Saranac India Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Taking an India Pale Ale to the next level, Saranac India Brown Ale has the malt backbone to carry the hoppiness you expect in an India Pale Ale. Carefully selected malts from North America and Europe are decoction mashed to highlight their character and the brew is complemented with generous amounts of Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
williamherbert (1508) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Reddish brown, very clear. Watery head looks like high tide; brown and watery. Crisp hops that give off a slight chlorine smell. Halfway between a pilsner and an IPA. Definite flowery hop aroma. Nice combo of a solid nut brown, slightly sweet but dry. Interesting combination of the two. The dry, nutty malt matches the mild, grassy and flowery hop. Decent. The feel is thin, but smooth enough. Drinkable and not at all heavy. It’s a decent beer, nothing really special. Sweet, hoppy in a mild/flowery way, and has that just touch of chlorine flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a mostly white head. Grainy, caramel malts with a light earth y note a bit nutty with a hint of citrus. Decent offering, but DFH does it much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours a clear burnt orange with a fluffy beige head and patchy lace. On the nose are piny and lightly citric hops with a solid malt backing (perhaps some chocolate malt in there). Right after the pour it’s all about the hops, but after the head subsides, they take a step back and assume a supporting role. On the light side of medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is soft and creamy transitioning to a bitter finish that turns a bit astringent and tinny in the aftertaste. The flavor is of round somewhat chocolaty yet nondescript malt with earthy slightly piny hops in support. In the flavor, the "C" hops taste more like earthy/herbal British varietals...weird. The aroma, on the pour, was quite promising, but overall this beer just left me wondering what other beers I had in the fridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Brown in color with a small off white head. Aroma of some sharp crystal malt, light chocolate, some light citrus hops- seems faded. Taste has some chocolate malt, a touch of metal, some stale hops. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009

Date: May 09, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: clear dark red, fine off white head
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, lots of floral and earthy hops
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, lots of earthy hops keep it pretty dry, touch of nutty character, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hubcrawler (37) - , Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Pours a vermillion copper with a cream colored head that is reasonably sustainable. Strong aromas of toasted malt and spice with a fainter sense of hops. The flavor did not relate to the nice aromas previously described- there was a hint of sourness. The feel was a little thinner than expected, however, it was relatively smooth. This beer could have been better, but as is, it is average

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Coppery brown depths sparkle cheerfully at me from within their new home, my glass. A toppling khaki head crumbles into large clumps of soft foam which also, amazingly, stick to the sides of my glass. Impressive. But that was just her pour; how does the nose and palate fair? Warm brown spices, nuts, cinnamon, and lemon zest grab my attention while soft, chewy bready malts offer solid support. As I savor her nose, I notice a creeping sour, almost rotten funk in the back of her otherwise delicious bouquet. Now that I have noticed it, the rotten funk is rather prominent. My first quaff is thin and unassuming with the sour, moldy bread I smelled in her nose nipping at the tip of my tongue and back of my throat. Waxy lemon skin tries to find balance with very faint nuts and spice with cinnamon sprinkles. No chewy bready malt presence to her body at all, unlike the promise her nose gave me. Each quaff is as unpleasant as the first, and alas, I find myself pouring the rest of my glass.

I really wanted to like this beer. Brown ales, especially India-style Brown Ales, are delectably delicious, but something was horribly wrong with this one from Saranac. It wasn’t flat. The nose was almost perfect. No notable skunk of any chemical variety. Keeping all that in mind, I come to the conclusion it was just a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours a crystal clear light amber color, with a small light tan head. Smells of some light hops and caramel, and burnttoast aroma as well. the flavor is pretty toasty as well, with a nutty character to it, and subtle hoppness shows up in the finish. Light dark fruit presence is detectable as well. Just an average brown, but drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle… Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is all about caramel and spicy, metallic, peppery hops. Medium-bodied with stinging carbonation. Modest caramel and brown sugar sweetness balanced by medium hop bitterness. A touch beefy as well. Short, crisp, mostly clean finish. Bottle courtesy of mgumby10!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle from a mixed pack on 02/14/2009. Clear copper brown body with a medium frothy tan head. Sweet nutty aroma with a bit of earthy hops. Dry caramel, malt and nutty flavor, slightly grainy, with a bit of earthy hops in the background. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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