Saranac Irish Red Ale is almost a contradiction. It’s a craft beer, to
be sure, but it’s so mild that it’s most likely intended to be consumed
as a session beer. But the whole point of a craft beer is to drink it
for its quality, not quantity. Still, I’d take this over a Bud Light any
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
This beer pours
smoothly and forms a well-proportioned, off-white, foamy head. The body
is of course a dark shade of red and is quite clear with plenty of
carbonation noticeable. The scent is very subdued with only a hint of
To me, Oktoberfest and
Irish Red beers are highly overrated because they’re so plain. I was
hoping a beer of this style in the Saranac line would be better than
others of the type, but I found it to be quite standard. The bottle’s
label describes its caramel and toffee flavors yet I didn’t notice them
In fact, I didn’t notice much of anything as far as
taste. And yet, I wouldn’t go so far as to describe this beer as watery,
it’s just very mild. If allowed to warm some caramel flavor is present,
but just barely so. But at least it doesn’t taste bad.
lagers are often considered the easiest type of beers to drink, but
that’s their whole point. For a beer with real craftsmanship to it,
Saranac Irish Red Ale is as smooth as those other watered-down brewskis.
Combined with its mild taste, this is one of the easiest to drink craft
beers on the market today.
I found Saranac Irish Red Ale to be surprisingly light at only 4.5% ABV, and it certainly wasn’t a challenge on my system.
isn’t much to say about this beer because there’s so little to it. It
is a session beer, after all, and they’re meant to have the taste of a
craft beer with the body of a light. But if a beer doesn’t satisfy is it
really worthy? With Saranac Irish Red Ale I’d say yes just because it’s
not off-putting like so many plain, generic lagers and light beers are.
I’d prefer a stronger taste, but I’ll settle for drinkability.