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Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

just a little on the generic side, this well made red is a fine offering, but isn't particularly engaging. it looks like a classic red, smells like one, and tastes pretty much like you would expect it to, with very little deviation from the style conventions. clear dark amber in color, with a fluffy white head looks enticing enough. smells like sweet red malt, lots of residual sugar, and more like lager yeast than ale yeast, sort of got that Vienna lager complexion in its taste as well. dry for all the sugar in the finish, definitely malt forward, although there is better hop balance than the nose gives away. very lively carbonation keeps this drinking light, but it cant hold my attention longer than a pint.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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'

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of taez555
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat murky amber-copper body with a couple of fingers of offwhite head. Aroma is by no means overpowering, and includes hops and yeast. Bitterness and citrus dominate the flavor, with some malt. Actually more well-ballanced than initially thought. Leaves a fair bit of lacing as you drink. On the lower side of medium-bodied. I wasn’t sure what to think of it at first, but it grew on me. Would I get it again? perhaps. But I’ve had better "reds", most notably Casco Bay...

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; reddish amber; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: sweet, floral;

T: malt sweetness and earthy hops from start to finish; light bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little boring, but would pair well with a lot of food;

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Photo of jmz62565
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Runabout Red Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.