Saranac Big Moose Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Big Moose AleSaranac Big Moose Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saranac Big Moose Ale is an American Pale Ale with a kick. The medium-bodied malt sweetness is balanced by a nice crisp bitterness from hand selected centennial and cascade hops. Look for a vibrant citrusy hop aroma that will leave you craving another swig!

13.5 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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4.44/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great, less expensive representation of an American Pale Ale. Piney, not too hoppy, and heavy enough to "feel" like a craft brew, but drinkable enough that having more than one at a sitting won't weigh you down. If Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the bar for this style, then Saranac comes real close.

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4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A=Light orange/amber with decent-sized head that fizzles in a few minutes, leaving behind nice solid lacing,that sticks to the glass for a good while. Good

S&T=Nice,sweet malted barley, with a good trace of hops coming through, providing a nice little bite. Not overpowering, but noticeable and a good,solid balance being provided.

B=Medium body, with average carbonation coming through.

D=An excellent session pale ale, making
it easy to have more than a few, and still being able to enjoy flavor and substance.

Saranac continues to impress me, providing good quality beer meeting the standard of each style, with an exceptionally cheap price for craft brew. So I will continue to buy them, I do not demand exceeding standards in every brew, all the time. I only ask for being a good example of each style.

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4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Copper with a good fingers worth of head that a quickly dissipating to a nice ring with OK lacing.

S: Nice mix of floral and citrus hop right up front with a hint of sweet caramel malt floating around.

T: Hops right out of the gate.... Just like the smell... strong grapefruit citrus hops with a little floral hops mixed in. Mid-palette I'm getting a little sweet malt... Just enough to balance things out for me. Aftertaste has a little bitterness but not much.

M: Mid body, great carbonated, it is a good mix of crisp yet smooth.

O: Very Very nice APA.... I'm not a big hop head but this beer had all the things I like about hop (wonder smell and complex taste) but not a lot of the things I hate (overwhelming bitterness) and mixed it perfectly. Very nice APA and a great ABV to boot... I will have to start looking for this one on a yearly.

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4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a seasonal mix pack. Pours a brilliant crystal-clear amber body with a good inch of khaki-colored head. Herbal grassy piney slightly citric hops dominate the aroma with just enough caramel and chocolate malts to balance. Piney herbal minty hops play a huge role in the flavor, with enough chocolate and caramel malt to make this beer about more than just hops. Grass and bread on the finish and aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkable, carbonated, and boldly-flavored enough to make this a perfect pairing for most pub fair. This beer was a pleasant surprise! Both super-tasty and super-drinkable. One of the best American Pale Ales I've had in quite a while!

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4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice citrusy orange peel smell from the hops. It gives off a bright citrusy taste from the hops with some caramel malts and then the fruity bright citrus hops and bitterness finishing out the taste.

I can tell they use a different type of hop in this that adds a more orange peel like taste to it and you can tell they dry hop most definitely. For a standard cheaper craft beer this really nails the American Pale Ale style pretty well.

My only complaint about this beer is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin but that just makes it more refreshing with the fruity citrus hop character to finish. This is definitely one of my favorite if not my favorite Saranac beer.

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