Saddleback Ale
Sebago Brewing Company

Saddleback AleSaddleback Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #668
Ranked #44,684
3.3 | pDev: 17.58%
Sebago Brewing Company
United States
Saddleback AleSaddleback Ale
Notes: Saddleback Ale is a crisp light all malt beer with roots from an Eastern European lager. The Czech hops balance the pale malt, revealing balance and natural drinkability. Saddleback Ale is the perfect session beer.

20 IBU
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 47
Photo of hoppymcgee
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Sebago Brewing Co. in Scarborough, ME.

L: Very light, dull yellow with mild carbonation.

S: Boiled corn.

T: Up front is semi-dry, faint yeast. Finishes like an American adjunct lager.

F: Best part of the beer. Has good body for 3.9%.

O: This is at best a summertime beer, otherwise try their Lake Trout stout on nitro; it is a Guinness killer.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - poured a very pale yellow, clear, with one finger frothy white head. Lots of copious lacing synonymous with most sebago brews I get in their mix pack, definitely fresh.

S - smelled of fruity Esthers, slight citrus and a mild malt aroma.

T - taste is very crisp. Only a few mellow notes of citrus come through for hop flavor, and the malt character is barely there with some notes of bread and cereal. Doesn't have very much flavor but the crisp taste and dry, bitter finish does lend to some enjoyment.

M - very drinkable, light with crisp abundant carbonation, very sessionable.

O - overall I think it lacks in flavor. I would reach for this if I wanted a beer that wasn't going to stand in the way of my food. I wouldn't if I wanted to enjoy a tasty beer.

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Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-slightly cloudy pale straw colored with a bit of white foam
S-wheat aroma with a citrus tart nose
T-similar to the aroma
M-high carbonation that hurts the finish a bit. Light bodied. A lingering hop/malt finish
O-nothing stands out with this one. Average

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Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw with a smallish fizzy white head. Fades quickly with a bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: A bit of bready malt. Grainy. A touch toasty.

T: More toasty bread. A little lemon. Grassy hops especially towards the finish.

M: Light bodied, crisp.

O: A simple but drinkable brew. Session beer for sure, especially at 3.9%.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aw snap, I bought a blonde ale. The packaging didn't state a style but I wanted something local and it came with a free sticker.

Bright gold with a tight white head. Heavy dish soap retention leaves a big foamy schmear all down my glass.

Aroma is bright and effervescent. Sharp cereal grains and eurostank noble hops.

Wet hay, cereal grain and ample swampy Noble hopping to keep this blonde from being boring.

An impressive take on an unimpressive style. A good pils substitute if you ever really wanted a pils and for some reason were prohibited from buying anything with lager yeast.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale yellow. Virtually no foam. Very light smell, not much if anything. Very mild hop taste. Very mild taste and a little watery. Thin bodied and very unimpressive. Relatively bland.

A bit disappointing.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear blonde color with a fingers worth of head

S: Light malts and hops, bread, maybe some light lemon and spice as well (probably more from the hops, though)

T: Follows the nose, light and bready with nice light hopping and peppery spice. Definitely flavorful for a 3.9% session ale

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Enough carbonation to wash food down, yet still smooth enough to have a slight slickness to it

O: Quite the session ale. Nice and flavorful given the abv, and extremely quaffable. Solid beer for sure

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Into a pint glass:

A:slightly hazy straw yellow colored body with a half finger of white head that stays around for a minute.

S: tries to be bready but comes out really bland, malts seem stale

T: same as above with some grassiness and is very bland

M: light, pretty watery, some carbonation is felt

O: the countless times I've had to hopefully try to give this the best review I could possibly give, yet even when I find the fresh stuff, there has always been something that bothers me about this, I just can't get into this one.

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Photo of Brad007
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a two-finger head into my glass. Very clear. Nothing out of the usual.

Light, buttery, fluffy malt with little hop presence. Certainly a good example of this style thus far.

Mellow and sweet with buttery, crisp malt. Clean. Carbonation a little weak but still there.

Finishes simple, finishes clean. Just as I like it.

The low ABV will please fans of session ales. This is something I could enjoy a few of at once.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a finger's worth of white head that stays around for a while before it falls to a nice cap.

S- Bready up front, sweet maltiness, slight yeasty aroma, a little toasted aroma as well.

T- Just like the smell. Toasted and sweet malts, a little grassiness, and bready.

MF- Light to moderate body with a fair share of carbonation.

O- I'm not a huge fan of the style, but ,for the style, this was a very good beer. Not sure I'd get it again, but not bad at all.

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Photo of Risser09
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter · fridge temp · 2011

Appearance: Pours a very light golden color with a few wisps of yeast sediment. The head amounts to 1/2", is white in color, and shows a tad bit of retention.

Smell: Pilsner malt, straw, premature cereal grains. Not much hop aroma.

Taste: Crisp pilsner malts, generous hop bitterness and a clean finish make the taste a great one.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry, bitter and a touch of alcohol.

Overall: I was impressed by this beer. The label says nothing to me, but the beer itself is a nice example of American Blonde.

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Photo of tigg924
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 head, gold in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and grass

Taste: grass, some caramel, and big hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone that lasts until the end

Overall: An ok to above average blonde ale. Nothing really jumped out at me for this one. I could have it again or just as easily pass.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a pale hazy golden color with slight orange hues. A small white head forms and settles to thin lace.

The aroma is grainy and with a hint of fruity sweetness behind it. Nice floral spring time aroma to this. Kind of a toasty flavor to this. A little bit of sweetness in the flavor with a slight bitter hop flavor to finish it off.

Nice light body to this and the carbonation is a little aggressive but I dig the light nature to this beer. However this drinks very nicely, pretty good local offering.

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Photo of gford217
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a pinkish/orange tint to it. There's a small soapy white head that sticks around a while and leaves delicate lacing.

Aroma is sweet and light with pale malts, honey and crisp, clean noble hops. Also a lot of floral hops, not resinous pine but more perfume-like in character.

Taste has an initial floral hop kick with light toasted pale malts and a hint of lemon zest. Bone dry and crisp hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, dry and clean with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

This is an interesting take on a typical lager with ale yeast thrown in. Very drinkable but not all that memorable.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a straw color (and i accidentally got the lees into the glass) with a nice white head that falls fairly quickly. Aroma includes dominant floral notes with some maltiness and hints of earthy hops. Fairly hoppy aroma.

Flavor notes are dominated by the maltiness but there is a balance with the bitterness from the hops. Floral notes are apparent but subdued along with the earthiness. It's really the malt and the mouthfeel that hit you. The mouthfeel is fairly dry but malty as well. A little too high on the carbonation though which causes a little bite. It makes for a somewhat drinkable beer. A little less carbonation and this is very drinkable.

Overall this beer is almost a low alcohol IPA. It has the hops and the color of a typical American IPA but not the alcohol content. I think the extra alcohol might help the body and with that the drinkability. Also would add that little extra complexity.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is medium pale, unfiltered with a white head.
Smell is mild all malt aroma.
Mostly pale malt taste with a hint of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is light, but not watery.
Good warm weather brew and ABV is low enough to make this a good session beer.

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Saddleback Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 47 ratings