sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Copper color with great clarity. Nice white lacing. The American hops come through in an enjoyable floral nose, citrus and pine throughout. The hops provide herbal and fruity hop taste. Sweet malty finish with moderate bitterness in end. Body is med-light, with enough carbonation that makes for an easy drink. Exceeded expectations. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Honey orange with impressive lace. Bready, earthy malts with distinctive ringwood yeast. English bitter style, with a dry, prickly hop balance. Sweetly malted but balanced by its dryness. Dacrza (975) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Occasion: unwinding from aLong Island QB tourney...
Glassware: K’s Tavern pint...
Appearance: monstrous white head that pillows a third of the glass; a semi-opaque tan body that presents suitably...
Palate: mellow, almost medium-bodied mouthfeel that belies its hop wallop; warms the mouth with a late burst...
Taste: crisp, fresh pine that pricks at the teeth and a malty finish that holds the beer in place--nice!
Overall: this beer works by combining a sensible balance and some stronger elements distinct to the genre...enjoyable... jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
!2 oz bottle from a gift box. Not sure why this isn’t rated any better. Very nice pour and color. Head was creamy thick. Smells of graprfuit, pine, and sweet malt. The taste is piney, then fades to a sugary grapefruit, and goes to a spruce-like finish. Greatly balanced. Just as good as any IPA. Nice drinkability, and nice warmth. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of biscusity, bready malts, floral hops. Flavor of the same bready, toasted malts with some light hop oils. Solid pale ale actually, props to Saranac. Very tasty and drinkable!
nearbeer (5413) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2011
12 oz. Clear, shiny copper with a lasting half-inch of sticky meringue above. Nose of dried spicy grass, orange and caramel. Flavor is similar, with the addition of toasted grain, and that lightly spicy, fruity, tart-apple English Ale yeast taste. Light-medium body finishes dry; and is soft and smooth with low carbonation. Nice, delicately balanced sessioner in the English style. MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
From the seasonal sampler pack. Immediate shock of hops and a slight metallic taste on the tongue might take one aback on first sip, but give it a chance and you’ll be pleased with what this ale offers. Considering the value of this beer, it’s worth the investment. AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
This is a very fruity ale. Is it safe to say this is an IPA? I don’t really know, all I know is that it is citrusy and good! yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle 3 from the sampler; deep golden colour with a nice barely off white head. Smells slightly hoppy, like a junior IPA. The taste is much the same, hoppy with an appropriate back bone to come across as almost the same as an american IPA, with just a bit less hops. This would be a great beer to get your friends moving into hoppier drinks. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Not a bad pale ale. It’s nothing real special, but it’s not heading for the drain either. It’s drinkable and palatable. The pour is copper colored with a big and pillow-like off-white head. The head leaves a thick and cascading lace around the glass. The nose has some pungent, spicy and dry hops with some bready and earthy tones mixed in for a nice balance. The body is very sharp and crisp, consisting mostly of spicy and semi-floral hops. I don’t get a whole lot of malt character. The finish is very pungent and sharp as well. The hops are fairly spicy and very dry. Just a touch of toasted malt and bread show through toward the back-end of the flavors and in the finish. Most of the dry citrus, like grapefruit, shows through in the aftertaste.