Saranac Pumpkin Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #361
Ranked #45,765
3.42 | pDev: 16.37%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale
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Reviews: 443 | Ratings: 1,193
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4/5  rDev +17%

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4.34/5  rDev +26.9%

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 Cnote_crafty_1
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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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4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
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 spiffylubes
2.16/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass, poured a decent copper/amber color with very little head that dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing. Very lacking in the smell department, all I smell is basic sweet malts, no special pumpkin spices at all. Flavor was similarly lacking, slight sweetness, with the first taste the aftertaste had some basic pumpkin spice flavors (cinnamon mostly). After the first taste there wasn't anything there for me, however, and all I got was a very slight sweetness. Mouthfeel isn't bad, smooth, good amount of carbonation. Drinkable, but as many others have said, why would you bother when there's so many other better pumpkin ales?

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In respect to the season I have been trying just about every pumpkin ale that I can find. This one is mediocre compared to some of the others I have tried recently, but I cannot argue with the price when compared to some other Pumpkin Ales .

Thin mouthfeel, malty aroma with some spices.
Strongest spice that stood out to me was the Cinnamon, with some nutmeg in the mix. Nice malt flavor but could improve with an increase in the body of the beer. Id drink it again, but at the pricepoint, Im considering checking out the Michelob Jacks offering for comparison.

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3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +17%

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1.64/5  rDev -52%

Photo of Applesauce1
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the pumpkin ale at the Pit Stop Drive thru in Nelsonville, OH.

This is my first of pumpkin ales.

Poured this beer in my glass and got about a half inch head. The beer had a dark amber-brown color. It looked really good.

Smell- not overwhelming, maybe a fruity smell, maybe they used wood chips in brewing this?

Taste - awesome, this is a very unique tasting beer. The most noticable taste was the one I expected, pumpkin pie. The pumpkin flavor was mixed in really well into the beer. I highly recommend this beer, and wish that Matt Brewing could make this all year long.

Anyways, I will definitely drink more of these in the future.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured a clear rustic brown the same color of iced tea. One fingered light brown head with good lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, leaves,

T. Malt, brown sugar, hops, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Sweet and spicy.

M. A little thin,Medium-light bodied, good carbonation.

D.I thought the flavor was not overbearing. Could have used some more pumpkin, and less of the pie spices

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of EMV
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 GennyCreamAle
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Jeff_ODell
2.34/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sinistrsam
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body of this beer seemed watery and unimpressive but gave way to an aroma of vanilla and spice. There was a VERY slight hint of a chocolaty-caramel-coffee I can't put myfinger on. There is more of that in the flavor which was suprising; vanilla and hints of caramel and cinnamon spice. The mouthfeel was mediocre; watery and almost a flat feel. Once again, I need to have more pumpkins to get a better feel of the style.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber orange color, mild spice aroma and nice head. Excellent balanced smooth flavor with plenty of real pumpkin flavor and malt, lightly spiced with pleasant aftertaste of mostly pumpkin. An easy drinking, low ABV pumpkin that is consistent every year.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac's Pumpkin Ale pours an unassuming amber color, hardly darker than a pint of Yuengling. It smells of roasted pumpkin pie and nutmeg, followed by a smooth, gentle flavor. The taste begins with pumpkin pie spice, ginger and cinnamon. After the spices, a caramel and wheat sweetness lingers while the beer finishes with a crisp, bitter nudge.

The Saranac lacks the boldness of some great beers, but more than makes up for it with a crisp mouthfeel and lighter body that make for excellent drinkability. This pumpkin ale makes a great starting point for the newly adventurous drinker or as a beer to convert the Keystone-loving beer heathens. But really, this is just a beer for anyone that likes pumpkin pie.

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Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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