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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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BA SCORE
77
okay

288 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 288
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2008)
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Photo of ChickenBugg
1.08/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

An Irish Red. Hmmm. Killian's tastes better than this (and at its worse, equal to).

This tastes like a glorified Coors product- almost nothing distinctive about it that sets it apart from some macro-brewed mekrob.

Appearance? Who cares when it tastes this bad. It could be a brilliant sunset red, and I wouldn't care six shades of effs.

Smell: Budweiser.

Taste: Coors Light.

Mouthfeel: live squid feels better.

It appears as though Saranac may have taken the "If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em" philosophy. So far, I have been wholly underwhelmed with all of their beers.

I can't think of anything nice to say about this, other than it is one of the many beers I would grudgingly prefer over Abita's Jockamo suckfest.

ChickenBugg, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of BobbyOlson
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

BobbyOlson, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of h4ger
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

h4ger, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ScaryEd
2/5  rDev -40.3%

ScaryEd, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of tippiecanoes
2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saranac Red Ale is unbearable (at least on my palate). It's bitter and tastes like the inside of a cologne bottle. This is seemingly what some beer advocates like; the more bitter and unbearable the tastier it is? I don't get it. Maybe it's like cheese; the stinkier and more bitter the higher the review scores? That said, if you are a regular beer drinker like I am (I drink all different kinds of beers), then you most likely will cringe at the taste of the Red Ale. It's not a beer to drink in your Adirondack Chair; it's a beer to drink when you're already wasted from a few Landshark Lagers.

tippiecanoes, May 14, 2014
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A= Dark-orange-amber to red with decent head,leaving behind moderate lacing.

S&T=Some toffee, lightly roasted malts, little else.

M=Very thin, with carbonation.

Not much to this beer, even though I have not had much in the style. And yes, I do have Irish in me, but I'll pass on this from now on.

happy4hoppybeer, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of s35keith
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

s35keith, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 12 ounce bottle (bought a 6 beers variety pack). Pours a mahogany color with a nice tall lacy head. Too dark for Irish Red. Aroma is sweet caramel malts. Body is thing but crisp. Flavor of sweet caramel malt in the beginning with barely noticeable earthy hops in the finish. Boring, characterless brew.

mikeg67, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of curasowa
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured with very little head that dissipated immediately. Has the reddish color I was expecting. Nothing too impressive on the nose; maybe some graininess and some strange sourness as well. Things don't get any better when I take a drink. Some initial sweetness and a tiny bit of bitterness, and then nothing. VERY thin, OK carbonation and a lingering graininess that isn't too pleasant. I live in NY and try and support my local brewers, but this beer isn't very good

curasowa, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a brilliantly clear bright ruby read with a foamy light beige capping. A light splotchy lacing was faint while a light visible effervesce was observed. Sadly this was the strongest point of the drink and was only average.

S: Hardly any aroma at all. Dried cherries with faint hints of dried powdery malt extract. Really weak and hardly any scent or incentive to intake makes this unimpressive.

T: The flavor faired only moderatly better with light tart cherries with a spritzy seltzer like presence. Tart dried apples skins and cores with a dried malting lacking much substance, flavor, depth, or complexity. Overall found the flavor to be plain jane, boring, and rather bland.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body while finishing fairly watery. Again not much here, stripped of body, and lacking any memoriable calling cards.

D: Really hate to hit a beer when its down but came off as a very boring and bland drink deprived off body and flavor. Undistinguishable, unmemorable and cant honestly cant recommend. Easy enough to down but certainly lacks any incentive to do so.

beerthulhu, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This has a rather dull color for a "red". It's much more like a brown ale in appearance, right along with a thin, white head that forms and then falls apart pretty quick.

The aroma is very mild, with a muddy-malt aroma, semi-sweet, herbal balance in the nose. A very mild heat can be detected under that.

The flavor is a rather mundane maltiness, sweet on the herbal side, not hefty on the herbalness but the malt complexity is pretty thin and is very close to Brown ale. The feel is flat and very light bodied, but not lively. It's not really holding my interest.

Oh well, you can't dig 'em all.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of dmmcgove
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

dmmcgove, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of bernat1971
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

bernat1971, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of BryanK
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of therealsikes
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

therealsikes, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of JayNH
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a clear reddish copper with a large foamy head. Decent lacing left on the glass.

S- Call me crazy but I swear it smells just like a Pilsner lager. Though if you search hard enough you can detect a faint toasty malt note in the background.

T- The taste only hints a being an Irish red. Bland and watery, any maltiness is MIA.

M- Thin, watery and bodyless.

D- Drinkable only because it's so bland and watery. This brew is a dud...

JayNH, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass. One of eight Irish Reds facing off in a double-blind tasting with BA EPseja. This one didn't quite make the final cut for either of us.

Appearance- Sporting a finger-thick bone white head infused with just a hint of red, this is a deep amber red and relatively light-bodied. There's not much lacing at all here.

Smell- A faint metallic aroma mingles with a touch of grain, then the malt becomes more evident ten minutes into the review.

Taste- Sweeter and more cloying than almost all of the other players in this tasting, it lacks both the firm malt backbone and the spritzy hop character that really makes this style so enjoyable alone or with food. The malt and hops are there, but just barely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Extremely fizzy and thin, the most macro-esque in terms of texture of the entire lot. The bubbles, though tiny, remain quite discernable the entire time, never easing up and becoming more smooth. This factor, more than anything, sinks the drinkability score.

yelterdow, May 19, 2009
Photo of Gmann
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a small wispy light tan head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is very light. Some sweet grainy notes as well as hint of caramel. Light metal flavors.

The flavor is of a steely caramel; sweet from the grain with bitter grain husks. Almost has an adjuncty flavor to it. Some grassy hops try to balance out the sweetness. Definitely rough around the edges, not exactly pleasant.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation; quite crisp. Very dry on the palate and astrigent.

An average ale from a below average style. Lightly sweet but more dry and oddly bitter.

Gmann, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

dgeebs07, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours on the red side of copper, thin tan head disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is caramelly, slightly nutty. Simple but decent.
T- Caramel, a bit of a tea-ish character. Slight metallic character.
M- Completely undercarbed. I suppose it's standard body for style. Lack of carbonation leaves kind of a sticky finish where it shouldn't be.
D- This was a completely underwhelming Irish Red. Didn't particularly care for it, and not a good representation of the style.

jsprain1, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Cakanator
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle from a mix pack. Pours a red brown with little head. No real aromas, thin palate with little fruits. A little spice, maybe cinnamon towards the finish. Really average with what saranac puts out. I could drink another, but I have better options.

Cakanator, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Danno48
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Danno48, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

brewdude1982, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of petermethot
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.