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:
#45,180
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
336
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Man I remember these Saranac step dad tier beers going back to the late 90s. This is one of the most elite new balance tier ones of the group. Pours in a brown and dark red color, 1/2" off white head, this looks pretty decent for style. Aroma of wet malt, wood. Levels of caramel and toffee are minimal.

Taste is a mild soft earthy malt affair. Carbonation seems higher than average. Bitterness is subdued, although ironically this seems about hopped to the same levels of their pale ale (woefully underhopped for style there). Even a raisin aspect in the mouth feel. This is the quintessential red ale that hasn't been part of adventurous palates for decades. But if your step dad comes over in his big dog tshirt, he might enjoy this on his riding mower that helps keep his new balance shoes from turning green.

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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 paulish
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hunamaga
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours amber with tinges of red. It is clear with a tan colored head with low head retention.

Smell: There is a light caramel aroma with a bit of grass. There are also low levels of toast and earth.

Taste: There are caramel flavors with low levels of earth and floral elements. It has a bit of grainy sweetness to it.

Feel: It has a medium light body and the carbonation is close to the high side.

Overall, it is a decent beer with the balance towards the malt.

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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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Photo of BeenTired
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 NeckBootHeadAss
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nater919
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anacross
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Icemann383
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebeers
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with two thick fingers of off-white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Malty "lager" aroma with caramel malts, and very lightly floral hops. Very light spiciness behind, too.

The taste largely follows the nose, with some breadiness, pear and a kiss of honey added. It's still caramel-forward, yet manages to avoid being overly sweet. It's almost Marzen-like.

Medium bodied and slightly creamy with strong carbonation that leaves strong prickliness in the mouthfeel.

A fine session beer.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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