Frothmeister (633) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours amber with a centimeter thick off-white head. Aromas of raisin, lemon candy, dough. The taste is a little thin compared to the nose. Metallic hops, pine, bread, and a little caramel are present.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What happens when Saranac makes an APA? I think that has been a life long question of beer geeks in the Northeast for a while. Well, first of all its filtered appearance is represented in its filtered flavor. Oh and its a clear amber-orange color. Has a slightly sticky lacing. The beer has this weird burnt malt character, it permeates the aroma and flavor. There are hops, they seem lifeless but here. Its like, well I canít tell because of this weird burnt character. Its basically what I would expect for Saranac and an APA in one.
12oz bottle in a Darkness tulip glass.
jb (2508) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trade from Ron, thanks Ron! Light orange color, clear, thick head with nice lacing. Aroma of pine and subdued earth and wood. Mouthfeel is a bit velvety, a little tingly, starts a bit hoppy and finishes a bit light and watery. A bit light and a bit low on the malt + hops for me. But drinkable nonetheless.
obguthr (4585) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the winter variety pack: Bready barley malt nose, with a bit of dried leaves. Clear amber, thick yellow head, some glass adherence. Dried leaves, roses, and potpourri flavor. Acidic mouthfeel. One of the more flavorful Saranac beers.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with a sticky white head. The nose is fairly nice with a bright citric hoppiness. Light grapefruit and lemon peel over a bit of soft pine. Light pale malt with just a touch of pale caramel or vienna malt as well. Solid balance with just a kiss of sweetness. As it warms I get a fairly pronounced herbal character on the finish. Pretty nice really.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber, thick foamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, mild hops, grain, toasted biscuit. Taste of brown sugar, burnt malt, nice hop bite. Very well balanced, one of the better Saranacís out there. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Long bitter finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours clear copper with weak off white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel, mild nuttiness and roasty malts. The taste begins roasty and with a touch of nuttiness before it fades away to just about to nothing at all. Thatís right, by midway I get pretty much the flavor of clean tap water. In the finish faint roasty and nutty malts weakly murmur up from this flavorless abyss.
Ron (3000) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Caramel and toasted malts aroma. Amber color, thin white head typical of the style. The flavor is caramel, flowers, grass, toasted malts. Seemed to have more hops than the IPA.
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty, and mildly aromatic hoppy aroma, notes of pennies, amber color. Decent hoppyness, but there seems to be a metallic off flavor thatís throwing me off. Close to a IPA with this level of bitterness.
MrBunn (2572) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a coppery color with a fluffy head and aromas of caramel and herbs... pretty faint. Flavor is decent... a nice malt backbone with an herbal hoppiness, a little grass and a bitter finish. That said, itís pretty uninteresting...