MarkBarnes (364) - 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 (3028) - 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 (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, 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 (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, 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 (11124) - 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.
PhatB420 (531) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a nice, solid, pale ale. Hard to the nose with the hop/malt combo the distinct flavorful cirtus intrusion settles nicely within reason. This is a solid pale ale.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from the winter sampler. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of leafy and slightly herbal hops with a nutty maltiness. Taste is bitter herbal and spicy hops. Medium bodied. Decent and fairly bland.