Saranac Pale Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Pale AleSaranac Pale Ale
1,313 Ratings
Saranac Pale AleSaranac 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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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of rodney45
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Burnished copper color. Wind swept sea foam colored head that lingers.

S: Has a slight barley smell. Not much in terms of hop aroma. Nothing overwhelming, finely balanced.

T: Pear, cantelope, and mango. Balanced well with the malt that speaks mostly of roasted barley and perhaps some cereal grains.

D: Very smooth and very drinkable. This beer goes down well.

O: This beer isnt overwhelming or notable in any one area, except its ability to please as a flagship brand ale. Its very approachable, and very drinkable. I can see why its popular. Good entry level craft beer for those who should be broken into the scene slowly. This wouldnt be a bad beer to keep around just to have. Its unassuming and unpretentious. I actually enjoyed this beer more than my review would make it seem.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent brownish, dark amber color with a half inch of head. Almost no lacing. Aroma is bready with a good amount of sweet malts. Some spicy, earthy hops as well. Taste is bready. A bit fruity with hints of apple. Floral hop finish. Lots of malt flavor. Mouthfeel is very light. This is an easy to drink beer. Overall, its decent but nothing special.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured int o a glas tumbers from a 12 bottle

A light amber color with small creamy head and lacing
Smell - great caramel and malt nose
T-Bitterness goall, fadesl rapidliy
M- muthfeel is near zerol.,

O-overall decent but not anythihg t writie hom dabout.
These Saranacs all seem to have cleanpalate finish

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Photo of bubseymour
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oranage copper appearance with lots of carbonation but very average head of 1 finger. Retention is holding ok with the carbonation.

Smell - very malty and cracker/bready scents.

Taste - Very pedestrian pale ale. Slight metallic taste but otherwise its an easy drinker ale.

Mouthfeel - Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall - A good bang for the buck pale ale that is easily sessionable but very forgettable as well.

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Photo of Meshuggah135
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a copper color with minimal head when poured. I poured it and let it sit for a few minutes to warm up a bit. The smell was sweet but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel was average, very light with little carbonation. It had a very toasty taste to it, with a hint of

It's definitely not the best English ale, but overall, a pretty good beer

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Photo of Osirus
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A little darker than many pale ales but in a good way. Good lace down the glass! It looks like a good beer should.

Aroma: Toasted and malty, a lack of hop. Some caramel. Not fruity.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was good. Medium body.

Taste: Toasted grains. Caramel. A little heavier taste than I was expecting. A noticeable lack of typical hops taste.

Overall: I would gladly pick this one of the cooler versus your typical Nascar beer. It was a little heavier, singular in taste and much less hoppy than I thought a pale ale would be. I would not recommend it to a beginner learning the pale ale style but a decent dpearture from the middle of the road. I am going to use this one in horizontal tasting with other pale ales.

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3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Mildly hazy, copper-amber color, with a fairly substantial finger or so head that held its frothy form throughout the session.

S: Sweet malt, a tinge of citrus, candy sugar, and something off that reminded me of car wax.

T: Not bad, but I would have preferred more citrus bite overall. Malt for sure, as well as a hint of plastic.

M: Lots of solid white lacing left on the glass and the carbonation was fine.

O: Pleasant enough, but ultimately forgettable.

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3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale copper, clear with a few random streams of bubbles. Decent size barely off-white head. Unremarkable stick and stay.

S: Citrus hops, maybe leaning lemony, but mostly pretty non-specific. Background fruity esters, caramel, and malty grain. Rather too clean and too faint.

T: Very citrus hop forward – lemon, rind, grapefruit. The middle mixes in a leafy herbal character with just the barest hints of pine and resin. Quite bitter. But also juicy, fruity, and floral. Minimally sweet though. Malts are more toasty, bicuity, and bready. Some hints of pale crystal give just a light touch of caramel. Overall, malts stay behind the hops. Slightly herbal, vaguely astringent, tea-like impression creeping around the edges and sticking around in the finish.

M: Body just a hair under medium with carbonation average. Very well attenuated with a hoppy very drying finish.

D: Pretty good blended pale style – sort of English type malts with citrus hops. Decent, but not special. I think a tad less attenuation & more malt character would help this one.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An amber red/brown with copper hued body appears, and is slightly opaque. Head is a light creamy caramel but never bigger than two fingers off the pour. Leaves a good puck while sitting.

Nose is very sweet. Distinct smell of honey and brown sugar. Mild herbal tea like hops as well.

Starts off with a buttery malt sense that goes into aggresive burnt bitters. Dry and jarring with no distinct aftertaste except a burnt char and blackened hop bitter.. Way too carbonated and a distinct wet fizz. Taste improves after a few sips but the first few sips are hard to get past.

Overall not really feeling this one, and the taste is just a burnt bbq mess.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint. Probably 45 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a lucid copper red with a half finger foam cap, no lacing.

Smells sharply of piny, resinous maybe citrus hops? Excellent projection though on first pour.

Tastes much like it smells, but softer and rounder in the mouthfeel with a disappointing lack of attack that i was expecting- as if the malty backbone that was supposed to provide support is instead fighting for the spotlight. Points off here for a little bit of imbalance. Just the slightest hint of corn(?) and brown sugar at the start of the drydown. Finishes very well though, crisp and clean with lingering pine resins.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly more effervescent than i would imagine, never overtaking the body, and adding a plesantly contrasting dynamism, I think.

Overall pleasant and enjoyable, many parallels i think to the Sierra Nevada Pale, which is absolutely a good thing. Not distinguishing enough to get me to reach for it if it's on the same shelf though. More deserving than the reviews here would suggest though.


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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly red but mostly golden. About a finger of head but it drops down to just a thin blanket after a minute or two. Light caramel nose with faint amount of earthy hops (slight amounts of pine). Flavor is all the caramel malts but thin on body. Hop aroma was more powerful than the actual hop character. It finished with more of a carbonation tingle than a hop bite. It was decent all around but I would overpass this compared to most pale ales.

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with one finger of head. Nice retention. Smell is very malty with just a hint of hops. Taste is rich, malty sweetness followed by a decent piny hop bitterness. The pine sticks around in the aftertaste. Medium bodied though a little thin.

Not a bad pale ale, but it's a little thin and piny for me.

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Saranac Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 1,313 ratings
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