Big Moose Winter Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Big Moose Winter AleBig Moose Winter Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,672
Ranked #43,843
3.53 | pDev: 15.01%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Big Moose Winter AleBig Moose Winter Ale
Notes: 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%"
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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 497
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3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-filtered clarity. Medium copper whth a foamy tan head that settles rapidly.

S-Little to speak of. Sweet malts and grain. A hint of lemon.

T-Lemon and grains carry forward into the taste. Mostly malt with no hops present. Decent, and unremarkable.

M-Medium thing, average carbonation

D-One reviewer once called Saranac the comfort food of beer. I cannot agree more. I like their take on style....they just should use twice the ingredients....otherwise...simply average.

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2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A. Poured a nice 1 inch head that fell within 30 seconds. Lacing is low-medium. Colour is a very clear light copper.

S: Floral bouquet, some citrus present. Caramel in the background.

T: I get a slight bubble gum flavour. Caramel flavours are hidden by the hops. A bit thin.

M: After taste is astringent and has some tannins. Bitterness is nice at the beginning but then changes into that strong tea feel. Hop flavours are hidden by the mentioned problem.

O: Not impressed at all. The lack of caramel leaves the bitterness go wild. The tannins and astringency of the beer distracts from any enjoyment of wish to continue it's consumption. But fear not, I drank it anyways.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber, clear with a few fine floaties. A few streams of bubbles rise to the small bone-white head that settles with moderate speed. It keeps a ring and a partial skim and leaves some alright lace.

S: Nice fruity hop aroma – pineapple, tropical fruit, tangerine, and some more general citrus. There are some light fruity esters as well. Malts balance quite well with lots of caramel malty sweetness on a softly biscuity background. Perhaps a hint of diacetyl as it warms. And hops grow more herbal as well.

T: Fairly firm bitterness – hop character is less fruity - more rind - with leafy & herbal notes up front and through the middle, and the end gets a flash of pine and then resin lingers in the finish. Malts are a bit less balancing than in the nose. Still predominately caramel with low C malt sweetness. The biscuity base gets a hint of breadiness. A touch of earthy yeast comes in while the diacetyl hint vanishes.

M: Medium body with evenly matched CO2 that is a bit expansive & cushiony. Minimal chew and quite attenuated with just a hint of sticky sugars on the lips. Strongly hop drying finish.

D: Even the bottle label hints at the target. It misses. It lacks the lusciousness & richness. But it is a high aim – Celebration is damn fine. Still, it is a reasonably tasty & quite well made beer. Overall it’s a solid American Pale.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a amber brew, with with lace head. Has nice lacing.

Has a nice sweet malt smell, has the grainy floral hops smells as well.

This brew tastes very smooth. Has a nice sweet malt flavor then has the floral hops. Has a smooth aftertaste.

This brew is very dribkable and very balanced. Nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle numbered 2669-0643. Sampled on November 12, 2009. It pours a handsome looking reddish-bronze with little to no head and excitable carbonation that mellows out after a moment. The aroma is full of malty sensations and a fresh hopped background. The mouthfeel is about medium body. The taste is bitter with sweet caramel malts along with a notable dose of fresh Cascade hops. The hops are the more memorable flavor in the end.

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice red color with about a centimeter head, that dissipates quickly, but leaves a little lacing. Smells of fruits and malt, which is very pleasant and pleasing. Tastes of fruit, malts and slightly of hops. This beer goes down really well and is carbonated perfectly for the taste. Definitely a session beer and a nice winter seasonal.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear dark gold with a thick off white head that thins to a nice film and leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is faint but hoppy as expected, a bit grassy. Flavor is that of a typical pale ale. Hop flavors are grassy and a bit citrusy. The bitterness stays in your mouth for a bit too long, in an almost uninviting way.

I'm not sure what the 'big' part of the big moose is. Overall it's a fairly decent APA.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a big head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Mineral note, subtle fruitiness.
Taste-Up-front earthy hops and a minerally, flat bitterness that follows to the finish. Label states that it is "triple dry hopped" but the hops seem to fight each other instead of playing nice. Toasted malt mixed in but doesnt help the balance. Mineral quality reminds me more of an English pale rather than an American pale.
Tastebuds left scratching their heads and shrugging shoulders. Meh.

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Big Moose Winter Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 497 ratings