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 BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pearljam118
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet sugary toffee notes--as the label declares--and buttery popcorn (?) softens the nostrils... handsome clear amber red body with thin, white head that embraces the pint glass... medium-bodied, effervescent--balanced around the mouth and tongue... a bit of roasted malt and sweet candied sugars produce a rather flavorful, American-style ale...not much difference betwen this "Irish" ale and the average American "amber"--mellow, compatible with many dishes, and easy drinking enough to pound--clever marketing for the St. Patty's Day rush? A nice surprise in the Saranac "What Ales You?" 12-pack...

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice red color, perhaps one of the reddest beers I've seen. The head, off white, is very nice, though there is no active carbonation. Just a little lacing. Great Clarity.

S: Not particularly powerful, notes of caramel, grains and a little fruitiness.

T: A lot of grains to me. Some caramel, but overall the taste is very one dimensional.

M: Very, very thin.

D: Very drinkable, a good St. Patrick's day session ale.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Offa
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brownish amber, medium tan head steadily shrinks ti wisps and foamy ring.

Aroma mild wet wood, bread crust.

Taste is nice toasty caramelly bread, hints of wine, wood, earth. Moderate sweetness with mild bitterness. Feel is a touch thin. A simple but enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saranac Irish red has a ruby colored body with a small head that is made up of large bubbles; the head disappears pretty quickly, leaving no lacing behind.

The aroma has a bit of hops and a lot of toasted malt flavor.

The taste is better than I expected. Caramel and lightly toasted malts make up most of the flavor, but a little bit of hop bitterness balances it out. Overall I will say that this is a solid beer, especially for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very low on the carbonation.

Saranac Irish Red is a fairly drinkability, enjoyable beer. A lot of beers around here have Saranac or macros to choose from, so I will always be happy to see this Irish Red on tap.

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Photo of travisnd
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've only been able to find one 6 pack of this beer and it was well worth it. One of the best Irish Red Ale's I've had that didn't break your wallet, but now I can't seem to find it anywhere. Compared to Sam Adam's or O'hara's, it is hard to beat based on price and taste. Another quality beer from Saranac!

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Photo of animal69
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear deep reddish-brown color w/ a thin off-whitehead which rapidly dissipates leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; a rather weak smell, some steely, caramelish grain with hints of toasted nuts and a very faint dark fruit presence as it warmed ; taste is very similar to smell, but with a bit more nutty flavor w/ a bvery well-balanced hop-malt flavor, a slightly tart,yet crisp finish ; a light body, dry and very well carbonated ; a very drinkable brew, and much better than most irish reds available..

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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!!

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color, but the head is a bit disappointing; only about 1/2 finger that doesn't keep, although it does keep a light froth/light lacing.

Aroma is fairly malty with a bit of graininess and a little bready sweetness.

Flavor is well balanced. Not a ton of flavor, but what is there is decent. Some crystal/caramel malt and a bit of herbal hop. Finishes clean for the most part; maybe just a bit earthy/grassy.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Goes down easy, nothing off. Very drinkable, just not overly exciting.

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Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was a gift from a friend. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a reasonable off-white head. The beer is reasonably clear, and the reddish color is moderately intense. The aroma is quite good...nice bread-crust and lightly roasted, crystal and caramel up front. This is backed with a little herbal hop flavor, but the malt dominates. The taste is initially sweet, with a continuation of the toasted-bread theme. Hop bitterness is pronounced in the finish. The taste has a metallic characteristic that's not fantastic, but is also not overly distracting. rinkable, but maybe a bit heaftier than necessary. Reasonably good overall.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

Pours an amber red, cherry red to the light, with a white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of equal parts light sugary malts and subdued floral hops. Maybe a hint of yeasty tartness.

Taste is faintly bitter and then a bit citrusy. The malts are bready and the hops are very subtle. A bit coppery in the aftertaste.

Feels moderate, mild tingly carbonation throughout.

Good sipper, not much to dislike about it. Would be easy to session but not quite great.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a reddish hue. There's a 1/4" of foamy head. Good retention. The nose has notes of caramel malt and a diacetylic creaminess. The taste is much the same; creamy, caramel, smooth. The mouthfeel is smooth, light, and mildly carbonated.

Not bad. Overall, well rounded and smooth. Not a bad take on the style.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #70
Served On: 9/30/2011
Glassware: Mug

Another one from the 2011 Saranac 12 Beers A-Falling 12 pack (An Irish Red in a fall seasonal mixed pack? - whatever).

Look: Darker copper with tinges of red. Head was off-white foam with tight bubbles.

Smell: Earthy spice notes and roasted malts. Not too much else going on in the nose.

Taste: I was surprised by the taste on this one - given the mediocre aroma. Spicy caramel notes hit first with a biscuity quality in the middle. The spiciness returned briefly inside a watery finish. The aftertaste was a semisweet butterscotch.

This was an ok beer. I have yet to find an Irish Red that is real impressive. I guess this was on par with typical Saranac offerings – very drinkable and nothing too extreme.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle (lots of numbers on the bottle, no date I could find) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Dark orange-red with light tan foam that is very persistent across the top of the beer. Some lacing noted as I drank it down.

Smell: Some roasted malts...a little cleaner though at the end. What am I looking for here?...A bit of a hoppy lager smell. Not very strong in the smell dept.

Taste: Malts up front followed by a quick metallic taste, then some bitterness and a crisp finish. There is some biscuity aftertaste. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue, about water thickness - not bad, not good; just there and okay.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - goes down easy and quickly and went nicely with a simple fish meal. There are other Irish reds out there I enjoy more though. Still, if it was available, I'd take it.

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Photo of billybob
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium brown or dark copper, short head leaving rings of lace with each sip. weak caramel nose. taste is sweet malt with a light caramel otherwise a little bland. mouthfeel is light and good carbonation. basic red ale nothing that grabs your taste buds and says this is really great.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of Squire
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a bright, clear coppery orange color. An mild off-white head forms, resting at just under one finger. It dissipates somewhat quickly but does leaves a touch of thinnish lacing around.
Caramel malts with grainy notes and a touch of hops and yeast notes make the aroma, along with earthy, grassy hints.
The same goes for the flavor. It's a straightforward red that could use a bit more strength and depth but certainly isn't bad. A decent hops presence balances the grainy malt. There's a touch of light fruits in the flavor as well.
The body is medium with a crisp bite and a modicum of smoothness. Carbonation is moderate.
While this one isn't stellar and could use more depth, it's a solid representation of the style and quite drinkable.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-clear deep amber copper color. One finger white head dies down rather fast. Spotty lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S- Some nutty aspects to the front of the nose. Light roasted malts along with caramel highlights throughout. Some alcohol in the back end of the aroma tingles the nose.

T- Sweet caramel malts in the front. Watery roasted malts in the middle. There is no hops in the flavor at all which threw me off. Cereal style grainy flavor. Sweet alcohol in the back end of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Cabonation is good for the style. Sweet malts on the palate with some cereal grains on the aftertaste. Clean tasting throughout.

D- This was one of my first stabs at Saranac and don't know how I feel about it. It is a step above BMC but not by much. Will try others from the brewery but don't know if this is one I will revisit.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Warm, deeply reddish copper – almost leaning to brown. A nice color for the style. Clear with some small rising bubbles. Short off-white head drops fast. Very minimal lace.

S: Caramel and malty sweetness with a hint of toffee and with some faint darker roast to give an edge of dryness. All in a fairly clean manner. Impression of herbal hops lends a soft & pleasant tea-like aspect.

T: Caramel and toffee malts with restrained sweetness & a toasty edge. Balanced by an edge of dark roast malts – more a dry darkly toasty impression than significant roasty
flavors. Malts are also balanced by a pretty good dose of herbal and softly grassy hops – yet balanced. Pleasantly noticeable bitterness and flavor, while the tea-like aspect form nose is gone. Overall – quick caramel open with just light sweetness, turns toasty & dry without getting grainy or harsh, then pretty firm hops fill in & last into the finish along with some lingering, minerally, tongue coating caramel.

M: Average body with just over balanced CO2. Carries the flavors well & keeps it nicely drinkable. Even with the toasty, dry edged malts, the finish does not get too drying.

D: This is a nice & balanced IRA. Caramel/toffee without too much sweetness. Toasty dryness without much darkly toast flavors. Nicely to style and appropriately with balancing hops. Appropriate heft and strength. Well made and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish brown color with plenty of frothy off white head. Lots of carbonation as well. The smell is slightly hoppy and has that typical red ale scent. Initial taste is creamy and sweet, only slightly hoppy with a dry finish. Overall a very drinkable brew

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