Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 26
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JackStraw22 on 09-01-2005

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Photo of jams1220
2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The worst pumpkin beer I've ever had.

Photo of Marc427
4.49/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the few pumpkin ale seasonal
That doesn't over power you
Great session beer for the fall season.
A must have on Draft !!

Photo of Nfiorini513
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of my favorite beers to start the school year with.

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a dark caramel color with a cappuccino colored 1 finger foamy head that subsides quickly.

S. Malts and spice. Def get some nutmeg and allspice.

T. Same as the nose i'm getting fall spices and malts. I think it's nice.

M. Kinda light bodied. 3 on a scale of 1-10. Nice carbonation that its the tongue and hangs around for a second after the swallow.

O. Not a bad ale for the season. i enjoy the spice flavors. It's kinda one dimensional but satisfying all together. It's also kind of thin. A nice sessionable seasonal brew for that time of year.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, followed by pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Malty up front, followed by some fruity pumpkin flavors and spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is some slight brown sugar-like sweetness as well as some interesting slight sour notes too. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent pumpkin beer, but it’s not great either. I’m not putting in on my list of pumpkin beers to get next year, but if it was offered, I’d certainly not turn it down either.

Photo of BernShark
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great choice if your looking for a pumpkin with less ABV and not an overwhelming pumpkin taste

Photo of Coopaloop2112
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin as Pumpkin does. An this one does well. An i have tried them all. Well all that I can get in these parts. I like it

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better, albeit thin pumpkin ales around, this one has a nicer pumpkin cream flavor to it without being a spice bomb.

Photo of biegaman
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's terribly cliche - and I've used the line countless times before - but Saranac Pumpkin Ale lights up like a jack-o-lantern. Honestly, its orange tone swells with highlights and, with the help of fluttering bubbles, almost seems to twinkle. More befitting (and even more corny) is that its top looks thick and solid enough that it'd require a sharp knife to carve out.

The label lists (in order) cinnamon, allspice, clove, and ginger but all I smell is a nicely balanced, tempered but still perfumed, general combination of baking spices. No one in particular. More aromatic, somewhat surprisingly, is a (presumably malt-induced) note of caramelized brown sugar. It reminds me of pumpkin pie, sure, but maybe even more so of glazed squash.

If there's one thing you can't ever accuse Matt Brewing Co. of doing it's over-delivering on flavour. Each sip is more of a disappointment than the last. All the pumpkin pie flavours - the holiday spices, the glazed sweetness - continue to fade incrementally whereas, really, they should be compounded. More and more this tastes like lightly-scented cinnamon water.

Like a crappy horror movie that gets worse and worse the further in you get, at some point this also makes you start to wonder why you ever thought it was a good idea to start in the first place. I've never tried a Saranac beer with any real amount of character to it - what was I expecting from this one? Don't get me wrong, it's pleasant - just painfully plain.

Saranac's is a pumpkin ale perfectly suited to those who drink the trends but maybe aren't so sure how they feel about the style in general. It's exceptionally mild and minimal, even as far as entry-level versions go, almost as if it were designed for children's consumption. There's such an anemic amount of grain and spices you'd think the brewery was under wartime rations. More trick than treat.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Awesome pumpkin

Photo of Hendry
4.34/5  rDev +28%

The low BA ratings on what seems like most of the Pumpkin Ales can be deceptive. I found myself embracing the style this Autumn, and ignoring a lot of subjective reviews/ratings in the Ones and Twos (so many varieties rank in the Seventies likely due to many tasting their first ever Pumpkin Ale). That said, I grabbed the last 12 pack of Saranac Pumpkin Ale that Price Chopper had in the cooler at a very fair price of $13.99

Medium dark copper pour, an inch of fluffy head takes a dive quickly and laces the tulip nicely.

Aroma is of the sweeter Pumpkin Ale variety,all the usual suspects for spices blending in,some graham cracker crust part of the mix,and the ginger was dialed down where it should be,yet present.

Taste immediately starts out sweet,and sort of fades sweet/spicy: not getting any appreciable hint of bitter hop counterbalance, which is an element that is palatable to some, and not to others. In other words, this is more of a pumpkin pie ale less than an ale with pumpkin spices. I view the difference in the two styles as the brewer's interpretation. Saranac reminds me very much of Southern Tier Pumking (though Pumking is an Imperial), except lighter on the booze (8% vs 5.1%) and in a very wallet friendly 12 pack format. Hoppier Pumkin Ales are fine by me when done properly (i.e. Long Trail brush & barrel Imperial Pumpkin), just a different interpretation of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium and I understand the somewhat syrupy angle other reviewers have mentioned,but not a real detraction if the sweeter pumpkin pie spice bombs appeal to you like they do me. Not a beer I would care to finish more than 2 or 3 in a sitting personally.

Overall, my impression of Saranac Pumpkin Ale is quite favorable, and it might even be the second biggest pleasant surprise of the season (the first being the much maligned Wolaver's Organic Pumpkin Ale earning the GOLD MEDAL at the 2014 GABF amongst 52 competing entries, despite the dismal ratings here on BA). Lots of great Pumpkin Ales out there that don't even make it into the 80s for ratings, add Saranac to the list.

Photo of AndreRus
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Really weak pumpkin taste. So-so beer.

Photo of MLCampbell
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Can really taste the pumpkin in this - it's a good thing.

Photo of spacecake9
1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

Poured into my favorite Pumking Goblet.

A - Nice looking amber orange appearance, with a tight foamy head that quickly dies down to a appealing ring.

S - Sharp on the nose with a hint of pumpkin. Almost a little sour. Not the kind of aroma that gets you excited to taste the beer.

T - My initial reaction was this is a not so good beer with some pumpkin flavorings. I'm not sure if the pumpkin flavor is just that or real pumpkins. The bottle suggests spices but I can't pick out any specifically.

M - This beer is on the thin side, watery in the mouth. After each mouthful the flavor leaves very quickly.

O - This is not a good pumpkin beer because it's not a good base beer. Adding pumpkin flavor to a bad beer just creates a bad pumpkin beer. I've not had any other offerings from Saranac, but I think these folks would be better off not brewing a pumpkin beer.

Photo of getkrunkhoe
2.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Not sure y, but, I had someWhat a high expectancy for this beer.

32 oz. Growler, about a month since I bought it; I opened it.

App- Nice orange/auburn glow and subtle red hues. Very inviting.
Ar- Classic nutmeg, cinn, clove, and pumpkin extract. yet smells as if it will lack.
Taste- mellow ass pumpkin and spices with sweet malt.
Mouth-feel - exTREMEly light. Hate to say watered down but it was close to that (if not; that). But super light which can be a nice change from the overly spice and concentrated typical Pumpkin brews you get, however the balance in this was... Not appealing. however, Im sure it pleases some palates .
Overall- a great cheap buy, great for entertaining but not to "wow". decent brew, great growler, and decent seasonal.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, fruit, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is nothing too memorable, but it is easy to drink for what it is.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of yarnbomb
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

It comes in a 32 oz jug! How cool is that? I really thought it would be awful, but it's actually pretty good for your standard dusty pie spiced fall seasonal.

Photo of jbraico
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Great pumpkin beer. You don't get over power like other type so f pumpkins. nice clover smell to it, very smooth and clean going down.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

One of those run of the mill pumpkin beers. You can find it in most places in the east coast but that doesn't mean you would put start fantasy pumpkin beer roster. It's more of a third tier flex option if you had to drink it because your main beers weren't refrigerated. It's a dark brown, hoppy at the start and finish. Not much lacing but spices are present throughout without the sweetness. Drink it of its on special and if you need a 6 pack for under $10 maybe grab it otherwise steer clear .

Photo of Lou22
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Type: 32-oz. bottle
Glass: chalice
From: From my brother
Price: 4.99

Caramely-copper pour color, minimal head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Nutmeg, wintery spice smell, pumpkiny obviously.

Tasted like a watery pumpkin pie.

Medium body, caramel-ish tasting finish for me. Average carbonation.

Enjoyable, not a go-to beer though.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: From my brother
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Sept. 8, 2014
Misc.: Best by Jan. 31, 2015

Poured a caramel, copper semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white, grayish head, which dissipated quickly. Minimal watery lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top. (Sight - 3.63)

Smelled dog food, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, light peppermint, molasses, other wintry spices, caramel, allspice and cloves. (Smell - 3.38)

Tasted a bit better than the nose. Got allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, wintry spices, molasses, dry cloves, caramel, toffee and honey. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Longer, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.63)

An average pumpkin beer. (Overall - 3.50)

3.50 | 80 | B

Photo of utopiajane
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours orange amber, cl;ear, lager bubbles floating upwards. Creamy head of off white foam that lasted. Nose is cinnamon, ginger, biscuit, clove, breaddy allspice. Some pumpkin, not a lot, light caramel and faint hops. Taste is watery and thin, not too sweet. Cracker malt and moderate ticklish carbonation. Cinnamon, ginger faint pumpkin and a touch of hops in the lingering dry finish. Grass, dry biscuit and no slickness in the mouthfeel at all. Spices tame a bit as the beer warms and then the watery finish lets the flavor fade a bit too quickly.; Not great and needs a bit more flavor.

Photo of misternebbie
1.87/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Just not a big fan of any of the beers from this company, there are tons better pumpkins on the market for the money, pass this one by

Photo of Lager_stout_87
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Got this in a 32 oz jug bottle love the pumpkin kick after you get a smooth ale taste

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Better than I think it get's credit for. Appearance is a dark brown with a tan head that fizzes away quickly. The smell is pumpkin although a little subtle, with allspice and nutmeg on the nose. The taste is more spice than pumpkin and the mouthfeel is a little thin for me. But for the price I thought it was a very nice value for what it is.

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Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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