Saranac Irish Red Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Irish Red AleSaranac Irish Red Ale

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2008

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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of EersandBeers
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Brian15
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of henskejk
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of williahd
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jmw4437
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SqueeCantCook
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz Bottle into a pint glass.

Overall: I bought this while mixing a six pack at a local beer store. I had seen it around for a few months and decided to give it a shot. Being a fan of Saranac beers and a bigger fan of Irish Reds, I had somewhat high hopes for this beer. But alas, I wasn't impressed. Not saying its a bad beer, but its not a great beer either.

Appearance: Against the light, it has a very nice rust orange/copper/amber color. Caramel-y almost. Very little white creamy head that fades quickly. Little to no lacing. Head fades to a thin film on the top. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Not much on the nose here. Fairly clean. Slight yeast. Some metallish notes, but not in a bad way.

Taste: Some maltiness up front, but overall, not much going. Finish hangs around for a bit. After tastes of caramel and malts.

Mouth feel: Pretty nice mouth feel. Creates a nice coat on the tongue that sticks for about a minute or so after you've tasted it.

Drinkability: Its not heavy. One could drink a few of these without realizing it I would say. Goes down easy, not very filling either.

Give it a shot.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Smallish off-white head. Coppery red with small bubbles rising in the beer after pouring. Leaves some lacing.

S- Malty up front, touch of floral hops, maybe a hint of sour berries.

T- Malt with a touch od caramel and roasted grain. Bitter flkash. A little too much sugar sweetness for the style.

MF- Medium light body. Well carbonated, but not overly.

O- Decent beer. Suffers a bit from too much sweetness.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FrankShirley
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bishopdc0
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a typical Red through and through it poured deep red in color is has a very nice color but absolutely no head remains after a few seconds much like a soda. The aroma is of malt and grains but nothing distinctive. The tastes begins sweets and as the carbonation builds it drys and leaves a grain taste on the tongue. For the price its drink increases but overall doesn't stand out.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz served into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with an off-white head. Bubbles form a collar with little to no lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet crystal malt, some raisins, yeasty, toasted caramel, dried grass.

T - Slightly roasted grain, sweet and nutty, simple sugars, apple and plum undertones, faint citrus, grassy hops on the back end.

M - Soft fizzy carbonation, thin body, finishes wet.

Aroma was pretty good. Would have liked a little more ummpgh in the flavor department. Nothing bad but nothing too exciting. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Served at 45 degrees.

A- Pours a caramel water hue that sits a clear amber in the glass. A decent cream color fizzy head. Good amount of carb present that leaves wisps of foam and ring.

S- Lots of rich sweet toasty malts. Fresh baked bread, spiced rum cake, figs and candied apples. Smell is pretty appealing.

T- Sweet and semi- sharp apple cider with spice in the end. Falls away from the aroma profile in many aspects. The rich notes detected in the aroma are so faint, they go unnoticed.

M- Too thin and watery to hold the flavors. Sharp and sweet notes linger for a bit on the palate.

O- A drinkable Irish Red Ale, but could really use a bigger body to give it more depth. Nothing special and would only drink again if not much else.

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3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Stimack
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 4122274000716. Sampled on March 14, 2009.

The appearance is a translucent deep ruby red with virtually no head. Malts are the key aspet of the aroma followed by something sweet. Medium mouthfeel. The malts were not as evident in the flavor as that of an overripe fruit, weak hops and a dry finish. Adequate.

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3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, light, copper-auburn coloring with a filmy coating of off-white head clinging to the surface. Aromas of roasty caramel and toffee malts that are rich, but balanced. Flavors are smokey and roasted initially, with a sweet, rich caramel backbone that is both tangy and slightly bitter. Sweet, buttery and caramel tangy aftertaste that leads to a slick, sweet, and slightly cloying finish. Not bad for the style, but overly sweet for my tastes. A bit more balance would make this one a great go-to for an Irish Red.

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Photo of mnrider
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.

A: Bloodish red color with thin white head which does not last long. No lacing.

S: sweetness from the malts with grains and a bready smell.

T/M: Well balanced and medium bodied. Nothing stands out really. Hops and malts are small but there. Smooth but a bit watery.

D: easy drinkability. Still nothing i'd get again. Not bad just decent.


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Photo of mjaskula
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jwale73
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, half inch, tan-colored head that quickly disperses into a tight, bubbly band around the edges - no lacing on this one. Nose is almost non-existent but suggests a light, malty body (perhaps caramel malt) and a slightly metallic quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, a slightly skunky quality is expressed towards the middle and the metallic character resurfaces at the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lively, assertive (almost prickly) carbonation and some astringency. It's definitely drinkable, but really not all that impressive. A swing and a miss - no need to try this one again.

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