Saranac Brown Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by BigRedN:
3.28/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Part of a mixed six pack.
Appearance: Poured into a pint glass the beer is brown (of course). My pour produces a generous off white head, about 3/4 inch in height. Head slowly fades to a solid cover on the liquid.
Smell: A has been the case for a lot of the Saranac beers that I have had, the scent seems somewhat subdued. Light malt aroma,(slightly sweet with a touch or caramel) nothing hoppy
Taste: A decent balance of malts with a surprising hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with light carbonation. A bit prickly on the tongue with a little bit of a lingering aftertaste.
Drinkability: Part of a mixed 6 I purchased in Iowa. Not available locally, and honestly there are so many brown ales available that are better, I do not think I would go out of ,y way to have this again.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2011 07:02:43 | More by BigRedN
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3.3/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This one is a dark brown color, and it looks appropriate as the style tends to be exactly this color or close to it, but not heavy, and allowing some light in. The khaki-colored head is nothing impressive in size, though it is tight for a little while. it doesn't leave much of itself behind, though.
The aroma's got something to it, not as weak as the style tends to be (though some brewers are blowing the lid off it, so to speak). It's got the caramel malts with the toasty back along with light notes of brewed coffee and cocoa with a touch of something leafy and lightly earthy. It's malt-forward but with a bit of hops.
More roast comes out in the flavor, and while there's a touch of toast to start it off it's replaced by the roast. The flavor has a touch of nuttiness not found in the aroma, with caramel malts balanced by the leafy and maybe slightly citric hops that aren't quite so well in tune in the end.
The feel is good, though I'd prefer a stronger medium body to this lighter one. it is crisp without being too crisp with a little smoothness.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 20:59:34 | More by Brenden
Saranac Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.