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Saranac Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale

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1,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of PhageLab
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Transparent golden amber coloration, small bit of head that eventually reduced itself to a thin soapy layer, very nice lacing.

S - Very sweet citrus aroma with a nice pine hop nose.

T - Well hopped yet balanced pale. Decent malt backing with a mild bitterness and nice dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing, and although while there is nothing outstanding here, it is a very enjoyable brew.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, crisp feel.

D - Very good, I could easily enjoy a sixer of this and be happy. Overall I'd say this is a simple yet impressive brew, and could recommend it with confidence.

Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A fat, two finger light amber head (a bit of a pale orange, really). Good lacing, decently sticky.

S: A nice hop and malt balance here. The aroma is floral, sweet, with a hint of citrus in it all.

T: Decent, not terrific, but not horrid. Some of the tastes I have found with 4 other Saranac brews are not noticed here (a metallic, biting off-taste). I'd almost see it as being a touch hoppy for an English Pale Ale, not that it's a bad thing, but that might just be my tastes.

M + D: About average. I could likely do another without being too persuaded, I suppose. The body could have been a little more... something. Almost like it wanted to be a little more slick or full. I can't quite place a finger on it. Nonetheless, not bad, not great, about average.

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

A - Pours clear and copper with a little more than one inch of head. Retention was good. Lacing was good.

S - Citrus hops dominate but get followed quickly by a caramel and brown sugar aroma. Not much else going on with this one.

T - Combonation of caramel and hops with a slight bitterness on the end. Has a very clean taste. Pretty much what I would expect from a good English Pale Ale.

M - Medium to light bodied. Carbonation was average and beer was smooth.

D - Drinkability is good. I would have no problem drinking several of these. Tends to be clean, light, and smooth.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer appearance was dark amber clear no haze with a decent head that left nice lace on the way down. Smell was hops not much else. Taste was hops up front malt was restrained seems like they made a decent English Pale Ale. Mouthfeel lite in body mediem in carbonation a good drinkable beer.

Photo of abedenbaugh
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:It has a nice clear dark amber color. The head is an average sized white.
S:The only thing I can pick up is a good amount of hops. The hops smell like there is a little bit of citrus, like it was an APA, but it doesn't taste anything like one. There is a little bit of caramel and sweet malts in the nose, too.
T:A small amount of bitterness which is just enough for the beer. The english hop flavor comes out great in it. There is a hit of the citrus in the flavor.
MF:It has a medium body to it. The hop resin gives the body a little boost.
D:It would be easy to drink multiple beer. The low level of bitterness(for a pale ale) balances well with the malt. Overall, it's an average beer, but it's still good.

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a copper color with a fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is mostly of hops with a slight bit of malt

T - Is of bitter hops for the most part

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - Overall this is an ok beer sure theres better pales out there but for the price its a good beer its worth a try at least

Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in their sample packs. Its appearance was pretty decent: dark-reddish orange with a thin, thin head. The smell was crisp at first, deep hops and citrus, but then it shockingly trails out. The taste was pretty above average with nothing too strong and definitely not a thin pale ale: good bitter citrus tastes. The carbonation is pretty good and it was excellent with the spicey food I was eating with it. Overall, this is a pretty balanced pale ale that is just relaxing to drink too.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a reddish-tinged copper color with a single-finger head. The smell is mostly malt with a bit of floral hops. The taste starts off with some nice sweet maltiness that's cut nicely by the hops for a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is nice and refreshing with a fair amount of carbonation. Being a Pale Ale fan I found this beer to be very drinkable, and could imagine reaching for another soon.

Photo of mpyle
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

app - pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a surprisingly large just off-white head with good retention.

aroma - subdued, maybe a bit of an earthy hop aroma. Clean but bland. Slight malt aroma as it warms.

flavor - some hop flavor with initial malt, but also a stale taste to the hops. Strong hop bitterness lingers well into the finish. A mineral, English character to the beer likely from the yeast or a Burtonizing of the water. Pretty true to style, although the malt could be more assertive initially.

MF - medium body and moderately high carbonation. A bit too much carbonation for a British-style beer.

D'ability - the carbonation cuts into the drinkability, but a reasonably priced, bitter English-style beer. Not the finest anywhere, but not bad for the money.

Photo of tweeder263
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out agolden amber brew with 2 finger head. has a nice hop aroma not too prominent but still in the forefront. Piney hop flavor up front with coffee type flavors coming towards the end, very different. Mouthfeel is watery , nothing worth mentioning. I gave this an average drinkability,,its not terrible but its nothing i would mention to someone else as a must try.

Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was very clear and a light amber colour with a light beige head off the pour. The head retention was decent and it produced a fair bit of lacing. There was little malt presence in the aroma, mostly woody and earthy hops with a hint of pine. Medium bitterness with light malt character - hops were definitely up front. The flavour was a bit herbal and earthy with a light citrus character, quite a nice balance actually. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation, which feels a little stronger than it is. This is a fair pale ale, definitely on the mild side. It's not quite English in character and doesn't fall apart at all, there just isn't anything special to bring me back again.

Photo of Brad007
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with an ample head and lacing. Aroma is nice and toasty upfront. Smells biscuity and even slightly hoppy as well. Taste is mostly one of malt with biscuit/breadiness in the middle and a finish that has some hop bitterness. Somewhat bitter as well. Definitely seems to fit the style and it goes down ok. Drinkable. Not much impressive beyond that.

Photo of becktone
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: This beer is copper in color with yellow highlights and is very clear. Head is a dirty white creamy looking and unfortunately small creature. There is lacing in the glass, but it doesn't quite make up for the small sized head, just a little bigger would be nice.

Nose: Malty, earthy, buttery, toasty. Focus in this brew is more malt oriented than hop oriented. Not to say there isn't any hop presence, there is some floral hop character, but it is mostly subdued, allowing the malt aromas to come through.

Tongue: If the aroma is any indication of how this beer tastes then I am Micky Mouse. The aroma is much richer than the flavor. Here you get some of the flavors that were mentioned in the aroma, but they are all watered down. I mostly get a toasted malt flavor, not the rich caramel that I detected in the aroma, also no buttery notes. Just a musty earthy note mingled with some toasted malt. Some floral hop flavor in the finish. Let Down!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: In my opinion this beer is a little light on the palate, just a bit more body would've been nice. This beer is easy to drink, but I won't be buying it again anytime soon. In my opinion it doesn't have enough of the classic flavor. Would be something that one might session, not me though.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Amber red rhubarb hue with a nice one finger head that deposits a lot of really fine lace on the glass. Nice head retention.

S - This has the same sort of muddy river bottom silt smell that I noted in the Saranac lager and Sam Adams lager. I also get a little bit of resiny dark fruit....raisins and prunes. The malt is caramely and some very subdued hops are there along with some cinnamon.'

T - Rough grassy hops, mineral water, and a lot of metal flavors. Tonic water and minerals. I like a Gin and Tonic once in a while, but I don't favor tonic water flavors in my beer.

M - Gritty and raw. Medium bodied with an of-dry finish. Metallic aftertaste.

D - Poor. This has an overriding metallic mineral flavor that I don't like at all.

Photo of mogul37
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer right out of the bottle. Nothing really stands out, but it fits the pale ale profile pretty well. Good taste that balances malty sweetness well with the hops. Lots of carbonation, but good consistency that's not watery like a lot of heavily carbonated macros. Overall, it's a beer I would regularly order when in the mood for a pale ale.

Photo of Jp7010
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured rich amber into a standard tumbler with a half inch of golden head. The aroma was rich and earthy. Almost meaty. The taste was malty, with earth notes. A light hop bitterness finished off the palate. A medium body feel, with a light fizziness goes down smooth. Saranac's Pale Ale is a staple for me. A good go-to beer, when all else fails. Good to get in a pub with a dinner, or just to sit back and drink a 6-pack of on a Sunday afternoon. Though it's been said about a different craft brewer, it applies here, Always a good decision.

Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good. Auburn color, clear, under a dense creamy head. Nice lace + good retention. Aroma is sweet with a decent amount of malt and light flowery, leafy hops. Light, fairly crisp and easy on the nose. Taste is likewise with good bitterness. Slightly acidic finish and moderately dry. Texture is a little gritty and overall, easy to drink.

Not bad, not bad.

Photo of Drewcifer
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with an off-white head, which for the most part dissipates after a few moments, leaving a little lace behind.

Smell is of mainly earthy hops, with light malt and a very, very subtle fruity tones.

Taste is very well balanced, with a definite hoppiness, but not overwhelming. A little bit of a nutty lingering.

Mouthfeel is very nice, crisply carbonated. Leaning to the light side of being medium-bodied.

Overall, a pretty enjoyable pale ale. Above average, not impressive or overly intriguing, but a fine beer, especially for the price.

Photo of shererjt
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly orangish-copper color with possibly just a bit of haze. Nice off-white head with decent lacing. Nose was crystal malt and hops. Some citrus but not overwhelmingly cascade-like. Medium body, and somewhat bitter. Could use a touch more malt for balance. Still pretty good, though. Mouthfeel was a tough flat, and the drinkablity was slightly above average.

A respectable pale ale. Not Bass, not SNPA, but entirely drinkable.

Photo of Natainos
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is my first Beer Review, and yes i'm a rookie!
but for a first Beer to review, I must say this tasted very good.
Smell: Nice
Taste: Good (after taste: lasting hop/fruity)
Look: ? I left it in the bottle
Proud to say Saranac is from Upstate, NY

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Pale Ale. Pours a dark amber color with a very thick caramel colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nice malty and hoppy aroma with hints of fruity undertones, probably citris of some sort. The taste is exellent! Really well blended malts and hops for a nice ale taste. There is a hint of citrus in the beginning and aftertaste. A nice finish to a refreshing pale ale. The beer is usually very well carbonated which makes it really nice for drinking a few of these after a long day. Overall, I give it my approval and would recommend this as long as you like Pale Ales.

Photo of animal69
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this next one sounds promising; pours a beautiful copper color w/ a slight head w/ lasted longer than most, good lacing; not as much hop bouquet as boasted, but an overall good malt-hop balance w/ faint phenol; nice complex malt combination ( the bottle says six) , mixes w/ the hop flavor well; smooth light-med body; i really enjoyed this one & would recommend it to a friend (esp. on a fall fishing trip, springs to mind)..

Photo of wedge
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a tall, tight head. Some nice lacing starts to form as the sticky head drops. Aromas of pale malts, dried fruit, and earthy hops. Malty flavor initially, dry, and subtly sweet. Not too much hoppy flavor, mostly bitterness, although citrus makes an appearance as it warms. Standard medium body. Everything about this beer is "safe"...nothing great, nothing terrible. Unfortunately, with so many other better pale ales in the world, there's no real reason to ever buy this unless you really need to save a couple bucks. Solid, but forgettable.

Photo of funkengruven
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice amber, lots of lacing and a bit of a crown on top. Smell is nice and malty, with hops, pretty tasty. Flavor is abundant in the hops and malts, making a nice balance between the two flavors. Only beef is it's lacking a bit in the body, but it more than makes up for that in the drinkability.

This would be a great gateway beer for macro lovers. Not too bold, and hits the spot nicely.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium size head. A good amount of lacing and semi decent retention. Has an amber color.

Smells a bit like a macro ( but not that bad) a light hoppiness, Dad's Oatmeal cookies, and caramel malt.

The taste is light on the hops again, spices and a biscuit quality. Once again a decent but not thrilling beer from Matt's.

Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.