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Saranac Big Moose Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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456 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saranac Big Moose Ale is an American Pale Ale with a kick. The medium-bodied malt sweetness is balanced by a nice crisp bitterness from hand selected centennial and cascade hops. Look for a vibrant citrusy hop aroma that will leave you craving another swig!

13.5 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009)
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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, very good retention, spotty lace.

S: Tangerines with a hint of mint, light pine.

T: Good citrusy and earthy hop flavour, hint of mango in the finish. Tasty crystal type malt, good balanced flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and clean. Refreshing and easy drinking.

O: Quite a pleasant surprise from the Saranac winter 12er. The best beer I've had from them, just a good APA.

Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear light orange color with more than 2 fingers of slightly yellowish off white foam. Large bubbles constitute most of the head that receeds leaving a lot of lace all over the glassware. Nose is mildly spicy from hops and a bit of malt is detected in the background. Taste includes some caramel-like malt notes and finishes slightly bitter from the hops. Moderately carbed and medium to light feel. Overall nothing really exciting about the taste and the nose is not impressive. I will note that it has been a long time since I saw a beer that had this much head retension right down to the last sip without being on nitro.

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle: " Saranac Big Moose Ale is the perfect brew for a cold Adirondack winter night. This full-flavored ale is triple dry-hopped with specialty Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops to give you a vibrant citrusy hop aroma. The bold hop character is balanced by malt sweetness from English Pale and Caramel malts to produce a lusciously crisp flavor. We don't call it 'Big Moose' for nothing!" Now, that's copy!

I got a rocky, foamy finger's worth of ecru head off of the pour with decent retention. Color was a medium-copper/amber with NE-quality clarity, real BUPGOO stuff! Nose was, as some noted, more bread/biscuit than hoppy, but underlain with a lemon/ grapefruit hoppiness. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hops bite on the tongue, more pine than citrus, The bottleneck reads "... from hand selected Centennial and Cascade hops." Aha! Finish was pleasantly bitter and definitely made the big moose welcome back to Chez Wood Estate any time.

Photo of Billolick
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info of any sort to be had.

Pours caramel and lightly hazed. Very minor head, next to no film/collar/lace.

Meh kinda nose of more caramel smellin' malts...

Herbal tea hops, caramel malts, not loving much about this one.

Not really coming together for me. Bordering on unpleasant to drink.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint for $4.50 at Volpe's in Emmaus. I thought the malt was a little thin, but there was a very pleasant, crisp American hops character. A little spicy and piney, but mostly grapefruit and citrus that started in the nose and carried through the finish. If the ABV were a touch lower, this would be a fantastic session beer.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the 12 Beers of Winter.

A: The pale ale is a coppery amber color, more orange than brown hued with a robust clear look. A finger and a half of white head left a surprising quantity of lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: The APA has the Saranac house aroma, a little ringwood-esque sweetness followed by a solid bready presence.

T: The house malt profile is strong upfront. Behind it, and I really had to search for it, is a bolder hop profile. The citrus isn't overwhelming but it does stand out amidst the malts. The ale's finish has a stronger bitterness, the citrus blowing things up rather late in the game. I like the hops, very flavorful, much more so than almost any other Saranac offering.

M: The mouthfeel is caramel sweet up front before yielding to the hops at the back end. The recent 12 beers offerings (summer included) have really surprised me.

D: Low booze and a surprising hop taste. A good start to the 12 beers of winter.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Big Moose ale, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A light copper in color with a head that recedes to a ring around the edges. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and a subtle note of pine.

A well balanced brew. Caramel malt and a light piney, earthy hop. A hint of buttery sweetness and a clean grainyness.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability rates fairly high with this unoffensive pale ale. A moderate hop presence and a good character make this a pretty solid offering from Saranac.

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice crystal clear, and very light copper amber body with a mix of fast and slow rising pinhead carbonation. Head is about two to three fingers, and quite bleach white in color. Soapy retention, and falling at a normal speed. Good looking amber.

Very light toasty grains, and hints of caramel on the nose. Hop profile is not that obvious on first whiff or thereafter. By no means a bad smell, just nothing that impressive. It sort of reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager (yes I know this is an ale) on the malt profile.

Crisp playful carbonation a bit with a very light pale ale style body. Palate mixes with very hard to hint toasty caramel. Crisp hop action on the finish with only a simple pine bitterness. Clean. Easy to drink. Front of tongue has a bit of bitter orange, but it's quite hard to notice. However, with time and warmth the orange comes out more noticeably.

It's an overall fine easy drinking pale, but nothing that memorable, but would pick it over many other mass produced beers if I had a choice.

Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a mountain of off-white, dense, foamy head that has great retention. There are noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose has very mild bready notes but a big bouquet of floral aromas. The taste is lightly malty up front followed by a floral, piny bitterness. The hops are a little confusing as they contradict each other on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little heavily carbonated.

This is a decent APA from Saranac. It's nothing to rave about, but it's hop character is strong enough to make it rival their IPA.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Saranac winter mixed 12-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a nonic, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear amber brew. Pillowy head falls slowly, with good lacing, even better in some places. Aroma is biscuits and a citrus bite.

Taste starts with clean malt flavor, ample citrus in the middle, and a crisp hoppy bite at the close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is good. I'd have this one again.

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The smell featured a piney hop and grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop with a moderate grainy malt and a strong residual spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable ale.

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright orange with a brilliant clarity and was topped off by a ½ finger, fizzy tan head that leveled rather quickly to a skim, frumpy coating. Visible carbonation was light and rapidly moving.

S: The nose provided dried caramel and dried oranges initially with a faint grapefruit hopping. Despite what the label claims as a vibrant hop aroma I would have to disagree and say this was lazy and soft. Things rounded out with a faint trail of lemons and grains.

T: The hopping was fresh and juicy with loads of citrus and grapefruit juice. A good floral dryness moves in for the finish. The hopping makes amends for a lackluster nose. There is a good sour twang presence of grapefruit that covers the tongue upon the swallow. Overall a respectable amount of hopping, especially by a brewer who is not known for going big. Fairly well suited per style.

M: had a nice crisp bite from the lively carbonation starting things off. A nice bubbly edginess and creaminess composes the texture. Dry with a citrusy floral finish rounds things out.

D: Good drinkability with a sour citrusy twang. A pleasant surprise by this brewery with a good dose of bitterness that should satisify your hop needs. 6 pack worthy.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a decent sized white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of hops up front. Juicy citrus, pine, onions, and garlic with hints of bread, caramel ,and licorice in the background. Taste is bready malty caramel sweet up front before the hops take over and reclaim their dominance. Pine, green onion, and garlic flavored hops atop bready caramel that can't keep up. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation, with a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Wow after several mediocre beers from the 12 pack I think we have our winner. It's too bad my brother drank and didn't enjoy the other bottle in the 12 pack.

Photo of tobelerone
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nearly clear, reddish-amber colored beer with good lace and a half-inch white head that has decent retention. Modest sweetness with some grassy hops in the aroma – not too promising to be honest after the label description, which had me expecting a much bigger tropical/citrus fruit presence.

Flavor has lightly sweet caramel malt and simple, bitter hops. Unfortunately just not too interesting; tastes less like a west coast dry-hopped beer than an traditional English IPA. The bottle is relatively fresh (about 2 months) so the hops shouldn’t have fallen off all that dramatically. I get faint grass and floral notes, maybe a trace of citrus, but that’s about it.

Finish is brief, with an aftertaste that doesn’t linger very long. Slightly creamy medium bodied beer with a nice carbonation level that falls just on the low end of medium. Not bad, certainly drinkable and even a bit tasty, but not what I’d hoped for.

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Nice color and robust presentation.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and what appears to be a bready malt backbone in the nose. Seems to fit for the style.

The taste is full of grassy hop bitterness followed by buttery/chewy malt. Pretty much what I expect from the style but the hops don't seem as strong in taste as they were in aroma.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and buttery/chewy malt. Kind of standard. Carbonation level is decent. Beer goes down pretty well.

Not bad but I don't see how it's much different from their standard pale ale. Drinkable and simple but certainly nowhere near SNPA.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of claspada
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of freshly baked bread, lemon/orange flavored bread.

The taste was mostly hops, both citrus and pine, but I found very little malt presence. Despite the apparent lack of balance for an Pale Ale, I still liked it, maybe because the hops weren't overwhelming. The mouth feel was light bodied and adequately carbonated.

A pretty good beer, only drinking it because it's part of the Winter 12 pack. Not bad, worth a try I guess.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a full English pint 16oz of this beer into my Samuel Smith pint glass

A - Very solid inch of foam with a nice golden amber color. Carbonation is pretty nice.

S - Smells moderately grassy. I got some tones of grain but mostly light cracker like malt in the nose. Sweet.

T - Ow wow that pretty good. The hop factor is pretty balanced along with a sweet bread like malt and the grain level is low in the taste which I love also. The finish is rather sweet.

M - Light mouth feel resulted in smooth drinking.

D - I really enjoyed this offering and really would love to try this on tap someday. While some pale ales are hop forward and some filled with grain bitterness this beer is mellow and drinkable. If I ever had a keg I would tap this beer. Great!

Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Tully's NY - for 4.50$

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent l acing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, hops, caramel, grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some malts and grains. There is also some hops and a it of a mustiness mixed with very light grapefruit. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - With the limited selection of beer to choose from, this one was okay.. there were hints of a flavourful APA at time but it's a little too muted and musty for me to want to drink again.

Saranac Big Moose Ale from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.