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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Ratings: 1,315 |  Reviews: 635
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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of mhuber
4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Pours clear, amber color with a slight head. Mild lacing. An earthy aroma and flavor, quite bitter. An excellent brew!

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Photo of Moose64
4.64/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This Pale Ale is what I compare all other Pale Ales too. The East Kent Golden hops makes it unique, hopped enough but not too much like most other brewers do. Great smell and taste. What a Pale Ale should be. Great beer to have with a nice steak. Haven't found a Pale Ale to match this one (but I'll keep looking).

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Photo of GordieF
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Saranac has crafted a smooth pale ale that is a consistent pleasure to consume. Great balance that is lighter on the hops than some, but a unique powerhouse in it's own right.

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Photo of tempo013
4.59/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Uncle Sudsy's six pack joint at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I bought one, one quart growler.
Apperance- the apperance is a deep amber color with much carbonation that quickly disappears.'
Smell- the smell is absolutley to die for. to me it smells fantastic. a deep beer with a dark aroma
Taste- the taste is also great. it taste like a smooth, deep, pumkin ale.
Mouthfeel- as soon as the beer touches your mouth you can feel the tingling sensation
drinkability- I would love to drink this beer all day long

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4.56/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of plowe70
4.51/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saranac Pale Ale is one of the best beers. Period. It has the most perfect golden amber color. It pours with a mild head and just the right amount of carbonation. A mild bitterness with no aftertaste.

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of JimFalzone
4.48/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In New York state this is considered a "pounding" beer. This is the less eloquent way of calling it a "session" beer.

For your every day - mowing the lawn, hanging out at a barbeque, going to a music festival, watching sporting events - THIS IS THE BEER.

It's light and flavorful, with a nice simple taste. It's not a beer to be over analyzed or god-forbid aged.

This is the "King of Beers" for people who actually like beer. It may not have sharp hoppiness of a Sierra Nevada or the subtle malt flavors of a Red Hook ESB. But it's a good overall beer and a great "conversion" beer for your friends who think they don't like craft brew.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had forgotten how good this is. I was voting for Saranac's flagship APA on the Washington Post's "March Madness" beer contest, and thought I'd try it again. (It had been awhile.) Beautiful deep amber color, nice head and lacing, moderately substantial mouthfeel (with tiny bubbles of carbonation) and nice, subtle hops in the nose--nothing too extreme. Then taste. Rich flavor, balanced with a hops "zip" on the tongue that mellows with each swallow. Toward the end, the aftertaste was buttery malts showing through and the hops had become a pleasant bitterness that just added to the drinkability of the beer. Fantastic!

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4.36/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been drinking this beer almost since it came out. Over the years the recipe has changed. I believe it was 2013 when they introduced HIP (Hop infusion Process). And my opinion of the beer dropped, as I felt they lost the hop/malt balance. Today I grabbed one again (it's been a while) and right away I noticed the new label, which says "American Pale Ale" right on the front. Sure enough, American hop aromas greeted me right away. The first sip confirmed it. This is no longer an English Pale Ale. A quick visit to their web site confirmed the Cascade hops, and Bramling Cross is in there as well. They still list the Fuggle and Kent Goldings hops, and those flavors are there but definitely taking a back seat. But more important is that the malt flavors are nicely balanced, at least for an American Pale Ale. And so I rated is as an American Pale Ale, even though their web site still lists it as an English Pale Ale. And I miss the English Pale Ale.... wish they'd bring it back.

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Photo of Troy518
4.36/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always one of my "cheap" go to beers. Filtered brilliantly clear, copper and gold colored. Plenty of lasting head throughout with tons of lacing. Slightly fruity with a sweet graininess. Very well balanced with hops, nothing stands out in this beer. Overall, a worthy session beer worth trying.

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Photo of halo21
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is a darker colored pale ale, a nice rich orange hue. It has a nice, inch thick white head, made up of nice big bubbles.

Smell: Citrusy and fruity hops up front, but followed up by a nice malt sweetness showing a little toffee.

Taste: A very balanced beer. Many times pale ales are all about hops (some should just be called an IPA), but this one brings a nice backing of malt. It starts off with a nice floral fruity hop flavor which fades to a nice bitterness, just as the sweetness comes in from the malts, bringing a nice light roast flavor with some caramel mixed in. As it warms, it shows a little more biscuit flavor, indicative of an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium; this one is right on target for mouthfeel. The malt flavor is held up nicely by the body, but it is still light enough to be a refreshing pale ale.

Drinkability: Big

Notes: This is a great example of this style, and I have enjoyed MANY Saranac Pale Ales over the years.

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4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

An amber body with a slightly off white head that stated at about 1 inch and quickly dissolved into a sticky lacing.

It had a great aroma of hops and malt.

It tasted of sweet malt, hops and was well balanced. It was light bodied and went down smooth.

I found it to be very drinkable.

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.31/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Pours a dark amber color and retains head for a long period of time, lacing was amazing.

s: Not good with the smells, smells like a pale ale...

t: Slightly fruity aftertaste.

m: Good carbonation level, adds a good kick to it.

d: Not the kind of beer you have a lot of but still good.

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Photo of shippos
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

medium amber color, actually darker than there amber, and a small but dense white head. dry floral hoppy aroma with hints of raisins and dried fruits. excellent mouthfeel with a good hint of caramel malts, excellent taste as the hops are there and the malt but they are in perfect harmony, an absolute classic pale ale. I love this beer gotta try more of it.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I consider it a test of objectivity and true beerdom to be able to review a beer that you have drank more than your weight in over the years fairly. Here goes:

The color is light gold with a pure white head. A foamy half finger lingers with rough lacing.

It smells of light citrus like lemon and yeast. There is a generic beer smell too but I'm not sure where it comes from or how else to describe it but you'll find it common to most cheap beers.

Taste is citrusy up front, lemon and tangerine or orange that moves into a two stage hop resin bitterness. First stage, stick pine, second stage back to citrus which fades well into the original impression giving the taste a well rounded quality.

The mouthfeel is a little sharp, both from the initial lemon and carbonation and the lingering taste on the palate is where the hops come through the most. It is certainly crisp but the finish could be a little drier.

Drinkability is off the charts for this one. I had to have two just to review it because the first one was gone before I got through taste.

This is a great beer at a great price and a gateway from macro to micro that I would recommend to anyone whenever I get a chance.

It is a go-to for me when I get some heady singles on a beer run and need something for the times in between.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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