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Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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1,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,054
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 23
Gots: 123 | 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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4.66/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light copper amber color with decent head and moderate carbonation. Clove, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and especially pumpkin notes in the aroma. The notes in the aroma are reflected in the taste. Very balanced. Not heavy or too light. The very many flavor notes aren't overpowered by the malt, hops, or alcohol. This year is our favorite brew of this beer yet. Finishes with more flavor and less alcohol. Cheers!

Utica_Brew_Review, Aug 21, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +35.7%

MikeN31, Aug 28, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a amber-brownish crystal-clear body with almost an inch of short-lived light tan head. Spices dominate the aroma, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but this aroma has just enough of the spice without being a spice-bomb. Spice hits the palate early, but gives way to butter, nut, caramel, toffee, and bready malt notes in great balance. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A really well-done pumpkin beer - exceeds expectations. Balanced, complex but not a spice bomb only like many pumpkin beers, and there's enough other things going on in the beer to keep it interesting. Great - especially for the price!

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 15, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Disclaimer: I love just about anything pumpkin; and I know fruit ales of any kind are an acquired taste--either you love them or you don't like them at all.]

This one is a keeper. The beer pours from the classic jack-o-lantern labeled bottle with a deep, rich dark amber/copper color and froths with a nice 1/2 inch tan head. The spice hits you in the nose, but it's mild. Just enough to hint at what you'll taste. And the taste is really very balanced and flavorful. The spice and malt are most present. Not much hop bite, but a nice tart aftertaste to balance the mild sweetness of the liquid. Very tiny bubbles finish the mouthful. Excellent.

I consider myself a pumpkin ale aficionado of sorts and find myself comparing all I can find to taste. This one is easily one of my favorites—at least of those that are bottled. Saranac/Matt does it again. This was a very pleasant surprise to see at the local store in August. Happy (early) Halloween.

tugdriver7, Aug 11, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely, hands down my favorite seasonal. No questions or debates. Rich amber color, a bit of haze, and a nice foam. Smell the pumpkin! The pumpkin is quite pronounced in this ale. The spices play a secondary role to the pumpkin. Malts, hops, all come secondary to the pumpkin. The taste... wow! Sweet, smoothe, a bit thick, creamy,... did I mention pumpkin? I could go on and on about this beer, but you need to try it if you are remotely interested in autumn-style beer. It's not for everybody, I will say that. But to those who it is for, you won't want the season to end.

wodanick, Jul 30, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I suspect that this is one of those beers that either you love or don't. After experiencing this seasonal for many years now, I must say I consider this Pumpkin Ale to be the very best American recipe, because the emphasis stays with the ale, rather than the spices. Compare this with Shipyard's Pumpkin Head, which takes on characteristics of a Christmas Wassail.
It should also be noted that Matt Brewing does the contract work for Brooklyn Brewing and their Post Road Pumpkin Ale, which is also a fine recipe, but I prefer Saranac Pumpkin. A delicious autumn reminder.

thebeerdoctor, Sep 14, 2009
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Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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