generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
It has a coppery amber color with an average two finger head off an aggressive pour. The head hangs on for a bit but fades to a wispy thin layer. Lacing is good and slick. The aroma has some sweet maltiness pooping through some very nice American hop notes. The flavor reflects on the aroma with a sturdy sweet base malt and solid citrus/pine like hop bitterness. Hops carry on into the finish but don’t linger for long. Its medium body and carbonation keeps things moving along and drinking well. This is classic easy drinking Saranac.
LowBrau (136) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy, medium-dark brown with a small light tan head. Noticeably IPA-like, but richer and maltier. Not overly bitter. Caramel, burnt toast, and licorice aromas. PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2012
12oz into a pint. An amer ale with some extra hops added here. Not bad, easy drinking, enjoying the hopful backlash that comes after each sip. color is deep amber red, faint purple in there at times, and rustic brown. Head is plentiful at pour, then hovers around the rim with islands forming and disbanding at levels fall. Aroma is malty, soft caramel, and small hops. A beer drinkers beer here. redpooba (406) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
This beer is really good until you swallow. The bitterness of the hops is not at all balanced with the beer and comes very late in its flavor timing. I did not enjoy it at all. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Pours a bright clear copper with a fair white head ring. Nice sweet crisp hop nose. Flavor is good also, with a surprisingly semibitter finish from these guys. Normally, I think of these guys as brewing ’watered down’ versions of classic styles, but this doesn’t seem watered down at all. Really solid session brew.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2012
A deep bronze, clear pour. Not much of a head. The hops are immediately apparent. The malt is surprisingly well balanced. The result is smooth while retaining the IPA character. Dacrza (960) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Occasion: beer rating, plain and simple...
Glassware: K’s Tavern pint...
Appearance: thick, pillowy head that sits atop an orange-brown body--the head is resilient...
Aroma: bright, punchy citrus--an IPA no doubt..
Palate: medium-bodied; quite drinkable--this doesn’t seem to be an IPA once the glass tilts...
Taste: sprucy ending with some cinnamon or nutmeeg--mellow otherwise with a malty undergirding...
Overall: not sure what this beer is, which often bothers me when writing a review--and causes a deduction in the rubric, as this sits somewhere between its boast and the truth... dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
malty aroma a bit toasty sweet aftertaste with a citrus kick from the winter sampler pack glad there were two of these in the pack one is not enough williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Orange-ish red color, with a generous puffy white head. Tiny, slowly up-floating bubbles of carbonation. A solid smattering of icy lace.
Aroma is earthy, like potting soil. Backed by a rather impressive woody hop; mild but effective as a balance. A smidge sugary, but spicy also. Well-balanced.
The bright, American hops are the first taste; woody, spicy and sweet. They sit nicely alongside the sugary malts, which also have a hint of rye and earthiness. Touch of apple skins and peach. The flavors mellow nicely as it sits in the glass a little.
Thick and sandpapery, with a nice dry finish to it. Leaves a juicy remnant.
This is a surprisingly good beer. Well-balanced, and not overly hopped. Might be a good gateway hop-beer to give to an IPA-newbie. jgb9348 (6191) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Nice copper coloured body with a light amber glow up top and a thinnish, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of light grassy and herbal hops, some light malt, metal and a bit of cereal. Medium-bodied; Assertive, noticeable grassy and herbal hops with a hint of metal, some strong earthy and nutty malt notes and a little sweetness on the tail end. Aftertaste shows a decent amount of hops, especially for a matt beer - with some more earthy, herbal and bitter notes from the malt and metal. Overall, a decently hopped beer with some other flavours, but not much else - and not enough to make it full of flavour or complexity - which is too bad, but definitely expected for a matt beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$1.19 sampled on 08-January-2012 at home in Washington.