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Saranac Pale Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pale Pale AleSaranac Pale Pale Ale

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166 Ratings

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2009)
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New York

2/5  rDev -41.5%

09-02-2012 22:30:29 | More by prisdefer
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

04-23-2014 20:40:23 | More by Durandal_777
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2.33/5  rDev -31.9%

Saranac Pale Pale Ale, for when a standard pale ale just isn't enough. Gold with a white head. Retention should be ashamed of itself.

Doesn't smell like much. Maybe some biscuity malt. Faint swampy hop character. Taste is biscuit malt and a little cascade spice. Nice Cali pale mouthfeel. Intensely soapy aftertaste, I was hoping for a nice porch beer but ended up with a bathtub beer. Bummer.

04-08-2010 17:56:26 | More by donkeyrunner
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2.35/5  rDev -31.3%

This came in the summer Saranac box of 12 beers along with Helles, Summer Wheat, Amber Wheat, Pomegranate Wheat, & Rye Pilsener. None of these really stood out but the Pale Pale was the only one disconcerting enough to review.

Pour was average, head was average, aroma showed plenty of malt but the mouthfeel and bitterness just did not sit right. I know the right bitterness when I taste it and this was like hops gone bad. Almost poured it out...and for me that is a big deal. I would like to try this on tap so I know it is fresh.

11-10-2010 17:28:46 | More by milesmayhem
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North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, light golden with about 2 fingers of white head that disappears somewhat quickly before falling to a thin film. Mild lacing.

S - Weird dirty/earthy/citric aroma, what I associate with "dirty wheat." Some floral notes are hidden in there letting you know there were some kind of hops used at some point here, but they are smothered in a grainy/husky blanket.

T - I didn't think it was going to get any worse, but it did. Grainy sweetness akin to a macro or malt liquor hits immediately and then some crazy off flavors pop up like metal and wet dog. Really off-putting. Somewhere in this gutter-water mess is a dying reminder of hops, with some slightly citrus and earthy characteristics. Bitterness hits hard with a squeeze of lemon for flavor but little else. Moderate to high bitterness for the style and relatively blandness of the brew in general. Grain, lemon juice concetrate, and just a bit of that wet dog linger in the finish and aftertaste.

M - Not too much to talk about here. Relatively light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Comes across as watery at times.

D - I don't know what's going on, but Saranac's beers seem to be getting worse. This beer seems like little more than an American ice lager with a blast of bitterness. No harmony or balance, and nothing that shines from the malt or hop department. The wet dog thing seems to be going in and out, varying in intensity between sips, but it's still pretty gross. Not quite undrinkable, but walking a thin line.

05-28-2009 01:43:12 | More by PatrickJR
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

03-08-2012 05:33:40 | More by dhep16
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

10-01-2012 00:27:34 | More by slim2043
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

11-30-2011 18:20:02 | More by kelvarnsen
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

02-08-2012 13:06:44 | More by crashoveride
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North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -26%

Aroma: Very faint fruity esters and mild citrus hop aroma, too mild for American pale ale. No malt or other aromas.

Appearance: Deep yellow to pale gold. A modest but lingering finely bubbled head. Crystal clear.

Flavor: Prominent, but not overpowering hop character with medium bitterness and a medium-light citrus lingering into the finish. Very faint malt sweetness in the front that blends well with the citrusy hops. No other malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and carbonation. The finish has a mild lingering bitterness that is not quite dry.

Overall Impression: A very mild example of American pale ale that would make a good introduction for the drinker that is not used to more aggressive beers. A warning though, this beer is way too mild for the typical pale ale loving hop head as well as being rather one dimensional.

Comments: This beer barely manages to meet the standards for American pale ale. It has no faults with what it is, other than it may not be enough for those who prefer this style. I think it serves best as an introduction to the uninitiated and those who aren't too picky.

04-29-2010 03:46:49 | More by 160Shillings
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2.55/5  rDev -25.4%

Decent amber appearance. Aroma, that of a bad ipa, minimal hops, wood and stale smell.

Taste, more wood, minimal hops. Bland. A little bit of a sour feel, maybe lemon. Very light body duped by the graininess. A very conservative beer, something you give the plebian drinker who has graduated beyond BMC, but hasn't got beyond SA yet.

Pricey for what it is, not enjoyable. Definitely on the bottom 25% of all APAs I can think of.

04-01-2010 16:36:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -24.6%

It has a fizzy head. The color is a good pale amber. The aroma is light, but of hops and malt. I don't get any citrus. Up front it is a bit sweet. Honey and malt. A bit of lemon hits in the middle. In the finish a bit of bitter hops. Nothing notable. And that's kind of how I see this brew. Not bad. But nothing really good either. Kind of like spicing up a macrobrew a bit. For a brew that wants to be the best pale ale you ever had (on the label), it totally misses that mark.

09-04-2009 20:39:18 | More by skinny0ne
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Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

02-16-2013 20:33:17 | More by DaKur
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

09-01-2014 20:33:03 | More by beerhast
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

04-10-2012 03:25:09 | More by Screwball
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West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

06-02-2012 02:36:54 | More by Danno48
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2.8/5  rDev -18.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear copper colour, nice head of froth, but poor retention. Some spotted lace.

S - Mild citrus hops in the nose, but not much else to report here.

T - Sort of acidic, and bitter, but not in a pleasant hoppy way. Some pine hops offer relief, but not much.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, watery feel and finish.

D - It's not terrible, but it is one of the weaker Saranac brews and pale ales in general.

09-10-2011 22:32:28 | More by PhageLab
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2.83/5  rDev -17.3%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Big dollop of off-white head; filtered clarity of a pale golden hue. Citric zest with a hint of grain seem to be the only traits noticeable in the nose. Crisp, light-bodied ale; pulling dryness. Maltiness tries to hold this beer together, while faint juicy fruit and even fainter caramel in the front quickly give way to the dryness. Hops chime in with citric but earthy flavors of bark, tobacco and wild herbs. Hints of fruit and ale fermentation twang. Super-dry finish. The dry- ness and extra hop push leave this brew a bit off balance—perhaps that was the intention, but it takes away from its potential drinkability.

09-23-2011 21:27:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

02-17-2013 16:36:41 | More by BamfBacon
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.3%

08-10-2013 02:09:44 | More by EBeckett3
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New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

04-14-2012 12:14:24 | More by dgeebs07
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

01-05-2014 04:14:49 | More by jaydoc
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New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

04-21-2012 23:33:35 | More by RWACKO
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-26-2011 21:59:56 | More by rxthree
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New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-06-2013 03:10:08 | More by sirsteve42
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Saranac Pale Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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