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Runabout Red Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Runabout Red AleRunabout Red Ale

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80
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

beerhunter13, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Cmsalzberg, Feb 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

ale207, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of beerbiatchMD
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Durge
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.

Durge, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 06, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Served on cask at Harry's in Providence, poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a hazy, murky brown with red highlights. A one-finger white head with loose bubbles forms and lasts for some time. One of the better-looking cask beers I've seen in a while.

The aroma is super grassy - it's almost like smelling a freshly-mowed lawn. The hop profile is very present, with a robust earthy quality. A touch of amber ale malt in the mix, but there's not too much sweetness to this.

The taste is much more malty than the aroma. Slight hop bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't quite balance out the sweetness. It's fairly fruity, and I can taste some apricots. There might be a little chocolate at work, too.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, no doubt aided by the cask. A pretty easy beer to enjoy.

An example of a cask really bringing out aromatic elements of a beer. Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable enough.

amphion1065, Oct 16, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

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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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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
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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.

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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
Photo of mainlyale
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%

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
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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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 04, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

StevenBilodeau, Jul 14, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

yesyouam, Jun 20, 2010
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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.

Jayli, May 10, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%

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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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

nkersten, Dec 15, 2009
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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.

smcolw, Aug 09, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

berley31, Jun 18, 2009
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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.

thekevlarkid, Mar 02, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

DrDogbeer, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Freshie
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Freshie, Jan 12, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

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...

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 27, 2006
Runabout Red Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.