pushkinwow (2551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
341ml bottle picked up from a grocery store in Ogdensburg. Clear golden amber with a white head that fades relatively quickly. Bit of malt, light and somewhat wet hops. Moderate to high carbonation, mild body, malty and slightly sweet, becomes dry with a decent bitterness at the end. Up front not much to speak off with an ok ending.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Floral, resinous hop aroma with an earthy, grassy quality thatís countered by citrus fruit and pale malt. Some nice earthy pine needle followed by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Faint biscuit and graham cracker malt. Decent balance of earthy and citrus hop notes.
Medium bodied with a floral hop presence up front that provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the citrus fruit and pale malts into a dry, astringent finish. Some nice grassy and piney flavor that is quickly countered by subtle citrus rind and an odd metallic spice/yeast character. Iím not sure if itís the yeast that they use but all of Saranacís beers have an odd, off-putting taste that lingers in the finish. All of the citrus notes from the nose are completely muted and it results in a beer that has some decent hop flavor that is killed off mid-palate.
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bitter herbal hops and toasted malts. The taste is bitter herbal hops, faint apple and not much else. Thin-medium bodied. Meh.
Rotbart (155) - - JUN 20, 2012
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Gold in color with a white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hoppy aroma with a strong bitter taste and a carbonated bitter aftertaste. Once and done.
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve always thought describing an IPA as "sessionable" was a fallacy. Beers of this style are deliberately hoppy and hops arenít refreshing and can dry you out. Saranac Session IPA is about as close as weíre going to get to making an IPA with genuine taste that you can drink multiple servings of without wearing out your palate or your metabolism.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a shaker glass.
Appearance: Gold to pale yellow color; crystal clear body with plenty of carbonation visible. Forms an average size, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates but leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Light citrusy aroma with floral fragrances and a hint of black pepper like a saison.
Taste: I wasnít expecting a robust, complex palate out of Saranac Session IPA, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got one. Distinct hop bitterness right from the get-go followed by slightly tart citrusy flavor, especially of lemon and some orange. The second half is very pleasant as it has a malty nuttiness to the palate often found in British pub style ales. Itís reminiscent of something youíd taste in a darker ale rather than an IPA. Itís a pleasant sweetness and balances out the palate quite nicely and effectively. Thereís a tiny hop bite right at the end, but the finish is completely clean (with a hint of lemonpeel). Iím genuinely taken aback by how delectable the palate is. I definitely could go for another.
Drinkability: All arguments over where to draw the line in defining "session beer" aside, letís just say Saranac Session IPA would be more aptly described as "Saranac Sessionable IPA." At 4.7% ABV itís a tad too big by either American or British standards to be a true "session beer." So while it may not live up to the letter of the law, it definitely meets the spirit of the law criteria. The thin, but crisp, mouthfeel makes it very easy to drink. The citrusy qualities and balanced palate make it actually quite refreshing, and the clean aftertaste would have me coming back for repeated servings.
Ernesto987 (5567) - Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Fuck me man, a grainy malty sweet not a ipa beer. These assholes should eat a bag of dicks
bhensonb (13983) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Folsom BevMo. Pours light orange gold witha a slight creamy white head. Aroma is mostly malt and cooked fruit. Med minus body. Flavor is light malt and light citrus. It is hoppy. Itís decently bitter. Beats the crap out of BL fer sure. My nomination for a day at the lake.
marcus (9014) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear golden with a clinging off-white head and a floral aroma. There is a thin pale malt flavor with light hop bitterness. Yes, itís an ok session beer.
HighlanderOne (1222) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2012
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Poured from bottle. Strange vegetable aroma (boiled cauliflower?). Clear gold with barely a head. Flavors, well, hand soap and metal cleaner. Experimental hops? I believe this experiment failed. This is awful and I need to dump it out now.
freekyp (1910) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spicy hop notes commandeer this thin IPA entry. Good flavorful summer quencher but lacking malt backbone. Nice light amber hue.