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Saranac Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale

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78
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1,229 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 104 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

Malt Selections: Crystal English Pale Ale
Hop Selections: Cascade, East Kent Golden
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Ratings: 1,229 | Reviews: 629
Reviews by jermar:
Photo of jermar
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink a lot of this since the closest liquor store to my house has been selling it for the past couple of years for $4.99 a six. It's got a nice hoppiness to it, but is definitely an English-style pale ale. Very flavorful.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of blitz134
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  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.

Photo of Todd
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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.

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Great taste and quality

Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of hotpauko
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly standard and average pale ale. Mild taste but drinkable. Ok in the mixed pack.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out of the fridge into an imperial pint glass. no freshness, born on date. bottle claims 6 different malts and hopped with EKGs and fuggles.

pours a clear light amber, copper color. 2 fingers slightly off white head that faded pretty quickly to a thin retentive layer. bits and pieces of sticky lace on the glass.

the aroma has a nice balance. fruity, herbal tea like hops are at the forefront with grainy, biscuity malts underneath.

sharp grassy, highly fruity hops followed by a woody character. on the backend theres grains, biscuity, bready malts. finishs with a moderate hop tingle. not bad tasteing, hop forward, but still nicely balanced.

light bodied, a tingly carbonation thats a little overdone. has that same slightly astringent feel that most saranac brews seem to share.

i can easily knock this back all night long, its cheap price and wide availability in my area makes this even easier. ive drank plenty of this beer before and im sure to revisist again. this is also newly available in 16oz cans.

Photo of Thrasher
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid, worthy pale ale. Hazy copperish-gold with as good a head on a beer as I've ever seen; lots of lace. A dry, malty beer that is just a tad more aggressively hopped than most British beers but otherwise is a dead ringer. Some butter flavors, bread crust, lots of caramel (trademark Saranac flavor if you ask me) with some spiciness derived from the yeast. A dry finish with some puckering on the tongue is chief evidence of hops; a bit of citric flavor in taste, and lots of hops in the aroma. This is a solid, underappreciated beer and if you're stuck on what to buy for yourself or your friends, this will not disappoint.

Photo of far333
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light copper color with a beige frothy head. Light aroma of malt and citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, even, and crisp, but I find the flavor severely lacking. This is more pale than ale. It's a bit flowery and a bit citrusy, but the malt doesn't come through very stong, and there is no detectable hops in the upfront, the finish, or the aftertaste.

Photo of niknar
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep amber color with a thick, foamy off-white head. Excellent lacing down the glass. Decent head retention that finally settles to a nice collar. Smells slightly fruity and ever so slightly of toasted malts. Not much else there for me, but I have a pretty poor sniffer. Taste is quite pleasant. Fairly strong hop bitterness, balanced by fruity esters, toasted malts, and maybe some caramel in there. Finishes slightly dry with some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is right on par. Nothing spectactular, but definitely a solid swallow. Drinkability is fairly decent. This isn't going to compete with some of the better pale ales, but it is a very solid beer that is quite enjoyable. I would buy it again, but probably only to mix things up a bit from time to time. Not something that would stay in my fridge over and over again.

Photo of BadBadger
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber. There is a nice white foamy head which dooes not last very long (an encouragement to drink quickly). There is very little aroma to make note of. The taste is just slightly above average, with a very gentle bitter flavor. This is a rather drinkable beer. As with other Saranac beers, when the options are limited and this is available, give it a try.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into becker. Light golden orange, crystal clear, with a small fizzy head with god retention and lacing. Smell is nicely balanced hops and malt. Taste is hop-forward, very crisp and clean. Easy-drinking and tasty, a nice pale ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A little more yellow than I was expecting. Decent carbonation and head. Aroma was macroish.

Taste, minimal bitterness and hops. Rather light for my pale ale desires. Again, tastes macroish. Below desired levels of just about everything in the beer. Little prickly feeling in the mouthfeel. Too expensive for what it is to give it a better drinkability rating.

Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber, nice tight head. Fairly reserved, quick complex hop taste that retains nicely. English hop taste dominates, limiting any fresh fruit or chewy mid-mouth tastes. Respectably brewed.

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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.