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Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Runabout Red AleRunabout Red Ale

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

TrixieBean, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of mainlyale
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

mainlyale, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of trotnixon
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

trotnixon, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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 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
Photo of dsurette
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has great color and a good nose. You definitely know it is beer that you are drinking - it is a bit heavy. Head is a bit weak, but overall flavor is well-balanced with slightly more malt over hop taste. Very drinkable - nothing overpowering.

dsurette, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +18%
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.

oberon, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of dickroop
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at the Bog Tavern, Waldoboro.

Poured a deep coppery amber with minimal head but pleasant lacing.
Minimal aroma, but spirited taste. Nicely hopped, mostly piney flavor notes, relatively simple, and a clean, bitter finish.

Zingy carbonation produced a zesty mouthfeel. Medium body with minimal stickiness. This is a tasty bev, not heavy, highly drinkable, easily sessionable. D-lite-ful.

dickroop, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

smcolw, Aug 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

briandaube, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

erosier, Jul 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

CSeavey64, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

obi_wan_knope, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Maineraidah, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of asabreed
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

asabreed, Aug 14, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

jmz62565, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Zythophile512
3.92/5  rDev +12%

Zythophile512, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of jondeelee
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber with a thick head into my glass that fades not too long afterward. Definitely an amber ale.

Faint hops and biscuit malt in the nose. Bit of pine/citrus lingers from the hops.

Buttered malt upfront with a kiss of hops. Crisp. Chewy. Very easy-going ale here.

Ditto for mouthfeel. Lingering buttered malt with the hint of hops. Very good.

I like this example. Easy to drink and toasty to boot.

Brad007, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a medium-sized tan head. Fades somewhat quickly. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Quite malty with mainly caramel and bready malts. A little bit of herbal and fruity hops.

T: A little herbal and grassy hops up front with a bit of caramel. Toasted bread in the middle and then fades out with graininess and some tea.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Not watery at all for 4.4%

O: An unremarkable but decent red ale. Simple and drinkable while staying true to the style. Sessionable for sure. I quite enjoyed it to be honest.

Dope, Aug 17, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive deep amber color with a thin, loose head in a sort of Pepsi tone that lasted all of 30 seconds, leaving nothing behind. Decent but not powerful aroma of caramel, brown sugar, raisins and black olives (?). Tastier than I expected: the caramel was quite mellow, and the sugar in the aroma nearly disappeared in the taste. The malt flavors were very smooth, and the body had a reasonable amount of density to keep things from getting too thin. Lightly carbonated. There was a slight hoppy sting at the finish but nothing overstated as sometimes happens in this style. Certainly not a spectacular beer but I'd absolutely drink another one, especially at its low price. Nice label, too.

gfreed, Jan 03, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a typical amber color with a fingers worth of sticky head that retains well

S: Nice and malty, mostly caramel malts with a little sweetness. Not much hop character, but what is there is some earthiness

T: Follows the nose, sweet and malty with mostly caramel and then some slightly earthy hops in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth

O: Not the most complex beer, but it certainly hits the spot and would pair well with most of their food. Definitely should be on the malt-lovers beer list

BEERMILER12, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

PaBeerLover, Jul 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

dsm45, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

ale207, Dec 14, 2011
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Runabout Red Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.