Saranac Brown Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by guinness33:
2.9/5 rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a wonderful looking medium brown colour with a huge head that balloons from the top of the glass before subsiding. a nice layer of residue is left on the walls of the glass after each sip. Very nice.
Aroma is run of the mill: a bit of sweet caramel, some general malt, perhaps a bit of floral hops, a bit of butter and some rubbery notes. There's a fair amount going on but it's a bit muddled and uninspired.
As for the flavour, you can basically copy what was written above and paste here: caramel is less pronounced, the rubber notes are bumped up a bit and the floral hops still linger from time to time. Typical at best. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a touch of slickness to it and too harsh of a bite at the finish.
I can't say that I can recommend this one. I'd call it average at best and that's likely a bit of a stretch. It looks great, but could use work just about everywhere else. Please tinker with this one a bit more, Saranac.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2008 04:13:20 | More by guinness33
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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.