Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by doktorhops:
3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
Pumpkin Ale number two for me - ooo, basis of comparison huzzah! So far Pumpkin Ales strike me as the type of experimental beers that give brewers the ability to try a various melange of spices within the confides of making the usually dull on its own vegetable that is the pumpkin. Flavours of which may include nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, vanilla, star anise and clove. If done well all in all it should be an interesting diversion from typical Ale/Lagers, however if done badly it's the sort of beer that will make you wish you had bought that typical Ale or Lager.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice. Yeah it's not the right glass, sue me.
A: Deep clear copper body with a light white lacing.
S: Aroma profile includes nutmeg, cardamom and clove spices on a pumpkin base with a touch of caramel providing a sweet high note. Not much on the pumpkin side but the spices really come through well.
T: Comes through exactly as expected on the nose; starting with caramel sweetness, nutmeg, cardamom and clove spices mid to back, hint of pumpkin in there somewhere and a slight pepper/sour/bitter finish. Finish is well balanced however the pumpkin is barely noticeable, so really it is more of a spiced-vegetable-malt beer.
M: Mid to light body with an almost creamy carbonation - drinks much like a flat hefe-weizen.
D: Not bad, not bad at all. Only let down is the seeming lack of pumpkin which makes this brew of "an homage to pumpkin" than an actual pumpkin ale. No matter if it tastes good in my opinion. Better than the Gage Roads version - this is more spiced and with a better mouthfeel.
Food match: Apart from the obvious pumpkin pie this brew would also suit festive foods like roast turkey with cranberry sauce, yams (roasted sweet potatoes), stuffing, sweet corn and squash.
11-14-2012 08:13:39 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
Admittedly I am not a fan of pumpkin pie but I always look forward to the fall pumpkin beer each year,this poured a light copper with a 1/2 finger white head that was gone quite fast seems to be quite carbonated and somewhat spritzey.Pumpkin spice mainly in the nose cinnamon and mace stick out mainly a hint of nutmeg and an underlying toasted grain character,a sharp even light mouthfeel didnt like the feeling of that much.Subdued spice flavors not over the top quite pleasant nutmeg and cinnamon mainly even a touch of butter.Not bad flavors but the thin sharp mouthfeel is undesirable in my mind and it takes away from its drinkability,not bad but wont seek out again.
09-10-2006 17:43:15 | More by oberon
2.4/5 rDev -29.4%
You know how badly beer tastes if you drink it right after you brush your teeth? Well, the first time I had Saranac Pumpkin Ale, that's how it tasted - except I hadn't brushed my teeth before drinking it. I felt maybe something else was wrong, so I waited until I had my second bottle - this one - to review it.
It's a bit darker colored than I'd like it. Perhaps an effect from too much pumpkin? I'm not picking up very much in the nose. Too much pumpkin, or not enough spices - probably a bit of both problems. The taste was a big letdown. I was hoping for something generously spiced and lively, but unfortunately, this beer has the same cardboard/packing materials flavor (and scent) as Wild Goose's Pumpkin Patch. It's not as bad, or strange, as the aforementioned beer, but it is certainly not fun to drink, either.
I dont want to finish the 6 pack I bought, and hopefully I can find people that like it that I can give it to.
09-22-2005 00:52:48 | More by chOAKbarrell
2.65/5 rDev -22.1%
The beer was a dark amber color with a thin white head. It had a vaguely spice aroma. Taste was pretty much all cinnamon and clove. Couldn't really appreciate anything else. The beer was too spiced and not enough malt to be very good. Won't drink it again.
08-29-2009 22:34:58 | More by lordofthewiens
2.75/5 rDev -19.1%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It has a deep amber color with very good clarity. Its head is thin, white in color and fades quickly leaving a few bubbles on top and no lacing.
Smell: A strong spicy aroma hits you in the nose. Cinnamon and clove are the stand out spices.
Taste/Mouth feel: Wow this starts off with a big spicy kick in the mouth. Allspice, bitter cinnamon and clove overpower the malt that has some toasted and caramel notes. The pumpkin flavor is really hidden deep under the spicy character of this beer. A more apt name for this beer would be Saranac Spice Ale. The spicy character fades off a touch and hop bitterness picks up before slowly fading off into the finish. Its palate is smooth and slick with mild carbonation inside its medium body.
Notes: Overall it's a little bit too unbalanced on the spicy side.
09-04-2008 21:56:31 | More by generallee
3.25/5 rDev -4.4%
This was a light pumpkin ale. It had a decent flavor, but it was very artificial. It tasted like someone took a lager and poured some pumpkin spice syrup into it. It wasn't bad, but not nearly as good as other pumpkin ales that I've had. This is one of my favorite styles of beers, and even though it's not my preference in this style, I seem to find myself drinking it more often than others in the category. I stocked up on this last fall and enjoyed them all summer. That was a good life decision.
09-08-2010 08:10:52 | More by Nature777
3.33/5 rDev -2.1%
12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Dark tawny
SMELL: Vanilla, licorice root, all spice, mild pumpkin meat
TASTE: Crisp, lighter body, spicy, clean grain, root beer, faint pumpkin, dark bread, herbal
Not half bad, perhaps not at beery as I was hoping for. The spice does not get annoying at all and there is enough malt flavor to keep things interesting.
10-11-2011 01:53:33 | More by Jason
3.49/5 rDev +2.6%
12 ounce bottle. W/O any freshness or bottling date info that I can find.
Pours near clear darker amber, typical khaki head, thats on the small side, larger bubble and fading quickly. Leaves a moderate collar and middling strands of thicker lace.
Just a hint of cinnamon on the nose.
On the thin side both body wise and flavor wise. Has some typical fall spicing on the palate, but also a slight artificial flavor note. Plastic? Ehh...definatly not my favorite pumkin beer....
Would likely work fine to quaff a few on a nice fall day, decent to try with a newbie getting into better beer...but there are plenty of better pumpkin beers out there
09-24-2013 14:46:02 | More by Billolick
3.23/5 rDev -5%
Not too strong of an odor, but that could be a good thing when it comes to Pumpkin beer. The taste is pretty balanced between cinnamon and nutmeg, but it isn't overpowering or grainy like some other Pumpkins I have recently tried. Overall it's a pretty decent brew, and I could see myself having a few this season.
09-26-2007 00:25:51 | More by MisterDeeds
3.88/5 rDev +14.1%
First pumpkin beer of the season. On tap at Union Ale House.
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin
Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin--light bread and caramel
Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation, medium/light bodied
Drinkability: Not usually impressed with Saranac but this was surprisingly good. This was not too bitter nor too sweet. The spicing was done well. As a seasonal, I could do six of these easy.
08-25-2010 15:13:26 | More by tigg924
3.15/5 rDev -7.4%
Served in a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with crimped cap.
Clear,deep medium amber color witha 1' froathy white head,fair retention,looking on the flat side as far as carbination goes.
Pumpkin spiced nose,faint to moderate with hints of nutmeg,allspice,cinnamon,and clove. No real standout well blended. Had somewhat of a soapyness to the aroma.
Light spicy tastes,a watery feel, the spices are well blended nothing overpowering with some cinnamon,allspice,nutmeg a bit of some malt taste with a clovey fade.
Light and zesty mouthfeel. Good pumpking beer,not a standout,easy to drink go session beer for a halloween night.
09-11-2007 02:47:21 | More by jcdiflorio
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
Reviewed from notes.
Purchased a sixer simply because I have never seen this offering before. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yields one finger of head that diminishes to a wispy topping fairly quickly. Color is very interesting. Kind of a light topsoil.
Smell- Pungent nose on this. Vanilla, clove nutmeg, cinnemon, all-spice. Like a pumpkin pie minus the sweetness and pumpkin.
Taste- Pretty good. Mild caramel and toffee. Major amounts of vanilla, a little bit much. Nicely carbonated. Nutmeg all-spice. No sweetness, which I think is nice in a pumpkin beer, very clean finish. Perhaps a little over spiced.
Mouthfeel- Very clean, zippy carbonation, somewhat dry.
Drinkability- High. Could put back quite a few of these sitting by the fire.
10-12-2008 22:28:05 | More by Kraken
Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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