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Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Runabout Red AleRunabout Red Ale

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-19-2012 23:18:26 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

07-18-2011 17:21:04 | More by mikesgroove
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

10-18-2003 22:33:47 | More by oberon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +27.1%

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.

11-06-2011 17:16:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

08-21-2013 13:33:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

08-09-2009 19:24:09 | More by smcolw
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-01-2013 19:07:24 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.4/5  rDev -31.4%

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.

05-03-2006 22:32:17 | More by jdhilt
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-18-2014 23:36:37 | More by PEIhop
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Zaphog

Michigan

3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-25-2012 22:43:48 | More by Zaphog
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Brad007

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

04-13-2012 01:40:08 | More by Brad007
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-23-2013 17:28:33 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Durge

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

11-16-2011 04:26:03 | More by Durge
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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'

04-14-2005 19:55:55 | More by francisweizen
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

07-01-2012 17:50:32 | More by puboflyons
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -12%

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.

11-17-2012 04:03:37 | More by VelvetExtract
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.08/5  rDev -12%

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.

11-04-2010 22:43:52 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-25-2013 08:35:47 | More by jaxon53
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Dicers

Texas

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-01-2014 05:03:58 | More by Dicers
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

08-17-2012 03:33:51 | More by Dope
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-22-2014 22:00:45 | More by Chaney
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-02-2009 22:59:07 | More by thekevlarkid
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

05-19-2012 18:56:56 | More by KTCamm
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

05-10-2010 13:31:45 | More by Jayli
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-23-2013 00:10:05 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Runabout Red Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.