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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
What happens when you give a West Coast favorite an East Coast attitude? Saranac Amber Ale. The typical Amber Ale is a perfectly balanced beer, but we like our hops, so we’ve amped them up to challenge our Crystal and Toasted Malts to a throw-down. Look for a deep amber color, caramel sweetness and a full dose of fruity hop flavor that will entice you to come back for more!

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KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2014
Tap at Macgregors. From old notes. Warm, sweet amber malts, a touch of chocolate. A bit of hops to balance, but overshadowed by their Pale ale which we had with it. Ok.

generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
It has a beautiful deep amber colored body with very good clarity and a tall, thick foamy head. The head is beige in color and it hangs on well making some cool lace rings on the glass. There is a sweet candy like malty aroma that fills the nose. Hop notes are very mellow and barley detected. Just like the aroma the flavors character is full of rich sweet caramel, sweet doughy and bready malty deliciousness. The hops are, like the aroma, mellow compared to the maltiness and offers just some mild bitterness towards the finish. The body has a good solid medium feel with a smooth almost creamy texture. This is another solid offering from Saranac.

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was an amber color with a half a finger’s worth of foamy head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds. There wasn’t much lacing, honestly and carbonation could be seen rising. The smell had some caramel malts up front but really didn’t have much else. The taste was pretty sweet but didn’t seem balanced too much. There was a slight caramel aftertaste and just a dry finish. On the palate, it sat between a light to medium in body and lead to a decent sessionable sort of quality to it. The carbonation was okay for the style and actually had left me feeling fairly good. Overall, not a bad American Amber/Red ale. I could actually do this again if it was in my distro, but not really one to desperately seek out.

neontb (70) - - DEC 22, 2012
Free on tap at Colgate University party (which was a bonus). Downright epic when you compare it to the other tap at the party (keystone) but doesnt measure up to a lot of comparables in the region (Otter creek, dogfish head, harpoon, all better). Pretty malty, needs more hops. Ill drink again though (especially for free).

FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Pours golden amber. Decent head with a nice lace. Taste of metallic shrimp crackers? I don’t get it...

r464 (2377) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2011
A fairly balanced ale overall. Maltiness is there at first, with some sweetness. Hints of hops in the finish. Not bad overall.

jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2011
(bottle 5/11/11). Clear amber color. Large off white head. Moderate spicy grass hop aroma. Flavor of the same, with moderate sweet toast/malt aroma. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle in a shaker. The second of the variety pack. So far, I am not too impressed. Clear amber pour with minimal white head. Mild sweet aroma, maybe caramel. Malty flavor with a quick follow of hops, but neither flavor is well developed. Very flat. Again, not bad for the price, but would rather spend a little extra for some more flavor.

Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from a mix 12 pack from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a clear, light amber brown with a small, light tan, frothy head. The nose is light but has notes of caramel, toasted malt, and a slight whiff of hops. The flavor starts with stale bittering hops, moves to an off metallic note, and has a slightly fruity finish. Light in body with average carbonation leading to a medium, just bitter finish. Not very good.

ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2011
A - Pours a clear amber-copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head has okay retention, reducing down to a thin layer, leaving behind some lacing on the glass. S - Aroma is of sweet roasted caramel malts with some other sweet dark fruits mixing in. Only a touch of hops in the background. T - Starts off with some roasted toffee malts and some bread flavor. Lots of caramel and a bit of dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle some deeper malt flavor and some more bread flavors comes through. The finish has a mix of the caramel sweet malts and some bread flavor that lingers for a while. M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a moderate light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall, finish is sweet and a touch dry, but fairly refreshing. D - Pretty drinkable. Overall, well balanced and fairly smooth. Could use a bit more flavor through the middle, but otherwise some nice balanced flavors.

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