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Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

856 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JackStraw22 on 09-01-2005)
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Reviews by semihobo:
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semihobo

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

I remember reading something about this being a one-batch one-shot beer. Pretty, cheap, sixers were $5.23. Should be very fresh.

Looks good, head starts off well and wears okay. A clear burnt-pumpkin orange brown ... appropriate. There is a goofy jack-o-lantern cackling on the bottle.

Smells malty and spiced. The bottle says "allspice, cloves, and vanilla." I think I smell 'em all, that's good. Can't smell any hops, maybe there's pumpkin that I'm confusing as malt.

Taste is not what I expected. Not that sweet -- malty, yes, but not sugary. Spices are subtle, pumpkin meshes very well with the malt and isn't detectable on its own. It just makes the malt taste different. Malt all the way through with a trace of hops. As it warms, the pumpkin and spice power up, and it tastes a little more like pumpkin pie. If you like the Adirondack Amber you'll like this.

Mouthfeel is crisp at first, nice for the fall, but carbonation dies quickly. Smooth.

Boy this is pretty light on the pumpkin and spice. I figured it would be a one-time novelty brew, but I could session this easily, and in all seasons. It got better as the beer warmed and the missing pumpkin flavor cautiously emerged.

I prefer most styles of beer as cold or colder than suggested but I strongly encourage letting this sit for 10 minutes outside of your fridge... I had a 3.5 for the taste at first, but it's a 4 when it's warmer.

09-23-2005 20:13:46 | More by semihobo
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

10-13-2013 17:33:06 | More by aszatk01
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-17-2011 02:40:09 | More by Mac19872
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

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
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -41.2%

04-07-2014 23:19:14 | More by heddar33
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

10-25-2013 19:41:01 | More by TTripp725
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generallee

New York

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
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Nature777

California

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
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shatnerosmotic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-15-2011 04:51:49 | More by shatnerosmotic
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

10-22-2012 01:15:09 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

08-16-2014 16:33:27 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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Billolick

New York

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
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MisterDeeds

Massachusetts

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
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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Apotheosis

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-20-2013 02:50:19 | More by Apotheosis
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JC333

New York

3/5  rDev -11.8%

09-08-2013 18:31:14 | More by JC333
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-02-2013 00:24:02 | More by standardcherry
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.6%

09-12-2012 13:37:01 | More by wattoclone
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.25/5  rDev +25%

09-18-2012 01:23:03 | More by Milkysunshine
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Kraken

Maryland

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
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dogfishandi

New York

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%

12oz bottle pulled out of the fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. no freshness date.

pours a chestnut brown/ amber color, similar to an oktoberfest in appearence. the color seems to have a changing effect. nice, slightly off white head that slowly fades to a thin layer and then eventually a ring. hardly any lace.

has a fairly vibrant aroma. pumpkin pie, clove, cinnamin, and spice meld with a strange kind of beef stew like seasoning. different.

a subtle example of the style. has all the makings of a well rounded pumpkin ale, just doesnt have huge flavors jumping out at you. very tasty non the less. clean pumpkin pie, clove, cinnamin and other holiday spices meld with a caramel, munich malt base. non of that off beef stew aroma transfers to the taste.

mouthfeel is good, but not the greatest, light to medium body, maybe just a little bit too much carbonation. has that usual saranac astringent mouthfeel, but not as bad as some of their beers.

this is a staple pumpkin ale for me during the season. it has great drinkability, one of my favorites to session in the fall. nothing to special about this brew, but they got the basics right. fairly cheap sixer compared to most pumpkin ales out there. if you can find it, its worth giving a chance.

09-28-2010 23:50:41 | More by dogfishandi
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Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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