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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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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep copper. Lots of slow carbonation. Off-white film. Smell is equal parts mineral & toasted malts. Taste starts off bitter, morphing into semi-sweet crystal malts and finishing sort of nuttty and tannic. Feel is flat & smooth. Decent.

sixerofelixir, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of travisnd
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've only been able to find one 6 pack of this beer and it was well worth it. One of the best Irish Red Ale's I've had that didn't break your wallet, but now I can't seem to find it anywhere. Compared to Sam Adam's or O'hara's, it is hard to beat based on price and taste. Another quality beer from Saranac!

travisnd, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was kinda amber colored and poured a decent off white head. The beer had a nice toffee smell that Was also in the taste. This is one of those beers that does not knock your socks off but is a good all around beer. I will buy again.

Minkybut, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a reddish hue. There's a 1/4" of foamy head. Good retention. The nose has notes of caramel malt and a diacetylic creaminess. The taste is much the same; creamy, caramel, smooth. The mouthfeel is smooth, light, and mildly carbonated.

Not bad. Overall, well rounded and smooth. Not a bad take on the style.

tdm168, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #70
Served On: 9/30/2011
Glassware: Mug

Another one from the 2011 Saranac 12 Beers A-Falling 12 pack (An Irish Red in a fall seasonal mixed pack? - whatever).

Look: Darker copper with tinges of red. Head was off-white foam with tight bubbles.

Smell: Earthy spice notes and roasted malts. Not too much else going on in the nose.

Taste: I was surprised by the taste on this one - given the mediocre aroma. Spicy caramel notes hit first with a biscuity quality in the middle. The spiciness returned briefly inside a watery finish. The aftertaste was a semisweet butterscotch.

This was an ok beer. I have yet to find an Irish Red that is real impressive. I guess this was on par with typical Saranac offerings – very drinkable and nothing too extreme.

CraftBeerTastic, Sep 30, 2011
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 rdub
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 beers a fallin' variety pack poured into my Geordie Schooner. Definitely a red brew with a medium head. Malt dominates the aroma, quite pleasantly. This reminds me of a Killian's only better. This was easy drinking and quite mild. Not super complex (actually no complexity). A sold basic red.

rdub, Sep 28, 2011
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
Photo of projectflam86
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a reddish copper color with a medium sized head that leaves scattered lace.

S- The nose is semi-sweet malt with some vegetal aromas. Maybe some spice as well?

S- Much like the nose with maybe a tad more caramel. Malt upfront with little to no hop presence. Possibly some spice and an earthy quality in the finish.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation.

O- Eh, I've had better and probably won't go searching this one out again.

projectflam86, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice looking red color with a light cream colored head on top that fizzled away quickly. The smell of the beer was malty, had some light grainy aromas and some hops also. The taste of the beer had a pretty good balance of sweet and bitter to it. The mouthfeel was drinkable and went down pretty easily. Overall this brew wasn't too bad. I wouldn't say I'd buy a case but if it was offered to me I'd drink it again for sure.

Knapp85, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a clear ruby reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing is slippery and not very sticky.

S - Toffee and toasted caramel, with some dry earthy hops.

T - Grainy and earthy, with nice toasty flavors and a mild sweetness. Slightly fruity in the finish but also slightly metallic. Somewhat nutty but overall rather average tasting. Could benefit from additional hops in the recipe.

M - Clean and crisp, but slightly flat and watery.

O - Not a bad beer at all, just nothing worth seeking out (it came as part of the fall variety pack). A little more hoppiness and it would have some legs.

BeerPhan86, Aug 28, 2011
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
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is malty, a touch of caramel, just a bit of hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

tone77, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this one at Logan Liquors today, simply because of the great price. Poured a dark copper color with a generous light brown head. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt and toffee. Medium bodied and sweet, with toasted malt and caramel.

emmasdad, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap from our recently built kegerator, knicknamed Kegasus. It was a little old but I've taken it into account along with when I've had it previously but not reviewed it.

A-Clear Amber red, generous head, lacing is left behind.

S-Roasted malt, caramel.

T-Rather malty. Lots and Lost of Malt. Also some caramel is in there as well. Not much in the way of hops.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Like most everything from Saranac it is ehh. However I prefer this Red Ale to Sam Adams. With a choice between the two go with this one.

rlee1390, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Warm, deeply reddish copper – almost leaning to brown. A nice color for the style. Clear with some small rising bubbles. Short off-white head drops fast. Very minimal lace.

S: Caramel and malty sweetness with a hint of toffee and with some faint darker roast to give an edge of dryness. All in a fairly clean manner. Impression of herbal hops lends a soft & pleasant tea-like aspect.

T: Caramel and toffee malts with restrained sweetness & a toasty edge. Balanced by an edge of dark roast malts – more a dry darkly toasty impression than significant roasty
flavors. Malts are also balanced by a pretty good dose of herbal and softly grassy hops – yet balanced. Pleasantly noticeable bitterness and flavor, while the tea-like aspect form nose is gone. Overall – quick caramel open with just light sweetness, turns toasty & dry without getting grainy or harsh, then pretty firm hops fill in & last into the finish along with some lingering, minerally, tongue coating caramel.

M: Average body with just over balanced CO2. Carries the flavors well & keeps it nicely drinkable. Even with the toasty, dry edged malts, the finish does not get too drying.

D: This is a nice & balanced IRA. Caramel/toffee without too much sweetness. Toasty dryness without much darkly toast flavors. Nicely to style and appropriately with balancing hops. Appropriate heft and strength. Well made and nicely drinkable.

SickGnar, May 04, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It left minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with floral notes.

T - It tasted malty and fairly spicy with a sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light bodied ale with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Irish-style red ale. It would make a nice session ale.

zeff80, May 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have been assembling full lineups from breweries and randomly doin these horizontal tastings with my family. The saranac one from a couple weeks ago was more then epic as it took months to gather all of these, but it was a hell of a fun night! Big thanks to Alex for pulling through on the bulk of these

This was a nice little session red that I enjoyed tremendously. Nice light amber pours with a huge head of white that came up a full three fingers in height. Smooth settling left a good bit of side glass lace and a nice and even coating across the top of the glass. Interesting aroma as it started out with a nice and well rounded bready malt that seemed to slowly evolve into a grassy, herbal hop profile with a bit of a kick from the caramel. Did not seem to have a clear direction, but the taste made up for it nicely. Very smooth, nice caramel and malty tones that won me over with ease. Smooth even flavor, crisp, clean and well balanced. Smooth notes of grassy bittering hops coming in at the finish gave it a nice little drying effect and warmed it up. Very drinkable as it went down smooth and left me looking for more right away.

mikesgroove, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of CountJustinian
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
Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind only a touch of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma has elements of sweet caramel malt and some bread smells. Overall, not very powerful and pretty bland.

T - Starts off with some toffee/caramel malts with some background fruit sweetness. Touch of fruit sweetness. Through the middle only a touch of grain/bread come though, a little bland here. The finish is more of the caramel malt flavor with just a bit of hops balancing that linger slightly.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. A little bit sweet overall and the finish is a bit bland. But still fairly crisp.

D - Very drinkable. Very smooth but also fairly simple. There is not too much flavor really going on and it could have used a bit more here or there. Still a refreshing and crisp beer though.

ngeunit1, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz'r to a pint glass.

A- It looks like beer...JK, it has a nice dark amber almost chestnut color, with a frothy to finger head.

S- Malty, and sweet, caramel and dark grains.

T- Malty tingle on the tongue, with hints of toffee, caramel and touch of bitterness from the hops on the end.

M- Light bodied and crisp.

O- Overall, and good cheap Irish Red Ale.

gabedivision, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a red-tinged copper into my Perfect Pint glass with a foamy eggshell cap. The head falls to a patchwork film and leaves bits of lace behind.

To me, this comes across as a fairly standard Irish Red. Heavily toasted grain dominates. It's joined by a little bit of toffee. The bitterness is low and lemony. The toasted flavors linger into the finish, along with a slight astringency. Mouthfeel is light and dry, with about the right carbonation vigor.

This is an OK beer overall. The low ABV and light body make it an easy drinker.

Rayek, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of earthy hops and a lot of toasted and caramel malts.

The taste is better than I expected, but nothing out of the ordinary. Caramel and lightly toasted malts make up most of the flavor, but a little bit of hop bitterness balances it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very low on the carbonation, which is the only major downside to this brew. Overall a decent beer to find on tap at a bar amongst the macro rubbish.

claspada, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice red color, perhaps one of the reddest beers I've seen. The head, off white, is very nice, though there is no active carbonation. Just a little lacing. Great Clarity.

S: Not particularly powerful, notes of caramel, grains and a little fruitiness.

T: A lot of grains to me. Some caramel, but overall the taste is very one dimensional.

M: Very, very thin.

D: Very drinkable, a good St. Patrick's day session ale.

mdwalsh, Mar 17, 2011
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
Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.