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Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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829 Ratings

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany body with an off white head.

Aromas of caramel, pumpkin, and nutmeg.

Sweet caramel and pumpkin with suggestions of vanilla, allspice, cinnamonand clove. Pretty simple, but the sweet pumpkin/malty flavors and the subtlety of the spice make for are a nice combo. Way more pumpkin flavor than most pumpkin beers.

Body is medium, as is carbonation.

Its not a spice bomb, so I cant complain too much. Maybe a touch thin and a little too sweet, but overall its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 02:26:18 | More by BradLikesBrew
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West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a very dark (almost brown) amber, clear with heavy carbonation; leaves a moderate off-white foam with moderate lacing

smell: hop and pumpkin scent are complemented with a slight maltiness with a light, nose-tickling spicy undertone.

taste: naturally the pumpkin taste is predominant, yet it tastes mellow and on the verge of watered down; the slight spiciness helps to enhance the too-mellow taste; finishes cleaner than expected.

drinkability: as far as pumpkin beers go, it is definitely pleasant to drink, just more subdued than others in its category, nothing to put it down specifically, but nothing that makes it noteworthy either.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 00:15:14 | More by weller1js
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4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours into a pint glass a very dark coppery orange with some mahoganey highlights. It pours with a small head that's not quite a finger.
This beer smells very spicy and malty. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and caramel maltiness.
The taste is full of spices and malt, and is pretty medium bodied. Not strong but not watery. There is not much hops here but I think the spices in pumpkin ales do a good job substituting in these type of beers.
The mouthfeel is medium and pretty well carbonated.
I like pumpkin ales and I like this beer. It's very easy to drink with awesome pumpkin pie flavors and nothing much that get's in the way. It's light enough to drink a lot without being watery.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 20:51:38 | More by cooch69
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saranac Pumking Ale | on-tap | 5.4% ABV | Sept. 2010

Brewer: The Matt Brewing Company
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Glass: Flute

One of the less attractive shades of orange... though you could argue it's Halloweeny. Tiny ring of foam at the top, with some nice carbonation streaming through the glass.

Spices, lightly roasted pumpkin seeds, touch of vanilla and cinnamon.

Lightly toasted malt closer to white bread than whole grain on the flavour scale, faint taste of roasted pumpkin seeds, some allspice, not much hop presence.

Watery, though there is some great fizzy carbonation to make up for it.

Drinkable but not that enjoyable.

Would I get it again?:
No, but I do like the pumpkin ale style. I'll be sampling some more in the coming weeks.

Served: September 21, 2010

Price = $6 at the Witherspoon Grill

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 02:23:13 | More by BeerNemesis
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4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. Pours a clear, medium to dark amber color. Off-white head 1/2 inch thick when poured, quickly settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with spotty foam here and there on the surface. Not too much lacing from this one. Aromas of caramel malt, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg are present. Nice caramel malt flavor upfront, followed with lots of spices, the cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg all nicely present. Also a hint of vanilla. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink. Pretty good, but I do wish the mouthfeel was a little thicker.


Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:47:34 | More by neenerzig
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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, has a nice fragrance and very drinkable for a pumpkin beer.

Nice dark amber color, the smell of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla come to mind. Has a hint of a pumpkin taste but not overpowering.

Very drinkable for those special occasions, and if you like pumpkin beers you will like this one. Saranac does a good job in brewing different styles of beers. Great beer for a fall mix pack, and perhaps for any fall parties.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 14:54:27 | More by dubc19382
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

A. Dark amber brown body with one finger of bubbly off white head. Head reduced to a cap after a few minutes.

S. I can smell some Cinnamon and Nutmeg as well as a faint hint of pumpkin.

T. Pretty good Pumpkin beer. I can taste some cinnamon and some vanilla with a fresh aftertaste of pumpkin.

M. Light and bubbly, probably a little over carbonated to showcase the flavor however it probably adds to the smell.

D. I would not hesitate to pick up a full sixxer of this. I only got two in a fall sampler.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 22:12:41 | More by bourbonbock
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New York

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown into a tumbler. Fine eggshell colored head rests on top.

Smell has faint but noticeable pumpkin,  cardomam cinnamon and nutmeg are present, in that order of strength.

Taste is very similar to a brown ale with a slight pumpkin tinge. spices mainly cinnamon are present at the back as is a slightly spicy hop character.

Mouthfeel is light and watery not much to it. Very mild fine carbonation throughout

This is more drinkable than say pumpking or punkin but has nowhere near as pronounced flavors. If i were to session a pumpkin ale though it'd be punkin

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 19:05:06 | More by STEG
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper color with a small head that fades quickly. Some lacing.

S: Spicy aroma, mostly of nutmeg & cinnamon.

T: initially spicy flavor with some malt. A mild bitterness and a lingering sticky sweetness for a finish.

F: Light body with lots of carbonation.

D: Quite easy to drink but only for 1-2. Not bad for a seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:52:43 | More by soju6
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2.13/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- From a bottle, nothing special. Copper color, fluffy head didn't keep long.
S- This kept me interested. It was spicy, but hints that the taste might be a bit sweet too.
T- Well, so much for pumpkin beer. It tasted like clove beer, mixed with cloves, with a dash of clove spice for good measure. Was not expecting this.
M- Decent carbonation, probably should have paid more attention to this but I just wanted to get it down.
D- Not good. I actually did not mind this beer towards the end, but I was put off by the clove taste, if you could not tell from my previous comments.
Overall- I was pretty excited for this, it was my first pumpkin ale of the season. I was sorely disappointed. Not Saranac's finest showing.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 22:21:45 | More by red1sox
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3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper/light brown with a small, short-lived head. Sweet, malty aromas with strong notes pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. Each of these notes carry through to the taste, which is predominantly malty with a very mild, earthy bitterness. An uncomplicated, easily drinkable beer; not a bad value if you're hosting a fall party.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 05:48:10 | More by droomyster
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a light pumpkin ale. It had a decent flavor, but it was very artificial. It tasted like someone took a lager and poured some pumpkin spice syrup into it. It wasn't bad, but not nearly as good as other pumpkin ales that I've had. This is one of my favorite styles of beers, and even though it's not my preference in this style, I seem to find myself drinking it more often than others in the category. I stocked up on this last fall and enjoyed them all summer. That was a good life decision.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 08:10:52 | More by Nature777
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours much darker than the average pumpkin ale. Almost brown. Light off white head that quickly disappears. No lacing.

Nice pie spice aroma. Cinnamon, brown sugar, roasted malts. Very pleasant.

Taste is a diluted version of the smell. Nice malty body with hints of pie spice and cinnamon. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Light bodied and a tad over-carbonated, a bit prickly on the tongue but not unpleasant. Very drinkable and easily one of the better beers in this style. Would be great on a chilly October night.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:44:01 | More by Pdiddey3d
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3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just have to say that there's confusion with the spice profile in this. A lot of spices competing with each other instead of working together, and CLOVE is leading the way?! Why is this the most dominant seasoning coming through here? Actually, I'm not so sure it isn't nutmeg that I'm smelling/tasting, although nutmeg isn't listed as part of the recipe. Either or, it's not exactly a flavor I want featured predominantly in a pumpkin ale. Quick suggestions I could offer would be to bring up the malt and hop character a notch or two as well as bumping up the presence of the cinnamon and/or allspice. Some burnt, caramel or toffee qualities wouldn't hurt either.

Pretty much what we have here is too many distinct flavors (spices, etc) not apportioned in the best manner on top of a thinnish malt body that lacks some of the depth and complexity I feel best suits a pumpkin ale. The pumpkin itself is only vaguely discernible, if at all.

In spite of what I feel is "not right" with this beer, it's not a total bust. The look is okay, if not spectacular - beer-bottle brown with an average head. It also has a decent, though bordering on watery, mouthfeel. The taste, however, all but kills the drinkability factor here. I won't be revisiting this one unless they tweak it to my specs and send me a case.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 21:42:21 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:13:12 | More by NODAK
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New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 4, 2010. It pours an orange-amber with a long lasting quarter-inch silky beige head. Good lacing. The aroma is of pumpkins, spice, and a bit of brown sugar but it did not smell as fresh as it could have. The taste comes in about the same with a weak but noticeable pumpkin spice and roiasted malty character. Thinly hopped. Pleasant enough but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 22:46:18 | More by puboflyons
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

My first pumpkin ale. With that said, I was very disappointed at how this turned out. I don't know if my expectations were unrealistic but I expected this thing to taste like a wonderfully spiced homemade pumpkin pie. The second I popped the cap off I knew that this was not going to be the case. After pouring it had a meager head that quickly faded away into a thin ring of nano bubble around the edge of the glass. The aroma is weak, not as pronounced as I had hoped. Yeah the bottle says there is allspice, cloves, and vanilla in this but I could barely sense any of it. The first sip was a massive let down, a very low key pumpkin taste if anything at all. Mild carbonation, watery. An easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 17:07:08 | More by apache119
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District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown and amber hues but clear and not cloudy. Decent cream colored head that sticks to the glass.
S: Very acidic and malty. Sweet with notes of vanilla and cinnamon.
T: Cinnamon, malt and strong vanilla to blend with the malt. It has notes of pumpkin but it is not very strong. This beer almost feels more like an oatmeal with the blend.
D/M: Crisp and clean. Easy to drink and not too heavy. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:41:04 | More by pzrhsau
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm doing a pumpkin vertical here: Williamsburg, Schlafly, and this one!

A: Pretty clear orange color, with moderate carbonation, and an inch head (much bigger than the other two).

S: I smell pumpkin yeast. That is not a bad thing, but I don't get the pumpkin pie quality that I commonly associate with the big pumpkin beers. Pepper?

T: It's almost like a pumpkin lager. However, that is not a bad thing at all. It's smooth as hell (smoother than the other two), but the peppery yeast dominates the pumpkin flavor somewhat. I'll ding it a bit for that, but it's still kind of refreshing.

M: Fairly thin texture-wise (at least compared to the other two), but it rests on the palate nicely

D: ABV is only 5.4%. It may be one of the thinner of the great pumpkin ales, but it's definitely more sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:39:18 | More by Chaney
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4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a mix and match. Had it before so lets see what a year can do for the palate!

A - Looks kind of like a brown ale. Really one of the darkest pumpkin ales I ever had. Nice inch of head, tons of carbonation, and mild lacing.

S - wow from across the table (foot away) I can smell pumpkin all spice, mild cinnamon, full on nutmeg, and a kind of pale ale wheat grass smell that must be from the hops. Interesting

T - Very balanced. First you get the bitterness of the hop profile and it takes a step up with sweet and spicy cinnamon and brown sugar, maybe a mild vanilla, then finishes with a smooth sweet semi artificial pumpkin taste. Not very off putting and actually pretty good!

M - Light to medium body drinkability is pretty nice.

D - Overall it's a big change from the Smuttynose pumpkin ale since that one started semi sweet and ended bitter with hops this ale is more bitter at first then rounds out the sweetness and finishes malty. A pretty OK pumpkin ale that should keep me busy till Pumking arrives. A solid brew Saranac!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:34:15 | More by DrDemento456
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint (NY Yankees pint to be exact)

A: Very rich clear amber color, slightly darker than most. About a little less than 1/2 in of head, fell quick but left a nice lacing.

S: I love the aroma of this beer. Right away it makes you think of fall. You can smell the spices. Cinnamon and vanilla jump out at me right way. A sweet malt smell takes it over the top. Although the spices can be a little over powering to the rest, it still has an excellent aroma. I would love to be in the factory when they are brewing this.

T: It took me a couple sips to process these flavors. It has a sweet complex taste like a brown ale. A beer that slowly changes as you drink it. At first I just tasted the malt with hints of vanilla. Then the spices pick up a little bit more. There is not much of a punch from the hops, but I feel this is a good thing. There is a lot going on with the spices and malt alone. It's nice to see the hops take a back seat.

M: It is a medium body with medium carbonation. It does leave a funny coating in my mouth after a couple.

D: This beer starts to sit heavy after a few. You don't want to get sick off it, it could scar you for life. I would definitely go for two Saranac Pumpkin ales and a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 19:23:16 | More by skenyon1811
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South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First pumpkin beer of the season. I have been looking forward to the fall seasonals, pumpkin beers in particular.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Beer pours a dark copper/amber color with about three fingers worth of creamy white-ish head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving behind quite a bit of lacing.

The nose is caramel malts and pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie seems to be somewhat subdued. I get some hints of pumpkin, and allspice. I also get quite a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. A little weak for my tastes

The taste follows the nose quite closely. The malts in the base beer seem to steal the show, leaving the pumpkin (what the beer should be all about) fading in and out, and in the end leaving you wanting. Not bad, just a little watery and lacking in the pumkin dept. Light/medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Easy to drink, but ultimately underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 19:11:15 | More by CBlack85
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a "12 Beers A Falling" Saranac sampler pack.

Appearance: Dark, no head at all

Smell: Smells like nutmeg and cinnamon, very enticing

Taste: Tastes like nutmeg and cinnamon as well, sort of like a muted pumpkin pie

Drinkability: Couldn't really have too many of these, but it has respectable drinkability for a pumpkin ale

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 18:44:32 | More by sdj5
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3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pumpkin beer of the season. On tap at Union Ale House.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin--light bread and caramel

Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: Not usually impressed with Saranac but this was surprisingly good. This was not too bitter nor too sweet. The spicing was done well. As a seasonal, I could do six of these easy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 15:13:26 | More by tigg924
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New York

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is always one of my highlights of the whole fall beer season. Maybe it's the bottle... The beer is more orange in color than amber and not as dark as you would think. Nice pumpkin and spice aroma that is not very strong. Has a rich taste that leaves the pumpkin on the aftertaste. I am not that crazy about the feel in that it is a little heavy bodied and will be more appreciated in October that mid august. Probably not an all day drinker, though it would be nice around the Autumnal campfire.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 17:50:04 | More by Brno
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