Saranac Pale Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.42/5
1,313 Ratings
Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale 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): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Officially American: previously an English pale ale, we’ve converted this beer over to an American-style Pale Ale.

We’ve dialed UP the hop profile, adding more focus to American style hops, like Cascade, Chinook, Citra, and Willamette.

Hop Infusion: every drop of beer is exposed to our hop slurry as the beer passes from fermentation to aging, resulting in a more brilliant, cleaner hop character.

Saranac Pale Ale’s foundation was built on the tried and true English varieties, Golding and Fuggles. We brighten Pale Ale with the three “C”s; a strong focus on Citra, complimented by Cascade, and Chinook. We then bridge the old world with the new with the two most distinctive hops Bramling Cross and Jester, both descendants of English and North American varieties.

Malts: Crystal, Two-Row
Hops: Bramling Cross, Jester, Citra, Cascade, Chinook

Original Gravity: 13.5° Plato
IBU: 32

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,994
Reviews:
635
Ratings:
1,313
pDev:
13.45%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
167
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of sisterofba
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy, copper color with an apricot caste and an off-white, one inch head. Moderate retention but good lacing.
S: Aromas of citrus with some caramel and pine notes.
T: I really felt I got a blood orange flavor initially. As it warm this moderates toward the caramel and pine notes of the nose.
M: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, clean finish.
O: This is a solidly made Pale Ale. If you are drinking it solo as a "main dish," it probably does not suffice. But it is modestly flavorful, a nice thirst quencher, and likely capable of pairing with nearly anything

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK - Golden clear slight disappearing head slight skimming
Smell - caramel and pine. Smells English
taste - caramel, grainy, slight earthy pine
feel - light body medium carbonation
overall - ok but I wouldnt get it again.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A slightly orange tinged golden brew with an off white head. Lots of nice carbonation bubbles to be seen rising. Slightly hopped malty scent to this beer, sort of par for the style I guess. Sort of just ok flavor with some slight hops and malt along with some bitter elements. Decently carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the neck of the bottle: "2366 08:24"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium shade of copper with some mild haze. The head is white and medium sized with a creamy and cloudy texture. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: I pick up some light caramel and just a light touch of pine.

Taste: The flavor is pretty bland and very mellow. It has a little bit of caramel flavor and just a pinch of pine but mostly it tastes watered down. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is good on the beer despite the lack of flavor. It has a slightly textured but light body and a wet finish.

Overall: It's not something I would buy again or recommend because it is pretty bland and lacks a lot of flavor. It isn't something worth buy again it's decent enough that I wouldn't turn it down if somebody gave me one.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - Pours a clear copper color with a finger of foamy white head, a few spots of lacing.
Aroma - Apricot, earth, a bit of citrus.
Taste - Pretty straightforward. Smooth but thin malt, slight biscuit and caramel, hops are earthy/piney with a tiny bit of citrus like the aroma. Balanced, but not a whole lot going on in terms of complexity. Finishes quick and clean.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, ample carbonation, smooth.

Overall - Balanced but one dimensional. Worth a try.

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Photo of ladle69
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitburger
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of a mixed sixer of Saranac brews, which seems to be their introduction to the Alberta market.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some splendidly random eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, some biscuity cracker notes, a muddled domestic citrus pith acerbity, subtle earthy yeasty notes, and some further leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, some further muted citrusy pith edginess, a still sad to report, yet generally benign yeasty character, and more zesty earthy, herbal, and spicy 'n grassy green hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly even in its gentrified frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, what with the various hoppy and weirdly yeasty esters fucking around here. It finishes trending dry, the piney and unforgiving citrusy notes keeping us in a sense of wonder, as it were.

Overall, this is the first surprise from this heretofore contract (in a pejorative sense - my history with it justifies this, as such) brewery, with its actually hop-forward nature, even if it kind of falls flat in the end. The best of the bunch, as it were, but it feels like another stab into our market that has no real craft beer credo whatsoever. Hmmmmmm...which rep could that be? Too many to tell, so I'll have to look into it, yeah?

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Photo of LeftoverCrizack
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irasmith17
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really want to like this since I am from the Utica area. It just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey Amber with little to no head after rapid disappation. Smells of malt, looking for hops. Tastes odd for a pale, though I noticed this is a Cascade English combo. Maybe identity crisis. Malty bodied kicks it off balance. Finishes crisp. Fair.

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Photo of zrroot
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dwoolley1
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ConropHolfish
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 1,313 ratings
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