Saranac Pumpkin Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale
Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 442 | Ratings: 1,190
Photo of EMV
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Outstanding lacing... really good looking beer.

S: Pumpkin pie spice... pumpkin and toasted malts.

T/F: Follows the nose. Toasted grains... slightly sweet up front. Pumpkin and mild pie spices... not overpowering. Mild hopping for bitterness. Fairly balanced... light bodied.

O: An average pumpkin beer. Not obnoxious... easy drinking, etc.

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Photo of mustangboy
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a standard pumpkin beer. It tastes a bit smokey to me, and I love that, and that's why it's one of my favorites. I can also drink 2 or 3 without repercussions! It reminds me of sipping beer around a Fall bon fire!

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Photo of 88caprice
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hey, I mean, not bad.

Clear, orangey tone. Medium light color. Great head retention. Smell and taste is mostly straight forward pumpkin pie spices. Nothing too complex or fake. A little sticky. Medium light body.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a silky copper color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Light foamy sheet of white head quickly softened to allow a light lace running here and there.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet pumpkin flesh meddling with some allspice, ginger, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Light bready/biscuit malts on the back end.
The flavor presented a pretty nice balance between those bready/biscuit malts to the pumpkin flesh and kicked in those light pumpkin spices for balance. Light bready/biscuit and pumpkin sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Pumpkin sweet to bready finish.
Overall, definitely one of the better pumpkin ales on the market and definitely one of Saranac's better beers as well.

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Photo of seedyone
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle that was past date. IMO opinion there was not much lost. The spice aroma & flavor were right up front, where I like them, in this style. One of the best balances of the spices in any pumpkin I've had. The one downside was a lack of texture. The flavors were not watery, but the mouthfeel could have been more substantial.

All in this seasonal can stand with the best of 'em.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +25.9%
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 -47.4%
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 -2.6%
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 -1.5%
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 +26.5%
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 +10.3%
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 -12.4%
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 -33.8%
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 +10.9%
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 +5.9%
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 -10%
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 -10.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +9.7%
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 -2.4%
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 +9.7%
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 -2.6%
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 -19.1%
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 +12.4%
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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Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 1,190 ratings