Saranac Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 73 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, golden-amber body with a full, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Carmel-scented maltiness with light layers of spice and citrus.

Taste: Pale malts with a slightly candyish caramel sweetness. Spicy hop character, maybe a bit of citrus, and with a medium bitterness. Drying finish with a light, lingering maltiness and tiny hint of grain.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An average, simply pale ale that doesn't have the character or charm to really grab ya, but it gets the job done.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Bottle was part of the variety twelve pack. Served in a standard pint glass. Hazy orange colored body. Pillowy head. Decent carbonation. Smell was piney and fresh. Taste was pretty good. Had some definite hops in there, but not overwhelming. Nice bit of malt to aid the mouthfeel. An easy to drink beer, as it's taste and drinkability are both very satisfying. A nice everyday beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

As far as Pale Ales go, this one's better than average. It pours a nice golden color, with a semi-thick head (short-lived). The smell is pretty much par for the Pale Ale course: hoppy, fruity and somewhat pronounced on all fronts. Taste is nicely crisp and pleasantly hoppy, with a faint orange-lemon aftertaste. This one goes down easily as well.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Never had this which is strange since it's one of the most widely reviewed beers they offer.

A - Well like most of their beers is looks good. Solid 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a lace ring that sticks around with great lacing. Color is very dark for a pale but respectable for an English pale. Very deep amber red hue.
S - Mild biscuit malts, touch of pine, and a mostly sweet malt base.
T - Very dry and malt forward with some tea leaves and biscuit flavors. I get some piney hops in the finish which carry the malt and leave me with some caramel sweet flavors. Quite an easy going English pale ale.
M - Light to medium easy to drink with a good ABV.

Overall I am not sure why the hate. It's a very approachable English pale ale for a very affordable cost (got my case for 14 bucks) Overall much better tasting the IPA.

Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Poured a copper honey with about 3 fingers of foam. Very bready malty aromas, typical of the style, but not much hop aroma. Some crisp fruit malt hints.
Taste is very mild, but of english style malts, and very limited on hops. Some caramel malts are present. Slightly thin and bitter mouthfeel, but easy to drink.
I went to school in up state NY, so I have had this countless times both on tap and bottle. I may prefer this in the bottle, but I think because I like this one really cold. I think the cold reall masks some malts and allows the crispness to come through. Overall, an average brew. Its a go-to if nothing else seems good, but I would rarely just buy a 6-er of it.

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

Copper color with a nice tannish head, good carbonation, and decent lace. NIce fruity hop aroma at first but fades fairly quickly. More malt than hop flavor but a good balance with malt leaning to the "not-so-suprising" saranac caramel side. Light-medium bodied.

Not bad but better session Pale Ales to be had.

Label states "Classic English Ale" and "Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops"

ABV: 5.5% per the book "Best American Beers"

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

Pours a copper amber not so much of a pale. Fluffy white head with mild lace. The smell is toasted malt slight caramal, piney hop. Taste is toasted malt, grain with a nice pine, flower hop in the back but more malt forward. Mouthfeel is light medium. Pretty nice pale I will pick up again.

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

Saranac Pale Ale has a medium amber color that leads to a weak head that just doesn't want to last. The smell is fruity, hops are subtle. There is a very fruity taste. I can't quite pinpoint what fruit I taste exactly, but there is that taste. The hops are there, just not in abundance. It's not a bad beer, but it's not a great beer. What this is is a great starter beer. If anything will open the door to our (beer geeks) world, this could be it.

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

12 oz. of unCANny goodness, thanks to woodychandler; poured to a pint glass. I recall having this in a mixed 6-pack on a road trip through upstate New York, summer '96 (actually recall buying them at a little grocery heading out of Cooperstown after a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame). First taste since then...

Green can, emblazoned with a bold red 'SARANAC' above a scene of forested hills and a placid lake.

A: Glowing copper pour, good clarity marred by the faintest haze. Lazy bubbles are steady, if not terribly plentiful. Gorgeous head, well over a finger of loosely-knit dusted white froth that breaks apart into airy pockets like a sponge. Nice lace, too; a permanent band of crackled foam stays near the rim, other less impressive ones descend.

S: Brightly 'English' aroma of honeyed malt and dry toast with a covering sprinkle of flowers and a little of the citrus/pine of Cascade hops.

T: Grassy and flowery - honey-sweetened and caramel-rich - with a notable citrus (lemon) squeeze to add some zing. After a pinch of spicing, there's a dulled herbal/mineral bitterness that loiters in the finish

M: A little sparkle at first, then more mellow (and kinda boring). Light-medium body. Some stickiness hangs on the palate, rings the lips.

O:A solid, well-made example of an everyday English-style Pale. Not many bells or whistles, just a nicely layered and easy-to-drink ale that I could see as a sessionable pub favorite on draught, although its 5.5% abv stretches the bounds a little.

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

A 12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack. Poured into my shaker glass and appears a clear amber color with two full fingers of fluffy bone white head. Smells and tastes of caramel malts, lightly toasted grains, grassy, citursy hops, mostly lemon, more caramel, and yeasty bread. A bit thin in body with medium carbonation. The finish is clean and dry. Certainly not bad for the price. Worth a try.

Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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