Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2005 20:13:46 | More by semihobo
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