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Saranac Big Moose Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Big Moose AleSaranac Big Moose Ale

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447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
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Mikecap, May 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

ixnay21, Apr 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +43.3%

jsboates, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

StaindProject86, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DirtyPenny
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glassed.

A: Poured with 2 fingers of level, foamy off-white head. Clear and dark amber in color, bubbles actively replenish the head
of this brew and are easy to see racing to the top. Plenty of lacing.

S: Very hop forward and piney, with slight notes of pale malt.

T: Hops are immediately noticable with a mingling of pale malts and a slight note of... onion? There something pungent and allium-ish in the flavor of this brew. Not sure if that's intentional or not. Kind of ruins it for me as I strongly
dislike onion. Caramel malt only comes out as it warms.

Second Bottle: I opened my other bottle of this to make some Welsh rabbit this morning and couldn't think of anything to do with the remaining 8 oz, so I manned up and drank it. Didn't get any of the oniony flavor this time, so I guess I owe Saranac an apology. Still not an amazing beer, and the hops take over without leaving much else to taste, but not abominable.

M: A touch frothy.

O: Apparently this was brewed with centennial and amarillo hops, which I don't believe are known to cause that oniony flavor on the first try. Not sure what the problem was here.The second one was fine, if a but underwhelming. I'm in no hurry to try another one to see which of these was the odd man out, though if I were to guess, I'd say that they weren't trying to make an onion-flavored beer.

DirtyPenny, Mar 09, 2012
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Beer4Baltimore, Mar 08, 2012
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mikerems, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

PKing, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

DavidGross, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

MattPS, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jaidenjb, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

sdj5, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Jimbrew, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber, clear with a few fine floaties. A few streams of bubbles rise to the small bone-white head that settles with moderate speed. It keeps a ring and a partial skim and leaves some alright lace.

S: Nice fruity hop aroma – pineapple, tropical fruit, tangerine, and some more general citrus. There are some light fruity esters as well. Malts balance quite well with lots of caramel malty sweetness on a softly biscuity background. Perhaps a hint of diacetyl as it warms. And hops grow more herbal as well.

T: Fairly firm bitterness – hop character is less fruity - more rind - with leafy & herbal notes up front and through the middle, and the end gets a flash of pine and then resin lingers in the finish. Malts are a bit less balancing than in the nose. Still predominately caramel with low C malt sweetness. The biscuity base gets a hint of breadiness. A touch of earthy yeast comes in while the diacetyl hint vanishes.

M: Medium body with evenly matched CO2 that is a bit expansive & cushiony. Minimal chew and quite attenuated with just a hint of sticky sugars on the lips. Strongly hop drying finish.

D: Even the bottle label hints at the target. It misses. It lacks the lusciousness & richness. But it is a high aim – Celebration is damn fine. Still, it is a reasonably tasty & quite well made beer. Overall it’s a solid American Pale.

SickGnar, Feb 25, 2012
Saranac Big Moose Ale from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.