Saranac American Pale Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac American Pale AleSaranac American Pale Ale
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

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 637 | Ratings: 1,325
Photo of frank4sail
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange in color with a pale yellow head. Big bubbles in the glass.. Not alot of nose. Smooth mouth with a malt base taste. Not enough hops bitterness for my liking.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good pale ale, but I have had better. Floral and hoppy in the smell, and the taste is mostly consistent of hops and some grassy, citrusy hints. Still beats the ol' dirty Bass.

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Photo of Murph
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale copper color with a nice creamy head that shows good retention. Smell is of strong malt and some subtle hops. The malt presence is the first to arrive on the tongue and is soon followed up by some nice citrusy hops. Very crisp and clean mouthfeel, almost no aftertaste whatsoever. This is a very drinkable beer. I really liked this beer. It is a little bit off for the style but I still thought it was very good. It is a little to hoppy for an english pale ale but it is a little to malty for an american pale ale. Like I said I really liked this. I would definitely recommend it to any Pale Ale fan.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber color with a decent head. The aroma is sweet, malty, floral, fruity and a hint of hops. Rich and fruity flavor with just the right amount of malt and hops. Creamy, crisp medium body. Finishes slighty dry.

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Photo of jermar
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink a lot of this since the closest liquor store to my house has been selling it for the past couple of years for $4.99 a six. It's got a nice hoppiness to it, but is definitely an English-style pale ale. Very flavorful.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color. Light herbal nose, somewhat subdued.

Taste is on the lighter side. Reminiscent of Brooklyn's Pale or Sam Adams stock ale, but with a little less of everything, but still tastes good. Simple malt foundation, a little toasted, a little earthy. A touch of ale fruit complimented by the herbal character of the Goldings and fuggles. Finishes clean, crisp and short.

For the price tag, Saranac makes some pretty damn good beer. Their pale is really quite nice if you want an ale that actually has some flavor. Heck, think about it, it costs practically the same as Fosters or Heiny. Plus, I always like to see and American micro go the English pale approach, which this beer attempts. Too many cascade pales in my opinion. Give me some herbs and malt over grapefruit and malt to keep the pale category interesting.

Thanks FX Matt.

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Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber, nice tight head. Fairly reserved, quick complex hop taste that retains nicely. English hop taste dominates, limiting any fresh fruit or chewy mid-mouth tastes. Respectably brewed.

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

A very pleasant ale with an interesting aroma - first a quick hit of sweet malt in the nose, then a whiff of hops, and then to a sweet candy aroma. Malt was somewhat sweet, but not overly so, with a good balance of hops. Slight spicyness of alcohol slides in at the back. Very easygoing without being boring.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale copper color, with a some-what creamy off-white colored head with decent retention. The body is slightly thin. On the nose the aroma was hoppy, floral, fruity and citrusy notes. On the palate more hoppy citrus flavor, some fruit flavors, and a nice bitterness. I good pale ale for the price.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exceptional pale ale from a mainstream brewer. This ale stands up to many craft brewed examples. Rich, fruity body with a cascade like hop finish. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this beer.

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Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hop characteristics, balance to this beer. Great when fresh, but quality diminishes relatively quickly and you don't know when it's fresh because there are no dates.

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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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Saranac American Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 1,325 ratings