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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1377) - 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 (1182) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2020) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1889) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2012
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maxwelldeux (3667) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2027) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVBrU (61) - - OCT 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stampion (154) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2012
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (3822) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (5460) - Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks decent; a transparent orange with white lacing. Smells alright, but definitely malt-forward for an IPA. Tastes like it smells, but thin and unbalanced, with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Nope.

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