HopTsing (400) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
It’s ok. I’m not a huge fan of real hoppy beer, I do enjoy a little hop som-n, som-n.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear copper with foamy dissipating head. Smells like bread and lemon. Very set. Hard mouthful. Sweet ness lingers.
ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is very subdued...mild earthy/nuttiness. Flavor has nuttiness and roastiness...somewhat bland...a cheap sweetness of some sort. Mouthfeel is light and a bit lively. Finish has a bit of roast and tastes of dry leaves. Saranac is consistent...in mediocrity.
BrewIPA (79) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, pours coppery red. This beer has a very nice appearance with lively carbonation and good head. Decent tasting lager but the finish is a bit off for me.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Honey amber in color with a nice head. Aroma of bread and malt. Taste has caramel with a little allspice. Not a bad beer.
Jow (1816) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saranac brew #4 of x-mas eve thanks to brother in law winter mix pack. pours standard amber. tastes of toasted malt, earth, caramel, light bitterness and slightly sticky on palate.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Frank Smith’s out of a winter variety pack. Pours clear deep coppery ruby with minimal off-white head and a lot of carb streams. Nose is German malt, yeast, resiny hops, vinous fruit. Tastes caramel malty, earthy, nutty, with resiny hops late. Gets hoppier as it warms, and gains a maple flavor. Decent.
jgb9348 (4436) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2011
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cola coloured body with a thick dense, tan head - actually nice looking. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of roast, a little sweetness and not much else at all - perhaps some cardboad. Medium-bodied; Pungent roasty malt flavour with some rice sweetness and a bit of soy sauce and other funky flavours following behind. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, a bit too puingent and not showing much complexity at all. Overall, not such a great beer - deep and strong flavours and not in a good way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$1.19 sampled at home in Washington on 18-December-2011.
LetsGoState (561) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is a little concerning with some pale malts. Taste was better than expected with some nice bready malts and a little hops. Overall a good drinkable one.
bhensonb (10162) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a mixed box at the World Market in Davis, CA. Pours copper/amber with a 3 finger foamy yellowish head. Aroma is quite bready, but I’m not getting much hop. Med body. Flavor is sweetish roast caramel with something heavily roasted - but the hop is sort of only lightly present. That’s taste/flavor. In fact my tongue says there’s a lot of bitter here. But no grass, herb, etc. Still, it drinks ok.