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. BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
AN orange citrus and pine aroma quite appropriate for the season. grapefruit citrus and pine in the taste with some sweetness and some cereal malt near the finish. a bit of harshness like citrus pith mixes well with some vibrant carbonation that comes off somewhat caustic. altogether this brew is charmingly genuine seemingly without flavoring adjuncts. it is refreshing with body some character and quite affordable. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours orange. Nose is swet malt, grapefruit and pine. Flavor is bitter sticky pine, sweet toffe and caramel and dry pine leaves. Better than expected. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle from sample pack. Pours copper colored, clear, with medium white head. Aroma is hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, some toasted malt. Flavor is similar, very tasty and hoppy. Nice beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12oz - Aroma of pale malts and citrus hops. Flavor is wet sour malts, straw and sticky hops, but not the typical C-hops I would expect. Palate is tart. It’s a pale ale... shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
12oz bottle from winter 12pack. Color is golden amber. Aroma is sweet and lightly fruit. Flavors are highly spicy and bright. Uprising amount of apricot and peach flavors. joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
First new Saranac beer that I have tried in a while. Saranac was one of the first microbrewers that I latched onto around 15 years ago when I first got into craft beers. They have a lot of decent beers, and I was excited to see one that I hadn’t had before. This is definitley a solid winter offering. Dark malt and yeast character in the nose, flavor is nicely balanced with dark malt, some hops, and a little spiciness. I will definitely pick up some more of this before the holidays are over! Tmoney99 (14490) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met. rzaxxx (16) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Some really nice grapefruit and other citric notes, but, as other raters have noted, a disappointing metallic finish. Tastes big for a Saranac.