Saranac American Pale Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac American Pale AleSaranac American Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,788
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,562
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 13.37%
Reviews:
638
Ratings:
1,328
From:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
78
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Saranac American Pale AleSaranac American Pale Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 638 | Ratings: 1,328
Photo of 18CGL
3.75/5  rDev +9%

A solid example of a pale ale. Not the best but for the price, you can't beat it. Flavor is very smooth with a decent balance between the hops and sweetness which makes it an easy drinker. The flavor doesn't last long however and lacks a certain depth found in higher quality brews. Certainly a beer to keep on hand for an "anytime" beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Pale Ale brewed by Matt Brewing Company with an ABV of 5.5% This brew pours out a dark golden amber color with a small white head. Saranac Pale ALe is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. There is nothing bad about this brew so far. Now for the taste, it is smooth at first with some bitterness at this end. This brew has a nice balance to it nothing overpowering in it brew. The mouthfeel is rich and full but this brew goes down smooth. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company. Yet another review out of their sampler pack. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.5 finger thick head, clear brownish amber body, and solid lacing.

I smell a lighter vibe going on here. Little bit of citrus perhaps. I about had to stick my nose in the brew to get a decent whiff. I wish it had just a micro-hair more presence in this category.

Tastes like roasted malts, earthy hops, and I taste the citrus but its more tart than sweet.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly dryer. Nice work here.

Overall a 3.25 for Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company. It was "meh". Probably won't get this on its own.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer although I admit there's nothing that special about it. Flavors are fruity and ever so slightly grainy. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a little on the oily side but not at all unpleasant. Easy to drink with a slight taste of sweetness. Very little hops, and hard to pick up any malts at all. Decent easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with a finger of foamy whtie head, little lacing.
S - Caramel malt, grassy hops, very weak aroma.
T - Sweet malt takes the fore on this beer, very little hops come through, slight earthy aftertaste.
M - Chewy and sticky, not clean and crisp like a normal APA.
O - Very malty and sweet not enough hop balance. This is pretty bad.

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Photo of Act25
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saranac has either gotten much better or I am buying the hype of their new packaging.

A: Pours shiny orange amber with thin head of white foam that fell fast. Bit of lace.
S: Nose invitingly brassy, bright with floral and grassy hops. Hay, wet grass, earth. Nice. Perhaps a bit soapy.
T: Follows nose. Plus sweetness of malt and sweetbreat and tiny bit of fruit. Trends to Bitter. Hop forward atop a biscuity malt with enough sweetness to balance. A bit of pepper and a nice finish.
MF: Good weight for mass. I like the bitter long, long finish.

O: One of my favorites from this brewer. Peppery and not run of the mill.

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Photo of sanzenapocalypz
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured from a bottle, this beer has a dark orange amber hue to it. It did no have much head to it, which went away quickly.

aroma: not a very strong smell- has a malty smell to it with a bit of a hoppy smell on the end of the nose. I get a bit of a hay smell to it.

taste: has a toasty caramel to start out, with a tad bit of spicy hop flavor to it on the way down. has a fair amount of bitterness to it, but not too powerful.

overall: this beer is pretty alright for an English pale ale. It is not the most amazing beer I have ever had, but is pretty easy to drink, not too heavy of a body, would be a good beer to wash down after a good Italian dish or a pizza maybe. I like that it has a good toasty taste too it and maybe a TAD spicy hop taste on the way down, but nothing overpowering.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fantastic orange amber with a lusterous shine and thin head of off white foam that fell pretty fast. Nose is bright with floral hops. Beautiful sweetness that does not get too fruity but just hints at fruit. A balanced herbal scent that suggests grass and hay. A malty sweetness that is grainy and a bit husky. There is a touch of mild soap on the nose but nothing egregious. Taste is lovely. Bitter. Hop forward without being too hop important. A nice biscuity malt with enough sweetness to rock those hops into submission. And a pungent little herbal to really quaff! OH!

Finishes wonderfully and balanced well although slanted a bit toward hops. No presumption in this one just a slightly bitter tonic that growls a bit.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Jacob, for the bottle!

It pours a deep golden colour with a very firm 1" head of foam that leaves excellent lacing behind.

The smell is on the sweetish side with just a bit of some bitterness noticeable to my nose.

The taste does a good job of representing an EPA. Nice sweetish notes from the malt...not earthy nor grainy, just a pleasant sweetness. The hops show up mostly in the finish where it gets a tad bitter but overall, a very enjoyable brewski.

On the light end of medium bodied, good carbonation, this is a well brewed beer. I like.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at a restaurant in my neighborhood in Shanghai China.

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a bright amber color that is clear. Head was off-white and reached a finger and a half and then fizzled out to a layer of foam.

S: Biscuity malt and some toasted grain and caramel in the malt zone. Has a nice bright fruity hop aroma as well. Nicely balanced.

T: Solid floral and spicy hop taste with toast and caramel backing everything up. Great balance throughout. Great drinkability - not crazy but also not boring.

Overall: Good bar drink - won't get in the way of a good conversation but tasty enough to keep you wanting more. I'd pick this up again (or 2 or 3) for sure.

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Photo of illpass78
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with a short white head that recedes quickly. Lacing moderate. It's sort of on the cusp of a golden and a pale ale.

Aroma: This has a more powerful nose than I expected, and it's kind of a mixed bag. There's toast, grassiness, fruitiness and other inviting aromas, but it's also kind of sour smelling. It's not off-putting but also not perfect.

Taste: Pretty standard pale ale flavor. Some decent hop bite to go with malty sweetness. The taste mostly follows the nose.

Mouthfeel: It's somewhat light of body but easy to drink.

Overall: This is very average. It's the kind of thing I'd get at a restaurant that otherwise only had BMC stuff. It's a decent pale ale, but it's not distinguishable from the pack.

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Photo of wvsabbath
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, 1/4 inch head, minor lacing.

Smell - Pale ale malts, a little hop note, some added sugars. Not getting much else.

Taste - Starts out with some caramel malt and a little nut flavor. Minor hops providing a sour/bitter flavor. Added sugars offset a little bitter note left behind from the hops. Really about all that's going on.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets the malts, where the palate gets some hops and a little sugar. Aftertaste is dry, and a little sour.

Overall - Pretty weak and boring. The caramel malts make up most of the flavor, where the hops are not very fruity, just provide a bitter note. Nothing worth drinking since there are lots of better pale ales out there.

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

alot of alcohol on the nose , a little light citrus, not too strong. taste is bitter, good spice notes in the back end with a clean dry finish. a little alcohol burn. a little too harsh for my liking on a pale ale. a little more burn than I expected. a tiny bit off balance but clean

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2nd one I drank out of the spring sampler. Definitely a good IPA. Good look, good smell, good taste. Better than the Forbidden IPA, in my opinion. I enjoyed this from the first tilt into my mouth to the last swallow. Good after taste. A very decent IPA. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: My aunt Jenny
Price: N/A for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great amount of uneven foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention.

Smelled caramel, honey, wheat, rye, floral hops and cereal.

Tasted caramel, citrus hops, pine, floral hips, honey, lime, faint orange, wheat and grass hops.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Astringent finish.

This beer was one of my top-three favorites about seven years ago. Not so anymore, but I will always like this beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. There's a little under two fingers worth of off-white colored head, and the retention is actually quite good. Plenty of lacing is left behind, as well.

S: There is a slight hoppiness to the nose, floral in nature. But primarily, the strongest note is caramel and toffee from the malts. It's certainly hoppier than most standard EPAs, but too malty to be a proper APA - and the malts aren't the kind that strike me the right way.

T: Looking at is as an English-style pale ale, it's a bit hoppier than the norm, thankfully. Herbal, piny bitterness hits the palate first, albeit in a restrained fashion. After the midtaste, the caramel-laden malts come to the forefront. They're the textbook crystal malts (blegh), and I don't like them. Having said that, this is just dry enough where I'm almost not bothered by them. But damn, I wish this had even more hops.

M: Kind of sweet...given how the last two Saranac beers were pretty damn dry, it's disappointing that this has a sweeter, heavier feel. It's not undrinkable per se, just not at all effortless.

O: It's honestly mildly successful as an English-style pale ale...but a failure as a 'Murican pale ale. I don't even like (most) EPAs, so this one is a misfire to me. A tick is a tick, though.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this as part of a mixed 6pck that I bought from my local Meijer. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is bitter hops. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. It finishes slightly bitter. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper shade, plenty of foam and well-carbonated.

Smell: Cereal malts, hints of floral and herbal hops.

Taste: Cereal malts, caramel, and the hints of hop.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and dry. Faint hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Drinkable. Everything an English pale ale should be, but not one bit more. For the price I wouldn’t mind buying a six pack once in a while, but it wouldn’t be my first choice. Or second or third.

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Photo of tviz33
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours an unremarkable clear amber body with a short white head that disappears quickly.

S- Biscuity, malty, bready. Buttered toast like quality. Not much hop presence.

T- More hops than the nose let on. Sort of flowery and mingle oddly with the toasty malt flavors. Not bad, but something is a bit off.

M- Thin feel but crisply carbonated.

O- Not too memorable, but one that I will probably visit again as part of a sampler pack.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy looking finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Bready aroma. Mild hop spice.

Flavor - Follows the nose. Lots of bready, biscuity malts upfront and throughout, backed by moderate hop spice. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. That's basically it.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth on the finish.

Overall - First words that come to mind are safe and uninspiring. That said, it's drinkable. No real flaws; just very, very basic.

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Photo of watermelon
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass best by March 14 2014

A: Coppery amber body with a foamy off white head that left a small amount of lacing.

S: Nose is fairly weak some roasted favors, and light citrus.

T: Biscuit and grassy flavors, with some light malt

M: Thin body goes down easy with crisp carbonation.

O: Its no SNPA, but it is a decent pale ale at a decent price. Try it if you like the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with very light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall pillowy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with moderate aromas of herbal and floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. The malts are followed by light to moderate flavors of herbal and floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side if medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely easy to drink and bordering on sessionable but not overly interesting. I could have a couple of these but would be unlikely to want to finish a whole six pack on my own.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is kind of soapy and astrigent- it feels like it wasn't fermented correctly. It's kind of crisp, with a decent-ish malt backbone. However, overall- it's weak.

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Photo of 57md
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head that hangs on for a bit before disappearing and leaving hardly a trace of lace behind. The nose is mildly malty. The taste is fairly light with little distinction from any other mild English Pale Ale. There is a dryness on the finish that provides a minor tingle on the tongue,-- that said, nothing exciting here.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber not so much of a pale. Fluffy white head with mild lace. The smell is toasted malt slight caramal, piney hop. Taste is toasted malt, grain with a nice pine, flower hop in the back but more malt forward. Mouthfeel is light medium. Pretty nice pale I will pick up again.

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Saranac American Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 1328 ratings