KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a clear dark golden copper with a thin (less than 1 finger) fizzy white head that dissipated rapidly and had no lacing at all.
The aroma was of a toasted caramel malt, a floral hop and an earthy yeast with slight notes of citrus, honey and a touch of some dried fruit.
The taste was quite malty with a hint of honey and a mild fruitiness at the start and finished mildly hoppy with a nice note of citrus and a touch of sweetness at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time proceeding the swallow which allowed for the bitter citrus flavor to really take hold.
Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than medium in body and had a dry texture with almost prickly carbonation.
Overall a well rounded Pale Ale with a very enjoyable bitter sweet aftertaste.
slowrunner77 (6707) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle - spicy and fruity hop nose is light but pleasant. Feel and flavor fall a little flat. Iím not a fan of English style pales generally and on top of that, this is an average one.
Borresteijn (5244) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
35cl Bottle from drankgigant.nl., as Our Pale Ale. Slightly hazy copper/amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of subtle hops, light citrus, lots of caramel, crystal malts. Flavour is likewise, light fruity, light toast, crystal malts, caramel, decent hoppy bitterness. Light bodied. I think itís a bit old already, nevertheless an easy and enjoyable beer.
mstrcrwly (600) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
drank straight from the bottle..aroma of pine,florals,resin...crisp,some hop bitterness..but thatís about it.
666ale (73) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber.tight foam.light frizzy body.some hops, dry, grains. Light bitterness. Auful beer
Erzengel (5078) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
* Old rating, 355 ml, 2010. Malzig-sŁŖliches Bier. SchŲne hopfenaromatische Note, die etwas unter der SŁŖe liegt, Nicht zu ausgepršgt, sŁffig-frisch. Nett.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. Thereís a little under two fingers worth of off-white colored head, and the retention is actually quite good. Plenty of lacing is left behind, as well.
S: There is a slight hoppiness to the nose, floral in nature. But primarily, the strongest note is caramel and toffee from the malts. Itís certainly hoppier than most standard EPAs, but too malty to be a proper APA - and the malts arenít the kind that strike me the right way.
T: Looking at is as an English-style pale ale, itís a bit hoppier than the norm, thankfully. Herbal, piny bitterness hits the palate first, albeit in a restrained fashion. After the midtaste, the caramel-laden malts come to the forefront. Theyíre the textbook crystal malts (blegh), and I donít like them. Having said that, this is just dry enough where Iím almost not bothered by them. But damn, I wish this had even more hops.
M: Kind of sweet...given how the last two Saranac beers were pretty damn dry, itís disappointing that this has a sweeter, heavier feel. Itís not undrinkable per se, just not at all effortless.
O: Itís honestly mildly successful as an English-style pale ale...but a failure as a íMurican pale ale. I donít even like (most) EPAs, so this one is a misfire to me. A tick is a tick, though.
joejames (310) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear amber, quick head, some lacing. Aroma of pine and caramel. Tastes about the same on the sweet side. Light bodied, medium carbonation, soapy mouth feel. Finishes lightly bitter with notes of herbs, caramel, pine and a little metallic. Average.
JaKeAFC (665) - ITALY - NOV 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Saranac Pale Ale (US) - EPA - 5.5% 2.8/5
35 cl bottle, bb dec.2014. Copper color, short but lacing offwhite head. Hoppy nose. Aroma is sharp, hoppy with soap and citrus, yeast and burnt wood, yucky at first, donít lnow if this bottle is too aged, but feels like homemade, alcoholic already. Taste is quite sour. Caramel malts and slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Quite solid EPA but not astonishing.
GuideDogSaint (727) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
33o ml bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours hazy amber with a dissipating white head. Aroma is malt and pine. Bitter metallic finish. Watery. Distinctly underwhelming.
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I remember this being one of the first "microbrews" I had back when I was 16 as this was one of the few available. When Peteís Wicked Ale was chocolatey hopped goodness long before they were bought by coors and reformulated to schwag. This pale ale is English instyle, malts offer notes of caramel, balanced bland hop profile gives a somewhat apple cider flavor. being an hour from where this is brewed and its mass production I will inevitably have this again when Iím stuck needing a beer and this is the domestic micro brew available.