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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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Reviews: 206 | Ratings: 460
Photo of porterwoobie
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish amber color, slightly hazy, slime head, some lacing

S: it has a mix of malt sweetness and citrus hops in the aroma. kind of a cherry smell overall.

T: overall, tends toward the sweet side. neither the hops or malts dictate, maybe slightly weighted toward the malts, which has a caramel sweetness to it. has a slightly bitter finish.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: although nothing stands out about this beer, there is nothing i dislike about it. i'd drink it again. there's better APA's out there, but i've had worse.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Light copper color with a thin white head.

S: Some sweet notes from the malt, but the most noticeable aroma is the floral scent of the hops. Nothing too crazy here, but thats why this is a Pale Ale and not an IPA.

T: Nothing special about this but it isn't bad either. A malt is hardly noticeable; seems to provide more body than anything else. A bit citrusy and a bit estery. Hops provide a nice bitterness at finish.

M: Good use of malts on this one to provide a decent body. Carbonation is just right too.

D: Can't really go wrong with this one as part of the "12 beers of Winter" mix pack. Overall a very drinkable pale ale that I would consider as a basic go to beer if it were available outside the mix pack

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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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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 NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac- Big Moose Ale

A- Clear golden brown with a huge thick chunky lacing head.
S- Sweet pine and citrus hops with sweet caramel malt.
T- A nice balance of sweet caramel malt and a citrusy, Amarillo perhaps, hoppiness. Light touch of lemon and dry grass.
M- Sweet malt with a sugary citrusy bitter hop body and a dry thick malty finish.

Overall- Solid Pale Ale. Tasty and easily drinkable. A nice addition to the Winter variety pack.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper color, smallish head to it.. some nice lacing though. Faint hop aroma. Taste has a great mouthfeel, nice crispness to it. Smooth going down with some nice subtle hop notes. Really a well balanced beer, this would be a great summer beer because it's just so damn refreshing. Not overly killer with the hops like an IPA so this APA is a solid choice for a beer. Nice start to the winter mixed 12 pack!

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Photo of Zraly
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with white head. Nice lacing and decent head retention. Nice smell of malt mash.

Crisp and relatively well-balanced, this is a nice APA. Malt sweetness up front with a dry hop finish. It's clean on the palate, leaving a small trace of bread sweetness. Nice, bitter, orange rind finish. Slightly astringent in the finish, but if you are into hops, much of this is subsumed in the hop profile.

So far, this is my favorite out of the seasonal winter pack. I would pick up a 6 pack of this if it was offered, especially at the Saranac price point.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight off-white head that settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a bready caramel malt and a light floral hop; a touch of metal. The taste is of the caramel malt, which has a nice fruity flavor, along with some lemon. There is a noticable hop presence which is grassy and bitter. Definitely more flavorful than their normal APA. The beer has a light to moderate body with nice carbonation; finishes with a slight asprin like bitterness. A very solid APA, one of their better beers. The asprin hop characteristic diminishes the drinkability for me a bit but it might suit others well.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, BeerAdvocate lost the last four reviews I did of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter. Makes me mad, oh well here we go AGAIN.

A - Pours a rich golden amber with a one finger tan head that lingers for a couple of minutes.

S - Citrus and piney hops, along with a nice grassy/earthy scent and some grains. Sweet and floral.

T - Bitter, grassy hops at first followed by a nice piney taste and some malty/biscuity sweetness to finish it off. Citrusy with hints of grapefruit. A bit spicy and minty.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation.

D - I could session this, and I prefer it over their regular pale ale actually! Can't wait to find this in six packs at my local store and I hope they keep this one around.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
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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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 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 generallee
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into pint glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle but it did come in the new 2009 winter pack so I have a good idea of how fresh it is.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful clear amber body with some slow moving carbonation. On top sits a tight thick and creamy light tan head. The head has good retention and cling which makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its nose has a pleasant lemony citrus note coming through with some pale malty sweetness under that.

Taste/Palate: Bright citrus hops flash across the palate up front. Just after that nice bready and sweet malty notes sneak in before the hop bitterness and dry yeast flavor sweeps over and fades into the finish. The body has a nice medium body with lively balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is a very well made and enjoyable pale ale with very good balance and bright flavors. It is simple, very refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Nice color and robust presentation.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and what appears to be a bready malt backbone in the nose. Seems to fit for the style.

The taste is full of grassy hop bitterness followed by buttery/chewy malt. Pretty much what I expect from the style but the hops don't seem as strong in taste as they were in aroma.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and buttery/chewy malt. Kind of standard. Carbonation level is decent. Beer goes down pretty well.

Not bad but I don't see how it's much different from their standard pale ale. Drinkable and simple but certainly nowhere near SNPA.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poures a clear dark straw, with a two finger lingering frothy off white head. The head was lasting, and there was good lacing on the glass.

S. Fresh cut grass, pine, hops

T. Grapefruit, pine. Lots of hops.

M. Nice. Good carbonation,medium bodied.

D. A relly great brew, I like this APA. Good ampount of hops, nice bitternes and great flavor.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Big Moose Ale is clear and golden with a big, foamy, off white head that has some oily bubbles on it. The head stays put and leaves thick lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is straightforward: grapefruit and pine. It smells really fresh. It's medium light bodied and quite smooth. The finish is clean and dry. It tastes really simple. It's all grapefruit peel and pine resin. There's enough bitterness here to remind me that this is, in fact, a pale ale. This is sort of like if you made a simple home brew and everything went perfect. I can't stress the simplicity of this one enough. I like that a lot.

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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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