Saranac Session Ale - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: puboflyons on 05-04-2013

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by KajII:
Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear amber yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that reduced down to a thin film with a medium collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of grain malts, grassy hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon and orange), honey and a light adjunct (corn) presence.

The taste was a light malty sweet with a touch of honey early on, progressing with a grainy bitterness and a hint of citrus towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a lightly bitter citrus taste disappearing rapidly off the palate.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry, watery texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a clean and crisp Blonde Ale with a smooth and easy drinkability, and although I did not find it to be anything special it still was not to shabby...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden with amber glow to it with fine high carbonated white head even bands of lacing between sips. Aroma seems pretty light and delicate a hint of grainy breadiness with light citrus hops barely slipping onto my radar. Pretty light flavors going on nothing much in the way of anything light biscuit malts cereal grains with a touch of hops pretty forgettable out of a summer sampler it fulfills it's purpose refreshing effortless drinkability even carbonation light bodied summer drinking beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This so-called session ale pours like champagne: clear, bright gold in color, light-bodied and effervescent with bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for the duration of the drinking session. The pure white head is fluffy, dense and craggy, about 2 fingers tall to begin with and showing good retention as it falls to just under a finger and stays there while leaving patches and spotting behind.
Citrus and earth are the primary notes in the aroma, and it does seem familiar after the Wild Hop pils. There's some grass and herb and a bit more pith as more of the citrus peel note makes itself strongly known.
It's hoppy for a blonde but still soft, with lots of citrus, grass, herb and biscuit alongside some cracker and a little sweetness. As it warms, there's some honey too.
The feel is firmly crisp in a light body but still, as with the flavor, plenty soft with some smoothness as well.

Photo of KTCamm
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear gold, 1/8 inch of white foam. Some retention. German pils nose, like a beer. Taste is quite lite, a little flat. More empty than not. Hop tries to creep in at the end and give some body. Hole in the middle. Certainly sessionable, so it accomplishes what is intended - but without much fanfare.

Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that comes from the 2013 Summer pack. Sampled on May 4, 2013.

The pour is a pretty standard pale yellow with a white fizzy head. Nothing makes this unique.

The aroma is more of bread of biscuit than anything else with a mute but clean hop note.

The body is light to medium and about right for the style.

The taste is pretty straight forward with bread, biscuit and pale malts and a basic clean hop finish. Better than an adjunct pale ale but really nothing extraordinary.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ba Review #279
Served On: 07/21/2013
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/31/13

This was from the the 2013 release of 12 beers of summer mixed pack. I got from Evergreen Liquors ($13.99)

Look: Light golden color with a small white rocky head. Some spotty lacing and mediocre carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Fruity twang with that signature malt character that is expected from Saranac brand.

Taste: First up was a very light fruity citrus. The middle was a faint malt sweetness. The finish was fairly clean with some bitterness that kicked in at the end along with a carbonation tingle. Not much for aftertaste.

This was a super light beer with qualities found in a typical Summer Ale. Definitely sessionable as the name suggests. I just cant see why I would pick this one over all the others out there though.

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured pale malts and a light herbal hop.

The flavor offered clean grainy malts and a light cleansing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a quaffable light ale.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours straw with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain, not much else. Tastes of grain with a very slight pine hop. Beer is very heavily carbonated but light body still goes down really easy. Overall, an average beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw yellow coloring with a thin, sparse, white filmy surface coating. Aromas of toast, slight butter, and a bitter hops presence at the end. Flavors are toasty, also, with a more prominent hops presence. Peppery and resiny hops cut through the roasty/toasty backbone, but the grain-like profiles keep the beer balanced and light. Crisp and light in mouth, the beer has a toasted and slightly hoppy aftertaste. Bitterness and light body give a slightly dry, clean finish. Easy enough to drink, but flavors are a little off-balanced.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Golden color, a shade or two on the dark side of the blonde color chart. A big white head tapers quickly, next to no lacing. Quite clear with abundant bubbles.

S- Wet bready malts with a faint floral hop.

T- Malty sweet with just enough hop bite to offer some balance. Not very complex but it tastes ok.

M- Light, carbonated, drinkable.

O- Not a bad effort but lacking punch. It's sessionable as claimed and I can see this being a step-up enjoyable brew for an AAL drinker.

Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't expect much from this beer, as a middle-of-the-road summer pack selection. I got about what I expected. It is a straw colored, faintly hazy brew....thn white head. The aroma is grain and fruit based. A bit more fruity esters than expected...soft and sweet with a touch of malt. God, but not remarkable. The teste is slightly sweet. Malt and fruit as well, but not overwhelming. A touch of hops, mostly bitter, in the mid taste. Medium to light in body. Not bad, straight down the middle.

Photo of AwYeh
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a tulip pint; best by 10/31/12.

A: Pale, slightly copper hazy golden color with a finger or so of dense white head. Nice lacing.

S: Pretty funky for the style, and not really in the way I'd enjoy. Smell consists of mostly a sweet bready malt flavor and the aforementioned funk.

T: Very grassy; there's a decent hop presence here. Coupled with the sweet, biscuity malt backbone, it's not bad. Nice grassy finish too. It's not particularly complex, but I'm enjoying it.

M: Thin-bodied with moderate carbonation; it's pretty smooth going down.

O: It isn't one of the most flavorful beers I've encountered, but it's more than the sum of its parts. Really easy to drink multiples of these; my first glass went so fast I didn't get a chance to review it by the time it was done. In my part of the country this isn't seen outside of the Saranac summer pack, but if I saw this on tap at a bar and I was driving it would probably be included in my two or so beers while there.

Photo of TheSSG
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, soft, soapy head that collapses quickly, leaving wisps of lacing. Nice citrus-noble hop aroma. Clear and golden. Starts surprisingly bitter with bright, grapefruit/citrus hops, moves into a low-medium bitterness as the smooth, biscuity malt starts to shine through.
Finish is slighly floral hop character overlaid upon smooth biscuit.

Not too bad. Surprisingly bitter, but pleasant. It is quite crisp and refreshing.

Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is NOT an American Pale Lager! It's an American Pale Ale.

Pours a bright gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Very clear brew with a good amount of lacing.

Sweet and crisp with a touch of freshly-cut grass in the nose. Malt seems buttery too, at least to my nose.

Crisp, sweet, buttery malt with just a touch of grassy/piney hops. There's just enough bitterness to where it will leave an impression in the mouth.

The same bitterness emboldens the back of the throat. Very relaxed though.

There's no information on ABV. An excellent session ale regardless!

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a golden yellow maybe a tinge of copper in the right light, and a white head that dies to a ring but sticks on the glass and stays at a ring. Smells way better then i thought, i was thinking this was gonna be a pretty boring kinda brew by the name. it reminds me of magic hat#9 with the very fruit mango with a hint of hops. The tatse is really refreshing, maybe its becasue i just came inside from cutting the grass. You really get a fruit mango thing kinda going on with a straw, hay sweetness from the malt and just a slight bitterness. mouthfeel is kinda thin but not watery but fits the beer just right. Overall i didnt think much of this beer but it really is great. smells like a magic hat, with the taste of a kinda bland NB sommersault.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, golden yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet malt with just a bit of floral hops.

T - nicely balanced taste with a sweet finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

O - I could enjoy a few of these on a hot summer night.

Photo of stella77artois
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass. A new brew, part of Saranac's 12 Beers of Summer sampler.

A - Pours a light golden-orange with a suprisingly large head. Dissipated rather quickly. Large amount of carbonation visible.

S - Not a whole lot going on. Very faint aroma of malts. A Belgian ale-type of sweet aroma is noted. Not offensive, but not neccessarily great.

T - Not bad, not outstanding. Kinda bland. The flavor itself is good, just kind of watery. I understand what they were shooting for with a session ale, but this is too weak. Malts and just a touch of hops are noticed, along with a slight peach taste. Again, the taste isn't bad, it's just not strong enough.

F - It is crisp and refreshing. Just doesn't really beg to be sipped again.

O - Not one of Saranac's best beers. It isn't bad, but it's not that good. The taste itself is decent, it's just the beer is too damn watery. Wouldn't mind trying again, I just won't purposely buy it any time soon.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium amber color with a billowy white head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving only a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of a grainy smell and a more lemon like aroma. There is a little bit of a fruit sweetness as well as a little bit of a floral smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a light and smoother bready taste mixed with a little bit of a lemonade sweetness. The sweetness quickly fades with the lemon growing a bit more sour as the flavor advances toward the end. As this occurs the bready taste takes on a more grainy nature. Along with the advent of the grainier taste, so too comes some flavors of a grassy and floral hop, in the end, leaving a light but crisp flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. For the grainy and lighter tastes of the brew, the feel is perfect as it creates a more crisp brew and makes it all that much more refreshing.

Overall – Not a bad session brew. In considering the lighter grain and citrus flavors of the brew the decent level of hop at the end gives it just the right kick, all while the low abv makes it a good session and quite refreshing.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I quite like this new beers of summer addition, but on the heels of a founders all day ipa, it seems lackluster in some ways. it has a very pale color to it, with just a hint of copper amongst the washed out yellow look, very clear, and with a half inch of head that doesn't really last long. the nose is balanced but moderately hoppy, which I like. I get some ale yeast to this that has a bready vibe, and a certain bitterness that seems just right. the flavor is mild, the grains are light with just a touch of sweetness and an easy starchy element. hops are grassy and bitter too, but all in good enough balance for me. its a good easy drinking brew with low abv, refreshing carbonation, and a light summery sort of body. I would love to see a little more flavor packed into this one, and its faint pine notes say spring to me rather than summer, but this is a beer I will spend some time with this summer im sure. good effort from Saranac.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle, no freshness date.
Smells of grapefruit and bread. Pours pale orange yellow with nice white head. Head does not linger, leaves spotty lacing. Taste is citrus very mild bite. Very clean on the palate. Highly drinkable.It is, indeed a good session brew!

Photo of TeamMathis
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellowish and golden. Quickly dissipating head; hardly any lace left.
Smell: Light grapefruit, floral, and light butter.
Taste: Light floral and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy carbonation that gets watery quickly.

The smell is the nicest part of the beer. It's a pleasant grapefruit surrounded with floral tones. The taste is similar, but the floral part is slghtly more pronounced. It's a very, very light brew. The taste is almost hard to place because it's so light. There is a small, sourness as it goes down the back of the tongue and throat. I also noticed that the beer flattened out rather quickly after being poured. It went from spritzy carbonation to a quite watery spritz. It is enjoyable and drinkable, yet very unremarkable. I wouldn't get this again unless it came in a sampler.

Saranac Session Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.