Runabout Red Ale | Sebago Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
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Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Runabout Red Ale is a classic! Our Red Ale has a malty sweet taste that comes from 3 different types of caramel malt. It is a clean, well-balanced beer that started as seasonal ale that we only brewed from March until July. It was so popular with our regulars that we started brewing it year round in 2002. Our red ale is made with only two hop additions to the kettle as opposed to three in most of our other brews and the malt character shows this. Please enjoy our staff favorite!

37.4 IBU

Added by smcolw on 08-09-2009

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Reviews:
49
Ratings:
165
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
22.5%
 
 
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Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sebago. Pours red with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of some hops, caramel malt and red fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Earthy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit nicely balanced on the pallet. Finish is long and earthy. Overall it is nice session brew.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.79/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm partial to Red's and this is probably my favorite.
Look: Pours a beautiful red brown with carbonation clinging to the glass and a moderate bubbly off white head
Smell: Slightly malty and sweet on a background of piney hops
Taste: Crystal and caramel malt prevails without becoming to sweet, a light hop bitterness balances and compliments the malts
Feel: Moderate carbonation, crisp and clean
Overall: A wonderful red, malt forward with a nice balance of hops, light crisp and refreshing. Love this beer chilled down on a summer day.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque mid-deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, beige, shortlived head that leaves rings, streaks & motes of lace. Aroma is lightly malt forward brown bread, toast & thin caramel/toffee & faint floral hops. Taste is slightly more intense toasted, bready, caramel malt & hoppiness brought forth as some bitterness in the finish that lingers in the sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin but with a light coating creaminess, prickly on both the tongue & palate. I have tried this on three sperate occasions & each time the brew has been divergent in consistency. Head size, duration & lacing as well as aroma & taste seem variable over time from one purchase to another.

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Photo of Mikec1115
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poared from bottle with a red/amber color. The thin head dissipated quickly with no lacing. Almost no noticable fragrance. It tasted OK with an expected malty tone but for the most part the taste was underwhelming. Good mouthfeel but left a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Not much to write home about with this brew.

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Photo of BeerEsquire
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I would describe this as a light effervescent summer red, something an amber lover can drink when the temps outside start increasing - malty sweetness, underwhelming mouth feel, good coloring/white foam head

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a thin off white head.

Smell: Malts, hops and some grassy notes too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter malts and mild hops.

Overall: Not bad for a red ale.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; reddish amber; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: sweet, floral;

T: malt sweetness and earthy hops from start to finish; light bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little boring, but would pair well with a lot of food;

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.24/5  rDev -10%

Pours a nice amber color with a thin head. The smell was a bit on the sweet side with a lot of grain scents coming through. The taste was very mellow with malt in the beginning and then a clean hop finish. Overall it was enjoyable, but forgettable.

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a 14-ouncer on tap at Hadlock Field, home of your Portland Sea Dogs, in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber with a frothy off-white head that sticks around for a long time. Lacing is heavy. Looks good; happy to be drinking this on a frigid April day.

Aromas: Nose is kind of faint, but there's a note of maltiness and some caramel along with hop bitterness.

Taste: Very good red ale. Tastes include caramel, malt sweetness, toffee and some earthy backbone. Really good.

Mouthfeel: This has a good, sturdy body and an approachable flavor profile. Easy on the palate. Kind of surprised the IBU is so high; not super bitter.

Overall: I love a good red ale, and this is one. Really tasty set of flavors and enough complexity to keep you interested. I was bummed when it was finished, but with the low ABV, it wouldn't be too wild to have another.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-orange color with great clarity. Cream colored head settles to a thin cap. Lacing forms jagged rings.

S: Malt forward and fruity nose. Caramel and lightly toasted grain are the main attraction. Cherry juice and sweet berries are well established too. Maybe a pinch of cocoa. Very faint grassy hops.

T: Wave of caramel at the outset. Hints of toasted grain and toffee, but the caramel taste holds the focus as it builds and develops. Very subtle nutty/cocoa flavor. Tame spicy hop character for balance. Sweet cherries and red berries. Hollow grainy finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and slick with a chewy quality. Low carbonation. Smooth enough.

O: An easy beer to drink, if not just a little too ho-hum. It's a very safe red ale, but the pitfall of safe reds is that they tend to be bland and boring. Falls a little flat on the finish as well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

just a little on the generic side, this well made red is a fine offering, but isn't particularly engaging. it looks like a classic red, smells like one, and tastes pretty much like you would expect it to, with very little deviation from the style conventions. clear dark amber in color, with a fluffy white head looks enticing enough. smells like sweet red malt, lots of residual sugar, and more like lager yeast than ale yeast, sort of got that Vienna lager complexion in its taste as well. dry for all the sugar in the finish, definitely malt forward, although there is better hop balance than the nose gives away. very lively carbonation keeps this drinking light, but it cant hold my attention longer than a pint.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Runabout Recd has good thick head (not so long lasting), and plenty of lacing. The very pleasant malt and fruit aroma is a little bit different than the dry herbal taste. A very sessionable flavor, though: hops are perfectly balanced, and there is enough malt to round it all out. A well-crafted, thoroughly American brew that I very much enjoyed.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-A body of haze. Amber colored. Mild head. Plenty of lacing.

S-Sweetness is king. Apple juice. Aroma is quite mild. Might it be old enough that the hops have burnt away?

T-Sweet bread and faint hops. Malty, inoffensive and unmemorable.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. Not really bitter.

O/D-I already forgot what beer this was. Really though, this was a maltier brew with its minimal bright spots.

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a medium-sized tan head. Fades somewhat quickly. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Quite malty with mainly caramel and bready malts. A little bit of herbal and fruity hops.

T: A little herbal and grassy hops up front with a bit of caramel. Toasted bread in the middle and then fades out with graininess and some tea.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Not watery at all for 4.4%

O: An unremarkable but decent red ale. Simple and drinkable while staying true to the style. Sessionable for sure. I quite enjoyed it to be honest.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the New England Brewfest on June 30, 2012. The pour was a darker amber tone with an off-white head, some lacing, and a ruby red hue if held to the light. On the nose I found a toasted malt character followed by a little fruit and a crisp, clean hop note. The body was light but somewhat acidic or astringent. That had an impact on the flavor I believe as it came in more moderately hopped than I might have expected and less sweet and malty.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a typical amber color with a fingers worth of sticky head that retains well

S: Nice and malty, mostly caramel malts with a little sweetness. Not much hop character, but what is there is some earthiness

T: Follows the nose, sweet and malty with mostly caramel and then some slightly earthy hops in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth

O: Not the most complex beer, but it certainly hits the spot and would pair well with most of their food. Definitely should be on the malt-lovers beer list

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Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical bottle to pint glass pour.

Pours copper amber with ring of white foam. Tofee malt smell. Caramel/toffee taste with light bittering. Your standard amber/red ale. Smooth mouthfeel.

Just run of the mill - nothing bad, nothing spectacular. Certainly sessionable at a low ABV.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber with a thick head into my glass that fades not too long afterward. Definitely an amber ale.

Faint hops and biscuit malt in the nose. Bit of pine/citrus lingers from the hops.

Buttered malt upfront with a kiss of hops. Crisp. Chewy. Very easy-going ale here.

Ditto for mouthfeel. Lingering buttered malt with the hint of hops. Very good.

I like this example. Easy to drink and toasty to boot.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the Great Lost Bear:

In a pint glass:

A: deep yet clear amber colored body, slightly reddish brown with one finger off white head that lasted a good one minute; spotty, foamy lacing leaves rings

S: earthy with some light caramels and some brown sugar, but balanced with added light hops

T: didn't have much hops in the beginning but was definitely noted as the beer went down, malty caramel tasted all the way through

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It is very smooth and sessionable (nice low ABV) a sixer would be nice in the summer time. It has a watery yet sweet aftertaste and a dry finish.

O: this is a good beer to me and fairly good for its style.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sebago in Portland. Pint glass.

Color is deep amber reddish brown. One finger off white head.  

Smell is nicely hoppy, earthy, some brown sugar.  

Good amount of hops on the taste. Malty mid palate, finishes refreshing bitterness.  

Good mouth feel decent carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Agree that it's pretty much an average red ale. Pretty hoppy, not like IPA level but still strong hop presence overall in nose and taste.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found on cask at the Sebago Scarborough location this red ale looks an orange copper color, deep but fairly clear. It sports a hefty but fine light tan colored head with a hint of a mahogany tinge and nice lacing. The nose detects a pleasant woodsy malt with just a touch of grassy yeast. Nothing special but nothing bad at all. The flavor brings toffee malt and a slight nutmeg spice over mild leafy bitterness. It’s modestly carbonated but quite adequate for a cask ale. The body is medium with a bit of a chalky or resinous feel. It’s easy drinking though the flavor doesn’t excite me. Not bad though. I feel, like with many reds, that they are sort of a nether-ale. Not profoundly defined or overly tasty until you get into imperials where hops and malt both typically become more pronounced. But this is not a bad deal, especially with some fish and chips, as was the case this night.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus fruit, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but subdued hops presence. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at Harry's in Providence, poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a hazy, murky brown with red highlights. A one-finger white head with loose bubbles forms and lasts for some time. One of the better-looking cask beers I've seen in a while.

The aroma is super grassy - it's almost like smelling a freshly-mowed lawn. The hop profile is very present, with a robust earthy quality. A touch of amber ale malt in the mix, but there's not too much sweetness to this.

The taste is much more malty than the aroma. Slight hop bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't quite balance out the sweetness. It's fairly fruity, and I can taste some apricots. There might be a little chocolate at work, too.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, no doubt aided by the cask. A pretty easy beer to enjoy.

An example of a cask really bringing out aromatic elements of a beer. Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter amber, and fairly clear. Not a lot of retention or bubbles around. Decent ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some sweet malt aromas along with grain and husk wafts. As it warms, some citrus makes itself apparent.

Taste: Nice balance between darker malts, some chocolate, and lingering husk flavors, all amidst some decent fruitiness and balanced hops by the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, but a good crisp nature to the brew by the end. At first it may seem slightly watery, but then the carbonation does its work and rounds everything off.

Drinkability: A good and solid Red that I would go to again. Definitely a nice session before the summer, and probably one even better for the fall.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of malt: sugary, slightly fruity, perhaps even flowery.

The malt continues on the tongue, though here the sugars and fruits are dampened considerably from how they were presented on the nose. Primary malt flavors include caramels, dark brown sugars, perhaps a hint of vanilla, and at the end, a strong toasted grain taste lingers on the tongue, begging for another sip. What is surprising, given the initial scent, is the level of hops: while they're not present in IPA strength, they certainly give the ale a pleasant bitterness to offset the sugars, and pervade the palate with a lovely grapefruit-like taste.

The end result is a well-balanced and flavorful ale that contains a little something for everyone: pleasant sugary notes as well as light bitters. While none of the flavors are necessarily as distinct and strong as in, say, an IPA, a white Belgian, or a barleywine, there are shades of each in here, and the result is a very drinkable and accessible beer.

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