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Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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419 Reviews

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Reviews: 419
Hads: 1,088
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JackStraw22 on 09-01-2005

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Photo of rangerred
2.51/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a one finger head. Pretty decent head retention and lacing.

Aroma is mild pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. There is a bit of a metallic note along with a little tart fruit.

The very mild spice carries over into the taste. In fact this really seems like an amber ale that someone put a dash of spice into. Hardy any presence whatsoever. Tartness is quite noticeable and really throws things off. A little bit of grass and grain along with a moderate bitterness. Finish is slightly sticky.

Overall, this barely deserves to be called a pumpkin ale. There is hardly any spice. It is more like an amber with a ton of off flavors. The tartness is bad and it is really just very muddled. Not worth the time seeking out. (810 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, copper-amber coloring that is bright and vibrant, with a sparse touch of off-white film on the surface. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a smooth, malty sweet backbone. Well balanced nose. Flavors are rich and spicy, with a smooth and sweet pumpkin backbone supporting the cinnamon, nutmeg, and other harvest spices that blend and highlight the brew. Roasty and earthy tones make this beer a touch more dynamic on the palate. Roasty, richly sweet aftertaste leading to a smooth, slightly spiced finish that is clean and sharp. The body is a bit light for all of the flavors, but the beer is decent overall. Tasty seasonal brew! (693 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up the glass non-shalantly.

This beer smells really spicy, vanilla, bready notes, and caramel malts. The taste follows along the same lines, but the flavors are extremely weaker than the aroma. Blended well, but was expecting more from the nose.

Mouthferl is a bit light and watery, medium bodied, smooth, and medium carbonation. I am overall pleasantly happy with this. Even though it does not compare with others, the generic flavors of most pumpkin beers don't kill you on this one. (659 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When i poured thsi beer into a pint glass, it had a nice light copper color body with a nice couple of inches light tan color foamy head, that hangs out for a good while. The smell is of clove and cinnamon. The taste has the spices but doesn't have any pumpkin flavor to it. The mouth feel is a little weak for me and overall i'm not impressed and i think it is ok but i won't be getting this one again. (403 characters)

Photo of kneeland
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's something different from the first sip. A bitterness not typically found in pumpkin ales. The pumpkin flavor seems a little watered down. There's spices in there, but they don't seem to work too well together. At least it does have a distinct taste. Overall it's a good beer, just not a great pumpkin ale. (313 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a creamy white head that leaves splashes of lacing around the glass.

Aroma is dominated by loads of sweetness and spices, mostly vanilla and a lot of cinnamon. There is a touch of toasted breadiness and caramel as well.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, but not as much as I prefer. The spices are there, with cinnamon and clove being the most dominant. I don't get very much pumpkin though, more caramel than anything.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and slightly spicy from the obvious pumpkin pie spicing additions.

Overall this is a decently good pumpkin ale here. I wish the pumpkin flavor was more noticeable, but the spices made up for its limited presence. Not bad to find on draft but I won't seek it out yearly. (809 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear orange-brown with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Not much lacing.

S: Very subtle pumpkin. Smells like a wheat beer which is not a good thing.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Pumpkin and spice. Not bad.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation. Watery.

O: The smell and mouthfeel were off-putting to me. The beer was nothing special to look at, and the taste was only mildly worth it. I've had much better pumpkin ales. (492 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber-orange color with a one finger white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and is big of pumpkin and caramel. Mixed with these aromas are a strong presence of pie spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice.

Taste – The taste begins of a roasted pumpkin and malt flavor. There is a lighter caramel upfront which fades as the taste moves on. More toward the middle of the taste come bready flavors as well as nutmeg and allspice. These take the flavors to the end where a cinnamon spice joins the flavors leaving a drier spiced pumpkin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of creaminess as well as carbonation. The lack of a thick body, while not great for the roasted flavors, is rather nice for creating a crisper finish to the brew.

Overall – An alright pumpkin brew. It is on the slightly drier side with an easy drinking flavor profile. (1,018 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 32oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an orangish-amber hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Pumpkin aroma with hints of nutmeg, all-spice, and cinnamon.

T: Slightly tart and bitter pumpkin flavor with hints cinnamon, coriander, all-spice, and nutmeg. Goes down the smooth with a nice aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent pumpkin brew. Good flavors and aromas. Not my favorite pumpkin beer but worth a try. (496 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz pre-filled growler served in a Saranac pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that thinned out leaving a few thin streaks of lacing.

S - spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - pumpkin pie spiced flavor is solid all the way through.

F - medium bodied with a crisp smoothness.

O - better than what I remember it being when I first tried it a few years ago. (376 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber, almost brown with an orange hue. Creamy white head lasts long after the pour and creates a nice ring of lace.

S- vanilla extract, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg, and a bit of raw pumpkin.

T- pumpkin pie spices, not much malt noticeable, finishes slightly tangy and somewhat dry. Can't really pick out any pumpkin, just the associated spices.

M- low carbonation, light body with a bit of creaminess. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery.

O- this one keeps a creamy layer of head throughout the drink, but nothing stands out in terms of taste. Can't really pick out any real pumpkin flavor. Still worth trying. (625 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color, good sized head, no lacing.

Smell is mostly malty with a strong pumpkin spice aroma, cinnamon being the biggest contributor.

Taste is malty with tons of spicing, seems very similar to most of the pumpkin beers available with nothing to distinguish it from the pack, body is decent with a soft but active carbonation. (345 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Deep russet copper body. Orange brass edges. Small, ringy, off-white head. Not much lacing. Caramel, graham cracker, and pumpkin pie filling make up the majority of the nose. Nutmeg and a little clove stick out in the spice department.

Lightly toasted, caramel-y malt notes up front. Vegetal, gourdy flavor moves in but is tempered by sweetish pie filling and sugary crust notes. Nutmeg and clove finish off the palate. Lingering caramel and cooked vegetables. Moderate body with a slightly fizzy feel. Not bad. (528 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass from a 32 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Clear copper, light to almost no bubbles and a little off white head that is maybe 1/8" off the body.

Smell: Pumpkin but light, hint of cinnamon/nutmeg...I just wish the smell last a little more.

Taste: Like I mentioned above but light than most pumpkin ales I have had this season. I would definitely put this in the category of starter beers for the ones trying pumpkin out for the first time. Little sweet, almost like a pumpkin pie finish but offset with light bitterness.

Mouth: Good and smooth, tastes lasts after a while of typing and not taking a sip you still feel it there. Medium carbonation maybe a notch light.

Overall: Good beer, for four dollars it might be a great friend. Keep the bottle it comes in and you have half a growler (seriously). I had it after a long day of painting and just hit the spot, Salud! (893 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Transparent deep amber body with a thick white head.

S- Caramel malt is very noticeable in the front with only a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spices in the back.

T- Tastes like a very balanced amber ale with a small amount of complimentary spices. Pumpkin pie flavor is there, but is not overwhelming.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O- A subtle pumpkin ale that is a change of pace from the spice-forward fall beers. Overall pretty good. (476 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear very dark copper to dark amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense and fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thick film and a thing ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal to light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light hints of pumpkin.

T: The beer starts out with some moderate toasted and caramel malt sweetness that has some lighter notes of pumpkin and nutmeg. Light bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to moderate bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink due to the light flavors of pumpkin and spices but does not stand out to me. (727 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pretty clear tarnished auburn with a finger of tainted yellow head poured from the 32 oz quart bottle. purchased for only 3.49 cheaper than mississippi mud which made me a little nervous.

surprisingly though for the very cheap price, the beers not that bad. Nose of pumpkins and faint allspice. Light mouthfeel with brisk carbonation. The taste of cheap adjuncts up front followed by some genuine pumpkin flavor and light spices, cinnamon and allspice. Semi-sweet with pretty decent balance. All in all one of the few decent saranac brews out there. It's nowhere near as good as most pumpkin beers ought to be but does give some of the pricier lighter pumpkin brews such as brooklyns and sam adams a run for their money. (721 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear amber colored body yielding a nice one finger white foamy head that lasts for about thirty seconds. No carbonation is seen rising. Some ringy lacing is left.

S: ginger up front blended very well into the pumpkin. Some toasted malts enter in as the beer warms.

T: pretty much the same with some nutmeg, and allspice combining very nicely.

M: light to medium with just a tad of harshness on the tongue, sessionable

O: well, I was kinda beginning to worry as I purchased the fall variety pack and was getting through these beers as I wasn't too into any of these other than what I've already had from previous purchases. However, this one is way better than some of the others in the Saranac Autumn pack. This is a good pumpkin that I would come back to. Everything is combined right, solid for a pumpkin. (835 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts and pumpkins in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are more flavors of pumpkins and also some notes of nutmeg. There are some faint hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really jumps out at me as being impressive about the smell or taste of this beer but it is quite easy to drink. This might make for a good pumpkin beer to try for someone who is just getting into craft beers and might get turned off by stronger flavors of pumpkin or spices. (874 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a dark, golden-amber color with a 1-inch soapy, cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Doesnt leave any significant lacing behind, but has some bubbles on top.

S: I get some allspice and clove in the aroma, that is followed by a strong scent of pumpkin and cinnamon. Very nice nose to this beer.

T: Somewhat of a foul taste up front which is from the carbonation, I would assume. I get a strong presence of nutmeg with a bit of cinnamon on the back end. I got a lot more pumpkin in the aroma that the flavor. I barely get any pumpkin taste in this one.

M: Lots of carbonation, the label says this is a full bodied beer, but I beg to differ because this beer is pretty watered down and thin. Still drinkable though.

O: Im a little disappointed in this beer as I came into it with the expectation that it would at least be better than average compared to some of the other beers I have tried. I do actually get a bit of pumpkin in the aftertaste but the balance of spices is not there. The beer isnt bad and I could drink a couple without much problem, but for a go to Pumpkin Ale, I will need to go elsewhere. (1,136 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber orange color, mild spice aroma and nice head. Excellent balanced smooth flavor with plenty of real pumpkin flavor and malt, lightly spiced with pleasant aftertaste of mostly pumpkin. An easy drinking, low ABV pumpkin that is consistent every year. (260 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a darker orange-brown with a one finger head. Quickly dissipates to a light lacing and cap.

S - A bit of sour pumpkin with a tinge of sweetness, Any spiciness is very mild, possibly cinnamon or clove.

T - Tastes exactly like the aroma. Sweet at first turning to a more sour pumpkin that slightly lingers. Not a bad sour pumpkin like I have had in other pumpkin ales. Bit of spice throughout.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O - A rather lackluster pumpkin ale overall. Barely any of the spices that remind you of pumpkin pie, not even any malt or hop profile, just a light pumpkin. Not bad, just not memorable. (642 characters)

Photo of DewTheBrew
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I ran to the beer distributor (upon much prompting from all of my friends) to give this seasonal a try. Needless to say, I'm very glad I listened.

I poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice foamy head and a fantastic aroma. Some may dislike the fact that the pumpkin and spice flavor is minimized compared to other beers, whereas I actually prefer it. It is extremely drinkable, which the plethora of empty bottles on my stoop can attest for. I'll probably be buying another case very soon before the season is out. By no means my absolute favorite beer, but for the price and the taste it's one of my favorite seasonals going! Give it a try (646 characters)

Photo of wodanick
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast..

Poured a clear amber orange colour... Creamy head poured small but quite thick and foamy then faded to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... any lacing fades very quickly...

Aroma - Light pumpkin pie notes along with good bready notes, some nutmeg and clove spiciness, spicy fruits (oranges, dates), lots of honey sweetness, light pepperiness, allspice, some caramel...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... again some pumkin pie and bready notes mixed with nutmeg and allspice, some burnt toffee hints, honey notes, light brown sugar, some faint peppery hop hints..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry at first then smooths out... medium bodied... pretty drinkable although as with all pumpkin beers i wouldn't want too much...

Overall - A decent enough pumpkin beer... worth a try.. (833 characters)

Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.