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.
trapped (1418) - New York, TURKEY - AUG 3, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber orange with off-white foamy head, floral aroma, high carbonation, thin body, slightly metallic hoppy taste, medium bitter finish. The hops bitterness is a bit off.
kingofthemtn (46) - - JUL 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp and refreshing the hops still outweigh any malt flavor. I dub this beer IPA-light. A little more malt flavor and a little less carbonation and this would be a perfect pale ale for me.
Travlr (16405) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of subtle caramel. Taste is light caramel.
slowrunner77 (7199) - 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. I’m not a fan of English style pales generally and on top of that, this is an average one.
Borresteijn (5467) - Zaandam, 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 it’s a bit old already, nevertheless an easy and enjoyable beer.
mstrcrwly (697) - 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 that’s about it.
666ale (74) - 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 (5638) - 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-süßliches Bier. Schöne hopfenaromatische Note, die etwas unter der Süße liegt, Nicht zu ausgeprägt, süffig-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. There’s 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. It’s certainly hoppier than most standard EPAs, but too malty to be a proper APA - and the malts aren’t the kind that strike me the right way.
T: Looking at is as an English-style pale ale, it’s 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. They’re the textbook crystal malts (blegh), and I don’t like them. Having said that, this is just dry enough where I’m 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, it’s disappointing that this has a sweeter, heavier feel. It’s not undrinkable per se, just not at all effortless.
O: It’s honestly mildly successful as an English-style pale ale...but a failure as a ’Murican pale ale. I don’t even like (most) EPAs, so this one is a misfire to me. A tick is a tick, though.
joejames (364) - 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.