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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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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