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Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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1,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 25
Gots: 146 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company 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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Ratings: 1,078 | Reviews: 428
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 Dirtydee5
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not bad but not great not as much flavor as u would expect I love pumpkin beers and this one is not that great, it's not bad but I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 asuburbanman
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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2.36/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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2.56/5  rDev -24.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +33.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.32/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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2/5  rDev -41%

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3.44/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.52/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 donbet69
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ChadwickHines
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Awesome pumpkin

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Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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