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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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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2009

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with an ample white head about two inches tall. This faded and left behind a ton of lace. Good visible carbonation.

Very hoppy, lots of very sweet citrus flavors. A touch of sugar and some malted grains in the backend of it Very nice, and very hoppy. Had a very clean, cut taste. Not much of an aftertaste here, just straightforward hoppy pale ale. Nice grain fresh cut grass in the back.Silky smooth, albeit a little thin, but very smooth. Again very clean and refreshing, light.Very good. I could easily session this one all night ling. It was just a nice light IPA, or pale ale.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Saranac Beers of Summer Box - $13.48 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a burnished bronze body with noted clarity and an initial flurry of active carbonation that forms an inch-high layer of soda-like suds.

Smell: Fairly mild nose, with gentle, breezy notes of sliced white hoagie rolls, cut lemons, and flower petals. Again, it's all rather mild.

Taste: Light touch of light pale malts with a small, meager hint of lightly toasted bread. Lightly sweet boost of caramel cookies. Light nuttiness underneath. Lightly citrusy with some soft florals and a very light amount of balancing bitterness. Light, clean finish simply alive with carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation (again, a bit soda-like).

Drinkability: Fairly innocuous and easy to drink. While I felt I would be mighty quick to dismiss this one, the two bottles ended up being a nice, light beverage (despite its soda-like tendencies) to drink while cooking up a batch of shrimp and grits (with chorizo).

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Nearing the end of the Saranac summer mixer with this one (I think...). It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a bit less than a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose is a dichotomy of sweet caramel and hoppy florals, with a touch of orange zest trying to mediate things. The taste de-emphasizes the florals in favor of the orange, which itself is joined by some of its rind as well. The caramel is also not as sweet, but remains fairly pronounced nonetheless. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a nice but only slightly above average PA, but rather easily drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super pale as the pale pale nomenclature would entail, this is quite easily paler than the helles of Saranac's that I just drank from the 12 Beers of Summer. Crystal clear light golden copper tinted hue with a bright white head forming thin but fine and even lacing around my chalice. Aromatics offer up sharp centennial citrus rinds including pink grapefruit and pine and earthy notes. Marris otter malt brings the funk with an earthy nuttiness, but I really like the aroma on this one overall. Flavor shoots straight toward the alpha acids with barely any malt balance it really drives the citrus peel and earthy hop components. Reminds me of Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yard's in alot of ways. Bitter dry finish on the mouthfeel with sturdy carbonation flowing nicely, very light body as well as the alcohol. Drinkability is sessionable all the way it has flvor and refreshing appeal going on.

Photo of russpowell
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy hops, light breadyness once warm & honey malt notes

T: Grassy hops & light crackey flavor up front, some metallic twang too. Grainy notes, a touch of butterscotch & much grassyness as this warms.
Finishes with grainyness & metallic notes, plus slight crackery notes

MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation, becomes a tad watery once warm. Balance is out of kilter, not enough malt base to pull together

Drinks alright to quench the thirst but not enough to hold my interest for long. Worth a try if you like them simple

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 6/9/10 notes. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white head.

s - Smells of floral hops and wheat.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, and fading hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a great pale ale. Not much going on here and would not look to have again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I always thought Pale Ale's were pale enough.. apparently Saranac didn't feel the same way.

Pours a light golden color.. memories of Bud light in a glass come to the forefront.. it has to at least TASTE better than that. Thankfully it does. Not surprisingly, it tastes like a watered down pale ale. Very light bodied, a tiny little hop kick to it with some nice bitterness in there. Definitely an easy drinker and not offensive by any means.. but just way too thin and light, even on a nice hot day. It's refreshing but I wish Saranac chose a better style to brew for their 12 Beers of Summer.. I vote no on this one.

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From summer '09 variety pack:

Pours bright golden with a nice foamy white head. Patches of lacing stick.

The smell is biscuity and grainy with mild herbal hop spicing.

The taste is of tea-leaf with Maris Otter maltiness and a balancing bitter touch. Mild, but pleasant - a nice English/American hybrid of English malt and American hops.

It has a crisp, light body (though not thin or watery) with a lasting pleasant aftertaste.

This is thist-quenching and truly a summer session beer!

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's dry with some light yeast esters. The taste is decent. It has a weak malt flavor with a decent amount of hop character. It's light and refreshing; just not that malty. It goes down easy with a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable APA. It's a solid session beer that won't fill you up and is great for the warmer months.

Photo of Gavage
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden color with a 1/2" head that lasts a while, but no lacing is produced. Plenty of slow rising carbonation bubbles too.

Smell: very little aroma here except for some floral bitterness and orange citrus.

Taste: light caramel, orange, hint of nuttiness, and a decent bitterness make up a very mild and light ale.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a mild dry finish. Short aftertaste that seemed to focus on the bitterness. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this came across as a decent ale that was somewhat crisp and refreshing.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear dark gold. Head is relatively light but stays around a while, limited lace.

S: Some grassy hops and sourdough bread, cracked wheat in there too, relatively mild for the style.

T: Light amount of grassy hops, pretty good aftertaste - they come out more. Mild malt, carbonic acid makes a play which is never a good sign. Mediocre flavour.

M: Light-bodied, smooth for sure, creamy. Easy going down, but just so light in this style.

D: A very mild-mannered pale ale. Taste is okay, no outright problems, I simply need more hops, I'm hankering for some Anchor Liberty after this.

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard brown bottle with no indication of freshness into a SA perfect pint glass. This Pale Pale ale appears a clear light yellow color with 2 fingers of white foam for a head that receeds leaving lace all over the glassware. Aroma has a pleasant mixture of herbal and citrus hops that come across a bit grassy. Taste has a the expected citrus hop character as well along with a faint grainy malt sweetness before the slightly bitter sweet finish that is quite crisp. This brew has a light body with moderate level of carbonation. Very faint but interesting mix of bready grain flavor coupled with the citrus bitter hops. Overall not bad, the entire time I am drinking this I can't get the thought of "light" pale ale out of my mind.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle out of the summer variety pack. The clear, amber beer pours with a tall head and lacing. The aroma is a light, citrus pine scent and the flavor also focuses on the hops, but with a very mellow nutty undertone. Along with the rye pils and helles, this mix pack has some really solid options for craft beer lovers. I'd be happy to drink this in the summer or any time I want a more sessionable pale ale. Reminds me a touch of of the Southern Tier Pale.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from the sampler pack, on to the beer:

Pale pale ale is indeed pale, with a pale orange color bordering into golde yellow territory. Head retention is good, and so is the amount of lacing left. Wait, this smells like a type of fruit...smells like apricots. Is this a Magic Hat #9 clone?

The flavor's key is on the back of the strongish estery fruit and funny apricot notes. There's little support of the hops or malt, so something weird must be in that yeast. Light solvent alcohol is whispered at times.

It's enjoyable enough. Easy enough to drink, but in the end I find it as a mere upgrade from #9.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears golden with a small amount of soapy white head.

Smells like pale malt and subtle piney hop notes.

Taste is quite tame, slight bitter hop action with a light roasted character.

Medium bodied and smooth with a medium level of carbonation.

A decent overall beer. Nothing special, but enough hop flavor to get by.

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a copper-straw with obvious carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. Any head quickly fades to nothing. Smells hoppy and a little citruisy. Taste is decent; nice hop character of flowers and pine add to nice bitter swallow; smooth malt character adds a welcomed sweetness. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is crisp and a little dry; decent carbonation; very drinkable.

This is a decent offering from Saranac. It definitely helps to save their Beers of Summer mix pack. I would definitely have this beer again.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Saranac's 12 Beers of Summer pack.

A: The pale pale ale is just that, wickedly pale with a solid yellow color, a goldenrod tone that is translucent.

S: The nose is malty, full of bread and caramel. A mild hop profile also hovers below the surface, peaking out at times.

T: The ale is very light, focusing on the malt side. Bready with a soft caramel touch, the lighter malts take the focus of said caramel. The taste is very earthy without being hoppy. The malt flavor lingers long after the sip is gone, a rarity so such a mild ale. Citrus hops are present below the surface, adding flickering bitterness to the maltiness. A pleasant pale ale that needs some of the oomph that the pale ale brings.

M: The ale is light, reflected both in flavor and body. The relaxed atmosphere makes for a nice drink.

D: A decent light pale ale. I'd take its stronger brother 9 times out of 10, as it needs a little more strength.

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal hop and delicate doughy malt.

The taste was well balanced with a crisp malt and a lingering herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very easy drinking pale ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mainly of hops. Taste is good, well balanced malts and hops, slight bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

Photo of Brad007
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, light-copper color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of light floral hops and malt in the nose. Seems a bit "extra" as far as the aroma is concerned.

Taste is somewhat watery with only a touch of hop bitterness and malt upfront. Seems a bit peppery/buttery in the middle. Not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering, but disappointing bitterness and malt at first. However, after I wait a minute or two, it seems to settle down nicely in the form of a nice touch of hop bitterness. Perhaps my taste buds were a bit off.

Definitely doesn't taste like anything I'd buy again but it's still a bit drinkable if you can get past the watery start.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In my opinion it was the best out of the summer variety pack.

A - Pale golden yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head. Lovely.

S - Slight bread and citrus fruit sweetness. Mild hops.

T - Wow really enjoyed this one! The taste is perfectly balanced with a lemon fruit sweetness and finishing with a mild bitter bread. Awesome.

M - Prefect summer brew. Light and refreshing. Session-able.

D - I loved this beer. The bitterness was not overpowering like the Stegmaier or Serra Nevada pale ales. Really enjoyed the subtle sweetness of this pale ale. Great beer.

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Saranac Pale Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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