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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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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
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:
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eventually512

New York

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try this ale after hearing some good things about it. I am quite impressed with it, overall. It certainly isn't earth shattering, but is a very enjoyable drink. It produces an off white head that, unfortunately, dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only a small amount of lacing. The color is an inviting and rich amber/red. It smells very pleasant ans mildly sweet. The mouthfeel is "average", fairly smooth and slightly heavy. The balance of malts and hops is very well executed creating a very satisfying experience from the start to finish of each sip. As the beer warms it does take on a slightly more malty taste. The aftertaste is also malty and lingering (in a good way). It is a very solid ale that is certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 21:13:02 | More by eventually512
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Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a good head and good lacing.

I pick up a hint of earth and malt on the nose.

The taste is a mix of earth, malt, and subtle hops that mix well without any being particularly over-powering. The finish is refreshing with a lingering taste.

The mouth feel is medium bodied. With good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 21:36:56 | More by Tinfoilrcr
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plaid75

New York

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some caramel malts, a touch of smokiness and some metal.

The taste consisted of an earthy malt with a slight smokiness and herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 23:21:10 | More by plaid75
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, reddish amber color with good clarity and a frothy, two-finger head of light tan foam. Lacing is minimal and retention isn't the best.

S: Smells sweet and slightly herbal. A bit of buttery caramel and some earthy notes.

T: Flavor is slightly bittersweet at first followed by a healthy dose of two-row caramel malt. Flavor thins a bit but carries a slightly roasted flavor towards the mildly bitter and still sweet finish. A bit watery going down, but inoffensive.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied but the finish and palate is slightly watery.

D: One could session this red at 4.5% ABV, and with a pleasant-enough malt flavor and chuggable finish, it could score high amongst non-discriminating red ale fans. A forgettable option, but worth a shot if you're a Killian's drinker looking for a possibly more economic solution.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 05:18:13 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was a gift from a friend. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a reasonable off-white head. The beer is reasonably clear, and the reddish color is moderately intense. The aroma is quite good...nice bread-crust and lightly roasted, crystal and caramel up front. This is backed with a little herbal hop flavor, but the malt dominates. The taste is initially sweet, with a continuation of the toasted-bread theme. Hop bitterness is pronounced in the finish. The taste has a metallic characteristic that's not fantastic, but is also not overly distracting. rinkable, but maybe a bit heaftier than necessary. Reasonably good overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 19:34:05 | More by Suds
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a glass mug. The beer is a brown/ruby color and has a significant amount of head, made of small tan bubbles. The aroma is a good mixture of pine and herbal hops and toffee malts. The flavor seems to taste strongly of toast; I imagine the yeast ued to brew the beer has imparted itself to the flavor. There is also a hint of bitterness form the hops. It has a medium body and noticeable carbonation. It can be felt on your tongue as you swallow. This is a pretty drinkable beer. It isn't exceptional, so I would be tempted to order something else after the first round, but I certainly wouldn't complain if I was faced with a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:58:08 | More by ToasterChef
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber brown in color with nice clarity and decent head retention.

Aroma is of toffee like caramel malts. Taste follows suit with a rich nutty malt character with a slight caramel sweetness. Earthy hop balances everything out.

The Saranac Irish Red Ale has a semi-dry moreish finish.

A beer of ideal strength for sessions. Has enough flavor to keep it interesting and is certainly very forward in the malt dept.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 14:13:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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mjaskula

New York

3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber red with a thin tan head that disappears. Aroma is bready malty and sweet. Flavor is mild, smooth, sweet, malty with a bit of carmel. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is pleasant. Easy drinking, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:57:47 | More by mjaskula
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium brown or dark copper, short head leaving rings of lace with each sip. weak caramel nose. taste is sweet malt with a light caramel otherwise a little bland. mouthfeel is light and good carbonation. basic red ale nothing that grabs your taste buds and says this is really great.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 15:01:26 | More by billybob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades fairly quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear garnet color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is light caramel with the hops balancing. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:10:46 | More by jdhilt
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice-looking beer. In a pint glass, it was a cherry amber color with a thick off-white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma a little bland, just some sweetness. Better taste, like a caramel apple. A little on the tart side. I found it to be refreshing, and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 13:23:20 | More by lordofthewiens
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:13:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Copper in color, thin white head that faded, but did leave some lace on the glass.

smell - Caramelized malts and some hops present.

taste - Nice balance beer, has a taste of malts that comes out sweet, and some hops are present here too.

mouthfeel - Medium body, Light.
drinkability - Nice tastey beer that wasn't that bad. Easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 14:44:42 | More by auxiliary
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smibroncos

New York

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear dark cherry amber, with a reddish one finger disapating head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Roaster malt, carmel, oats, leaves.

T. Sweet malt up front, some sweet maple, brown sugar. Lightly bitter floral hops followed by a sweet aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated almost fizzy.

D. A real good red ale I will have some more of these as they have just been released for the fall.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 02:18:50 | More by smibroncos
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear reddish brown with 1/4 inch of tan foam

S - caramel and grains dominate, sweet malt, caramel & peach

T - very light sweet caramel malt flavor, seems awfully watered down to me.

M/D - decent carbonation with a slightly bitter finish, nothing to exciting with this one and I don't know if I'd have it again

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 20:12:25 | More by mikereaser
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MikeBrandman

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle from the "What Ales You?" variety pack.

A - Obviously a Red ale. Pours a rich, deep amber/red. Translucent, not transparent. Very thin head, only about a finger even with a rather harsh pour and almost no lacing.

S - Not a lot to smell at all. A little bit of maltiness, but a pretty good amount of smell from the carbonation, I suppose.

T - Pretty good taste overall. Not terribly balanced, definitely more on the malty side. Very sweet, like caramel. Very little aftertaste to this, a good amount of sweetness in your mouth that lingers though. Enjoyable, not overpowering. Actually kind of underwhelming.

MF - Light and airy. You might even forget you're drinking something if it's served room temperature.

D - Definitely sessionable. Low taste, low ABV, low carbonation, definitely could go back for more, if the taste left me wanting more.

Comments: Definitely the most bland out of the "What Ales You?" pack. I'd have this as a third or fourth beer in the evening, when you're not so much drinking for the taste as the enjoyment. Goes down easy; not bad, just not that good either.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 04:41:58 | More by MikeBrandman
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albern

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's not much going on here and thus not much to comment upon either. It pours a reddish amber color with a decent slightly creamy off white head. Some retention and lacing going on too. The nose is sweet crystal malts and the taste follows suit. There is a roasted graininess and a slightly pricklish mouthfeel. It is a sweet malt, pretty low carbonation, not much else other than it is eminently drinkable and a decent beer that is none too complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 22:24:12 | More by albern
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice reddish brown color with white foam that recedes instantly. No foaming down the side.

Smells of malty sweetness.

Taste is sweet as well - caramel, blended with a modest fruit hint. The malt dominates. Finish is sweet, very mild hop bittering.

Virtually no carbonation in the mouthfeel.

This is a good enough beer to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 01:44:06 | More by KTCamm
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear copper hue with some honey highlights. A thin light tan head quickly settles to a thin cap.

A little bit of burnt caramel and only a slight touch of very herbal-like hop aromas.

Very light toasty malts, not as much caramel in the flavor as I expected. The hops add a light amount of bitterness, and add a very grassy and smooth flavor in the background. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is an okay Irish Red, maybe a little light on the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 19:13:02 | More by BeerSox
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much more impressive than a Killians or comparable. Somewhat more like an amber APA.

A= brown-amber, fair off-white head.

S= lots of hops florals up-front, whiffs of caramel & sweet malts.

T= hops florals galore, enough bitters to please an APA fan; fairly rich caramel malts.

M= clean, light bitters, plentiful florals.

D= very drinkable for most occasions and in-session.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 16:11:37 | More by therica
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with about a finger and a half of ivory colored head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves some webbing on the sides.

Smell is pretty weak and bland, with a bit of toasted grain and caramel, a light floral hop note and some wet cardboard.

Taste also has some caramel and toasted grain which stand out more than they did in the nose. Likewise with some fruity hop flavor which provides some nice balance. Flavors are still somewhat muted but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, crisp and pretty smooth with nice balance.

This is a pretty good Irish Red. Nothing spectacular but a solid and easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:10:43 | More by number1bum
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Amalak

New York

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color to it, amber, with a slight head and mild lace. Malty scent to it.

Kind of bitter/sour. Easy to drink, mild body...but lacks any real style to it. Out of Saranac offerings, I would put this on the lower end. It was too dry and lacked that malt kick that kind of came through wit the scent. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 17:22:01 | More by Amalak
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet sugary toffee notes--as the label declares--and buttery popcorn (?) softens the nostrils... handsome clear amber red body with thin, white head that embraces the pint glass... medium-bodied, effervescent--balanced around the mouth and tongue... a bit of roasted malt and sweet candied sugars produce a rather flavorful, American-style ale...not much difference betwen this "Irish" ale and the average American "amber"--mellow, compatible with many dishes, and easy drinking enough to pound--clever marketing for the St. Patty's Day rush? A nice surprise in the Saranac "What Ales You?" 12-pack...

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:37:26 | More by dacrza1
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 23:03:09 | More by Cakanator
Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.