DCLawyer (1172) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle-> SA. Gold with frothy white head. Aroma: wet hops and pine. Taste is flat, wirth some bitter hops and a slight metallic aftertaste. Below par.
BMMillsy (974) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From memory here. The first IPA I ever tried. Bitter and one dimensional, but a decent intro to the style. Meh.
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Chad9976 (1027) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saranac IPA is exactly what it should be: a by-the-book India Pale Ale for a fairly mainstream audience. Thereís no bells and whistles or hype with this beer. Itís a rather inconspicuous IPA that could be sitting on the shelf at a supermarket, gas station or even craft beer store near you. You get plenty of hoppy bitterness thatís well balanced and easily drinkable. Is it remarkable? No. Is it good? Yes.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker glass.
Appearance: Amber hue, crystal clear, some carbonation visible. Forms an average size, white, foamy head which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass and never evaporates completely.
Smell: Hop flowers; pale malt sweetness; plus a hint of pine needles.
Taste: Mild bitterness and slight malty sweetness opens the palate. Itís a sweet honey-like taste thatís mild for the style, but at the same time still noticeable. Thereís a somewhat sharp, dry bitterness from start to finish. Pine flavor without any resin or sticky character is detectable as well. The palate finishes with a quick, strong hop bite that imparts a subtle citrusy component. Thereís a bit of a starchy aftertaste that seems to be the logical conclusion of the palate.
Whatís interesting about Saranac IPA is that itís a simple recipe: one malt variety (North American Two-Row) and one hop variety (Cascade). That probably explains the rather simplistic and somewhat repetitive palate. This brew probably wonít amaze a lot of craft beer drinkers, but itíll still be at least satisfying. Thereís no off flavors at all, and the hop character and balanced palate make it interesting to the tongue. I like it.
Drinkability: At "only" 5.8% ABV, Saranac IPA is actually a bit small for the style. Thatís okay because its quaffability is nice. A perfectly medium body all around thatís easy to get down in sips or gulps. Though the aftertaste is a bit dry and pasty, itís par for the course. A good beer for burgers and football.
BrewBoxer (1565) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Fizzy looking tan color with no head. Smells hoppy, but the taste dissapoints. Very watery an boring IMO. I expecte this to have more flavor/boy then the lager but it does not. Eh.
chinchill (1024) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served in Sam Adams lager glass. Clear golden-amber with a typical head. Good carbonation but tad watery. Hoppy aroma, but less so than the average IPA. The flavor features good citrusy hops (Cascade but is a bit mild for the style. Lacking in character and complexity.
O: very drinkable [3.75]. Decent but mild IPA for price point.
maxwelldeux (2725) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate white head. The smell is a little skunky, actually, which surprised me. Taste is malty without being very bitter. Not a good IPA.
rondphoto (1269) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright clear copper with a rocky white head, plenty of carbonation bubbles rising through the drink, and big swirls of lace. This is a rather mild IPA with slightly bitter malt joining mild hops. The taste stays consistent through the finish. Drinikable, not memorable.
WVBrU (57) - - OCT 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured copper color. Smelled like floral hops, also got some citrus/grapefruit. Naturally, it is quite bitter and left a bitter aftertaste. Quite a bit of carbonation and light body.
Stampion (126) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Citrus Grapefruit hops to begin and finishes bitter, sort of like the rind of that same grapefruit. Pale in color (as the name implies). Not the best ipa out there, but it will do.
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Idiosynkrasie (2787) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. Clear amber colour with small, frothy, minimally lacing, white head. Fruity aroma has notes on tangerine, peach, lychee. Taste is minimally biting hoppy, slightly metallic, a grainy touch, unspecific fruity undertones. Too mainstreamed and "filtered" in the literal sense IMO.