Saranac Irish Golden Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Irish Golden AleSaranac Irish Golden Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #450
Ranked #49,838
3.46 | pDev: 13.58%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Irish Golden AleSaranac Irish Golden Ale
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 10
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a darker gold to almost amber color. Mild foamy head slid off fairly quick. Barely any lace.
The aroma had some bready to toasty malts with a touch of grassy herbal character. Light sweet grain.
The flavor took all of the prior mentioned aromas to blend sweetly. Slight sweet corn and came across fairly nice. Mild aftertaste of grain, toast and herbal grassiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under. Good carbonation and an appropriate ABV. Moves fairly smooth along my tongue with a semi-toasty yet sweet grainy finish.
Overall, pretty good blonde ale. Saranac says it's an Irish styled blonde ale, but I haven't had enough of those to say this is true to style. Honestly, I didn't mind this for me, perhaps again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.69/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am on a Bottle Backlog eradication kick right now, following weeks of drinking/reviewing/rating beers for The CANQuest (tm) & it has been an interesting change of pace, to say the least.

From the Bottle: "Fourth Generation Family Brewery"; "Distinctive tasting yet truly drinkable"; "24 IBU"; "Saranac Green Initiative[:] We recycle 98.6% of the waste produced in our brewery. Find out more at".

That last is pretty impressive! I have been "green" since the late-1980s & I continue to ensure that my spent bottles get recycled while CANs are set aside for a local fellow's collection.

Let's drink some beer! I began by Pop!ping the cap & giving it a C-line pour. This produced two fingers of bubbly, fizzy, foamy, tawny head with limited retention & even more limited lacing. 8=( Color was … NOT Gold, but solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet, kind of bready & without much of a hop presence. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was moderately sweet, kind of bready, slightly fruity & actually kind of lager-like. I still was not getting much in the way of a hop presence, though. Their claim of 24 IBUs seems a little on the high side. Finish was semi-sweet & quite refreshing on a hot, humid Summer's day. Have you looked at this site's Style definition for this one, recently or at all? This is like a poster child, except for its color, which was a little too deep & rich to be called Gold. Remember, on here, we rate to style, NOT to taste! YMMV.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has lots of bready malts, some sweetness. Taste is bready malts, some floral notes, none of the sweetness found in the aroma. Feels mdium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of Offa
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden with fairly large whit head steadily shrinking to thin foamy top and wisps.

Aroma is mild grain and grass.

Taste is firm hop character and bitterness of grass and fruit skins with mild fruity- bready maltiness and sweetness. Bitterness and hop character are gentle but, balanced with the sweetness, just dominates through the finish when the fresh-bread sweetness takes over. It's a simple, low-key but tasty beer with enough character - malt and hop, bitterness ans sweetness, to keep ti going. Nothing outstanding, but a good, solid, enjoyable lighter ale.

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Photo of hman43
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours dark golden with a white head. It is quite clear overall with moderately low head retention.

Smell: It has a sweet aroma that highlights a bit of apple. It has a very light bread note.

Taste: It has a grainy sweet taste with a bit of apple and other non distinct fruity flavors. There is also a low amount of spiciness.

Feel: It has a light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it is an easy drinking beer but there is not a lot of complexity to it.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into schooner glass. Pours a 1" sudsy white head that dissipates quickly with mild lacing. Color is light amber with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of grain, lightly toasted malt and fruity hops. Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish. Flavor is mild -- biscuit, wheat, with a lingering tart bitterness. Overall: it is decent, but not exciting.

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Photo of 52Skiman
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A spring seasonal from a 12 oz bottle out of a Saranac Irish Roots pack
Poured into a weizen glass

Appearance: Clear deep gold color, short-lasting off-white head, scant lacing
Aroma: Light nose. Malty. Not unpleasant
Taste/flavor: Follows the nose. A hint of roasted malts, hops are well-hidden
Mouthfeel: Light body, moderate carbonation, clean finish (perhaps its best feature)
Overall: Easy drinking, but nothing special. Those that like this style will probably rate it higher

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Saranac Irish Golden Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 10 ratings