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Saranac Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale

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1,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 1026
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt Selections: Crystal English Pale Ale
Hop Selections: Cascade, East Kent Golden

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A well frothed lace leaves a few rings of lace behind, very clear pale copper hue.

Hints of citric hop, fruity and taffy like ester and a lightly sweet caramel and toasted grain aroma.

Smooth mouth feel and a bit crisp as well, bitter bite up front with an oily herbal and earthy hop flavor. Malt has a decent flavor but never really sparks the taste buds to go “Wow!”. I am still trying to find a solid malt flavor and all I get is dry graininess with a taffy, almost bubble gum yeast by-product taste. Finishes dry with a bit of husk on the palate.

Oily hop is the only savior of this brew, other than that there is nothing much to it. Not something I’d never drink, just not a choice pale ale for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 18:38:16 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A hazy light amber beer with a slightly off-white creamy lace head.

Smell: This beer has an awesome fruity floral hop aroma, with raw hop leaf notes and touch of sweet malt.

Taste: Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a heavenly solid malt sweetness. Big, juicy fruit flavours come forward with floral hop flavours that all meld to take on a near fruit spiked iced-tea-like drink, with a slight hop rawness ... a bit estery too. Some toasted malts and bready flavours follow with some mild soapy flavours. Finishes with some dryness and a hop oil and leaf coating on the palate.

Notes: A very worthy English-style Pale Ale, but in some respects it tastes a bit like a West Coast Pale Ale. No matter, it's still a very tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

04-17-2014 22:36:13 | More by BAsbill
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

04-14-2014 01:21:43 | More by DrStiffington
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New York

3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fantastic orange amber with a lusterous shine and thin head of off white foam that fell pretty fast. Nose is bright with floral hops. Beautiful sweetness that does not get too fruity but just hints at fruit. A balanced herbal scent that suggests grass and hay. A malty sweetness that is grainy and a bit husky. There is a touch of mild soap on the nose but nothing egregious. Taste is lovely. Bitter. Hop forward without being too hop important. A nice biscuity malt with enough sweetness to rock those hops into submission. And a pungent little herbal to really quaff! OH!

Finishes wonderfully and balanced well although slanted a bit toward hops. No presumption in this one just a slightly bitter tonic that growls a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 16:01:57 | More by utopiajane
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-11-2014 23:27:09 | More by klesniew
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4/5  rDev +17%

04-11-2014 23:11:33 | More by WillWillows
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

04-08-2014 19:33:18 | More by Mikexw
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

04-07-2014 21:22:10 | More by ACarp
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

04-06-2014 01:34:17 | More by mooseisloose
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3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Jacob, for the bottle!

It pours a deep golden colour with a very firm 1" head of foam that leaves excellent lacing behind.

The smell is on the sweetish side with just a bit of some bitterness noticeable to my nose.

The taste does a good job of representing an EPA. Nice sweetish notes from the malt...not earthy nor grainy, just a pleasant sweetness. The hops show up mostly in the finish where it gets a tad bitter but overall, a very enjoyable brewski.

On the light end of medium bodied, good carbonation, this is a well brewed beer. I like.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:45:21 | More by Bitterbill
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at a restaurant in my neighborhood in Shanghai China.

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a bright amber color that is clear. Head was off-white and reached a finger and a half and then fizzled out to a layer of foam.

S: Biscuity malt and some toasted grain and caramel in the malt zone. Has a nice bright fruity hop aroma as well. Nicely balanced.

T: Solid floral and spicy hop taste with toast and caramel backing everything up. Great balance throughout. Great drinkability - not crazy but also not boring.

Overall: Good bar drink - won't get in the way of a good conversation but tasty enough to keep you wanting more. I'd pick this up again (or 2 or 3) for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 11:12:27 | More by BucBasil
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

03-29-2014 23:15:25 | More by PhillyNole
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-28-2014 23:20:31 | More by Johnroby
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

03-27-2014 01:29:58 | More by moochmonster
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3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with a short white head that recedes quickly. Lacing moderate. It's sort of on the cusp of a golden and a pale ale.

Aroma: This has a more powerful nose than I expected, and it's kind of a mixed bag. There's toast, grassiness, fruitiness and other inviting aromas, but it's also kind of sour smelling. It's not off-putting but also not perfect.

Taste: Pretty standard pale ale flavor. Some decent hop bite to go with malty sweetness. The taste mostly follows the nose.

Mouthfeel: It's somewhat light of body but easy to drink.

Overall: This is very average. It's the kind of thing I'd get at a restaurant that otherwise only had BMC stuff. It's a decent pale ale, but it's not distinguishable from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 21:20:23 | More by illpass78
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-25-2014 17:37:14 | More by drpaj
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West Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, 1/4 inch head, minor lacing.

Smell - Pale ale malts, a little hop note, some added sugars. Not getting much else.

Taste - Starts out with some caramel malt and a little nut flavor. Minor hops providing a sour/bitter flavor. Added sugars offset a little bitter note left behind from the hops. Really about all that's going on.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets the malts, where the palate gets some hops and a little sugar. Aftertaste is dry, and a little sour.

Overall - Pretty weak and boring. The caramel malts make up most of the flavor, where the hops are not very fruity, just provide a bitter note. Nothing worth drinking since there are lots of better pale ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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