ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
this has a nice body and some clean hop taste. is good for the price. Not too complex though, i dont think sarnac has mastered the EPA yet. . .
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yawning fruit and belching coriander…I don’t feel that good…
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful pour leaves you with a generous white head atop a copper body. Saranac does itself credit with the beer itself as well -- pleasant British hop aroma translates well into the flavor, with a solid malt underpinning in support. Clean finish. All told, a solid British-style pale ale.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice copper appearance and more hoppy than I really expected. I would love to try the IPA.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
best of the sampler (and only ale). color is right in between American and English pale ale colors - dark golden. this actually has a nice body -medium. very little head. malt and hop are fairly well balanced; they fight it out on your tongue at the end and the hops wins out by the judges vote. not bad.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 Clear orange with almost no head. Light grassy hops and light fruits in the nose, starts slightly bitter, and ends slightly sweet. Light bodied with a thin ending.
pilsnerrogge (2485) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, spicy hoppiness in this one!
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I get these when i’m kinda broke but still want a decent beer. could be a little hoppier for my tastes.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a few bottles of this after I took the kids swimming. This brew pours a sparkling
copper. The generous off-white creamy head has good lacing and is fully lasting. The
nose is perfume, resin, and cheese. The flowery flavor is fairly well balanced with a warm
spiciness, but tastes a little soapy for my liking. The finish is long and bitter. The medium
body is creamy/dry and lively with a finish that feels somewhat alcoholic, and somewhat
astringent. None of the beers in my Saranac Trail Mix Sampler sixer tasted fresh, and this
one followed suit. In the world of English Pales, this one falls short.
ludi (32) - Reston, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It hasn’t altered my perception of life but it is an especially drinkable palate-pleaser.