Saranac Brown Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.6/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
We pour a brew of a lighter, more translucent cola color. It holds a one and a half finger whitish head, retaining normally. Lacing is limited, but noticeable. The carbonation looks to be medially active, and no sediment is noted. The aroma pops up front with malts and hints of dark fruits, namely figs. There is an added sweetness, of caramel, and an interesting saltiness hitting high up on the nose. As we sip, there is an immediate competition between malts and hops. The malts are rich, while the hops fight back with a metallic, bitter grassiness. The sip progresses slowly, and the hops eventually win, pushing the same flavoring through the middle. The finish is more of the same, with a revival of malts, bringing sweetness and a savory salty vibe back into the mix. The aftertaste breathes cleanly with hops, but here they are more citric than grassy. The body is medium and the carbonation is high, helping to pound the flavors directly into the tongue. The mouth is not coated, but rather, left watery and satiated. The abv is standard, and the drinkability is fine.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the surprisingly bright aroma. The malts, here, were highly robust, and gave off a nice dark, caramely scent. This translated relatively well into the taste, with an unexpected hop dominance throughout a good portion of the session.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2010 04:43:10 | More by TheBrewo
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3.3/5 rDev -2.9%
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 299 ratings.