estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Straw color, small head, Cascady nose. Body lacks the strong malty backbone of the better IPAs; hops are evident but not assertive. This is typical Saranac: a mediocre example of the style.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
"IPA light". Decent head, looks OK. Not very hoppy.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle- Looks good in the glass but the flavor is weak for an American IPA. Could use some more hops.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hoppier than I expected. Nice sweet malts in the background. This is an easy drinkiní IPA
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was a pretty good IPA. Perhaps a little light for the color and the head wasnt the best, but it did have a nice citrucy smell and the flavor was nicely loaded with hops. Of course this is not one of those insanely hopped beers, but one that most people would enjoy.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not very hoppy, for an IPA. Iíve had some pale ales hoppier than this. Aside from that, thereís really not much else to the beer, so I donít think itís very good.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pasteurization killing flavor...damn it. Earthy nose, slome wood characteristics, slightly floral. Big white foamy head. Lovely golden hue. Looks good...Flavor is lacking. Malts first, but it just doesnt develop. Light bodied, thin, nothing happens in the finish except for some bitter hints, then the taste of wet socks. Saranac is disappointing me...
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 Nice looking IPA. The nose is woody/earthy. The palate is a prime example of a beer that has been ruined by pasteurization. Astringent bitterness. Watery and weak.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Simply put Iím a hop head and this IPA just does not do it for me. Like most Saranac brews it pours well and retains head with a reddish golden body. Lacks the hoppiness and spiciness I look for in an IPA. More IBUís please.
Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A good India Pale ale. Strong but not too strong on the hops. Good flavor. Good look in the glass. Nice hoppy aroma. A decent beer and a decent IPA, but not a great one.