Saranac Big Moose Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

BA SCORE
80
good
460 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Saranac Big Moose AleSaranac Big Moose Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
460
Reviews:
206
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 460 |  Reviews: 206
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1/5  rDev -71.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

Photo of spatula212
2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of heavy216
2.09/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 fat finger head, lasted several minutes, good lacing,,,,orange/amber in color

S: strong hops smell, with slight citrus smell

T/M: very strong bitter aftertaste, taste more fruity as it got warmer...

D: not one i would write home about

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Photo of mikeg67
2.1/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from a verity pack. Pours light amber with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of bready and caramel malt, hints of citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Taste is citusy, herbal hops, some shellfish and something else. Finish is long and unpleasant. Nice drain pour.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.14/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

**FROM OLD NOTES, 12/31/12: Aroma is rye, fruit, apple. Look is light brown, clear. Taste is slightly bitter, stale, rye. Thin mouthfeel. Nothing Special.
**

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Photo of Prospero2u
2.16/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

T obe fair, this is not my style of beer, but it was included in a holiday gift pack, so...

I found the color (coppery) average but the drink experience from aroma to taste was disappointing.

I didn't pick up much sweetness or caramel but a stronger hops aroma. It's a 13.5 IBU,

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2.18/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just reviewed this in full, but beeradvocate lost my review so this will be much more brief.

Average appearance of copper colour with an unimpressive head.

Aroma is poor for the style; imbalanced floral hops, caramel, and some sweet nectary notes.

Taste is poor as well; way too sweet with bland floral hops and middling caramalt. Bleh.

Mouthfeel is bland. Smooth, wet, too thick, overcarbonated.

Hard to drink due to its low quality. Another garbage beer from Saranac/Matt brewing. Not recommended at all.

D

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.26/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The brew pours a dark copper color with a small head and minimal lacing with stays with the beer to the end of the glass.

The brew manages to smell both hoppy and malty at the same time.

The mouthfeel is bready with some hop oil, weak spices and a lot of bitterness.

The taste is that of hop oil, bitterness, bitter aftertaste which lingers. There appears to be some weak spices and maybe the slightest taste of malt.

Overall I found this brew to be bland. The picture on the bottle would indicate that this brew is intended for Christmas, I drank mine in Feburary so maybe the beer sat on the shelf too long but nonetheless I was dissapointed.

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Photo of mfigueroa713
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a nice two fingers of head but disappears in seconds. Lacing in not present. Color is of caramel. Winter spices were noticeably but not completely sure what they were and their strength was not all that pronounced. Carbonation was very low. Would not drink again based on my sample but maybe I got a bad bottle ??

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Photo of blakelive784
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent orange/copper color with an underwhelming, thin head of 1 finger. Retention is poor.

S - Caramel and pale malt forward. Some very faint grassy/citric hops notes, but they're subdued. Mild strength and uninteresting.

T - Follows the nose closely. Caramel malt foundation with stale lemongrass and citrus hops built on top. It finishes a bit bitter. It's incredibly simple and uninspired. The bottle says best by Mar 31 2012, but I think it's past its prime.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and wet on the finish. Not all to great.

D - I'd have it again if it were fresh, and on draught, but not one I'd seek out.

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2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, golden color with two fingers of head that fade to a cap with some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Big toasted malt aroma with some woody notes mixed in with a slight metallic tang.

Taste: Some thin toasted malt flavor up front followed by a lot of grainy, thin, metallic yuck. Some mild bitterness towards the back end and finishing with some lingering graininess.

The Rest: Not much to say here, this isn't very good.

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Photo of andersony17
2.39/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a case on sale at a local distro.
Very nice label on the bottle, definitely belongs in a fridge next to the holiday dinner leftovers.

Pours a nice light amber color, the head dies out quick.

Not really sure of the aroma, i guess i smell the hops but it's not very appealing.

Can definitely taste the caramel but it's very hard to put down, I've been drinking it very slowly just because it almost hurts to drink.

I have a whole case so if I don't end up trading them away I will hopefully learn to deal with the bitterness.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle on 12/23/09

A - pours a clean copper color with some big soapy foam that let some good lacing

S - grassy hops dominate with some malty backbone

T - just an awful bitterness, followed by more bitterness and a burnt finish

M - good carbonation, crisp taste

D - i'm just not into theis one at all, not hoppy good bitter, just bitter tasting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.44/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of MAR 31 2012. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a decent cap of creamy head. Fades pretty slow and leaves a nice collar.

Nose is toast and caramel maltiness with a light, citric hop aroma. Finger nail polish remover and Pine-Sol throw out some less than desirable nostril candy. Label claims "Triple dry hopped with specialty Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops..." Sure as hell coulda fooled me.

Taste is moderately better with a thin, caramely malt flavor with some burnt biscuit bottoms and a biting bitterness on the back end that...well, for lack of a better word, sucks. Kinda like putting an aspirin in your mouth before you get the glass of water and having some dissolve on the back of the tongue. This beer is pretty terrible. I would not recommend it to anyone and will avoid all the Saranac offerings I have tried thus far (6) like the plague next time I find myself in the Northeast. Hell, Id rather have a Yuengling than this.

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Photo of TheWapakian
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

13.5 IBU is incorrect in the BA description. 13.5 is the Original Gravity per the Saranac website. With this much toe curling bite there is no way this is a 13.5 IBU (I'm guessing it is more like a 55-60 IBU). This is not one that I would buy on my own (I got it as part of the sampler pack) If I were a hop head I may really like this beer, but I'm not.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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Saranac Big Moose Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
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