Saranac Pumpkin Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Pumpkin AleSaranac Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JackStraw22 on 09-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,403
Reviews:
440
Ratings:
1,181
pDev:
16.52%
Bros Score:
3.35
 
 
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36
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226
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Ratings: 1,181 |  Reviews: 440
Photo of Marraybay
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -33.6%
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 TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BAsbill
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steveo25
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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 AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmweiss
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anacross
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Risenhower
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -9.7%
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 JPowell712
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gsdmica
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of anon
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wheels2532
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of riversglow
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of antman27
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dur921
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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 devilfluff
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeff_ODell
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of theBubba
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +10%
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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Saranac Pumpkin Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 1,181 ratings
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