Saranac Pale Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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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
Ratings:
1,305
Reviews:
631
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
165
For Trade:
0
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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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 -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitburger
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irasmith17
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dwoolley1
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ConropHolfish
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frykid
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dag1991
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kw_pip
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Brams
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ned57
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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