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:
#43,624
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
326
pDev:
13.65%
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep copper. Lots of slow carbonation. Off-white film. Smell is equal parts mineral & toasted malts. Taste starts off bitter, morphing into semi-sweet crystal malts and finishing sort of nuttty and tannic. Feel is flat & smooth. Decent.

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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 Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was kinda amber colored and poured a decent off white head. The beer had a nice toffee smell that Was also in the taste. This is one of those beers that does not knock your socks off but is a good all around beer. I will buy again.

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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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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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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 rdub
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 beers a fallin' variety pack poured into my Geordie Schooner. Definitely a red brew with a medium head. Malt dominates the aroma, quite pleasantly. This reminds me of a Killian's only better. This was easy drinking and quite mild. Not super complex (actually no complexity). A sold basic red.

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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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2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a reddish copper color with a medium sized head that leaves scattered lace.

S- The nose is semi-sweet malt with some vegetal aromas. Maybe some spice as well?

S- Much like the nose with maybe a tad more caramel. Malt upfront with little to no hop presence. Possibly some spice and an earthy quality in the finish.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation.

O- Eh, I've had better and probably won't go searching this one out again.

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

This beer poured out with a nice looking red color with a light cream colored head on top that fizzled away quickly. The smell of the beer was malty, had some light grainy aromas and some hops also. The taste of the beer had a pretty good balance of sweet and bitter to it. The mouthfeel was drinkable and went down pretty easily. Overall this brew wasn't too bad. I wouldn't say I'd buy a case but if it was offered to me I'd drink it again for sure.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a clear ruby reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing is slippery and not very sticky.

S - Toffee and toasted caramel, with some dry earthy hops.

T - Grainy and earthy, with nice toasty flavors and a mild sweetness. Slightly fruity in the finish but also slightly metallic. Somewhat nutty but overall rather average tasting. Could benefit from additional hops in the recipe.

M - Clean and crisp, but slightly flat and watery.

O - Not a bad beer at all, just nothing worth seeking out (it came as part of the fall variety pack). A little more hoppiness and it would have some legs.

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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 326 ratings