 19, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

puboflyons, Jul 01, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

d_brommer_nh, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

jmilo64, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

grittly, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Zaphog, Jun 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

nitter, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Gfunk, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%

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 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.

illpass78, Apr 13, 2014
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Runabout Red Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.