Clementine Pale Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Clementine Pale AleClementine Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,743
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,298
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
52
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 52
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

you can tell this one is saranac from a mile away, even if its a newer flavor from them, it follows very much in their tradition of old school tasting hoppy beer, with some crystal malt, a bit of bready sweetness from it, and a lot of finishing bitterness, almost sierra nevada inspired, they have so many beers that have done this over the years, and even though this one is modernized and jazzed up a little bit, its still very much in that pattern. a little bit of copper color to it shows its fuller malt complexion, while the tall white head has nice retention and ring lace. smells awesome, the clementine is pretty distinctive, also very forward in the mix, but seems to pull up the citrus aspects of the hops nicely as well, giving this a lot of fruity punch before the bitterness comes in. the flavor follows, with the sweet juicy orange character up front, followed by a little zesty oily bitterness, with the higher alpha hop bitterness climaxing at the swallow. lots of caramel type malts balancing this though, a touch sweet when combined with the fruit, but its only for a flash. the clementine with the selected hops is a really nice combination, and even with the bigger malt base and high hop bitterness, i could make a nice little session out of this one. great bottle drinker, a nice pizza beer, one of the better hop driven saranac beers ive had in awhile...

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Photo of dkoehler42
4.9/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This delicious offering by Saranac pours a beautiful hazy gold/amber color with a white head. The notes of the citrus from the clemintine clearly come through in the odor. The taste further exhibits the citrus character, and is only slightly mitigated by a sour taste after being across the tongue for a few seconds.

I would definitely buy more of this and recommend it to beer drinkers of all levels.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light, crisp, citrusy. Easy drinking suited for warm weather with a pleasant bouquet. Not at all what I expected, given the brewery and price point for it.

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Photo of flaskman
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased for 3.99 a six from my favorite ghetto grocery store so I am guessing it was out of date. Poured cloudy orange amber with a decent off white head. The head stayed throughout the glass and left great lacing. The smell was nothing special and bitterish. The taste was surprising considering how old it was and where it came from. The pale ale base was still there and the clementine was very present but not too overpowering. It tasted like the bitter citrus you get when you squeeze a tangerine peel and the oily juice squirts into the air. The beer was good. The warmer it became the more tasty it became because the pale ale portion became more up front. I have never been a Saranac fan but after this I will take a closer look.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a variety 2016 New Beer 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2017
Consumed: Feb. 8, 2017
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 21, 2016; Best by March 31, 2017 at 11:23 a.m. ET

Was happy when my wife sent me a photo of this 12-pack at a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Saranac was my gateway to craft beer and was surprised to see this variety 12-pack with all four beers ones that I had not tried yet. Throw in the $8.99 purchase price and I was in. Did not realize until I opened that the box that these were quite old. This Clementine Pale Ale was bottled on Oct. 21 with a best by March 31. Would have liked this at least six weeks earlier.

Poured a medium yellow clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Some single bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Bad watery lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled pleasant whiffs of tangerine, nectarine, peach, stone fruit, orange peel, lemon zest, honey, wet Cascade and caramel malts. I’m guessing some clementine in there, but not sure I’d ever had it. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose for the most part, getting tangerine and slightly bitter tangerine peel, nectarine, sweet oranges (clementine?), stone fruit, lemon and wet Cascade. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Not bad, especially for being slightly passed its prime. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful,bright, and clean orange which might be a little off to call it a pale ale, but considering the clementine theme, it works well. White foamy head that persists and laces well. Aroma is very one dimensional, just citrus, and not very intensely at all. Flavor is better than aroma would indicate, displaying a good representation of the clementine. Sweet with a hint of tart citrus all the way. Feel is nice and refreshing, well carbonated, and does not finish overly dry. Overall, this was much better than I was expecting, and is a pretty good flavored Pale Ale. Cheers!

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Photo of bmeehan
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For a pale ale that promises other flavors, this really delivers. Fruity and hoppy, it's got a great balance that mingles two different styles of beer with one another.

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Photo of Kendo
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy orangey-amber, with a small, thin, greyish-white head that disappears right away.

S: Slightly skunky in the distance. Otherwise, pretty non-descript in the nose. A bit of grapefruit and sweet oranges, or maybe candied orange peels. But not a bold nose at all.

T: Improves on the palate, with modest bread doughy malt foundation, then some citrus: orange, orange peel and a tiny bit of grapefruit. Finishes fairly clean, though with a faint lingering sweetness. After a few sips, however, I'm getting more grapefruit on the aftertaste.

M: Medium (-ish) in heft, carbonation is on the softer side.

O: Standard offering from Saranac - i.e., it's nothing earth-shattering, but not offensive either. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but if I was offered it at a party I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of hman43
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with a head that doesn't last that long. There is a slight haze to the color.

Smell: There are aromas of pine, citrus, grassy notes, and some bready notes in the background.

Taste: There are pine and citrus flavors. The are bready notes in the background with some grass. There is a slight note of caramel as the beer warms.

Feel: It has a light feel more towards the moderate side. It is slightly slick in the feel. There is a moderate bitterness to it.

Overall, the hops works moderately well together with the bready malts in the background. The other notes add a bit of complexity to the overall presentation.

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Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy to be 5th review of this beer, which is my favorite from Matt.

A) An orange hazed amber with scant bubbles, a small head, that recedes quickly but leaves patchy lacing.

S) I get clemintine, tangerine, grapefruit, a bit of pine.

T) Follows smell but somehow it works. Not usually a flavored beer fan (let the hops do it), this clementine/tinge of tangerine, with a little grapefruit and pine bitterness all works into a tasty brew. Best from Matt.

F) Also a good feel. Quite smooth. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation, and a good citrus pepper finish.

Lemon/clementine/pepper in a glass. Not too sweet, just right.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac Clementine Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating

The label states that this is "brewed with clementine, citrus peel, and tangerine" and it tastes like it. You'll find it in the aroma but it's much clearer in the taste. The aroma is more generically citrusy whereas the flavors are distinct. It's not the most citrusy beer I've ever had, but that's probably a good thing, at least in this case, as it also comes through as a pretty solid pale ale. Given the citrusy hops in play today I hardly doubt that anyone who didn't know there was fruit in there would imagine there was; and then I have to ask the question, why use fruit? Isn't that just an added expense, and more work in brewing? Hmmm... I think it actually gives it a bit more life and character. It's authentic, and remarkably refreshing, and therefore probably worth it. It's not that bitter (40 IBUs) but the bitterness comes through clearly, and along with the acidity of the citrus and some piney/grassy/herbal hops, it finishes dry. Really nicely done, and superbly balanced. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a golden orange color with moderate clarity from the chill haze. The head is two fingers, creamy and off white. Retention is excellent and lacing is minimal, a few spots here and there.

Smell is in your face clementine, along with some grapefruit, pine and bready malts.

Taste is similar. The juicy clementine flavor smacks you in the face right away, but mid sip it transitions to a balanced mix of bready and pine flavors with a mildly bitter finish.

Feel is light side of medium and very smooth. Slightly undercarbonated.

Overall a pretty good beer. The clementine flavor is a bit much for me, but I could throw a couple of these back on a hot summer day no problem.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: An orange amber with a finger of white head. Recedes quickly but leaves some patchy lacing down the glass.

S: Tangerine, grapefruit, some pine.

T: Tangerine, a little grapefruit and pine bitterness on the end.

F: Quite smooth. Goes down easy. Medium to light body with moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of BelgiumYeast
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some fruit and pine on the nose. Pours a beautiful deep orange. Creamy head with nice lacing. Wonderful balance of the citrus hops, clementine and tangerine, and foral piney hops. 40 IBUs but not a hop bomb. Lots of carbonation but also smooth. If you like New Belgium Citradelic (looking forward to their upcoming release of exotic lime), you will like this, this is similar, maybe a bit smoother, not as much pop as Sculpin.

An instant favorite, better than the sum of its parts, WORKS. Refreshing and satisfying, a great tasting beer.

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Clementine Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 52 ratings