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 (1630) - 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 (5373) - 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 (13737) - 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 (8812) - 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 (1174) - Bergen County, New Jersey, 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 (1855) - 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.
cheap (5153) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell is a little metalic. Nice head on a clear pale lager lookin thing. Taste is up there as far as hoppiness goes but the mild alky attitude makes it easiier to like for this lager lover. Good smooth co2 makes this easier to enjoy. Yes, hop bitterness builds thru the session and continues to medim IPA levels. Very acceptable beer that cariies true ipa flavor without the magnification factor on the attitude. I probably would not clasify this as a terribly on style ipa.
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About two fingers of head. Color was honey caramel golden, a bit like apple juice or dehydrated urine. Bubbly gray-white lacing that pleasantly lasted for a bit. Foamy gray lacing on the sides that lasted throughout.
Smelled spicy piny hops. Kind of a lemon-lime whiff with a spice in there (maybe pepper?) Bitter on the nose. Good smell overall.
Still that piny taste in the hops, but more watery than I thought it would be. Also some honey in there. Lime citrus hops as well. Very bitter finish.
Medium body. Thin, watery texture. Below average carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish.
Started out well but the taste and feel were the weak points. The Rye IPA that I had in the 12-pack of summers was much better.
puboflyons (2959) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is a golden yellow with little to no head. The aroma does have a floral hoppy note with bits of citrus in it as promised. But it was also rather grainy. The body is a little under medium. The taste brings out a solid hop bitterness but it ends clean.