Saranac Brown Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Brown AleSaranac Brown Ale

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by shirfan on 10-24-2006

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Ratings: 323 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a thin white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles continually covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of toasted malts with some hints of floral hops.
T: The flavors of toasted malts are muted by a mild amount of hop bitterness, which isn't overpowering but dominates the overall taste and particularly stands out in the finish.
M: The beer feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate.
D: It's easy to drink this beer but the pedestrian taste doesn't leave me longing to have another one of these.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bought this as part of the Saranac Adirondack Trail Mix ($11.99/12 pack)

This was an above average brown ale. Some good nutty taste to it and superior drinkability. Can't beat the price either, this is one of the best Saranac has to offer in my opinion, much better than some higher rated ones on this site.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well this was a surprise! I was expecting a soft and malty English style brown ale, and BAMMM!!!, citrusy and lightly piney hops appear in the nose and flavor! Decidedly American. It's got a bit of strength to it too!

A: Very nice, clear very deep chestnut body. Great creamy, tan head with very nice retention and excellent lacing. Maintains a thin creamy surface covering. There seems to be a bit of apple-like fruitiness from the yeast as well, but who can really tell with all of those hops going on?
S: Citrusy and lightly piney hops ride roughshod over the delicately caramelish and mildly toasty malt beneath.
T: More maltiness is able to elbow its way through in the flavor, and it's got a touch of toffee, coffee, and some dark chocolate along with its caramelish and subtly toasty side... interesting. The hops are well melded, however, and this is more of a hop beer in my opinion, as they stand out a bit more. Grapefruit. Drip of lemon. Spruce. Pine. Resin. Very nice. It finishes dry and hoppy with residual citrus and resin.
D: Very well done. Well-balanced and integrated. Bright. Bold. American.

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in standard pint glass.
Moderate carbonation.

A- deep, dark orangeish brown with tan head.

S - toasted malts, hops

T- Pronounced hoppiness (citrusy and piney) reflects Americanized ale. Both malt and hop flavors are quite evident, with hints of coffee and a slight burnt taste. Has a bitter and hoppy finish.

M - thin for a beer this dark

D - more complexity would increase the appeal for me.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new offering from Matt and I really like where they were going with this one.Poured a medium chesnut brown with a thinner but well reatined off white head,ahh nice hops in the nose Pacific NW cascades give off a healthy dose of pine and grass intertwined with some chocolate malt.The flavors dont quite live up to the nose but it has its own character quite dry and resiny with lighter chocolate and caramel tones.Good to see Matt push the bar a little with this one nice hop profile and very drinkable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white head on top of a medium-brown body with excellent clarity. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Brown, malty aroma of dry caramel and toffee with some spicy hops. Notes of pine and a hint of brown sugar.

T - Some dry, bready notes of malt with toffee and caramel up front. Darker malt notes appear in the middle, some chocolate and a hint of coffee. Finishes with lightly roasty malt character and moderate spicy, pine hop flavor as well as medium bitterness that balances out the malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this is a well balanced brown ale. There is nothing particularly notable about this beer, but the malt and hop characteristics are pleasant and well balanced. A good example of the style and one of the better brews from Saranac.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber beer in the glass with a touch of darker brown. Nice foamy head and decent lacing. Some malt greets the lips, even a touch of the caramel that looks so promising when you hold this up to the light. In keeping with the usual Brown profile, the hops are very discreet and of the dirty-tasting variety. Well, maybe earthy, but it all adds up to a faintly perky slosh of suds.

It's hard to truly dislike this beer, as much as I am not a fan of this style. Mellow, won't offend anyone.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat, this produced a nice, foamy, two fingers worth of eggshell-white head. The color was a carmel-color brown with amber highlights. The nose was malty sweet and the mouthfeel was on the thin side. I got a nice jolt of chocolate on the tongue and the finish had both a smoky and a sweet flavor to it, kind of like semisweet chocolate. This was quite enjoyable, especially after a day of administering a high-stakes test to high school 11th grade students. A nice way to unwind without numbing myself with hops.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 5/9/10 notes. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice nut brown color with an inch of off white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted and caramel malts, but not much else to it.

t - Taste is some roasted malts, caramel malts, and sweet chocolate.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty decent brown ale. Had some nice sweet chocolate in the taste and would try again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice brown color with one finger of off white, chocolaty head. Nice retention. Smells of caramel and roasted malts with a nice hop aroma coming through as well. Taste is a rich malty flavor; caramel up front with just a hint of chocolate in the finish. Smooth hops help to balance it out nicely. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and very drinkable.

A nice brown ale. It could be a little more full-bodied and offer a more intense flavor profile, but still very enjoyable.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is mahogany colored with an inch of tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is pretty weak, with some toasted bread, malt, caramel, and nuts. The flavor is OK, with a light roast presence. The hop character is amped up a bit more than expected. The body is thin, with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a drinkable brew, but nothing special or exciting happening here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i have been assembling full lineups from breweries and randomly doin these horizontal tasings with my family. The saranac one from a couple weeks ago was more then epic as it took months to gather all of these, but it was a hell of a fun night!

Nice brown color, with some light peaking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A smallish head of white creeping up and fading out in a minute or so leaving a broken crown of lace on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice rich aroma, coffee and caramel with a nice light hint of an herbal quality mixing together quite nicely. Smooth even profile, first sips have a roasted, almost nutty flavor to them as they backup across the tongue. Light bready malts, hints of chocolate now coming through and a nice smooth, creamy finish that leaves almost a butterscotch like taste as it fades out. Medium body, with a healthy level of carbonation

a nice average brown ale, nothing crazy, but it was solid. big thanks to alex for pulling through on the bulk of these.

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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Appears a clear dark amber color with 2 fingers of creamy tanned head mostly composted of large bubbles. Head retains fairly well and leaves a ton of sticky lace coating the glass. Aroma has some sweet malty notes of caramel that is somewhat nutty as well. Also picking up on some citrus hops and some mineral/metallic notes rounding out the rest of the character of the nose. Taste is a little bitter upfront before the malt presence comes into play. Flavors somewhat nutty and caramel like. Minor bitter hops round out the finish with a trace amount of alcohol. There is a lingering taste of hops and minerals left lingering in the mouth. Medium to light feel with a moderately high amount of carbonation. Overall not bad, the last time I had this beer I distinctly remember picking up on some chocolate notes which were not there this time. Regardless, not bad but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2006 Winter Seasonal Pack. 12 ouncer, no freshness indication. Pours a warm shade of darkish amber, clear, dart tan head, scattered lacing upon a gentle swirl. Nose is caramel malts, light pine needles and orange. Flavorful Brown, maple malt o'pleanty, I agree with another rater that this is one of the best in the box...which is not saying a great deal, but this is a pretty tasty and worthy brown ale...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby brown with about a finger of ecru foamy head that lingers once it shrinks down a bit. There is some nice sudsy lacing, but not much. The nose is very weak, with notes of maple syrup, hops, and a tiny bit of cocoa. The taste emphasizes the hops' bitterness, adding some bitter chocolate, some maple syrup, and a kiss of honey. The body is slightly lightly medium, with some strong carbonation and a very fluid feel, leading to a pretty high drinkability.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep ruby amber copper hue with a large off white tannish beige head billows nicely presenting a biscuit appearance light cappucion colored evenly dispersed lace. Aroma has an awesome upfront citrus and herbal hop tone with chocolate caramel roasty tones...good stuff hop pellets. Flavor contains upfront herbal and citrus hop character produces some mild hop burps nice for a brown, mild light chocolate roasty nutty edge very nice moderately bitter, overall I'm liking it. Mouthfeel has a medium body some resinous note coming through with a moderate smooth carbonation. Drinkability is great a hoppy brown I love it, but why does their brown taste hoppier than their IPA does.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a deep amber-brown color, slightly hazed, with a very thin layer of biege head. Aromas of maple and nut sweetness, blending well together and refraining from being overpowering. A nice, sweet, smooth nose that is light and welcoming. Flavors are nutty initially, with a roasted character, and the beer opens up over the middle of the tongue to reveal a tart and sweet dark fruit note, as well as some earthy flavors blending into the tangy caramel malty backbone. The body is a little lighter than I prefer for the style, with no signs of lacing and an almost watery feeling in mouth at times. Interesting blend of flavors, which transition into a tangy and sharp aftertaste that coats the mouth and jabs the tip of the tongue. The finish is a little on the cloying side, but not overly so despite all the sweet characteristics throughout. Decent brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, some malts. Taste is very hoppy, not much else going on. Feels light and bitter in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent but not great selection.

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Saranac Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 323 ratings