Saranac Irish Red Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,602
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
336
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.44/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 10 November 2010.

Beer paired with a stuffed pepper. Poured into standard American pint glass right from the fridge, pours a deep copper with touch of red, 1-finger head, average head retention and lacing. Aroma and taste actually come out with the same notes and levels of toasted malts, slight caramel and slight toffee. There isn't much more to say, other than this beer is extremely drinkable and smooth. It does not numb the palate, nor overpower the taste buds. This is top-shelf stuff for a cheap 4.5% beer (believe it), and I would happily stuff my fridge full of these for relaxing days if I wasn't so into tasting and reviewing all kinds of other beers. BUY THIS BEER.

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4.44/5  rDev +31.8%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
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!

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Photo of Miguel_W
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper amber color with decent head and moderate carbonation. Hoppy, sweet, caramel aroma. Malty flavor. Flavors are very well integrated and balanced. Slight spice flavor and the floral hop flavor also comes through. Finishes a bit drier than it starts. Could be a bit sweeter.

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Photo of OzmanBey
4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the beer that turned me on to Saranac many years ago, I can't believe I didn't write a review for this particular beer, basically if you like Irish Red Ale's this one blows them all away. Great taste all the way through and even retains a nice amber after taste after that last and final swallow.

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of TDWynne
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a go to for me for the fall. I don't know why Saranac doesn't make this a stand alone seasonal. The flavor is full and smooth. It had a very clean finish which is to be expected from Saranac. One of my favorites. Very malty. Hops don't really come through which is fine. Overall one of the best Irish reds out there.

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4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsgirl35
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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. :)

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4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac has been strutting their stutf with a spring case that included a pilsener and this Irish red ale. Pours red. Copper fire with orangey tones. Absolute clear perfection. A tan creamy head that fell pretty fast but you don't mind watching. Nose is biscuit and caramel. A light nuttiness and a some light hop herbal. Woody earthy hops. Drinks so easily. Dry biscuit little bit of smooth caramel and that woody herbal hop. A light fruitiness that is faint enough to remain pleasant and not lend too much sweetness to the perception. A wonderfully mild beer with an easy bitterness that just finishes it off. Lingers a touch on the tongue. Malt finishes the beer. Gorgeous color!

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Photo of Foyle
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass. A 1" off white head falls rapidly with some mild lacing. Color is mostly clear amber with abundant streaming carbonation. Aroma of malt, turned fruit, and yeasty bread dough. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly prickly with a somewhat damp finish. Flavors of cracker, bread crust, raisin, molasses with a mild earthy & herbal hop presence. Quite enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber to red in the glass; decent head with some lacing. Malt (lightly roasted) in the nose and in the initial taste. Little hops flavor, though the hint of bitterness helps balance the beer nicely. Great body, perfect carbonation and a nice dry finish make it easy drinking. Enjoyed it a lot. Another winner from Saranac. Happy St. Patty's Day.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark reddish pour....nice tan head that leaves a sticky lacing
sweet
hints of caramel,toffee and perfectly kilned malts
taste is nice as in feel. Sweet malts prevail...malty and nice. Caramel, toffee ..some roastiness but slight.
One of my favorite style....love the malt!

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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 336 ratings