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Saranac Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,140 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 1,140 | Reviews: 616 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dank203:
Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

alot of alcohol on the nose , a little light citrus, not too strong. taste is bitter, good spice notes in the back end with a clean dry finish. a little alcohol burn. a little too harsh for my liking on a pale ale. a little more burn than I expected. a tiny bit off balance but clean

dank203, Feb 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a somewhat hazy copper color with light to medium head,the aroma was pretty floral aroma with a nice malty background.Taste was very nicely balanced a sweet fruity malt base and a nice zesty hop finish.I think a well made pale,very nicely balanced.

oberon, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +17%

beerhunter13, May 04, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one is a translucent light copper/ orange with a very thin layer of eggshell colored head. Nose is resious hops and light caramel malt.

Taste is kind of a big swirl of alcohol citrusy and resinous hops, and a light sweetness. This is very bitter beer, too bitter for the style I'd say, and its far from a cohesive brew.

Mouthfeel is thin and stingy. Couldn't finish this one.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow golden color with a very small white head. Light smell of hops mainly floral in nature with a bit of pine resin and a touch of sweetness. Taste definitely has a bitter side to it without much malt balance. Besides the resin bitterness there isn’t much else to speak of in the hops department. Mouthfeel is medium and about like most pale ales. Overall this is a weak pale ale without much flavor complexity.

blitz134, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One in a 12 pack sampler. I think they were all relatively good beers. This was an amber color with a thick white head that left a lot of lacing. Not much in the aroma: a little floral and a little malt. Lightly hopped, mostly a grapefruit taste. A decent, middle of the road beer.

lordofthewiens, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of BK2084
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
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!

Todd, Jul 08, 2001
Photo of generallee
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its defiantly not pal in color as it pours a beautiful golden amber color with excellent clarity. The head foams up thick and white then thins out to a small thin cap. The aroma is full of fine English hops that are floral and pleasing. The hops are up front on the tongue and give a nice citrusy and earthy character to the flavor. Malts are lighter and add just enough sweetness and toasted flavor to the beer. The palate is smooth with a medium body and a crisp finish that make it oh so drinkable.

generallee, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +17%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from my 12 bottle holiday sampler box. I keep wondering if a regional brewery like this is trying to do too much with 12 different styles. The label proclaims this is made with six specialty malts and Goldings and Fuggles hops. It pours an enticing clear, copper, amber with adequate head that drops quickly to a lacy island ring. Surprisingly, malts dominate the nose and initial mouthfeel. This one is much better crafted than Saranac's IPA. The absence of the floral Cascade hops is noticeable, but their English cousins fill in admirably to produce a lighter profile. I can detect hints of hazelnut and raisins in the taste, on top of the hops and malts. This becomes a very drinkable pale ale as the flavours improve at room temperature. This ale is an example of Saranac, at their best. Hats off for a nice effort with this pleasing pale ale.

merlin48, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another selection out of the sampler box I recently purchased. No freshness of bottling information. Nose is limply of malt. Pours typical almond amber, clear. Tan head, leaving respectable medium bubble lacing. Middle of the road ale, moderate resiny hops, riding on a biscuity malt layer. Metallic note picked up. Typical Saranac offering, nothing special. Widely available fallback option.

Billolick, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from my Saranac Adirondack mixed pack.

Poured into a nonic. A slightly murky copper brew, the pour leaving a thick-bubbled head that seemed to survive quite well for itself. Some lacing streaks here and there.

Nose is pale malts, caramel, a bit of bread, citrus (cascade?), honey.

Tastes like an English pale ale - I was expecting an APA, so this was certainly a surprise. Starts with toffee, caramel, usual English suspects, then finishes with a mild citric hoppy bitterness.

Slightly creamy, drinks like a nitro-can of English ale.

Not a bad rendition of the English style. Tastes a lot like a toned town version of their IPA (or, more likely, vice versa), which is a good thing. The mild use of cascade hops actually pairs rather well with the English pale malts. Decent brew indeed.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with miniscule amounts of off-white head. Sparse lacing of the glass. Dash of citrusy notes mixed with some subtle caramel sweetness mixed with a soapy undertow. Flavor sees more of this. Crisp, with notes of citrus hops, a dash of sweetness in the middle, and finishes with a short-lived bitterness with a metallic twinge to it. Not much in the way of body or drinkability. Pretty middle-of-the-road.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of jakester
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case. No date!!

Pours a beautiful clear deep copper with a one finger off-white head of small bubbles. Some carbonation evident. Decent lacing.

Aroma is fruity herbal/grassy hops, light brown sugar, slight bready malts, very pleasant. The smell is clean.

The first flavor is grassy hops, then pineapple, caramel candy, maybe a little diacetyl. Pretty good level of bittering for an APA. Long grassy/herbal aftertaste. Nice.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and clean. Pretty good tingle from carbonation. Balanced and well made.

There's pretty much going on here, and I could drink this all day if I had to. I've heard this described as a small version of the IPA, but that's inaccurate. The IPA is grapefruity/lemony, and this is herbal grassy. This is also more malty.

jakester, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -12.3%

dankjohn, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass,a nice coppery color,creamy 1" head dissapated a bit quick,with a lacing of the glass.The beer did look a tad bit on the dead side.
The aroma was a little faint,but very clean,with hints of carmell.honey like,bisquity.Hop notes of citrus and pine. A slight bit skunky.
The taste was carmelly,fruity,citrusy,nutty a very balanced taste.Nothing like the aggresively hopped,mention on the label.
The mouthfeel was light to medium.more towards the light side.
A good syrupy feel,yet smooth and airy feeling.The finish was a soft delicate sharpness,with a pleasing dryness.
An extremely drinkable beer,goes down like spring water.Refeshing and pleasing to the palate.

jcdiflorio, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3/5  rDev -12.3%

ImFlyerThanYou, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice light clear amber with a small light brown creamy head. Nose is very strong, lightly floral as well as sweet like honey.

Taste is extremely well balanced, there is a nice hop bite to it (perhaps a bit too much for an English Pale, but right on spot for an American), with a creamy caramel backbone. Carbonation is just about right if a bit high, with a slightly light mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty with a bitter finish.

kingcrowing, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +17%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +17%

Milkysunshine, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +17%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.