Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Runabout Red AleRunabout Red Ale

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 142
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 6.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 142
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (666 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of Freshie
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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... (479 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of dickroop
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of dsurette
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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' (303 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (301 characters)

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