JawVer (39) - - MAY 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours light gold with thin white head. With my recent move towards high alcohol ales, I was somewhat surprised by how drinkable (i.e. chuggable) this was. After reading the bottleís description and seeing the alcohol content (4.7), this makes sense. IPA not usually my beer of choice with seafood, but the citrusy notes and drinkability made this one perfect.
Chad9976 (1018) - Albany, New York, 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.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Iím glad to see that this style of low ABV "IPA" is becoming more standard, and Iím eager to see how this one pans out. Pours a clear light gold with a decent head that dies to a thin film in short order. Aromas are weakly hoppy... soap, lemony citrus and a little resin are what Iím picking up... almost like Pine Sol or something. Flavor is weakly malty with a decent, but not overpowering hops presence that fits in line with expectations from the aromas... lemon, pine and soap. Not a hop tea, but not exactly earth-shattering. Still, I could sip down a few of these and still get the lawn done.
bhensonb (9825) - 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.
LowBrau (69) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium gold, thin white head. Subtly hoppy nose. First sip is fresh & bright, more tart than bitter. Light-bodied and easy drinking, it has a slightly creamy texture. Light citrus and nut aromas and a little coriander. Overall, it was pleasant.
Blairgus (2190) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
23 Oct 2012, bottle. yellow, clear, steady bubbles, foamy head. nose is mild spruce and lemon pith. thin body and fizzy. crisp, mild lemon hops. not much here.
BucannonXC5 (665) - 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.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from BevMo. Very lightly hopped nose. Light and drinkable with a balanced malt hop attack. Both on the light side. Easy drinking on a hot summer day.
collinmb (62) - - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A pretty delicious ipa, and easy to drink. A pretty golden amber color, and good lacing.
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puboflyons (1675) - 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.