Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, with a touch of red and a thin head. A strangely muted nose....where is the Rye? Definitely a presence of hops and nestle crunch milk chocolate but extremely quiet. Aggressively hopped? On first taste I certainly taste the hops but not nearly as potent as I was led to believe. This being said, it works well because its accompanied by the promised spice and a dry but sweet rye that lingers endlessley and so delicate around the back of the palate. There is also the presence of pine and a touch of lime. The aggresive hops finally show their face on the finish as this one just leaves a stingy bitterness that hangs around for as long as you choose. A bold beast that plays possom at first but attacks relentlessly and doesn’t stop!
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, pours a clear, sudsy amber color. Aroma is not floral like a regular IPA but more spicy and citrusy. Taste is sweet and spicy with very little bitterness. Palate is smooth and agreeable. Nice crisp aftertaste. More like a Pale Ale than an IPA.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma shows aggressive piney notes, but with a somewhat unpleasant cattty overtone. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a thick rocky white head. Nice sticky lacing accompanies. Flavor starts off slightly nutty, but quickly amps up the hops with an earthy bitterness that lasts long into the finish. A bit on the thin side, I would have liked a bit stronger malt backbone. The rye plays a role in dry bitter finish.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 There is a special palce in my beery heart for saranac. First beer that I can remember that gave me a variety pack. Pours yellow oarnge some brown. Smell is hoppy mettallic indicator. First taste is resin and spruce sap laced with chewed up green grapefruit rinds. Oily soapy palate. Looks nice in glass. On style, tho perhaps average in the hopp ale effect. Long rude bittter linger. Nice looking carbonation in the glass but barely any in the mouth.
MarkBarnes (362) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dec. 28, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (part of an uneven winter sampler). Gold color; thin head; grapefruit aroma; slightly-sour & tart citrus flavor; palate is surprisingly astringent & dry. Another generally inoffensive, "variation-on-a-played-out-theme" brew from Upstate New York’s masters of it.
fsbw21086 (309) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Nice IPA. Crisp flavors with a generous portion of hops ( it is an IPA of corse). Tastes is refreshing and sharp. Good amount of carbonation and slight citrus flavors. I would drink a few more, but wouldn’t go out of my way.
Edit: gave 2 more points a year later picked up on a bit more earthy flavors which was appreciated
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep orange. Aroma is mild citrus and some toffee with the malted rye. Flavor profile is citrus, grapefruit, and a slight rye sharpness. Pleasant
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours gold with a thin head. Lightly sweet malt aroma with some faint notes of spicy hops. The rye malt is much more evident in the flavor, some light piny and floral hop notes combine to make a pretty decent winter IPA.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours clear pale straw gold with a fluffy off-white head. aroma is light, mostly bitter pine/slight mettallic and fruity notes with a slight spicy hoppiness. flavor is slightly bitter and spicy, rye comes more in the aftertaste, builds with time. finish is dry, bitter, long lasting. not as many ibu’s as i would have hoped, but not bad.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Small white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, some apricot, caramel. Light-medium body.