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Saranac Irish Red Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2008)
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Hoagie

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

12-30-2013 13:31:41 | More by Hoagie
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +33.4%

Reviewed on 10 November 2010.

Beer paired with a stuffed pepper. Poured into standard American pint glass right from the fridge, pours a deep copper with touch of red, 1-finger head, average head retention and lacing. Aroma and taste actually come out with the same notes and levels of toasted malts, slight caramel and slight toffee. There isn't much more to say, other than this beer is extremely drinkable and smooth. It does not numb the palate, nor overpower the taste buds. This is top-shelf stuff for a cheap 4.5% beer (believe it), and I would happily stuff my fridge full of these for relaxing days if I wasn't so into tasting and reviewing all kinds of other beers. BUY THIS BEER.

11-10-2010 23:08:11 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.43/5  rDev +32.2%

From the Twelve Beers a Falling Collection 2011 12oz bottle.

Pours a clear copper red, with deep white foamy head that dissipates quickly.No lacing of the glass. No aroma to speak of. Taste is excellent, caramel malt with the lightest touch of hops to balance. One of this brewery's better offerings!

09-30-2011 02:34:25 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4.31/5  rDev +28.7%

Copper amber color with decent head and moderate carbonation. Hoppy, sweet, caramel aroma. Malty flavor. Flavors are very well integrated and balanced. Slight spice flavor and the floral hop flavor also comes through. Finishes a bit drier than it starts. Could be a bit sweeter.

08-21-2013 01:26:31 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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MichaelStoutBeard

New York

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

01-08-2014 09:25:14 | More by MichaelStoutBeard
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TDWynne

New York

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

This beer is a go to for me for the fall. I don't know why Saranac doesn't make this a stand alone seasonal. The flavor is full and smooth. It had a very clean finish which is to be expected from Saranac. One of my favorites. Very malty. Hops don't really come through which is fine. Overall one of the best Irish reds out there.

11-02-2013 04:03:19 | More by TDWynne
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hopsgirl35

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +22.4%

Appearance: reddish copper color with a medium white head.

Aroma: A nice hint of sweet malts with a small amount of hops scent.

Taste: Sweet bitterness with a caramel malt toasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed it out of the 12 Beers A Fallen pack during a football game. :)

09-26-2011 01:55:14 | More by hopsgirl35
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Ablackbrew

New York

4/5  rDev +19.4%

04-13-2012 02:43:15 | More by Ablackbrew
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4/5  rDev +19.4%

Nice deep amber to red in the glass; decent head with some lacing. Malt (lightly roasted) in the nose and in the initial taste. Little hops flavor, though the hint of bitterness helps balance the beer nicely. Great body, perfect carbonation and a nice dry finish make it easy drinking. Enjoyed it a lot. Another winner from Saranac. Happy St. Patty's Day.

02-26-2009 02:10:37 | More by tugdriver7
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-17-2011 21:34:51 | More by tclapper
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Johnnyv310

New York

4/5  rDev +19.4%

05-30-2013 05:32:41 | More by Johnnyv310
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19.4%

Another nice hook-up from local trader, tone 77, who keeps me in bottles so that I don't get CANQuested (TM) away.

From the bottle: "Did you know that Irish Reds get their deep garnet color from generous amounts of Crystal Malts? Carefully selected batches of 2-row malts are specially kilned to develop their sugars and then roasted to produce the wonderful caramel and toffee notes that accompany the rich color. You'll find the complexity and drinkability of Saranac Irish Red Ale to be second to none. Enjoy!"

My pour left me with two dense fingers of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-red (with NE-quality clarity) that makes me think of former G/Fs and women with that natural hair color that speaks to the reptilian/neanderthal part of my brain. Goo. Bup. Nose was much hoppier than I anticipated and now I cannot tell you whether that is good or bad. I like hops, sure, but necessarily in my IPAs. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and I got hops initially on the tongue, but quickly followed by a biscuit maltiness. Finish was more malty than hoppy, so it all worked out in the end.

07-21-2011 04:27:40 | More by woodychandler
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1BadblueSS

New York

4/5  rDev +19.4%

10-04-2013 20:47:16 | More by 1BadblueSS
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Anew

Washington

4/5  rDev +19.4%

12-08-2011 20:36:40 | More by Anew
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flannelandbrews


4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-06-2012 23:46:30 | More by flannelandbrews
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beerborn

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-30-2012 16:21:08 | More by beerborn
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JCFinn

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19.4%

12-09-2011 21:39:07 | More by JCFinn
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

dark reddish pour....nice tan head that leaves a sticky lacing
sweet
hints of caramel,toffee and perfectly kilned malts
taste is nice as in feel. Sweet malts prevail...malty and nice. Caramel, toffee ..some roastiness but slight.
One of my favorite style....love the malt!

03-19-2010 22:44:54 | More by dmamiano
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CountJustinian

New York

4/5  rDev +19.4%

Appearace is dark amber red, almost brown. Nice thick creamy head with slightly above-average retention. Nose is sweet and more sweet. Caramel and sugar flavors take center stage, with some secondary candied apple. Light bodied and low carbonation makes for a very drinkable ale. Overall, a pretty good showing in a generally unremarkable class.

03-24-2011 21:13:56 | More by CountJustinian
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-17-2011 16:12:55 | More by MerkurKing16
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +19.4%

12-02-2011 18:03:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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maketheheartglad

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +19.4%

02-13-2014 00:37:35 | More by maketheheartglad
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-27-2011 03:39:21 | More by tpauer
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bsend

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

The beer pours a rich, deep amber red. A proper pour provides a 1 finger soapy white head. It stayed with the beer for most of the drink.

The smell was light but I got a bit of caramelized and roasted malts back by yeast. Nothing spectacular, but standard for the style.

The taste was pretty good. Though not my favorite style, I enjoyed this Irish red. Plenty of roasted malt without a metallic aftertaste that you can experience with some of the mass produced styles.

The mouthfeel was average but adequate. It was light but coated the mouth.

The drinkability on this one was what really stood out. This beer was great for a session (unfortunate they don't give you more than 2 in the mix pack!). It was smooth, and light. I wish I could grab a twelve of this.

Final Thoughts - My current favorite of the mass produced Irish reds. Definitely pick up the mix pack and give it a go.

03-26-2009 21:11:40 | More by bsend
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

Appearance: Clear, crimson-chestnut body beneath a creamy head of bone white. Average retention and lacing.
Aroma: Clean and fresh. Yeasty fruitiness combines with caramelish malt that has a slightly roasty edge.
Taste: A moderate bitterness lets the maltiness shine. It's caramelish (medium to medium-dark) with a hint of brown sugar and a dollop of berry & apple-like juicy fruitiness. Some minor, leafy and subtly grassy (and almost mint-accented) hops add a bit of character. The finish is fairly short and dry.
Mouthfeel: Basic. Medium to medium-light in body with a standard carbonation level of around 2.5 volumes CO2/liter.
Drinkability: Pretty damned good. It's mainstream, but it still has some nice malt and hop character; and it's really nicely rounded and balanced. It's not the best Irish amber I've ever had, but it certainly hits the mark for the style. Surprisingly good. A great backyard BBQ beer!

08-23-2009 22:13:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.