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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,883
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
320
pDev:
13.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of MerkurKing16
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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Photo of projectflam86
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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Photo of Knapp85
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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3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another nice hook-up from local trader, tone 77, who keeps me in bottles so that I don't get CANQuested (TM) away.

From the bottle: "Did you know that Irish Reds get their deep garnet color from generous amounts of Crystal Malts? Carefully selected batches of 2-row malts are specially kilned to develop their sugars and then roasted to produce the wonderful caramel and toffee notes that accompany the rich color. You'll find the complexity and drinkability of Saranac Irish Red Ale to be second to none. Enjoy!"

My pour left me with two dense fingers of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-red (with NE-quality clarity) that makes me think of former G/Fs and women with that natural hair color that speaks to the reptilian/neanderthal part of my brain. Goo. Bup. Nose was much hoppier than I anticipated and now I cannot tell you whether that is good or bad. I like hops, sure, but necessarily in my IPAs. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and I got hops initially on the tongue, but quickly followed by a biscuit maltiness. Finish was more malty than hoppy, so it all worked out in the end.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is malty, a touch of caramel, just a bit of hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this one at Logan Liquors today, simply because of the great price. Poured a dark copper color with a generous light brown head. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt and toffee. Medium bodied and sweet, with toasted malt and caramel.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap from our recently built kegerator, knicknamed Kegasus. It was a little old but I've taken it into account along with when I've had it previously but not reviewed it.

A-Clear Amber red, generous head, lacing is left behind.

S-Roasted malt, caramel.

T-Rather malty. Lots and Lost of Malt. Also some caramel is in there as well. Not much in the way of hops.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Like most everything from Saranac it is ehh. However I prefer this Red Ale to Sam Adams. With a choice between the two go with this one.

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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 zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It left minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with floral notes.

T - It tasted malty and fairly spicy with a sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light bodied ale with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Irish-style red ale. It would make a nice session ale.

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Saranac Irish Red Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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