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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1/5  rDev -70.8%

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1.65/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one was a sink pour. I am sorry but the saranac line is just a watery mess. The black and tan is the best out of a bad bunch.

I don't understand how anyone would take pride in putting these beers out.

This pale ale had really no taste to it whatsoever. It wasn't ice cold as I like to drink my beers around the 45-55 degree level. I just couldn' coax anything out of this one.

Light brown in color. No head or lacing to this at all.

I don't like to slam beers and it isn't in my nature to just dismiss a line of beers. But this is just bad. Unless you are picking up the black and tan, please stay away from this line of beers.

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1.73/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into my pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an almost amber color. No head really to mention. Small amount of foamy whiteness at the top of the beer.

Smell: Smelled faintly musty and barely any hoppy spicy goodness.

Taste: Pretty much one of the blandest beers I have had. The hops struggled to make there prescence known.

Mouthfeel: The beer was light bodied and had a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I couldnt finish this beer about half of it went down the sink. No amount of temperature change would help this one.

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1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

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1.81/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle with a dark evergreen colored label that has in small white letters "Classic English Ale," the word "Saranac" in big red letters, the words "Pale Ale" in white medium sized letters, and all of these words surround a blurry painting of an upper New York State mountain lake or it could be a small section of the Saranac River. On the outer edges of the label is just the Government warning, barcode, and refund prices. Information about the beer can be found on the dark evergreen colored neck label surrounding a pint of Pale Ale. No date anywhere, but there is some kind of batch number code on the neck of the bottle that is no use to the consumer. Served in a Bell's Brewery American pint glass.

Saranac's Pale Ale poured a perfect amber color. No flaws, no highlights, it was just an amber color. It had a white head of foam that was close to half an inch in height. It quickly fizzled away into some white rings along the edge of the beer and a trace of white bubbles that acted as the lace. When I first smelled this beer, the aroma was almost nonexistent with just a hint of caramel malts and Saranac's famous burnt malts. When it's slightly chilled, the aroma is a bit different. After that, then the aroma is filled with spring mountain water, caramel malts, a few slices of juicy fruits, and their famous burnt hops. When it's warm or slightly chilled, the taste is the same either way. It tastes exactly like carbonated water with traces of malted grains, caramel, and of course it wouldn't be a Saranac without it's famous burnt hops. Well, at least it didn't have any corn in it. That's the only good aspect of this beer, no corn taste. It's sad really. The mouthfeel was extremely light with an aftertaste of carbonated spring water, a few grains, and Saranac's famous burnt hops. This beer costs only $.95 a bottle and it shows it big time. If you like bottled carbonated spring water with some beer flavoring to it, then this is your session beer. For me, I wouldn't touch this stuff again unless it comes free. Is it an English Ale? No, unless all true English Ales are bland and boring. I doubt that.

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1.99/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Copper with almost no head. And then the tiny head disappears. Now that is sad.

S - A bit of pine hops aroma and not much else.

T - A pungent pine hop kick and then a bit of bitter and faint parafin and metals (copper particularly). The aftertaste is bitter metal. It is a good thing that the hops are strong, otherwise this would be extremely foul.

M - Okay, how does a beer have no head and then suffer from being too highly carbonated? Well, this did it. It is thin and harsh. Stings the tounge to the last drop. It starts to gum in my throat too.

D - This is the second worse beer from the winter variety pack. I didn't expect much from this beer, but I didn't expect it to prove revolting.

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2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very pale amber (heck, what beer isn't? Yeah, yeah, don't answer that question). Tight white head of medium height with short lasting power. Smells ok, I guess. But it doesn't really taste ok. Astringent bitterness pervades. Bleh. I mean, sure, you get some of the malt flavors and all, but, whoa, completely overwhelmed by just a bad flavor. Bleh and bleh again. Way too fizzy in the mouth (wa???) and acrid to make me want to drink any more of it...

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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2.08/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice & smokiness and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste has pale hops & caramelized malt, but both are kind of faint, not a lot of sweetness either. There’s strong metallic & medicine-like flavor to it.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not tasty at all, the fact that it’s not very filling is the only good thing I can say about this beer. This beer was part of a gift and I wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but I was still disappointed. I definitely would not buy more of it.

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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

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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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2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Served in a pint glass. This was one of the first craft beers I ever had, back in 2000. Revisiting it now that I'm back in NY to review it

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Copper colored liquid.

S: Herbal and spicy hops with some very sweet sugary smell. Caramelly smell from malt.

T: Off metallic flavor - not good tasting. Some okay maltiness, but green banana and cooked veggies mostly. Would this beer be better straight from the tank? Has it been abused?

M: Astringent and lots of flavors that clash. Some heat as well.

D: Very low. I want no more than 3 sips. First sip: ugh. Second sip: It can't really be that bad, can it? Third: Yes it really is.

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Saranac American Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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