MrBeerFanatic (850) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light golden with a light white head. Light aromas of citrus and pine hops with barley and nut. Many light flavor here. Starts with light citrus hop, then a little pine, nut, and caramel. Crisp, bitter and clean. A little on the watery side.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A truly pale ale, but also a little light on flavor, besides for that hoppy after kick.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is sooo pale, paler than pale in fact. Palest of all pales. Alright, that’s enough. But seriously, it’s a really crisp beer with some noticeable hops in the taste. A slight bitterness is present, and it finishes very dry. Excellent on a hot summer day.
Ron (2499) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A clear golden ale. Decent white head and good carbonation. Some sweetness followed by hops. Not too many hops, that’s good. Crisp.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a pale golden color with a huge yellow-white head. The aroma was lightly fruity, floral and piney hops. The flavor was light fruity and floral hops with faint tangy malts. Decent balance. Mild but pleasant.
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice enough effort. They can’t seem to get over the hump to produce truly great beers, but Saranac has found a niche in the "slightly better than average" market. Decent hopping, with the American style in force. Easy to drink. Pleasant.
tgncc (2774) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, in fairness, it is paler than the standard American or English pale Ale. The color is a gold color, not like a pale lager, but not quite as red as a regular pale ale. Thick white head. The aroma is more or less like a standard pale ale, hoppy, citrusy, some caramel malt. The flavor is bread, caramel, nuts, mainly malts, slight citrus. There’s a lot more hops in the aroma than the flavor. The finish is citrus hops, mild, yet persistent. Decent pale ale overall. Saranac accomplished what they said they would with a pale ale that was truly pale.
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Clear gold pour with a little white head. Pretty strong aroma of citrusy hops and a bit of malt. Sweet, grapefruity taste with a malty finish. Fairly crisp but without sacrificing too much flavor. A better beer than I expected.
LilBeerDoctor (3440) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of bready/doughy malts, light citrus, and fruit hops. Flavor is sweet initially with a nice malty, bready finish. Slightly on the sweet side. Easy to drink, decent beer.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of blossoming floral hops, citrus hops, cracker and french bread malt. Flavor highlights the hops with a basic, pale malt background. Sharpness coming from somewhere, not sure if it was some astringency or just biting carbonation, but it detracted from an otherwise very enjoyable brew.