puboflyons (1873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours medium to golden amber with a clinging off-white head that lingers. Good carbonation. The aroma highlights the Belgian yeast strain, sweet pale malts, pear and a musky cellar. The body is lighter but creamy. The taste brings out the essence of a good Belgian pale ale with its warm sweetness and slightly lingering finish. All in all a drinkable beer.
SoberDave (130) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light, fruity aroma with hops. Light golden colour with lingering head. Sour fruity taste, balanced by mild hops. Refreshing, simple beer.
Studentofbrrs (90) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a citrus aroma with hop, has a very fruity flavour that offsets the bitter hop into an almost non existent state
drjay44 (2480) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. BBD March 31 2013. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained white head, with some lacing, over a clear dark gold (SRM 7) body.....nose is light cereal, hints of hop spice.....taste is light malts, hints of sweetness, hints of light fruit (pear, apple) leading to a slightly spicy, mild bitter finish....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation adds foam. This is a nicely balanced beer very clean beer. It, unfortunately, does not have much interest in either aromas or flavors and as such misses the style. BJCP 6/3/12/4/6
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a real Belgian IPA but a good indication of the flavors of the style. A little too flat and a weak hop profile made it fall short.
mattern33 (99) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice mild aroma. Very light color. Mild on the palate. Mild overall flavor. Solid, easy drinking pale ale.
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saranac is a brand thatís known for the accessibility and if they can introduce more pedestrian beer drinkers to more niche styles via good beer Iím all for it. I was pleasantly surprised by their new Belgian Pale Ale - which is essentially an American Pale Ale with Belgian yeast, but a good beer nevertheless.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Bright amber color; crystal clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms an average sized, eggshell hued, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Strong banana scent akin to a German hefeweizen, but with more lemony notes and no spice.
Taste: While I wouldnít say thereís anything particularly authentically "Belgian" to Saranac Belgian Pale Ale, I will say itís a nice departure from the breweryís usual safe bets. Their flagship beer is an English-style pale ale, so they know the general genre pretty well Iíd say. Plenty of hop character in this one with a strong lemony character. Itís reminiscent of a witbier but without the spices of orangepeel or coriander. Instead, the Belgian yeast imparts a distinct banana aroma and gentle sweetness to make the palate on the lighter, more refreshing side.
Plenty of lighter malts throughout the body with subtle honey notes. A quick, but mild, hop bite through the middle and on the end that imparts a bit of dryness and crispiness. Itís also remarkably refreshing making this an ideal summer brew (why itís in their winter mix pack I havenít the foggiest).
Drinkability: With a thinner, crisper mouthfeel and drinker-friendly palate, Saranac Belgian Pale Ale is a great introductory craft beer. The Belgian yeast makes itself known as the carbonation is fine and continually effervescent, but the body is light enough to lend to easy drinking. The aftertaste is almost completely clean and thereís a definite sense of refreshment here. At 5.4% ABV itís dangerously drinkable and I could see myself killing an entire six pack on a hot summerís day.
Jrwhitney6 (239) - - JAN 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours gold with fine bubbles typical of Belgian ales. Nose of bananas - reminded me of a hefeweizen, and this included the taste. A bit thin with a quick finish. Ok.
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blklab2007 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a rich golden color with a covering of white head. Aroma has Belgian yeast, mild hops, and a grainy malt. Mouth feel is light and there is plenty of carbonation. Flavor gets some malts, Belgian yeast, hops, and a light peppery spice. Not bad at all.
BeerFanDan17 (954) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice Belgian style pale from Saranac. Slightly bitter with medium hop notes. A bit watery but overall, smooth.
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