Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by HappyBivouac:
3.78/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a mug from the bottle. This is the first pumpkin ale I've ever tried.
a- Pours a bright rusty orange with a thick, rocky off-white head that retains decently. Leaves a think lace on the glass that looks like silhouettes of oak trees.
s- Very strong nutmeg and brown sugar with some vanilla. Hops are faintly there but if you cou;dn't see or taste this it could almost fool you into thinking it was just about any sort of spiced pumpkin drink. Not unpleasant at all, though, if maybe just a tad too spicy.
t- As the scent hinted at, strong nutmeg/pumpkin pie spice and some cinnamon. Brown sugar sweetness throughout and ending without any of the spice and all pumpkin with some vanilla, leaving behind a slight sugary sweetness. This barely tastes like an ale at all, but it's an enjoyable flavor.
m- Watery and boring. Maybe just a little thicker than drinking water. Carbonation is there but does little for me.
d- This is like pumpkin pie trying to dress itself up as a beer for Halloween. Not bad, and goes down easily so I could have several in a night, but when I really want a beer I don't know if I'd reach for one of these as opposed to something else.
A decent first pumpkin ale experience. I've found very few pumpkin ales around this season and this, buffalo bill's and jack's were about all I could find anywhere. Not bad, but probably won't be revistited.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2008 00:43:03 | More by HappyBivouac
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