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Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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926 Ratings

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured slightly cloudy brown color with medium white head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Not too much pumpkin.

T - Light and watery, slightly sweet to start. Cinnamon dominates with brown sugar, pumpkin, nutmeg and malts towards the finish.

M - Medium bodied with less than average carbonation.

O - Slightly above average pumpkin ale but a bit too watery. I would not recommend it.

taigor, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of RWACKO
4/5  rDev +17.6%

RWACKO, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -11.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Stunmai
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Stunmai, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of cgise22
4/5  rDev +17.6%

cgise22, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +17.6%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +17.6%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Donutos
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Donutos, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of cestlavie
3/5  rDev -11.8%

cestlavie, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +17.6%

jrutigs, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of shatnerosmotic
4/5  rDev +17.6%

shatnerosmotic, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Hessian257, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mcphish22
3/5  rDev -11.8%

mcphish22, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of greybeardloon
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%

Best before January 2012

A: Nice darkish color. Bubbly head that disappears quickly.

S: Sweet warm spices. Mostly cinnamon.

T: Pumpkin pie spices and sweet malt and yeast. There is a very strong bubble gum flavor that doesn't taste like a hefe bubble gum flavor--more like real bubble gum. There is a touch of spicy hops on the finish.

M: A bit thin.

O: This beer is a bit sweet for my tastes, which hurts drinkability, but otherwise, it's an OK light pumpkin beer.

greybeardloon, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Pumpkin spices up front followed by creamy vanilla aromas. Some squash-like pumpkin aromas bring up the finish.

T: Some spice notes at first, but they're not overpowering. Some vanilla and pumpkin flavors follow with a faint, odd sourness.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: Not a bad beer, but nothing really stands out about it. It smells nice, but is otherwise fairly bland without being too offensive.

n2185, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of TheHopMonster
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance: Dark amber with hints of dawn orange. White head with fast rising bubbles. Bubbles and head dissipate relatively quickly.

Smell: Vanilla, caramel, fallen leaves, allspice, and tree bark

Taste: Spicy with hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Very clean and satisfying. The spice does not becoming annoying or over powering at the end.

Mouth feel: Very drinkable, simple yet full of flavor,

Overall: decent pumpkin ale. Good balance of spice and malt unlike other pumpkin ales where I feel like im drinking eggnog or pumpkin cyder

TheHopMonster, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a clear copper orange with a half finger white head that fades quickly, no lacing.

Aroma of pumpkin spice, nutmeg and sweet malt.

Taste is liquid pumpkin pie, pumpkin, cinnamon, spice and slight candied sugar.

Mouth Feel is a lighter side of medium body, light carbonation smooth and slightly sweet.

Overall this is a nice pumpkin beer, it gives you anise pumpkin pie experience without going overboard with the pumpkin or sweetness. Needs a little more body and it would be a much better beer.

dtivp, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%

App- It has an amber and orange body with no carbonation. The head built to almost two fingers. No lace when the white cap withdrew.

Smell- There are strong nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove favors. There really aren't any hop profiles. Honestly, it is pretty decent for a pumpkin ale.

Taste- It is definitely going for a pumpkin pie flavor. What was on the nose is coming through in the taste, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe a little clove. However, it needs to be bigger. It tastes a little watered down.

Mouth feel- It is in between medium and light bodied. I find it strange that it is sort of fizzy with no carbonation noticeable in the glass. It is easy to drink.

Overall- Saranac is on to something with this combo of flavors, unfortunately this could be better crafted. Pump up the mouth feel and give the flavor profiles a boost.

Pintofbrown, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured copper colored, very clear with very little visible carbonation. Less than a fingers worth of head that dissipates very quickly... Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Spices are pretty strong here... lots of cinnamon and allspice right up front with a nice touch of pumpkin.

T: OK, now I'm getting the pumpkin... Little pumpkin pie upfront.. with nice notes of cinnamon, allspice and little caramel. Very malt heavy beer no hops to speak of. Very little aftertaste... maybe a little cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is light but clean, finish is a little dry.

O: Overall not a very bad Pumpkin ale, good ABV and nice flavors makes this on pretty good.. Worth looking for in October.

mralphabet, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Kc4shore
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%

A: Dark opaque brown with a large head

S: Smells of strong roasted pumpkin, malt, sweetness of roasted roots, warm spices

T: Heavy roasted pumpkin, warm spice flavors (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla), Burnt Caramel/Sugar

M: Full, low carbonation

O: Well, this beer varied with each sip. It was really inconsistent. My first sip was very unpleasently bitter (not in the good way) as if there was some burnt flavor going on in it. On the otherhand, as the drink progressed, the sweet roasted pumpkin worked its way to the forefront. So this was just Ehh.. great aromas though!

Kc4shore, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

A brownish amber beer with a small tan head that quickly vanishes nearly completely, leaving behind the faintest wisp of lace. Very clear, visibly carbonated.

Aroma is very spice heavy. Taste puts the spices first and foremost with a decent malt backbone. Little to no hops to speak of in the flavor. You have your pumpkin pie spice with little actual pumpkin flavor. The gourd taste is very subtle. Faintly sweet.

Kind of an odd mouthfeel, somewhat creamy and less carbonated than original thought. Drinks fairly well, with a short, dry finish that doesn't leave the spiciness around to linger for too long.

Sort of middle of the road. It's not bad but it's too impressive either. Another generic entry to this category, lacking any particular trait that would make it stand out. It's not too heavy handed with the spice rack but that is the predominant flavor.

tobelerone, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Alkey
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle a cloudy orange cooper color, slight film of head on top.

Aroma is of grains and spice.

Taste has some sweet pumpkin and bread like malt malt flavors with a nice pinch of all spice, nutmeg, and hint of cinnamon. Flavor finishes with a earthy pale ale type hop bite.

Overall I think this beer is well balanced and easy to drink. Great fall style taste and something I would like to have again.

Alkey, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured light brown with an orange hue. There was no appreciable head to speak of, but the pumpkin and cinnamon aroma was a nice touch. The taste was malty with a muted pumpkin flavor. There was also some pie spice present in the finish. Overall, this is not as adventurous as some of the imperials of this style. However, this is a solid pumpkin ale to enjoy on a cool fall day.

57md, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of beerismysavior
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Served out of a bottle into a pilsner glass

Aroma - Lots of pumpkin pie spice, hints of cinnamon, smells like a Yankee Candle Co. Fall Harvest candle, very autumn like smell. Nose matures into definite presence of alcohol

Color - Deep amber with light haze, orange tinge

Taste - Mediocre pumpkin spice in the initial taste, mellows into an alcoholic finish, lacks overall presence of pumpkin flavor

Mouthfeel - Somewhat watery due to the perceived alcohol. Very light bodied, expected more residual sugar and overall "fullness" of the mouth

Overall - Interesting beer to try in the efforts of seeking the penultimate pumpkin beer, but I'd call this a fall harvest rather than a true pumpkin ale

beerismysavior, Oct 12, 2011
Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.