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Saranac Irish Red Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Irish Red AleSaranac Irish Red Ale

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2008)
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4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.43/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
4.31/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Utica_Brew_Review, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

MichaelStoutBeard, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of TDWynne
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

TDWynne, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of hopsgirl35
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. :)

hopsgirl35, Sep 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Ablackbrew, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

tugdriver7, Feb 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

woodychandler, Jul 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

1BadblueSS, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

probert, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Anew, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

flannelandbrews, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

beerborn, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

JCFinn, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

dmamiano, Mar 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

CountJustinian, Mar 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

maketheheartglad, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

tpauer, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of bsend
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bsend, Mar 26, 2009
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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.