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Saranac Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale

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1,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 37 | 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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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -70.8%

11-30-2013 14:39:45 | More by JohnnyK
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1/5  rDev -70.8%

06-06-2012 22:26:32 | More by amachination
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New York

1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

03-20-2013 23:40:49 | More by BGsWo22
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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

01-31-2012 03:18:05 | More by slimntubbs
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New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

03-01-2013 20:36:22 | More by bsopko
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1.63/5  rDev -52.3%

This one was a sink pour. I am sorry but the saranac line is just a watery mess. The black and tan is the best out of a bad bunch.

I don't understand how anyone would take pride in putting these beers out.

This pale ale had really no taste to it whatsoever. It wasn't ice cold as I like to drink my beers around the 45-55 degree level. I just couldn' coax anything out of this one.

Light brown in color. No head or lacing to this at all.

I don't like to slam beers and it isn't in my nature to just dismiss a line of beers. But this is just bad. Unless you are picking up the black and tan, please stay away from this line of beers.

03-16-2006 23:30:21 | More by maddamish
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1.7/5  rDev -50.3%

Poured into my pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an almost amber color. No head really to mention. Small amount of foamy whiteness at the top of the beer.

Smell: Smelled faintly musty and barely any hoppy spicy goodness.

Taste: Pretty much one of the blandest beers I have had. The hops struggled to make there prescence known.

Mouthfeel: The beer was light bodied and had a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I couldnt finish this beer about half of it went down the sink. No amount of temperature change would help this one.

01-01-2006 13:21:14 | More by nlmartin
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1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

07-29-2012 21:06:08 | More by SeriousALEment
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

06-17-2014 17:20:07 | More by RichIron883
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1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

12 oz. bottle with a dark evergreen colored label that has in small white letters "Classic English Ale," the word "Saranac" in big red letters, the words "Pale Ale" in white medium sized letters, and all of these words surround a blurry painting of an upper New York State mountain lake or it could be a small section of the Saranac River. On the outer edges of the label is just the Government warning, barcode, and refund prices. Information about the beer can be found on the dark evergreen colored neck label surrounding a pint of Pale Ale. No date anywhere, but there is some kind of batch number code on the neck of the bottle that is no use to the consumer. Served in a Bell's Brewery American pint glass.

Saranac's Pale Ale poured a perfect amber color. No flaws, no highlights, it was just an amber color. It had a white head of foam that was close to half an inch in height. It quickly fizzled away into some white rings along the edge of the beer and a trace of white bubbles that acted as the lace. When I first smelled this beer, the aroma was almost nonexistent with just a hint of caramel malts and Saranac's famous burnt malts. When it's slightly chilled, the aroma is a bit different. After that, then the aroma is filled with spring mountain water, caramel malts, a few slices of juicy fruits, and their famous burnt hops. When it's warm or slightly chilled, the taste is the same either way. It tastes exactly like carbonated water with traces of malted grains, caramel, and of course it wouldn't be a Saranac without it's famous burnt hops. Well, at least it didn't have any corn in it. That's the only good aspect of this beer, no corn taste. It's sad really. The mouthfeel was extremely light with an aftertaste of carbonated spring water, a few grains, and Saranac's famous burnt hops. This beer costs only $.95 a bottle and it shows it big time. If you like bottled carbonated spring water with some beer flavoring to it, then this is your session beer. For me, I wouldn't touch this stuff again unless it comes free. Is it an English Ale? No, unless all true English Ales are bland and boring. I doubt that.

04-16-2007 03:16:23 | More by AltBock
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New York

1.93/5  rDev -43.6%

Very pale amber (heck, what beer isn't? Yeah, yeah, don't answer that question). Tight white head of medium height with short lasting power. Smells ok, I guess. But it doesn't really taste ok. Astringent bitterness pervades. Bleh. I mean, sure, you get some of the malt flavors and all, but, whoa, completely overwhelmed by just a bad flavor. Bleh and bleh again. Way too fizzy in the mouth (wa???) and acrid to make me want to drink any more of it...

01-25-2006 22:57:38 | More by charlesw
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New Jersey

1.98/5  rDev -42.1%

A - Copper with almost no head. And then the tiny head disappears. Now that is sad.

S - A bit of pine hops aroma and not much else.

T - A pungent pine hop kick and then a bit of bitter and faint parafin and metals (copper particularly). The aftertaste is bitter metal. It is a good thing that the hops are strong, otherwise this would be extremely foul.

M - Okay, how does a beer have no head and then suffer from being too highly carbonated? Well, this did it. It is thin and harsh. Stings the tounge to the last drop. It starts to gum in my throat too.

D - This is the second worse beer from the winter variety pack. I didn't expect much from this beer, but I didn't expect it to prove revolting.

01-17-2006 21:51:35 | More by mrasskicktastic
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New York

2/5  rDev -41.5%

07-19-2012 15:16:51 | More by Japple
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

07-12-2014 23:35:00 | More by themick002
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

06-21-2012 17:22:26 | More by Focusf111
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New York

2/5  rDev -41.5%

09-15-2012 21:45:22 | More by prisdefer
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -41.5%

03-12-2013 15:52:30 | More by allbrigs
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

06-02-2013 23:34:53 | More by thegerm87
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New York

2/5  rDev -41.5%

11-27-2011 20:15:59 | More by Spiderbeerman
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Rhode Island

2.08/5  rDev -39.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice & smokiness and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste has pale hops & caramelized malt, but both are kind of faint, not a lot of sweetness either. There’s strong metallic & medicine-like flavor to it.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not tasty at all, the fact that it’s not very filling is the only good thing I can say about this beer. This beer was part of a gift and I wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but I was still disappointed. I definitely would not buy more of it.

01-11-2007 03:52:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

12-09-2013 15:13:40 | More by Bieniek30
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

07-08-2013 04:46:44 | More by jakubh17
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New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

06-28-2014 21:19:51 | More by HaightAshbury
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2.3/5  rDev -32.7%

Served in a pint glass. This was one of the first craft beers I ever had, back in 2000. Revisiting it now that I'm back in NY to review it

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Copper colored liquid.

S: Herbal and spicy hops with some very sweet sugary smell. Caramelly smell from malt.

T: Off metallic flavor - not good tasting. Some okay maltiness, but green banana and cooked veggies mostly. Would this beer be better straight from the tank? Has it been abused?

M: Astringent and lots of flavors that clash. Some heat as well.

D: Very low. I want no more than 3 sips. First sip: ugh. Second sip: It can't really be that bad, can it? Third: Yes it really is.

11-08-2008 18:33:28 | More by dfillius
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2.35/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

02-07-2006 17:22:09 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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