Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 48
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 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 Mikec1115
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poared from bottle with a red/amber color. The thin head dissipated quickly with no lacing. Almost no noticable fragrance. It tasted OK with an expected malty tone but for the most part the taste was underwhelming. Good mouthfeel but left a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Not much to write home about with this brew.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from VanillaMike. Thanks Mike!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a beige head that lasted for most of the glass leaving here and there spots of lacing.

S - mostly caramel malt with a bit of earthiness.

T - malty for the most part with low bitterness and a bit of a metalic taste.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - the metalic taste got to me after a while but it may have just been my bottle.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-A body of haze. Amber colored. Mild head. Plenty of lacing.

S-Sweetness is king. Apple juice. Aroma is quite mild. Might it be old enough that the hops have burnt away?

T-Sweet bread and faint hops. Malty, inoffensive and unmemorable.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. Not really bitter.

O/D-I already forgot what beer this was. Really though, this was a maltier brew with its minimal bright spots.

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 WhiteHillsStore
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a nice amber color with a thin head. The smell was a bit on the sweet side with a lot of grain scents coming through. The taste was very mellow with malt in the beginning and then a clean hop finish. Overall it was enjoyable, but forgettable.

Photo of rorykanderson
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark amber color. Balanced malty taste is followed up with a clean, slightly hoppy finish.

Photo of taez555
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured an orange/red body with a small white head.

Nose had distinct smells of husks, strong butterscotch, caramel and this smell I can't quite place my finger on, but it's this off flavor, almost garbage or perfume like.

Taste is light to medium bodied with a fine grainy taste from begining to end. Nice and sweet with touches of fresh cereal and caramel malt. Rather bitter with a slighly more intense bitterness than malt backbone. Hop taste Rather hoppy with a mix of flowers, strong astringent citrus peel and citrus juice.

Nothing spectacular, just a solid american red ale.

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 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 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 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 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 francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light/reddish amber brew with a small head of off-white foam and minimal lacing. Aromas are strong, sweet malt driven, with not much hopping to be found. Taste is malty and sweet, with subtle hopping again. Very malty, smooth and drinkable. Really not a bad little red ale. UK styled and easy drinkin'

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

Out of a bomber this beers was a reddish amber color with a cream colored head. The one-finger of foam did not retain very well at all but did leave some sticky lacing. The aroma, dominated by caramel malt and nuts, was almost exactly like their blueberry ale! The flavors were of toasted malt, biscuity malt, nuttiness a mild cellar-ish quality and a bitter, herbal hops finish. The mouthfeel was good (but not quite smooth), the body medium and the carbonation average. Like many of Sebago's product line, I found this beer very average all around.

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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-orange color with great clarity. Cream colored head settles to a thin cap. Lacing forms jagged rings.

S: Malt forward and fruity nose. Caramel and lightly toasted grain are the main attraction. Cherry juice and sweet berries are well established too. Maybe a pinch of cocoa. Very faint grassy hops.

T: Wave of caramel at the outset. Hints of toasted grain and toffee, but the caramel taste holds the focus as it builds and develops. Very subtle nutty/cocoa flavor. Tame spicy hop character for balance. Sweet cherries and red berries. Hollow grainy finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and slick with a chewy quality. Low carbonation. Smooth enough.

O: An easy beer to drink, if not just a little too ho-hum. It's a very safe red ale, but the pitfall of safe reds is that they tend to be bland and boring. Falls a little flat on the finish as well.

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

Had this at the Scarborough location
Consumed 4/27

A: This beer pours a nice copper color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving spotty, wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of rich caramel malts, grain, and a hint of floral hops.

T: Taste starts with some pale malts and grain then moves in to a light hint of caramel malts. Hints of toffee come in here and the finish is of light piney hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp start and then gets rather creamy.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not a bad beer, but I'd opt for others of the style.

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

Sebago Runabout Red Ale is a clear, deep golden beer with a yellowish off white head that has nice retention. It has a lightly sweet, fruity aroma. It has a smooth medium body with a dry, slightly sticky finish. The flavor is simple and nicely balanced. It's lightly fruity with a green bitterness. Ayuh.

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

Almost slipped over the gunwale with this one on 7/29/2004 on a visit to Portland, ME with the usual suspects. 16-0z. pour in the typical pint glass.

No head whatsoever. I have a feeling the glass it was poured in had just come out of the hand washer as the thing was just stone silent with no action on top at all, which I found slightly disconcerting. Granted, the place was humming when we were there, but at least get the soapy residue off the glassware. Coppery vermilion hue was crystal clear. Juniper and cranberries at nose, and a pooled clover seemed to well up from its depths as the ale warmed. Jumpy tartness with a bit of rosehip sweetness were the primary factors to taste, with a fairly clean malt finish. This was a very smooth offering, and light-bodied overall. It made for a great session ale for a good two hours or so.

Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found on cask at the Sebago Scarborough location this red ale looks an orange copper color, deep but fairly clear. It sports a hefty but fine light tan colored head with a hint of a mahogany tinge and nice lacing. The nose detects a pleasant woodsy malt with just a touch of grassy yeast. Nothing special but nothing bad at all. The flavor brings toffee malt and a slight nutmeg spice over mild leafy bitterness. It’s modestly carbonated but quite adequate for a cask ale. The body is medium with a bit of a chalky or resinous feel. It’s easy drinking though the flavor doesn’t excite me. Not bad though. I feel, like with many reds, that they are sort of a nether-ale. Not profoundly defined or overly tasty until you get into imperials where hops and malt both typically become more pronounced. But this is not a bad deal, especially with some fish and chips, as was the case this night.

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.

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Runabout Red Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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