Slimcane (11) - Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big hop flavor and hoppy finish. Other flavors seem muted by the hop flavor. Not a bad beer. It just isnít my taste in beers.
sjohnny (305) - - DEC 29, 2012
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Very hoppy grapefruit aroma. Pours a red gold with a white thin head. Pine-sol. Thin, lame, harsh, mop water.
BeerFanDan17 (945) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crispy and slightly citrusy ale. Unique hoppy notes with some sour fruit hints in the palate. Pours golden.
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Joealpizar (23) - - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer for the winter time. Taste is mild bit not to mild. Light brown mildly cloudy. Suggest to people you are just getting into seasonal ales.
scarletfire65 (826) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Winter Variety pack. Aroma is citrusy cascade hops. Medium bodied, reasonably flavorful, dry bitter finish. Slightly astringent.
MercyDevice (313) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-gold body, with a full head. Has citrus, pine, and spice notes, with medium hop bite. I was expecting something a bit more flavorful but itís not bad.
drjay44 (2333) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear pale amber (SRM 10) body....nose is pine, citrus tending toward orange, toffee/caramel....taste is toffee/caramel, leading to pine, citrus bitterness which lingers.....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. This is a reasonably balanced APA. It is not as heavily hopped as many in the style which makes it a bit more "English"j except that all the hops used are American. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6
unclemattie (3900) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pale orange color, white head. Aroma of hops. Loads of citrus hops aromas, dry-hopped on top of a musty smelling malt backbone. Sharp hop bitterness, pine resin bite. Finishes with the grassy hop character of my dadís beer. (3546)
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saranacís Pale Ale is the breweryís flagship beer, but itís actually an English-style pale ale. "Big Moose Ale" is essentially the American-style equivalent of that beer, but itís only available as a winter seasonal. Thatís a bit of a shame because this is exactly what I look for in a brew of the style: big flavor with genuine hop bitterness thatís well-balanced and highly drinkable.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.
Appearance: Dark copper body, crystal clear, some carbonation visible. Forms an average size, yellowish, soapy head which mostly dissipates but still leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Orange candy scent plus a hint of pine needles and some confectionery sweetness.
Taste: I appreciate Saranac Pale Ale for its subtlety, but the Big Moose Ale is bit more overt in its delivery. Strong hop bitterness from the get-go, along with noticeable caramel and toffee sweetness. Thereís a distinct resiny character, especially through the middle of the palate, that imparts some astringency and piney flavor. It finishes with a sharp hop bite before fading away fairly clean.
This is a satisfying drinking experience and Iíd bet if this beer were made by a brewery with a bit more "indie cred," craft beer nerds would be rating this much higher than they are. I like it better than Saranacís flagship pale ale, but much like that beer I wouldnít say this is anything world-class or earth-shattering. Itís just a solid beer thatís a little more solid than others.
Drinkability: "Crisp" is a word that comes to mind in describing how Saranac Big Moose Ale drinks. The body has a distinct carbonation presence, but is not overly fizzy. The mouthfeel has plenty of energy from the hops, but isnít intense by any means. Iím actually impressed they were able to get so much body out of only 5.3% ABV. Itís an efficient brew thatís for sure.
Wiszard (19) - Derry, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice clear amber color with a medium body and minimal head that lasts. Carbonization is average. Good Pale Ale taste of hops. Overall a slightly above average beer.