Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
New spring beer for this season. The idea of a very hoppy lager is gaining some traction lately, with so-called IPL’s popping up from various brewers. This one doesn’t smell resinous as expected, but rather has the metal-caramel aroma of many Saranac ales. It is a dark orange like an amber ale, and visibly carbonated. Very bitter up front, but unfortunately the malt flush washes it right out before the finish. This is not an unpleasant effect necessarily, it just isn’t what I expected. Hoppy Vienna lager anyone? I would get this out at a bar, as it is light bodied and refreshing while still flavorful.
EithCubes (4634) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, BB JUN 30 2014. Nose is lightly bready, strongly of pils malt, very clean and lightly grassy, citrus, light herbal, wonderful aromatics straight out of the bottle. Clear, richly golden pour with lots of slow-moving carbonation, sudsy off-white head. Crisp medium body, lightly bitter, lightly sweet, getting light fruit under the citrus, some melon; floral and herbal, with malt pushed back from center a bit. Lightly spicy, very very bg contribution from the etoh (and a positive one). Shocked at how much I’m enjoying this, some really nice hop flavors that one normally must strain and search to find.
Oop, there it is, I knew there had to be a flaw: too-buttery finish, really noticeable after a few ounces. Doesn’t really detract for me, though.
RxForHealth (135) - - APR 4, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
As lagers go, this one is not bad. Looks like a typical lager in the glass with a head the disappears almost immediately. The aroma is typical lager with a bit of hops. The pallet is a bit more interesting, you can definitely taste some hops with some traditional lager wet cardboard. The finish is fairly mild and not unpleasant. As lagers go, it's decent. But as beers go, you can do much better.
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crazyvin (1859) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear golden body with a white head that had good retention and some lace. Sweet malts. Floral hop presence initially. There was a mild sense of corn and a hint of talcum powder. Flavor was well balanced. Good crisp lager characteristics. Hops were slightly bitter but mostly floral. Flavor was overall mild but the flavors worked. Enjoyed this beer.
rcasta (813) - EL SALVADOR - MAR 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Saranac Dry Hop Lager is brewed with North American and German malt using Perle, Mittlefruh and Saphir hops in the kettle. In aging, we dry hop with Opal, a new variety known for its citrus and herbal characteristics, and Taurus, a unique new variety with wonderful aromatic qualities. Lagers aren’t typically dry hopped, but we wanted to showcase a lager blooming with hop flavor and aroma. You’ll experience a medium body with subtle malt notes to round out this uniquely hopped brew. Cheers!
pinkie (427) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours true gold. Amber. Has a fat off white head that lasts and left lace. Clear but does not have too many lager bubbles floating upwards. Nose is really nice! Bright with floral and a touch of sweet grain. A hint of nutty flavor and light sweet grass. Taste is really good. Cracker malt that becomes a bit breaddier as it warms, lightly sweet. The dry hops add a bit of weight to the mouthfeel from the oils they left behind. The carbonation on mine was a bit flat and I did not hear a big "pfffft" when I opened the bottle. It could have had more carbonation to crisp it up a bit. Very clean and the hops did not impart any fruitiness or bitter. A touch of drying in the finish. I like it. Well done Saranac.
Shanebrews (133) - - MAR 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
For supposedly being 30 IBU and dry-hopped during aging there is not much hop presence in the nose, but what is there is pleasant. The appearance is unremarkable, a gold color with modest head. The taste is also unremarkable, a smooth malt with a bit of hop and a short finish. All of this makes for a bland sipping experience.
snoworsummer (1611) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle. Pours clear amber with a fizzy white head. Tastes like malt, wheat, some yeast, and a cider feel. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like cool malt and grains.
sonnycheeba (3049) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours clear gold with creamy white head. Aroma is cereal and pale malts, lager yeast, light toast, and faint citrus. Flavor is dry malts, light toast, faint caramel, and faint bitterness; dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours gold with off-white head. Nose is grainy malt, mild hops. Tastes light on the palate, dry, with finishing hops and pale malt. Thank you, sir, but I will not have another.
Butters (3686) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the mix pack. Clear golden pour with a fair layer of offwhite head. nose is stanky citrus and slight metallic twinge. Flavor is much more powerful than expected. Nice pleasant earthy/dusty hop flavor complements a fairly sweet mild toasted caramel backbone. Actually enjoyed this a bit. And unlike many of the older saranacs, it doesn’t seem watered down!