drjay44 (2968) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, shared at brew club. Pours a thin white head, over a clear light (SRM 7) amber body....nose is light cereal, light toffee/caramel, light floral honey.....taste is generally bitter, with minimal grapefruit, pine, light floral tones...mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. This is a fairly typical IPA. The rye seems hidden. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6
cballatore (15) - Phoenix, Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells of citrus and mild hops. Tastes sharp and bitter but relatively mild and smooth. Not a big flavor pop, just a run of the mill IPA in the long run.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a stemless wine glass. The beer pours a light copper color, with a moderate white head. The nose shows extensive age, lacking any real hop character, and instead showing medium English crystal malt notes, along with the telltale signs of oxidation. The palate lacks any hop character, whatsoever. However, it does show a nice caramel malt note, and a background fruity ester note that seems to betray the use of an English strain. Carbonation and mouthfeel are fine. The finish is malty and lightly fruity. Overall, it’s likely this example was restrained to begin with, and lost any remnant of hop aroma, bitterness, or flavor with age. Disappointing.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
21-Jan-10 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 24-Sep-10, Part of Handcrafted Beers gift set: Purchased 12-Jan-11 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Good grief, Saranac’s hoppy beers, i.e., the pale ales and IPAs, all taste about the same. This one features a dry, slightly toasty, but very generic malt base with a piney, lemony, and somewhat floral hop flavor. The main difference with this hoppy ale compared to their others isn’t the rye, which seemingly has minimal impact, but the more aggressive and prominent hop profile, especially the medium-plus bitterness that sticks to the palate for a long, very crisp finish. It’s light-medium in body with medium, slightly rough carbonation. The nose is only mildly fragrant, shyly offering piney and floral hops and cereal malts. The crystal-clear body is golden in color, and the whitish head pours to a fizzy, quarter inch before settling quickly to a thin ring. A few small patches of lacing stick to the glass. As usual, another inoffensive and stylistically accurate beer from Saranac aimed at the casual Sam Adams drinker. A firmer malt backbone would provide better balance and go a long way toward lifting this beer above mediocrity.
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Bottled: 10/04/10. Pours a clear pale gold color with a decent-sized antique white head. A crisp aroma of citrusy hoppiness, a little rye, a touch of corn, and some spiciness. Goes down thin, crisp, and refreshing. A mildly sweet start to the taste with some cereal graininess. Lemons and grapefruits at the end. A semi-bitter finish that leaves a lingering dryness. Some rye, pepper, and spiciness here and there. Another easily forgettable Saranac brew.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is sweet, faint citrus, and caramel - not nearly as bitter as I expected. Pretty weak for an IPA.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like Saranac. They always live up to whatever style they make, at least meeting the standard of each style. So when I saw this, a unique take on IPA with some rye introduced, I wanted to try.
A=Pale yellow to light orange. IPAs should always be darker in appearance. Decent but minimal head, OK lacing.
T&S= Bitter hops do come through, balanced by some malt then the rye, which is surely noticeable. Prety good, unique twist to an other average IPA.
M=Medium to above carbonation, average body for IPA.
Lighter on alcohol than most IPAs, but quit good, at least meets the standard. Can enjoy having more than a few.
jsmerig (1351) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of malt wheat bread and lemon. Amber color with a thin head. Citrusy sweet flavor with a hoppy offset and a dry crisp finish.
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 5 from the taster: Golden coloured brew with a fairly generous light tan head. Aroma is slightly spicy and toasty but mostly generic beer smell. The beer tastes quite interesting, spicy, slightly hoppy and a bit herbal. The palate is somewhat harsh, spicy and almost chemical tasting. Overall a decent beer, but could likely use some refinement
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Pours a clear golden-amber with two fingers of think white head. The head has okay retention and leaves behind some lacing.
S - Aroma has a mix of sweet malt, some light hops, and some citrus aromas. There is also a bit of bread smell that comes through.
T - Starts off with a sweet malt combined with a touch of hops and some rye flavor. Eventually the hops build up and are joined by the citrus flavors from the aroma. The finish is full of the sweet malt flavor, and the citrus and bitterness linger for a bit. Maybe a touch weak overall though.
M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The carbonation gives it a crispness, but overall it might be a bit too much, since it gives the beer a little bit of a watery feel.
D - Very drinkable. Especially with the carbonation, it stays really crisp and smooth. The mouthfeel could use a little more body and a bit more flavor overall, but it is still very refreshing as is.