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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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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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1.08/5  rDev -67.8%

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.

10-08-2012 21:46:03 | More by ChickenBugg
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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

01-17-2014 03:03:27 | More by BobbyOlson
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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

08-24-2012 00:31:57 | More by h4ger
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -40.3%

08-24-2013 16:52:51 | More by ScaryEd
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2.15/5  rDev -35.8%

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.

05-14-2014 21:35:15 | More by tippiecanoes
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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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.

09-29-2010 01:20:14 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

04-24-2012 02:36:07 | More by s35keith
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New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

12-17-2010 22:32:35 | More by mikeg67
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New York

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%

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

02-17-2009 23:57:15 | More by curasowa
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New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -27.8%

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.

04-18-2009 20:18:39 | More by beerthulhu
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New Hampshire

2.48/5  rDev -26%

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.

03-20-2009 20:40:18 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

10-14-2012 01:01:34 | More by dmmcgove
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

10-23-2013 02:38:53 | More by bernat1971
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

08-10-2012 00:36:33 | More by BryanK
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

08-06-2014 23:01:56 | More by therealsikes
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

12-02-2013 01:23:57 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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New Hampshire

2.58/5  rDev -23%

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...

03-08-2009 17:45:57 | More by JayNH
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New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

05-19-2009 01:15:51 | More by yelterdow
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

03-04-2012 00:27:32 | More by Gmann
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

09-07-2012 01:07:44 | More by dgeebs07
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

03-11-2011 03:06:17 | More by jsprain1
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

04-22-2009 23:03:09 | More by Cakanator
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West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

04-12-2012 14:18:08 | More by Danno48
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

10-07-2012 23:51:02 | More by brewdude1982
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-25-2013 21:58:26 | More by petermethot
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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.