cheap (5231) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well, I guess anything can be india style anymore? Sweeter candy like aroma, with processed hops in the background. Smells fairly potent. Brownish somewhat cloudy pale pour with pond scum for a head. Yep, somewhat strong IPA feel to it but does not approach the piercing flavor of many popular IPA. Almost watery plastic at times. Nice photo on front of bottle. Saranac, so many, so few days! Finish is astringent saddle leather. Background of green grapefruit rinds. I’m guessing around 6% alky?
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decoction brew with all the good ol C Hops? Sounds right up my alley! Slightly cloudy deep reddish brown with a nice tan head. It smells actually not nearly as hoppy as I expected though its there for sure, alongside some caramel malts. The taste is hoppy but also slightly fruity and sweet, an interesting pale ale. Overall this beer is good but not what I was hoping for out of it. Id say their Big Moose Ale should be the india style ale, and this one should be the big moose.
obguthr (5492) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly mushroomy barley malt aroma with dried leaves. Clear copper, medium cream colored head, good lacing. Tangy cherries and dried leaves. I can see what Saranac is going for, but others have tried with much better success. This, while somewhat enjoyable, is merely an ordinary amber.
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bottled: 09/22/10. Mine says 6% ABV. A slightly hazy amber pour with a smallish khaki head. A well-balanced aroma that features equal parts caramel/bready maltiness and pine/grapefruity hoppiness. Thin to medium-bodied and kinda crisp on the way down. The taste starts with some standard caramel/bready qualities along with a slightly toasted maltiness. Ample bittering grapefruitiness at the drying end. A touch of pepper in the mix there too. Definitely sessionable.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste is a bit maltier than your average ipa but still has a certain amount of kick to it. Not too bitter, not too complex, but it’s pretty tasty and very smooth. Definitely worth the price of admission.
jsmerig (1464) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden brown. Aroma is toasty. Taste is nicely balanced with a crisp dry finish and a pleasant lingering maltiness.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
21-Jan-11 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 22-Sep-10, Part of Handcrafted Beers gift set: Purchased 12-Jan-11 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) This beer tastes a lot like Saranac’s other pale ales and IPAs, just with a slightly firmer malty backbone. The malts are lightly sweet, medium toasty and a touch caramely, while the hops are floral and piney with moderate bitterness and a crisp finish. The mildly aromatic nose is floral and toasty. On the palate, it’s medium bodied and medium in carbonation with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Hazy, dark-amber in color with half an inch of off-white head that slowly recedes to a partial dusting, but leaves a wide ring of ice-crystal lacing at the top of the glass. Overall, an inoffensive IPA, light and easy to drink, great for the backyard party.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6544) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a slightly hazy orange-brown color with a small foamy beige head that produced a bit of lacing. The aroma was faint perfume and vague fruity hops with a touch of caramel underneath. The flavor was dryish, bitter and a bit toasty with a sour caramel and nut element and moderate perfume, floral and grapefruity hops. The finish was long, dry, bitter and hoppy. Medium body. Ok.
beerlover82 (229) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A=Light cloudy orange/amber with faint head and lacing.
T&S=Slight traces of malt backbone, with some hops coming in the background.
M=Medium bodied, maybe a little light.
Pretty good, too mild to be an IPA, but for an average regular ale, it meets the standard. Decent. Price is good
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is hoppy with a bit of malt to balance it out. Taste is hoppy and bitter with a light spice, not quite as malty as I was expecting, not bad though.