Saranac American Pale Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac American Pale AleSaranac American Pale Ale
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Saranac American Pale AleSaranac American Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,323 |  Reviews: 636
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity, hoppy, zesty and totally refreshing example of this style. Typical light golden orangy color. Scent of hops and yeast in the nose arose from the white foamy, lacy head. Citrus notes are present and add to the attraction of this brew.

Slightly above average mouthfeel, enjoyable and smooth. Very mild hop bite finish, despite its relatively full hop flavor, much less bite than say, Sierra Nevada P.A.... This is a perfect lawn mowing session beer which could be consumed over many hours in the summer months. Excellent!

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a somewhat hazy copper color with light to medium head,the aroma was pretty floral aroma with a nice malty background.Taste was very nicely balanced a sweet fruity malt base and a nice zesty hop finish.I think a well made pale,very nicely balanced.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one is a translucent light copper/ orange with a very thin layer of eggshell colored head. Nose is resious hops and light caramel malt.

Taste is kind of a big swirl of alcohol citrusy and resinous hops, and a light sweetness. This is very bitter beer, too bitter for the style I'd say, and its far from a cohesive brew.

Mouthfeel is thin and stingy. Couldn't finish this one.

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Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of blitz134
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow golden color with a very small white head. Light smell of hops mainly floral in nature with a bit of pine resin and a touch of sweetness. Taste definitely has a bitter side to it without much malt balance. Besides the resin bitterness there isn’t much else to speak of in the hops department. Mouthfeel is medium and about like most pale ales. Overall this is a weak pale ale without much flavor complexity.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One in a 12 pack sampler. I think they were all relatively good beers. This was an amber color with a thick white head that left a lot of lacing. Not much in the aroma: a little floral and a little malt. Lightly hopped, mostly a grapefruit taste. A decent, middle of the road beer.

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Photo of BK2084
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Todd
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A hazy light amber beer with a slightly off-white creamy lace head.

Smell: This beer has an awesome fruity floral hop aroma, with raw hop leaf notes and touch of sweet malt.

Taste: Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a heavenly solid malt sweetness. Big, juicy fruit flavours come forward with floral hop flavours that all meld to take on a near fruit spiked iced-tea-like drink, with a slight hop rawness ... a bit estery too. Some toasted malts and bready flavours follow with some mild soapy flavours. Finishes with some dryness and a hop oil and leaf coating on the palate.

Notes: A very worthy English-style Pale Ale, but in some respects it tastes a bit like a West Coast Pale Ale. No matter, it's still a very tasty brew!

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Photo of generallee
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its defiantly not pal in color as it pours a beautiful golden amber color with excellent clarity. The head foams up thick and white then thins out to a small thin cap. The aroma is full of fine English hops that are floral and pleasing. The hops are up front on the tongue and give a nice citrusy and earthy character to the flavor. Malts are lighter and add just enough sweetness and toasted flavor to the beer. The palate is smooth with a medium body and a crisp finish that make it oh so drinkable.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A well frothed lace leaves a few rings of lace behind, very clear pale copper hue.

Hints of citric hop, fruity and taffy like ester and a lightly sweet caramel and toasted grain aroma.

Smooth mouth feel and a bit crisp as well, bitter bite up front with an oily herbal and earthy hop flavor. Malt has a decent flavor but never really sparks the taste buds to go “Wow!”. I am still trying to find a solid malt flavor and all I get is dry graininess with a taffy, almost bubble gum yeast by-product taste. Finishes dry with a bit of husk on the palate.

Oily hop is the only savior of this brew, other than that there is nothing much to it. Not something I’d never drink, just not a choice pale ale for me.

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Photo of merlin48
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from my 12 bottle holiday sampler box. I keep wondering if a regional brewery like this is trying to do too much with 12 different styles. The label proclaims this is made with six specialty malts and Goldings and Fuggles hops. It pours an enticing clear, copper, amber with adequate head that drops quickly to a lacy island ring. Surprisingly, malts dominate the nose and initial mouthfeel. This one is much better crafted than Saranac's IPA. The absence of the floral Cascade hops is noticeable, but their English cousins fill in admirably to produce a lighter profile. I can detect hints of hazelnut and raisins in the taste, on top of the hops and malts. This becomes a very drinkable pale ale as the flavours improve at room temperature. This ale is an example of Saranac, at their best. Hats off for a nice effort with this pleasing pale ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another selection out of the sampler box I recently purchased. No freshness of bottling information. Nose is limply of malt. Pours typical almond amber, clear. Tan head, leaving respectable medium bubble lacing. Middle of the road ale, moderate resiny hops, riding on a biscuity malt layer. Metallic note picked up. Typical Saranac offering, nothing special. Widely available fallback option.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed (if that's the word) on the Adirondack Scenic Railway adventure out of Utica. Seemed a little too bitter and slightly astringent. Not enough hops aroma or taste to be a good Pale Ale, English or otherwise. Distinct metallic aftertaste. Not the worst EPA I've ever had but completely unremarkable.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from my Saranac Adirondack mixed pack.

Poured into a nonic. A slightly murky copper brew, the pour leaving a thick-bubbled head that seemed to survive quite well for itself. Some lacing streaks here and there.

Nose is pale malts, caramel, a bit of bread, citrus (cascade?), honey.

Tastes like an English pale ale - I was expecting an APA, so this was certainly a surprise. Starts with toffee, caramel, usual English suspects, then finishes with a mild citric hoppy bitterness.

Slightly creamy, drinks like a nitro-can of English ale.

Not a bad rendition of the English style. Tastes a lot like a toned town version of their IPA (or, more likely, vice versa), which is a good thing. The mild use of cascade hops actually pairs rather well with the English pale malts. Decent brew indeed.

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Photo of JC333
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with miniscule amounts of off-white head. Sparse lacing of the glass. Dash of citrusy notes mixed with some subtle caramel sweetness mixed with a soapy undertow. Flavor sees more of this. Crisp, with notes of citrus hops, a dash of sweetness in the middle, and finishes with a short-lived bitterness with a metallic twinge to it. Not much in the way of body or drinkability. Pretty middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case. No date!!

Pours a beautiful clear deep copper with a one finger off-white head of small bubbles. Some carbonation evident. Decent lacing.

Aroma is fruity herbal/grassy hops, light brown sugar, slight bready malts, very pleasant. The smell is clean.

The first flavor is grassy hops, then pineapple, caramel candy, maybe a little diacetyl. Pretty good level of bittering for an APA. Long grassy/herbal aftertaste. Nice.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and clean. Pretty good tingle from carbonation. Balanced and well made.

There's pretty much going on here, and I could drink this all day if I had to. I've heard this described as a small version of the IPA, but that's inaccurate. The IPA is grapefruity/lemony, and this is herbal grassy. This is also more malty.

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Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass,a nice coppery color,creamy 1" head dissapated a bit quick,with a lacing of the glass.The beer did look a tad bit on the dead side.
The aroma was a little faint,but very clean,with hints of carmell.honey like,bisquity.Hop notes of citrus and pine. A slight bit skunky.
The taste was carmelly,fruity,citrusy,nutty a very balanced taste.Nothing like the aggresively hopped,mention on the label.
The mouthfeel was light to medium.more towards the light side.
A good syrupy feel,yet smooth and airy feeling.The finish was a soft delicate sharpness,with a pleasing dryness.
An extremely drinkable beer,goes down like spring water.Refeshing and pleasing to the palate.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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Saranac American Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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