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 (2313) - 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 (4456) - 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 (1065) - 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 (2612) - 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 (3296) - 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.
puboflyons (1818) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 1109-0824. The pour is a rusty-amber color with next to no lacing or head. The aroma is most definitely sharp and sour like some kind of fruit-flavored malts. The mouthfeel is rather watery although not entirely but the flavor has the same sharpness and tartness as the aroma. There were also noticeable hops in the taste and it ended kind of dry. I wasn’t as impressed as others.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear gold with lively carbonation and one finger head. Aroma is primarily grassy hops with a slight floral aspect. Malt character takes a back seat with only hints of grain coming through. Flavor is very one sided. Starts with a resinous hop kick, slowly subsiding into a bit of an astringent and watery example of the style. Palate is quite thin, finishing crisply and partially dry.