Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think this is my first pumpkin beer. Copper pour, off white head with good retention. Aroma is spicy with some malt. Taste is malty, bready with some nutmeg. Not much pumpkin. Malty finish, slightly sour. Pretty good.
pforei (338) - USA - SEP 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Snifter glass. Pours an autumnal dark orange/brown hue with an outsized egg-shell colored head that quickly dissipates. Nutmeg and cinnamon highlights in the aroma supported by vanilla and caramel malt foundation. Taste is less complex than the aroma. Needs more pumpkin flavor. Thin body takes away from the havest season theme. Some bitterness and spice at the finish.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch dark amber, small white head. Aroma is pumpkin. Flavor is pumpkin, bready biscuit malt, caramel and hop bitterness. Thin and bland aber malts with all the pumpkin flavors riding along in the background. Itís ok.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orange amber color, med head. Caramel aroma with all spice. Not bad. Malty flavor, hint of pumpkin flavor, some spice, some crisp hop bite evident. Fairly smooth. Decent.
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spicy, malty aroma, somewhat pleasing. Color is a strange copper color, darker toward the center than on the edges. Pretty cool-looking. Slkight pumpkin and spice in the flavor, not very interesting. Thin mouthfeel, with a twinge of hops on the finish, or could that be the nutmeg/cinnamon? Definitely an ok beer, far from the best pumpkin ale this year.
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 (3605) - 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]