Saranac Pale Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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79
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1,304 Ratings
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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: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt Selections: Crystal English Pale Ale
Hop Selections: Cascade, East Kent Golden

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,304
Reviews:
630
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
165
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,304 |  Reviews: 630
Photo of thoglund
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gauss
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice and hoppy. A light feel.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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 Squire123
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CampCookie
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
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 Brian_L-2056
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice rich orange color with a white frothy head. Does have a few carbonation bubbles passing through when held up to the light. The smell is fairly typical for a pale ale, nothing that stands out really. Initial taste is mildly hoppy but very drinkable. Mellows out to just a hint of bitterness at the finish. The lacing is quite good as well. Overall I feel that this brew will make a nice addition to my summertime rotation, however it does feel a little heavier than your typical lager or pilsner that I usually switch to in the heat of summer. Will definitely enjoy more.

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Photo of Philcassella
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mconnolly39
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes and looks like a light IPA. Hoppy and citrusy, but still a smooth pale ale that's easy to drink.

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Photo of SurrenderToTheFlow95
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Juice14
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Miguel_W
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With the addition of H.I.P. this Pale Ale has become hoppier. More than most Pale Ales. Just a bit overpowring for me. But if you like IPAs, thos one might be a good alternative if you are looking for something lighter than an IPA.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKCNittany
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Abrahaam
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zylod
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Golden with a small head. A bit on the light side. Not very bitter at all with a light lace. Pretty drinkable beer. Prefer the IPA more.

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Photo of Blksab99
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of torwart68
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BEER88
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcbeers
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,304 ratings.
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