Saranac Pumpkin Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JackStraw22 on 09-01-2005

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Reviews: 437 | Ratings: 1,173
Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bro in law brought a jug of this to TG. It poured a clear copper with white head that is not leaving any lace . The scent had hints of pumpkin and spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was pumpkin and spice but not overpowering. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of mbrando33
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is another beer where, after having had it, my mind is boggled by some of the low scores on this site. Overall this thing looks great, with a light brown to orange complexion and feels smooth and light on the palate. Its pumpkin flavor is very subtle, so if you are seeking a strong pumpkin taste, you might look elsewhere. However, what might seem underwhelming in pumpkin is made up for with a fine light blend of autumn spices. Definitely one of the lighter pumpkin beers, which means you'll be happy to drink more than one.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.79/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

This will probably be the only Saranac beer I bother to rate, I've had almost all of them and regretted it every time. They're just not good beers. There is something amateur tasting in all of them, like a bad, stale yeast. This beer is particularly terrible. Way too thin, and I mean no body for an autumn brew. The pumpkin flavor is way too heavy and not pleasant in any way. All those autumn spice flavors are in there, and as I taste them I wish I had one of the German purity beers without all this junk in there.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very light for a pumpkin, almost a honey/amber. I really like the nose, though, in that you smell pumpkin first, rather than spice or beer malts. However, the taste falls flat know the pumpkin front. This is a decent, malty beer in the neighborhood of a marzen, with a happy kiss on the back end, but I don't get much pumpkin-y. Mouthfeel is nice: full, yet smooth.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours an orangey amber with a small head, quickly dissipating. Pumpkin pie spice in the nose. A bit of pumpkin and spice in the mouth. Nice and pleasant.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saranac Pumpkin Ale 5.1% ABV. 15 IBU - source was website
Look: Light brown and orangish, small white head that dissapates to nothing.
Smell : from bottle - sweet spices: ginger, cinnamon, clove, malts, from glass mostly pumpkin
Taste: Drank from a Brooklyn Brewery glass. Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, malty, bread, grassy hops and a slighty spicey aftertaste.
Overall: This is a slightly sweet, slightly spicey pumpkin ale. I used to buy their sampler packs in college and drink these thinking that this was craft beer. In reality it was not merely as good as good craft beer. My girlfriend had me get some for her, but I turned out liking it. This is not bad coming from this company. There is some pretty good flavor, but it is not too sweet. Hats off

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a moderately hazy burnt orange to brown color with a light rimmed white foamy head. Lacing slightly speckled and slid into the beer.
The smell starts off with a combination of spices of ginger, allspice, cinnamon and then the pumpkin. Light crustiness of bread slides in underneath.
The taste was fairly sweet letting the spices roll a bit off to the side. I don't mind that the taste is different than the aroma. There's a lingering pumpkin to doughy aftertaste with a watery finish.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a crisp sessionable feel swarming about my tongue. Carbonation hits fine and dandy to me letting the spices take aim at my tongue, yup there's that harshness, not bad, I'd say, not bad.
Overall, do I dare say session pumpkin ale? Well, gee, that's all Saranac/Matt has to do, just rename this to be "Session Pumpkin ale" and pat yourselves on the back so that all of those who rate to style will most likely up its numbers. As for now, well, I don't mind it for me. I'll probably drink this more in a session than other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Usual pumpkin color; Not much head or lacing to speak of.

Smell: typical subdued mix of sweet fruit and spices.

Taste: malt centric; no hops or bitterness: Mildly sweet

Feel: On the lighter-thin side

Overall: Pretty middle of the road offering in this style. Nothing overly offensive or memorable. Pretty safe for novice or non-beer drinkers or anyone who want to have a little fun with a seasonal without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated.

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Photo of j4mmin42
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks decent when poured. I think that is its best attribute...

Smell is of a cheap, highly processed beer with spices and pumpkin.

Taste is of a cheap, light american beer...with spices and pumpkin.

Feel ls watery and leaves no lingering taste at all.

Overall, it is not great beer- it's cheap beer with spices in it.

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Photo of steveo25
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

O.k. beer, better than I thought it would be.
A real kick of spice in the first few sips (which I wasn't too fond of) BUT, then it smoothed out and the rest of the bottle was pretty nice.
Tried it in a combo six pack - no hurry to buy again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great clarity. Pale orange gold with three fingers of white head that fells to a ring in about four minutes.
Smell is doughy malts with some pumpkin pie spice most notable is cinnamon.
Taste is mild pie spice with bread crust malts and yeast. Some hops are probably there to hold down the sweetness. Hard to say really. No real bitter elements detected. The pumpkin flavor is there but light.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with average carbonation. Finish is minutely dry.
Overall a tasty mild mannered beer. Easy drinking and won't fill you up like some of this style. Think pumpkin light. I did enjoy it and it was the first beer that I have knowingly had from this brewer. From Trader Joe's in Salem, OR. It was a little quart jug for $4.99. I presume the jug could be reused for a half growler fill.

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Photo of jp32
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a good pumpkin beer, but like many others I've tried recently it didn't really knock it out of the park.

Aroma is of cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices, but the malts overtone all of that.

The flavor is malty and cinnamon up front, with a few notes of cloves and biscuits in the middle/finish. Basically, the beer is sweet and tastes of caramel malts, with a hint of anything else I mentioned.

It's good, it just wasn't exceptional in my opinion.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice orange color with a lasting thin head. Aroma of pumpkin with a hint of pumpkin spice. The taste is similar. Nice Pumpkin taste hints of spice. Feels thin and not much carbonation. Overall a fine pumpkin beer just nothing about it stands out.

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Photo of theBubba
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color and a decent 30 second head that turns to a slight ring of lace at the surface.

Taste? Well as one reviewer noted, Matt/Saranac was never known to be up there in taste. Tame, non offensive easy drinking stuff, and this addition is more of the same. To its credit it isn't over laced with pumpkin pie spices like most of that style and does convey somewhat of a pumpkin flavor, but it's nothing to write home about.

I'd sum it up as a decent but lackluster, thin in body easy drinking session pumpkin. Nothing to complain about nor rave about.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 version, poured from a 32 oz bottle growler purchased at HT.

A - Clear, golden orange with brown overtones. 1/4 finger that moves quickly to a thin lace.

S - Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon

T - Follows the nose, with an almost end swig burst of pumpkin and brown sugar.

M - Thin and a touch watery. Carbonation is medium low.

O - Definitely worth a try for pumpkin fans.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium dark honey color with plenty of vanilla toned head. Has a very definite cinnamon spice aroma. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and there's plenty of clove and ginger flavors. Finishes malty and sweet. Not a bad pumpkin style but there are better ones.

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Photo of Nyg
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another pumpkin ale. Like I said I'll try one of anything. Just like every other pumpkin ale. None stand out from another really. Didn't hurt trying. If u like this it's not bad

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Photo of 303beer
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well I'm slightly skeptical due to the rating but here it is in front of me. It looks good. Carbonation turns to a rocky head about half inch tall. It's not bad but not full bodied. Has a pumpkin flavor with some spice just a little thin.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.25] Dark copper to almost reddish color. Forms a small whit head that is thick enough to cover the beer - but not much more. The bottle lists the ABV (5.1%) and the IBU (15) and there is a born on date of (07/27/15).

S: [2.25] Immediately my brain is saying "something I don't like but with spices on top." Cinnamon? Banana. Those red hot candies.

T: [2.75] It doesn't follow the nose. It has a decent mild pumpkin flavor to it. There is a banana component to it too.

M: [3.00] Tingly carbonation. Low to medium in body.

O: [2.75] Not one I would repeat. The nose is not good. The flavor is better but still doesn't come off well. Overall I am just not enjoying this beer.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a dark caramel color with a cappuccino colored 1 finger foamy head that subsides quickly.

S. Malts and spice. Def get some nutmeg and allspice.

T. Same as the nose i'm getting fall spices and malts. I think it's nice.

M. Kinda light bodied. 3 on a scale of 1-10. Nice carbonation that its the tongue and hangs around for a second after the swallow.

O. Not a bad ale for the season. i enjoy the spice flavors. It's kinda one dimensional but satisfying all together. It's also kind of thin. A nice sessionable seasonal brew for that time of year.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, followed by pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Malty up front, followed by some fruity pumpkin flavors and spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is some slight brown sugar-like sweetness as well as some interesting slight sour notes too. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent pumpkin beer, but it’s not great either. I’m not putting in on my list of pumpkin beers to get next year, but if it was offered, I’d certainly not turn it down either.

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Photo of biegaman
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's terribly cliche - and I've used the line countless times before - but Saranac Pumpkin Ale lights up like a jack-o-lantern. Honestly, its orange tone swells with highlights and, with the help of fluttering bubbles, almost seems to twinkle. More befitting (and even more corny) is that its top looks thick and solid enough that it'd require a sharp knife to carve out.

The label lists (in order) cinnamon, allspice, clove, and ginger but all I smell is a nicely balanced, tempered but still perfumed, general combination of baking spices. No one in particular. More aromatic, somewhat surprisingly, is a (presumably malt-induced) note of caramelized brown sugar. It reminds me of pumpkin pie, sure, but maybe even more so of glazed squash.

If there's one thing you can't ever accuse Matt Brewing Co. of doing it's over-delivering on flavour. Each sip is more of a disappointment than the last. All the pumpkin pie flavours - the holiday spices, the glazed sweetness - continue to fade incrementally whereas, really, they should be compounded. More and more this tastes like lightly-scented cinnamon water.

Like a crappy horror movie that gets worse and worse the further in you get, at some point this also makes you start to wonder why you ever thought it was a good idea to start in the first place. I've never tried a Saranac beer with any real amount of character to it - what was I expecting from this one? Don't get me wrong, it's pleasant - just painfully plain.

Saranac's is a pumpkin ale perfectly suited to those who drink the trends but maybe aren't so sure how they feel about the style in general. It's exceptionally mild and minimal, even as far as entry-level versions go, almost as if it were designed for children's consumption. There's such an anemic amount of grain and spices you'd think the brewery was under wartime rations. More trick than treat.

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Photo of Hendry
4.34/5  rDev +25.8%

The low BA ratings on what seems like most of the Pumpkin Ales can be deceptive. I found myself embracing the style this Autumn, and ignoring a lot of subjective reviews/ratings in the Ones and Twos (so many varieties rank in the Seventies likely due to many tasting their first ever Pumpkin Ale). That said, I grabbed the last 12 pack of Saranac Pumpkin Ale that Price Chopper had in the cooler at a very fair price of $13.99

Medium dark copper pour, an inch of fluffy head takes a dive quickly and laces the tulip nicely.

Aroma is of the sweeter Pumpkin Ale variety,all the usual suspects for spices blending in,some graham cracker crust part of the mix,and the ginger was dialed down where it should be,yet present.

Taste immediately starts out sweet,and sort of fades sweet/spicy: not getting any appreciable hint of bitter hop counterbalance, which is an element that is palatable to some, and not to others. In other words, this is more of a pumpkin pie ale less than an ale with pumpkin spices. I view the difference in the two styles as the brewer's interpretation. Saranac reminds me very much of Southern Tier Pumking (though Pumking is an Imperial), except lighter on the booze (8% vs 5.1%) and in a very wallet friendly 12 pack format. Hoppier Pumkin Ales are fine by me when done properly (i.e. Long Trail brush & barrel Imperial Pumpkin), just a different interpretation of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium and I understand the somewhat syrupy angle other reviewers have mentioned,but not a real detraction if the sweeter pumpkin pie spice bombs appeal to you like they do me. Not a beer I would care to finish more than 2 or 3 in a sitting personally.

Overall, my impression of Saranac Pumpkin Ale is quite favorable, and it might even be the second biggest pleasant surprise of the season (the first being the much maligned Wolaver's Organic Pumpkin Ale earning the GOLD MEDAL at the 2014 GABF amongst 52 competing entries, despite the dismal ratings here on BA). Lots of great Pumpkin Ales out there that don't even make it into the 80s for ratings, add Saranac to the list.

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Photo of spacecake9
1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

Poured into my favorite Pumking Goblet.

A - Nice looking amber orange appearance, with a tight foamy head that quickly dies down to a appealing ring.

S - Sharp on the nose with a hint of pumpkin. Almost a little sour. Not the kind of aroma that gets you excited to taste the beer.

T - My initial reaction was this is a not so good beer with some pumpkin flavorings. I'm not sure if the pumpkin flavor is just that or real pumpkins. The bottle suggests spices but I can't pick out any specifically.

M - This beer is on the thin side, watery in the mouth. After each mouthful the flavor leaves very quickly.

O - This is not a good pumpkin beer because it's not a good base beer. Adding pumpkin flavor to a bad beer just creates a bad pumpkin beer. I've not had any other offerings from Saranac, but I think these folks would be better off not brewing a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Not sure y, but, I had someWhat a high expectancy for this beer.

32 oz. Growler, about a month since I bought it; I opened it.

App- Nice orange/auburn glow and subtle red hues. Very inviting.
Ar- Classic nutmeg, cinn, clove, and pumpkin extract. yet smells as if it will lack.
Taste- mellow ass pumpkin and spices with sweet malt.
Mouth-feel - exTREMEly light. Hate to say watered down but it was close to that (if not; that). But super light which can be a nice change from the overly spice and concentrated typical Pumpkin brews you get, however the balance in this was... Not appealing. however, Im sure it pleases some palates .
Overall- a great cheap buy, great for entertaining but not to "wow". decent brew, great growler, and decent seasonal.

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