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Saranac Ginger Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Ginger Pale AleSaranac Ginger Pale Ale

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: djrn2 on 03-29-2014

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 14
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Their beers are always looking great, this has a pale copper clear body with a slightly off white head fine speckled lacing just looking great. Aromatics bring fresh cut ginger notes to the forefront, I'm actually excited to try tasting it. Not much in the way of hop character the GPA is overshadowing the hops in my glass, contains citrus notes apricot and fresh sliced ginger. Flavor wise spicy pickled ginger notes, moderate caramel malt base fades away into the backend of the palate, a truly satisfying combination this would go great as a chicken marinade with fresh sliced ginger added the sweet and spicy combo could be epic with the malt presence caramelizing once it hits the grill. Mouthfeel is medium bodied dry finish from the ginger additions, nothing offensive here very easy to consume. Overall, I'm much more impressed with this version of a ginger beer than Robinson's version from the UK the Old Tom ginger was 11 bucks (bar pricing) with pear juice and ginger added, it was a sweet sticky mess with fresh ginger presence.

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The pour releases a strong ginger aroma, leading me to correctly guess that it has too much of this strong spicy root. The aroma does have some faint signs of the base pale ale, but the malts are almost completely masked in tasting. .. hops join, but don't meld with, the ginger.

O: a cross between a pale ale and a ginger beer.

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A: When it says artificial color added right on the label I'm not sure how to rate appearance. Pours a clear amber with a decent off white head on top. After a minute or two the head dissipates leaving a few spots of lacing.

S: Pow, ginger right up front. Blows away all the other aromas leaving it a bit one dimensional.

T: Lots of ginger in the flavor too. A slight hop bitterness comes in mid sip. Lingers with a lasting ginger flavor. Just a hint of malt breadiness.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mostly clean finish with just a bit of stickiness on the backend.

Overall could be a little more subtle with the ginger flavor. Adding to the flavors we know and love in a pale ale instead of dominating.

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Pours a clear golden straw color with honey highlights. The head is off-white and a bit sudsy; settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of the peppery ginger. Very ginger ale like. The beer has a sugary aroma, very much like a soda. A bit too sweet.

The taste is of a light barely there malt. The ginger pretty much dominates the taste profile. Ginger ale type ginger flavor, quite peppery. Not overly sweet which is nice. There is an earthy hop bitterness in the end.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. The carbonation burns a touch. Nice ginger brightness but balanced out by some hoppy bitterness. Good change of pace beer.

Definitely need to enjoy ginger to like this beer, as the beer is pretty much a ginger party. I find it refreshing and good palate cleanser. Not sure I would want more than two though.

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A-pours a crystal clear golden color with a small foamy off-white head that has good retention, carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass

S- lots of ginger on the nose with a peppery spice as well, also picking up a vegetal aroma, some spruce-like hops, and a touch of toasted malt

T- the peppery notes continue through to the taste, followed by a big kick of ginger. The ginger is much stronger than I thought it would be. Faint piney and herbal hops kick in before leading to a big toasted malt finish

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth,crisp & dry finish

O- I expected this to taste like watered down ginger ale, but that wasn't the case. The flavors were quite profound, which is surprising from Saranac. The ginger gets a bit to peppery after a while, but otherwise a pretty good summer beer

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Pale copper body, with not much head or lacing.

Smells like ginger, with some herbal hops.

The taste is similar. I have no idea if the pale ale underneath is any good (I honestly doubt it is) because the ginger dominates to a point of detriment. Overly spicy ale. I can pick out some slightly toasted malt flavors, and some herbal hops, but it's ginger all the way.

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Saranac Ginger Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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