Braudog (5354) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nearbeer (3283) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
mekkab99 (1) - USA - FEB 9, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
TuckahoeJoe (12) - Tuckahoe, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dman999 (15) - - SEP 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hoppy bite. Balance with substantial malt body and mouthfeel. Nutty malt taste. This brew has great character!
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2000
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Rock8899 (3) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Its defiantly not pal in color as it pours a beautiful golden amber color with excellent clarity. The head foams up thick and white then thins out to a small thin cap. The aroma is full of fine English hops that are floral and pleasing. The hops are up front on the tongue and give a nice citrusy and earthy character to the flavor. Malts are lighter and add just enough sweetness and toasted flavor to the beer. The palate is smooth with a medium body and a crisp finish that make it oh so drinkable.