Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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4.66/5 rDev +37.1%
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!
08-21-2013 01:44:19 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
4.6/5 rDev +35.3%
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!
10-15-2009 22:10:52 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.5/5 rDev +32.4%
[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 favoritesat 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.
08-10-2006 23:49:07 | More by tugdriver7
4.48/5 rDev +31.8%
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.
07-30-2012 16:39:45 | More by wodanick
4.43/5 rDev +30.3%
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.
09-14-2009 10:43:20 | More by thebeerdoctor
4.38/5 rDev +28.8%
Color- Deep amber, dark orange. Light colored head with consistent texture.
Smell Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Taste Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Not as sweet as I expected, and much more refreshing. My favorite fall beer is probably a tie between this and Smuttynoses Pumpkin Ale. Very drinkable, very crisp, very delicious beer.
10-13-2006 20:55:31 | More by msolar
4.38/5 rDev +28.8%
I do not think I have ever had a Pumpkin beer, not being one for fruit/vegetable beers. But – this was in a 12 pack so I gave it a go. It has a delightful pumpkin/spice taste and an excellent balance to highlight that pumpkin taste. Not a big nose, but pleasant. I think it drinks clean and is a fun change. I am not sure you would want to have a six pack but to get you in the season it is a winner.
08-29-2011 23:03:45 | More by Cows
4.35/5 rDev +27.9%
I love the spicy aftertaste of this one. Sweet at the start, nice spicy nose...it reminds me of the taste of pumpkin pie filling - before it's baked...lots of spice and I find it very nice...(sorry.)
I'm not sure it would be wise - from the standpoint of your aching head the next day - to go overboard on this one, but this is a great ale to enjoy as the leaves fall and we await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.
10-02-2010 23:05:13 | More by dakeynr
4.35/5 rDev +27.9%
First off, I love the label. Let's get that part out of the way.
The smell...it's an interesting one. A mix of pumpkin spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very seasonal, and pretty nice.
Carbonation seems low. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and creamy. Taste is spicy, with sweet cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg mixing together to create a tasty brew. The end result is a beer with a fairly high degree of sweetness, but not cloyingly so. There's almost zero hop bitterness here. Some cinnamon and pumpkin sticks around after the swallow.
It's pretty delicious, actually. It's like drinking a pumpkin pie, really. The sweetness and overall flavor profile probably prevents this from becoming anything I'd drink more than a couple of, but I think they accomplished their goal here.
09-05-2010 03:13:12 | More by NODAK
4.33/5 rDev +27.4%
If you like a spiced beer, this beer is a good bet. This and Sam Adams' Old Fezziwig are both fantastic complements to fall and winter meals. Either beer is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
Pours a rich amber.
Smells spicey and rich.
Tastes distinctly of spice and pumpkin.
The mouthfeel is appropriately light for an ale, making it very drinkable.
10-22-2007 04:13:44 | More by AlHam
Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.