Runaway Red | Ice Harbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of dnichols. Poured into a Brooklyn tulip tumbler. Nice thick finely carbonated head with lots of lacing. A cloudy ruddy amberish liquid with light carbonation.

Smell is light sweet malt, bready with yeasty notes. Gentle floral hops mix with faint fruityness.

Taste is light sweet malty goodness with a subtle hop balance. More floral hops in the crisp finish with lingering notes of crackers and bread. A hint of sour/tannic bits

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with gently and fine carbonation.
Just enough weight to keep it interesting.

Drinkability is excellent and makes this a superb session beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice almost glowing red appearance, good clarity, good color, thin head. Aroma was irish moss and sweet malt that tends to be frequent in reds.

Good dry crispness to it, makes me think those green Washington apples, ample sweetness. Would liked to have seen a bigger hop presence, even if not being in line with a traditional red. Ended up getting a little pase and thin towards the end. Liked the first 6oz. more than the last. Would like to see an amped up version, more caramel, more hops, more substance, but it does the trick if you like a traditional red.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear bronze body. Just a touch of haze. Compacted chalky white head sticks all the way down.
Earthy, hoppy nose. Carmel peeks out around the edges.
Solid carmel/toffee malt backdrop, with some interesting layers. Turns some what fruity, in a pear-like sense. Doughy towards the middle, all the way through the finish. Buttery and nutty hues settle in the the later half. Hops finish this with some organic, earthy, grassy tones. Hints of tea afterwards.
Medium bodied, light but consistantly carbonated.
Nice amber. Sure to provide a good session.

Cheers to jreitman for the sample.

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Photo of munimula
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pbrian
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable beer. A good balance between sweet, crystal malts and mellow low-alpha hops. If you're turned off by the Ringwood profile you won't like this beer, but I think it works well with this beer, finishing the beer dry and bitter after a sweetish start.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rrock44
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it breathes away in the glass, a cloudless amber to copper color, with a modest head that vanishes leaving behind a fine sheet of lace to cover the glass. Mostly malt in the nose, some caramel candy tones and pleasant enough, with the start cloyingly sweet and the top skeletal in mouth feel. Finish noblely hopped, also bitingly acidic, dry aftertaste, drinkable but offers little to me.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a pounder pint. It is a typical red amber hue. Filtered with a nice thick creamy head that stays as long as you allow it. It has a nice caramel malt sweet nose. Flavors are rich caramel malts, many malts, with a creamy wet mouth feel. Overall this is a great representation of its category. On par with Mac and jacks amber and a new favorite.

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Photo of marc77
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick off - white and persistent head. Dark bronze / light - red hue and fairly clear. Very light earthy Willamette hop nose along w/ a sweet caramel malt aroma. Hop bitterness is moderate for an Amber and allow for the toasted, biscuit malt flavors dominate the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel w/ a dextrinous body. Finishes quite nutty and a touch bitter. This is a definitive "American Red Ale." Not a showstopper, but highly drinkable with enough depth of flavor to appeal to many types of beer drinkers.

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Photo of texascarl
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-bronze body, classic amber ale appearance. Nice if small head, medium foam

Aroma very malty, hoppy & spicy. Nice 'beer funky' nose

Medium finish, crisp body. Malty & fruity, with hoppy bite that provides the 'just right' finish. Light, crisp and tasty, easy to drink, it's a very good amber ale.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick head, some carbonation, nice red color, nose is malt, fairly smooth, good mix of hops and malt. Finish does not linger. The ABV is 5.7%.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red ale, red appearance, thin off white 1/5" head. Aroma hid that mossy, peaty red malt thing.

Nice and drier than usual, thankfully, I dislike the way a red ale can bog down the palate mouthfeel. This is an easier drinking red, not overly hopped unfortunately. This is like one step, half step maybe up from Killians. Not quite that thin, but in that vein.

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Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(at brewery, from notes) Good amber red color. Very nice malt character with moderate amount of caramel flavor. Good hop bite. Hops balance very well with the malt. Very enjoyable and luckily available in bottles at the brewery

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Photo of dwitt24
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of chugamugofsud
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of beerguy101
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red amber color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Full bodied, nicely malted with some malt sweetness. Lightly hopped, with a good sharp hop signature. Good malt and hop balance. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured an orangy-amber color, slightly cloudy looking when held up to the light. Modest white head that fled within a couple of minutes, though a nice, foamy ring endured. Nice lacing on my glass. The nose is primarily sweet malts. Elements of caramel and mild fruitiness are notable. Taste is of caramel and a little bit of pear and apple fruitiness, with a nice, crisp dry finish. Not really being an afficionado of red ales, I'm not certain of how faithful this is to the style, but it strikes me as a nice beer to quaff, and I think it would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought six-pack of Runaway Red at the brewery several weeks ago. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours and orange/auburn color and is an unfiltered hazy, especially after swirling the sediment off the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is a fruity citrus aroma with a hint of pine and a dairy scent, like ice cream.

Taste is good, with a zippy hop bitterness up front, with a sweet malt flavor, then a sweet and sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and fairly dry.

A very drinkable brew, and a style that is not real common. I would have this again for sure.

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Photo of stript
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woemad for this one. Lightly hazy red color. good basic grains, with gentle hops on the nose. A bit more hop tang on the tongue. Typical medium body. Smooth, even body, easy drinkibility.

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Photo of dnichols
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer from the tap at the brew pub in Kennewick, WA.

A: It poured a bright amber with an off-white head that produced a rich curtain of lacing.

S: It emitted a strong aroma of sweet fruity lightly toasted malts and a moderately floral hop aroma that was hidden by the smell of the malts.

T: It was dominated by lightly toasted and sweet malts that were light and not sticky. It had a good balance between the malts and hops such that neither were overpowering and the hops provided a citrusy zest to the brew rather than a bitter or sour flavor.

M: It was light to medium bodied with a sweet tangy presence in the mouth and a clean crisp aftertaste.

D: This is a happy amber...a joy to drink and one damn fine beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Runaway Red packs a luscious fruit basket aroma that’s chock full of strawberry, cherry, raspberry fruit leather, and just a bit of Kool Aide and bubblegum. Similarly, the taste has red fruits everywhere with only nominal (25 IBU) bittering and minimal CO2.

The color is hypnotic crimson with deep clarity. But my pint couldn’t offer any head or lace to speak of, which is a shame. That kind of detailing would push this one a little higher in the ranks. Still, Runaway’s taste is precisely what I believe a red ale’s should be. Very nice.

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Photo of jdense
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

follow up review, bottled version purchased at brewery, poured into unchilled pint glass, 2.15.10.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation, minimal lacing. Clear amber body, no visible carbonation. The nose features fruity (cherry) esters and bready malts, perhaps some floral hops. Taste features a bit of spicy hops, bready malts, fairly dry finish. Watery mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, which could be it's salvation, except for overall lack of taste. In retrospect, something I won't willingly order again, on tap or in bottles. Pass.

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Runaway Red from Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 24 ratings