CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Pour is golden with a hint of red. Nose is piney hops with a hint of citrus. Taste is citrus and grapefruit forward with a hint of pine. You can taste just a little bit of nutty caramel malts and pale malt in the background. Refreshing. I really like it. Basically spot on for a pale ale. Saranac can be hit or miss sometimes (The Caramel Porter in their fall pack was truly awful), but they seem to really know what they are doing when it comes to pale ales. The Pale Pale Ale in their spring pack was outstanding, and this Big Moose Ale in the winter mix pack was very good also (though not quite up to where that other one was). Also a fairly good value for craft beer- picked up a 12 pack winter mix pack on sale for the same price as a 12 pack of Coors Light usually goes for. BeerFanDan17 (1120) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Crispy and slightly citrusy ale. Unique hoppy notes with some sour fruit hints in the palate. Pours golden.
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Decent sized white head of fine bubbles. Very nice aroma with lots of floral hops, some citrus fruit, light caramel malts and some cheese. Color is dark amber. Moderate bitterness and dryness but backed up with some soft malts, lemon and cereal grains. Finishes moderately dry and rather bitter. No noticable alcohol presence. This is a pretty good APA. puboflyons (3432) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2009
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle numbered 2669-0643. The pour is reddish-bronze with limited head but attractive in its own right. Sweet malts ignite the aroma with a chaser of hops close behind. A nicely balanced scent. On the other hand the Cascade hops tend to be the more powerful flavor giving off an appropriate tartiness along with a sweet malty sensation. Generally drinkable. jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2009
A pretty hoppy brew from Saranac. Tastes like it’s been aggressively hopped, fairly bitter, nice amount of malts to even out the flavor, medium body. Great to stay warm on a bitter upstate NY night.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
pours a buttery straw-gold with a thin white head. nose of sweet, spicy hops, pine, caramel, vanilla. flavor is spicy piney hops. sweet maltiness, honey, caramel, toast. finish is long and lightly bitter. dry. much better room temperature. MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Dec. 27, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (fr. sampler 12-pack). Lovely dark amber pour; sustained head; malty aroma; sour citrus hops are nicely balanced by the candy-sweetness of the malt. The trademark Saranac harshness has, happily, been rounded-off in what may be one of this brewery’s better efforts. Would love to see this specialty brew promoted to a regular offering. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Clear amber, thick foamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, mild hops, grain, toasted biscuit. Taste of brown sugar, burnt malt, nice hop bite. Very well balanced, one of the better Saranac’s out there. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Long bitter finish. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2010
Amber pour with a sticky white head. The nose is fairly nice with a bright citric hoppiness. Light grapefruit and lemon peel over a bit of soft pine. Light pale malt with just a touch of pale caramel or vienna malt as well. Solid balance with just a kiss of sweetness. As it warms I get a fairly pronounced herbal character on the finish. Pretty nice really. obguthr (6344) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
From the winter variety pack: Bready barley malt nose, with a bit of dried leaves. Clear amber, thick yellow head, some glass adherence. Dried leaves, roses, and potpourri flavor. Acidic mouthfeel. One of the more flavorful Saranac beers.