Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden colour with just a touch of red. Small head. Lots of sweet hops on the nose, with some parsley and forest moss. Hops immediately in the mouth and they burst with life but fall flat by the end of the palate. There is a sugary background blended with a copper metalic taste. Beer is a light mouth feel with good carbonation levels.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a one finger frothy off-white head that left some sticky lacing. Pretty nice resiny and citrus hop aroma with minimal malt. The flavor is a bit harshly bitter for an APA. Just a little bit of hop flavor, it’s mostly bitterness. Light pale maltiness and a little bit of a lingering soapy note. Medium bodied with fizzy prickly carbonation. Don’t care for this one too much.
MarkBarnes (390) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dec. 27, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (fr. sampler 12-pack). Lovely dark amber pour; sustained head; malty aroma; sour citrus hops are nicely balanced by the candy-sweetness of the malt. The trademark Saranac harshness has, happily, been rounded-off in what may be one of this brewery’s better efforts. Would love to see this specialty brew promoted to a regular offering.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Thanks JoeMcPhee! Deep copper/orange pour with good clarity and an off white film of head. Buttery, stale maltose aroma with subdued citrusy hops. Thin bodied and over carbonated. Fairly dry, though with a light grainy note. Over-attenuated and papery. Prickly with faded hop character. Fizzy and restrained.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with a tiny head. Aroma is a bit toasted and grassy. Flavor is mild, a bit hoppy and grassy. Meh
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a buttery straw-gold with a thin white head. nose of sweet, spicy hops, pine, caramel, vanilla. flavor is spicy piney hops. sweet maltiness, honey, caramel, toast. finish is long and lightly bitter. dry. much better room temperature.
blipp (6970) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Floraly hop aroma with some light crackery malts. The flavor is balanced with some crisp floral hops and light pale malts. Medium bitter finish. Pretty good.
KYChemist (5) - Louisville, USA - DEC 21, 2009 does not count
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A mildly hoppy beer. It does not overwhelm the palate---not complex in flavor. A good beer after working outside nin the cold---accompaning a warm lunch.
argo0 (12119) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, peach, grapefruit, some bread, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, pine, grapefruit, light caramel/bread, peach. Light metallic in the finish. Light-medium body.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty hoppy brew from Saranac. Tastes like it’s been aggressively hopped, fairly bitter, nice amount of malts to even out the flavor, medium body. Great to stay warm on a bitter upstate NY night.