BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color. Thin white head that disappears quickly. Smells of spice. Taste is a little bitter, not to bad. The spice is a nice flavor. I look forward to this beer every year.
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark orange/brown with a moderate linen white head that disappeared before mid-glass. More malt in the aroma than pumpkin, with allspice, cinnamon and cloves all present as well. The flavor again is more malt than pumpkin, with the same pumpkin pie spices well represented. In fact, it is fair to say the spices are much more present in the nose and flavor than the pumpkin itself. Light, slightly thin mouthfeel. My first new pumpkin ale this season!
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Different. Pours clear brown with light head. Smells of strong spices with beer in the background. Taste nice again with lots of pumpkin spice taste. Finishes sweet. A little heavy on the spice but a nice brew.
mrant (330) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of sweet malts with hints of pumpkin pie spices. Pours a very nice dark amber with a small head. Taste is sharply malty followed by pungent spices. One of the best pumpkin ales Iíve tried.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 Saranac Pumpkin Ale is a very clear, sparkling amber ale with a creamy off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a strong aroma full of cinnamon, with notes of tangy pumpkin, vanilla and nutmeg. It has a fluffy medium body with a chalky finish. It pretty much tastes like cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. It has a light bitterness and a good balance. Itís spicy and tasty.
[previous rating, 8 Sep 2007]
Saranac Pumpkin Ale is very sparkling and amber. Itís crystal clear. There is a small white head on it for a moment and then itís gone. The aroma is of nutmeg, allspice, garam masala, etc. It is very wooden. Cinnamon takes the place of hops. Vanilla is detected, but not pumpkin. What stops it from smelling like root beer is the pale malt presence. It has a medium-light body thatís a little watery. Itís slightly sudsy-- a large and soft carbonation. Itís dry in the mouth and reasonably smooth. The flavor is mellow. It starts with pale malt extract and then moves to cinnamon, coke syrup and maybe orange peel. This is met at the end with a light flick of what seem to be noble hops. A roasted flavor comes through in the aftertaste. It maintains its woodenness throughout. Reasonably complex. Nice! Autumny! Wicked label! I want to chug this when the leaves change.
[aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 3/5, Flavor: 7/10, Palate: 3/5, Overall: 14/20]
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated while drinking: Pours a dark amber color with a nice fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of sweet sugary malts and something spicy or herbal like. Pretty rich aroma. Flavor is even richer. Lots of pumpkin pie and all the attributable spices. Taste cascades down the throat from the lips. Aftertaste lingers for an indefinite amount of time. Canít wait to take the second sip! Mouth feel is slick and carbonated, and very drinkable. All in all I am very impressed by this Saranac offering. I was looking forward to trying it, and now that I did, I want MORE.
jb (2785) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was pleasantly surprised by this. I thought itíd be bland, but dang, itís like a nice slice of pie just like my tasting buddy Ron said. Nice autumn color, decent head, well carbonated, spice and malt aroma, with nutmeg primarily in the malt along with some sweetness, tasty!
3fourths (8989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet candied pumpkin pie nose. Very sweet taste as well, with a moderately thick texture on the tongue, within the pumpkin beer style, that is. Moderate amount of squash flavor, but still sweeter than most, with some light fruit notes and a heavy cracker and caramel malt base. A very good pumpkin beer, one of the better ones I’ve had this yeas so far.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. orange brown with light cream head. light aroma of grains and malt. flavor is sweet caramel malt and a slight sour vegetable element - gives an impression of pumpkin seeds... but that may just be influenced by the label. there is some spice on the exhale/aftertaste - cinnamon and clove are the most noticeable. on the whole though, the palate is quite thin and the taste isnít extremely pleasant. its definitely drinkable, but not the rich flavor i was hoping for.
LinusStick (3159) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad of a pumpkin beer. Pour was a dark amber with a suprising 2 finger off white head. Aroma was so so. Pumpkin does not jump out at you, but spiciness does. Taste was mostly spices with a pumpkin aftertaste and a metallic finish.