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Saddleback Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saddleback Ale is a crisp light all malt beer with roots from an Eastern European lager. The Czech hops balance the pale malt, revealing balance and natural drinkability. Saddleback Ale is the perfect session beer.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: lou50rp on 12-08-2010)
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Reviews by MaineBrewing:
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MaineBrewing

Maine

3.33/5  rDev +1.5%

A - poured a very pale yellow, clear, with one finger frothy white head. Lots of copious lacing synonymous with most sebago brews I get in their mix pack, definitely fresh.

S - smelled of fruity Esthers, slight citrus and a mild malt aroma.

T - taste is very crisp. Only a few mellow notes of citrus come through for hop flavor, and the malt character is barely there with some notes of bread and cereal. Doesn't have very much flavor but the crisp taste and dry, bitter finish does lend to some enjoyment.

M - very drinkable, light with crisp abundant carbonation, very sessionable.

O - overall I think it lacks in flavor. I would reach for this if I wanted a beer that wasn't going to stand in the way of my food. I wouldn't if I wanted to enjoy a tasty beer.

05-27-2013 20:43:46 | More by MaineBrewing
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -4%

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 head, gold in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and grass

Taste: grass, some caramel, and big hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone that lasts until the end

Overall: An ok to above average blonde ale. Nothing really jumped out at me for this one. I could have it again or just as easily pass.

09-19-2011 15:00:42 | More by tigg924
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

06-16-2012 00:16:46 | More by Cavanaghty
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deebo

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -8.5%

A-slightly cloudy pale straw colored with a bit of white foam
S-wheat aroma with a citrus tart nose
T-similar to the aroma
M-high carbonation that hurts the finish a bit. Light bodied. A lingering hop/malt finish
O-nothing stands out with this one. Average

12-24-2012 17:00:12 | More by deebo
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

07-28-2013 12:33:02 | More by ChrisL24481
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KTCamm

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale yellow. Virtually no foam. Very light smell, not much if anything. Very mild hop taste. Very mild taste and a little watery. Thin bodied and very unimpressive. Relatively bland.

A bit disappointing.

06-21-2012 23:25:39 | More by KTCamm
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Gfunk

Maine

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-06-2014 15:34:44 | More by Gfunk
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +22.9%

Aw snap, I bought a blonde ale. The packaging didn't state a style but I wanted something local and it came with a free sticker.

Bright gold with a tight white head. Heavy dish soap retention leaves a big foamy schmear all down my glass.

Aroma is bright and effervescent. Sharp cereal grains and eurostank noble hops.

Wet hay, cereal grain and ample swampy Noble hopping to keep this blonde from being boring.

An impressive take on an unimpressive style. A good pils substitute if you ever really wanted a pils and for some reason were prohibited from buying anything with lager yeast.

07-22-2012 14:38:20 | More by donkeyrunner
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lou50rp

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance is medium pale, unfiltered with a white head.
Smell is mild all malt aroma.
Mostly pale malt taste with a hint of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is light, but not watery.
Good warm weather brew and ABV is low enough to make this a good session beer.

12-08-2010 09:05:53 | More by lou50rp
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ale207

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

04-19-2012 20:28:25 | More by ale207
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Morakaton

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

01-16-2014 01:23:12 | More by Morakaton
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +22%

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a finger's worth of white head that stays around for a while before it falls to a nice cap.

S- Bready up front, sweet maltiness, slight yeasty aroma, a little toasted aroma as well.

T- Just like the smell. Toasted and sweet malts, a little grassiness, and bready.

MF- Light to moderate body with a fair share of carbonation.

O- I'm not a huge fan of the style, but ,for the style, this was a very good beer. Not sure I'd get it again, but not bad at all.

01-27-2012 03:05:49 | More by LtCracker20
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-25-2013 08:36:01 | More by jaxon53
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tgeorgf

Maryland

3/5  rDev -8.5%

09-03-2013 01:15:37 | More by tgeorgf
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

06-01-2013 19:09:02 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.6/5  rDev -20.7%

Into a pint glass:

A:slightly hazy straw yellow colored body with a half finger of white head that stays around for a minute.

S: tries to be bready but comes out really bland, malts seem stale

T: same as above with some grassiness and is very bland

M: light, pretty watery, some carbonation is felt

O: the countless times I've had to hopefully try to give this the best review I could possibly give, yet even when I find the fresh stuff, there has always been something that bothers me about this, I just can't get into this one.

04-10-2012 17:19:06 | More by BeerKangaroo
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tedw

Maine

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-02-2012 06:50:58 | More by tedw
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Dicers

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-01-2014 05:04:29 | More by Dicers
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Brad007

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a straw yellow with a two-finger head into my glass. Very clear. Nothing out of the usual.

Light, buttery, fluffy malt with little hop presence. Certainly a good example of this style thus far.

Mellow and sweet with buttery, crisp malt. Clean. Carbonation a little weak but still there.

Finishes simple, finishes clean. Just as I like it.

The low ABV will please fans of session ales. This is something I could enjoy a few of at once.

04-08-2012 03:50:21 | More by Brad007
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SnowGoon99

Maine

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a straw color (and i accidentally got the lees into the glass) with a nice white head that falls fairly quickly. Aroma includes dominant floral notes with some maltiness and hints of earthy hops. Fairly hoppy aroma.

Flavor notes are dominated by the maltiness but there is a balance with the bitterness from the hops. Floral notes are apparent but subdued along with the earthiness. It's really the malt and the mouthfeel that hit you. The mouthfeel is fairly dry but malty as well. A little too high on the carbonation though which causes a little bite. It makes for a somewhat drinkable beer. A little less carbonation and this is very drinkable.

Overall this beer is almost a low alcohol IPA. It has the hops and the color of a typical American IPA but not the alcohol content. I think the extra alcohol might help the body and with that the drinkability. Also would add that little extra complexity.

01-11-2011 01:54:31 | More by SnowGoon99
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Pours a hazy straw with a smallish fizzy white head. Fades quickly with a bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: A bit of bready malt. Grainy. A touch toasty.

T: More toasty bread. A little lemon. Grassy hops especially towards the finish.

M: Light bodied, crisp.

O: A simple but drinkable brew. Session beer for sure, especially at 3.9%.

08-05-2012 04:24:48 | More by Dope
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +18.9%

A: Pours a clear blonde color with a fingers worth of head

S: Light malts and hops, bread, maybe some light lemon and spice as well (probably more from the hops, though)

T: Follows the nose, light and bready with nice light hopping and peppery spice. Definitely flavorful for a 3.9% session ale

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Enough carbonation to wash food down, yet still smooth enough to have a slight slickness to it

O: Quite the session ale. Nice and flavorful given the abv, and extremely quaffable. Solid beer for sure

06-02-2012 05:45:03 | More by BEERMILER12
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gford217

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a pinkish/orange tint to it. There's a small soapy white head that sticks around a while and leaves delicate lacing.

Aroma is sweet and light with pale malts, honey and crisp, clean noble hops. Also a lot of floral hops, not resinous pine but more perfume-like in character.

Taste has an initial floral hop kick with light toasted pale malts and a hint of lemon zest. Bone dry and crisp hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, dry and clean with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

This is an interesting take on a typical lager with ale yeast thrown in. Very drinkable but not all that memorable.

03-08-2011 02:54:55 | More by gford217
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bakerm3

New York

4/5  rDev +22%

02-22-2012 01:54:37 | More by bakerm3
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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +22%

11-18-2011 02:03:37 | More by loupap
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Saddleback Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.