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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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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2008

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kinda like training wheels in craft brew, Saranac is great for getting beer drinkers ready for more complex and diverse beer styles. However they tend to keep it pretty safe, which isn't a bad thing. Appears a traditional deep caramel red hue with light beige head forming nicely above the rim of the glass. The head retention is decent and comes complete with minimal scattered lacing. Smell of this brew carries mild metallic qualities witha mineral water like quality. The cereal grains amongst the party carries caramel and biscuity wheaties notes with a touch of herbal hop in the finish. Flavor is mild slightly tart and metallic with a touch of acidity amongs a sweet rolling malt profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied a tad heavier than most michelob "craft" styles. Drinkability overall is solid something I would buy due to affordability and quaffabillity definitely falls in the session beer category all adorned with an Irish flag on the six pack holder.

Photo of Stimack
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seeing that this was new I decided to pick up a 6 pack. The brew pours to a nice copper color with a thick off white head that has good retention and has left a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is malt, slight caramel and sweet along with a aroma that seems to come with a majority of Saranac brews, must be from their yeast strand. The flavor is very similar to the aroma, caramel though you do get a toffee note. Besides what was mentioned I am not picking up much more. This is a fair brew from Saranac, good for the price. The one thing that I notice is that I get a lot of the same aromas and flavors from a wide variety of their brews.

Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a redish hue. Fluffy white head with excellent and laceing. Body is thin and carbonated. Aroma is of sweet malts. Nice but on the weak side. Taste is a mix of sweet malts and fruits. Little bit of spice in the finish. Nice!!

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted scent that boasts of pale and roasted malts. There is a mild hop bitterness as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, crisp flavor that boasts of pale and roasted malts. It's pretty straight forward with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker that pretty close in style. That said, it's not a very interesting beer, but nothing Saranac brews is.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - more copper color than it is red, with a good sized white head of foam that left good lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma with that Saranac yeast smell.

T - sweet and malty from start to finish.

F - medium bodied with a mild smoothness.

D - at 4.5% abv it would be pretty easy to session this beer.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse. Appears a clear orange in my pint glass with an off white head that quickly disappears. This beer is not big on aroma or flavor, but I could drink the hell out of it. All of a sudden I looked down and my glass was half empty. Now I wouldn't call it bland, the flavors are just more subtle than most craft beers. There's a mellow caramel and white bread taste with a hint of spicy hops at the end. I guess this is more a local competitor to Killians - I pick this every time.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love the Irish flag on the main label and neck label.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear deep copper hue with a soft two finger off-white head that falls to a thin layer which lasts throughout. Nice thick lacing sticks on the sides of the glass. Aroma is heavy on the malts with bread and muted hops. Caramel and crystal malts with some toasted grains as well. Taste starts with some nutty flavors and sweet caramel followed by a slight metallic sting. Midway, watered down dark fruits and chewy grains emerge. Pale malts and dry earth in the aftertaste, better than Killian's, but still lacking on the tongue. Pretty creamy light to medium body with a mild carbonation. This is a session beer that I would have no problem enjoying on St. Patty's day. Hopefully it'll be an option on tap in bars around here come March. At $6 a six-pack, you can't go wrong.

Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

Appearance: Amber red color. Head is relatively thick and foamy when it pours, and diminishes quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing in the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts, relatively delicate smell. Slightyly fruity.

Taste: Standard to the Irish Reds. Malty with a little bit of hops bitterness and some peatiness to it. Not as sickeningly sweet as Killians. It falls in line with the Hooker or Sam Adams Irish Reds.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty smooth going down, despite a little bit of astringency after the finish, but nothing too offensive.

Drinkability: Sessionable and light enough not to be too overwhelming. This roughtly reminds me of a homebrew American-style Amber Ale I've made, in the Fat Tire style.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a ton of reviews of this so far- surprising. Been seeing it around for just a couple weeks.

Pours a muddy orange with a nice head that lasts long enough with good lacing and a nice thin film of head staying on top after a few minutes.

Aroma is fairly substandard- too much metal and soap for it to be appealing at all. No hop aroma and just a faint hint of crystal malt but both are comletely overridden by the smell of aluminum.

Taste is nice and creamy with a lot of the flavor coming from the middle-range crystal malts. I think this would be my perfect "3.5" where it's definitely above average, with a solid flavor coming form good use of the ingredients, but it falls just short of being really appetizing. A little bit of a wheat flavor in there too with the residual sweetness you'd find in German wheat beers.

Mouthfeel, while usually my biggest complaint when drinking Saranac, is pretty appropriate for the style. Not too much of a soda-like consistency like with other beers (although I am drining this beer at room temperature while all my other Saranac reviews have been of cold beers). Mostly a medium body that molds well with the hop bitterness and crystal malt flavor. I'm enjoying drinking it. It's not a half bad Irish Red and I'd like to order up a couple of these for my friends on tap if I ever see it.

Photo of yesyouam
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Irish Red Ale is a very clear amber ale with a small off-white head that fades. It has a malty, grassy, slightly sweet, fresh aroma. It's pretty light bodied and very carbonated. It's simple and crisp. It's pretty nicely balanced-- starts a tiny bit sweet, but the finish is dry. This is squarely a session ale.

Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a thick foamy head into my pint glass.

Aroma is light and full of sweet malt with a hint of caramel in the nose.

Taste is sweet with a hint of caramel upfront followed by a very light hop bitterness. Inoffensive and goes down easily.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but the carbonation level is just right in this beer. Caramel lingers but otherwise, not much else at the back of the throat for flavor.

Let's see, smooth and easy to drink. Obviously a decent session ale. Even with the thin mouthfeel, this would be a decent beer to have a few of. I like it.

Photo of kkosmoski
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Longneck poured into a Saranac pint glass. If I have their dating encryption figured out, this appears to have been bottled less than two weeks ago - nice. Airy off white head that appears to be falling at a decent rate on top of a perfectly clear light red colored ale. Some lively carbonation rising up. Aroma is dominated by malt - heavy caramel and toffee - hops are absent. Bready flavor to start off, followed by some sturdy caramel and toffee and balanced off with some bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and thin with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good - very light feel makes it go down easy and flavors are pretty laid back.

Have to say I was expecting more from this ale. It was definately on the light side of the Irish red ale spectrum. This was very fresh when consumed, but the flavors didn't pop like I thought they would.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got try this as a part of the new "What Ales you?" mixed 12 pack.

Pours a nice mahogany color with a good amount of head and tons of effervescence. Smell is nutty with a touch of caramel notes in there. Taste is very smooth and has a creamy mouthfeel to it. Has a nice body, some nice bready and caramel tastes in there. Finishes clean and is very drinkable. While not spectactular, this Irish Red is well above average.. another solid addition to the Saranac line up.

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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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