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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A hop loverís delight! In the India pale ale tradition, this brew is very hoppy in both aroma and flavor from the generous amounts of Cascade hops used in brewing. Look for a medium to full body and golden straw color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
Bottle shared at NS tasting #2. Pours amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, light citrus, really hop lacking. Flavour is light moderate sweet and light bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation. Certainly not unpleasant, but lacking compared to other beers of the style.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beachboy12 (5) - East Aurora, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2013 does not count
A very nice IPA for the price point. Slightly amber in color with a pleasant hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewbie (465) - New York, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12oz bottle. hazy gold, fluffy white head. nice hop aroma, little bitterness in the taste, resin, light finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Garbage, just pure garbage. One of the worst saranac beers. If you can avoid it, do so.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
collinmb (66) - - JAN 27, 2013
A pretty delicious ipa, and easy to drink. A pretty golden amber color, and good lacing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle; copper clear, small beige head; aroma-very pleasant, caramel, hay, citrus, honey; taste-light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, lively, bitter finish. The aroma is really what makes this beer, accessible IPA but rather light on the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lightrider (328) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle into a goblet. Pour is a dark amber gold with a fine head. Aroma is light hop and co2. Taste is a nice bitter washed out with co2. Finish is a co2 bitter. Not a bad ipa for the cost.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
From memory here. The first IPA I ever tried. Bitter and one dimensional, but a decent intro to the style. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
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.

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