Saranac Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by doktorhops:
3.58/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
So far with Saranac I've only tried their Pumpkin Ale, which I described as "Not bad, not bad at all". Let's see if these east coast brewers can notch up a "F#&ken awesome!" with me... (which would be statistically improbable as I've never described a beer as "F#&ken awesome!").
Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Presents a clear Tangelo body with a foamy chalk head that reduces to a light lacing on top.
S: A lighter-than-usual-for-an-American-ale citric hop aroma is evident, though almost surpassed by a toasted biscuit malt and bread yeast base. There is a note of floral hops however this brew is not carried by it. Overall it is evenly balanced between malt and hops, again this is quite Twilight Zone for an American ale.
T: Again very balanced, the citric/floral hops are on par with the toasted biscuit malt and bread yeast base. There is a slight sour yeast twang in there as well, for good measure of course. An odd coconut Ester is present mid-palate, not sure if this is intended or not however I have noticed this before in other American imports, perhaps it is due to skunking? Finish is slightly bitter with an after taste that is a mixture of sour/bitter.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
D: This is one is the mildest American ale I've had to date. Flavour is well balanced and apart from the odd coconut Ester it is a decent brew. Cost notwithstanding I would buy it more often. If I was living on the east coast of the US this would likely be a regular brew for me as it is easy to drink without being too bland.
Food match: Here's an ale that is quite versatile when it comes to food matching, one could quite easily have this with an Indian Korma as much as a fillet steak or a light chicken salad.
Serving type: can
07-01-2013 10:14:38 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Saranac Pale Ale brewed by Matt Brewing Company with an ABV of 5.5% This brew pours out a dark golden amber color with a small white head. Saranac Pale ALe is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. There is nothing bad about this brew so far. Now for the taste, it is smooth at first with some bitterness at this end. This brew has a nice balance to it nothing overpowering in it brew. The mouthfeel is rich and full but this brew goes down smooth. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 03:10:34 | More by nicholas2121
3.25/5 rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company. Yet another review out of their sampler pack. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.5 finger thick head, clear brownish amber body, and solid lacing.
I smell a lighter vibe going on here. Little bit of citrus perhaps. I about had to stick my nose in the brew to get a decent whiff. I wish it had just a micro-hair more presence in this category.
Tastes like roasted malts, earthy hops, and I taste the citrus but its more tart than sweet.
Mouthfeel is clean and slightly dryer. Nice work here.
Overall a 3.25 for Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company. It was "meh". Probably won't get this on its own.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 03:36:18 | More by Caveworm
3.66/5 rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I like this beer although I admit there's nothing that special about it. Flavors are fruity and ever so slightly grainy. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a little on the oily side but not at all unpleasant. Easy to drink with a slight taste of sweetness. Very little hops, and hard to pick up any malts at all. Decent easy drinking beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 02:49:09 | More by AmyfaceNYC
Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.