Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Medium to dark amber with a firm enough head that relatively quickly subsides. Very outdoorsy aroma, bit of the berry, bit of leafy forest aroma. Flavor wise, this gives one of the deeper berry textures I’ve found ... like a real dark berry, not the fruity syrupy sweetness you get from most berry-augmented beers.
SSSteve (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2006
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 light amber gold colored. slim to none filmy head. flat looking. flat tasting. some light toasted malt aroma. honey and toasty malt flavor. hint of raspberry. very much like an amber ale. the first of the summer sampler pack that i have been dissapointed with. everything is weak in this one. not good.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(bottle from kraggie97)light brown body,small head.mostly caramel malts with a hint of berries.
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber in color, head that dissapates quickly. I am not a fan of fruity beers but this was managable, that is to say I was able to drink the two that were included in the summer pack. Light berry flavor (raspberry?), sweet.
MarkBarnes (364) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aug. 1, 2006: 12 oz. bottle. Amber color; sour fruit aroma; taste is mostly water with vague sweet & fruity (go figure!) notes. Pleasant enough to look at, but no reason to ever try one again.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish-amber body with just about no head. Smells weak, but has berry and yeast overtones. Tastes bitter-sweet, but not too strong. Agreed with the last review - sweet and bland. Nothing special. Not one of the better ones in the multi-pack. Having said that, Saranac, knows how to do a multipack. The one I got this time was a 12-pack, but it had 6 different beers, which means that you get to try more beers for your money, and if you don’t like one, you’re only stuck with one other bottle of it. While I’m not impressed with the beer, I’m impressed with some of the others and the concept.
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle from Beers of Summer collection Note: Label is brown not red and ’BERRY’ is not in the name. However, based on the description this is the same beer.
Aroma: Sweet and malty with a hint of berry
Appearance:Slightly reddish amber brown. Head again is a major disappointment as usual with the Saranac offerering. Just does not sustain and is weak from the get go.
Flavor: This is the best of the 6 beers from Saranac I have tasted. Unfortunately that is just not saying very much. It is rather thin but it does have a nice sweetness to it that I liked.
Palate: Finishes fairly quickly and clean.
Overall: As stated this is the best of the Saranac beers sampled. Clearly a company too focused on trying to appeal to the masses instead of working on staying true to the style that they are attempting to produce. Of all of their beers though I could actually see drinking a few of these.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. (Beers of Summer) Pours a light red color with not much head. Nose is malty. Flavor is very thin and weak. I would have no idea what this beer was unless I read the description. Sweet and bland. Not a very good attempt from Saranac.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, secondary hops. Taste is sweet caramel malt, light hops. OK carbonation. Label says Mountain Ale, but as others have, I’ll figure this is the same beer based on description. Wouldn’t have known there were berries in it other than the sweetness.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pink tinted amber coloured beer. Thin white head. Sweet raspberry aroma, some light caramel malt, a touch of honey. Flavour is quite sweet and candyish. Enough malt to let you know it’s beer, but not enough to make it good. Flavour-wise come across like a sweet mead. A bit too sticky for me though.