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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
76
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1,145 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 617
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: 1,145 | Reviews: 617 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +46.2%

AndyBSound, Jul 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

beertr0ll, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Moose64
4.64/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This Pale Ale is what I compare all other Pale Ales too. The East Kent Golden hops makes it unique, hopped enough but not too much like most other brewers do. Great smell and taste. What a Pale Ale should be. Great beer to have with a nice steak. Haven't found a Pale Ale to match this one (but I'll keep looking).

Moose64, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of tempo013
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Uncle Sudsy's six pack joint at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I bought one, one quart growler.
Apperance- the apperance is a deep amber color with much carbonation that quickly disappears.'
Smell- the smell is absolutley to die for. to me it smells fantastic. a deep beer with a dark aroma
Taste- the taste is also great. it taste like a smooth, deep, pumkin ale.
Mouthfeel- as soon as the beer touches your mouth you can feel the tingling sensation
drinkability- I would love to drink this beer all day long

tempo013, Sep 18, 2006
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4.56/5  rDev +33.3%

Alexlovesbeer, Oct 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

jaganes, May 14, 2012
Photo of JimFalzone
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In New York state this is considered a "pounding" beer. This is the less eloquent way of calling it a "session" beer.

For your every day - mowing the lawn, hanging out at a barbeque, going to a music festival, watching sporting events - THIS IS THE BEER.

It's light and flavorful, with a nice simple taste. It's not a beer to be over analyzed or god-forbid aged.

This is the "King of Beers" for people who actually like beer. It may not have sharp hoppiness of a Sierra Nevada or the subtle malt flavors of a Red Hook ESB. But it's a good overall beer and a great "conversion" beer for your friends who think they don't like craft brew.

JimFalzone, Jan 25, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Chetti, Sep 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

BuggiesNY, Dec 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

bootsandbeer, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Nathanhlind, Apr 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

ALLMUCH, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had forgotten how good this is. I was voting for Saranac's flagship APA on the Washington Post's "March Madness" beer contest, and thought I'd try it again. (It had been awhile.) Beautiful deep amber color, nice head and lacing, moderately substantial mouthfeel (with tiny bubbles of carbonation) and nice, subtle hops in the nose--nothing too extreme. Then taste. Rich flavor, balanced with a hops "zip" on the tongue that mellows with each swallow. Toward the end, the aftertaste was buttery malts showing through and the hops had become a pleasant bitterness that just added to the drinkability of the beer. Fantastic!

tugdriver7, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of halo21
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is a darker colored pale ale, a nice rich orange hue. It has a nice, inch thick white head, made up of nice big bubbles.

Smell: Citrusy and fruity hops up front, but followed up by a nice malt sweetness showing a little toffee.

Taste: A very balanced beer. Many times pale ales are all about hops (some should just be called an IPA), but this one brings a nice backing of malt. It starts off with a nice floral fruity hop flavor which fades to a nice bitterness, just as the sweetness comes in from the malts, bringing a nice light roast flavor with some caramel mixed in. As it warms, it shows a little more biscuit flavor, indicative of an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium; this one is right on target for mouthfeel. The malt flavor is held up nicely by the body, but it is still light enough to be a refreshing pale ale.

Drinkability: Big

Notes: This is a great example of this style, and I have enjoyed MANY Saranac Pale Ales over the years.

halo21, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Troy518
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always one of my "cheap" go to beers. Filtered brilliantly clear, copper and gold colored. Plenty of lasting head throughout with tons of lacing. Slightly fruity with a sweet graininess. Very well balanced with hops, nothing stands out in this beer. Overall, a worthy session beer worth trying.

Troy518, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of imanidiot777
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Pours a dark amber color and retains head for a long period of time, lacing was amazing.

s: Not good with the smells, smells like a pale ale...

t: Slightly fruity aftertaste.

m: Good carbonation level, adds a good kick to it.

d: Not the kind of beer you have a lot of but still good.

imanidiot777, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of shippos
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

medium amber color, actually darker than there amber, and a small but dense white head. dry floral hoppy aroma with hints of raisins and dried fruits. excellent mouthfeel with a good hint of caramel malts, excellent taste as the hops are there and the malt but they are in perfect harmony, an absolute classic pale ale. I love this beer gotta try more of it.

shippos, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I consider it a test of objectivity and true beerdom to be able to review a beer that you have drank more than your weight in over the years fairly. Here goes:

The color is light gold with a pure white head. A foamy half finger lingers with rough lacing.

It smells of light citrus like lemon and yeast. There is a generic beer smell too but I'm not sure where it comes from or how else to describe it but you'll find it common to most cheap beers.

Taste is citrusy up front, lemon and tangerine or orange that moves into a two stage hop resin bitterness. First stage, stick pine, second stage back to citrus which fades well into the original impression giving the taste a well rounded quality.

The mouthfeel is a little sharp, both from the initial lemon and carbonation and the lingering taste on the palate is where the hops come through the most. It is certainly crisp but the finish could be a little drier.

Drinkability is off the charts for this one. I had to have two just to review it because the first one was gone before I got through taste.

This is a great beer at a great price and a gateway from macro to micro that I would recommend to anyone whenever I get a chance.

It is a go-to for me when I get some heady singles on a beer run and need something for the times in between.

StrangeBrewer76, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

An amber body with a slightly off white head that stated at about 1 inch and quickly dissolved into a sticky lacing.

It had a great aroma of hops and malt.

It tasted of sweet malt, hops and was well balanced. It was light bodied and went down smooth.

I found it to be very drinkable.

Rennpferd, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pale ale. Wish we had these Saranac brews in Metro Detroit, I know they'd be a hit. Pours out to a pumpkin like orange color laden with copper tinge. Nice lace, and a respectable head of white foam. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of natural hops and pine over a sweet citrus background. Taste is totally quaffable; flavors of malts and hops, citrus, cereal grains, oily hops and some traces of caramel. Nice, especially considering this is a "mass made micro", as some would call it. Mouthfeel is fair; not overly impressive or offensive. Very good drinkability. I'd drink this without any reservation. Another winner from Matt Brewing. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of craigo19
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a really good goto beer if you are in the mood for an American Pale Ale, cheaper than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($2.99/32 oz. growler) and a good substitute. You can taste and smell the hops, but they aren't overbearing. This would be a good beer to introduce someone into the Craft Beer World.

craigo19, Dec 15, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

dantsbeats, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

brewmaster1257, Nov 30, 2012
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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.