Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 11, 2013
It pours a bright clear golden color leaving a very clear body and a half inch white foamy head in my chalice. Small inner valleys appear within the head and light rapidly moving carbonation is seen rising. The smell was the banana and clove up front with light fruitiness in the background. The taste was sweet and kinda grainy with the fruitiness coming back more so in a citrusy sort of way. It leaves a dry aftertaste and a sticky finish. The palate is light with nothing harsh on the tongue, a really nice smoothness is felt all around, kinda creamy. Overall, this is adequate for me and for the style. shonobiwan (219) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Long Island, NY - 12 oz. bottle poured a clear golden color with white head and no lacing. Aroma was spicy with a hint of malt. Taste was sweet and yeasty but falls short compared to the aroma.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
NICE GOLDEN COLOR WITH FLAVOR OF SWEET MALT AND JUST A FLEETING BIT OF BELGIAN BEER SPICE. CREAMY MOUTHFEEL WITH SOME FRESH WHITE PEPPER IN THE FINISH. AN OVERALL BELGIANED OUT CREAMY PILSENER, SOMETHING NEW AND A WINNER. puboflyons (3433) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours medium to golden amber with a clinging off-white head that lingers. Good carbonation. The aroma highlights the Belgian yeast strain, sweet pale malts, pear and a musky cellar. The body is lighter but creamy. The taste brings out the essence of a good Belgian pale ale with its warm sweetness and slightly lingering finish. All in all a drinkable beer. SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Light, fruity aroma with hops. Light golden colour with lingering head. Sour fruity taste, balanced by mild hops. Refreshing, simple beer.
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Has a citrus aroma with hop, has a very fruity flavour that offsets the bitter hop into an almost non existent state drjay44 (3711) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
12 oz. bottle. BBD March 31 2013. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained white head, with some lacing, over a clear dark gold (SRM 7) body.....nose is light cereal, hints of hop spice.....taste is light malts, hints of sweetness, hints of light fruit (pear, apple) leading to a slightly spicy, mild bitter finish....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation adds foam. This is a nicely balanced beer very clean beer. It, unfortunately, does not have much interest in either aromas or flavors and as such misses the style. BJCP 6/3/12/4/6 gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Not a real Belgian IPA but a good indication of the flavors of the style. A little too flat and a weak hop profile made it fall short. mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Nice mild aroma. Very light color. Mild on the palate. Mild overall flavor. Solid, easy drinking pale ale. ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Saranac is a brand that’s known for the accessibility and if they can introduce more pedestrian beer drinkers to more niche styles via good beer I’m all for it. I was pleasantly surprised by their new Belgian Pale Ale - which is essentially an American Pale Ale with Belgian yeast, but a good beer nevertheless.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Bright amber color; crystal clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms an average sized, eggshell hued, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Strong banana scent akin to a German hefeweizen, but with more lemony notes and no spice.
Taste: While I wouldn’t say there’s anything particularly authentically "Belgian" to Saranac Belgian Pale Ale, I will say it’s a nice departure from the brewery’s usual safe bets. Their flagship beer is an English-style pale ale, so they know the general genre pretty well I’d say. Plenty of hop character in this one with a strong lemony character. It’s reminiscent of a witbier but without the spices of orangepeel or coriander. Instead, the Belgian yeast imparts a distinct banana aroma and gentle sweetness to make the palate on the lighter, more refreshing side.
Plenty of lighter malts throughout the body with subtle honey notes. A quick, but mild, hop bite through the middle and on the end that imparts a bit of dryness and crispiness. It’s also remarkably refreshing making this an ideal summer brew (why it’s in their winter mix pack I haven’t the foggiest).
Drinkability: With a thinner, crisper mouthfeel and drinker-friendly palate, Saranac Belgian Pale Ale is a great introductory craft beer. The Belgian yeast makes itself known as the carbonation is fine and continually effervescent, but the body is light enough to lend to easy drinking. The aftertaste is almost completely clean and there’s a definite sense of refreshment here. At 5.4% ABV it’s dangerously drinkable and I could see myself killing an entire six pack on a hot summer’s day.