Saranac Pale Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
Boittle courtesy of adneilsen ( thanbks AAron) poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of biscuit, light earthiness and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel was light bodie and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuits, light earthiness and light citrus with a crisp dry lightly bitter finish. Yet another average beer from Saranac.
12-18-2011 19:06:38 | More by Ratman197
3.15/5 rDev -8.2%
Appearance- light golden pour with small foamy white head that quickly subdues with very minimal lacing.
Smell- very citrus, tangerine like smell up front coming from the hops. Can barely pick out a slight sweet malty caramel scent. A bit of figs also.
Taste- immediate citrus kick from the hops, malts are barely noticeable but does finish with a slight nutty kick. Extremely dry on the back end, leaves very little on the palate.
Mouthfeel- good. Creamy and pretty well balanced.
Overall, pretty decent. The balance seems a little off and the dryness off puts me a bit.
11-30-2011 00:29:09 | More by Treyliff
3.43/5 rDev 0%
Got this bottle at a recent beer competition. 12oz bottle...
A: A perfectly clear, filtered, orangish red brew with an off white 1 inch head that fades quickly to small bubbles atop the brew. Decent.
S: I get a bready malt upfront with a rye scent in the middle and not much on the backend. Hops? Eh...
T: Wow! A nice bready malt upfront followed by a nice crisp clean hop in the middle and a sweetness on the backend. Well blended malt and hop! Good.
M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A clean malty finish. Decent.
O: All in all, this is a decent brew. For a pale ale, I'd say it is a decent representation. There are many better in the style, but if a local for you, a good pale to try.
11-12-2011 04:08:13 | More by steve8robin
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured a hazy gold color with a 2 finger off white foamy head that faded slowly; the head had a lot of bubbles in it and left good spotty lacing.
Smells hoppy and malty, with piney hops, sweet malt, toasted grains and some lemon zest; pretty basic aroma with light hops and grains.
Taste is crisp and hoppy, with light piney hops, citrus hops, lemon zest, sweet malty, toasted grains, hay, grass, herbs, light spices like pepper or coriander and an overall earthy flavor.
Mouthfeel was crisp with light carbonation, a medium body and a finish on the dry side that has a hint of citrus bitterness. It was almost refreshing and yet almost too grainy, so the end was mixed up to me.
It was decent overall, and while enjoyable enough the taste just didn’t blow me away. Good beer as part of the sampler 12 pack, but I doubt that I’d buy a 6 pack of this.
10-08-2011 03:32:08 | More by CHickman
3.35/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly off-white foam. Aromas of floral hops, somewhat grassy, bubblegum and biscuit. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of good hops, as well as some pears, peaches and biscuit malt.
09-29-2011 03:50:46 | More by emmasdad
2.83/5 rDev -17.5%
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
4.43/5 rDev +29.2%
Appearance: Solid brown ale. Good color, definitely adequate with lacing, and foam as I remember.
Smell: A nice nutty sweetness. Brown sugar and honey with a hint of fruit.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Good flavors that mesh with excellent complexity. This is how a pale ale should taste. Nice creaminess as well.
Overall: One of Saranac's best.
09-19-2011 03:58:10 | More by tjsdomer2
2.8/5 rDev -18.4%
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
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
A-Pours a brighter orange color. Head is frothy and standard in size. A bunch of lacing. Transparent.
S-Pale maltiness. Sugary malt. A bit of pine and even spruce. Lightly hopped. Once again, like most Saranac beers, the nose is underwhelming. Mellow balance.
T-The flavor beats out the nose. Unique qualities of pine. Carves its own flavor niche. Hard to exactly describe, but it uses conventional Pale Ale/IPA flavors and mixes them together in a different way. Slightly bitter aftertase, but the sweetness lingers too.
M-Lighter bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nothing much to note aside from that. No lingering feel.
O/D-I enjoyed this one far more than Saranac's IPA. Better hop profile, and simply more memorable. Nothing to faint over but very solid indeed.
08-29-2011 23:29:13 | More by VelvetExtract
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
A hard pour puts two fingers of off white lather atop a dark straw-colored, almost clear beer. A few thin arms of lace cling. The head goes to a lasting thin cap.
Light aroma- a touch of grass and yeasty tart, hints of bready sweet, very light scents of citrus and floral.
Light strength taste as well, starts with a rounded yeast flavor, light herbal bitter, some neutral sweet, hints of pine and citrus, with a fizzy bitter ending. All in all not too bad.
Mouthfeel is less than optimal, especially compared to the many, many much better pale ales easily available. Too carb.'ed, not viscous enough, though its not a clean cling, and a finish that has too much resin buildup that could be tastier.
A beer that comes in a value priced assortment pack, and is okay for the cost, but not one to try if you are looking for SN quality or better.
08-15-2011 22:48:39 | More by cavedave
3.95/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
08-03-2011 17:30:13 | More by tdm168
3.48/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.
A: Pours a clear, pale amber color with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Some retention but no lace.
S: Faint sweet malt and a little floral quality. Not bad, but too subdued.
T: Leads with dry, biscuity malt. A little citrus fruit. Like the smell, too tame.
M: Light mouthfeel, a tiny bit of cream.
O: Not a bad beer, but not a lot going for it. With so many better examples of the style out there, I probably won't be revisiting this one.
07-31-2011 00:57:44 | More by AmericanGothic
Saranac Pale Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.