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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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455 Ratings

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Ratings: 455
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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1.5/5  rDev -57%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

PretzelsNBeer, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of curasowa
2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, golden color with two fingers of head that fade to a cap with some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Big toasted malt aroma with some woody notes mixed in with a slight metallic tang.

Taste: Some thin toasted malt flavor up front followed by a lot of grainy, thin, metallic yuck. Some mild bitterness towards the back end and finishing with some lingering graininess.

The Rest: Not much to say here, this isn't very good.

curasowa, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

BrianCuoz, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Edgewater, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jp312, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

bribo, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

billblakeslee, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

mitch3114, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

MIchelle318, Feb 20, 2013
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.

smakawhat, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

ejimhof, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Lipstraw, Feb 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

bsopko, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber color, not much for head or lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly caramel malt with a bit of citrus hops, nothing overwhelming, an odd aroma of fruit pebbles though, I guess you would consider that light fruit haha.

Taste is fairly light and crisp, sweet malt front followed by a dry bitter finish, overall pretty clean.

Nothing to write home about but not terrible either.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

mattyrubes, Feb 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

sketchyhoodie, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Bapplebaum, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

bronxbeerguy, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

AngusOg, Feb 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

Chugs13, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Utica_Brew_Review, Feb 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

Huffs, Feb 01, 2013
Saranac Big Moose Ale from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.