Big Moose Winter Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American pale ale with fresh floral and citrus hop characters to keep the season bright. We’ve improved upon the 2012 recipe to fit with the palates of today.

Food Pairings: Grilled lamb, pork tenderloin, spiced foods
Cheese Pairings: Cheddar or Gorgonzola
Malts: 2-Row Pale, UK Pale, Carapils, Caramel Malt
Original Gravity:
Hops: Centennial, Citra, Amarillo
IBU: 45
ABV: 5.7%"

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,948
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
493
pDev:
15.19%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
48
Trade:
0
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Photo of ALLMUCH
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RT-Kris
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kell50
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hman43
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is moderately low.

Smell: It has aromas of stone fruit with some grainy sweetness. There are also some floral notes.

Taste: There are apricot flavors with grainy sweetness. It has a bit of spice in it with some cherry notes.

Feel: It has a moderate body with mild bitterness.

Overall, it is a easy drinking beer with some good flavors.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with an off white head that leaves a trail of lace down the glass

Smells of citrus, orange, floral, and earthy tones.

A nice bright hop flavor citrus, pine, and a decent malt backbone.

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Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear dark amber colored beer pours out into a shaker pint glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes visibly to a thin cap of foam and a ring of foam, while leaving little or no lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some temporary patches of lacing that soon slide back down to the liquid.

While the aromas are not strong there’s some resin and lots of citrus. In the background there’s a touch of floral character and a bit of caramel malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, some moderately strong citrus and some pine and just a bit of floral character. The light sweetness of the caramel malt backbone remain tucked away in the background and allowing some moderate bitterness to be up front.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with the moderate carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the other flavors fade away to leave some citric bitterness to slowly fade to a dry ending in the back of the palate.

Overall an easy drinking beer that is neither outstanding nor poorly made. A reasonable choice when out with friends or for dinner. This workmanlike beer won’t break any records but it’s fine for every day drinking.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffreyPaulBradt
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The look is amber, not too light, and there is a good amount of carbonation.
This beer makes a nice head. It has a fresh smell of orange peels.
This tastes a little bit like an IPA to me, with citrusy notes.
The mouthfeel is light, leaving little behind on the palate except bitterness.
Overall, I like this beer, albeit not my absolute favorite. I would buy it again.

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Photo of kcc
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stephenparker
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So for 12 dollars a six pack this is a pretty good pale ale
Look: a little more yellow than copper some lacing and not amazing head but there
Smell: citrus with some hop but just a small wiff not a bad smelling beer but not complex
Taste: so for a 12 pack for 12 bucks ill say this is damn good it has just enough hop bitterness with a malt that cuts it right off to be sessionable as shit for a comparison think sweet water pale ale with less bitter and malt basically a standard issue pale ale that you can enjoy all day especially when its cold out and you have that crisp bitter taste mood
Overall: not the best pale ale ive had but deffinantly the most drinkable and cheap for a craft ill say if i can get more i will at least for the winter not cause its a winter ale it just tastes better when its cold out fir some reason so
If your looking for the most bang for your buck pale ale if you wanna stay a little cheap but still get good flavor this one is the right one to get.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac Big Moose Winter Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "2768 10:30"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is a winter ale with Citrus and Amarillo hops? Sounds a little tropical to me, or is that the idea? Seriously, they call it an American pale ale themselves. Anyway, it's poured a slightly hazy deep gold/light amber body beneath a two-finger thick head of white that's already dropped to about a half an inch. The aroma is pretty hoppy, and I'm finding more of the resinous, floral, and citrusy Centennial hops than I am the Citrus or Amarillo. So when was this actually brewed? I'm assuming October 3rd based on the code; that's just over a month ago. That implies that the hops haven't faded, but I'm still not getting much Citra and Amarillo, just a little of that lemon and orange. OK, on to the flavor... well there's definitely more Citrus there, and Amarillo. Centennial is present as well. A basic golden malt supports the hops and balances them. A firm bitterness then balances the malt, 45 IBUs according to the neck label. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. Looking back, although the head dropped initially it's still a solid cap, which is nice, and there's some nice lacing left behind. The haze is distracting seeing as how it's an APA, but OK, whatever. Overall it's OK, it's not bad, it's a decent enough APA but it lacks that certain je nais se quoi that makes some beers special.
Review# 6,341

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper colored pour, creamy lacing. Toasted caramel aroma with light citrus notes. Toasted malt throughout, some earthiness, and ends with a moderate piney bitter bite to clear the malt.off the tongue. Light medium body that's a little watery up front.

Glad to have tried it. Wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ScottP
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Toynk
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chackman151
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpro
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a shaped pint glass... Light copper / hazy orange with a light beige head, leaving some considerable patches of lace. Aroma is on the malt side of the spectrum... grainy, doughy biscuit, white pepper and light floral notes. Light caramel malt leads to a crisp, citrus hop bite - nothing crazy, but good. Feels creamy and medium bodied, but still crisp and refreshing. Overall, not a bad beer - glad to give it a try.

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Photo of Coopaloop2112
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tmcquaid
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fitzy01
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajdemma
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Big Moose Winter Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 493 ratings