Saranac Big Moose Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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80
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460 Ratings
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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
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing copper orange hue with a bright white head, lacing is speckled evenly around the sides of my chalice. Aroma has a nice citrus bitter pith and floral hop accents with clean biscuit malt sweetness. Flavor has a very dominant lemon citrus note to it with bitter green fresh cut pine needles, minimal biscuit malt sweetness makes it through a burst of hop pellets for sure. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a strong sturdy flow of carbonation, bittering hops are all that are left on the slightly slick mouthfeel. Drinkability is decent as part of a sampler but one sided hop pellet bitterness leaves more to be desired in a session style American Pale Ale.

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Photo of stakem
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear light orange color with more than 2 fingers of slightly yellowish off white foam. Large bubbles constitute most of the head that receeds leaving a lot of lace all over the glassware. Nose is mildly spicy from hops and a bit of malt is detected in the background. Taste includes some caramel-like malt notes and finishes slightly bitter from the hops. Moderately carbed and medium to light feel. Overall nothing really exciting about the taste and the nose is not impressive. I will note that it has been a long time since I saw a beer that had this much head retension right down to the last sip without being on nitro.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a mountain of off-white, dense, foamy head that has great retention. There are noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose has very mild bready notes but a big bouquet of floral aromas. The taste is lightly malty up front followed by a floral, piny bitterness. The hops are a little confusing as they contradict each other on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little heavily carbonated.

This is a decent APA from Saranac. It's nothing to rave about, but it's hop character is strong enough to make it rival their IPA.

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Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice crystal clear, and very light copper amber body with a mix of fast and slow rising pinhead carbonation. Head is about two to three fingers, and quite bleach white in color. Soapy retention, and falling at a normal speed. Good looking amber.

Very light toasty grains, and hints of caramel on the nose. Hop profile is not that obvious on first whiff or thereafter. By no means a bad smell, just nothing that impressive. It sort of reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager (yes I know this is an ale) on the malt profile.

Crisp playful carbonation a bit with a very light pale ale style body. Palate mixes with very hard to hint toasty caramel. Crisp hop action on the finish with only a simple pine bitterness. Clean. Easy to drink. Front of tongue has a bit of bitter orange, but it's quite hard to notice. However, with time and warmth the orange comes out more noticeably.

It's an overall fine easy drinking pale, but nothing that memorable, but would pick it over many other mass produced beers if I had a choice.

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Photo of Billolick
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info of any sort to be had.

Pours caramel and lightly hazed. Very minor head, next to no film/collar/lace.

Meh kinda nose of more caramel smellin' malts...

Herbal tea hops, caramel malts, not loving much about this one.

Not really coming together for me. Bordering on unpleasant to drink.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orangish copper with a thin, foamy lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of a tea-leaf spiciness with a hint of lemon/orange citrus - towards pink grapefruit. Not as "vibrant" as the label on the neck describes, but nice enough in a mellow way.

A malty sweetness is overshadowed by a dry, aspirin-ish bitterness, slightly metallic. Centennial and Cascade hops used, according to label, but they come across more in aroma and bitterness than in flavor. It has a dry, herbal finish.

The body is close enough to medium to call it that, though it has some watery thinness going in and out.

A decent attempt at a hop-leaning APA, without going into IPA territory.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is good, well balanced hops and malts, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint for $4.50 at Volpe's in Emmaus. I thought the malt was a little thin, but there was a very pleasant, crisp American hops character. A little spicy and piney, but mostly grapefruit and citrus that started in the nose and carried through the finish. If the ABV were a touch lower, this would be a fantastic session beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a mild citrus hop aroma. This is one of the hoppier pale ales I've had from these guys. The taste is decent. It has a wonderful hop character that's quite bitter from start to finish. The malt content is lacking IMO. It's basically pale malts with just a light body. The mouthfeel is decent also. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a solid offering from Matt's, but it could use a bit more malt character.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nearly clear, reddish-amber colored beer with good lace and a half-inch white head that has decent retention. Modest sweetness with some grassy hops in the aroma – not too promising to be honest after the label description, which had me expecting a much bigger tropical/citrus fruit presence.

Flavor has lightly sweet caramel malt and simple, bitter hops. Unfortunately just not too interesting; tastes less like a west coast dry-hopped beer than an traditional English IPA. The bottle is relatively fresh (about 2 months) so the hops shouldn’t have fallen off all that dramatically. I get faint grass and floral notes, maybe a trace of citrus, but that’s about it.

Finish is brief, with an aftertaste that doesn’t linger very long. Slightly creamy medium bodied beer with a nice carbonation level that falls just on the low end of medium. Not bad, certainly drinkable and even a bit tasty, but not what I’d hoped for.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a piney hop and grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop with a moderate grainy malt and a strong residual spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable ale.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Big Moose ale, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A light copper in color with a head that recedes to a ring around the edges. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and a subtle note of pine.

A well balanced brew. Caramel malt and a light piney, earthy hop. A hint of buttery sweetness and a clean grainyness.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability rates fairly high with this unoffensive pale ale. A moderate hop presence and a good character make this a pretty solid offering from Saranac.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, very good retention, spotty lace.

S: Tangerines with a hint of mint, light pine.

T: Good citrusy and earthy hop flavour, hint of mango in the finish. Tasty crystal type malt, good balanced flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and clean. Refreshing and easy drinking.

O: Quite a pleasant surprise from the Saranac winter 12er. The best beer I've had from them, just a good APA.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Tully's NY - for 4.50$

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent l acing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, hops, caramel, grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some malts and grains. There is also some hops and a it of a mustiness mixed with very light grapefruit. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - With the limited selection of beer to choose from, this one was okay.. there were hints of a flavourful APA at time but it's a little too muted and musty for me to want to drink again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright orange with a brilliant clarity and was topped off by a ½ finger, fizzy tan head that leveled rather quickly to a skim, frumpy coating. Visible carbonation was light and rapidly moving.

S: The nose provided dried caramel and dried oranges initially with a faint grapefruit hopping. Despite what the label claims as a vibrant hop aroma I would have to disagree and say this was lazy and soft. Things rounded out with a faint trail of lemons and grains.

T: The hopping was fresh and juicy with loads of citrus and grapefruit juice. A good floral dryness moves in for the finish. The hopping makes amends for a lackluster nose. There is a good sour twang presence of grapefruit that covers the tongue upon the swallow. Overall a respectable amount of hopping, especially by a brewer who is not known for going big. Fairly well suited per style.

M: had a nice crisp bite from the lively carbonation starting things off. A nice bubbly edginess and creaminess composes the texture. Dry with a citrusy floral finish rounds things out.

D: Good drinkability with a sour citrusy twang. A pleasant surprise by this brewery with a good dose of bitterness that should satisify your hop needs. 6 pack worthy.

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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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