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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

441 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

03-08-2012 04:01:16 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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mikerems

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-07-2012 06:03:17 | More by mikerems
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PKing

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%

03-05-2012 18:17:19 | More by PKing
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DavidGross

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.6%

03-05-2012 03:31:27 | More by DavidGross
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%

03-03-2012 23:19:29 | More by MattPS
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-03-2012 03:53:01 | More by jaidenjb
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sdj5

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-27-2012 16:20:21 | More by sdj5
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Jimbrew

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-27-2012 04:24:52 | More by Jimbrew
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 17:19:08 | More by SickGnar
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

02-18-2012 20:27:46 | More by chrispoint
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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-16-2012 01:14:51 | More by tommyd313
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The brew pours a dark copper color with a small head and minimal lacing with stays with the beer to the end of the glass.

The brew manages to smell both hoppy and malty at the same time.

The mouthfeel is bready with some hop oil, weak spices and a lot of bitterness.

The taste is that of hop oil, bitterness, bitter aftertaste which lingers. There appears to be some weak spices and maybe the slightest taste of malt.

Overall I found this brew to be bland. The picture on the bottle would indicate that this brew is intended for Christmas, I drank mine in Feburary so maybe the beer sat on the shelf too long but nonetheless I was dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:38:12 | More by microbrewlover
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #124
Served On: 02/07/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: March 31, 2012

This was in the 2011 '12 Beers of Winter' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a clear medium copper color with a 1-finger off-white head. Carbonation bubbles were slow and steady.

Smell: Some hops and that usual malt character that all Saranac beers seem to have. The aroma was just a more robust version of the Saranac Pale Ale.

Taste: The taste had some interesting bitterness at first that lead into the signature Saranac maltiness. Then a nice roasted note kicked in towards the back. The finish was more bitterness with some semisweet malts. Aftertaste was fairly clean and dry.

This beer seems like it's nothing more that the Pale Ale with a little more body and character. I noticed more of a hop profile and a roasted English malt note that the Saranac Pale Ale doesn't seem to have. Overall - not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 16:18:08 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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rsant

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14%

02-02-2012 21:03:59 | More by rsant
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of MAR 31 2012. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a decent cap of creamy head. Fades pretty slow and leaves a nice collar.

Nose is toast and caramel maltiness with a light, citric hop aroma. Finger nail polish remover and Pine-Sol throw out some less than desirable nostril candy. Label claims "Triple dry hopped with specialty Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops..." Sure as hell coulda fooled me.

Taste is moderately better with a thin, caramely malt flavor with some burnt biscuit bottoms and a biting bitterness on the back end that...well, for lack of a better word, sucks. Kinda like putting an aspirin in your mouth before you get the glass of water and having some dissolve on the back of the tongue. This beer is pretty terrible. I would not recommend it to anyone and will avoid all the Saranac offerings I have tried thus far (6) like the plague next time I find myself in the Northeast. Hell, Id rather have a Yuengling than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 22:40:25 | More by twiggamortis420
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-30-2012 01:05:15 | More by Goldfishman
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Occasion: unwinding from aLong Island QB tourney...
Glassware: K's Tavern pint...
Appearance: monstrous white head that pillows a third of the glass; a semi-opaque tan body that presents suitably...
Palate: mellow, almost medium-bodied mouthfeel that belies its hop wallop; warms the mouth with a late burst...
Taste: crisp, fresh pine that pricks at the teeth and a malty finish that holds the beer in place--nice!
Overall: this beer works by combining a sensible balance and some stronger elements distinct to the genre...enjoyable...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:38:06 | More by dacrza1
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1Sundown2C

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-26-2012 19:56:52 | More by 1Sundown2C
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Copper with a good fingers worth of head that a quickly dissipating to a nice ring with OK lacing.

S: Nice mix of floral and citrus hop right up front with a hint of sweet caramel malt floating around.

T: Hops right out of the gate.... Just like the smell... strong grapefruit citrus hops with a little floral hops mixed in. Mid-palette I'm getting a little sweet malt... Just enough to balance things out for me. Aftertaste has a little bitterness but not much.

M: Mid body, great carbonated, it is a good mix of crisp yet smooth.

O: Very Very nice APA.... I'm not a big hop head but this beer had all the things I like about hop (wonder smell and complex taste) but not a lot of the things I hate (overwhelming bitterness) and mixed it perfectly. Very nice APA and a great ABV to boot... I will have to start looking for this one on a yearly.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:01:32 | More by mralphabet
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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

A- Golden Amber. Transparent. Average to below average carbonation. About a finger of head that fades fairly fast.

S- Pine, hops, malts.

T- A little hoppy a slight citrusy/piney taste. Slight sweet citrus finish.

M- Drinkable, but not a ton of flavor. Light to medium body.

O- At first I wasn't overally impressed by this beer, was expecting it to be a little bit different, but the beer grew on me the more I drank it. Overall not bad, but not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:12:37 | More by jaasen64
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timbobandit

New York

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-21-2012 19:35:18 | More by timbobandit
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n00blar

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-21-2012 14:01:22 | More by n00blar
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ehnesandrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-20-2012 16:44:20 | More by ehnesandrew
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a light amber color with some orange hues. The head was white and fizzy left some very thing a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a lot of toasted malt on the nose, that's mostly all I get from it. The taste of the beer has a big toasted caramel bitter sweet flavor in the beginning that fades into a bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel of the beer reminded me more of an ESB than an APA. It was mild and smooth with a dry finish. Overall this beer wasn't great but it was drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 19:49:00 | More by Knapp85
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-18-2012 04:39:03 | More by Rlombardi75
Saranac Big Moose Ale from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.