BrewIPA (79) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich copper color and tastes great. Nice balance of citrus. One of the best beers in the Winter 12 pack.
MarkSachon (496) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the sampler case. I think Saranac made a good effort to compete in the arena of IPA’s and could come out in the "Best Effort" category. There are some complexities here that make for a rich drinking experience and you’d hate yourself for missing this one. In Pittsburgh, you can grab a case of Saranac samplers and save a considerable sum in doing so, bringing home twelve different beers to try. It’s a lot of fun and could open some eyes in the beer community.
thetmaxx (728) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from the bottle. Aroma is carmely and malt, thehops are dank. The flavor is much better on this bitter with a nice malt body. Overall OK. One of the best ambers I’ve had.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice color in the glass, it has a malty aroma. Taste is fairly smooth with a pretty strong taste of hops. There is also an herbal flavor to it. Crisp finish but not long.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear deep coppery with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is roasty caramel malt, hops. Tastes caramel malty, with a pronounced hop bill, good complexity, and a crisp hoppy finish. Gets a bit tart late.
LetsGoState (561) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is a sweet yet strong hop. Taste is a sweet roasted malt with a bitter hop bite. Overall not my style, but decent.
Scrapersnbeer (1392) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Saranac’s Beers of Winter #6. Smells like moderately hopped pale ale and looks like a stronger IPA. Nice malt-to-hops balance. Medium body and well carbonated. This beer is bitter and filling, and in my opinion the best in the winter pack. Didn’t think Matt could pull it off.
Tmoney99 (9988) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average to large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Moderate toasted malt & hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.
TheGB (476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a 1" head. Nice aroma of malt, honey and hops. Light to medium bodied with a nice palate and a pleasant hop balance. Not bad.
johnnnniee (1955) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark copper color that borders on brown with a decent sized fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a cap with moderate lace. Smells of hops and malt. No really. Citrus in the form of grapefruit and lemon bits of pine, with bready caramel malt backing it up. Taste is more caramel than hops, but still remains tasty. Medium body and carbonation level with a slick mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one, its probably the best I’ve pulled from the mixed 12 pack so far. There are better IPA’s out there, but this one is still tasty.