Friday, February 13, 2009

Beer Review: Saranac IRA

F.X. Matt Brewing Company Saranac Irish Red Ale

Finally, found a fresh six pack of the IRA. Funny that there is an Irish style beer that can be abbreviated as IRA. Where is Harrison Ford when you need him? Can't get enough Patriot Games. This brew pours a rich amber color with an average sized head. Aroma is Saranac. If you have smelled a Saranac brew before you will have a good idea what this smells like. They all seem to have a similar aroma.

The flavor is very nice. The drinkability is the first thing that strikes me as being great. This may be an ale but it drinks like a lager. The second great thing is the crystal malt. You really get the full amber flavor you are craving with this. Not overly complex but delicious. The hops are there but they only really provide bitterness and very little else. This is on par for the style.

This is a go to beer for a party. You could drink these all night and not feel full. The great malt quality is also a big plus. If you are in the mood for a drinkable amber ale you would not go wrong with this. The IRA isn't the most complex beer out there but it is tasty and drinkable. This is a great success for Saranac and I am glad they released it.

Final Score: 86% (Drinkable, Tasty, and Simple. Give it a try!)

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