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RATINGS: 894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Saranac Pale Ale is a classic English Pale Ale brewed with six specialty malts and aggressively-hopped with hand-selected English Kent Goldings & Fruggles hops. Look for a rich fruity hop bouquet. A copper amber color and a smooth, full-flavored taste with a crisp finish that only comes from a genuine top fermented ale. Enjoy!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5758) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
True amber color with excellent head and activity. Sweet grain aroma. Nice freshly bubbled mouthfeel, well balanced sweet malt with understated hoppy citrus. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (3750) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2007
355 ml. Orange-copper with a large creamy head that lasts and leaves beautiful lace. Nice big nose of toffee, spicy berries in cream, and split oak. Front is caramel apple and spicy berries, handing off to some quality bitter flavors of toasted nut, pekoe tea leaf, and wooden aging barrel that take it to the house. Palate is medium-bodied and smooth, with a dry finish. Awesome example of the style, and a great session brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mekkab99 (1) - USA - FEB 9, 2002 does not count
I dig saranac; its a cost benefit analysis compromise. Flavor in a 6 pack for 5 bucks and change. I agree with hey_kevin about it warming up a bit. And don’t even compare this to rolling rock! (insert rolling rock ’sex in a canoe’ metaphor here)

4.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 This ale had a great aroma to it. Very hoppy and well balanced with a little bit of malt. Copper in color. I thought this was a full bodied ale. It was very good. It was a pleasant ale to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TuckahoeJoe (12) - Tuckahoe, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2006
How anyone can recognize this beer as anything but a great pale ale is beyond me!. Althiugh I find some of the Saranac offerings quite ordinary, their Pale Ale is exceptional: A full citrus/floral aroma, a rich color and lasting head, a broad flavor with plenty of hops, and a pleasant finish--the quintessential Pale Ale. My only critisizm is that it is not as consistant as a more establashed brand such as Sierra Nevada. (But I prefer it anyway) Like a fine cabernet, it is complex and sophisticated and goes well with stong flavored foods like barbecued ribs or sushi.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dman999 (15) - - SEP 8, 2013
Good hoppy bite. Balance with substantial malt body and mouthfeel. Nutty malt taste. This brew has great character!

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
khart0126 (3) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
More than an "okay" beer. Some of these comments are flat silly. This is a nice tasting beer, pours copper and tastes great.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2000
Pretty tasty for a pale ale. This is one of my faves from Saranac. Nice hoppy aroma, but it sits well on the palate and goes down smooth. Great drinkability.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rock8899 (3) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2002 does not count

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2004
A delicious, fun and refreshing pale ale. Refreshing too. Straightforward hops and less buttery than a Bass Ale. Very crisp. Not too heavy. A nice dry and chalky finish. The KENT GOLDINGS and FUGGLES hops are aromatic, citrusy and pure.


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